Living my long standing dream, I've joined the ranks of the esteemed RV Fulltimer

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Rant (x 2)

Rant #1
Although I am not looking as obsessively as I was, I am still looking for Theo (THE ONE) I've looked at several over the couple of months and they all seem to have one thing in common: the idiots who are selling them. Is it so hard to relay the information that would be pertinent to the buyer?

Before driving a minimum of an hour to go look at a vehicle, I want some basic facts and a few pictures.

Below is the response I got to my simple questions and request for pictures.

Yeah, NO!!! I am not driving 3 hours, in the heat, to go look at something with no background information and no idea what the TT looks like, AFTER receiving pictures.

Rant #2
The ongoing issues with Blogger, YouTube and Google have sucked the fun right out of blogging. Even when my hands are able I, often-times, can't comment. I have to log out of Blogger to use Google or YouTube. I have to log out of Google, to use Blogger or YouTube and I have to log out of YouTube to use Blogger or Google. In other words, I can only be logged in on one of these websites at a time.

On top of that, I can't upload a picture to blogger 50% of the time. In spite of the fact that blogger says it's "done" the picture doesn't show up. Doesn't matter which format, html or compose, I use. Or how many times I upload.

Blogger/YouTube/ Google could care less about these issues.

Please know that I am reading your blogs, in spite of my inability to comment.  Today seems to be a better day.  I can actually post to my own blog AND upload pictures.  Now we'll go see if I can comment on some of yours!

Thanks for listening to my whine! I'd love some baked Brie with that!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

More Free WiFi!!!

A member on the Cheap RV Living forum discovered that some Home Depot stores offer free WiFi!

We can never get enough of that, right?

Go to the store locator page and check the wifi option.

Thanks 4x4Chvy!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Work from (Mobile) Home! Google is hiring!

Google is looking for Ads Quality Raters.

"...As an Ads Quality Rater, you will be responsible for reporting and tracking the visual quality and content accuracy of Google advertisements. Ads Quality Raters use an online tool to examine advertising-related data of different kinds and provide feedback and analysis to Google. Projects worked on may involve examining and analyzing text, web pages, images, and other kinds of information. You will need an in depth and up-to-date familiarity with English- speaking web culture and media. Additionally, you will apply this knowledge to a broad range of interests and topics. Ads Quality Raters possess excellent written communication skills and web analytic capabilities. You will be required to work 10-20 hours a week on a self-directed schedule..."

These are temporary positions. More information is available here

Submit your resumes to Work ForceLogic

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Off the Grid: Life On The Mesa

"...Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of eco-pioneers, teenage runaways, war veterans and drop-outs, live on the fringe and off the grid, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream…"

Watch the film, in its entirety (107 minutes) - Warning: Adult Content
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If you read through the comments, several people mentioned that the documentary only looked at a small portion of the mesa. According to those commentators there are about 1400 residents of the Mesa, most of them living green, environmentally conscious lives.

As a side note, the term, "off the grid," originally referred to living without public utilities such as water and electricity. Many of the negative comments were bashing the community because they still rely on society for many necessities.

What is SnagFilms?

My answer is simple. "More FREE TV!"

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Friday, July 15, 2011

No service? No signal? Out of range? There's a solution!

photo lifted from dreamtimes

LifeHacker is another one of my go to websites. They constantly post tips and tricks on all kinds of subjects, from the kitchen to mobile technology. The writers at LifeHacker dumb down their directions for people like me, who only want to know how (the easy way) without caring about the why and what if.

Recently, Lifehacker contributor Alan Henry shared a method which makes it possible to use your iOS or Android phone even when out of range! Check it out!

You can check an area's signal with help from

This could be you! (or me) CAUTION! The F bomb is dropped, frequently!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

An AWESOME Boon Docking/Full-timin' RV Resource

I met Jen and Johnny (aka Hitek Homeless) at the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous in Quartzsite this past January. I may be their biggest fan (and quite possibly a harmless stalker)

One of the many things I love about this couple is their willingness to share information. They've created a couple of fantastic websites that do just that.

Their blog documents their travels with pictures and descriptions of hikes, campsites, and other aspects that may be of interest to travelers of all modes. It also has a page dedicated to work camping resources. Bookmark this page! It lists many resources available with a single click and it has recently been updated.

They also have a wonderful gallery of pictures, taken at their many camp sites, hiking and caving expeditions. I'd be hard pressed to pick my favorite, but I really enjoyed the most recent

A July 4th Rainbow and Hoodoos (picture lifted from Hitek Homeless)

Jen and Johnny are also created The website incorporates an interactive map of boon docking campsites, which is easily navigated. All of the listed sites have been utilized by Jen and Johnny or contributors. The campsites are rated and any difficulties getting there are noted and discussed. The website is updated regularly as they travel throughout the United States.

They provide a discussion forum to discuss all aspects of RV living and boon docking.

You can stalk follow them on FaceBook, for more frequent updates. If you have a question about a campsite or area they're happy to provide answers.

As a sidenote, if you have the opportunity to camp with these wanderers, the entertainment value, alone, is priceless!

Thanks, you guys, for providing such awesome resources and not having me arrested for stalking! I'm looking forward to the next time!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What Happens In Quartzsite Doesn't Necessarily Stay In Quartzsite

Quartzsite Declares Emergency
Council ousts mayor; online video at center of dispute

It's no surprise to me, nor I am sure, to many others who spent time in Quartzsite this past winter. The rumblings in the belly of Quartzsite, by both residents and seasonal vendors were palpably loud. Things were going to get messy.

7/12/2011 6:00:00 AM
Associated Press
"... The far western Arizona town of Quartzsite was in a state of upheaval Monday after the town council ousted the mayor from power and declared a state of emergency, all over an online video that shows a woman being arrested..."

The video below has generated a lot of press for the small town, where many RVin' folk make their winter home.

You can read more by following the link to the Kingman Daily Miner at the top of the post or at AZ Family

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'll have tacos with my Wi Fi, please

Taco Bell to provide free Wi fi

Once again, thanks to The Consumerist, I am in the know.

In a press release, IndoorDirect stated that,"...Taco Bell Corp. and Indoor Direct, Inc. have reached a long-term agreement to be the first to install in-store television network and free Wi-Fi solutions in all 5,600 Taco Bell locations throughout the United States..."

The project is expected to be completed in July of 2015.

Currently, Taco Bell has 14 locations with free WiFi

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Hit The Road

One of the things I struggle with when it comes to road prep are which documents I need to have readily accessible for myself or a loved one, in case of an emergency

The Consumerist comes through again with an post taken from Wall Street Journal/Wall Street Investor. WSJ references death, with regard to the article and graphic. In reality, it's something that would make things easier in case of any type of emergency or catastrophe.

The article goes into more detail, but the graphic really simplifies it.

Graphic by Tim Goldman

Good information whether your traveling, or not!

If you're anything like me, you may not need all of these documents if you've unloaded prperty, and most of what you own.