In June 2016 I sold my Washington, D.C. home (a three-story row house in NE) sold or gave away most of my belongings and began my Road@Reinvention. Maggie (my rescue dog) a Bearded Collie moved into a 19′ Bambi Airstream travel trailer I purchased in Houston, TX in that fall. We plan to follow the sun and stay in warm climates, where temperatures are hopefully above 55 degrees. Points of interest are National and State Parks, public golf courses, and visiting friends and family in the Lower 48, aka Continental U.S.
Born in Southern California in the newly created 1950s suburbs of Orange County. My parents moved my three sisters and I, from Southern California to Anchorage, Alaska in the spring of 1968. My parents were NUTS! It was like moving from Woodstock to Happy Days, a total culture shock. I worked for a year after graduation from HS, to earn enough money to travel to Europe during the summer of 1973. I returned to Anchorage, Alaska and worked until I realized I needed a college degree. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1982. Ten years after my high school graduation, I am a late bloomer. Education is wasted on the young.
Again returning to Anchorage, Alaska, I worked and took another travel sabbatical to Asia in 1985, with my Cousin Karen and later joined by other friends on their vacation. Karen in China, Gwen and Mary in Thailand, Richard in Australia, and sister Becky and “Wasband” Ted who was living in Singapore at the time. I returned to Anchorage and went back to work and was re-introduced to the labor movement in 1990 when I went to work for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
I came of age in Anchorage, Alaska from 1968-95. Since I lived in Alaska for 27 years, I have no reason to return. Been there and done that. While I still consider Anchorage, Alaska home, I no longer go there. I will share my tales of growing up and coming of age in Alaska in this blog. Especially, Alaska’s decline from the progressive “Last Frontier” to going bat-shit crazy and rabid Republican in the 1990s. Alaska was a place where everyone and everything was new. But the state made a hard right turn with the creation of Sarah Palin and other conservatives nuts, that is why I left.
Alaska to Nevada was my first “reinvention”.
Four years in Carson City, Nevada I enjoyed exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains from 1995-99. I learned to play golf and became an addict. My 2nd reinvention was in 1999 when I moved from Carson City, Nevada to Washington D.C., and became a federal lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
17 years of walking the halls of the U.S. Capitol talking to Members of Congress advocating for workers, I saw our Democracy up close and personal. Rather I saw the polluting influence of money and the gerrymandering of congressional districts that have corrupted, broken and stolen our democracy.
I couldn’t stand it anymore. I quit! Truthfully I retired thanks to my union pension and Social Security. The best thing I did was get rid of most of my stuff, especially my professional clothes!
Growing up in CA, my fondest memories are of Mom renting a tear-drop trailer, piling the family in our station wagon and heading to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the National or State Parks. I am reverting to my childhood.
In September 2017, I sold the 19′ (Scout I) and upgraded to a 20′ Flying Cloud: Scout II. It is amazing what an additional one foot and 10 inches will get you in an Airstream. A kitchen with counter space and lots more storage.
Since moving into Scout II, we have traveled cross country to Palm Spring, CA, Tucson, AZ, Austin, TX, Long Island, NY, Stuart, FL and back again.
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