Public Diary of Eric Talaska
Innovative Campervan Life Environmental Advocate
Extremely Frustrating Credit Reporting "Services", Attempt to Resolve Made Things Worse
March 21st, 2019. I received a notification from my free password protect software company that they think there is a concern with my credit report
according to Trans Union. I proceeded to file for a free credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com (the only one authorized as legit by the feds), but they
asked a security question relating to previous addresses that was too vague for me to accurately answer, so they denied the report. I called their phone
number to request the report again. The automated system asked for my current address which wrong / outdated. At the end I passed the address questions,
but the automated system didn't give me an option where to mail the report to and said they will mail it to me. I am a full time traveler so I'm not sure where
they are mailing it to. There is nobody available there to ask, it's all automated. Now they are going to send a PAPER copy with ALL MY CONFIDENTIAL
SECURITY / FINANCIAL info to an unknown address!!!! They gave me NO option how to receive the report! I went to get my report form Trans
Union directly and they now require a $25 monthly ($300 /year!!!) SCAM!; can't just buy one report anymore. This is terrible abuse of capitalism.
Best Buy Sprint Kiosk Agent Doubly Helpful
Best Buy, Santa Maria, California, March 19, 2019. To be fair I will make positive entries about people too. I was just browsing the security cameras in the
store and David asked if I need any help. He ultimately helped me figure out how to bypass the security PIN on my phone with just a fingerprint touch and
recommended Tunnel Bear VPN which is fee based ($60 per year), but provides the best security on all devices, so I bought into it and feel much more
Post about online chats with someone I significantly helped and tried to help in many ways deleted. There were never any images uploaded. At the time of this
post nobody reads this except you.
Incompetent Humane Society Worker
Santa Maria, California, March 15th, 2019. I made an appointment with Evergreen Veterinary Clinic to see if Tippy needed his teeth cleaned. While shopping
in PetSmart, I encountered a Humane Society worker putting away cats. I asked her if she thinks Evergreen would be a good place to get Tippy's teeth
cleaned. She said no, the Humane Society will do a much better job a lot cheaper. So I cancelled the Evergreen appointment and went to the Humane
Society. After a very long wait checking in, they said they don't have any equipment to do a good job and referred to.... dom dom dom.... Evergreen! I called
Evergreen back and they barely fit me in for a late afternoon appointment. Fortunately, the doctor said I have done such a great job brushing Tippy's teeth, he
doesn't even have gingivitis and therefore didn't need any cleaning which is very rare for a 15 year old dog who has not had his teeth cleaned for about five
Most unremarkable socially (one pseudo friend, one ex girlfriend and one nephew on Facebook and VA rep on phone said happy birthday), no gifts, no
party, but I stayed in a campground by the pacific ocean, walked on the beach with Tippy, walked around the minimally populated monarch butterfly grove,
ate some good food (Portabella mushrooms fried in avocado oil, smoked oysters, organic multi color popcorn with avocado oil). The weather was ideal for
me: 60F, 95% overcast with occasional light rain. I was mostly happy for both me and Tippy to be healthier than a year ago and financially secure "enough". I
have not achieved the things my parents, etc. would expect by my age (wife, kid(s), house), but I feel I have achieved and contributed a lot of great technical
innovations, various creative projects and writing.
Dream Entry of this Entry!: Old Lady I Rent Room from Harasses Me
My brain at night while dreaming, February 24th, 2019: I rented a room from an old couple to take a break from moving around campgrounds. There was a
vulgar old lady in charge of the house more so than her husband. She was constantly monitoring me (just like all my real life experiences) and quickly after
renting told me to spray paint some pine cones I found in the house. I refused to because this time I know I wasn't desperate for a place since I still had my
Sprinter camper van. The main reason for this entry here is that when she told me to spray paint the pine cones, I knew I had to enter that into this diary!
Vulgar Lady Took My "Site Occupied" Sign from My Campsite
Pismo Beach Oceano State Park Campground, California, February 13th, 2019. I left three orange trays and a mat at my campsite while running errands for the day. When I
returned, it was all gone. I thought to call 911 to report it, but first immediately walked towards neighbors to see if anyone has a dashcam or saw anything. A vulgar lady smoking
a cigarette said "Are these yours?" referring to my stuff on her picnic table. She said she thought I was gone and wasn't trying to steal anything, but one of the orange trays had
large writing in three places "SITE OCCUPIED" and it was only 5:30PM and still daylight. She was a bit nice though and was interested in my van as she was staying in her old
minivan. I desire to still stay away.
West Marine Battery Return Hassle: Store Managers Allowed to Override Corporate Policies
Over the past few years I have exchanged lead acid AGM batteries several times to try to find something that meets my power needs. West Marine was
recently bought out by another company and changes are being made. In January, 2019 I purchased a Tesla module that is far superior to anything West
Marine sells (if properly installed and managed), so I attempted to return the AGM battery on February 7th at two Santa Barbara, CA locations, but both
managers refused the return because they said the battery has an expiration date. The only dates batteries have are manufacture and warranty dates.
Regardless, the corporate return policy guarantees a store credit since the batteries have been purchased over 30 days ago. there is nothing in the return
policy regarding battery expirations. I filed a complaint with corporate which to my surprise said the store managers can set any policies they want even if they
violate corporate policy! That's a first. It still in violation of the receipt which is a legal binding contract. In the meantime I drove 45 minutes south to the
Oxnard store which obliged the return and store credit gift card.
Possibly the First to Install a Tesla Battery Module in a Van / Campervan and/or Wall Mount Battery Bank
February 1, 2019 - Morro Bay State Park, California. I successfully wall-mounted and tested a 24V Tesla electric vehicle battery module in my campervan
Got Kicked out of a Facebook Group for Saying Odd Pricing is Unethical
January 11th, 2019, while camping in San Luis Obispo, California. A Sprinter conversion van group admin quickly blocked me from their group because I
said it's my opinion odd pricing (in this case $89,999) is interesting because it is designed to trick the mind into thinking it's a lot less than 90,000. This made
me realize most groups are missing a lot of beneficial feedback that isn't all positive. The admin was watching the whole thing and asked if I need his help. Is
he a psychologist and a Sprinter expert?? I responded with "I'm sorry to see you area victim of capitalist greed. I'm OK. I see the truth and the truth is that
this kind of odd pricing is designed to deceive." Previously I was warned I must always be kind in the group. I responded with it's kind to inform other of
deceit. I was glad to leave a group that promotes and allows such ads. There are many others that don't.
Successfully Designed, Installed and Tested World's First EV (Electric Vehicle) Charge Port on an RV - video | http://www.econeato.org/ev.html"
December 20th, 2018 - Aptos, California. I'm the first person to install an electric vehicle charge adapter port on a non-electric vehicle. I simply connected it
to a very rare special part: 240VAC to 12VDC converter-charger. I finished the install and testing at Seacliff State Beach upper level day use area where they
have EV charge stations. There were many people who stopped by to inquire about my van causing about a 3 hour delay, but I welcome strangers... I have
the time. The next day, 21st, I cooked with an induction stove powered by the EV charge station... probably the world's first to do that.
Paul, a state park docent parked his Honda hybrid plug-in next to me to charge, so I approached him to explain what I'm doing. He seemed to appreciate my
situational: If there are many charge stations open and if not, I could put a note allowing others to unplug mine. He still stood by a limit. I was a bit alarmed by
that and realize that's the mind of a state worker. His car consumes far more energy to charge than my RV house battery by constantly pulling 30A AC while
mine uses less than half that. The state park campground electric hookup sites are almost always full. When a Class B RV uses an EV charger, he frees up
electric campsites for those who have larger vehicles and need them. There is no time limit. He asked if I have a fire extinguisher. I said I have two and plan to
install a Tesla battery. He departed saying "All I can say is don't let perfect get in the way of best."
Over the next several days of being plugged in all day at Seacliff State Beach, California, I talked with many people and explained this innovation and its
benefits. To my surprise, nobody cared about the innovation and benefits. All they cared about was whether the power was free or not. This lack of interest in
the benefits put me in a state of discouragement, but I soon realized I was dealing with average people with average jobs and average skills. I'm in the class of
innovators so of course they think differently and shallow.
Spent $100 for 3 grams of 25:1 CBD Cannabis from Flaky, Shady Local Dispensary for Tippy
December 13th, 2018 - Herbal Cruz Dispensary, Santa Cruz, California. At this time Tippy is not in pain, but has eye inflammation I thought CBD might help
with. About a week ago I was talking a couple about CBD for dogs. They said they were happy with the local dispensary Herbal Cruz. I made a note to go
there later. Upon arriving, I noticed several signs stating nobody is allowed to play loud music in the parking lot. Upon entering, they had a TV playing very
loud with commercials. That was extremely annoying and I almost left and was going to leave if they didn't turn it off soon. They had me fill out a detailed legal
waiver with some personal info on it. That also was pushing me over the edge of leaving, but I filled out almost, but not all of it. The vulgar skanky (extreme
piercings, tattoos, hair dyes and overweight) woman working at the front desk required to hold my driver's license longer than I was comfortable with to put
me in her computer. Again, that was pushing me over the edge of leaving. I decided to stay because I wanted to see what products they have to offer. Then a
skanky dude (same as the woman except not overweight) told me to go into a different building to see the products. He seemed quite wasted and was losing
credibility with me, but I tried to be patient and just listen. He said I can try low amounts of CBD mixed with olive oil or get straight CBD in a syringe which is
the best price per gram. I noticed on the package it said "batch 6/25/2018 expires 6/25/2019 and I expressed concern it was running rancid due to being a
half year old already. The guy assured me it's fresh as they just got it in and will last way beyond that date. I asked for a different one with newer date. He
handed me a different one, but had the same date. He was acting quite erratic, but I was thinking I don't care about him, I just want the best product for Tippy
and didn't want to be inconvenienced with driving around looking somewhere else with a high chance they are all this flaky anyway, so I went ahead and
agreed to buy it. Upon check out he said I have to pay with cash and they have an ATM. I was charged $2.50 to use their ATM. He said I can get a
veteran's discount. I never said I was a veteran and wondered how he knew, so apparently the lady at the front desk entered that info into the system based
on my driver's license. It seemed to be a 10% discount since I paid about $99 total after tax, but being experienced in running businesses, I realized that since
they don't give receipts, if they charge tax they highly likely don't report many sales and thus illegally pocket the taxes collected. So over all it's pretty shady,
but again I figure will be the same with their competitors. He had a tip jar conspicuously by the register. I didn't put a penny in it. If the experience were more
professional and legit, I would have put at least the dollar change in there. I wonder... what if I said I refuse to pay cash and only offer a credit card... would
they turn the business down? What if I required a receipt? Could I cancel the order after handing over the cash if they say no receipt? Would they then hand
the cash back or fight? I'll make a note not to go back there again, it's just too weird for me. Overall I felt they had the best product for Tippy and I just did
what's in his best interest vs. leaving based on my negative feelings about the people there.
