That Giant Sucking Sound

Hear that?  No. Quiet.  Listen.  Kind of behind the hum of the refrigerator and around the neighbor shoveling.  Hear it? 

That’s the sound of stuff—and stress - leaving the house.

Yesterday MsBoyink took the second Roadmaster Station Wagon load of purged stuff to donate to the second-hand store.  Included in the load - besides a fair amount of things “sold back” to us by my 11-yo...

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Vehicle Test Fitting Round 2

This week we did find time to do another round of vehicle test-fitting.  We rounded out our experience with crew cab pickups from the Big Three, and tried the “big-daddy” SUV from GM - the Suburban/Tahoe platform.

Chevy Crew Cab

We tried an ‘08 model similar to what I’ve shown here.  I liked the fact that there was no leg-space-stealing center floor console - overall drivers side legroom...

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Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure

As you might imagine - once you decide to take a significant road trip your interest in movies and books suddenly changes.  For me the short murder mysteries and Alfred Hitchcock type anthologies on my nightstand are giving way to books with a travel theme.  While many of them are purely factual - the top 20 National Parks, How to Full Time in Your RV, etc - MsBoyink also picked up a copy of...

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Vehicle Test Fitting

I dragged the family out today for the first round of vehicle test-fitting.  While we’ve done a fair amount of looking at RV’s we hadn’t looked at tow or toad vehicles.  I had planned to do more today but it was 18 degrees when we left, and the local truck and van lot with the best selection of target vehicles wasn’t open on Saturday (which always surprises me in a retail setting) so we kept...

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Digitizing Old Photos

Well, so much for thinking that doing some purging would be a no-cost way to start preparing for our trip.

Turns out that lurking a few levels down in the basement stratum are projects laid fallow by procrastination. Or lack of funds.  Or both - as in the case of what to do with all our pre-digital photos.

My daughter was born in 1998 - and at the time digital cameras were pretty...

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The Journey of a 1000 Miles

Begins by purging records.

One problem that comes from both having a basement and ready access to low-cost file storage (W. MI being home to 3 major office furniture companies) is that we’ve kept records.

A lot of records.

College transcripts and papers.  Check stubs from jobs so old the companies haven’t been around for 10 years.  Receipts for stuff I hardly remember buying.

It’s just...

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