Archive for May, 2008

Book suggestions?

 | May 24, 2008 4:38 pm

As a side note before I begin, it turns out the problem with the install was not my fault, but a problem with the server.  That makes me feel a bit better even if it is still 7 hours of my life that I’ll never get back.

As a side note, I just wanted to mention that I’m finally reading Blue Highways.  Only just started it, but enjoying it so far.

Perhaps I should start a book page.  What are people suggestions for travel related books?  Currently on my list to finish/start:

  • Blue Highways – William Least Heat-Moon
  • Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck (Also, I’ve still never read Grapes of Wrath)
  • American Nomads – Richard Grant
  • Doing Nothing – Tom Lutz   (not about travel exactly)
  • Travel in the Ancient World – Lionel Casson (One of my favorite authors.  I read this a long time ago and finally getting back to it.)

I’m sure there’s a couple more about travel in the shopping bag of books I’ve got in the van, but that’s all I can think of at the moment.

Any suggestions?

Didn’t spend the night in the car last night!

 | May 23, 2008 3:54 am

Because I spent the whole night trying to get WordPress 2.5 installed on this website.

Whew.  I really hope they don’t upgrade again anytime soon.  That took way too long.  For about 3 hours there I was pretty certain I’d deleted the entire website.  (Had a backup copy of everything saved on my computer, I’m not that much of an idiot.)  Actually, I did have to delete it a couple times, and I’m very happy to have it back up and running.

Over the next couple days, you might see a couple small broken things, (I need to make sure my pictures are all up in working order, for example).  Hopefully, I’ll have caught everything by the end of the weekend, but for now it’s nearly 5 in the morning and time for me to get some sleep.

On the whole I think I’ll be happier with 2.5.  From what little I’ve done with it I like it better, but “5-minute install” my ass.

If you notice anything that’s broken, please let me know!

Two new things

 | May 21, 2008 7:32 am

The very observant of you may have noticed there is a new page in the menu called Vandwelling. I wanted to start to gather information about living in a van and on the road all in one place. At the moment it just gives a brief outline of what the van looks like and links to previous posts with more information about specifics. As I do more of these posts I’ll add links to the Vandwelling page to keep them all together.

Also, I’m proud to announce that I’ve begun writing articles for the Indie Travel Podcast website. The show is hosted by Craig and Linda, a couple backpacking around Europe. I’ve been a listener for a long time, so I’m looking forward to being remotely involved with the show (and having an excuse to email Craig and ask him questions about how I can make my website as cool as theirs). I’ll be writing once a month. My first article is more of an introduction piece, future articles will vary from being about living in the van to travel in general to some locational pieces about the places I visit. They’ve graciously told their writers that we can write about pretty much anything we want, so hopefully I’ll come up with some good ones.

Check it out, and if you’re into that whole social networking thing, give it a recommendation on StumbleUpon or, or whatever it is the cool kids are checking out these days.

More than happy to take suggestions for future articles.


 | May 14, 2008 11:17 am

I have a friend who dresses up everyday. When I say “dresses up” I’m referring to more than just the quality of the clothes. In fact, lots of her clothes were bought at thrift shops. Some required repair and all require accessories.

I think sometimes that when she’s getting dressed in the morning she’s not thinking “what do I want to wear today?” but “who do I want to be today?

A flapper-ish dress means she takes the time to do her hair in a 1930′s style, (complete with a feather or two), find a long beaded necklace, and a pair of two-toned shoes. Another day, she might go with a gingham farm dress, pigtails and a sunbonnet.

I don’t want to imply these are outrageous costumes she’s wearing to work. I think of them as “outfits.” There is a theme, there is a plan and there is a great deal of thought that goes into each day. There’s also a very large closet involved. She takes pleasure in the everyday activity of picking out something to wear.


I admire her for it because she always looks great, but I haven’t the interest in shopping or patience to consider spending this amount of time on clothing. Or, at the moment the space. I’m sure she will shudder to see this picture. This box, (a drawer, really), and my gym bag are my clothes for the next month or so. (Well, plus a shoebox of underwear that’s already packed away in the van.) It’s probably more than I need, but since I’m working for the next month I’ve got all my nice office clothes along with the normal jeans and such.

The fact that I’m repacking, of course, means I am back in San Diego. I’ve been lax about posting lately, but the quick run through is that I made it back from Death Valley to the LA area, went to my college reunion, (more on that later, perhaps), and back to work for a week and a half. I came down to my parent’s in San Diego over the weekend, and now I’m packing and heading back up to LA later today. For about the next month I’ll be working at KJAZZ on the next pledge drive, then back on the road again.

Posting has been lax largely because of computer trouble. Technically nothing that actually made it impossible to post, but along with restarting work things that took too much time. Also I’m going to buy a new DSLR camera soon so I’ve been busy researching that.

Other things on the way as well, but I’ll get into those later. Hopefully will have all this computer mess sorted out soon.

An annoyance

 | May 1, 2008 1:57 am

Damn you zamboni-like parking lot sweeper! Why must you keep circling back to the places you already been?

I don’t see how running these things for a couple hours a night can possibly be a cost- effective way to clean up the trash.

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