Starter Failed, Asked Others for Help (Rare), Bad Sprinter Mechanics, Fussy EMS - Learned it Refuses Certain Generators, Changed
Starter by Myself in a Few Hours, Realized You Make Friends when in Need
December 4th - 5th, 2018 - New Brighton State Beach Campground, California. I was getting ready to take Tippy to his ophthalmology follow-up exam, but
the van wouldn't start. I knew I needed to do as much troubleshooting as possible to avoid having it towed to the nearest "competent" Sprinter mechanic
(which is extremely hard to find). I called many shops asking for advice and did much research online only to be met with very flaky, worthless crap. The most
popular place, Stevenson Mercedes Benz, wanted $250 just to troubleshoot. In the meantime it was too cloudy to get enough solar power, so I asked
someone if I could borrow their portable generator. My electronic management system computer would not allow their generator to charge my batteries
because the generator has a floating ground. the EMS bypass still would not allow that generator. So I had to shut everything off and use the generator to just
keep the fridge on due to Tippy's insulin and eggs. I decided to take a chance and spend a little less than $250 on a remanufactured starter from O'Reiley
which offers a lifetime warranty. I noticed I needed a star / Torx female socket to remove the two bolts. I asked a campground host to drive me around to
pick up the starter and find that Torx socket. I didn't know exactly what size I needed. I did know it would be either a 14, 15 or 16. I found out the hard way
there is no such thing as the size 15. It took 14. I told the host I would pay him and he said "anything helps". I thought that was creepy because that's the
phrase panhandlers use, he was running personal errands anyway and was a volunteer host who doesn't get paid for his time at that time anyway. I paid him
about $28 (just under or about half what an Uber drive would charge) he gladly took. I changed the starter within a few hours and the van started much faster
and better than ever. I would have still been waiting for a tow truck otherwise. It was hard labor (twisting my body under the van) for a few hours, but at least
I know the job was done right with a truly reman new-like part. I seemed to have realized a big reason why I don't have very many friends: It's unusually rare
for me to ask anyone else for favors. By doing so, you make new friends.
Extreme Incompetencies of Others Regarding Sprinter Service & Obtaining a Starter:
1. The van has been to many repair shops since I bought it in early 2016. The vehicle has always cranked very slowly and sometimes takes a while to
start. I wasn't sure why, but all those mechanics should have pointed out I need to replace the starter. None did.
2. I called Stevenson Creek Mercedes in Palo Alto to ask the Sprinter tech how I should troubleshoot. I explained it has always turned over very slowly.
He said that probably isn't the starter. He was totally wrong. It was.
3. I tried to find out how much Stevenson Creek MB wants for a starter, what brand, etc. and it took them about 24 hours to return my call. They
eventually called back and said it would be about $680, then said no, about $450. Are they making up prices as they go?
4. San Jose Sprinter wrongly said I should buy their Mercedes brand starter because aftermarket versions are junk. There is no MB brand, but rather
5. When I went to pick the part up at OReiley, they handed me someone else's pre-paid starter. I said I didn't pre-pay. They sat it aside. Another
employee went in the back to get the correct one.
6. Before ordering a starter from OReiley, I ordered one from AutoZone. I called them to cancel that order. About 30 hours later AutoZone called to let
me know the part came in. I said I called over a day ago to cancel that order. They said no problem. They should have been interested in who I told
to cancel the order, but could care less.
7. At the time of this writing, nobody published anything online explaining how to change a second generation Sprinter starter. It's not very hard with the
proper instructions. Almost all diesel mechanics and shops want us to believe a diesel is too difficult to work on and we have to hire them. That's
wrong. This is not too hard if the proper instructions are attained.
Met the Google Usability Research Team and Sold them on a Solar Panel Upgrade
November 28, 2018 - Capitola, California. I pulled right up next to the team's tent and van and talked with Nick for a while about upgrading their Sprinter
extended length van with solar. They were interested. I gave Nick my contact info and offered a free consultation on doing the upgrade at least because it
would promote more sustainable living. I showed them my van and they were impressed and interested in copying some of my innovations. This doesn't mean
I love Google. Actually I hate a lot about Google, but still rely on many of their services. I'm just trying to promote solar.
Safely Drove Though the Now Historic California Camp Fire Smoke Plume
November 9, 2018 - California. I made camping reservations for a campground in Red Bluff, but upon arriving my eyes were burning a little bit and the air
was bad. The government's airnow.gov website said Red Bluff had good air quality, but they were very wrong. I was getting frustrated with that agencie's
incompetency. The next morning, November 10th, I drove hundreds of miles on south bound I-5 straight through some dense smoke, particularly around
Sacramento. I was not in health danger because I ran my HEPA filter on high speed and closed off the front vents. I was probably one of the few (also
ambulances?) with HEPA air wile driving through the mess. I made a large advancement south much faster than planned. I wanted to migrate south much
Revisit Student Housing in Olympia, WA | Rent up 10% per Year! | People more Freaky and Filthy | Tippy Remembers
September 21st, 2018 - Olympia, Washington. I used to rent an upscale efficiency apartment here by the month about five years ago for about a year. The
rent was around $740 per month (no long term contract) and at this revisit it went way up to $1,055 with a $500 deposit for any cat (dogs not allowed unless
service). When I inquired in person for an update, the manager kept interrupting the front office clerk who was assisting me which was bad and never let me
finish asking any questions. I won't go back here. I was an online student at Peninsula College while living here. I left to rent a house in Spokane Valley, WA I
thought was a better deal, but certainly wasn't (rent was cheaper, but was a major hassle and utility expense due to very old, outdated house). Upon revisiting,
it didn't seem as familiar to me as I expected at first, but after walking with Tippy (age 14.3 at revisit time) for 20 minutes, it all came back to me and I felt at
home again. As I drove in, I encountered the world's worse distracted driver (see video) and noticed people are even more freaky here than before (this area
is a leading freak magnet). As usual, I smell and see a lot of pot and cigarette smoking here. I took Tippy to our old apartment and let him smell all around. It
was apparent he remembers it very well as he perked up, was energetic and rolled in the grass. Next I visited a nearby bay where I found the world's largest
west coast sand dollar and noticed many more signs prohibiting more things. A man immediately asked me, in a friendly manner, what I do for a living and
what I'm doing there and said someone stole his paddle boat (don't understand the relevance of what I do for a living as the primary investigative question).
Then in a matter of only a few minutes, some college kids pulled up right next to me doing drugs and stunk my van up so I called them filthy pieces of shit and
left much sooner than I wanted to. On my way back to JBLM, on I-5 there was a Hyundai car with a broken left mirror and driver wearing headphones
severely swerving all over the interstate. I called 911.
Amazing Costco Return Policy | Refrigerator Choice
September 21st, 2018 - Lacey, Washington Costco. I have had a 4.4cf refrigerator for a little over a year. Since my van often experiences earthquake
conditions while hitting bumps and dips, sometimes my refrigerator door would swing open and dump half the contents on the floor while driving. To solve
this, I had a bright idea to screw in some magnets on the door and fridge frame. One screw I inserted burst the pressurized coolant and the fridge never
worked since. Costco accepted the return with no problems in only about three minutes even thought the fridge was dented in many places and dirty. I have
the executive membership, so since Costco makes most of their money from memberships, that may be very influential. Even though the failure was my fault,
there was nowhere I could take the fridge. Since it will likely be sent back to the manufacturer, they might be interested to see this for quality control. The
main difference with the new fridge is that it has a glass front door that won't dent and is easiest to clean. The reason I choose a large (by RV standards)
refrigerator with no freezer is because it uses substantially less energy and offer more fridge space. Eating the healthiest foods involves avoiding frozen foods.
High Proportion of Mentally Injured Near Seattle
August 28th, 2018, PetSmart parking lot / strip malls - Lakewood, Washington. A black man with a mouth stuffed full of popcorn laughed and tried to tell me
something unintelligible while we walked past each other. Only an hour later, a "normal" and serious looking white man around age 30 said "Sir!, could you tell
me what's on the safe to eat list? I didn't get the memo." He proceeded on, but started talking to himself.
100lb. MINIMUM Size for Service Dogs? No.
August 4th, 2018, Sutton National Forest campground, Oregon. When talking with Al, the host for the C and D loops, I explained to him the basics of service
dog laws. He said I was wrong about any dog that is well behaved and performs a service can be a service dog, claiming they have to be at least 100lbs. so
they can pull the owner from danger. That's the most ridiculous wrong thing I've ever heard about service animals.
Wacky, Expensive National Forest Campsite Reservation System; Odd Ranger Response
July 21, 2018 - Eel Creek National Forest Campground, Reedsport, Oregon
I made an online reservation for a site I later wanted to cancel so that I could stay in the first come, first serve site I was already in. I asked the ranger how to
switch and he said just go online to cancel the reservation. I proceeded to, but they now charge an extra $31 to cancel a reservation! That's absurd, so I left it
alone with the plan to move to the reserved site. A few hours later, the ranger said he was going to remove my reservation card from the reserved site post,
but I said I didn't cancel the reservation due to the high fee. He asked me why they charge that much. I said I guess so they can pay you more. He didn't find it
amusing and left. He's supposed to know why they charge that much, not me.
Drama Trying to Buy a New Laptop Online | Just Get the Best One
July 18-20, 2018 - Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Costco.com, BestBuy.com, Newegg.com
My old laptop has been good except is suddenly overheating when trying to edit videos. It was still under warranty, a very unusual and rare 3 year warranty,
and Dell replaced the motherboard, but the problem persisted. I explained to them I need a different model because this one has no heatsink, fan or cooling
vent and replacing the motherboard again would be a waste, but they insisted before trying a different model. The second (refurbished) motherboard was
slightly worse. Anticipating them not sending me a laptop I want, I decided to buy a new one online and sell, store as backup or donate whatever replacement
Dell sends me. In trying to buy a new laptop online, here are some of the problems I experienced:
Commerce website searches highly inaccurate when trying to set search filters
Difficulties finding a laptop with my desired specs
Incomplete titles and descriptions
Reseller and manufacturer too incompetent to provide details over phone or email
Backorders and long shipping delays with unknown delivery estimates
Difficulties placing orders due to website not allowing billing address update, etc.
Difficulties trying to cancel placed orders
I changed my mind quite a lot when shopping because since I was many years out of touch with technology changes, I learned things such as the difference
more time trying to find one that meets all my desires, but yet not expensive. Costco has the best return and warranty policy. I bought one with the largest
SSD on the market (1TB at the time of this writing) since the larger the SSD, the safer the precious data is and the longer it lasts (as well as more storage
space). Maybe someone in the future will read this an laugh since in the future a 1TB SSD may be common even in cell phones and watches. The new laptop
is $2,300. At first I was highly reluctant to pay that much and spent DAYS trying to find one cheaper with about the same capabilities, but couldn't and I
compared it to all other costs of living and realized it's not that much compared considering how important it is. I realize most rich people and even millionaires
would not pay that much for a computer today, but that's them and this is me. I have many security cameras and the laptop will be locked down.
Extreme Mix of Casual People Encounters While Working on Van
July 10th, 2018 - Brookings, Oregon - Harris State Beach Overlook Lot
While cleaning my air filter, a guy got out near me to smoke cigarettes in the parking lot while feeding his small parrot. Then while replacing my entry extended
step on the van, a woman about age 65 wanted to pull in the spot next to me where I was working, but didn't because I was taking up a lot of space doing the
repair. She said because I was in the shade, I am at very high risk of getting hit by a car. I asked her "don't you have to pass a vision test to drive?". I later
thought what about everything else in the shade when driving? Then a guy headed to Texas was in awe over my conversion work and took some photos to
include the first time anyone took a selfie with me. Then right after he left, another guy in a small, old, junky class C pulled right up to where I was working and
wanted to debate about how nobody should be able to sleep in their vehicle or camp for free except on BLM or national forest land which is almost always
very remote. He said the fine for sleeping more than 4 hours in a local rest area is now approaching $700 and that it's a good idea. The nearest campground
that isn't full is 40 minutes round trip from town, so I said that's not practical and city life should not be limited to the rich who pay for a concrete slab, house
and utilities, all of which destroy the environment. He agreed with that, but said people should contribute to society and not live for free. I thought about how
he doesn't set a good example driving a junky fuel hog class C RV around smoking cigarettes. Society will have to someday, if not already, pay for his
medical costs associated with smoking.
Snobby Homeowner, Again
July 9th, 2018 - Brookings, Oregon
Since the reasonably priced and good state park campground was full, I scouted for somewhere to park and sleep at night outside the city limits. I found a
place way up high overlooking the ocean. This was a new neighborhood still under development. Within only one minute! a fat, older white male drive behind
me, blocking me in, said I can't park at all around here because it's private property. I said I'm just updating my map and will leave. He left. That was risky of
him to block an unknown person in at night and approach. I thought about how this fat man is contributing to devastating environmental destruction of habitats
of other species that where there first and how they are all installing ON grid, oversized houses way beyond what they need as evidence what they are doing is
unreasonable and should be outlawed.
