I know, I know, it’s been a long time since my last post. Don’t worry, I’m still Urban Vanning in a Northern suburb of Chicago where I work. For only $10 a month, I legally park overnight across the street from my office. Fill out a simple form at the city hall and you’ve got yourself an overnight parking pass. When my alarm goes off, I just get dressed, open the van door and walk 50 feet to the office.

My plan has been to get a new van this summer. Preferably a 2004 Honda Odyssey which goes for around $4,000 for a nice used one in good shape. It would be a nice upgrade from the 98′ WIndstar, but I have to say, this white Ford has just been fantastic. So comfortable to drive, reliable and really just perfect for what I need. So I’m in no rush to get rid of it when it’s been so good.

The winter insulation has been removed, so there is a lot more room now in the back of the van. The Chicago weather over the last several weeks has been just perfect. However, we did have a few hot, humid days. This gave me a chance to try out my ice bin “air conditioning” idea. Basically, I just got a clear plastic storage bin, the kind you would find at a Target, and filled it with a bag of ice like you do with a cooler for drinks. Then I place the bin on the bed right next to my pillow and aim the little battery powered fan into the ice.

Needless to say, it worked fantastic. It literally felt like I had the AC on the whole time. And it also removes all the moisture from the air so it’s doesn’t feel like a sauna any more.

I’m getting really excited for retirement. Only three months left of work! Then the adventure will really begin. Thanks for continuing to follow my journey and I hope to write something new at least once a week for you.