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
lake 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.
* Skoolie: 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. :-)
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.
[It 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 begin
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"
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
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 support.
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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