I just ordered a couple of signs as a reward for reaching the 25 pound milestone. It’s been a lot of fun. Some of the weight loss so far has been fluids but a person’s ankles are happy to lose any weight put on them! It’s been relatively easy and a good momentum has been started – reason to celebrate.
The #2 milestone reward was meant to be a “want” rather than a “need.” One of the tools I really wished to have on board the van was something to act as a decoy for street or parking lot camping, particularly during the day. My psychologist once told me of a man who lived in his van and used magnetic signs as a “cloaking device.” With his vehicle marked as a handyman’s truck nobody bothered him, thus the Star Trek reference “cloaked” to refer to a sort of man made invisibility.
Above you see a sign that was customized from a template – one of thousands available from different online companies. The actual signs I ordered are much different from the example. The layout chosen was professional looking but used very reserved colors (blues and greys) with nothing too unusual or flashy (such as a cartoon or cute picture) that might draw extra attention. For this application, I wanted a sign so unremarkable that the van would likely be dismissed as just another work vehicle. Some people might even not consciously read the new sign – all the better! For privacy reasons, I have elected not to show what was ordered.
The cost for the two signs (45 mil, heavy duty material) was $41 including shipping). That’s not a bad deal. The decoy magnets can pay for themselves in just one night if it saves you the cost of a motel room.
Now on to the fifty pound milestone! After reaching it, I intend to take a three day trout fishing trip with at least one of those days stealth camping. It will be some time in May.