Off-Topic: My RV Years

This is my personal blog; the amount of business-related stuff you see in here simply tells you what my life tends to look like :). I work a lot.

But not all the time. From sometime in 2001 until sometime in 2003 – almost three years – I lived in an RV. A 40-foot fifth wheel, towed by a dually truck (starting with a Chevy gas and then moving to a GMC diesel). In those years, I worked a good bit – but I did so whilst traveling. We stayed in one place for anywhere from a week to six months, depending.

Being who I am and doing what I do, writing a book about it seemed in order. And so my partner and I sat down and reminisced, and pulled together a book – which you’re welcome to read. It’s mostly funny – there were some odd times, let me tell you. Some of these are still the stories I tell around the bar.

It’s definitely a bit of an outsider’s tale, at least at first – we kind of went into the trip with a set of expectations and concerns. We finished with a completely different view of the country we live in, and its people, and it isn’t – shock of all shocks – the one you typically see on CNN or Fox News or MSNBC or whoever. In fact, the use of the word “zoo” in the title was very much because we expected to be touring and “looking in,” when in fact that didn’t always turn out to be the case at all.

Anyway, this is completely a personal post – but I’ve made a lot of friends who’ve been agitating to read this, and so I figured I might as well put it up. If you’re mainly interested in my technology doings, you can safely ignore this ;). If you’ve mainly been interested in my technology doings, but you’re thinking, “hey, I’ll read it,” just know that – like you – I’m a different person “at work” than “at home,” and this reflects that. Be forewarned.

ZooBook (PDF – note that this is the original formatting for, which is why it’s an odd page size.)