Paper Residency

Paper Residency

As a full-time RVer, most people ask me about mail. Where do I get my mail? This year, since I was sticking around Denver, I got a mailbox. Not a P.O Box, you see, for registering vehicles and licenses, but a local print shop has a bank of mailboxes. I get my mail and packages about once a week, or every-other week. Soon I’ll be untethering from the state, and will be pushing off in April. Just gave my notice…

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How We Roll – February 2018 Edition

How We Roll – February 2018 Edition

Musings from the Road Vetting a potential date online: Yes, I’ll spend a $1 for a shower on you. As a Resident Volunteer at a Colorado State Park for the next few months, it occurs to me that I don’t nearly have enough yard flair as my other neighbor volunteers. I am ok with that, but am shopping around for some rope lights, or one of those LED sparkle makers (whatever they’re called). I have thought that once I peel…

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Camper Coffee

Camper Coffee

I used the same French Press pot for the last 17 years. I got it from Stacy – from Levittown, Long Island. Emerson ran stacked classes, so she was in a few of my undergrad New Media classes, as she pursued her grad degree. We hung out often, and after graduation, she was cleaning out her apartment in the Fens. I scored that French Press and a battle ax of a Singer sewing machine. Since moving into the trailer, I…

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Winter Water

Winter Water

I previously wrote about water here… Water in the winter is a whole new ballgame. At the end of the summer, I made an appointment to have heating pads installed on each of my water tanks, based on a suggestion from the Service Department I was taking Sylvia to. I had been going to Lazy Days, which is where I purchased her. I generally know that it’s best to find a local “mechanic” for those general maintenance items for typical…

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Teaching, post-Teaching

Teaching, post-Teaching

Teaching has woven it’s way through my career. I love the students, and this is how I will generally have a tie to Design as I move my career in to product based pieces, versus design/client/project. I moved back home to Maryland in 2001 after a lay-off from my first position as a web designer in Portsmouth, NH. I answered an ad for adjunct teachers for design media classes at the local community college and picked up 3 classes. I…

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State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park

The most unimaginative name for a state park in Colorado that is surrounded by stunning views, and the wilds of all wildlife. Kristina, my sophomore year college roommate came out to visit for a long weekend, and I wanted to incorporate some trip with the trailer. Originally I was thinking Taos, but let’s be reasonable… her time out wasn’t enough for that type of road trip. I had heard great things about Walden, and SFSP; it is the moose viewing…

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Lake City, Colorado

Lake City, Colorado

Mid July I headed west through Monarch Pass to get to Lake City. Of all things they have an art fair on a Tuesday in July. I had been in Estes Park for a family reunion (tip: do a PRIVATE tour of the Stanley with friends and family. I had been on the tour twice previously, and it had never been as exciting, or have as much “activity” as with the O’Donnell clan). I headed out Monday in order to…

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Sylvia In the Shop

Sylvia In the Shop

I am a week and a half weeks of living out of a tent, minus two nights that I sprung for a firm mattress. Sylvia went into the shop finally for the collision repair on August, Monday the 7th. The shop and I had the hopes that this would be completed in a week. It has been longer, because I pointed out another concern. Over the July trip north to Montana, I noticed a wire hanging off the bottom of…

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The Lady Mullet

The Lady Mullet

There’s a lot of characters “on the road,” some stand out. I arrived at my campsite Monday evening to find someone already set up in my reserved site. She had a spectacular mullet, and her response was to blame the ranger because they didn’t tell her. Not that it’s their responsibility. There was immediately a lot of anxiety, and panic, and I decided to let it go and set up in her spot even though that I would have to…

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Water

Water

The water pressure in St. Vrain State Park is downright phenomenal. The downside is that there is no laundry facilities. I have been making a mental list of the pros and cons of water in each campground; it is definitely feeling a bit like college because of the significant amount of quarters you need in this lifestyle.  No quarters; no dice. Yes, I do have a shower in my camper. During my hour and a half teaching session about the…

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