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

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

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 …

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

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

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. …

Meet Our Toyota Sienna, Rocky

Meet Our Toyota Sienna, Rocky

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 – …

Looks Like Somebody Has a Case of the Mondays

Looks Like Somebody Has a Case of the Mondays

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 …

Holy Shit, It Worked!

Holy Shit, It Worked!

We’re at about 2 hours to go before our departure from Chicago.  Can’t believe it — we’ve lived here for nearly a decade.  What started out as a crazy idea 20 months ago is now happening.  We get to live in a van! It’s all …

Home Sweet Homes

Home Sweet Homes

Thanks to a couple great friends and a brother’s conveniently timed trip to China, we didn’t have to resort to living in a hotel by the airport and commuting into the city like suburbanites. Instead, we’ve been able to thoroughly enjoy our last month in …

Miles To Go Before We’re Free

Miles To Go Before We’re Free

The last big domino just fell: the van.  We bought one.  We’ll introduce you shortly.  We can now leave Chicago. The preparations feel nearly constant.  We had to take a break this weekend after wrapping up the van sale and just sit on a couch …

The Long Nightmare of the American Dream is Over

The Long Nightmare of the American Dream is Over

And just like that … we’re homeless.  It’s wonderful.  Boy, real estate ownership isn’t exactly a cakewalk.  We learned some important, expensive lessons. photo credit: cdsessums | You can’t leave. Your home needs to appreciate by (at least) 10% for you to break even Yep, …

Let the Five Hour Countdown to Homelessness Begin!

Let the Five Hour Countdown to Homelessness Begin!

It’s here: closing day.  Our muscles are tired, our storage closet is full, our wonderful friends are letting us crash at their place.  Life is good right now, and it’s going to get better in a few hours. More to come later.  It’s tough to …

The Countdown Begins Now

The Countdown Begins Now

We’re nomads in 4 days.  4.  Four.  Fore! Watch out.  It’s happening.  And while it didn’t seem like it’d come together after Saturday’s move-a-thon, it did.  Sunday went well.  Everything not sold, selling, or traveling is in storage.  Almost.  We’re 99% and that’s going to …

When Does The Countdown Begin?

When Does The Countdown Begin?

We have a buddy visiting Chicago the day we [are scheduled to] close on our condo.  Here’s what I replied when he asked how things were going: In September, we will be in either Wrigleyville, Old Town, Logan Square, or near O’Hare.  Hopefully, we’ll find …

Sell, You Fucker.  Sell.

Sell, You Fucker. Sell.

My buddy Joe showed me this article in the early days of Dappered.com.  He always thought of the last line when watching the numbers rise in Google Analytics, “Go, You Fucker.  Go.”  And I can’t help but think about it as we go through showing …