May 26, 2021

I wonder if I could earn my keep by selling my drawings on eBay?

  • I would need to learn how to draw. I am giving this task an honest effort. As I’ve mentioned before, I am dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to ‘drawing practice’. I follow Rich Graysonn’s Udemy courses. I like his teaching style. Hopefully, if I develop a drawing skill I believe I will be able to sell prints at a few dollars each. I would only need to earn enough to cover my living expenses, which, if I live in a van, would be minimal I assume.
  • I would need to learn how to sell stuff on eBay. It probably isn’t that hard to do, but certainly there is a method to it, how to attract buyers, and to keep people buying, things like that which make a difference. Of course, that means that I will need to turn out the art on a consistent, regular schedule, which also means that I need to learn how to draw in a style that people want spend their disposable income on. This is an example. And, this is another example.

I have also considered living in a van and earning my keep by developing a You Tube channel. I watch several people who dwell in vans and seem to earn a living by posting videos on their channel, gathering views to generate ad revenue. Of course, I don’t know much about earning a living on You Tube while living in a van, that is probably something you just-need-to-do to know how to do it. Bob Wells is a good example.

I watch the Unstoppable Morgan You Tube Channel. She seems to have the required mix of personality, good looks and circumstances for a successful You Tube channel. While watching this video she mentioned that it is important to give people something to watch while holding and squeezing her boobs. If I had her set I would probably do the same. But, I don’t, I’m an old fat white man so there is nothing I can offer by way of physical attributes.

Nikon W300 time lapse, May 25, 2021, looking south from the back yard.

Fear of Boredom on Vacation ?

I am watching too many Van Dwelling videos on You Tube. While watching this type of video, I get worked up and excited about van dwelling on my own.

Then I stumbled on this video.

I have done my fair share of camping with a pull behind tent camper. So, I have some experience ‘camping’. Of course, this always included the wives and kids. I don’t know if this compares with ‘van dwelling’ by definition. Probably not.

I have spent a few nights backpacking. Most of those episodes where solo. Backpacking is probably closer to van dwelling as it is minimal in nature whereas the pull-behind-tent-camper is not minimal. It could be but it wasn’t in my experience.

I have this romantic notion of van dwelling, believing it to be free of distress and full of adventure. Most of the van dwelling videos I watch portray that impression. And that’s ok. I want to watch the fun stuff, the exciting stuff, the cute girls, the food, the campfires, the people.

But I can’t imagine van dwelling is all glamour all the time. Certainly there are dull moments, moments that are not fun. Certainly there are moments that are scary.

While watching the number of van dwelling videos that I do, I wonder if these people get bored. I ask, how can you get bored while van dwelling, camping in these wonderful parks and camp grounds, hiking these unique trails and taking awesome photo and video.

I think about driving to North Dakota. I outline all the places I want to see. I imagine all the awesome photos I can take, the fun I can experience. Certainly I can’t be bored on vacation. Yet, the fear of boredom on vacation sort of pulls back my enthusiasm for a North Dakota vacation, even a van dwelling life.

Aspen Trees and a boulder. Fuji photo taken by Dave 0 on June 18, 2015 on the Whitney Lake Trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness, near Red Cliff, Colorado.
Aspen Trees and a boulder. Fuji photo taken by Dave 0 on June 18, 2015 on the Whitney Lake Trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness, near Red Cliff, Colorado.

To Begin the Week

176.1. Yay, I was blessed with weight loss this week. My eating was bad enough on Sunday (2/26) that I expected a mega gain. Instead, a loss. A true blessing. The total weight loss so far is 23.7 pounds since January 1, 2017. I have been at this effort for 8 weeks so my average is 2.96 pounds a week.

I’m glad to begin this fresh week. Things were a bit scrambled over this past weekend and I felt and sort of gave into a minor binge Sunday evening. This new and fresh week is opportunity to reset and regroup.

In past weight loss efforts I’ve floundered after about 8 weeks into the program. It’s time to strengthen resolve and effort to stay on track.


Sunday Dinner

I went out with my … first ex-wife … for a late lunch – early dinner on Sunday 2/26. Isn’t that strange? We remained friendly after the divorce in 1999. She married a good man and he’s fun to be around. They were in the neighborhood to drop off some stuff for our son, who still lives with me, and invited me to go with them. So cool.

We went to the Outback. I ordered the Alice Springs chicken and fries. It was so good but cost over eleven hundred calories. My eating wasn’t too good on that day with popcorn (air-popped) and handfuls of Spanish peanuts and yogurt.

