Working Again

Burger Flipping

I cook beef, chicken, and fish at work… but not trout!

Well, it’s back in the saddle again.  This time I’m working at a fast food burger restaurant.  So far, so good.  The work is very fast-paced but it is not rocket science.  I’m amazed at how efficient the processes are at this business!  There is minimal multitasking and that’s a good thing.  I’ll take “busy” over the chaos of doing multiple people’s jobs!  With less on my mind these days, it’s easier to focus on learning new stuff and not giving up when the going gets tough!

So why a hamburger cooking job?  It’s part of the relocation strategy.  The plan is still to move north.  The future home base is located near other restaurant franchises.  I’m hoping to build a good work history, move north,  get a stable home established, and then obtain a job at another franchise of the same hamburger place.  In any case, it’s money coming in and that’s a good thing.  It is fun, too!

Parmesan Encrusted

Wesson was taste testing another recipe. This is his “I’m cute so feed me” face.

Things are still going well with living in the van.  I’ve learned to economize a lot – keeping minimal amounts of perishables on hand and cooking more.

One of the biggest impacts has been having to refine the basic processes of living.  Bathing, doing laundry, cooking, storing food, etc. have all changed markedly since moving out of Dad’s house.  Much more planning and organization are required – an area where work was needed.  The resulting challenges and resolutions have been therapeutic and educational!  Some of those ideas might show up in a later post.

So that’s the latest info in the continuing story.  Living in the van is can be more difficult than residing in a house.  But the sleep is much more restful than a couple of months ago and there is quite a bit less to worry about these days.  One can only imagine how happy the pioneers in wagons were though I don’t think they were living in a “Little Cargo Van on the Prairie”.     Still, with this freedom, it seems much more like the great American dream.

Take care and thanks for following along on the journey!  Hopefully Serena and I will be able to go somewhere and catch some fish pretty soon… and share some fun photos…

Brad and Serena, Vandwelling in Eastern Iowa


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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"

2 Responses to Working Again

  1. Jerry says:

    Didn’t I request a picture of you on the farm with a pitch fork ?
    When is that coming ?
    Glad to see your becoming an expert at flipping burgers, chicken & fish….. This will greatly help your cook book…… Especially if you can get the Cornels secrete recipe somehow by hook or crook. Not sure if I could work there , for me it would be like an alcoholic being in charge of a liquor barn. I might gain 100 lbs in one week. At my current weight , the best choice for me would be 6-12 months at a north Korean labor camp…. Sadly there is however no guarantee of release ? Also I would not be able to get a date with Jenny Craig if I went there.

    Finally I wanna know – they don’t really throw out the stuff after it get old for an hour or two do they ?

    Cheers Jerry

    • VanTrekker says:

      LOL… I haven’t found any pitchforks yet. 🙂

      Cooking the chicken, fish, and burgers simultaneously is pretty easy. I guess that comes with having a food background. That’s about the only multitasking I can seem to handle! I’m not so good at trying to build the burgers… It’s pretty fast paced and my brain doesn’t handle that part very well.

      The store I work for does a great job of rotating stuff and keeping it fresh. During the peak periods, I’m running my butt off to keep stuff cooked and ready to assemble. If I could give one piece of universal advice, something less mainstream such as a fish sandwich or grilled chicken might sit a longer but even then should be fresh. It’s kind of a fun job and you do learn a lot.

      Have a good one, Jerry. Trust me, if you work there it will burn the weight off. It’s pretty hectic… but fun!