Pit Bull Greeter at a Casino!
July 2nd, 2018, Crescent City, California
I stopped by the Elk Valley Casino to register me and my vehicle to park overnight for free in their gravel lot on the end. There was a full blood Pit Bull right
at the entry doors off leash with a puddle of pee? by it. That was a very high liability risk particularly if any other patron had another dog such as a service
dog, the Pit Bull could have snapped, but less likely if off leash perhaps. It was particularly odd that the security guard was right inside the doors, so he knew.
First Inter-Planetary (Mars) Vessel Launch on West Coast (Notable and Historic)
May 5th, 2018 at 4:04AM Pacific, Vandenberg, Air Force Base, CA
Got up at 3:45AM to listen to and feel while camping on base, the first launch of any craft that goes to another planet from the West Coast of the US.
Nobody could see the rocket due to heavy fog. The sounds were loud, crackling booming and lasted about 10 minutes. This must be enormously expensive.
April 29, 2018, 6PM - 2547 Medcliff, Santa Barbara, CA; This street is used to park and access a nearby off leash ocean cliff front dog park. A lady
asked me "You aren't camping here tonight are you?" I said "No." She asked me "You aren't camping here tonight are you?" I said "No." She said "Camping
isn't allowed here." I said "I'm not camping here.".
Mid April, 2018, Midnight, San Diego, CA, I parked on a street - park side. A car pulled up behind me, honked the horn two long times to wake me up on
purpose and parked extremely close to my rear where if I backed up just a few inches I would have hit them.
2nd Known Break-in Attempt (I was in the van) April 14th, 2018 - Loma Linda, (Southern) CA Business Park I just installed security camera warning stickers all around the van a week ago. Just before going to bed I had a feeling I should put my remote alarm button closer to me than normal. A few minutes later, it sounded like someone trying to open my doors much lighter than the first known break-in attempt two months ago in Carlsbad, CA; turned out a straggly man on a three-wheeled bike towing a cart. I greatly frightened him by sounding my front alarm as he walked by the front of my van. He took off as fast has he could, but was slow due to being crippled.
New Word to Describe Myself: Ecocentric
April 9th, 2019 - Mackay Park, CA
I drove way up a mountain top to escape the 95 degree heat down below. After picking this park to relax for the day, I was lying down piddling online while
Tippy II rested his head on my arm, something he rarely does. At that moment I discovered a science article where Captain Paul Watson said more of us
should be biocentric. I researched that term and learned it's cousin, ecocentric is more in line with me.
Dental Work Advice
April 4th, 2018 - Loma Linda, CA
Bring a lighted tooth examining mirror and a second small handheld mirror to the appointment so you can examine the fitting of crowns, etc. before they are
permanently cemented. Crowns should touch the gumline. If you see a gap, request the crowns be redone and don't allow cementing them until they are
correct. Also try to make your appointment as early in the morning as possible in case there is a problem, you will have time for it to be fixed that day rather
suffer until the next day. This dental visit was worse then the recent previous one: The dentist snapped at the apparently new, inexperienced assistant in the
middle of my procedure. Probably not as good of chance to get good work in such a case. They worked on a tooth too soon before the nerves could numb,
causing me a lot of pain. I learned with me they need to allow 15 more minutes than normal. Bring a small notepad and pen so you can write a note such as “I
need more numbing time” since you can't talk during a procedure.
Six Hi-Tech, $10,500 Zarconian Dental Crowns
Loma Linda, California - March 21st, 2018
I thought my first, long overdue by two decades, upper rear molar crowns were going to be gold, but the dentist the VA referred me to, since the VA was
too busy, recommended zarconian. I'm glad they sent me to this dentist since I learned this is the best kind of crown the VA doesn't deal with at their clinics
as these crowns are the most expensive at $1,750 each totaling $10,500 for the six; two of which I have to ask them twice to approve of; fortunately for me,
covered by my VA retirement coverage 100%. The VA just took all new X-rays, but the new dentist took all new X-rays again only one week later!
claiming the VA's are not properly transferred to be legible, but possibly so they can charge the VA more too! which would be at the expense of my health
due to some unnecessary radiation exposure. The first side was horrifically painful, uncomfortable, I sweated and was shaking, but the other side was good
because I requested extra anesthetic and I wore ear protections (the drills are very loud). I decided to get two more lower rear molar crowns since zarconian
is so hard, it can wear opposing unprotected teeth and those old molars were sensitive due to wear. Overall I feel very fortunate of this situation and that I
never had to have any teeth (other than wisdom) pulled and no root canals.
It Pays to Please Others You Need Services From | Health Summary Data Sheet Recommendation
Loma Linda, California VA Medical Center (Far East / Inland of LA) - March 13th, 2018
At the time of this writing, this is a very new, state of the art dental clinic, but with extremely heavy demand causing appointments to be a half year out. Just a
week ago, I talked them into letting me in much sooner. I prepared a single page "Dental Summary" of myself to the dental assistant who was to evaluate my
dental history and teeth conditions before scheduling me way out for a cleaning, formal doctor exam and any other services needed. The assistant was so
extremely impressed with the summary, she called the dentist in the room to take a look at it. The dentist was so impressed, she decided to examine my
teeth/mouth to bypass the next appointment. The assistant also made a big effort to get me into a cleaning so I wouldn't have to schedule that either for my
convenience. The dental professionals said they wish all patients would provide them with a one page dental summary like I provided them. I have tried to
provide a similar data sheet for my dog's vets, but they are all so stupid they dion't know what to do with it. Most people, even doctors, are extremely closed
minded to anything new and better. Fortunately for my dental needs, not in this case; they were open minded and not sleep walking.
Amazon's Chase Credit Card Declined: My FICO is 800 | Inaccurate Credit Bureaus
March 28, 2018: We all see those adds to open a credit card with Amazon and get $40+ off the order and 5% back, so
knowing I have awesome credit, I applied. To my surprise, they turned me down for 1) Insufficient credit info / not matching,
2) Oldest revolving credit not long enough, 3) Too few accounts sufficient amount of time. All those reasons are extremely
false. I explained to the agent we are all paying too much interest and fees because their methodology is allowing people who
can't be trusted to drive their mother to the store are being approved and people like me with not a single derogatory part of
my credit are turned down. This also is alarming how inaccurate the credit bureaus are. I already have a Chase credit card
through Costco I have never been late on for many years. I just wanted the Amazon perks.
March Air Reserve Base / Department of Homeland Security Regional Office
February 23rd - Present, Riverside (Far East LA), California; Dry Climate, 1,500'
Living on base for a while. They annoyingly play a recorded trumpet over a loudspeaker at 7:30am, 4:30pm and 10:00pm every day. Air show in early April
1st Known Break-in Attempt
February 9th, 2018, 8:30PM (night with city park lights) - Carlsbad (Southern) California
For decades I have religiously locked all my doors as much as practical, whether my vehicle or wherever I lived. I have never yet noticed or remembered
anyone trying to illegally enter until now (while I was present): A white or Latino male wearing black and sunglasses (in the dark!) tried to open my passenger
side door with strong force. I know this because I heard the thump sound of the handle and caught him on my dashcam. He seemed to be analyzing the
vehicle for an alarm and may have been discouraged by my flashing red light in the windshield. I had just locked all my doors about 10 minutes before this
happened and was inside. I had two packages on the passenger seat to take to UPS as surely the lure in addition to my dome light being on which could have
made him think a door was not shut all the way. Of course now I will hide the packages and move the vehicle. That was a very close one! because I was
working on my vehicle and usually have all doors open when doing that. I had just finished the work, went inside and locked all doors for sense of security.
Whew. If I left that door open, I would have defended with potent weapon(s) and had to call police and answer a lot of questions for a while. There is one
reason I'm glad it happened: I discovered my dashcam audio was off. I like it on. This also motivated me to install two more full time recording in loop
Incompetence and Careless Customer Service Trend
All the time, most business and government services, everywhere in the USA
I've been noticing a drastic worsening of how employees who are put in customer contact positions are trained to fear and please their boss more than
provide good customer service. Amazing how people who have been doing the same job for a long time still don't know what they are doing. New
employees often don't want to learn anything or try to solve any problems.
Common Bad Mechanic Service if not Mercedes
Last week of January, 2018 - Southern California
I went to a Firestone dealer in Santa Clarita to have my brakes checked. They ripped me off, committed fraud with unauthorized work and damaged my
vehicle by lifting on the body instead of frame. I called corporate to file a claim I won after using legal language to intimidate them (after they seemed like they
were going to deny the claim). Eventually the agreed to pay nearly $1,500 to settle. This has led me to realize regarding anything built by Mercedes to only
get work done at Mercedes dealers. If you can't afford the initial possible higher fees, you can't afford a Mercedes, but is cheaper and safer in the long run to
get it done right by a certified Mercedes mechanic at a Mercedes dealer only.
Turning Down Job Offer in LA, but Flattered by Rare, Overdue "Intellectual" Complement
January 30th, 2018, El Kapitan Van Conversion, Huntington Beach, California
I visited this shop to share ideas about van conversions. The owner was so impressed with my ingenuity, he said "Would you like a job". He didn't specify
what, so I assumed it would be doing the hardware work, but he later said it would be using my intellectual skills which I found to be very flattering. I said I
would consider it and am interested in talking further, but he said I would have to check back to meet with him four or five days later because he's too busy
right now. That didn't make me sound important enough to pursue; plus I would probably require far more than he would be willing to pay to get me to live
there (expensive and dirty air). It didn't take him long to insult me though: He said if I want to sell my van I should undo all the RV upfit work I did.
Apparently he has never done much manual labor and didn't have any clue as to the benefits of mine vs. the ones his workers build for far more cost. He may
have wanted to hire me so I would sign a non-compete agreement and/or thinking I would work cheap assuming I need money if living in the van.
Stay Away from LA! Extreme Air Pollution
January 30th, 2018, Huntington Beach, California
I see a dark haze all round in the sky at the horizon. My eyes are stinging and I'm squinting!
Takes 1 Hour+ to Go Through LA Even in Middle of Night
January 30th, 2018 from 3am to 4am, Los Angeles, California
I departed Castaic, California to Huntington Beach, California to avoid traffic (but without any jam). There was still a lot of traffic and the roads were rough.
It took me over an hour to go from one side to the other of LA even with my average speed of 75 MPH.
"EM-20" New Van Markings
I had been thinking about putting some commercial truck looking marking on my vehicle to improve stealth overnight parking. I was researching the 1978
movie "Stripes" where actor Bill Murray joins the army and gets assigned to an "EM-50" urban assault vehicle (GMC RV) and went on a mission at the
Germany-Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) border. Since I was actually in the Army and actually did go on a real mission at the Germany-Czech
border and now live in an RV, I thought to copy the EM-50 designation. Since my RV is smaller, I reduced the title to "EM-20". I wonder how many people
actually know what I'm copying.
Navy Air Station Point Magu "Police Food" and Evaluation
January, 25th, 2018 - Point Magu, California
Upon entry at the security checkpoint, the car in front of me handed the security guard a big box of donuts. When I pulled up, I heard them say "that's police
food". There were many guards there who all had big smiles. I can't disclose how many guards due to security agreement. This is a noisy base due to large
Navy "Sea Bees" Explained and Base Evaluation
January 23-25, 2018, Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme (pronounced "Why Knee Me"), California
This is the weirdest place I've ever seen in the world. I can't be too specific due to security agreements, but the layout, buildings and storage is bizarre. I
learned the name "Sea Bees" comes from the pronunciation of the abbreviation "C.B.s" which stands for "Construction Battalion". This is an extremely high
security base. They made me remove my dashcam upon entry.
