Date: 15 February 2014. I Did It.
Guest author Charlotte in R/V Western Woman.
This piece is for
The Writer's Block,
written by a website guest in reply to the
article about my friend Bob. Comments are encouraged.
I am so, so sorry about your friend. It was the loss of too
many friends in the past few years, topped by the loss of my parrot (which
I realize sounds silly, but I'll explain), which spurred me to finally
take the plunge and apply for the loan for an RV and just DO it last
month, after wanting to for eighteen years.
Well, more, really - my parents and
grandparents had RVs of some sort (and boats :-) - but small pontoon or
motor boats for the lakes in Oregon where I grew up) my entire life. I can
remember being at the late every weekend, sometimes longer than weekends,
during the summers, parked next to my grandparents. At one point we had a
*skoolie, a big yellow thing that I was in love with.
It's the insider's term for a school bus that is
turned into a motor home.
We went to Washington to visit my
aunt and uncle, and went to Manitoba. When I saw the red double
decker buses, I decided I was going to have one someday, convert it
into an RV, live in it, and drive it all over the US, living
everywhere for a few months at a time so I could learn everything
about everywhere. :-)
My plan was to be an author,
and I figured I could type up my manuscripts and mail them off
to the publisher from anywhere. Little did I know how easy it
really could be now! Unfortunately I gave up on writing in
college, but I do travel for work.
The parrot comes in to the story
with the "everything has to be perfect" thing. I got Decker in
1985, two years before my husband died. In the three years after
Ralph died, I went into a tailspin and made a lot of bad
decisions. I gave away all of my pets except for Decker, had a
succession of terrible roommates, and let my parents convince me
to move back to Oregon.
[This is a parrot picture -- and it was Valentine's Day
you know. Plus I wanted some chocolate. Signed, Janice.]
So, I sold my
house and half of what I owned, left my friends and New Jersey,
packed up my parrot Decker, and moved back to Oregon, which only
lasted six months because there was a good reason I left to
Decker had been with me through I don't know how
many moves. He was almost the only thing I had left from "before."
I was obsessed with finding the perfect RV for him - it had to
have a space big enough for the very large and very expensive cage
I was going to buy for him. And so, there was also never enough
money - I thought I would need thousands for a down payment on an
RV and thousands for his "perfect" cage.
My writing spot... and Charlotte's will no doubt be
just as amazing. She is intrepid and brave. J.
He died in June. I started
writing again in August, thanks to some incredibly intense dreams
about a character I had written about twenty years ago. The more I
wrote about her, the more I realized that I really could do
whatever I wanted - if I could get back to writing, what was
stopping me from buying an RV?
My parents hate the idea, and Mother sent me
the most incredibly mean and nasty e-mail I have read in years -
and sent it to my siblings, too. I don't know why I expected
anything else. She has done the exact same thing every other
time I have told her about anything that meant anything to me.
This is the first time I have actually gone ahead
with something instead
of letting her negativity terrify me into not
doing it. But anyway - I did it.
[Thanks to Leonard Steward (http://leonardsteward.com)
who provided photos of his skoolie Blue Bird.]
I bought the RV. And, ironically,
though I thought I would need thousands down, I only needed $500. That
makes my payment higher, but I am going to pay extra every month to
pay it off faster. I was finally down to zero debt before this. In
fact, I want it paid off ASAP because I want to build a garage for it!
Now my next hurdle will be doing all
of the actual sightseeing I
want to do, on top of the day to day living while on assignment.
Again - I am so very sorry for your
loss. I have a best friend, another widow, I e-mail almost daily about
the novels we are writing. I don't know what I would do without her
Skoolie's make wonderful,
large motor homes and can be a comfortable choice for road
The following skoolie belongs to sdwarf36 who I met on
Thanks for the use of your picture.
Charlotte in R/V Western Woman.
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