Departure from Your Comfort Zone

Departure from Your Comfort Zone

Ten weeks of building and I was ready for my freedom. After completing the van’s finishing touches, it was time to depart. Just in time, too. I finished the van, cleaned out all the sawdust, and moved my stuff in the day before we left. That same day, I rented a...
DIY Van Build with no Experience

DIY Van Build with no Experience

“Do you have any idea how loud you’re being?”  I turned around to find a super friendly neighbor. He was trying to be mean and scary, but for some reason it wasn’t working. “Ummm, yes. I’m cutting wood. It’s loud,” I replied honestly. In fact, I probably knew...
Why I Decided to Live in a Van

Why I Decided to Live in a Van

The lifeless black eye of the video camera stared into my soul like death itself. “Why are you doing this?” was the question my interviewer asked me. And I found myself struggling with the answer. Not because I didn’t know, but because there were so many reasons why....
Burn Your Possessions

Burn Your Possessions

“My greatest skill has been to want little.”– Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854) I lit a match and threw it on my most prestigious Emmy award. It was soaked in lighter fluid, so it erupted immediately into a big ball of flame. I watched as the “Nick Conedera” printed...
I was at the 7th Box Bombing in ATX

I was at the 7th Box Bombing in ATX

Austin, TX – March 20, 2018 I was at the autoparts store getting some stuff for the van when I noticed ambulances coming down the road. I was exhausted so I didn’t think anything of it – I had been working on the van build for three months straight, with only a few...