Day one was a bit of a pack and travel day, as I noted in my post yesterday. We did learn some things and had some great experiences. All of us are completely excited about the process we’ve just started. When we arrived at our RV park in Coalinga (middle of no-where), we quickly settled in. A few take-aways:
- When it’s 100 Degrees outside, plugin and start the A/C first, then do everything else, trust me.
- Not all of the Coalinga area smells like death.
- The proprietors at Sommerville RV Park have nice dogs and cool signs.
I brought the Joy
Yep, a pretty cool sign. I thought it was fantastic. If you’re friendly and happy, you bring joy; if not, the joy occurs when you leave. I found it funny how people complained that the proprietors charged $2 more per night for a credit card payment. If I can get a good 50 Amp electrical service to run the A/C for a quick overnight for $38 ($36 cash!) I am a happy camper.
I’m not resurrecting a pseudo-post-cold-war defense project; I am talking George Lucas varietal. Our son has been dying to see Star Wars, and guess what, it happened, and he loved it. We are pretty cautious about the material we allow him to consume; our feeling is always age-appropriate first. He will eventually be exposed to everything but allowing him to be a kid and mature at a comfortable pace is ideal in our view. I cracked a few jokes about the tough crowd in the Creature Cantina scene.
We’re homeless, sort of, and no-one is crying.
I don’t mean to make fun of anyone homeless; it’s really a common and horrible issue with few champions (except for people like Mark Horvath). But technically, aside from our RV, we are now homeless, but guess what, no-one is upset about it. I’ve already mentioned it before, but it’s liberating in many ways and makes me want more and more to simplify my life…
Less is More
Recently I watched a movie about a couple who bought some land and built a tiny house. Through that movie, I learned that there was this entire movement to live in downsized homes and reverse the McMansion trend. I have to say that given everything we know today, we all should be thinking about sustainability. I am certainly not a poster child for sustainable living, but I love sustainable technology that makes sense. It reminds me of a conversation I had with Dr. Richard A. Muller about global warming on Blog Talk Radio. At one point, Dr. Muller basically advised doing green things that make sense. Please don’t buy a Prius to change the world; buy it because you’ll get nearly 50 miles to the gallon and save money in the long run. I love technology that saves resources and allows me to geek out at the same time. Stuff like LED lighting retrofits, Hydrawise, Lutron RA2, Smart Things, Nest, all staples of my home upgrade must-do list. I think we can all use Dr. Muller’s logic and improve the overall state of natural resources simultaneously.
What’s happening today?
Since I wrote this on Thursday and scheduled for Friday morning, I am probably en-route to San Diego as you are reading this. Or I may just be enjoying my breakfast in our home on wheels. Either way, I’ll probably post some pictures over on my Facebook page. Hopefully, we are connected, and you’re enjoying the conversations and pictures.
Next up: Adventure – Day 2 Highlights