Mudslides, Snow and Government Shutdown, all Three, Simultaneously Affecting Travel Plan
January, 18th - 21st, 2018, Montecito, California Area
I took Tippy to his eye doctor in Santa Barbara for a checkup and planned on heading south on US 101 to stay along the ocean for camping, but the
mudslides have indefinitely shut that route down. Snow threatened to shut down the only other way south (I-5) on a 20 mile pass. The government shutdown
threatens to close the national park campground I planned to stay at while waiting for US 101 to reopen.
ULA (United Launch Alliance) Top Secret Delta 4 Rocket Spy Satellite Launch
January 12, 2018 - after many scrubs and holds (delays)
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
The location of this launch is "SLC-6 / Space Launch Complex-6", pronounced "Slick 6", on the south side of the base. I thought I would be able to drive
right up to the launch pad with my DOD ID, but they only allow essential launch personnel within several miles of the launch, so I ended up perched on a
hilltop overlooking the ocean just a mile south of the security check point until more police courteously escorted me further back another mile where I
perched on a hilltop overlooking SLC-4 and the ocean. That's the closest any non-critical personnel can get. I drove near the entry of SpaceX mission
control and saw several signs "Photography Strictly Prohibited" and with a check point I was not allowed to pass even on non-launch days. The launch was
cancelled on the day I was on base. On the actual launch day, I went to Ocean Beach Park which is not part of the base, but narrowly between the two sides
of the base. The air force would have liked to block access there, but they couldn't as it's a public park. The main reason I chose that location is because
although I have closer on base access, I would not have been able to take photos on base. The launch was not nearly as loud or vibrating as I was told it
Real Camera Synced with Dream
January 10th, 2018
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
The previous day I swapped my phone at Costco due to hardware defect and didn't turn off chat sounds yet, so while I was dreaming, I raised my camera
above a wolf den to take a photo of it as just as I went to press the photo button (in the dream), a friend sent me a chat message (in real life) that made the
phone make a loud sound similar to the camera sound that woke me up. That was a weird feeling as I knew that sound was too loud and real to be part of
the dream. The dream was about how I wanted to buy lakefront land, but my brother bought were I wanted to instead (based on a similar real life story
where it was river front land instead). Then all of a sudden there was a wolf threatening my dog and somehow my dad was there too. I went exploring and
saw a place the wolf had been eating a carcass and that's what I was taking a photo of. The wolf was analogous of my brother, so it's interesting how we can
morph characters in dreams.
Vandenberg Air Force Base | Air Force Space Command | Launch Sites
January 7, 2018 to January 16, 2018
Shortly after arriving here, I endured heavy winds and rains which I enjoyed so long as they don't last more than a few days. Those same heavy winds and
rains caused significant mudslides and loss of life near Santa Barbara where I just visited for Tippy's eye surgery a few days prior. There is a nice gym on
base with a nice, long, wide hiking/jogging trail in the woods I like and backs up to a restricted access (of course) spy? satellite control center. There is a
small space museum inside the base where I saw old, real ICBM (nuclear missile) control panels and a personal tour of how they would have been used by
the curator. It seems most anyone in the public may be able to access this museum deep within the base if they register with the public affairs office and/or are
escorted. This is a very large base, but due to budge cuts, is largely abandoned.
Gopher or Squirrel Hole Dangers in Huge Region
River Park Campground, Lompoc, California | Camp San Luis Obispo, California
January 6th, 2018 (Lompoc) | Late November, 2017 to early January, 2018 (CSLO)
When I arrived at the tent campsite (even though I will not set up a tent, the sites are cheaper than RV sites), I noticed lots of gopher or squirrel hole activity
causing bare dirt. I put out a tarp in front of my door on a fairly flat area to keep from tracking in dirt. When I woke up the next morning and stepped outside,
I fell in a new hole dug under my tarp. My right angle was dramatically sprung with injury (pain and swelling to last probably three days to a week). This
entire region is bombarded with gophers. When my dog had vertigo, this was a big danger to him when living in Camp SLO. The critters have to be
respected because they were here first!
Smart Homeless Bum?
River Park Campground, Lompoc, California
January 5th, 2018
After settling my Sprinter van in a tent site, a straggly homeless man walked my my van mumbling unintelligible things, but I overheard a comment about my
rig being "not too short, not too tall". Out of the many comments "normal" looking people gave me, this was the most accurate summary of why I chose the
Mercedes van vs. all other types of dwelling vehicles. To most people, they may ask "so what?" but when you choose and build up your own rig for full time
occupancy and use it as an every day vehicle, it's a huge thing.
Scarce $100 Donation Recipient
Santa Barbara, California
January 3rd, 2018
Tippy had a routine eye exam. The doctor recommended eye surgery. His associate spoke with me about fees in the waiting room where others could
overhear. Almost everywhere I go, I ask for a military/veteran discount which ranges from 5 to 100% off. They said they would offer me a "little" discount,
but didn't say how much. After I left, a lady, who had been quiet the whole time, gave the office $100 to apply towards my dog's fee and left a message to
me "Thank you for your service". This is extremely rare to occur, but I was in one of the most wealthy cities in the world. I didn't "need" the discount, I was
just asking because like my mother always said "It's free to ask" and the clinic is one of the most expensive in the world. That same week I had been day
trading thousands in cryptocurrencies.
"Like..." ignorant? women in SoCal Long Lasting Trend
Santa Barbara, California
January 3rd, 2018
I've been all over the states and have an accurate picture of the many cultures. The young women and teen girls of Santa Barbara are concerning to me
because they say "like" often in almost every sentence. This is typical of a "valley girl" and makes them sound ignorant and stuck up. I noticed this the last time
I was year a year ago. This is also an example of how just one or a few people can heavily influence the culture of their region by making something viral, at
least locally. However, I find the people in general here nice.
Most People Experienced Vertigo, but Never Heard of Dogs Having Vertigo?
San Luis Obispo, California
Last week of December, 2017
My dog has severe vertigo, but I still walk him in public. That's very difficult to do, but neither of us gave up. Many people wanted to know what was wrong
with him or just talk about things. When I explained he has vertigo, nearly everyone said they have also had Vertigo. I had read it's pretty common in dogs,
but never saw any in public, perhaps because it's a lot of work to manage them in public. I was surprised all these people (about 15) say they never heard of
dogs getting vertigo.
Paradigm Shift: Dogs & Wolves (similar story for Cats, etc.)
San Luis Obispo, California
Late December, 2017
After struggling to heal my dog's eye inflammation and realizing he won't live but maybe a few more years, I realize I have to adapt somehow, but I don't
want to kid myself. I want it to be a fact based adaptation. Here is my belief of this whole dog health thing: Dogs came from wolves. Wolves live to be maybe
around four years old at average in the wild. Nature culls out the weak quickly. This makes the species stronger in the long run. Wolves have to be intelligent
to survive. Humans like their intelligence and personality, so domesticated them and bred them into different breeds of dogs. These dogs are so well liked by
their human caretakers, the caretakers do almost anything to fight nature's attempt to cull out the weak to make the species stronger in the long run. We
medicate them, do surgeries, etc. This allows dogs with genetic weaknesses to live (and breed) longer which is what nature doesn't want. So it's like a war
between humans and nature to keep our pets living as long as possible. My outlook on the inevitable end of life of our pets is this: Nature wants to take our
pets and recycle them back into earth and other life sooner than we want nature to do. Nature provides no shortage of sexual drive for other healthier dogs to
give us puppies to start all over again with. There are plenty of other dogs waiting for adoption in human society kennels which is why breeding dogs is very
Camp San Luis Obispo (Army National Guard, Officer Candidate School)
San Luis Obispo, California
Late November - January 3rd, 2018
I camped inside the base for 38 days. The entry gate is fortified, but there isn't much inside that is sensitive. There wasn't much activity while I lived there due
to what they consider winter (below 70 degrees, lol) and holidays. There are a lot of dilapidated buildings and litter. One day I was walking my dog and was
going to cross a bridge that had vehicle barriers on both sides. Someone not in uniform in a pickup told me not to because it's obviously off limits to foot
traffic. I argued it's not obvious; only obvious vehicles aren't allowed. I said if it's so dangerous they need to put a sign up, so he said he will. I noticed many
personal injury time-bombs throughout the base. I noticed a lot of uniformed soldiers don't wear hats outside. When I was in the Army, that would be illegal
as you always had to wear a hat outside. It was taken very seriously and is still ingrained in me, so when I see soldiers outside with no hat, it kind of blows
Human Society & Animal Services Education
San Luis Obispo, California
December 19, 2017
I wanted to completely switch all my dog's food to help with his allergies, so I went to the local animal services to donate his food, but they turned it down
because they didn't want their dogs getting the runs due to diet switch, which makes sense because that would be hard to keep the kennels clean. I spoke
with someone who had been working there for 20 years about many aspects of the shelter, mostly about aggressive breeds, particularly pit bulls. After talking
with him, I concluded the aggressive breeds need not be euthanized, but rather the owners need to have muzzles on them at all times when in the public. I
found out they incinerate all pets that have been euthanized or otherwise died. That is very disturbing to me because it's bad for the environment and the dogs
should be composted back into nature.
Eventually Illegal to be a Free Nomad
Paso Robles, California Area
While searching for a campsite for the night, I found out all campsites in the region were full. City, county, state and federal governments prohibit any other
type of camping or overnight parking; therefore making it illegal to live as a free nomad if campgrounds and hotels are all full (parking anywhere else all night
is illegal). I found a nice Home Depot parking lot to illegally park for free with no problems all night that was more peaceful than any campground in the area
anyway. There are some pull-outs far away that are legal, but I didn't want to burn/waste/emit a lot of fuel going there and back. Also there's no cell service
Still More Cryptocurrency Opportunity Mistakes
November, 2017 Entry (unbeknownst to me, this was, again, a great time to BUY!)
In late November, I have still been trying to figure out how to invest in cryptocurrency. It turns out if I had stuck with my original plan to buy 5k worth of
Etherium at around $10, I would have made $150k by the end of November, 2017 (far more after this post). I have heard financial advice to "buy low and
sell high" and "time in the market is better than to time the market". I now tend to believe holding rather than trying to sell high is best, that is, to hold until you
actually need the money vs. trying to sell high.
Magic Water Offering
November 18-20, 2017
Met a slightly older woman in a campground who claims to have had strong ties to deceased celebrities (George Michael, John Denver, etc.) as well as a
former position that made some celebrities successful. Claims her brother, later admitted as just a friend, has developed a multi-million dollar business model
to make cloud computer faster; however they all live together in tents and an old SUV with her mother. She claims she has water that was put in sight of the
solar eclipse that has magical properties to make things visibly clearer, etc. She sprayed some in front of my eyes and wanted me to admit I could suddenly
see clearer and gave me a bottle of it. She also claims cell tower signals cause her to be sick and therefore does not have a cell phone. This is still scientifically
a bit controversial.
Travis Air Force Base, California Analysis (lived on base from November 9th - 12th, 2017)
Overall clean, never saw a smoker; safe (no felons allowed in / DOD ID required, very strong MP force and security)
Nice campground and fitness center
Good deals, unique products tax free (except cellular) at branch exchange and commissary
They weirdly promote Monster energy drinks and fast food which are rip-offs and cause illnesses at taxpayer expense
Stores use odd pricing, a method to deceive shoppers
"I'll be Your Dog"
Inside Travis Air Force Base, California
November 12, 2017
While checking out at the commissary, the bagger wanted to know why I'm buying such an unusually large quantity of salmon (21 cans wild caught, no salt
added). I explained it was to share with my dog. She said with a serious look "I'll be your dog". Ha. She had a tag that says she only gets paid tips, so I have
her a dollar.
