Life on the Road with Paul & Kathleen: "Not bad for two dumb kids from Ohio" - Proving once again that it's never too late to have a happy childhood
Our Lazy Daze at Kirk Creek Camp on CA Hwy 1 40 mi N of Hearst's Castle 11/24/03: Shortly after full-timing began. Foretravel SHIELDS UP! in El Centro, CA 11/19/06
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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

Internet Via Satellite
     Paul is a retired Civil Engineer. But retirement gave him time to become involved with the Internet and the many aspects of this wondrous new media. He continues to work on, and on this website and others.

     Since Paul uses the Internet to work on websites, not just recreation, he needed a reliable Internet connection. Verizon, Sprint, etc, do offer cards for laptops that enable high speed connection to their networks, but such a connection is not always available in every location. The only way to get on the Internet anywhere is via satellite - if you have a clear view of the Southern sky - and trees don't keep jumping in your way.

     Internet via satellite requires a dish. A dish that is mounted on a tripod is the least expensive way for RVers to go - say US$1500 or so. This requires you to assemble the dish, tripod, cables to to modem in the RV by hand every time you setup in a new location. And to find a place to store a large oval dish 0.74 meter (long diameter), tripod, etc, when you travel. You also have to align the dish on the satellite by hand. Many do this, but it's not convenient. It's less of a nuisance if you stay in one place longer times. Don't believe anyone that tells you it's illegal for individuals to use a tripod mounted dish.

     We opted for a dish that is attached to the roof of our RV - called a Datastorm. Same sized dish as the tripod mount. It also automatically deploys and finds the satellite and connects literally with the push of one button. Such a convenience comes at a price, of course, US$5000 or so, and we've seen used units for US$2000. In addition to a modem just like that used for a tripod mounted dish you need another box called a positioner that enables automatic connection.

     Looking at pictures on our website you may have noticed we have not one, BUT TWO, Datastorms on the roof of our current RV (the Foretravel). One in front and one in back. These are not his and hers units :o) We got the front Datastorm first. In addition to Internet it has so-called "birds-on-a-wire" that enables TV reception. But Internet connection was not always up to Paul's needs to be able to update a website NOW. So we obtained the rear Datastorm unit that has a round 0.98 meter dish and has a much better Internet connection. Of course, this comes at a price, too, US$8000 or so. When Paul told one daughter his plans to upgrade, she said, "Boys have their toys." He replied, "The way I look at it, it's out of your pocket not mine" (considering our age).

Should you want more information is an outstanding place for it, including tripod mounted, and dealers. Of course, we'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Use the Comment link below.

You might have noticed it's hard for Paul to resist titling a photo of our Foretravel with Datastorms deployed fore and aft, SHIELDS UP! - Our apologies - It must be an engineer thing :o)
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Paul & Kathleen Smith | 173 Rainbow Dr #7329 | Livingston, TX 77399-1073 | (510) 386-8973