Its Hot Outside!

This time of year it tends to get on the warm side… I understand places are complaining about 100F+ temperatures.  Where I’m at, as of 15 minutes before this post, its 69F.

So.  What do people generally do when its hot?  Well, around my house we tend to sit at computers and try and stay cool.  Fans in every window, plus aimed toward faces.  Cold drinks, cool baths.  This tends to keep things at least tolerable, even when the temperature gauge reaches 95F in my living room.

All else fails we head down to the library, which has air conditioning.  Gods bless whatever bright person or group of people that came up with the concept and invented air conditioning, as well as those who made it generally affordable.  Even if my apartment complex doesn’t have any… which is why the trip to the library.

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Nomad Life: Videos on Youtube

Right now I’m paging through my Vanlife channels.  Its interesting to see how the people deal with being on the road.   Some travel alone, most travel in small groups, occasionally there’s a larger group.  The larger groups break up into smaller ones sooner or later; not everybody wants to go the same direction, after all.

Some people discuss their income, where it comes from and how much they spend, as well as what they spend it on.  Others discuss camp sites, dealing with police, gear they carry.  Occasionally there’s a tour of their rig.

One I watched a bit ago was of a couple in a bus.  They were in Santa Clara, I think it was, and an officer knocks on their door and hands over a survey on homelessness.  If you live in a vehicle you aren’t homeless, you’re houseless.  Homeless is without shelter from the elements… the vehicle is shelter.

Another video was about YouTube channels, and how much the people with various channels made from advertising.  Man, I need a YouTube channel!

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Nomad Life: Income (or lack thereof)

One thing about nomad life… You don’t want to live this way flat broke.  Some how, some way, you need some sort of income, be it retirement benefits, collecting recycling, a YouTube channel with a Patreon, or whatever.

Say its November… its snowing.   Your vehicle’s broken down… you need a new fuel pump, for example.  How are you going to pay for the fuel pump if you lack income?  Where are you going to stay while your vehicle’s being fixed?  From personal experience I can testify that sleeping in the snow is no picnic, especially without enough blankets or weather proofing.

Eating… This can be done without money, at least in places they have one or more soup kitchens.  That being said, does the kitchen serve daily?  Is the location a relatively safe one, that nobody’s going to hassle you for being there, or mess with your vehicle while its not occupied?

Washing…. This one can be problematic, if the area doesn’t have showers in a homeless shelter, nor do you have one in your vehicle.  And what about that snow?  Could you keep the vehicle warm enough to wash in?  Also where would you get your toiletries from, not to mention a clean towel?  Last homeless shelter I was in didn’t supply these items, you had to come up with your own.

Public restroom facilities… These are getting few and far between, in the last few years, I’ve noticed.  So unless you carry around a bucket or something in your vehicle, it might be a bit of a problem as well.  Not to mention finding a place to dump the bucket that isn’t going to get you arrested if caught.

Laundry… This is another item that takes money, especially if you’re in an urban area.  Carrying enough water to do laundry’s an idea, but where would you dump the bucket when you were done?  Or hang the clothes to dry?  You don’t want them stolen, either.

I could go on, but you get the point.  Having income of some type would solve any and all of these issues.

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Accident in New Jersey: School Bus vs Dump Truck

It came across my newfeed on Facebook this morning that a school bus and a dump truck got in a bit of a tangle on I-80 up in New Jersey.   At last report I saw 2 people killed, and 43 injured.

Which brings us to the discussion of seat belts and safety.  Just about every state I’ve heard of in the last 20 years has laws regarding using seatbelts in motor vehicles.  Whether school buses are included in this, I am not aware one way or the other (it varies by state). Though when I looked closer I saw a remark that said New Jersey’s one of six states that requires school buses to have seat belts installed.

Are there seat belts present, for one, and actually keeping kids safe in the school bus, for two?  Are the kids on the bus able (and willing) to get themselves and each other out of said belts in event of an accident like today’s?  What if the belts can’t be undone by the kids, and need to be cut… and the adults on board died in the accident?

Also not all kids are capable of undoing their own belts… say they have motor issues, and their hands don’t work right?  Or they’re too young to know how to undo the belts?  Or perhaps they’re challenged in other ways.  Do belts in school buses do more harm than good?

Round and round the discussion goes, both for belts and against.   Are kids safer or not?  I would say it depends on the exact situation, whether they’re a good thing or not.

Now we come to the accident itself.  Just exactly what happened, to throw the passenger cabin off the chassis entirely?  And could the accident have been prevented in the first place?  Was it driver error, or something else?

I’m praying for the victims and their families, as well as everyone else involved.

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Barnful of Puzzles!

While browsing around some Albums in plastic canvas groups I’m in on Facebook, I came across this darling barn.  In which 4 different animal puzzles are stored.

I have two of the four finished right now, the others are on their way.  To the left is a pig… doesn’t he look full of mischief?  To the right is a chicken… she looks like she’s ready to chase some chicks.

Uncompleted are a cow and a horse.

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Hippity Hop… Easter’s Coming!

Catching that bunny on Sunday April 1st, looks like… Hope he delivers a bunch of candy that you like!  Also eggs… colored or not.

Who had fun coloring eggs as a kid?

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Spring? Is it really on its way?

I’ve seen so many weather reports lately about snow, snow and more snow… in places where its supposed to be warming up.  Wrecks on highways in whiteout conditions… nobody’s fault but the weather.

One picture showed a trucker’s trailer crumpled like an aluminum can… icy highway, and he was on the shoulder… someone drives along side him, and the whole side of the trailer gets peeled off.   Who’s fault would this be?  The guy on the shoulder, the guy driving by?  Neither… the weather, since the highway they were on was icy.

Drive safe out there, folks… and stay warm!

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Valentine’s Snow…

First snow I’ve seen all year, where I’m at.  Just two days before Valentine’s Day.  Isn’t this weather supposed to be in late December or January?

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Wintertime… What Fun…

Yes I’m being sarcastic.  So far the only fun thing I’ve seen about winter is being able to play in white fluffy powdery snow.  Trouble is, that kind is rarely around for long.

Snow has this nasty habit of melting… then freezing again… turns to slush, mud and ice.  Depending on the area someone’s in, it might not stick around long enough to do more than mess up windshields and make the streets mucky for a few hours.

And cold… If its too cold, it doesn’t snow at all, it sleets instead… and sleet is what’s more commonly known these days as freezing rain, or raining ice.  Either that or no precipitation at all, just bone chilling cold.

Makes me glad I’m not living under a bridge.

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Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!

Hopefully this year will be better and more profitable than last year.

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