Old School Racial Humor
November 5th, 2017
While shopping for groceries at Winco, I saw an older black man hunched over his cart which only contained a small watermelon and a small box of what
appeared to be fried chicken. He was wearing a pure white silk shirt. It just looked so incredibly matching with racial jokes I unfortunately grew up with. The
culture of that area is wild, black and Hispanic and a cheaper place to live near SF.
$20 Bill on Ground Found II
Willow Campground near San Francisco, California
November 5th, 2017
I arrived the prior night when dark and left my dog's $20 leash at the outdoor self registration table all night long. I returned 12 hours later to find it was still
there. Only 5 minutes later after walking my dog with it, I found a $20 bill on the ground downwind from the registration area and camp host site. I tried to
find the host to see if anyone claims losing it, but his/her entire RV was gone, so I kept it. The last time I found a lone $20 bill anywhere was with my uncle
"Bill" around 1980 also on the ground. He asked someone walking there if they lost it. It was a girl who said yes, so he handed it to her.
Viscous (Pit Bull) Dog Attack
Dog Island Park parking lot, Red Bluff, California
November 3rd, 2017
My 13 year old dog Tippy was attacked by a young Pit Bull mix. I intervened to separate the dogs, risking injury since the owner of the Pit Bull didn't do
anything. I called the local animal control which is the police who said there are no laws prohibiting vicious breeds or attacks so it would be a civil matter.
Fortunately, I pulled the Pit Bull off my dog quick enough to prevent serious injury. I remember years ago my brother said all Pit Bulls should be euthanized.
The solution is for the owners to muzzle them in public.
Careless Postal Workers
Gold Hill, Oregon
October 8th, 2017
I had a box delivered to the post office via general delivery. When I went to pick it up, they said I have two boxes. I said no, there is only one. They handed
me two anyway. I said one box is for someone else, that's not me. They assumed that box was for me just because the person has the same last name as me
(different first name and different address!). This reminds me of the lazy, careless mail carrier my mother had in Ashdown, Arkansas who mixed up mail
based on first name "Erika" alone (different last names, different addresses).
September 27, 2017
I approached two pretty girls together at a WalMart corner with a "Need Food for Dog" type of sign to ask about their story. One said she was 21, the other
15. The 15 year old had about a dozen serious scars on her arm, particularly her right wrist. I asked what happened, she said she fell through a window, but
later said she attempted suicide. The 15 year old said not to flirt with her bi-sexual friend because the 15 year old is lesbian and the 21 year old is all she has.
I asked where they live, they said in an old Class A motorhome parked at a fuel station. I observed both of them drinking out of a stranger's straw as they
were thirsty which says a lot about them. Both said they have been raped by pedophiles and now are both mentally ill. The scars on the 15 year old are
strong proof something really bad happened. They both answered all my "why are you here" questions and didn't demand money. It would be better to rather
advise them on how to save money instead (no cigs, no restaurants, etc.) and tell them to find work. Someone gave them a new back of dog food, so I guess
they needed to leave or change their sign! I said I can't hang around a minor, so I had to leave. I wanted to leave them for many other reasons too.
(Special Entries - Hurricane Irma, Florida)
The last time I was in the Florida Keys (2016), I asked several long term residents what they think about the hazards of hurricanes living there and that in my opinion, it is too
dangerous to live there. All responses where reactions of thinking I was unnecessarily worried. They said there hasn't been any major hurricane there in a long time. I even
received a "you're crazy" look. Within one year, hurricane Irma destroyed the keys.
Written 9/26/2017: Months ago, I have devised a method of cooling vehicles and small homes via a cheap and easy to set up solar powered air conditioner which would alleviate
much pain and suffering and prevent some deaths of those who have no power, yet is hot and humid where they are (Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas). Unfortunately, based on my
experience with trying to help society, if I submit press releases, make YouTube videos, etc. they will extremely likely be completely ignored because I'm unpopular or don't have
a name brand association. Actually the ideal solution regarding cooling off grid is a DC powered air conditioner that doesn't have to run via an inverter, thus needing less solar.
Montana (Mid June, 2017)
Helena - June 18, 2017 - lay down on grass with my dog, felt sharp pain in lower back, figured was a sting, saw a bumble bee there. Knowing those animals are very
valuable to the ecosystem, I didn't kill it. Luckily my body had no reaction to this first known bumble bee sting I've ever had.
Butte - Saturday June 18th, 2017, midnight. While in Walmart, a woman said "Hi" to me as we glanced at each other. I approached her with my dog to let her pet him. I
noticed she was looking at toxic beauty products. I informed her there are better alternatives (Tom's brand for example). We had some intellectual conversations for about 10
minutes. I asked for and got her email address to keep in touch. I wrote her the same night saying I think she's smart and open minded. Her mother wrote back concerned that a
"man" would talk to her "child". Child? I'm thinking... she has had an intimate boyfriend for two years and drives. I think the mother was jealous I convinced her daughter to live
a healthy lifestyle. Either the young woman's brother or boyfriend started stalking me around the city on his dirt motorcycle to try to intimidate me by doing wheelies in front of
me. I thought that's so stupid and doesn't prove manliness at all because it's merely balancing while twisting the right hand for throttle. There's nothing hard about that; that's
why I think it's stupid that Harley gangs for example think they are tough just because they sit on a gas powered device, shift gears and twist the throttle to make a lot of noise.
In no way does that prove anyone is tough. An example of tough is being a military veteran.
Yellowstone National Park - I was walking on the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and had gas. I farted, thinking nobody was there, but a group of
seven from Tennessee (know via license plates) heard and then smelled me. One guy made a mocking fart noise at me. Later that night, one of the gang of
seven fell in a hot spring and suffered severe burns. The story became national news. Yellowstone in the summer is so extremely crowded, you can't do
anything without somebody noticing except at night some places.
Hijacked Campsite | No Anonymous Crime Tips Allowed
Logan, Utah, May 26, 2017, Nelson Reservoir, Bureau of Reclamation Free Campground - A car pulled up next to my van parked in a single designated campsite. A few very
young adults got out and proceeded to pitch a tent next to my fire ring. I told them they can't camp here and all spaces are taken. They said OK. Soon after as it was getting
darker, they trampled down a wild brush area, stole all but one of my fire ring rocks and created a new campsite about 10 yards away. They make noise breaking limbs behind my
van for firewood as late as 10PM. I was on the verge of confronting them with a weapon in defense at that time of night, but didn't. I called the sheriff's office to file a report, but
they required I give them my DOB / SSN which I refused, so the thugs got away with destruction of government property / environment.
Good Riddance of Generator via Ghetto? Air Conditioner "Downgrade"?
St. George, UT, Early May, 2017: For the past 17 months, I had been laboring over how to best install a generator in my vans. I spend thousands on costs to do so. In early
May, 2017, a friend from Bulgaria inspired me to consider a window air conditioner to replace my power hungry roof air conditioner. I installed the most energy efficient window
air conditioner available and was pleased. I also upgraded to larger and better solar panels and controller. Then I tested how the air conditioner works on hot days without a
generator. The results were successful. I luckily sold my roof unit for $250 via Craigslist to someone who drove from Las Vegas. It was mutually beneficial as he helped me get it
down from the roof. Window units are considered "ghetto" but I didn't care what others think. I believe it to be more ghetto running a (noisy, polluting) generator and
environmentally irresponsible if the generator is not necessary.
Cryptocurrency Bull Run Prediction
April, 2017 Entry (unbeknownst to me, this was still a great time to BUY! and anyone who read my diary at this could have gotten rich)
In early 2017, I had been researching cryptocurrencies and concluded the #2 cryptocurrency, Ethereum has extremely high potential. I purchased a few thousand dollars worth
of Bitcoin and Ethereum with the intention to hold them indefinitely, not to make money, but just for the sake of owning them "for any practical use" in the future. The process
of signing up with the vendors of the currency was extremely rigorous, grueling and discouraging. The one or two I could do anything with had very low spending limits as low
as $100 per week. I eventually intended to purchase at least $5,000 and up to $10,000 of the currency, but due to how flaky the process of purchasing was, I was discouraged to
buy very much (and couldn't due to limits). I chatted with a best friend who has an MBA and explained what cryptocurrencies are and that now is the time to invest in them. He
didn't have a clue and was discouraging. I purchased Ethereum at around $11 each and got emotionally scared when I saw the price quickly crash to around $7 and almost sold
out in fear, but waited a bit longer and sold my last batch for $20 largely by force as my main vendor quit the cryptocurrency market. Also I read "expert" news reports that
Ethereum is expected to top out at around $16 each indefinitely. Other discouraging reasons to be reluctant to invest much include: Threats of hacks, no FDIC insurance,
competition, volatile (all were under $1 not long ago). Just a few months later, all of the cryptocurrencies rallied very significantly. Realizing I made a big mistake selling all
Ethereum, I re-purchased a batch at a substantial higher price of $90 each in fear the price could escalate to that of Bitcoin. I had thought you simply buy low and sell high, but
it's not that easy (but looks easy in hind sight). Cryptocurrency is extremely volatile and to invest in it without panicking requires the strongest stomach and thickest skin.
Two Extremely Irresponsible Dog Owner Threats within 1 day
Las Vegas, NV - March 16, 2017: Was at Heritage Park, Henderson, Nevada when I asked an old man if my dog can approach his Husky. He said yes.
His dog bit my dog on the ear in two places causing bleeding. I told him not bring a dog like that in public. He said she (his dog) occasionally doesn't like
other dogs (after the incident). I took a photo of his vehicle and called the police who dispatched animal control. I learned they can't do anything unless they
get a local address for the guy. The next morning I showed up at an animal hospital to get my dog (Tippy II) checked out and rabies update. Immediately
there was a large poodle my dog approached and sniffed. When we all went inside, that dog owner said his dog it throwing up blood. Now I have to worry
about my dog catching whatever that is (owner should have warned me not to let my dog approach).
Harbor Freight Manager No Concept of Environment
Henderson, Nevada - February 27, 2017 - An ugly fat woman with tattoos named Gina, Manager at Harbor Freight, 433 W Lake Mead Pkwy, checked
my items out. She put my three small items in a plastic bag and inserted two paper ad sheets I rejected. She threw at least the unused plastic bag right in the
Feb 26, 2017 Dead fish, hooks
Many Pathetic People Don't Want Help
When at a park all day in Henderson, there was an older man in a junky pickup truck full of junk in the back. It looked like that was all he had. I asked him
if he's working and he said no, he plans to file for disability. I offered him my $350 aluminum truck box and installation assistance to make it look much
better and secure or at least resell it for cash, but he declined.
Near Hit & Run
When visiting a storage facility in Henderson, I was annoyed at how the two male employees were putting pressure on me to sign up for their overpriced
personal property insurance. Upon leaving, I backed out and apparently my left front tire struck an employee's rear right bumper and lifted their vehicle
about a foot up into the air. If I weren't looking, I wouldn't have noticed due to how tall and heavy the Sprinter is. I told the employee about it and he said
no worries. That's extremely rare for someone to not file insurance. I was thinking that if I would have left the scene due to not looking to see I hit a car, that
would have been a felony hit and run.
San Diego, CA (early January, 2017)
Surprises: Larger than I thought. What I heard about this city is completely wrong (heard people are smarter, more beautiful, cleaner, non-smokers, etc.).
This is the filthiest city with the most homeless I've every seen anywhere. Surprisingly the east section of Chula Vista is upscale, yet mostly Mexican and very
close to Mexico.
Mystery Prison Girl
Received two calls from a prison from a "Sara" in Gig Harbor, WA. I've been in that city, but don't know of any Sara unless this is the hispanic woman I
traveled with a few days who said she would try to bring a gun in to Canada. I declined both calls.
Asian Woman with Death Wish
January 4th, 2016: When driving in downtown, I proceeded to go through a green light until I saw a middle aged asian woman jaywalk front of my van. I
honked my horn, she never looked and kept walking in front. If I didn't see her and not hit my brakes, she would surely have been killed.
