Hello, friends. It’s been a little while since I posted. Things have been pretty busy. The gas station job in Cedar Rapids is going GREAT (if you don’t mind sore feet and a painful lower back). I’m getting plenty of hours and have been helping at the company’s two local gas stations. The co-workers are like family and we’re bonding well. They know I sleep in a van and it doesn’t seem to matter to them one bit. Things couldn’t be going any better!
There was one unexpected development and it’s not all bad. Once the company saw a person with 6+ years gas station experience, it was suggested that I consider a “Shift Lead” position – the first step of the management career path. While most would be excited, this required a lot of soul searching. The sacrifice (in terms of availability and the number of potential hours) was just too great.
I love “van trekking” too much to have to stop doing it. Going into management would almost certainly mean working more hours and having to give up the fishing, biking, camping trips, and other things that make life much more happy and stable. Those activities would be replaced by having to cover for employees who could not or would not work. As one manager put it, “You basically have to marry the store.” This crabby old bachelor isn’t about to marry anything! 🙂
Some people say if you don’t move forward, you’re moving backwards…. That seems to be true in terms of money but I don’t look at it that way. We’re all on an escalator ride of sorts. The end of that ride is death and we’re going to reach that conclusion sooner or later.
Oh, we can try to climb the stairs a little faster or change the pitch to go a little higher or lower (socioeconomically) but some day none of that will matter. Money isn’t everything! It’s more about being able to enjoy the journey whether it is with family, friends, or even alone – living in a van and fishing. For now the plan is to keep on doing what is working and what is still fun. Thanks be to God for giving me enough health and insight to be able to stay happy and working.
With that being said, it’s about time to hit the road again! The next trip will involve traveling to Wisconsin and gathering some cheese and apples (and maybe a few fish). Of course, there will be new recipes for the cookbook and one will likely get posted. If she is up to it, Serena will ride along again. She’s such a fun travel companion! Stay tuned for a post later next week!
Thanks for stopping by! Life’s too short not to relish every day!
Brad and Serena – Van Trekking in Iowa