You Want a What?
Michael has always had incredible ideas, but it has gotten to a point that I have to study his face meticulously to assess his seriousness. One day he’ll say that we should live in a studio one block from Venice Beach. Another, he’ll declare that he wants to travel Columbia for a month because he might want to do his masters there. These winning ideas are both things we’ve done because the they sounded adventurous and rewarding.
When he first told me he wanted to live in an motorhome, I had only known him for 2 years and I flat out vetoed his idea. This did not sound as if the experience was worth the trouble. He revisited the dream (this time with a bus and not an RV) when I was dog tired chasing our toddler Simone while carrying baby Max. By then I was too much in a new-mommy haze to refuse him. I said with much hesitation, “Maybe.”
Michael scoured the internet for the perfect motorcoach for us. He searched Craigslist, Ebay Motors, and used car lots. One particular dealership in Sacramento allowed us to enter several school and metro buses for sale. The kids and I walked around and got a feel for what it would be like in such a small space. Max and Simone were of course ready to live on what would seem like a permanent vacation. The walk-throughs revelaed that buses have a lot of potential for making a home. They are sturdy and spacious and safer than RVs. I started warming up to the idea and Michael took that as a green light.
Michael finally found what he was looking for on Ebay while he was on a business trip. He, among others, bid on it and at the literal last minute he bid $7,700 and …
He outbid everyone else with in an auction without a reserve limit and this 1978 MCI-5 Challenger became ours. The reality of now having to do the work of converting a bus settled in and terrified me. I felt one tinge of excitement at the thought of handcrafting our own furniture, but that was quickly overpowered by the amount of work we had to do. As always, it was a good idea to listen to Michael. I truly feel now that we won a solid bus, but also an opportunity to forge a desirable lifestyle for ourselves and our children.