I know, I’m a day late, but that’s okay. Happy Halloween! My favorite holiday of all time. It might seem like the holiday is one of excess, be it excess sugar or excess alcohol (depending on the age of the merry-makers), but for me, this holiday has always been about facing our fears and learning to overcome them. Most commonly, it is our fear of death which underlies the rest. Whether you’re dressed as Jason or Freddy, Vampires or Werewolves, or whether you go to a haunted house or watch scary movies, the majority of our Halloween traditions revolve around our fear of death. This is why I love Halloween so much: it forces us, once every year, to face these fears and laugh and celebrate, rather than cower in terror. Because we’re all mortal, and if we spend every day in fear of dying, we’ll never work up the courage to truly live.
This year, Christina and I had hoped that we would be able to take the day off and stay home for Halloween, but with her dental appointment, we had to come home early, and we weren’t able to stay home for the holiday. This also meant that we were going to miss my father’s birthday party (happy birthday, Dad!). So we celebrated Dad’s birthday early with a delicious hibachi dinner, and we celebrated Halloween early with my dear friend Dawson by spending the evening and next morning playing old-school Dungeons & Dragons, exploring the haunted remains of a mad wizard’s ruined tower. All in all, it was a good visit.
Christina’s still got all her wisdom teeth, but they’re not causing her much trouble anymore, and our next appointment isn’t until the 19th of November, so we’ll be on the road for a bit longer. While we were at home, we started discussing the possibility of becoming Owner/Operators and getting our own truck. We like the idea, and have decided that we’re going to work our way towards that goal slowly. We’ll stick with our company for another year or so, and then afterwards, we’ll look at our options for buying a new truck and finding work as Owner/Operators. We could continue with our current company to start with, then transfer to another company once we’ve got more experience under our belt. Either way, we’d really love to move up and get our own truck, something with a bit more power (and more sleeper space). There’s a lot of expenses to consider in that kind of transition, but we believe it would be a worthwhile step to take.
It’s good to have goals.
While we were home, we also picked up a Nintendo Switch and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We love the game so far, and we’re glad that the Switch is so portable. We were able to drop off my Xbox and TV at the house, freeing up a significant amount of space in the truck that we can now use for storage. We’re slowly becoming more and more accustomed to life on the road, and we’re finding better ways of organizing and storing our gear.
Soon enough, we’ll be full-blown road warriors. Just you watch!
Christina will have an account here on WordPress soon, and she’ll start contributing to the blog. I hope you’ll all welcome her with open arms. She’s a good writer, a great co-driver, and the best damn wife a man could ask for. I look forward to reading what she’s got to say!
Well, that’s all for now. Take care, everybody. Be safe out there. Stay warm. Hug someone you love. I’ll chat with you again soon.