Odds and Ends

I’m done with work for the day. It was cool and comfortable enough to eat lunch outside at the picnic table, and now a light breeze blows through the Casita while I type this up and watch the mid-afternoon goings on in the campground. It is a good day.

It was very surreal, coming back from the renaissance festival early yesterday morning to the Casita instead of an apartment. I had a good time, met friends there for Saturday and hung out with them Saturday night, then went with just the roomie on Sunday.

That day a strong thunderstorm went through in the morning, we paid heed to the distant rumblings of thunder and sought shelter in one of the pubs that had live entertainment. About ten minutes later the storm arrived in earnest and we had a lot of soaked people crowding under that roof as the wind drove the rain sideways. The band started singing songs about weather and got the crowd stomping along with the beat, it was my favorite part of the weekend.

Being gone all weekend means that I still have a good bit of stuff to get caught up on from the move, but it was worth it. I have the rest of today and tomorrow off to learn how to tell when my gray tank is full, figure out if 45.5 psi on my left trailer tire is low enough to warrant driving it somewhere to get it back up to 50, and get everything off my old desktop and onto my new laptop (friends are holding it over at their place, it’s a matter of driving over there and plugging everything in and then moving all my files over).

Speaking of the laptop, I love it. I wanted something small, with a good battery life, that could play a certain online game that will be coming out sometime this year. My desktop is an Alienware and while pricey, I loved the style and it performed well so I went with the same brand for this.

It’s a third generation M11x, which I was fully intending to link to in this article but I just went to Alienware’s website and they just released their new laptop line, and the M11x doesn’t seem to be in it, go figure. Anyway, it has a 11.6” screen, weighs 4.4 lbs, has enough firepower to play the games I like to play at reasonable settings, and perhaps best of all when I’m not playing games the computer automatically switches from the battery hogging video card to the integrated one, meaning I can get a good 6 hours of regular use out of it if I’m not gaming.

Now while the laptop is serving me well, the Wi-Fi here is another story. Stoney Crest does provide free Wi-Fi which I’m very thankful for. From what I’ve observed so far it works pretty well at night but is very spotty during the day. I’m still wondering why this is since it seems a good number of the campers here are gone during the day. One would figure that it’d be harder to get online at night when they’re all here but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Once I’m on the road and campground Wi-Fi isn’t an option anymore, I’ll be investing in a wireless broadband card to meet my internet needs. Expect to hear more about this in the future once it becomes a necessity for me.

Now that I’m living in my RV, it’s on to the next big goal. I need to get working on supporting myself using online means. I’m expecting to take seasonal jobs when I first hit the road as the main part of my income, but will be transitioning to more online work as I go to make traveling easier. More to come as time permits. I suppose I should go hit up the Casita forums while my internet holds out and see about the gray tank thing. We’ve been living in the trailer a little over a week now and I haven’t dumped once yet – granted we’re not using the bathroom or shower. Did you all have a good weekend?

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  1. Dave on May 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    It’s great that you’re settling in. I recommend getting an inexpensive (like $10 Family Dollar Store type) 12V air pump for your truck and trailer. Even the old foot pumps can work, and they’re great exercise, but it seems they’re as expensive now as the 12V electric ones. In our little trailer, we know the gray tank is full when the shower stops draining. We try to conserve fresh water and waste tank space when we’re boondocking, but we can still only manage a couple of days at a time before one or the other runs out.

    • Becky on May 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Those little pumps are that cheap? Well that changes things, I’ll look into one for sure.

      Yeah I did a litlte research and since my trailer doesn’t have any sort of gauge I’ll know it’s full when the water comes up in the shower since that’s the lowest point. I’m keeping an eye on it. Since we shower and use the bathroom in the campground ones it’ll probably take a while to fill, only time we’re putting water in there is when doing dishes.

  2. Becky on May 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

    That acrobat group would be Barely Balanced. We saw them first up north at Bristol several years ago when they were first getting started, they’ve come a long ways. Sadly there won’t be any ren fests going on around here in the month of June, ah well.

    I got the details from Julie, hope it all works out and we’ll see you when we see you, still looking forward to it either way.

    I knew about Elance already but iwriter is a new one, I’ll definitely check it out.

  3. Misty on May 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Awesome! I love the picture with the juggling fire acrobats. 🙂 I’m sad that I missed it!

    I may be a little delayed in getting up there, but Julie can fill you in on the details!

    Also, you should check out various freelancer websites, if you haven’t already. Elance.com and iwriter.com are a couple that I know of. I prefer Elance.com, because you are less likely to get cheated out of your fee, but it can be easier to get jobs on iwriter.com. I’m sure there are others out there!

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