#VanLife · Personal Finance · Self-Improvement

Restoring Goldberg Manor: Part II

Things are coming along smoothly enough. This past week has been a lot of electrical work, plus some other aesthetic improvements. I also have a larger paint job lined up for the next several weeks, one of two major changes planned, the other being Central Air, which will likely be a fall project.

Painting Walls In the Sunroom Plus Electrical Additions

Before:

After:

Two of these installed. You’ll note how the ground is on top, which is the correct way to install them, although the popular style in the U.S. is to invert the receptacle.

New motion activated light:

Scraped and Painted Pump

Before:

After:

This will probably get a second coat, along with the chains and buckets to make it functional.

#VanLife · Personal Finance · Self-Improvement

Restoring Goldberg Manor: Part I

As many of you know, I have ventured out into the great boomer unknown and purchased a house. My goal with this series of posts is to give a sense of the improvements and changes which the building has (and will) suffer through in the name of preservation and stability. In certain cases I didn’t take a picture before changes occurred, so we’ll have to employ our active imaginations.

New Water Heater Plus Drain Pan:

Floors Sanded and Coated:

Before:

Moi foot

After:

(Note the paint change too, done to enhance lighting)

#VanLife · Personal Finance

The Van Life Squeeze

How do you crap and wash, when the washer and crapper are locked?

One of the central problems to any “lifestyle” is the existence of the single point of failure, a factor which can bring down the ship despite an otherwise solid condition. In the case of #VanLife, this rests around the brick and mortar facilities used to discharge waste and feel like Mr. Clean.

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic erupted, governments have been instating draconian shutdown orders which force businesses like gyms and recreation centers to close. The result has slammed mobile life residents, who rely on those spots to release and refresh. With work gyms and showers being similarly shuttered, the list of hygiene allies grows thin.    

There is always the possibility of purchasing a solar shower or portable toilet, though the former can be less ideal in colder climates, and the latter takes that sweet aroma out of the #VanLife romance, depending on one’s typical diet.

Other pandemic problems include the impact of social distancing on parks and parking lots, where many car lifers will camp for the night. Closures in the first case and closer scrutiny from department stores or police on the other create a significant problem. Plus we have the “watchful neighbors” turning into Stasi informants for the government in some areas.

Yet another factor would be the restrictions on access to libraries, where VLers may use Wi-Fi and check out movies, or simply enjoy the AC.

This is not to say the lockdown will be indefinite, although some crazies want it extended for years. Instead, people who romanticize the mode of living need to understand what difficulties and sacrifices are entailed.

If you want a clearer idea before taking the leap, check out my book: Six Months In A Van