Conserve Water in SoCal Unless Departing on Warship
January 4th, 2016: I have special access to all military installations. While taking a shower at a fitness center in Coronado Naval Air Base, I overheard
sailors talking about how they are going to take extra long showers before departing on their warship the next day. The Navy doesn't disclose departure
times, but I saw the ship leave by luck.
Parrot Mini Circus Worker
January 4th, 2016: While walking Tippy near the Midway aircraft carrier museum, a white male around age 50 was soliciting photographs with his two
parrots for $20. After he saw me with my dog, he quickly loaded everything up, parrots put in undersized cages, and took off. I notice he has Texas plates.
I assume he thought I was an officer based on my jacket and Tippy's harness.
Carlsbad, CA (Late December, 2016)
Responded to a Craigslist ad for a set of door lock security plates for my van. He said he paid $350 for the set plus $200 shipping from the UK, but is
"only" asking $350 for them. I met him to look at them and asked why he bought them. He said because he thought they were such a great idea, he would
resell them to others. I asked several times why he would want to resell them cheaper than he bought them and never got a straight answer. I asked him if he
would take $300 for them: Cash, as is, no warranty and warned nobody else will ever buy them. He shook my hand and declined. It is extremely unlikely he
will ever sell them. It was weird after looking my sophisticated van with dozens of sought after upgrades over, he thought my "commonly available",
inexpensive and easy install steering wheel cover was the best feature.
When doing laundry, a vulgar homeless old lady washed herself in the facility sink. She took her shirt off, etc. Security waited for her to complete, but didn't
Yellowstone & Grand Tetons National Parks (July 12-14, 2016)
My fourth visit since 2001. I found it extremely crowded to the point I did not enjoy it sometimes. I found out the hard way after all these visits to reserve a
camping spot as soon as possible (can't do it online, have to in person), then the same or next morning visit one of the most popular sites as early as possible
(just as sun rises). Do this every day for about 5 days. Popular sites: Old Faithful (and surrounding trails), Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Prismatic Spring.
There are very dangerous drivers (pass with oncoming traffic, sudden stops without using flashers, etc.). Instead of many signs saying what you can and
can't do throughout the park, there should be just one at each entrance saying "Don't Do Anything Stupid!". Everyone should have to sign a one page waiver
stating they agree to a list of rules and dangers upon entry.
Niagara falls is more scenic from the Canadian side. Rainbows last a long time.
At the end of my tour, the fat girl mentioned below (van dweller collaboration) texted me stating she saw my van there and wanted me to pay her for a
Vermont (Mid June, 2016)
Notable environmental state, but promotes "clean" gas and diesel signs which are misleading; does have some solar farms
Not very many public parks for such a "green" state; almost entirely private property
No science or natural history museums; very boring state overall
Maine (Mid June, 2016)
Surprisingly very crowded south of Bangor; very few public beach access areas
Best air quality in Bangor area
Special alpine forests I loved
Central New England: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts (Early June, 2016)
People sound like cartoon characters to include the foreigners
People smoke a lot of pot
Dunkin' Donuts as common as gas stations; epidemic obesity problem due to the refined flour and sugar
Not my kind of culture
NYC (Early June, 2016)
For the first time in my life, I not only went to New York, New York, but stayed there in my van and found a place in Manhattan to normally park for free,
but got a ticket for $115 because I parked during a time "standing" is not allowed. This is my first citation in about 25 years! I didn't know what they meant
by "standing" so I called in advance and talked to many people; all either said they can't say or I'm fine. Here are some surprising findings of NYC:
The Museum of Natural History is most excellent and allows a virtual tour of the world, wildlife and science in one convenient place. You can set
your own admission price (minimum one penny!). Garage parking is around $35.
Initial planning is very difficult; when you call for info, people speak poor English / slur at a fast pace and often don't know the info. You better
understand "no standing" means no parking and pay attention to the arrows on all the signs and know what they mean.
Overnight parking is allowed, but you have to understand the bizarre term "standing" and misdirected arrows on signs or pay a big fine. Advice: Post
your phone number by the driver's windshield wiper arm.
People are generally more friendly than by far most other places, but often rude on the road. People are not as freaky as I expected. There are a
very attractive women in large numbers who know how to dress sexy.
Many walk dogs, but the grassy areas are fenced off; many are also afraid of dogs (by far usually darker skinned ethnic groups).
Central Park is gigantic; you can't practically walk around the whole thing without allowing many hours.
MUHAMMAD ALI'S FINAL DAY & BOXING GLOVES
A few hours before Muhammad Ali died, I was in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC viewing his boxing gloves as well as
Prince's guitar. I had no idea Muhammad was ill. The area around the gloves was not crowded, so his terminal condition was probably only known by his
family at that time. The next day the museum was almost impossible to get into due to massive crowds to see his gloves.
VAN DWELLER COLLABORATION TO LIVE IN DC CHEAP
In the last week of May and first few days of June in Raleigh, NC, I met an obese 32 year old white-Hispanic female nurse from San Antonio, Texas with
an exceptionally pretty face and friendly demeanor who was living full time in a shorter, older Chevy van partially converted into an RV. We were headed in
the same direction (Washington, DC), so we decided to travel together for safety and idea collaboration. After figuring out how to live in DC cheaply
(cheap 24 hour parking) I found her personality, burping out loud habit and a few other things incompatible, so I abruptly told her I wanted to end it all. The
tipping point was when she stated she was way ahead in the favor category, but I knew that was backwards. Also I didn't like it that her main goal in life so
far was to go to Colorado to be a pot-head. I knew pot smokers have memory, anxiety, etc. problems I didn't want to deal with that I already saw in her
due to long term past use. I am much less sensitive to the feelings of pot smokers and always ditch them abruptly. She took it very well and just drove off. I
guess she went to her guy friend to smoke pot in DC.
ECONOMY AUTO PAINT DOOR FAIL
May 18, 2016: While getting an estimate for paint repair on my van in Raleigh, NC, I was in the office disgusted with how nasty the place is when all of a
sudden an entire bay door fell down and almost injured or killed someone. It made my heart race for a minute. The culprit was a black man who operated
the door incorrectly. He was laughing, but could have been killed. The owner said he's going to fire him. This is the tipping point of how much I hate the
culture in the Raleigh area.
SPOILED KID FALLS IN LAKE
May 15, 2016: While in Eastgate Park, Raleigh, NC, a kid around age 15 walked towards his mother's huge, new SUV all full of mud intensely whining and
complaining how he didn't catch any fish. It was obvious he fell in the lake and is likely a spoiled brat with rich parents.
LYING MOM SETS BAD EXAMPLE
May, 2016: While at Fort Fisher, North Carolina (ocean beach), I was in my van when a young girl around 17 made some banging noises while trying to
put her lawn chairs in her mother's car. It sounded like it could have hit my vehicle so I got out and asked if they hit me and her mother said "no, she hit my
car" (meaner her car) so I believed her, but found many aluminum marks consistent with the aluminum lawn chairs. Fortunately, there were not dents and
rubbing compound removed them. This shows how bad many people are and can't be trusted. I noticed they were both smokers, an indicator of bad
people. This liar mom sets a bad example for her daughter: Liar and smoker.
CRAZY BLACK GRANDMA
While checking out in Costco of Wilmington, NC on May 8, 2016, I commented to a 62 year old black woman behind me in line that she must know how
to eat healthy due to her vegetable selections. I told her she must have a Blendtec blender which amazed her because she did. We walked out together and
she asked where I was from and I said I live in a van as a nomad. She wanted to see the van; from there she invited me to park in her driveway instead of
Walmart. That didn't appeal to me, but I thought, oh well, OK, I'll try it. She then invited me and Tippy to stay on her second floor of her house in a nice
neighborhood (Laurel Lea). It was close to the ocean, but the entire island is privately owned with no public beach for 25 minutes of driving.
She told me she wants to and thinks her house will sell in only 5 days based on a book she was reading (how to sell a house in five days). I said that's
bizarre for a house of such high value ($330,000). She said she's leaving in one week whether the house sells or not and may hire a Realtor for $20,000. I
said I would be willing to try and sell it using my marketing skills. She agreed and said she would pay me $10,000 if I sold it for $400,000 or so. I didn't
think that would happen, but I was OK with staying there and trying to sell it. I explained to her that I had experience selling a probate house (my parents')
for $30,000 more than anyone else could. I also advised her to spend some money to hire a professional landscaper to make the value of her place higher.
The next day she backed out and leaned more towards paying a Realtor. She asked me to go over to her inlaw's house to spray insecticide on their home's
eaves. I did and got back sprayed with that toxic crap. They were wealthy and never gave me a dime for doing that, but rather Mr. Braye wanted to bore
me to death with stories about his family that nobody could care less about.
Her name is Rubye Braye, a retired Lt. Colonel of the Army, has a PhD, and taught (at the time I met her) online business classes / dissertations at Capella
University which is not accredited by the AACSB and has a bad reputation of high pressure sales and bad service. She said it was when I asked, but she
confused it with a far less respected accreditation it has. Her husband left her long ago for another woman, he became terminally ill, his girlfriend left him,
Rubye took him back into her life and custom built handicapped ramps around her house just for that hoodlum.
After finding out Rubye had a few websites she needed help with, I offered to help, but she declined also. On one site, she claims to be a health expert /
consultant, but she is far from knowing how to live healthy as evidenced by her being obese, never exercising (only walks very slowly for a short distance),
living with many toxic chemicals to include improperly washing fruit and veggies and going out to eat as a habit.
On Mother's Day, Rubye was a total nutcase: She walked and drove all around her neighborhood yelling at everybody "Happy Mother's Day" and was
bragging about how her students of which she has never met (online class) wished her the same. Rubye told me to lie to her neighbors and say I was her
son. She had children, but none of them called or sent her any card! That was a red flag to me.
Rubye explained how she is going to move to Turtle Island (the mountains of North Carolina) and live in the boonies after being influenced by some long
haired hippie fag who does the same there. Rubye said I can stay for free on her small lot close to a river there. She also backed out of that. It's unusual for
a black woman to get involved with a country hick redneck community like that. I thought it was bizarre that Rubye listens to and sings along with country
music. Rubye has no family photos in her house, only a few photos of herself! Alone; just her. I found it particularly creepy that on her bedside stand was a
photo of herself taking up much of the space.
Rubye saw me use a standard plastic tooth flosser and said she broke her teeth using those and told me not to use them anymore because the (soft) plastic
pick breaks teeth.
Sunday Rubye invited me to go to church with her. She said it would only involve sitting quietly for one hour. I said based on my past experiences with
congregations, I'll pass. Then I thought that would be fine to sit for one hour if I'm not pressured to do anything or change, so I asked her about that and she
said to trust her, it will be good. So I went. It was at a Quaker Friends church where they all sat quietly for a whole hour. One guy kept twisting his head
around a lot in a bizarre manner. Most had their eyes closed. I believe this method of church is stupid and counter to God because God gave us day light to
do things and night to rest with our eyes closed.
As a few days passed, I started getting very annoyed with many things:Here are some pros and things Rubye did for me and Tippy:
On the day I decided to get away from her, she was driving with me and got very annoyed at other drivers and accused them of being on a cell phone; then
just a short moment later, she placed a call with her cell phone and almost rear-ended someone.
Rubye acted like she did me such a great favor by letting me stay in her house, but I hated it for the reasons mentioned and was so glad to be back in my
van. I hate living in other people's places for many reasons and find it very time consuming to move my things out of the van into their place and then back
into the van. That process puts my things of risk of being lost, misplaced or damaged. There were many tasks I did for Rubye to include the landscaping
advice that can help her sell her house for maybe $10,000 more than normal, health advice, moved two couches, tried to give her computer advice but she
wouldn't listen, etc.
