Today I was dozing on our bed in the garage. It’s one of those lift bunk bed things, about the size of a queen bed. I was dozing in and out of what felt like very deep sleep. The waking moments I had were filled with the third and final of the matrix series on DVD. Today we were either going to rent a boat and hit the lake or drive to check out some local model homes. Now that we are in a position where we’ll be shopping when we get back, we like to get ideas and the latest model homes from builders can be a good inspiration for us. So you might have guessed we opted to check out some model homes in the Scottsdale area. We checked out two builders, both were WAY north of Scottsdale. What was shocking is that in spite of being only a mile or two apart the models we looked at had a huge cost disparity. The more expensive one we actually liked a whole lot less than the less expensive one. I guess we watch too much Flip or Flop and similar shows, we weren’t sure about the granite in one. Doesn’t everyone use Quartz now? Just kidding… anyway it was nice to relax and I am not sure being on the lake would have been too kind to our skin, it was 106 degrees here today. We were also able to take a ride down the Carefree Highway again and leave all of our troubles behind. Thank you for that, Arizona.
World of Warcraft Fireworks?
On the way back from checking out some model homes we stopped at a firework stand. No these are not your California “Safe and Sane” variety. They had “California Candles” (Roman Candles?) and even a World of Warcraft looking thing. Some of them were huge, evidently, they last as long as 5 minutes and put on quite a show. We opted to not purchase any because we have yet to figure out where exactly we will be on the 4th of July, but I am pretty sure wherever it is we’ll probably be able to set off some cool fireworks. It seems like a lot of the rules and regulations are so much simpler than our home state of California. I noticed this with the speed limits, the only time they are different for trucks is on large downhills, the rest of the time everyone has the same speed limit with or without trailers it seems. They also had simpler fishing license rules, something we learned while investigating our boating possibilities. I am not going to lie though, the 100+ temps and not cooling below the ’80s at night is not my cup of tea so sorry Arizona, we won’t be changing our living arrangements on your behalf!
Evolution of the Mobile Office
I continue to tweak the mobile office setup. Normally just a small table would suffice but I’ve continued to tweak things to make them better. One thing that is absolutely positively essential is the combo washer/dryer unit. I am so glad we planned this all carefully, it would be a royal pain to have to use a laundromat to keep our clothes clean. That’s not exactly mobile office-specific but it definitely makes working easier when you have one less thing to worry about. The tweaking I’ve done is largely moving things around, mounting those command strip things in strategic spots, and making more comfortable workspace in the garage/office. It seems like such a simple thing but just having a calendar mounted on the wall has been nice. This calendar was given to me by one of my clients, I understand they are highly coveted in Oakland’s China Town!
Insights and Ideas from today
- Can’t stress it enough, a combo washer/dryer unit is a MUST HAVE if you’re going to be RV’ing for more than a week or so.
- AC is 24/7 in Arizona during the summer.
- One advantage of traveling in the off-season = you don’t need to make lots of reservations in advance.
Back to Business
Monday will be back to work for me, I am really looking forward to seeing some of my business contacts in the Phoenix area. It has been a while since I’ve seen them, so it will be nice to catch up and continue to get to know them better. It will be a full day then we hit the road for some more family-oriented activities. I can’t wait to see the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest, Lake Powell, Bryce, and Zion!