September 7, 2010 my house burned down. From late September until April 30 I lived in a lovely house that the insurance company rented. Now I am a motivational speaker who lives in a van down by the river. If that sentence doesn’t strike you as funny, you might read the story In Which I Become a Motivational Speaker or at least click the link there to the Saturday Night Live Skit to which I allude.
For the first weeks after I moved out, I mostly imposed on people (who didn’t seem to mind the imposition) and a few nights, actually lived in my van. A few nights, for example, I parked on the lot where my house once stood. I then went with a cousin and her family to visit our cousin in Quito, Ecuador. On June 17, I locked the storage unit in Knoxville for the last time and hit the road.
From June 17 until just before Thanksgiving I was on the road. For Thanksgiving through the first few weeks of the new year I couch surfed at friend’s and family’s houses in Birmingham and Knoxville. I spent six weeks in Ecuador from mid February until the end of March, followed by another week or so of visiting Birmingham and Knoxville before I headed to the Florida panhandle. I don’t know just what I will do around County Road 30-A, but I will see if I can find some way to make some kind of life near the beach.
If you want to contact me, call or text 865-226-9465 or email jay and put @iliveinmyvan and a .com at the end of it.