Rubye was obsessed with recycling all her waste, but drive a V-8 SUV to go to the recycling center every day, owned another car, two motorcycles and
the size of her house is far in excess for one person.
We had some conversations about race and how unique it was for us to be highly unlikely roommates. I told her a year ago I was in Austin, Texas and a
black woman called me a Cracker because my dog got close to her while walking on a trail. Rubye defended that black woman because Rubye said she
grew up in Montgomery, Alabama where she hated the white race. I asked her if she hated the white race or that particular white culture. For a PhD, she
sure had a hard time with that question. Overall I consider Rubye an idiot and think she has been successful in life with her careers due to her being a black
female (reverse discrimination and affirmative action), yet she feels like she's been treated unjust by the white race and attributes all her success to God. It
seems very likely she received a lot of help from her husband's inlaws who are fairly wealthy and live nearby. She refers to her father in law as her dad. His
lifestyle was very similar to hers; it seems she copied him.
It is a mystery what her motivation was to "hang around" a white man; I feel like it was her service to God to feed a white man well despite how many of her
"kind" were treated in the past. Another reason may be because she wanted someone to wish her happy Mother's Day since that was very important to her
and her kids didn't do it.
She talks over me when I try to speak
She keeps her house too hot and dark (just like my parents did)
Her house didn't have a single comfortable (ergo) chair to sit in
She obsessively refers everything to Jesus, God and the Lord
She is nosy
She required I go with her everywhere; not allowed to stay at the house alone; she sometimes drives very recklessly
Rubye is very delusional and flaky; lacks integrity
Made sure I was fed well with quality food she cooked or treated me out to eat once.
Nothing else. She thinks letting me stay in her house was a huge favor, but I hated it there for the above reasons.
PHOTO PHOBIC WOMAN WITH FAKE ACCENT
After going out a week with a red headed, petite Interior Designer with a fake British-like accent I met in a park in Wilmington, NC, we went to a beach
park. I took a photo of her and emailed it "I was going to tell you on the spot I took this; would delete if you requested, but quickly got distracted by the
weird fish or something and forgot." This is her response: "Please delete any photos of me that you have....I never said that you could take any photos....I
hate photos and I specifically told you that....why you would even take a photo of someone without their permission is beyond me." The day prior to that
she get very annoyed that I answered one of her questions of where I got some bug repellent I gave her. She was particularly annoyed that I told her how
much it was $18, which I did to explain it was high because it was from a pet store. Good to find out she's crazy sooner rather than later! Her accent is fake
because it disappeared days later after meeting her.
Friday, May 6th, 2016: When having my TPMS light diagnosed at a Firestone in Wilmington, NC, the technician checked me out; when I approached my
van, it was running; I opened the door and saw his very expensive Snap on diagnostic computer on the passenger seat. I brought it back inside and many of
his coworkers were standing there. I said "I don't thing this came from a Cracker Jack box!".
Thursday May 5th, 2016: Soon after parking in a strip mall parking lot to do laundry at the Atlantic Coast Coin Laundromat, I was approached by a
woman around 60 who said she wished to have a van like mine to live in with her husband; the two of which have been living in a minivan. She didn't look
like a traditional hippie, but rather like a normal white lady who could be a teacher, banker, etc. At the same time, a man around the same age approached
me in his pickup saying he highly admires my van and wants one just like it to live in full time, but his wife won't allow it because she has too much clothing
I have bee approached a few times where people complement the work I did to the van, but this is the first time anyone said they wanted one just like it
since I started living in it three months ago. Perhaps because I've done a lot of improvements to it lately.
May 2nd, 2016 - Just after parking in front of the Anytime Fitness of Jacksonville, FL, a young black man approached his black four door Toyota car next
to my Sprinter, looked in my driver's window, stepped back to his car, reapproached my Sprinter with a big smile and said "Yo, What's up, man? You got,
you got one o' these?" (he held up his key FOB which was different than mine as his seemed to have an alarm button). I started to assume he was planning
on seeing if he could break in or check to see if my door was open, but I will never know what that was really all about.
April 27, 2016: The buyer of my Honda Odyssey minivan sent me an email complaining how he thinks the transmission may be going out, how he wishes he
could turn the bed sideways to sleep on, how he thinks it has too many miles and he's experiencing buyer's remorse. Previously I offered him my Autotrader
& Cars.com account login credentials so he could take over my paid ads, but he declined. I also offered him several times assistance redesigning the bed,
but he declined.
Regarding sleeping sideways... the bed is extended fully on each side, so he can do that anyway. He stated he doesn't understand how I could have lived in
that thing due to such small space in there. I did for six months with a dog and all my stuff other than some things in storage.
April 24, 2016: Responded to a Craigslist ad for a Thule rear cargo box with swing-out carrier for $300. After evaluating it for a half hour, I decided it
"should" work, but wasn't sure. I offered $250 cash and the sellers (an older white couple living in a modest middle class house) immediately said yes. Then
the male seller saw my license plate frame stating I'm a veteran and he said he things highly of veterans. I responded, oh good I get a veteran discount. From
that point on, the man made a big deal about how that $50 off was my veteran's discount even though it was at best a standard CraigsList negotiation.
April 19th, 2016 - Went to Buck Hall Recreation Area, South Carolina. Was 85, humid with full sun, so I needed shade. The only shaded parking was two
handicapped spots, one empty and one used by someone with a fraudulent disability claim. That annoyed me, so I angrily drove around trying to find shade,
none was available except where not marked for parking, so I broke the rules and parked there, but while angry and in a hurry, my side door wasn't all the
way shut and g-forces of driving make my cell phone slide out and crash on the pavement, shattering the screen. Then I used my jig saw to level my new
bamboo chair legs (too pointy at bottom) and the saw slipped and cut the side of my left thumb through the skin and also through the side of my nail;
something I have never done anything like before. There was no pain and minimal bleeding, so should heal within a month.
April 18th, 2016 - Put $1.75 worth of quarter in, nothing happened. Hit with palm of hand, a few quarters dropped. Hit again, some more quarters
dropped, almost $1.75. Hit again, $4.00 worth of quarters dropped in total. Also I found another quarter at the bay I was in (where you insert money).
See next day's story for interesting events related?
March 31st, 2016: Astronaut Bob Springer was asked by a child "have you ever had a floater?" after the astronaut explained how to use the bathroom in
space. This was in a live audience format at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
I have been a witness living as deep into typical American society as anyone possibly can be and am here to testify in general Americans are extremely
On March 16th, it took Freightliner of Tampa 6 hours to merely drive it a few miles to listen for any beep. A complete idiot tech of theirs drive it for 35
miles with the radio on and wondered why he claims he couldn't hear any beeps. I drove with him with the radio off and heard it loud and clear twice, but
he said he didn't hear it. The service manager drive it 10 minutes and hit many bumps to try to duplicate the beep, but I explained in a short letter it's a
random beep; apparently nobody there read it. This outfit has been grossly negligent over the past month. I filed a BBB complaint and will, from now on,
only go to Mercedes for service. Freightliner shops are full of negligent, careless employees with little work ethic. They treat customers like dirt.
In the morning I was driving in front of the Home Depot located 16121 N Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, Florida when an employee named Joe signaled for an elderly lady to walk towards the store in front of my moving vehicle. Her instinct was to
look both ways first and she was stunned to see me coming towards her and stopped. Joe signaled for me to stop so she could keep going. This was not
a matter of yielding to pedestrians which I always do when possible, but rather Joe's signal started as I was already too close in front of the elderly lady
who, as I was approaching, showed no intention to cross in front of me until Joe told her to do so as my vehicle was crossing also (repetitive to be
Too many smoke and engage in very unhealthy lifestyle activities
So many, particularly young white and hispanic males, actually think that the louder a vehicle is, the more manly the driver is.
Overall stupid decisions people make and how negligent they are.
People often drag their feet when walking.
March 5th: Window tint fiasco: The sliding door window I installed (DIY) had no tint. I bought some at Walmart, but noticed it was far lighter
than the 2.5% limo shade it said it was. The guy I bought the van from is a "professional" tint installer, so I asked him to do it. He said he would in
exchange for one of my headrests he forgot to swap out when he bought a new Sprinter (the old ones have special tilt features for more comfort).
I didn't want to do that, so I purchased tine from Pep Boys and found the contents crushed, so I returned it. That was the last one of the type I
sought. I then went to Advance Auto to buy tint. Upon opening, I noticed it was used, so I returned it. They had another kind that suited me with
a large cut in the box, but the tint was unharmed so they sold that one to me at 30% off.
March 3rd: In an attempt to replace the driver's door checker (part that keeps the wind from blowing the door shut when open) I ended up
making TEN trips to Home Depot due to how poorly the parts were designed and made (every time I tried something, either it required a special
tool, bolt, spacer, etc.). I did the install in the parking lot of Home Depot, but still ten trips is crazy for one part replacement.
March 2nd: While visiting Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in Florida, I was walking with my dog towards an "Environmental Education Center"
when I encountered a teacher and a group of students from Pasco County blocking the pathway. The teacher aggressively said I cannot go
through because some kids might be allergic to dogs and she doesn't know which ones. She also posed a physical threat to push me back. This
was in an open air nature / wildlife setting with a large variety of potential allergies and any kids with dog allergies can simply step away from my
dog. I told her the dog is allowed anywhere the public is allowed. She then told all her kids (about 40) to step back in case anyone has an allergy.
She then stated the building is closed because it's an educational center. I replied "just because a building is an educational center doesn't mean it's
closed (to the public)". I would say that's one crazy and mean bitch to be blunt.
March 1st: While driving in Penallis County, Florida, I encountered the world's worse left turn attempt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
February 29th: While parked at the back of a Home Depot in Tampa, I installed the sliding door window I purchased for $20 (used) from nearby
RVs R Us. It took 3 hours of prep work and one hour to install. The jigsaw was difficult to deal with as this time there was reinforced steel areas
I had to cut through. After placing butyl tape and pushing the window in, I was chronically exhausted due to so much labor since I bought the
Sprinter. I had to stop, take an ibuprofen, lay down for several hours and rest. I almost passed out; the worse case of exhaustion I ever
February 24th, 11:45 PM: Pulled in at Land O' Lakes, FL Walmart. After getting undressed I head someone giggle loudly at a distance, then
loud footsteps quickly coming towards my vehicle (must have been wearing hard sole shoes / boots) and a thump against my van. I ran outside
with a pepper blaster gun in my underwear and didn't see anyone, but a dark SUV took off. Walmart said their cameras didn't reach that far out
in the lot and advised choosing lots patrolled by security vehicles next time.
February 5th: Took Sprinter to Freightliner repair shop for Turbo and intake manifold replacement: $6,500.
February 4th: Responded to a Craig's List ad for a 2007 Dodge Sprinter for $9,950 2 hours after it's midnight posting. Purchased the next day
for $8,500 cash as is, dirty work van with issues.
February 2nd: Test drove a 2012 Freightliner van with low miles at Sprinter Van City, but it was so badly neglected, I turned it down even at a
good price of 23k. Later the same day I watched many videos at the Barrier Island Sanctuary where I learned a lot about endangered turtles.
Today I also decided to contribute google comments and photos more as I reached their 100 club and was granted the role of professional.
knuckles on some submerged rocks and had to bandage my hand and returned shortly after with gloves on. This was the first time I ever rode a
real ocean wave. I rode waves at Schlitterbahn using crappy and undersized boogie boards which also required waiting in long lines for a very
short ride. I got caught in a minor rip current, but climbed on the board and swam to safety. When I went to take my wet suit off, I was coated
with tiny pebbles that were stuck to my skin and hair; took a long shower to remove. This 42" board is the largest board I can fit in my roof cargo
box. I need a larger board, but will wait until I get a larger van.
