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Guys, when the heck did car dealers stop negotiating?  I must have missed that memo.  I guess that’s what happens when you hold on to the same sh*tbox trucks for years.  You end up out of the loop.  The last time I bought a truck was 2009 when I bought the Excursion.  At some point after that these dealers must have decided that the public is too savvy and knowledgeable with access to online information easily available.  They don’t negotiate anymore.  This really bites for a real estate junkie like me, who takes pride in getting a raw deal.  What fun is it when you can’t walk away feeling like you have conquered and destroyed, knocking them down 10, 15, 25%.

I have walked out of 2 dealerships this week in an attempt at getting them to drop the price even $100 bucks.  After all, you have to be willing to walk away, right?  I hate to say that even that tactic no longer works.  I did manage to get one dealer down 9 grand off a new f350, but I still didn’t buy it because it wasn’t the trim package that I want.  Sure, you can likely still negotiate on a model that is plentiful, but still, even those deals are few and far between.

I hate to report that I might have to pay full price (insert long exaggerated gasp here) for the truck that I want.  It feels so wrong and weird just typing these words. But unless I want to continue to walk away empty handed, this may be the harsh reality of the situation.  I have to get this truck purchase done so that I can move onto the other million things on my To-Do list before we launch in June.

I’m hoping my next blog post will have pics of the new tow vehicle.  Stay tuned…

 

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San Diego Boat Parade of Lights 2017
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Being at this boat parade REALLY made me miss my Hatteras.  Check out this video I took.  Dedicated to all my boat friends.

 

Guys, our plans just MIGHT be on the fast track.  Not set in stone yet, but I have been talking to my kids and we MIGHT leave earlier than expected.  I’m bursting with excitement.  Stay tuned… 🙂 🙂 🙂

FBA or Bust!
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We have shipped roughly 150 packages totaling about 3000lbs to Amazon this week. Yikes!!!

 

I mentioned a while ago that we had started selling items on Ebay and Amazon.  It started more as a hobby to keep busy… kind of like a test.  I was actually reluctant at first to get involved, just because I already have enough on my plate.  Plus, I didn’t really view it as a “business” in the beginning.  I should have known better.  I have very strong personality type when it comes to business.  I can be very driven, motivated and highly competitive.  When I get involved in a task, I tend to get explosive.  Wanting to be the best.  That’s more or less what happened with the “hobby”. It started with a few Mexican handmade blankets on Etsy.  We were quickly ejected from Etsy because they have the most incredibly asinine business model.  They basically shut down all of their top producing sellers. What a great way to grow revenue.  At any rate, leaving Etsy, although painful at first, turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise.  Within a week we were set up on Ebay and Amazon.  They have both since grown and done well.  We quickly began to realize with impending plans to travel, we would have to shut the online sales business down sooner or later.  Until it occurred to us that we could let Amazon fill our orders and drop ship our products from the supplier to FBA.  Then we can continue to operate our business from the RV.  Problem solved.  Now that the “countdown” has begun, we have diligently been working toward getting all of our inventory over to FBA.  We know that 24 months flies by, just as the last 2 years has gone so quick. No time to waste.

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The transition to FBA has turned out to be more of a relief than I had realized.  We had to move from our first rental because the garage wasn’t large enough to hold all of the inventory.  The garage at this place where we are now is quickly shrinking and it won’t be long before we would have filled this one up too.

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The garage was starting to get chaotic. Blankets, hoodies, leather everywhere. We set up shelves to try and keep it organized.


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Wet Dreams
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With this impending RV purchase looming, it’s funny that I have been dreaming of boats lately.  Maybe it’s my subconscious trying to tell me something.  I LOVE the ocean and we all miss the Hat.  I could definitely see myself with another boat, but I was thinking it would be nice, at least for the time being, to check out some of the middle of the country.  But, I suppose until I actually make the purchase I could change my mind.  I still have 24 months.  We’ll see…

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Summer Bliss

This summer has been great so far.  Lots of beaching, hiking and hanging out.  But I’ve been getting ancy waiting to hit the road.  I never have been that good with patience.  We still have a LOT to figure and sort out though.  Like which camper/truck combo I will purchase.  I have been thinking and doing a great deal of research.  The only problem is that it isn’t easy to see the different models without traveling to them.  It’s ok though, I still have time.  The countdown to take-off will begin next month 🙂

 

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Homeschool + Unschool + Online School = Smartschool!
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I haven’t talked much about this yet, if at all, but I have been teaching my lil’ man at home.  Some call it homeschooling, yet, he is online.  Technically he’s enrolled in a public school, but, I don’t follow the “path” the way they want it followed.  He is way ahead in Math and Science and maybe a little behind in writing.  I completely dismiss the Music and only brush upon the Art, skipping the actual “Art projects” altogether, because he is not at all interested in Art…unless of course, he is at an Art Museum, like the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston… he loves.  We sort of unschool, as I give him plenty of leeway in navigating his learning, but not completely, as there are some things that he may not want to do, but he still must.  I guess I’m winging it in a kind of way, because I just do whatever I think is best for him as we move along….Smartschooling!

He started school at home last year because he HATED first grade. Just a few day ago, we wrapped up second grade.  He thrived in kindergarten the previous year, but first grade was an utter disaster.  In all honesty, I was completely freaked out at first.  The thought of teaching him myself scared the crap out of me.  But, I really had no choice.  He was having horrible anxiety issues over changing schools and being in a new environment.  He likely would have overcome the issues, as most kids do, had the school handled the problem correctly, but they really bollixed up the whole ordeal…horribly.  This certainly isn’t my first rodeo.  After all, I have 5 kids, the other 4 are in high school.  None of them did school at home.  Between raising my own kids and years of babysitting when I was younger, I have plenty of experience and insight into what makes kids tick.  That’s why I was fairly confident when my intuition told me that the situation with my lil’ man wasn’t going to be easily resolved.    I won’t get into the wretched details, but after 2 weeks of him feeling miserable about school and me being sick over bringing him (all reinforcing what I have always known- a good or bad teacher can make or break a kid’s school year) I made the excruciatingly difficult decision of pulling him.  But, it had to be done.  He was needlessly unhappy.

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I have always stood by the notion that everything happens for a reason.  In the end, this is all well and good, as I plan to be up, out and about, just months from now. He would have been schooled at home, when the time came, anyhow.  This just fast tracked the inevitable.  Lucky for me, he’s a bright kid, so teaching him has been a lot easier than I realized.  In fact, now that I can see the light for what it really is, I am happier than ever that it played out like it did.  He can avoid years of learning useless information.  He can excel at what he enjoys.  He can move ahead at his own pace and take more time when he needs it.  He can concentrate on his strengths and interests.  He has one-on-one attention.  And, best of all, he gets real life knowledge.  What a perfect way to learn…Smartschooling!