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Old 10-27-2016, 10:47 PM   #1
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Finally found some one who understands

What is it about the schoolie life that draws us into a life of taking and old school bus working endless hours of back braking, knee hurting, change scratching time and effort no one understands. Me well its my ride and my pride. Its welcoming folks over at campgrounds to come in and see what ive done and hear them say Wow that's cool ! I wish I would of thought of that. Its the fact its paid for runs like a top and not everyone has one. Any way what ya think it is about us?
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:41 AM   #2
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for me its the driving of the bus... I dont camp nor do I sleep in tents... but travelling by bus... yeah theres just something about it..

and sure i got some wierd looks from friends when I started with the Busses.. but then they ride in it.. and maybe its the memories or just the uniqueness.. it all the sudden becomes the topic of conversation... I took the DEV to a 'cars and coffee'.. in columbus ohio.. next thing i knew people arent looking at the fancy loeered, souped up subarus and coervettes.. but there is a crowd around the bus... and seeing the High tech but minimal Mobile DEV lab inside..

and all of the 'Dang I never k new just anyone could own a bus...', ' I want one of these', ' look at that monster engine', ' this thing sounds badass'..

every one of us here has our own ideas.. all of our busses our different... but one thing is common.. we here all 'Dig it'.. and 'get it'... there are people here making Mobile vet clinics, Campers fancier than the million dollar prevosts, minimal hunting rigs, family cruisers, Tiny homes, mobile race car haulers, and yes (me) even making a daily driver out of my latest...

if you can dream it up.. someone will understand it and no one is in 'competition' to see who has the 'bigger buiold'.. everyone here is interested in seeing everyone elses build become successful whatever that may be!.

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Old 10-28-2016, 08:04 AM   #3
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I honestly don't know what it is that draws me to it. I like to learn new skills to do with my hands. I like electrical and plumbing. I like the road. I've always wanted to be a truck driver.

Interestingly, the weird looks have never come my way, not even from my wife. Usually people's thoughts about my bus are "... because why wouldn't Joel have a school bus in his yard."
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:53 AM   #4
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Hmmm something magical and sacred about the relationship between us and the bus.

Also having a V8 motor in my living room... well what more could a man want in life?!
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:56 AM   #5
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I like the fact that my "home" is paid off, and I can up and move any time I want...
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:06 AM   #6
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:06 PM   #7
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I'm sure glad to hear that. I so enjoy working on the schoolie , and yes no two are the same I think that's what is special about this life style..Thanks for the reply
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:29 PM   #8
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My mildly skeptical fiancÚ came out to the camp site last night and absolutely loved the direction I'm headed with my project... She hadn't seen how far I've gotten, until last night.
Just gotta get her youngest daughter off into the world on her own, then we're off to travel the country!
By that time, she's ready to quit her job, sell her home/land and travel shotgun!

We built a campfire, ate dinner, and sat & listened to the crickets... She said she'd found what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, with me!

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Old 10-28-2016, 08:46 PM   #9
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Brother sounds like a well laid plan....Don't you just love it when a plan comes together, Good luck in your journeys ahead..
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:48 PM   #10
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Brother sounds like a well laid plan....Don't you just love it when a plan comes together, Good luck in your journeys ahead..
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Old 10-28-2016, 08:56 PM   #11
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Yep, ol' Hannibal Smith, if memory serves.

"I pity the fool who don't respect Hannibal!"
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Old 10-28-2016, 11:42 PM   #12
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:10 AM   #13
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I know exactly how 'fortunate' I am!




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Old 10-29-2016, 12:55 AM   #14
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Pretty, loves buses AND knows her way around a handgun.... you definitely got a keeper there!

She a pretty good shot?
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Old 10-29-2016, 01:06 AM   #15
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Pretty, loves buses AND knows her way around a handgun.... you definitely got a keeper there!

She a pretty good shot?
Not quite as good as me, she's still a little timid with a .40...
She does better with a 9mm. But,

She's had surgeries for bleeding behind the eyes...
Only in the last month, has she been able to use contacts.
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Old 10-29-2016, 01:12 AM   #16
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Ugh.... sounds bad.... glad she's doing better though.

I fired a .40 once, did all right.... my weapon of choice right now is a .32 (Beretta model 70, belonged to my dad before he passed)... takes 8 in the clip. When I took my class for my permit I got 48/50 with it.
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Not quite as good as me, she's still a little timid with a .40...
She does better with a 9mm. But,

She's had surgeries for bleeding behind the eyes...
Only in the last month, has she been able to use contacts.
Nice!
Now you just need to get her shooting with proper posture/form. That backwards lean is a sure sign of an inexperienced shooter!
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Old 10-29-2016, 07:35 AM   #18
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I wish I knew how to shoot.. had a 9 once a long time ago.. was a newbie .. never had anyone show me the way to use it right... I wasnt a horrible shot but seemed the ranks around the shooting rsnge werent very nice people..

as far as experienced vs inexperienced.. hell she is giving it a shot.. and trying it.. learning it... sounds like alot of us building busses.. many here never saw a diesel engine, and some never saw the inside of a school bus since we left grade school...

Kudos to the milkman and his girl to Live the dreams..

I may not be the oldest or the wisest on here.. but one thing I do know , is that your life totally changes when you finally begin living dreams.. Living dreams, not living wishes... Dreams are a wish with a Plan... I can say that I DO have experience living my dreams and yeah it changes you.. in a hugely wild way that you never imagined.. Just wait.. all of you till when it happens or as it slowly happens.. whether it involves a school bus or not.. its an amazing thing... I know this because im doing it..

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I wish I knew how to shoot.. had a 9 once a long time ago.. was a newbie .. never had anyone show me the way to use it right... I wasnt a horrible shot but seemed the ranks around the shooting rsnge werent very nice people..

as far as experienced vs inexperienced.. hell she is giving it a shot.. and trying it.. learning it... sounds like alot of us building busses.. many here never saw a diesel engine, and some never saw the inside of a school bus since we left grade school...

Kudos to the milkman and his girl to Live the dreams..

I may not be the oldest or the wisest on here.. but one thing I do know , is that your life totally changes when you finally begin living dreams.. Living dreams, not living wishes... Dreams are a wish with a Plan... I can say that I DO have experience living my dreams and yeah it changes you.. in a hugely wild way that you never imagined.. Just wait.. all of you till when it happens or as it slowly happens.. whether it involves a school bus or not.. its an amazing thing... I know this because im doing it..

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