I am beginning to personalize the interior of my new trailer as I settle into a routine and get used to living in a really small space. I have made a few adaptations to facilitate daily life and am contemplating a couple more minor projects. I am very reluctant to start drilling holes or doing anything permanent quite yet. I am pulling things out of my collection and displaying them where they can be seen and incorporated into who I am and what I am doing. Along the edge of my bed under the rear window I have spread a small wool rug hand woven by women in Turkmenistan gifted to me by a neighbor some years ago. On the wall enclosing the shower hangs a piece of woven cotton textile I obtained from a University student from Kenya. At the table at the front end of the trailer sits my design of the Achaemenian lion. On one side is a print of Saraswati, on the other a reproduction of the I-Ching hexagram for Synergy. On one side of the table sits SpongeBob Squarepants. Opposite, hanging from the handle of the upper storage compartment is the Kokopelli bandana and the the scarf from the Rwanda Commemoration. In the handle of the opposite compartment rests a Native American dream catcher. By the door hangs a string of Tibetan prayer flags. Over my bed in front of the rear window hangs my Kokopelli ornament. One of the projects I will be working on in my journey is researching my family history. I have already got a good start on that. I feel that the nine generations of my grandmothers are travelling with me.
Category: the truck & the trailer (Page 2 of 3)
I have just moved into a monthly rental site at the local KOA. Much more affordable and much more of a conventional residential community. The other side was for the tourists and vacationers and way too expensive. I will continue working at the hospital until the end of July as I get more familiar with the ins and outs of trailer living. I have made choices to do things this way. Everything is going along as scheduled. There are some drawbacks, but this is all part of the process that will get me where I want to be by October.
Now that I have acquired a new tow vehicle it has come time to part with my dependable little red pickup. She has served me well, enabling me to get out and do what I enjoy doing. But unfortunately she is not strong enough to tow, and has considerably too many miles. It has been a good relationship for the last 7 years and she never let me down. I bought her from the original owners who took very good care of her. I sold it to my mechanic who is the only person I trusted to work on her. And he paid me what I wanted for her. So am moving on, with a similar transaction with my new vehicle. Everything seems so right.
DaNeZeWa. August 12, 2010.
I have just accomplished two major goals toward my nomadic adventure.
On Tuesday I made the final payment on my trailer. Construction will begin next week. I have benefited from the ever increasing exchange rate on the US Dollar to the Canadian Dollar. Cooperative and helpful people all the way through all of these transactions. It hasn’t been easy managing my limited financial resources and negotiating international business transactions. I still have legal stuff and paper work ahead of actually picking the trailer up in May. But the money part has been done.
Friday I took possession of my tow vehicle. 2000 Toyota Tundra 4.7 V8 4WD with factory tow package. From original owner. Low miles. Excellent condition. This was one of those special transactions between two human beings that reminds me so much of when I got my original Toyota pickup 7 years ago. First pictures Provo Canyon, Wasatch County UT.
I am not going to miss this at all! 1030 pm. Having to clean off my truck to go to work! Meanwhile I have had an appointment with my retirement counselor at Human Resources. She gave me a checklist of everything I have to do. August 1 looks like a good target date for a number of reasons. Utah state retirement has begun working on an official calculation of my monthly pension. Social Security application will be submitted April 1 which includes Medicare. The paperwork for the University goes in on May 1. It’s quite the process. But having a goal, doing the homework, getting started early, and making continuous progress is the only way it’s going to get done!
Wow. I didn’t want to be having do this. But. In order to get me over the hump of making these two significant purchases and transitioning into my new lifestyle, I have decided that two components are going to be necessary.
Since I am making withdrawals from one of my retirement accounts to finance these deals, 20% is being skimmed off the top for IRS withholding. I’ll get most of it back, but not until spring. I am taking out a loan to offset this difference, and will have it paid off in a year.
As I am going through my possessions it has become apparent to me that I am still going to have way too much to load into my trailer. I am talking about my research materials for my projects. Books, book notes, class notes, papers, original artwork, family history and autobiographical material. This is stuff I realistically cannot dispose of. So at least for the immediate future I am going to rent a small storage unit until I figure things out. To start off with, I am going to have to consider that I am camping, forever, and take it from there. Just the food, water, clothing, cookware, and few pieces of technology are going to add up quickly. I have a 1000 pound capacity for the trailer, and a few things I can carry in the truck.