Saturday, April 20, 2019

Time to Go Shopping


Two weeks ago today I purchased this 2002 Ford E-150 Regency van in Oklahoma. Today, I am back home in Las Vegas, Nevada, and anxious to start a van life. But, it might be a while. However, today I will start preparing my van to be my (gypsy castle) "Castillo Gitano". Although I may not actually buy anything I will be shopping for the following: generator, refrigerator, fan, a/c, heater, sleeping bag.

Full-time or part-time, I still do not know. I have been on a waiting list for 2 years for an apartment in Boulder City, Nevada. This will be a great spot for the headquarters of "Better World Media". BWM is the parental name of three companies that I am working to build, Better World Photography, Better World Travel, and Better World Music. And, there are possibilities for more companies to come. The true purpose of BWM is not to benefit me, but to give my descendants something to work with once I am gone from this life.

My plan for this van is very simple. All I need to begin with are the items I mentioned above. The van is otherwise ready for the adventures that I plan to embark on. For now, there will be no van-build. There are room and access under the bench-turned-bed for storage, and I do not plan to change that. Later, I may remove the two seats that are in front of my bed. This will give me room to place storage cabinets and a (probably an open-air) closet. I am still trying to decide whether to place a wall or curtain at the head of the bed or a wall or curtain behind the driver's seat. I may do both. This wall should help cool the vehicle for extended travel.

Basically, that is probably the extent of my preparation for a nomadic life in this van. I want to keep it simple. If required for comfort I can trade up to an RV or travel trailer.

So, let's do this! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Anticipation Can Kill Ya

As it turns out I may not be doing much van-building for a while. The more I look at what will need to be done in the immediate future is simply not much. Eventually, I will want to make changes. But for now, all I really need to do is make a small storage box to place at the back end of my bed. I will place a piece of foam on that end to make that bed long enough for me to be comfortable. But, even that may not happen for until colder weather.

My first purchases will be a cot and a sleeping bag, a generator and a rack to carry it on, a microwave to cook on, and a dorm refrigerator. That will do for weekend warrior boon-docking.

I have to admit I feel like a horse. I am chomping at my bit with anticipation wanting to just take off for parts unknown. But, I am trying to convince myself to stay here to help my sister get some things sold and make a move if she needs to do that. But, my day is coming, finally.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

And, So It Begins

And, so it begins. I bought this one today. It is an oldie but seems to be a goodie. Four buckets and one bench that folds out into a bed. Will furnish apartment with 2 buckets and maybe the bench. No down. Has all I need for starting out as a weekend warrior.

It will probably take me some time to get organized and buy the things that I need. However, I will be starting out with the bare minimum. I just want to make sure I am legal for insurance and tax purposes. And, I will do some repair work on some little things that I have and will find. 

Later today I will do a clean-up and take her to a local park for a quick photo shoot.

I smell solitude. Ain't it wonderful.