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RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-04-2020

My neighborhood is 7 miles northwest of the demonstrations in downtown Seattle. The small, non essential businesses in this neighborhood boarded up their stores in mid March. Even some of the essential ones put boards over their windows at that time. Burglaries had already begun to rise just before the stay at home order was announced.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-04-2020

Spent the morning cutting snowflakes to send to Australia for an order from my Etsy shop.
Very useful to have this boost in income during the "off season" for Christmas villages. It will help buy supplies for my build. I need to get them packaged up now so I can take them to the post office this afternoon. For packages going out of the country I have to hand them to a postal worker, I can't just drop them into the big blue box at the street.

Some people south of the Equator like to celebrate Christmas in July as that is their winter season.


RE: Good morning - travelaround - 06-04-2020

Beautiful little house, Maki...

Sofisintown - I was thinking - Home Depot has plenty of boards, to board up their windows!

Today I'm not doing much yard work. I'm taking a day away from that to create more videos.


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 06-04-2020

One whole week now sleeping in the rig. I am still learning many things. Fortunately the air seems to be less toxic. We have had quite a bit of heat the past 2 days and so hopefully things are baking out a bit. I still do plan to follow up on other avenues Dr. Friday, plants and maybe purifier as well.

I am stewing about the whole bed situation. It was really a poor choice for me. I can't tell you how tired I am of having to crawl to the foot of the bed just to get out. Certainly not interested in doing it in a rush to use the bathroom. I found it also a joy just to be able to step out of bed.That is now impossible. Crawling out like a bear exiting hibernation is not ideal.

One disaster after another it seems with this layout. I hope I am not about to embark on yet another. I've got the jig saw warming up and am looking at moving the bed, shrinking it if needed and moving to a wall side, taking the cabinets that are there and stacking it ontop of the other, longer cabinets.. giving me a whole wall. I would still have storage under the bed/couch and still be the same length. I would possibly lose a little width on the bed. It is currently 4 feet wide. 6ft long. I could nearly gain 2 feet of aisle? If i hack 6 inches off the width. 3 and half feet sufficient?.. I think it would be ok.

I would love to have a little aisle to be able to spring out of bed and into the day instead of "worming" my way from underneath.

Wish me luck. LOL... if there are any words of caution before I go too hammer happy.


RE: Good morning - crofter - 06-04-2020

Yesterday was 114 degrees here, a pretty day out and about in the van. Spent the day on appointments and mechanical stuff. 
-crofter


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-04-2020

(06-04-2020, 04:10 PM)desert_sailing Wrote:  I would love to have a little aisle to be able to spring out of bed and into the day instead of "worming" my way from underneath.

Wish me luck. LOL... if there are any words of caution before I go too hammer happy.
Exiting the bed from the center of it lengthwise is certainly much easier than having to crawl down and off the foot end of the bed. You don't want to exit from the head end of the bed as you need some type of head board to keep the pillow from sliding out under your head and onto the floor.  Of course over the years I had absorbed that understanding through experience and internalized it to the point that whatever I design usually incorporates that type of layout if at all possible. My travel trailer bed allows me to stand up from the lengthwise edge. But my Honda Element will have a full platform in the rear to store all the extra gear underneath. Sometimes I will take it camping and leave the trailer behind and then it will require a much more difficult exit from bed out the side door of the car. Things are not always perfect.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-04-2020

We did go out after a visit to the post office to our favorite local BBQ sandwich place. Takeout of course as the current status in the city does not allow for indoor seating. But the sandwiches taste the same sitting in the car or eating inside. The owner said his business has been doing pretty good, better than he expected with the stay at home order.

My treat for my workshop partner since I did have that big order from Australia come in this morning. He had been hankering for one of those BBQ sandwiches for the last month. He needed a treat, he has been feeling down and frustrated this last week. Some weeks are like that and a break from the tedium with a low risk treat excursion is a good way to relieve the blues.


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 06-04-2020

(06-04-2020, 10:03 PM)maki2 Wrote:  Exiting the bed from the center of it lengthwise is certainly much easier than having to crawl down and off the foot end of the bed. You don't want to exit from the head end of the bed as you need some type of head board to keep the pillow from sliding out under your head and onto the floor.  Of course over the years I had absorbed that understanding through experience and internalized it to the point that whatever I design usually incorporates that type of layout if at all possible. My travel trailer bed allows me to stand up from the lengthwise edge. But my Honda Element will have a full platform in the rear to store all the extra gear underneath. Sometimes I will take it camping and leave the trailer behind and then it will require a much more difficult exit from bed out the side door of the car. Things are not always perfect.
 All of the little things we take for granted. Simple pleasures. 
I am not sure if I am going to be able to make this rework work. The small counter stacked on the large needs to be cut back to sit properly and I lose nearly all my counter top by stacking but not so bad.. I guess..

