First Breakdown

It’s happened. One month in and I’ve used the Roadside Assistance button on my Progressive Auto-Insurance app. Buying a Vanagon that’s older than me was always going to yield breakdowns and stalls. You don’t go into #vanlife thinking that it’s always going to be smooth sailing. I will admit I thought it’d be a little…

Out of Gas

The Vanagon as of this time is unnamed. We haven’t found one that has stuck with us above all others. We’ve made a casual joke that maybe it’s like the Pacific Crest Trail, you get your name once you are out there. JC and I are not mechanical people. I would say we are educated…

Lights Out

We have been having a rough week as far as the weather goes. It has been cold, the winds shake the house, the rain turns to ice and then snow and then back to rain again, all while the power struggles to stay on.  Losing power for hours at a time is a whole other…

Productive Days

I am sorry for the post that I removed late last week.  I was using this as an outlet to vent and felt that some of the comments received were a little to hard to hear so I removed it.   But on to today…. I have had a lot going on this past week.…

Past Triggers

The snow does not seem to want to linger on the ground.  The locals keep describing a winter that I fear does not exist.  I would love to see the rivers and lakes frozen over for ice skating to occur.  I would love to be forced to carry my shovel in my car with me everywhere I go…

Wrapped up in Themselves – Part 4

Years had passed and that young 16 year old girl had found me through the advancements of social media.  She wanted to reach out to me and apologize for lying to her parents about that night.  She stated that she was too afraid to tell them that she willingly had sex and saying she was forced…

Wrapped up in Themselves: Part 3

I had just landed in Portland when I heard all my voice mails.  I had a warrant out for the delinquency of a minor.  I tried to explain the situation to my parents on the way home from the airport, but I have always felt that they thought that I was hiding something.  The truth…

Wrapped up in Themselves: Part 2

At the time I was a smoker.  I spent most of my time at the party sitting on the back patio with a cigarette and beer in my hand.  I didn’t dance so you didn’t catch me in the main rooms of the house.  I was only lured inside because a boy that I began…

Wrapped up in Themselves: Part 1

Everyone seems to be wrapped up in their own little problems and thoughts, but why shouldn’t they be?  They are after all more important to them than the issues that others may be facing.  I like to believe that I have a higher spirit than most trying to find ways to make sure others know that…

Journal Entry: Training Day

October 12th 2012, Friday Teaching day.  Elizabeth and I taught first, the 6th form as it is called out here. Our lesson was on school subjects. We alternated introducing words and sentences to a class we had never met. Our expectations were low of their English comprehension, lower when the usual teacher told us that…