Buying the Beast…

Today Craig and H and I went to look at a motor home. It is a 1984 model – fancy is not a term you would be likely to choose to describe it. We have decided it is perfect for us… and will take care of the final details tomorrow… and then the beast will be ours.

H was immediately smitten with it because it looks like the one in Walking Dead… I have to agree; that puts it way, way up on the cool factor.

So we have been pondering names… We like to name things in this house. We considered Merle – you know – the bad guy from Walking Dead. Ya – that was pretty funny.

Then we considered Merlin, Slave 1 (Jango Fett’s ship), Enterprise, Eagle 5 (The interstellar motor home from Spaceballs), and The Millenium Falcon.

MSDSPAC EC002                                                                     SPACEBALLS, Space Winnebago, 1987. (c) MGM.

I still like Merle – or maybe Orwell, playing on the 1984 reference… but we are going to let H decide.

Who am I fooling?? I already know H is going to choose Millenium Falcon. In all honesty, I m-falcomam certain he is already calculating out how to make it look like there is a bubble-dome-gun-turret-type-thing on the roof… or maybe even better… an R2D2 dome like the van in Fan Boys.

I am happy to say that this amuses me greatly…

Hmmm… a melamine bowl and some carefully applied acrylic …and well – of course – duct tape – and I think we’d be in business!

It isn’t beautiful – this motor home –  not by any measure of the word… but it will be ours. And it will be an investment in spending time together… in family… in hanging out in the woods… and, I suspect, in solidifying and possibly even advertizing our geeky nerd pride!



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About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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7 Responses to Buying the Beast…

  1. That sounds amazing, I am envious, not of whoever has to drive the thing, 🙂 but the rest sounds heavenly


  2. Marilyn Rain says:

    Need photos! Sounds brilliant.


  3. suvarna says:

    ooh ah! can’t wait to see it!


  4. I think the idea of this is fabulous – not sure it would be my fabulous in real life but when I mentioned it to my boy he thought it was awesome 🙂


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