I decided to wait before cutting and drilling to consult  with my buddy who has done most of the construction. I dont know if I will even have enough support by cutting away at the base of the bed to go over the wheel well.

Besides the bed the biggest fix needs to be rubbish control. Amazing how a couple beverage cans and twinkie wrappers add up. You really notice the waste you generate in a small space over that in a house. I will need to figure out a way to eliminate the waste and use reusable containers for things, food/snacks etc. I can not see how eating food from cans will be at all practical. Time to look at all the dehydrated/ backpacker food stuffs. I am not interested in driving around with bags of trash inside or strapped to the roof. Moldering cans of spaghettios..eww

Tonight would have been night 8. At this point there is not much more to discovering things that need adjustment. I have a pretty good list.  The fumes are diminishing but until I tweek everything a bit, I have decided to go back into the S&B until I get those items corrected. No reason to continue gassin' myself.

I have woke up soo haggard looking.. dark circles starting to form..LOL...I am definitely fortunate to be allowed the luxury of being able to have a comfortable and spacious alternative in which to rest while I refocus on an efficient and comfortable nest.

It is a terrible thought knowing that there are families (and many others) that have been thrown into a living space that is barely more than a roof over their heads and with little more than the clothes on their backs. I feel petty complaining about my bed.

So important to be thankful for all the little things that matter to basic human function. Clean air and water a safe place to rest, nutritious food, a healthy body and mind.  What more is possibly needed?? I hope I live to see the day when the "least" of us are "granted" the rudiments of life.

Pardon the preach.. I am just so utterly grateful.


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-05-2020

Buy or make a aluminum soda can crusher for your nomadic life. That will help reduce the volume of garbage. Also get one of the can openers that cuts the rims off of tinned cans. That way you have separated the top and bottom and you can then easily flatten the center of the can. Rinse or wash out the cans first and they won't get stinky then you can store them in a paper bag to put into metal recycling or do come metal can hacks, crafts or art projects with them.

But for some tin can fun (if you have the bandwidth. 5 and a half minutes long) check out this short film made by a friend Phil and his partner Liz.
"The Big Race" https://vimeopro.com/metalingo/doc-style-shooting-by-phil/video/28536527

Short documentary shot in Antsirabe, Madagascar
What do two small boys in Madagascar do with a free day? Tulch and Noel, best friends with a day off from school, successfully illustrate that you don't need fancy toys or the latest technology to have some fun on a beautiful summer afternoon. Maybe all you need is a tin can and a little imagination.

The Big Race has played in film festivals around the world, and is included in the Family Media Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, and numerous other library and film collections.

Phil and Liz are a great team and they are professional film makers having done a lot of work for companies such as Food Network, for the fashion industry including Vogue, BMW (cars), work for various TV series etc. They are also nomadic dwellers who have restored a Burro (fiberglass) travel trailer and a (aluminum) Spartan. This week I have been consulting with them on their project to buy a property and put up, or renovate, a facility on some land to house the trailers and a home base studio. I got volunteered to help them by Phil's dad because I am familiar with acting as my own general contractor on projects including a workshop/studio building and have done code research for permits and such. Phil's dad is my workshop partner who lives on a sailboat but also owns 2 cargo trailers, one set up as a workshop, the other for travel adventures with dual sport motorcycle and a van that can haul the trailers. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for my friends' home base search.


RE: Good morning - travelaround - 06-05-2020

@Maki - Wonderful Video !!

@desert_sailing - I am amazed your van is already so built out and you're not living in it but . . . well, by contrast, I have only a floor and some insulation, and that's all for the permanent part of the build. I'm using a double-decker cot (I sleep on the top bunk) and have a bedroom dresser in there instead of a counter/cabinets/kitchen. I had help with the floor but I did the insulation and nobody is helping me at this point. My cot is length-wise... 30" wide. I haven't had any trouble sleeping on that, and never fell out of the top bunk. I have a stool to stand on to get into the bed and out of it.