Where have I been?It's a good question! I've been really busy the past two months, but haven't made a ton of progress on the COMET.
Other vintage camper people out there, have you ever tried polishing the pitted, foggy aluminum back up to a mirror finish? It takes forever!
It also requires a large angle grinder, which I'm embarrassed to say I can't really lift up in the first place. We've been working on it little by little, but it takes many hours and is a crappy job.
It's the one thing standing in between me and a beautiful exterior paint job.
Over the summer, after the Tiny House Fair, I found myself really struggling to figure out where I fit in (me and the COMET both).
What am I doing with this? Am I making a difference?
I wasn't really sure if I fit in with tiny house movement, after getting those discouraging comments (yes, I know the COMET isn't a cedar sided 6-12 pitch roof home on wheels - who said it had to be? and yes, I know there are not yet solar panels on the top, its' not finished!).
I started getting frustrated and questioning my work and my whole life really (uh oh).
- Am I just another privileged college kid doling out sermons about things from a limited perspective (life lessons, how to be greener, how to be happy)?
- Do my blog posts and carefully curated photographs add to the fetishization of simple lifestyles that I'm finding make me more and more uncomfortable?
- Are tiny houses just becoming another commodity for consumers to purchase and own in addition to their "big" homes?
It sounds kind of negative, but I just had to reflect on what I was doing and why, and accept the limits to what myself and the COMET can accomplish.
We're not perfect, and that's a hard thing to admit. I have to tow the camper with a gas guzzling truck, so is that trade off worth it?
I want to educate people about sustainability in a fun, hands-on way with the COMET, but at the same time in order to spread the word and talk to all of these wonderful people I have to use a fossil fuel burning machine.
There are lots of contradictions, I just have to be able to articulate them and then wait to see if a reconciliation can ever be reached.
On another note, I have been receiving lots of nice notes / messages from all of you, and I want to say that if I haven't responded yet it is truthfully only because I want to give each and every response the time and energy it deserves.
Sometimes that means it takes me a while to get back to your messages and emails, but I honestly appreciate and love each and every time someone takes a moment to email me. Let me know what you're up to, ask a question, give me some feedback. Keep 'em coming!
Thank you everyone for reading along with this journey that is WAY longer and WAY more complex than I thought it would be!
You all keep me going with every comment and email message I receive. You remind me why I have to stick out the difficult parts (angle grinding / polishing) so that I can do the awesome parts (meeting you all on the road, talking to you, and sharing camper stories!).
I think after living out of the Honda Element car for the last few months in the spring we both just got into "survivalist" mode, and even though we're back in the city currently we still like to do all the stuff we do when we're camping for a long period of time.
Keep me updated with your cool projects and thank you for reading as always.