Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Tink's continued problems

Without going into too much detail, Tink is out of commission again. This time it's not a huge fix. The recurring theme is that I can't find the time to get it done. One of her wheel cylinders is leaking brake fluid. That's one part of a bus that can't be neglected. No stop, no good. I'm sure I'll find some time in early April because I don't want to miss another festival/campout. Two day town is less than a month away, and the weather is beautiful. I hope all had fun at Lake DeValle last weekend. I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Camping season is upon us

Make it stop. Make it stop. Keep it coming. I don't really know what I want. Yes I do. I want to go camping. With the warm weather that we've been having here in Northern California, I have been getting e-mails, phone calls, and posts about camping trips almost every weekend. I have to say, I am feeling a little overwhelmed. The family would love to go to all of them. However, some weekends there are multiple campouts and get-to-gethers. Not sure why I hyphenated that but it makes it seem more "bus-ish"

There really is no feeling like the one I get the night before a bus trip. I get to pull out all the gear - way too much to list. I make a check list and check it twice like a springtime Santa. That never prevents me from forgetting some essential item. It is always okay because someone somewhere has whatever we need. They are always easy to spot in any campground. It is usually a family with a couple of kids and a mom with everything in the campsite organized. Perhaps she has a lazy susan full of spices that you should never bring camping . Maybe she has carefully placed a first aid kit with a big poster board emblazoned with a giant red cross on a clothes line strung between two trees. Whatever it might be, ask her. She'll have it and be happy to share it. The one drawback: You will have to listen to a monologue about how she never forgets to bring everything she might need + a million more things she won't. I can't imagine what it is like to pack up that family's vehicle for a weekend trip.

Okay, forgive my rant. Here are some dates that are set in stone:

March 20-22 - Spring Equinox GTG Lake DeValle- Livermore
March 27-29 - Peter's Birthday in SLO (brother in law, not PJ Alau)
April 24 - 26 Two Day Town music festival. It's my first time, but looks like fun.
For details click here
May 15 - 17 - First annual bus city hosted by Brett, EP, and Big Blue

I hope to see old friends and make some new ones. Happy Camping

Monday, March 9, 2009

My First Foray

As I enter the blogosphere, I have to ask myself one question: "Does the world have room for another blog?" The answer is simple. I don't care. We all feel the need to document our lives. We love to tell stories and give our opinions. If you've found this, then I guess you love our family or VW buses. Either way, welcome.

If you aren't a VW owner, then perhaps you don't understand why anyone would dedicate so much time, money, and effort to an inanimate object. Sure, it's not fast, sleek, extremely valuable, or even beautiful to an untrained eye. But to someone who "gets it," it is so much more. Buses are a symbol of a simpler time. They bring families, friends, and strangers together. Whether it is a simple wave as one drives a bus down the street, a camping trip with old friends, or a conversation in a parking lot about an old uncle who had one of those "vans", people love the camaraderie that accompanies a VW bus.

So welcome to Tinkerbell's page. Feel free to post, ask questions, or just send some love her way. Happy blogging and reading.