Financial Update

Unlike some bloggers, we don’t normally share a lot of details about our financial situation. Most who do are usually testing out various money-making schemes and then providing the details to their readers. And most of their readers are there in the first place because they want to learn techniques that will help them pay for their future travels. We’re not that kind of blog. We’re the old kind of travel blog, where we just share the things we have seen and experienced.

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Catching Up

One thing that I really like about other travel blogs that I read is when they write about where they are right now, not about some place they visited years ago. We’ve been trying to do that, but the tricky part is that we have been seeing so many places and taking so many pictures that it is difficult to keep up! As a matter of fact, I (Glenn) am flat out behind.

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Hitting the Road

While Dixie traveled to Oklahoma City today for a funeral Glenn had time to finally edit some video. This is something he shot when we left our apartments back on March 31. The video was all done in one shot. Music courtesy of Boston. {% include youtubeplayer.html id=“WyJ2ZPohWnI” %}

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Escaping the System

A timely topic as today is our last day at our jobs.

The system I am referring to includes employment, home ownership and debt.  All are part of this crazy template we call ‘normal.’  And if you ever decide you want to become abnormal, the system is designed to discourage you.  From childhood you are trained to leave your home, get on a bus (commute), sit at your desk and do whatever your boss (teacher) tells you to do.  The factories and offices of the world depend on this training.  In exchange you get recess (breaks), lunch, and annual vacations (summer) and benefits (gold stars).

To break out, you must first determine that breaking out is a good thing.  For most, the system is working just fine.  For some of us, however, it isn’t so rosy.  We’re the ones always looking out the window and daydreaming.

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The Adventure Takes Shape

After years of dreaming and planning, we are finally starting to believe that we will really do this. Notice has been given to our landlord and employers. Our final round of sales is well underway. In two weeks we will be unemployed, and a week after that we’ll be homeless. We can’t wait! I finally got around to mapping out our route and trying to work up a rough timeline. After visiting my parents and brother we will take off and perhaps do some storm-chasing.

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Digital Farmers

Up until fairly recently (historically speaking) most of mankind was a scattered bunch of clans and tribes, roaming about hunting and gathering. After the advent of organized agriculture (around 10,000 years ago or so) a shift began to occur. As food began to be preserved for longer and longer periods it gained in value. This gain produced many haves and have-nots. The haves became more powerful and attained the upper hand, the have-nots ended up working for them, usually not completely voluntarily.

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Another day, another bed

Wow. Exciting stuff, huh? But it’s something we should probably think about more often in general. People will sleep on beds for years and wonder why they can’t stay asleep or why they wake up sore and stiff! The whole bed industry is insane and is a topic for another day, or maybe another blog! We resolve this whole issue several years ago when we switched from regular mattresses to the Select Comfort bed [Details in my recent post on the topic].

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Our Bed Finds a Good Home

We have been sleeping on a Select Comfort air mattress for ten years now. Dixie kept her side fairly firm, I kept mine about as soft as a hammock. And when our plans included long-term RV travel we fully intended to keep that bed. But once we changed plans to simple car-camping the bed had to go. Where the bed used to be Unfortunately it doesn’t look like people are willing to pay very much for our model, which was a first generation unit.

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Compromise, or My Love/Hate Relationship With WalMart

Up until a few years ago my opinion of WalMart probably aligned with the majority here in the United States. Sam Walton had built a better mousetrap, and the prices were good so why should anyone complain? They provide good benefits for entry-level people and buy things from people all over the world. Sounded like a win-win. Lately, however, I began to develop a bit of a social conscience and paid more attention to some of the negatives.

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Debt Reduction

Many people seem to go their whole lives without once thinking about actually getting out of debt. But even if you do want to, it can be difficult. For most, the problem seems so insurmountable that they never try. And yet many have done so, and most use a simple technique usually referred to as the ‘debt snowball.’ We tried this technique on more than one occasion but always managed to get derailed until we finally stumbled on a debt reduction plan that included the secret ingredient: the emergency fund.

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