NO, we didn’t get rid of the school bus. We’ve been downsizing the van.
Let me explain.
Our Life With Reggie Ended in a Whirlwind
Since we’ve been ditching some of our kids as they get older, we finally out-grew (in the opposite direction) the need for our big 15 passenger van dubbed “Reggie”. He’s the only vehicle Laars even remembers; Anders has a little more experience with other vehicles! (See note*)
We no longer need all the space it provides now that there’s just the 7 of us traveling. We loved how straight-n-true he drove, and we felt safer riding high above the average vehicle in a skookum vehicle. But the time had come for us to move on to something more suitable for this stage of our family life.
We had him for sale for a few weeks, advertising on Craigslist and Kijiji, and having signs posted in the windows of the van itself. We were stopped at Provincial Parks, at gas bars, even on the side of the road. Lots of interest in real time; a few inquiries online. We even took it to a mechanic for an inspection for a potential purchaser, but nothing came of it.
We knew there was going to be the right buyer. As always, things work out for the good.
We were in Victoria one day, Everette doing some sales jobs and I was shopping while waiting for Danaka to get off from work. Everette was leaving a sales call at a grocery store when somebody flagged him down. The fellow had only a couple of minutes, but phoned his business partner who was also in the neighbourhood to hop on over and take a look at the van. It was about 1:30 in the afternoon. At 10am the following morning we were signing papers at the insurance office, and it was a done deal.
Both of the men said they knew it was the right van for their renovation company the moment they saw it. They even offered us $300 more than we had previously agreed on an earlier deal that fell through. Of course, we felt great about the whole deal. We were on our way to downsizing the van.
Synchronicity saves the day!!
Downsizing the van was a necessity for us since we wanted to be able to tow a vehicle behind the skoolie rather than drive 2 separate vehicles. Been there, done that. We prefer to travel together in the same vehicle when possible.
Everette had done some researching into vehicles that would fit the 7 of us but would also be good tow vehicles. So his hawk eyes were searching for a Honda Odyssey, 2005 or older.
He found several…all on the mainland.
So he headed over there alone, visiting a few possibilities the very day he arrived. By that night he had found ‘the one’. The following morning the insurance was paid, the license plates were on and he was heading back to the island. Downsizing the van was complete. He was back home within 36 hours.
Our kids love naming our vehicles, so when downsizing the van I knew we were going to have to come up with a name.
“Reggie” was a suggestion of our friends from South Carolina who linked it to some Looney Tunes character that was always naming things Reggie (spiders included).
“Our Argo” is our skoolie, named after the ship that Jason and the Argonauts sailed in.
And now our Odyssey (an appropriate name itself, but not specific enough) has been named Odysseus after the main protagonist of Homer’s epic, the Odyssey. I’m just calling it Ode, for both Odysseus and Odyssey, but more so for Ode to Joy. Particularly for:
Joy, beautiful spark of the gods…
Your magic binds again
What convention strictly divides;*
All people become brothers,*
Where your gentle wing abides.
No Longer a Bus
Like I said, we still have our bus. WE LOVE OUR BUS!
However, today we finally got it licensed as a Motor Home. Yes, its been a bit of a challenge with many a trip to the insurance broker to see what other hoops we had to jump through. But today we finally got it all done according to what ICBC requires. The paperwork is done. Finished!
We no longer live in a school bus. We live in our motor home. Our tiny home.
Anders loves Mercedes. Or hates them, its not quite clear.
Story #1 in British Columbia
At 19 months of age Anders climbed into our MB station wagon parked near our front door while we were loading her up for our first trip across Canada in 2007. Climbing around inside he bumped it out of gear…we learned that in the old Benz models you have no need of pressing down on the brake to get it out of Park! Anyways, the wagon slowly rolled back, putting a slight dent in our wooden front steps…thankfully nobody was standing at the back loading up at that moment.
Story #2 in Arizona
At about 32 months of age Anders and Laars were “missing” in our Arizona house. I discovered the light on in the station wagon in the closed garage. They were playing around in the vehicle again, knocked it out of gear and gently rolled it into the garage door. No marks.
Story #3 in Nova Scotia
We were staying at my sister’s house when my brother-in-law came home in his own Mercedes. Another oldie that required nothing but moving the stick shift to get it out of gear. Kevin parked the car at the top of their driveway, right on the crest of the hill and went inside the house.
You got it! Anders helped himself to the car, unbeknownst to anybody working in the garden. He was about 3-and-a-half years old, I think. A couple of us saw it rolling down the driveway but there was absolutely nothing we could do about it. It crossed the road right at the curve, thankfully with no traffic. It went over the ditch & right into the neighbours yard where it hit the berm. That fortunately changed his course and the car hit straight on to the row of mature evergreens.
When Everette reached the car door he found Anders frantically trying to push the gear shift back into Park, knowing what had initiated this unwanted journey. The little guy had hit his chin on the steering wheel and ended up with a bit of a headache. His mama gave him lots of snuggles that night.
He would have ended up in the Atlantic Ocean if it wasn’t for that berm.
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