My own mortality… (read through, it is actually funny)

31 01 2017

Urn1.jpgOver the holidays, by choice, I spent alone in thought about my life and current situation. I started thinking about my father and his death. How nobody other than me took care of remains and saw to it that his last wishes were followed.

Out of curiosity, I was looking at urns for keeping ashes. I found a place that had “scratch and dent” urns and urns that could not be sold (due to some defect in manufacturing) so they were free except for shipping. SO, I bought one… Not what I would have picked had all things been the same (price) but hey, it was free except for the $30 to ship it to me…

urn2After I ordered it, I got to thinking about how that is just so “me”. Warehouse sales, garage sales, discounted store merchandise, used items, free at the curb items, that has been my life. I LOVE it. If it is old, worn, not so perfect, or a little “beat up”, that is what defines me, so this urn (which only has a couple blemishes on the outside) is so perfect for a temporary place to put my remains… As you can see, I opened it, and have it on display next to my TV for now. I may re-box it and put it in the closet for storage at some point. BUT very fitting for me…

Not at all what most people would do, but as I said, I have been doing a lot of thinking and I want to be as prepared for the end as possible, not to be a burden on anyone, since at this point, I don’t believe that I can rely on anyone to make the “arrangements”. I love michelle, but I certainly don’t want her to worry about what to do when the time comes.

There comes a time in your life, some sooner than others, where you look back in your life and then look ahead and wonder how much urn3time you have left. I will only be 48 this year but if my grandfather or my father are any indication, I only have a good 20 maybe 25 years left! Not much time if you really think about it. Step back and think about this little detail for a second and you will realize how quick life can be. Month by month, year by year, ticking by quicker than you may believe.
Make everyday count, live with no regrets, and by all means by a scratch & dent casket if you can find one! Do you REALLY care what it looks like, you will be dead!!

Until then… enjoy the ride!

Steve





Day 5: EPIC FAIL!!

23 11 2016

I went to bed last night in Amarillo, TX to the house power being out. The Interstate batteries that looked (relatively) new, turned out to not be so… We lost power just after finishing the second movie.. with just a computer, a screen, and a dvd player using house juice, no lights. Plus the power to the refrigerator.

IT WAS COLD, Awoke to 41 degrees!¬†We had no power for the fridge, and none to power the fan for the gas furnace. SO, we bundled, and I awoke to michelle in 2 blankets, pjs, and her sweatshirt with the hood up! She was so cute… but I digress…

First thing, I went into the “blue box”, returned the movies, and got 2 new house batteries, replaced them, and I think that we are A-OK… Good deep cycle marine batteries, that will keep us powered up until I get the solar back in place.

Today was also a moving day, in several ways. Made our way from Amarillo, TX to Oklahoma City, OK and finished at sundown at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. It is something that I have been wanting to so (bucket list item) and I am glad that we did. Very humbling experience. That was a very electric time, sun going down and the lights coming on, it was a very humbling experience. See that part at the end of todays’ video.

Tomorrow, off to Little Rock, AR!

See you then..

Steve





Day 4: West New Mexico to Texas!

22 11 2016

Today, we drove 368 miles across New Mexico to Amarillo, Tx. RV is performing well, having some “power” issues, but for the most part, the coach is performing very well.

We stopped at a couple of thrift stores, and found a few “treasures”, luckily we have plenty of storage to bring them all home…

More driving tomorrow, planning on checking out the Oklahoma City Memorial.

Until then…

Steve





Day 3: The longest drive…

22 11 2016

Day 3.. Not much to see in eastern Arizona, or Western New Mexico. Very friendly people, we boondocked with the big trucks at Sky City, NM and started experiencing “power” problems.

More to see tomorrow, hopefully.

Steve





Day 2, Grand Canyon Arizona…

19 11 2016

Plan B, Plan C, PLAN RV!!!

Now so, even more than ever, I believe that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. The RV by auction did not work out, we found one in Las Vegas (going to Las Vegas was our Plan B if the auction did not work out) from a private buyer, and so far SO GOOD. Drives good, handles like a dream, all systems work fine. We boondocked in Seligman, AZ on roadside parking free.

I never knew that Arizona got so cold, down into the 30’s, and we are thankful that the heater works great as well. Michelle does not like when we boondock (free camping) in Walmart, or other public type parking. She does OK with RV parks, but anyone who has an RV knows that parks/campgrounds can be expensive. $40-$60 a night!

We are making our way back to Florida via US Hwy 40 from Arizona to Oklahoma, through Memphis, then down through Mississippi and back to our home in Bunnell.

Follow along, like & subscribe to my Youtube!

Until tomorrow

Steve





LAST Night in Las Vegas!

17 11 2016

Plan B has come to a close. We are going to be moving on to “Plan C” and could be possibly making an RV purchase then we would be driving home back to Florida. The “journey continues”…

Today we walked around the strip, went to watch the fountains in front of the Bellagio, only to find out that they were cancelled due to high winds. Bummer, but I have seen them before, so we will catch them on the next trip.

Check out todays’ video, got to catch the superman zipline on Fremont this evening. Michelle said she was going to do it, but changed her mind last minute. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my youtube channel.

More to come…

Steve





Ended up going with “Plan B”…

16 11 2016

Bad news, BUT everything happens for a reason..

The auction ended before we could get our bid in.. missed it by 10 seconds. It was a really nice coach, but, not going to cry over spilled milk, we are working on “Plan C”…

No video yesterday because we rented a car and drove to Bakersfield, CA on our way to LAS VEGAS! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING interesting to note for video. Check out Fremont St. in downtown Las Vegas.

More to come tomorrow…

Until then

Steve








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