Throwdown Thursday: Are We Made for RV Living?

Paul and I have been reading a lot of articles about RV living. I’m intrigued by the idea of making our poker pilgrimage in an RV. The thought of being able to bring my house (albeit a very slimmed down house) along on our travels like a very ambitious turtle appeals to the part of me that hates to leave the couch. Paul, however, is pretty sure that this particular journey would end in homicide.

Heather: Don’t you think it would be nice to sleep in the same bed every night, no matter where we wake up? And to have our own little stocked pantry that we take along with us? No need to rely on hotel food or an AirBnB kitchen to have the right sharp knife?

Paul: Listen, if we have to share the same 300 square feet for 12 months, all the knives will be kept very dull. We get edgy and claustrophobic in our 3 bedroom, 1,200 square foot apartment now. What are we going to be like when our couch and kitchen table are one entity?

Throwdown Thursday: Are We Made for RV Living?

Heather: Well, obviously, we won’t be spending all day in there. We’ll be out and about a lot. It wouldn’t be any smaller than spending that time in a hotel room or a single room rental. I think it would be very cozy to experiment with living in a small space. As long as we have two separate rooms (say bedroom and everything else), I think we’ll do just fine.

Paul: Are we really “hitching our home to our pick up truck” kind of people though? There is some upkeep and maintenance required in these units. It may be an understatement to say that our sum total of mechanical skills is humble. The last car repair I attempted ended with “The passenger window doesn’t really need to go down anyway.”

Heather: I don’t know. I think we’re at least moderately handy.  I’m a master at putting together Ikea furniture. And when in doubt, there are always YouTube How-To videos!

For me, the biggest concern would be dealing with the sewage end of things. You know I’m not going anywhere near that situation.

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Paul: If IKEA has a DIY RV in stock we may be good. Get that Allen wrench out and go to town!

Knowing that the human waste department is my purview is not a real siren call to me for this adventure. I would like to keep plumbing one of the great mysteries of life. Kind of like the fate of The Lost Colony and the acting career of Seth Green.

Heather: Fair enough. That may be a tough one to get around.

But don’t you at least see the allure of taking our home with us, and not having to settle and re-settle in a new place every few days or weeks? You’ve got to be able to appreciate the beauty of that.

Paul: That convenience is outweighed by the recurrent nightmares I’ll have of failing to hitch our home correctly and watching it pitch off the Eads Bridge into the Mississippi. The potential list of tragedies that would likely occur with you and I as stewards of this aluminum missile is limitless.

How about if we’re two months into this trip and we hate our ambulatory togetherness coffin? The great thing about the “new place” rotation is we’re only stuck with a residence that we don’t like for a short time.

Heather: Only you would come up with the phrase “ambulatory togetherness coffin”.

Fine. You convinced me. We’ll leave my RV dream behind, along with my dream of appearing on “Jeopardy!”, and my dream of getting through a single day without hearing you crack your knuckles.

Paul: Phew! Now I can stop googling “How restraining orders work with an RV.”

Are We Made for RV Living?

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Throwdown Thursday: Cutting the Cord (Or Not)

This week, Paul and I would like to introduce a new feature to Poker Pilgrims. Throwdown Thursday will be a place where we debate ideas related to our poker pilgrimage. We will discuss ways to save money, side hustle ideas, places to visit on our journey (or not), and pretty much anything else that strikes our fancy and engenders a good argument. This week we consider the idea of cutting the cord and getting rid of cable for the thousandth time.

Paul and I look in horror upon our monthly cable bill. Both children of the 70s, we remember the day when television was free (unless you count the labor costs of physically turning the channel knob and constantly rearranging the antennae). We keep trying to get that bill down, but over time it pops back up again. We regularly contemplate just cutting the cable and living a better life. A life of the mind (cue bluebirds fluttering above the couch).

Only we like TV. We really like TV. We love and worship TV like the pagan god it is. To the extent that we have to put hourly limits on ourselves, as if we were thirteen year olds who would watch 24-7 if given the chance (yes). While we have scaled back from having all the channels, we still co-dependently cling to HBO and Showtime. We’ve pondered at least dropping the premium channels, but then we remember that no Showtime means no Billions, and no Shameless. And no HBO means no Last Week Tonight, and no access to The Wire which we are finally watching about 15 years late. We say to each other “we could just wait until these things get to Netflix.” And then we laugh and laugh.


Throwdown Thursday: Cutting the Cord


Paul’s oldest is heading off to college in the fall, causing us to re-examine every item on the budget, and we are once again considering just how much we need our cable TV. Perhaps it is time for us to consider finally cutting the cord. Paul is advocating walking away from the madness. I, however, am having anticipatory withdrawal (is that a thing?), and am resisting what I know to be the voice of reason.

Paul: Frugality and addiction are meeting on the battlefield for me, and frugality is currently winning the day. We are looking to save pennies everywhere we can for the poker trip. And Penelope* is about to head off for college. Paying over $200 a month for television is just absurd. Something has to give, and I’m ready to go all Che Guevara on Verizon.

Heather: I have to admit, I see your point. But SuperstoreJeopardy! You would have to give up watching the Celtics’ rebirth. And I would have to release my hold on my beloved, long beleaguered Redskins. I just don’t know if I can do it!

Paul: Sure there’d be losses, but we don’t watch a lot of network TV anyway. And once we finish The Wire, we will have binge watched pretty much every desirable series. We only follow a few shows now and some of those are on Netflix, like Peaky Blinders and Stranger Things. But we need some limits. Left to our own devices we’ll watch anything: see Norwegian thriller about cops and ancient demons and that German one with the depressed time travelling children.

Heather: Hey – I liked those German kids zipping through the wormhole and fathering themselves. Deep stuff!

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Paul: Enough said.  We can just be patient and wait for things to make their way to Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Believe me, I am shocked that this latchkey adult is advocating such a path, because it means I may have to consider reading on a regular basis.

Nothing scares me more.

Heather: Patient? When has either of us EVER been patient about anything? Max’s* grades come out in 28 minutes and I swear the clock is ticking backward like in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which I would no longer be able to find deep in cable-land if you cut me off).

I think I’m starting to develop an eye twitch.

Paul:  There’s likely a 12-step program for that. Hopefully after a couple of years, the phantom remote control clicking would subside. No doubt there would be initial pain, but we could focus on things like say…oh I don’t know…writing better blog posts. Oh, and there is always the potential for improved parenting skills and more quality time with our kids. I just threw that last one in for a good laugh.

Heather: I’m going to have to ponder this one. You make excellent points, but I think I feel a panic attack setting in. I’m going to go watch old episodes of Battlestar Galactica until I feel better.

*Names of children have been changed to protect against future intrafamily litigation.

Throwdown Thursday: Cutting the Cord

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