20 Week Update

20 weeks of living in an RV is no laughing matter.

Actually it is.  I can’t tell you how many jokes I’ve made/been a part of due to my living situation.  Its close to a “That’s what she said” scenario.  Any opportunity to make a jab about how I live in a car is exploited, and we always have a good laugh.

“Tommy, do you want a ride home?”

“Yes”

“Where did you park your house today?”

Here are a few thoughts I’ve had recently:

  1. It has been 3 weeks since I have seen anyone I have known for more than 3 weeks.  I forget what it’s like to hang out with people that you have known for more than a month.
  2. It is pretty emotionally draining to make friends for a month and then leave only to start over again somewhere new.  While it is fun and exciting, it also requires immense energy and positivity, which can be hard to keep up all the time.
  3. I’d like to spend more than a month in each location if I really like the place.  I wanted to spent more time in Portland and Minneapolis, but I’ve been on a schedule to make it to Delaware for a wedding in October.  After the wedding, my schedule will open up, and I’ll be able to spend longer in each location.  I’m thinking maybe 2 months in the bigger cities with more to do.
  4. I need a new fridge.  I’m sick of mine freezing everything.  I hate it when all I want is a bowl of cereal, and my gallon of milk is just one giant ice block.
  5. I have to start watching my energy consumption in the winter.  There were a few days here when my solar panels didn’t pull their weight because of heavy rain and clouds all day.  Maybe I’ll get better/more batteries to help store more power when it is sunny out.  Worst case, I can just turn the engine on.
  6. It has been 3 weeks since I have seen anyone I have known for more than 3 weeks.  I forget what it’s like to hang out with people that you have known for more than a month.
  7. There are LA Fitnesses EVERYWHERE.  I don’t know why they don’t just call it US Fitness.
  8. I miss In N Out.  Everybody here misunderstands me when I say that I’m dieing to have in n out animal style.
  9. I’m still paying California Income tax.  Thanks Arnold.  I’ll mail in my deposits from the other side of the country for you.
  10. I used to think people that did work on their laptops in coffee shops were losers.  Now I’m one of those losers every day.
  11. My business is still continuing to grow because I’m working smarter rather than harder/longer.  I spend more time on the important stuff and simply ignore the unimportant time-wasting activities I used to fill my days with.  Last month was actually my best month ever!
  12. I’m sick of telling new people that I meet what my deal is.  It takes 5 minutes to explain my living/travel situation is, and 50% of the time, that’s the first and last thing we talk about.  How annoying.  I should wait to explain myself until they first prove worthy of my friendship.

I’m planning to go to Boston immediately after the wedding in Delaware.  I’ll stay there in my RV until it starts to get too cold.  After that, I have 3 options:

  1. Park the RV long-term and do a sublet for a few months in NY.
  2. Park the RV long-term and fly to South America/South East Asia/Australia/Japan/Hawaii/???/Europe for the winter.
  3. Drive the RV south to escape the cold winter.
 

6 Responses to “20 Week Update”

  1. Mom says:

    Wow, Australia sounds exciting!

    Mom

  2. Joshua says:

    It would really awesome for you to post your monthly expenses. Super interesting. Keep up the great work!

  3. Tommy says:

    I was thinking about that, because I don’t even know my own monthly expenses. I almost don’t want to know though. Furthermore, some things are paid through my business like cell phone/random “meals/entertainment”, so it would be hard to show exactly whats going on.

    I suppose I could post something touching on expenses in general though!

  4. B says:

    The friends issue wouldn’t really be a problem if you knew enough people at your destinations, which I think is common for a lot of Americans. I’m not even that social of a person, but I’m sure I could visit 50 different cities and know someone prior to arriving.

    One thing that was holding my friend up from pursuing such a lifestyle is leaving his cat. With the RV solution, now he can take his cat with him.

  5. Sam H says:

    “My business is still continuing to grow because I’m working smarter rather than harder/longer. I spend more time on the important stuff and simply ignore the unimportant time-wasting activities I used to fill my days with. Last month was actually my best month ever!”

    Can you expand on that?

  6. Tommy says:

    Basically I stopped trying to do all the leg work, like doing all the moderating myself, answering every last email, etc. I’ve been hiring contract laborers to handle these type of things. I’ve also stopped dealing with advertisers that aren’t making me much money. Proper implementation of the 80/20 rule… 80% of your results are from 20% of your effort.

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