VAN BUILDER, VAN BUILDING, CAMPER VAN, CUSTOM VAN, VANLIFE, SPRINTER, TRANSIT, PROMASTER
That's a pretty nice obit, though you forgot to add your potty humor and frequent noxious flatulence!!!
It seems there haven't been any comments for a while but I felt like contributing to this way of life and why some of us choose it. My predominant career was with 'youth at risk", a term I don't like much but historically people understand its meaning. This career has been emotionally, physically challenging, frustrating from the constant changes in philosophy. Add to that legal aspects or gaining permissions to incorporate outdoor and wilderness modalities. Equally challenging had been setting supportive boundaries for kids who've finally learned to trust "us" the down to earth educators who may have been the only ones who provided opportunities to show them their strengths rather than their failures. The greatest successes came from taking them out of the failed systems and into the wilds of woods where they overcame a different fear and accomplished something for themselves rather than overcoming the issues and people who molded them into their current oppressive and battered situation.
I'm older and retired now with some failing health issues and career injuries that now have their turn to scream a little louder. My climbing had become limited to getting in and out of a too small Tacoma Topper. I felt safer rappelling a cliff than exiting feet first from a fetal position to the ground in the morning. All before the coffee and a much needed urination.
So...., now I am converting (intentional pun) from a truck to a 2012 Chevy Express 1500 cargo van. I suck as a carpenter, welder, upholsterer, electrician, metalurgist, etc. But I do know what I want. I was able, so far, to reuse the bed from the Tacoma. It's kinda like the tv commercial where a wealthy couple buy an expensive bathroom faucet and want their new prairie palace exclusively designed around the personality of this iconic water fixture. que-ever
It's my turn now and my aptly named Gypsy Chevy Starship will be my new home. I'm looking forward to David and QA Custom Vans creating this bucket list for me. I'm tired of looking at You Tube, listening to friend's absolute ideas of how it should be built and the queries of "why would you want to do that".
My new outlook on life is "I want to be a moving target". Where I can do and see what I want without the restraints of demanding people, current affairs or simply always heading home to the same address. If I'm launching a new destinated road route then I feel like an exonerated prisoner who can go see the vast unique geologic and cultural beauty of what is available. My turn for My Time. Van life Expand Life.
Sorry for rambling but maybe some of you might understand.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.