I've made it up to Maine. The RV has performed perfectly, and we're even getting 13mpg. I was expecting more like 10-11.
Here's what I've done so far:
I hung out in NY with Ross Jeffries and Jlaix, who both just happened to be in town at the same time. While I was there I had some fantastic Ethiopian food (no, it's not sand and ants like you'd guess...) as well as some NY Pizza. To stave off the inevitable comments : yes, I break my diet somewhat when I travel.
I also visited my friend Nick and his girlfriend, Cindi, in Pennsylvania. Nick lived in Austin down the street from me for a while and worked with me on my gambling stuff.
We visited another friend in Boston who is in the process of renovating his house. He has a karaoke machine in his home theater that has 18,000 songs! That's more than we have for Tazeroke (Which, by the way, will be back in full swing with a more powerful tazer. If you want to come, send me an e-mail).
I played Quiddler, which is an awesome game that combines Gin Rummy and Scrabble, with my little cousins, aunt, and grandmother. My nine year old cousin was extremely good at it for her age. It was amazing. My friend Elisia bought me the game because she knew I'd love it and now we play it obsessively. I play a lot of scrabble so I have all of the 2 letter words and "q" words available, so playing with me can be frustrating.
Right now I'm in Maine with Jonah. We've done pretty well going to Whole Foods and making healthy food. If anyone is wondering what the tastiest beverage in the world is, it's "C Boost" by Bolthouse Farms. We call it "C Monster". Try it... it's incredible.
We're at Jonah's mother's house which is two blocks from the beach. I'm sure the water's too cold to swim in, but it's still really nice to breathe the fresh beach air and listen to the waves. My friend Jake, who recently got engaged to his girlfriend, is stationed here so we're going to hang out with him today.
Tomorrow I'll leave Maine and head up to Vermont to see more of my family. Before that, though, I'm going to...
.. VISIT ED AND ELAINE BROWN!
In case you don't know, they're some tax protestors who are now in a standoff with the police at their COMPOUND in New Hampshire. Their power and water have been cut off, but they have stockpiled water and have solar and wind power. I'm pretty sure that they'll soon get stormed by the police and get shot, so I want to meet them before then.
I saw them on Digg and realized it was kinda on my way, so I HAVE to go visit and check out the compound. I'm going to bring them some produce or something too.
After Vermont I'll head back down to Boston for a week to see my grandparents and Boston friends (Seth, Jay (the guy who owns fastseduction.com), and Mmmaybe Charlie). Then I'll head to New York to meet back up with Krystal. Kristen is going to fly in to NY the same day to meet us and drive back with us.
After a few days in New York we'll make our way back to good ol' Austin, TX where I'll have just a few days to get the last few things left in the Condo out before we close on the sale of it.
P.S. I should mention that the forums here have been really good lately. We talk about some great stuff and there's no drama or flames. If you don't read and post there, you should check it out.
What kind of RV is it? Brand and photos? Thanks and can't wait til the next installation of your travels.
Hey man! My name is Toli, and I'm the NYC intern for RSD! Jlaix told me about some cool socks and a cool blender...:)
I'm very inspired by your tour of glory for 2008! I want to do something similar, and possibly hit up Panama as well. Would love to meet up and chat up if you're still in the city. Let me know at my email address!
And props for this awesome blog and forum!
Ryan: I'm coming back on the 5th and I'll be there for almost a week. Anyone interested in meeting me can come to the NY Lair meeting where I'll be speaking. I'm still in for the island... let's do it.
Mollie: I was in Scarborough, a couple blocks away from the beach.
Um, yeah. Ya coulda let me know you were in NY. Remember the whole North Brother Island thing? So pissed right now.
Will.. I'm just going to show up and try to get in. I think compounds sounds cool. I'll take pictures and let you guys know what it's like when I get back.
That's awesome about going to meet Ed and Elaine Brown! I'm jealous.... a pointer though: Have you been in contact with them yet? I hear that Ed is pretty paranoid, so if you're expecting to just show up at his front door and be let in, you might be disappointed. I think his thinking is that anyone could be a fed.
I'm curious whether you think his house could really be deemed a compound. I know people who have visited him, and just describe it as a really nice house. I think the mainstream media is just sensationalizing it (as well as possibly trying to get the public to align against him) by calling it a compound.
I apologize for the lack of updates over the past week. I went to Boston and Vermont and brought only my tiny laptop (Libretto U105) with me. Besides being busy spending time with my family, the keyboard of the Libretto doesn't lend itself to lengthy updates.
I did a pretty good job sticking to
The first night I slept 3 hours extra (seems like the magic number, doesn't it?), and the second night I didn't try - I overslept by almost 6 hours.
Things are slowly starting to come to life down at the wharf. I learned a valuable lesson last year to get an early start on projects that need to be completed, as you do not want to be sitting on the hard in the month of June. Things have started to settle down back at work now so I will be spending most of my free time working on some major projects. First on the list is a rebuild of the cylinder head on the Yanmar SVE12 single cylinder diesel (the one lung-ah). Jason told me "you caught this just in time bro" with his usual early morning gusto. Being that he's a great mechanic, I'm going to agree with him. I brought the head to New Bedford to be machined, but the fuel injector housing seems to be permanently fused to the cylinder head; this needs to come off before the job can be done. Soaking with lubricant and applying heat with a torch are the preferred methods. Hopefully that can be sorted out by Monday so the head can be resurfaced and I can get my engine back together.
Mike and I started working on the bilge pump the other day, which needs to be upgraded to a much larger pumping capacity and then wired into my panel.
I think a good question to ask for anyone who spends time on the water is, if shit went wrong, what would you be cursing yourself for not fixing? Did you not replace that seacock? What about that chainplate..it looked a little janky, now it's blowing 30kts and you are praying it holds. If you started taking on water, could your bilge pump take it out as fast as it's coming in? So prioritizing your list is very important. Take care of the things that could kill you first is a general rule of mine.