I'm lying in bed in the RV right now. Yes, I still live here and love it, but that's another story. The only difference between tonight and a normal night is that my bed is flying down the highway at 60mph, headed for the east coast.
My esteem friends and colleagues, Jonah and Krystal, are accompanying me on my first actual road trip in the RV. We're going through the scary bits of America as quickly as possible (Arkansas, for example), and are trying to get to NYC before Krystal's flight on Monday.
I'm going to hopefully meet up with Ross Jeffries, the first "pickup artist" to ever teach seminars, in New York before he leaves. Online he sometimes comes off like a prick, but in real life he's one of the most warm and genuine guys in the community. I'm also going to stop by and say hi to my aunt, uncle, three cousins, and my grandparents who are visiting them.
After that I'm headed up to Maine to drop Jonah off with his family. Before leaving we'll hang out with our friend Jake for a day or two. He joined the military after college and is a pilot.
Then I'll head up to Vermont to see my father's side of the family. They cook very delicious and completely non-healthy food, which is a minor problem.
After Vermont I'll go back down to Boston to stay with my grandparents and visit my Boston friends for a week or two. Then I'll head down to New York again, pick up Krystal, and we'll hang out in New York for a week before heading back home. I'm planning on meeting Sarma Melngailis, who is one of the coolest people in the Raw Food community. She has a restaurant called Pure Food and Wine which serves absolutely amazing gourmet raw food. It's so good that last time I went 6 of my carnivorous friends came back with me two days later.
I'm really looking forward to traveling in the RV a bit. It was a great feeling to be able to leave Austin without even considering packing. I have everything I need with me already! I have a laptop I have to sell and I thought, "Oh crap... I'll have to wait until after the trip to list it so that I can ship it out." Then I realized that it's just as easy to ship it from wherever I happen to be when it sells. How neat!
I'll miss this RV when I sell it before Life Nomadic 08.
A short while I ago, as an aside, I mentioned that I might be buying an RV to live in. It seemed like a good idea, so every day I checked ebay to see what sorts of deals were to be had. I wasn't ready to buy, but I figured it would be good to know what's available for when the condo sold.
I sat in my living room chatting with some friends on AIM when one of them brought up the RV idea. While I explained it to them I opened up ebay. By default it shows the most recently listed RVs on top. The very top one was an R-Vision Trail Lite, one of the few models I'd really liked. I glanced over at the price and it was $14,000, less than half of what they usually go for. There must be something wrong with it.
I opened the listing and read through the description. The front "shotgun" seat was missing. No big deal. They'd backed into something and the fiberglass around the tail light was cracked. No big deal. The couch wasn't the one specifically made for the RV. No big deal.
Get a coffee and some popcorn ready before you read this one. Love it or hate it, either way you'll be wildly entertained. Names and details changed, for obvious reasons.
Subject: Very important email from Sebastian. Please read ASAP.
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