San Diego, CA
Returning to Chicago, it was easy for me to get a high-paying job at a prestigious architect’s office. And that is just what I did. We also got an apartment at Four Lakes Village. A very classy resort style complex complete with swmming pool and even a small ski slope. it was close to my work. Life was indeed luxurious after living in the back of our baby blue camper.
We also had a “PLAN.”
- Earn enough money to get back on the road. Check!
- Buy a motor home, as our VW bus was getting a little small for our big ideas. Check!
- Start a business that we could run out of the motorhome while living on the road. Check!
Our business was called “The Primary Source: Environmental Inventors.” A pretty fancy name for a company that painted graphics on walls and ceilings or anything else. Within 3 months we were outa there and back on the road. Oh, we didn’t actually purchase the motorhome. My salary was good, but not that good, but we did manage to quickly qualify for a high interest loan.
Finally, we were back on the road! It didn’t, however, take us too long before we could give our new mobile home a proper nickname. We called it “The Curse.” From the moment we bought it, it cursed our lives. First, it only got 6 miles to the gallon, so our money began to slip through our fingers quickly. Then, even though we bought it brand new, it immediately started falling apart.
In a month the party was over, and it was Rainy’s turn to work at our next stopping point – Reno, Nevada. She, with her interior design degree, became a Grecian Goddess at one of the casinos, and I was to drum up business for the Primary Source. Between the two of us we were just successful enough to “get outa there” and head to San Diego. Again, it was my time to work. I got a job aa a reinforced steel designer, and Rainy was to try and get us some painting gigs and we were just successful enough to know that we had made a mistake, and it was time to come up with a new “PLAN.”
We sold the curse, got a dog, and bought an old pickup truck with a camper. For 3 months we travelled through California, Oregon, and Washington. By that following July we were — can you believe it, because I can’t — running low on funds! Once again, it was time to head back to Chicago and begin working on a “NEW PLAN.”