I’ve rethought describing our status as “downtime”. We worked in health care almost our entire careers. Family and friends worked in the mills in Kannapolis. Down time was a very bad thing. Life -saving or revenue producing equipment was out of order, or down. When I wrote the previous post I was thinking of down time as away time, rather than non-producing. Still, I was equating not moving with being out of order.
Do you see what happens? This isn’t down time from full-timing, it is real living. We are driving and towing less. We are living in another mode of full-timing. We were traveling too fast for our tastes and just seemed to over-program ourselves. It was time to plan departure upon each arrival. Our master plan was to stay two weeks somewhere to explore then move two hundred miles and explore again and over and over again. Our revision is, how about a month or two, instead?
Want to go to Florida for a couple weeks? Sure. Stay at the Outer Banks on the coast of North Carolina a couple weeks before we go to Myrtle Beach with our local WBCCI Unit? Sure. Distance and time have been slippery concepts for us. When we retired last year we were, for the first time in over thirty years, freed from the many and varied deadlines of work and home obligations.
Grass and shrubs won’t need trimming. We don’t need to meet the plumber or hvac service folks for a repair to the house. No one need check on the newspaper or mail collecting on the side porch. Drive to the bank? Nah, we’ll take care of this and much other business securely on-line. We owe no projects to any employers this week or month or year.
Destinations and attractions beckon to us from all over North America and beyond. We’ve felt, each time we visited and departed, we’ll return to see more of a city or region or National park. Why do you suppose we so consistently left these undone? Our mantra became, “We left something to return for.” I call it rationalizing.
A couple of months this year we participated in an Airstream caravan touring all over the Northwest. The caravan was a wonderful experience for us. We met wonderful people on the caravan and enjoyed getting to know them over the fifty days together. But in two months we traveled 2,800 miles and stayed nowhere more than a few days.
Other than the caravan period, we are solely at fault for almost all the times we left before fully investigating an area. We told ourselves or someone else we would leave by a certain time. Or we didn’t commit to sufficiently long site reservations to allow staying longer. The longest we stayed anywhere was two weeks in each of Punta Gorda and Melbourne in Florida.
It seems to me we have been wrong-thinking all along and are slowly recognizing this. We’ve stayed in Kannapolis more than two weeks, to date, with a potential to stay here ten more weeks. Why would we consider this a betrayal of, or shortfall in, our full-timing program?
We, incorrectly, have thought full-timing means “on the road”. A useful definition I found is, Full-Timers -or- Full-Timing: The term used for people who live in their RV full time, or at least the vast majority of their time. People whose year round home is an RV. [http://rvweblog.com/2008/09/17/rv-dictionary-2/, referenced Oct 21, 2008] We’re living in our Airstream full time. Wherever our Airstream is, we are really enjoying time in it. Not down-time, real time.