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#LoveMail & finally giving a tour of my new #VanLife van!

So I’ve gotten about 100 emails asking me when I’m going to do the big reveal on my awesome new custom camer van and its Sportsmobile top. Well, tomorrow may be the day. There are still a few esthetic things and functional things to get done this weekend, but I’m going to show it anyway, and then do new videos when new things are completed.

I hope you like it. I’m proud to say we used about 70% reclaimed wood from floor to ceiling, cabinets, trim and other little places.

Saturday, my buddy Howie from @HowieBuildsVans is going to install the hand-pump kitchen faucet. And I’m gonna put all the “pop-a-xxx” things I just got from @Amazon (and love) in too.


Giving out warm clothes in West Oakland California.

The homeless are all but ignored, if not harassed. So, some people we know who live in the area helped us meet some of the folks who live in “Homeless Row” and later on “Tent City”. And some of these people even had a great sense of humor. #LoveOneAnother

Semi Truck driver goes nuts on the highway. Semi Truck Hit & Run.

So before I did my van build-out, I was involved in a road rage incident with an 80,000 lb 18-wheeler. He did the same to another driver after me, but I was able to follow him for 30 cat/mouse miles until the police got him and immediately arrested him. His POS rig and trailer were impounded and he went to jail.

Homeless people don’t have homeless pets.

We have all walked past a person on the sidewalk, homeless, with nowhere to go. A lot of these people have pets. Regardless if these #FurBabies were with these folks before they became homeless or not, these animals still have a home. In many cases, these animals are safer and cared for better than if they were in a shelter or even in some cases- an actual home. Not everyone is kind to their pets.

Some of the most well mannered, tempered and trained animals have been those who belonged to homeless people. I have seen this for myself firsthand. It’s true, some of the homeless are “crazy”. But so are some of us. I mean come on, look at all the drugs we take to *not* be crazy. Sometimes the only difference between us and the homeless are 4 walls, 3 square meals, and a daily shower.

My point here is that the next time you’re going to walk past a person on the sidewalk, with or without a pet, ask them how they are and if they need anything. A lot of times these people will ask for dog food or flea medicine. And now, during these cold months, a blanket or a heavy coat would be a great gift you could give them.

It’s Christmas today, but we should be gifting this every day of the year. It is harder for these people than you can imagine. And their pets keep them alive just as much as they keep their pets alive. The difference is, is that most of the animals don’t know anything is wrong, they are just living their lives with their owners, loyally and lovingly… on the street.