Jan 15th: Two events!: While in Fort Meyers, Florida, a tornado touched down and I sought shelter in a Lowe's hardware store. I could see
many things blowing down and around outside. Ameriprise insurance company said they are going to terminate my insurance because my traveling
is too high of risk for them. I filed a complaint with Costco, the BBB and the Texas Dept. of Insurance.
Jan 7: Planet Fitness parking lot, Holiday Florida: A couple were having intimate encounters in the back of a Jeep SUV close to my vehicle, then
left. Just a few minutes later another couple arrived and started passionately making out in public in the same spot. In both instances, each met in
Jan 5: Arrived in Crystal Springs, Florida to snorkel with manatees. I did this years ago and returned to the same boat tour service I used before,
Family Adventures. After hearing they charge $60 to take me to where the manatees are, I declined and went to a nearby Hunter Springs Park to
snorkel. I snorkeled over to an area where there were around 10 manatees resting. Then the same boat that I would have paid to be on came
there too. There was one smaller manatee that approached me and wanted to be petted. It's not legal to pet them, so I can's say I did! But I can
say this manatee followed me around for a while and initiated much contact. It didn't want to be petted under it's mouth though, but did roll over
wanting some belly rub. I think its tail may have been hit by a propeller as it was very bumpy on the end, so it could have been in captivity for
rehab which would explain its friendliness. This was one of the best experiences of my life! - even better than swimming with dolphins at
Discovery Cove. I had a connection with this manatee, like a friend!
Experienced many record breaking hot days in Florida. Stayed in Jacksonville much longer than planned due to being too hot south.
Dec. 28: Surprise view of a spider web when I looked in my rear view camera screen. After driving 30 miles at high speed causing much
turbulence, it was still exactly the same - well built by nature.
Dec. 26: Wile walking my dog at the base of the Jacksonville Beach pier I heard and saw many people shouting towards me that someone was
drowning. I couldn't see where the victim was, did recall seeing a red flag meaning high undertow hazard as well as observing high waves. I
scanned the area for any flotation device, but saw none. Several minutes later, many surfers brought the victim to shore right in front of me. That's
when I realized the drowning occurred right there and I was the first one on shore. Someone performed CPR. One of the good Samaritans
asked for a knife, so I handed him mine, but he handed it right back. A woman asked we all pray wile looking at me. A small man grabbed a foot
and performed some very fast-paced, intense prayer ceremony in what sounded Spanish. Paramedics arrived minutes later and couldn't save him.
I could never find this in the news. I was reminded how lucky I was to survive a rip current in 2009.
Dec. 24 & 25: While van camping at an East Jacksonville Walmart, I heard a sheriff's loudspeaker say "Walmart is closed" directed at idiotic
would be shoppers trying to get in Walmart. This was a time to relax, when traffic has been greatly reduced except for the unexpected increase of
people racing cars and motorcycles nearby.
Dec. 22: I was standing in front of the Jacksonville, FL Southeast Public Library to sign up so I can download audio books for education while
driving and walking places (currently to avoid hearing Christmas music that shopping areas have been playing for the past two months!). I noticed
a white man around my age dressed in military BDU, but with many Jesus decorations and a fake "Jesus" like ID. He was reading the Bible. I
asked about his uniform, citing the lower leg pockets I didn't know the military now uses and told him I know he's not in the military, but was
interested in the new uniform. He asked "how do you know I'm not in the military?" I responded "Well you may be, but your not on official duty."
He responded with "Yes I am... I am God." and he rudely turned away into the library abyss. Recall the other recent incident nearby where
someone asked me to give money to Jesus as if he was Jesus. Why would God need to read the Bible by the way??
Dec. 19: When I got up around 9am from the Walmart on 899 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL, I noticed someone with an extreme cat fetish
placed around 20 tubs placed sideways with blankets inside and a crazy abundant amount of cat food on the ground everywhere. When I walked
my dog a nervous man around age 60 asked me whether I was going to let my dog get close to any cats. I said if he did chase any, the cats would
enjoy the game and my dog wouldn't hurt any. Displeased, he took a photo of my license plate as I drove away.
Dec. 10-17: I started going deep into Jennings State Forest to relax and hike. There aren't many people who go deep into the forest like I did.
gates. I received a call from the park asking how my experiences have been and to "check up on me" while I was about 20 miles away. I had no
idea why they called me to ask that and thought that was unusual. Two days later (Dec. 17th), I returned to the park and a worker who knew me
"stalking" me. This could be why because this has turned in to a wide-range investigation and like I said not many go that deep in the forest.
Dec.: After being asked for money by many lately, I decided to reply with "No, I pay taxes to fund programs that help." Sometimes I ask them for
money to support my non-profit environmental projects. They are mute after I say either.
Dec. 12: While at a laundromat in Middleburg, Florida, a vulgar man carrying a large wooden cross approached me asking for money "for Jesus".
I told him I have my own causes that need money and he repeatedly kept asking for "money for Jesus".
Dec. 9: When parked at a Walmart, early in the night, Jacksonville, Florida, I heard a loud boom and all Walrmart's power was lost. When that
happened I was reading about terror plots in the U.S. and so the timing was frightening to me, but apparently a transformer blew.
Dec. 8: I decided to rebuild my bed frame at a Home Depot in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon emptying my van (makes it obvious to the public I'm
homeless or a nomad), someone approached me asking if I need any housing or food. He said he's been driving around the area feeding the
homeless for many years. I declined stating I have plenty of money to buy food or even get an apartment, but choose to live this way. Incidentally,
I was also parked next to a Mattress Firm store while rebuilding the frame. Several passers by stared at me in disbelief as if they felt sorry for me.
I was thinking they should feel sorry for those in hospitals or bad health, not me, vibrant, healthy and working on a bed frame.
Nov. 2015: Went to a Walmart in south Chicago that was all black and Hispanic. Many blacks freaked out when I brought my service dog
inside. This was a culture clash as it's very rare for whites to go there. This is a very segregated and racial community, something I rarely see.
Nov.: When parked in a high-cost pay parking lot at a science museum in Chicago, I was cleaning my van with a vacuum and some man
approached me saying to me "Here's a few dollars". I said "What for?". He said "Just use it for whatever you need it for." I counted five ones and
realized he felt sorry for me living in the van, but I had at least $50,000 in the bank.
Oct.: When using a Little Rock, AR Walmart bathroom, I set my new 7" LG tablet on the ledge of the toilet paper dispenser, but forgot it due to
it being black, the same color as the TP housing, but only two minutes later I discovered I forgot it, ran back in and someone already stole it.
Security said they cannot tell who came in after me and took it because many others came in right after me at the same time.
Oct. 17: While overnighting in a WalMart parking lot in Plano, Texas, a large bird landed on my roof several times in the middle of the night and
early in the morning making noise. At first I was wondering if someone was trying to break in.
Oct. 16: While overnighting at the Texas Welcome Center, Amarillo, Texas, I found a radio faceplate and cell phone (logged on) in two different
areas of the parking lot. I turned them in to the desk.
Oct.: A man living in a short, old Toyota Class C, shirt off, several front teeth missing, approached tacking about how inventive he is and wanting
to go into business together to create a non-profit billion dollar scam.
Oct., Albuquerque, NM Wal-Mart back of parking lot: A strange man offered a few small, unremarkable rocks due to me giving him a box of
tissues for for asking before taking a bag of two boxes of tissues, etc. I left in a cart. He said the rocks can be polished and given as gifts to a
girlfriend, etc. I tried to refuse them, but he insisted so I laid them down and left them on the curb.
Oct: When pulling into the back of a Walmart parking lot in Albuquerque, NM, a vulgar woman in an old SUV shouted "There's a homeless man"
Aug.: My Tippy dog chased two young men in Battle Ground, WA Walmart parking lot; they ran away as if being chased by a bear. My dog
very rarely ever does that unless someone acts suspicious or out of place.
Aug.: Tillamook, OR: When overnight camping in a county park beach parking lot, a drunk woman and her male companion ran into my van
several times, rocking it and making noise. I thought someone was trying to break in so I shouted "Hey!", grabbed my flashlight and pepper spary,
exited and confronted them. She apologized and there was no damage.
Aug., Warrington, WA: While parked in a library parking lot using their wifi, a police agent sneakily approached me, looked in my van and said I
have to leave because I'm camping. I was not camping and his wrong assumption was based on merely having the van equipped for camping. He
said if I'm still there by 10PM I would be fined. I filed a complaint with his police chief.
Jul., Sammamish, WA: Rolled my storage trailer along my new boss's lake front mansion to start work there, but only for a few days until I was
told I was not required to live in that expensive area, so instead of a cost of living raise, I was told to go where it's cheaper.
When driving on a beach in Washington, my van got stuck in the sand because I tried to take an exit out that was for 4x4s only. Someone with an
old pickup had a hard time pulling me back to the hard packed area, but finally did it and I gave him a $20 tip.
July: Got tired of paying a lot for renting a shitty extended stay hotel and didn't want to go through the drama of finding a place to rent, so I
purchased a 2005 Honda minivan to convert into a dry camper van to live in full time.
Under construction section:
Border: Couldn't understand q as walking in booth, said random inp lie, agent didn't know serv dog laws (allergies) said if in kennel faster inp,
requd kennel if not serv dog, hijacked passport card, asked same q twice, stupid q was asked what city I came from
Laundromats: Man masturbated, woman nude bath, family using extreme language with feet on table, stealing from neighbor store
Met Toure at space needle.
CBS evening news not didn't know definition, not interested in keystone species
3/13 used dashcam to help black girl find bag in trash can, days before new cam
Mail: Long lines, odd hours, wrong google maps, phone numbers, hours and addresses, odd hours, hard to call, incompetencies, can't call usps
trans fluid incompetence,
trailer tongue broke
12/7/16 Dell asian woman: Hold me for one minute
12/6/16 Do you guys smoke do vodka or wear headphones? 12:05 AM CA SP
Canada: Had plant with soil, illegal tint, illegal emissions, pulled in bay, broken gun box, what was in it?, if gun will find, climbed my ladder, AC
box, tablet holder, left van mess, denied service dog / no regard for, detained long time 2 hours wait, looked at cell numbers, found my keys,
looked through docs
Canada slammed on brakes tiny stop sign in middle of highway, water bottle flew forward. Everybody smokes in Canada. If Canada really cared
about citizens, would have anti smoking campaign. Woman in Mercedes SUV headlights on asleep with windows half down, docile, complacent,
no fear of me approaching “they will not”. Police wear camo pants in city. Everything closed until 8am including groc stores. 50/50 french/Eng.,
Witnessed panhandler 50% success rate with just a cup, no sign, someone shook hand. Rare horn honk, nobody knew I was American no accent
recognition, no “no trespassing” signs, Niagra Falls CA side no drinking fountain allowed.
9/16 “so you guys are kind of like eco warriors? No it's called broke dicks.
9/24 wmt s central vancouver at self checkout woman rubbed hands all over neck of my bottle “ I appreciate it if you didn't put your hand all over
the lid; it's just a lid, I don't know where your hand has been, she said sorry | PF same area earlier blond guy grabbed my towel first stall, was 4
other stalls not used, didn't ask me or apologize, kept on taking over that stall.
Oct 19, ashland park, 25 year old Wren from Ashland, nomad, going to CH internship, emarketing, wrapping xmas gisfts in pot design, mj leaf on
wrist, denied going out to harvest mj.
9/18/16 just found out of mega deposit
Things I Found
$20 bill on ground, SF bay area, California campground, 2017
$120 cash on a trail - Little Rock, Arkansas, 2015
Disc golf disc, Tampa, FL on beach, 2015
Things Stolen form Me
Feb. 23rd, 2019, Oceano - California State Park Campground: Small starfish I left out on my picnic table highly likely stolen by neighbor
campsite kids. Not a great deal, but is theft and I felt violated. First know theft in many years of living on the road! (there have been some
New 6" LG Tablet from a Walmart bathroom, 2015 (needed with me at all times for remote work)