I ended the day at 2,384 calories, which is 774 calories over my target of 1,610. And, there was no exercise that day to offset any calories.

That is why I feel blessed for the weight loss this week.


Calories for the week

  • Monday 2/20 : 1,200
  • Tuesday 2/21 : 1,295
  • Wednesday 2/22 : 1,160
  • Thursday 2/23 : 1,764
  • Friday 2/24 : 1,275
  • Saturday 2/25 : 1,351
  • Sunday 2/26 : 2,384

The total was 10,429 calories for the week. That averages to 1,490 a day. I was over the target on two days.


Exercise for the Week

I exercised on five days of the seven day week. I walked 25 miles for the week. On Friday 2/24 I was able to get in a C25K workout within the miles. It was the Week One Day One workout and it was enough for me. I did that workout on the treadmills at Planet Fitness, so I was able to ‘exercise’ my membership and get in a C25K work out at the same time.


Van Dwelling In the Hospital Parking Lot

My Mom had a series of small strokes on Saturday morning 2/25. She was taken to the hospital and clots were discovered after a series of MRI and CT scans. I spent most of the day on Saturday at the hospital, as did my siblings. The doctors say she will make a good recovery but the recovery will take time and there will be time spent in rehab.

While at the hospital I came upon this van. It looks like a van dweller van. There is a Honda generator mounted on the back of the van with an air conditioner in the penthouse top. The is also a Fan-Tastic fan mounted on the penthouse top as well.

Hospital parking lots are a popular safe place for van dwellers to park overnight. But this van did not move the entire weekend, so maybe it is used by a doctor, nurse or resident?

Possible Van Dweller in the hospital parking lot. Discovered on Sunday February 26, 2017.

Possible Van Dweller in the hospital parking lot. Discovered on Sunday February 26, 2017.


Wishing everyone a great week.

 

A Pleasant Day

Yesterday was a solid day on the eating and exercise fronts.

I was at the even number of 1,200 calories for the day. There was the Slim Fast shakes for breakfast and lunch. For dinner, there was a Chipotle and Cheddar chopped salad with chucked chicken. The salad was from a kit and the chicken from a can. I’m not a chef. Nor am I a cook of any degree. But I can open a bag of chopped lettuce and other salad stuff and open a can of chunk chicken!

There was a Zombie Dust. Oh, was that so very good.

For the exercise, I walked two miles during my lunch break and three miles after work. It was such a pleasant day. I believe the air temperature was in the high 60’s with partly cloudy skies. I listened to a podcast on Calvinism and Arminianism during the walk.

I’m trying to take advantage of the pleasant weather for outdoor exercise. I know there will come a day when I can’t exercise outdoors due to the weather, as it is still Winter in central Indiana!

However, yesterday evening, the sky was so very pleasant, very abstract.

Evening sky, looking south west from Freedom Park in Greenwood, Indiana. Photo taken on February 20, 2017.

Evening sky, looking south-west from Freedom Park in Greenwood, Indiana. Photo taken on February 20, 2017.


Blood Pressure

This morning, the blood pressure was 119/75  with a resting heart rate of 65. Seems on the high side to me.


Junkyard

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Another view of the Junkyard north of Freedom Park in Greenwood Indiana. Photo taken on February 19, 2017.

 

Ever since I noticed the poor red VW Beetle on top of a pile of junk cars I can’t stop but notice the junkyard now. Before, I couldn’t see it as it was hidden by a fence and trees and a hill. But now, I can see it, even though the fence and trees and hill are still there!

Now, on every lap around the Fitness Trail I spot the junk yard and notice the other junk cars.

Strange that I hardly noticed it before. Now, I can’t help but notice it.


Van Dwelling

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A van … possible van dweller?

 

I spotted this van in a Lowes parking lot. It is reasonable to assume that this van is used by a construction crew as it was parked in a Lowes parking lot. But, for some reason it excited my desire to van dwell.

Not that I can van dwell anytime soon. Still have too much debt to pay off so I need the job to do that. But, maybe one day.

But on these very pleasant mid February days, when the sun is bright and the air temperature is warm, the warmth and sun excites a desire to fly away to some western state and explore national parks, canyons, mountains, valleys, cities and towns, museums; to camp out under the stars, have campfires, see things I haven’t seen.

Van dwelling is a sub segment of the Tiny House movement where minimalism and personal freedom are common denominators. It is attractive to me. Maybe it is just a pipe dream but still a dream.

A friend suggested that after paying off the debt that I take a year off from the career and van dwell full time while roaming around and exploring the western states. That might be a good idea.

 


Well, wishing everyone a great day !!