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This Is How You Should Go To Baseball Games

By     |    Mar 26, 2012
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We stopped in Phoenix for two Spring Training games, sorry, “Cactus League” games. We saw the Brewers-A’s (Brewers lost) and the Brewers-Cubs (Brewers won). For the last eight years we’ve been going to see the Cubs at Wrigley whenever fate shines tickets upon us. Wrigley is a different baseball experience mainly because we could walk to the stadium from our home. We couldn’t walk to either stadium from the Apache […]

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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Reducing Monthly Expenses

By     |    Dec 30, 2011
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This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting unnecessary monthly expenses.  Monthly expenses kill savings. They chip away while you’re not looking, weakening your financial strength. You should evaluate every one of your monthly expenses, but there are two easy ones to start with: cell phone bills and cable TV subscriptions. Check out […]

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Here's the mug. Note the non-slip sleeve. Just like Effen Vodka, which you may or may not want to add to your daily brew.

Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 by Brewing Your Own Coffee

By     |    Dec 28, 2011
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This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about cutting coffee costs.  When I was working in Chicago, a lot of days I would treat myself to a $2 coffee on the way to work. I didn’t like making my own because I had a normal-sized French press. It made great coffee, but it […]

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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 at Lunch

By     |    Dec 27, 2011
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This week, we created a series of posts to help you save money in 2012 to make your travel dreams a reality. Today’s is about saving money at lunch. The first time we worked really hard to save money, our goal was buying a condo.  The second time we worked really hard to save money…well, you know all about that by now.  Each time we took a hard look at […]

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Post-Present Blues: Save for Travel in 2012 with the Right Bank Accounts

By     |    Dec 26, 2011
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Christmas is over, and the new year is coming up. Resolutions will be made shortly, then ignored shortly after that. Assuming that if you read this blog, you’ll have some sort of travel more / work less resolution for 2012, Lisa and I created a series of posts this week to help you save money in 2012 and make your travel dreams a reality. But you’ve got to commit. If […]

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What Did You Do With All Your Stuff? Downsizing Our Possessions.

By     |    Nov 3, 2011
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People have a lot of questions when they learn about our trip.  We’ll answer the most frequently asked and strangest ones here.  One of the first and most common things we’re asked is: What did you do with all of your stuff?  The answer is as complicated as our downsizing process was long (and painful). The first step is that we stopped buying things.  Long before we started preparing for […]

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Detail of the reclaimed hardwood slats.

Adding a Platform Bed and Window Screens to Our Toyota Sienna, Rocky

By     |    Oct 11, 2011
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Matt C. wrote in asking about our rig.  Well, up until yesterday, Rocky was a pretty standard Toyota Sienna, but with the help of Lisa’s folks, we built our bed platform and created window screens for the side windows.  Tonight will be the first sleepy test run. The wood was reclaimed from the old McNamara barn in Redfield, NY.  Bob and Carolyn dismantled the barn last summer with the help of friends and […]

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Rocky, our Toyota Sienna

Meet Our Toyota Sienna, Rocky

By     |    Oct 4, 2011
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This here’s Rocky. He’s a slate Toyota Sienna. That there’s not an RV. Rocky is originally from Massachusetts by way of Japan. He’s 3(ish). He’s run 1,379 marathons so far, and he’s itchin’ to jog a few more. Rocky hasn’t always been a vagabond – he used to have a family. But he gave it all up to be with us. I guess he just got sick of the chewing […]

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Looks Like Somebody Has a Case of the Mondays

By     |    Oct 3, 2011
Posted in: Adventure Prep, Reality     |    7 Comments

Monday … that’s a work day, right?  It hasn’t sunk in yet that it isn’t.  This Monday, there will be no riding the Brown Line, no $2 coffee at the Merchandise Mart, no elevator rides, badge swiping, revolving doors … no commute.  And no lunch at the desk, conference calls, Outlook reminders … no cubicles.  But there will be no after-work beers, lunches with friends, office jokes … direct-deposit paychecks. […]

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Never Going Back Again

By     |    Oct 3, 2011
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Quitting my job wasn’t as satisfying as I thought it would be.  It was more bittersweet than sweet.  But why? Well, everyone’s nice when you’re leaving.  People buy you lunch, dinner, drinks.  People tell you how awesome you are when they’re never going to see you again.  They thank you at meetings and in passing and they buy you cards and chocolates and flowers.  And you let things that normally […]

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