Three Weeks Down – Summer Solstice Edition

Image

Image

Image

ImageImage

Today found us on our newly named Sky Deck watching the sun come up over the Cascades and Lake Washington. Buster loves it up there as now he can make sure there are no kitties lurking around the neighborhood, and he has a view of all the neighbor dogs. Coffee on the deck on a gorgeous day is sublime.

It’s week three and we’re trying to mitigate the dust and debris. We finally gave up on our contractor managing our site and spent 4 hours yesterday cleaning up the yard and vacuuming areas in the house to remove the debris left behind by Ivan who is working on repairing the dry rot. His brother, Eddie, has come in from Chihuaha, Mexico to help, and is doing what he can, but he’s not really into construction as much as Ivan, who has been doing a great job with very little support. But Eddie and I worked together to remove the kitchen tile and fireplace landing. We also worked to remove debris from the house. Both brothers are great guys and hard workers.

John is at the end of his rope with the debris falling into the basement through the vent holes created when we removed all of the ductwork. While we asked that the holes be plugged, they were not, and both of us have spent a lot of time cleaning that up. John is going to Florida and will have a break from the mess for a week, which I’m sure he’ll enjoy. Buster and myself will hold down the fort. 

We’ve made lots of decisions this week on bathroom fixtures and some lighting, doors and tile, but we still have many more to go. The Airstream is performing like a trooper, but there is one major design flaw to them and this is the horizontal blinds, particularly the one over the bed, which keeps popping out of the pins that hold them to the wall. The pull down blinds on other models are far superior as they lock in place, and I think we are close to replacing some of the key blinds with those so we don’t have to keep putting them back in their pins. John made delicious breakfast biscuits today from the biscuits we bought at Biscuit Bitch in Belltown (they are wonderful biscuits) on our way back from Le Pichet where we always go after the Symphony for Chocolate Chaud. Last night, the Seattle Symphony performed an extraordinary version of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite for the Untuxed crowd. It was quite moving.

Buster is doing great, though he’s a bit tired from making sure everyone is doing their thing. He’s constantly on alert for changes. We’ve been giving a bunch of tours to the neighbors, but those will end this week when the roof structure is removed and we can no longer get up on the sky deck until all is re-framed.

Today is a beautiful day for Solstice, and as we head into the next week, we’ll be curious to see if our contractors reappear, and if the roof removal and reframing goes smoothly without the threat of rain.

We are beginning to believe that the demo process is nothing like you see on HGTV. You have to live it to believe it. Their remodels are done in an hour.  : )

Advertisements

Great Airstreaming Blogs I’m Now Following

In the past couple of months, I’ve been meeting some great people and bloggers in the Airstream blogosphere and wanted to share them out so you can see what a great lifestyle it is. I hope to join them soon! In the meantime, I just drool over their adventures and travel trailers. Many of them have helped me promote my novel, AIRSTREAMING, and I deeply appreciate it!

Glamper – An Airstream Diary – http://glamperanairstreamdiary.com/  Anna Sullivan writes about a compendium of glamorous traveling and locales while taking amazing photographs!

Just Five More Minutes – http://just5moreminutes.onsugar.com/  Monica and her family eating well across the NW and beyond, and relaying great recipes and stories.

TrailerChix.com – http://trailerchix.com/  Women living simply in trailers of all kinds and loving life. Great website for traveling women and men alike.

STREAMINGhttp://www.airstreaming.net/ RG Coleman is well connected in the Airstream community and writes a great blog and maintains an important website in all things ‘streaming. She’s also a great writer!

Riveted – http://www.riveted-blog.com/ Great pictures and advice. Also on FB like most of the others, the information here is invaluable to RV peeps.

Where is Kyle Now? http://whereiskylenow.com/     Truly an inspiration, Kyle works and lives out of his Airstream all over the country and now Canada as a software engineer. You can follow him on Twitter as well for daily updates on where he is: @whereiskylenow

Boxfotos – http://boxfotos.com/  John and I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and Becky in Tampa, Florida. Their Flying Cloud triples as workspace, classroom and photography museum, not to mention a place to sleep. Their photography and artwork is amazing and their collection of art is something to see. Great people as well!

I’ll be adding more to this list as I meet more people.

The 100th Post

Wow. 100 postings. When I first started this blog, I didn’t think I’d keep it up given work and all the other things going on in my life, and my very nature of letting things fester, but here we are at 100 postings! I guess it’s a barometer of all that has happened, and the things that have inspired me since October 1, 2010.

At the time of the creation of Word Incident, my life was a mess. I won’t go into details, but trust me, it wasn’t fun. Now, a little over a year and a half later, EVERYTHING has changed for the better (see picture above).

What I’ve learned through social media is that connecting with people, though you may never meet, is exciting stuff. Just in the past three months, I’ve been connecting with wonderful people in the Airstream community as I’ve reached out, and they’ve reached out to connect around my novel. It’s been absolutely wonderful.

I’ve also had the chance to connect with people all over the world who’ve seen my blog and responded to a poem, an article, or my thoughts on Bruce Springsteen (thought I wouldn’t put him in here, did you : ) ).  It’s an amazing tool, this blogging stuff. I’ve managed to stay apolitical or share my thoughts on religion, which Facebook has its abundant share of, not from me, but from a host of other people, but rather, I’ve tried to maintain this as a place of art, music, film, and of course, literary, both in the writing I’ve liked and the writing I’ve done. In October 2010, very few people knew I wrote and now everyone knows. It’s a daily part of my existence, whether writing down sentences or reading great fiction, and it was time to let the cat out of the bag.

As I did on the very first post, I encourage fellow writers to contact me so I can put something up about your work as well. Coming up on June 1, 2012, I expect you’ll hear more about my writing life, more about films, and certainly more about Bruce Springsteen. But as I travel more with my partner, John, I’m sure I’ll be incorporating that into this blog as well.

So stay tuned! Great times are just up the road. And to all you ‘streamers out there. We hope to be joining you soon!

Tom

Airstreaming on TrailerChix.com

Take a look at RG Coleman’s insightful and extremely well-written Interview of me for AIRSTREAMING on Trailerchix.com – a website dedicated to women who live and/or enjoy living simply, but fabulously on the open road!

http://trailerchix.com/trailer-lifestyle/airstreaming-a-novel-by-tom-schabarum/

Connecting with Airstream Folks

Wow, what a pleasure it has been connecting with many people who enjoy AIRSTREAMS. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Boxfotos Airstream in Tampa Bay, FL and converse, add and connect with others through Facebook and Twitter. Vintage Vacations on the Isle of Wight in England (namely Helen) tweeted how much she enjoyed the novel. RG Coleman has written two articles for TrailerChix and Airstream (the company). And I’ve connected to a number of other enthusiasts along the way. I look forward to being able to buy one and go on the road myself. I’m inching toward that day.

I hope that the Airstream community will embrace AIRSTREAMING this summer. It was a long-aborning novel, but ultimately, the people are responding to it with open hearts and that makes this writer happy.

For those that are interested, I’ve started on the sequel!