Today’s field trip of van and shikibuton shopping was quite fun. The traffic gods smiled down upon me and Jef as we once again drove all over LA while lip syncing to various pop hits of the past three decades. It really is the most fun one can have in the car.
Famvans had a decent selection of extended cargo vans, and we were very impressed with their customer-friendly approach. We had free reign hop from van to van, opening and closing things, turning things on and off, taking measurements, and whatnot. Our new friend, Nader, answered all of our questions quite competently, and if we can’t find a van on Craigslist, we’d be pretty happy to give our business to Famvans.
I’ve been rolling around in a vat of indecision over what van to purchase. It seems there are three options: buy an extended van and have a high top installed, or buy a medical transport van (comes with a high top) and rip out unnecessary extras, or buy a 158 WB Sprinter. In situations like this something usually tips the scale one way or the other, but that something has yet to be recognized.
There is one more option: purchase a class B motorhome. It really would be the easiest (and probably cheapest) way to jump start a life on wheels. Unfortunately, I really enjoy designing and building things. It just wouldn’t be any fun to buy a pre-designed solution. Have you ever chopped your own wood to build a fire and then cooked your dinner over it? It tastes freaking fantastic. I think that was the best meal of my life. Same idea.
So how do I climb out of the indecision pit? More information might help. A trip to Fiberene and El Kapitan should provide some answers regarding installing high tops, and then I’m sure some sort of spreadsheet detailing costs will magically sprout from my fingertips.
While choice of vehicle simmers in the background, Jef and I have turned our attention to furnishings. I’m a big fan of the shikibuton, a simple trifold mattress than can convert into a bench, chaise lounger, or a couch. This particular shikibuton has a washable polyester cover, and the foam cushions can easily be swapped of they start to bottom out.
Today was great fun bopping around LA looking at neat things, but all this time being spent on van associated things has meant that my work has been slowly piling up behind the scenes. Business taxes are due on March 15, and my books are in need of an overhaul so that I can do my taxes. At some point I will also have to relieve my mom and put in a week-long shift to take care of my dad. Slow progress may get even slower in the next couple weeks, but the spirit remains upbeat.