Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thors Throne: The Poodle gets a custom-made seat

Thor really wants to ride in the front seat. He can fit there, but if I hit the brakes or take a quick right turn, he’s on the floor. The last (and only) time that happened, I was afraid the … Continue reading

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A Tent for All Seasons

On the recent REI trip I bought a Kelty Deluxe Carport. I have tried, twice, to set it up without success. As it turns out it’s not an easy thing to do alone, especially when you’re still figuring out what … Continue reading

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Cup Holder, sky light mechanism, dry box, eye bolts: check

I’m sure you’re wondering just what I’ve accomplished in the past couple of days. If you’re my student who’s wondering why I haven’t gotten his/her/hir dissertation proposal back, this is not the post you were hoping for (though I did … Continue reading

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The Future VW Camper

Here’s a YouTube video with a VW camper of the future. Mine is a camper of the past. It’s cool, though.

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Uh, why wait until 81?

Here’s an inspiring video about 5 men who at 81 trained and went on a motorcycle ride. I’m not going on a motorcycle, but I’m not waiting until 81, either.

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Getting ready for the shakedown cruise

Sometime this week Thor and I will embark on our first journey. I worked this weekend to get some more stuff done, mostly pretty boring stuff like getting locks installed on all of the cabinets, some little pieces of trim … Continue reading

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KOA: Couldn’t do the Walmart.

This morning as I lay in bed thinking that Thor and I should hit the road, I received a phone call from my therapist to let me know that he/she/zie was expecting me 10 minutes earlier. As one who tries … Continue reading

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And the adventure begins!

Thor and I stopped to check the map and lo! the car won’t start. I had a little trouble last night at the Walmart where I didn’t overnight park, but it got going again just fine. It was doing great, … Continue reading

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Apparently Water Is Not Very Good for Cars

So if you read the earlier in-the-moment post, the camper fell down and it couldn’t get up. I stopped to check the map and the camper wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. And it wouldn’t start. … Continue reading

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Where is the poodle?

This post describes living in a camper from Thor’s point of view and how I awake to find Thor missing and nowhere to be found.

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Maybe my therapist was right

In which I whine about the cold and having to walk to a toilet.

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News from the Cruise

I had envisioned a very exciting piece about a place for everything and everything in its place, but the associated photography and uploading of the pics is more than I can handle right now. Suffice it to say that it … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

I still don’t have a name for the camper. My 1972 VW bus that was my first car was named Bessie. Until the fire, I still had a pillow that a girlfriend had cross stitched. One idea is to go … Continue reading

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Our first real night out

Around noon, Thor and I left the family we were visiting in Santa Rosa Beach (though the house is on the bay) and headed North to Chandler Mountain, the home of Horse Pens 40 and, well, not much else. My … Continue reading

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Dogged insights on Chandler

Thor and I, after a long day’s drive (well, it was really only about 6 hours, with several stops), turn onto the driveway where we are to stay. A youngish looking (

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Back in the Hood

Thor and I went to a party tonight. I played music. Thor did not, but he was invited in. I didn’t even ask, though I did tether him on the front porch. I’d thought I might just stay parked in … Continue reading

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Girls Love My Camper!

These girls loved my camper. I don’t know what else to say.

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Grand Canyon

I've never been to the Grand Canyon, so it seems like something that I should do. I'm not sure how Thor will like it. I'm told that one should ride a beast to the bottom, but I don't think Thor … Continue reading

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Oregon Brewers Festival

I was in Portland for a conference last year (in 2010) and lucked in to this beer festival. Sadly, Thor can't go unless I get one of those harnesses for him and some dark glasses.

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Portland International Beerfest

Another great beer festival in Portland. I went in 2010 and it was very pleasant. Small scale, low key, and there's a VW Bus pictured on the web site! It's a pretty good reason to go to Portland. 

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Meet Walden

I decided to name the camper Walden. I liked the idea of alliteration that several suggested. I looked at a few baby name web sites for names with W and Walden was the winner.  Things I like about the name: … Continue reading

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A window into my future

On the Birmingham to Knoxville leg of the return from the Shake Down Cruise, I took Highway 11 rather than I-75. It was lovely. It’s a beautiful 2-lane highway that goes through a handful of small little towns. Part of … Continue reading

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Fifteen Minutes

Well, it’s really only two minutes. I posted links to Twitter and Facebook but just noticed that I could embed it, so here we are. I can’t get it to show up on the front page, so you’ll have to … Continue reading

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Bumper Stickers

Well, a few people have asked, so I have a few bumper stickers for sale. They're very thin vinyl, which I'm not too happy with. $5 for the first and $2.50 for each additional. You'll be helping to test my … Continue reading

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Cleveland

Come to Cleveland. We have weird chili. You can get it served with pasta. I am not making this up.

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Verde Valley Wine Trail

According to the web site:     Located in beautiful Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite wines.  There are four wineries and four tasting … Continue reading

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Oh, the places we’ll go!

Perhaps the question that I am most often asked is "Where will you go?" After all, there are lots of rivers. I can even see one from the front door of The Rental. A number of people have already made … Continue reading

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Deluth Trading Company

These folks have some cool stuff, albeit expensive. It might be fun to wander about it should I make it to Wisconsin.

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Burning Man

Just seems like one of those radical things that ought to be done on a trip like this. I keep thinking I'll get around to it one of these years, but if I was living in a van, this would … Continue reading

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