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Work Camping from an RV

Creative Writing Type A PrintAccording to NBC News more and more people are buying RVs. Their “On the Road Again” story points out that RV purchases are a sign that the economy is rebounding because RVs typically been a discretionary purchase. In other words, retirees and those with deep pockets could afford to buy them and drive them. With gas at $4 a gallon, and those rigs getting 12 MPG average, many find it’s cheaper to drive a car and stay in hotels rather than maintain an RV, when you consider how much use they get, insurance, registration, upkeep, and of course rent at campgrounds if you’re not boon docking.

But over at NPR, the rise of RV Sales and their use paints a more dismal picture. The mid-day program “Here and Now” highlighted the plight of those who can’t afford to retire. These people areĀ  living in RVs and chasing jobs all over the nation. Did you know there is an underground workforce that travels from place to place following hiring booms? Amazon loves RV Workampers and hires a lot of them every winter in Nevada at their distribution site during the busy holiday shopping season. The fact that workers show up with their own housing, and leave when the surge is over is a benefit to companies. As for the workers, maybe not so much. These are not full-time jobs with benefits. And because workers cross state lines, there’s the health insurance issue they have to deal with.

There are many people who dream of a life on the road. A way to see the country, pick up some work along the way, and live on their own terms. The website “Cheap RV Living” offers a glimpse on what it’s like to live in an RV and find work across the country. And over at they chastise NPR’s Here and Now for only presenting one side of the story in their blog: “Not all Workampers are Old, Broke, and Destitute.”

Of course, you don’t have to pick up minimum wage jobs if you’re working out of an RV. If you’re an expert, consultant, writer, or do outside sales, you can also make a decent living from the road. It all depends on how good you are with networking, and finding temporary work in your field. Thankfully there is a network of like-minded people to offer up advice.


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Comment of the Day

This weekend I was watching an obit on Bea Arthur on CBS Sunday Morning. Ms. Arthur launched her career on Broadway and spent 30 years on the stage before getting discovered by Norman Lear for a walk-on role on All in the Family. From there, she played Maude, and a leading role on the Golden Girls. Bea still performed on stage after Golden Girls ended.

One of the quotes in the CBS story really struck me. Bea Arthur admitted why she was still working into her twilight years. She said, “People retire from jobs they hate. I still love my job.”

I never really thought too much about retirement. My family thinks I’m crazy that I’m not better prepared for it. But then I think it’s crazy to work in a job I hate. Thank you Bea Arthur for the many laughs, and your words of wisdom.

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Getting Older

A good friend of mine sent me the following email and encouraged me to forward it to everyone I know. I don’t do that. I guess I feel I’m imposing on my friends and clients. However, I did like the email enough to post it here for you.

Words of Wisdom

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+
birthday. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.

And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.”

Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring
every her breasts. They seem to be in a race to
see which will reach her waist first. The audience laughed
so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman,
with so much wisdom in her words! Maya Angelou said this:

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it
seems today, life does go on, and it will be better

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way
he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and
tangled Christmas tree lights.”

“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your
parents,you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.”

“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing
as “making a life.”

“I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.”

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s
mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open
heart, I usually make the right decision.”

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch
someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will
forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them

–Susan Geary, CERW – 1st Rate Resumes