The New Job is a Gas!

Greetings!  Monday was a crazy day but that’s kind of typical any more.  But the irony and karma were too funny not to pass along.

At about 10:30 Monday morning, I was visiting the grocery store close to Dad’s and witnessed a hit and run accident.  A car struck a newer pickup truck in the parking lot at low speed.  The driver of the car, a young Latino, checked to see if anyone was hurt and when told the police would be called, he fled.  I memorized his license place and gave it to the victim and police…   It’s still in my head…  Iowa 206-Y**. 

Of the many witnesses, nobody else caught the tag number because the young man was moving fast.  Having six years of experience as a supervisor in a gas station, I was accustomed to memorizing license plates and nailing gas thieves.  That skill sure came in handy.  It made the victim’s day.  As far as the jerk who took off, he’ll get his! 


What is ironic is that I started a new gas station job just a few hours later!   There likely won’t be any chasing cars or having to memorize license plates.   We’re 100% pre-pay – something that makes it a lot easier on the cashier.

Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson in “The Jerk”  (1979)

The station is quite compact and located near Dad’s.  The work culture is much like a family.  Totally unheard of now days, there is a CHAIR I can sit on during slow periods.  Thank you God!  So few employers will let you sit a little as needed.  Talk about a blessing!

I like the way the way the store runs and the work is doable.  It’s significantly slower than that last gas station job.  The company’s expectations are reasonable in terms of the amount of cleaning and such you need to accomplish during the night.  This looks like it will be a good fit and the money is really going to come in handy!


Things are moving along at full speed with the Internet efforts.  I recently bought a domain name and am in the process of moving the blog to a new location.  There will be more details about that in the coming days.  Work is continuing on the e-book and I’m coming up with more and more new ideas for it.

It’s time to run for now.  Take care and thanks for visiting!

Bradford the “Van Trekker”

It’s good to see money coming in again!  Just when I was starting to wonder how long it would take to find some work, two jobs came through!

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

8 Responses to The New Job is a Gas!

  1. Dragonfly says:

    Money. A good thing. Would like to live without it but the barter system is not real lively and someone needs to pay for our government. Is the job near where you Dad is staying?

    • Brad says:

      Hi! The locations is excellent. It’s about a mile from Dad’s house and the nursing home is another few blocks away. The commute is about six minutes by car. It’s cool being that close. There won’t be a lot of miles driven. The pay is pretty decent, too, for that type of work.

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  3. tinycamper says:

    What a relief that you’ll have an income (or two) again!

    But I hope I can still read about trout fishing trips now and then. 🙂

    • Brad says:

      There will definitely continue to be fishing trips and excursions… Now there’s more $$$ to make the effort continue. It feels good to be working again and “livin’ the dream” (houseless, living in a van, and enjoy nature!)

  4. Meg says:

    I have money issues too so I can sympathize, and I’m glad to see that things are looking up. When you move the blog be sure to let us know; I have this one on an RSS feed so I’ll probably have to change something.

    Good luck with your new job.

  5. Pleinguy says:

    Congrats on the new job. Hope this one works out for you. Sure is nice having cash flow. Keep us posted on how this affects your van life.