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Practicing the Art of Constant Change

It seems like every six months our plans change dramatically. That’s not such a bad thing, after all, we are starting from scratch. When you don’t really know where you’re going to end up (who does?) and you don’t know how you’re going to get there it only seems practical that there will more than a few ‘corrections’ along the way.

I can’t even say ‘corrections’ in the sense that we’ve made BAD decisions over the last year. We’ve just made different choices along the way.

One of the most difficult struggles we consistently face is serving our one true god. Not literally, I’m suggesting making consistent decisions that best serve our primary goal, our purpose, dream, passion, or whatever motivation that drove us in this direction. It’s easy to get sidetracked. There’s a lot of decisions that are easy and comfortable but actually put you two steps backward in your march toward nirvana.

Were wrapping up construction on our entertainment booth. We will spend the better part of November marketing the booth for the 2011 fair season. I’d rather be in Mexico. I think this is a good business opportunity for us, but I also fear we are losing some of the intent behind the seasonally occupation- to live on a boat!

Things take time and some preparation today can pay dividends for years, but I don’t want to fall back into the never-ending “someday” philosophy that keeps getting pushed back in lieu of more “reasonable” decisions.

It’s a tricky balance.

This year we plan on spending all of December on the boat, but chances are a week will be consumed with getting the boat back in the water and some repairs completed. January and February are spent In Arizona selling donuts before we gat a chance to get back to the boat for another two months.

That’s a pretty long stretch and I should be thankful. Most folks don’t have that much time off EVER in a single year.

I want to be a better sailor and learn more about our current boat, but I lose so much after being gone for such a long time. Even the skills we hard learned on the east coast are slipping after a near year spent in the mountains and desert.

Everything is an evolution, a work in progress. With some hard work and a little luck, we just might be able to arrange our calendar to spend four months in a row on the water and another three months in snow country during the winter. Comparatively, our lives look so differently than they did a year ago. Who can tell what the future holds?

We’ve been here in Tucson for only 13 days and I’m already stir crazy. We accomplished an amazing amount of work in such a short time but I crave the solitude of our little family on the road. I couldn’t have gotten all this work done without the help of our family, but I feel a little crowded in the city and long for a more desolate setting. I think I’m finally done with cities of any size.

My Dad, Grandpa to the kids, has been an amazing help with the entertainment booth. We park the motorhome in his driveway when we’re in town. He has all the tools and shop space for me to work on the equipment and build our crazy props. I’m sure it takes him weeks to mentally and spatially recover after we leave. We’re still not 100% independent and having his support and resources has helped bridge the gap while we are on such a tight budget with no other form of transportation than the motorhome. He’s lending us his Toyota sedan for the drive to Missoula, Mt. The difference between 9 mpg in the motorhome and 26 mpg in the Toyota driving up to Missoula accounts for about $400 in savings each way!

The plan is good, the progress is promising, the opportunity is there- it’s all the work in between that requires my diligent attention and constant patience. Things unfold before us, but we work hard to stay loyal to our vision and slowly we make forward headway.

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