A Day of the Blues

Walmart Van Camp

Working from home? Not exactly. But I’ll be working for the same company where I camp out!

It’s been a pretty exciting week in both good and bad ways.  First, the best news.

I got the “You’re hired” call today and will be starting a new job at Wal-Mart later this month.  Hopefully it will help pave the future with some extra cash.  The new job will be part time (at my request), working in a department where I have knowledge and interest.  The hourly rate was much better than expected.  If this works out, there are store locations near several of the places I’ve considered moving later this year, including Decorah.  A foot in the door is a good thing if one wants to transfer!  I wonder if a person can wear a Star Trek communicator pin on the blue vest…???

Here is the bad news.  This morning it was discovered that my debit card number was stolen (the bank said it was possibly fallout from the Target information breach).  Someone at a major home improvement store in Indiana (two states away) ran up several rapid-fire purchases totaling hundreds of dollars.  The charges were reversed.  Thanks to quick action from the awesome folks at my own bank, no money was lost.  If the home improvement retailer was not feeling “BLUE” before, I’ll bet they will be after eating the fraudulent transactions.  Just a piece of advice…  If you haven’t already, change your credit card number if you used a card at Target – before or immediately after the breach.  I’m finding articles online showing that some of the information stolen has been sold and used at large stores.

dumpsterThis big blue object was a welcome sight at the house today. For the next week, I’ll be busy cleaning out the garage and attic.  The work is easier now.  Much progress has been made and soon the house will be nearly emptied out.  Then it will be sold.  It sure is a good feeling to be seeing the efforts pay off.

IMG_5874Now that this long day is over, ironically it’s time for one last blue item.  I was looking for a bottle of water in the fridge a few minutes ago and there was a can of Blue Moon from last fall.  What a lovely way to end an unusual day!

The next week will be pretty hectic.  I’ve got a goal in mind for completion of the house activities.  After that there will be a fun camping trip to celebrate – just prior to the start of the new job.  It can only get better from here as spring quickly approaches.  The temperatures are rising and the snow is melting.

Have a terrific weekend and thanks for stopping by.  For those of us who must, this is the weekend to set your clocks ahead.  It means one more hour of fishing time!

Take care.

Brad, the Van Trekker

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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"

6 Responses to A Day of the Blues

  1. Dragonfly says:

    Good news about Wal Mart. You hear a lot of bad about it but I have a few friends that are very grateful for their employment. Working in the sporting goods dept?
    Bummer about you credit card. Good think you didn’t lose, that would be devistating.

    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Diane! I am actually going to be working in the electronics department but they said I might be able to fill in over in Sporting Goods. I did admit to having some knowledge of fishing and camping. 🙂

      I lucked out on the debit card thing. My small town bank makes all the difference. Lowe’s would not reverse the charges and got chargebacks. They deserve them (in my opinion). It’s scary!

  2. Todd says:

    Hello Brad,

    Way to go on the new job!

    I would like to ask a van question. It is about frost on the inside of the van windows.

    I notice that most used cargo vans have windows in the “house” portion. I imagine one’s breath would become frost on the inside of those windows during the frigid winter months of the midwest.

    If so, that might cause people to notice the van. For that reason, I am guessing that a cargo van with no windows in the “house” portion would be more stealthy.

    Also, there would be the unwanted daily chore of scraping the windows. On the inside.

    But I am just guessing. And I could easily have it all wrong. Might you have any insights into this?

    Thanks as always Brad!


    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Todd and thanks for the note. You are right about the frost on the windows. I did not use the van as much this winter or it would have been much more of a problem. It seems to be the worst when running propane instead of electric heat. Thankfully, the times when I did run propane it was far from the home base and by cracking the roof vent, the moisture dried out during the long drive…. but in the morning there was a lot of scraping up front.

      My van has no side windows/-just two rear windows and moisture gets behind the blackout curtain – a dead giveaway. If a person wanted to (and it was legal in your area, like Iowa) you could paint the rear windows black, use a mirrored window tint, or try a spray-on product like Rhino Liner (a spray type truck bed liner). Hopefully nobody would notice that way….

      All the stealth in the world doesn’t help the front though… It will frost up a lot!

  3. C says:

    Hey Brad!

    This was the place I was talkinging about: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g37822-d1771803-Reviews-Ede_s_the_Angry_Pickle-Decorah_Iowa.html

    Give it a shot next time you are up there!
    – C

    • VanTrekker says:

      Cool! I will check it out for sure. It’s kind of fun to visit some of the unusual places. Thanks for stopping by today. It’s always a pleasure to have a visitor.