Who am I?
My name is Jason and people approach me all the time: Tell me what
I need to know right now! Show me the way. How can I travel like
you? Prove to me I can trust you. I want a new life. Help me! To see
any value in my advice concerning travel and living the Vanabode lifestyle
you may find it important to know a little about me. I am sure you want
to know who I am before considering my opinion. Here's a short
biography covering some of the biggest events that have shaped my
life. You will have to learn about my character through my writing, but
what follows will give you a little history on the external events that
have affected me one way or another. Pictures first Daughter
and Wife - Shortie
to Skinny - Lake
Powell Mud Fight - Kids
Wife and I - When
I looked Like a Girl
Early years - born oldest of three boys, raised in Florida by
poor parents, nearly died of severe bronchial asthma during the age range
of 5 to 12. The other kids I took physician prescribed injections with
did die as children never making it to even their teen years.
Picture above shows Lake Isabella California, one of thousands of
places to camp and live for free in the United States if you follow the
Mom - My Mom
loved us, lead us spiritually, took good care of us, and now lives in
a nice lakefront home in Florida. My Mom is fun, generous, protective,
and a fantastic parent. I saw her and my Dad have a lot of fun together
and they loved each other. However they did not get along very well. I
think my sympathy for others came from watching her struggle in her marriage
to my Dad and suffer a great bit. My brothers and I were sick when we
found out later as adults the way she was treated and the extent of some
of the things that happened. My Mom loves animals and imparted that joy
to me as well - see Bugsy
the Rabbit. As of this writing she has one dog, three cats, and nine
birds plus a flock of wild ducks that come by daily.
Dad - My Dad loved
us, took us camping, moved us at least once every year for 15 years, (which
may be where I got the interest in living in a motorhome
and van traveling all over the US camping for 22+ years). He loved
my Mom and I remember many times hearing them laughing and giggling in
the middle of the night when I got up to use the bathroom. I also remember
when I used to suffocate at night from asthma and he would be up for hours
praying for me bedside. However, he emotionally and mentally abused my
Mom off and on for nearly 15 years of their 22 year marriage all the while
hating himself, and abandoned us often. When I was 12ish I remember hiding
under my bed with a neighbor child and seeing the police arrive, they
opened the door and I caught a glimpse of my Dad squatting on the floor
with his pistol against his temple. Thank God he did not kill himself.
He finished out his life Vanaboding and is part of the inspiration for
my book. I love him and miss him because he really struggled and tried
to be good despite his horrible upbringing. As a child his father
was forced to fight grown men for money. My Grandfather got beat so badly
once that my Fathers Grandfather thought him dead and buried him alive
in the back yard. Later my Grandfather came out of the earth, walked in
the front door, and was told by my Grandmother to "get a bath".
My Dad was milking cows in Okeechobee Florida each morning before school
to make lunch money at age 6, later he quit high school, ran away from
home, camped in the backwoods of Florida for two years, then joined the
Navy at age 17 and served 4 years. I loved my Dad and had so many great
times with him. He died in church while we were in Florida visiting in
2008. I had not seen him in 18 months but he was having a great time living
out of his van. Obviously he was ahead of me in the Vanabode lifestyle.
I wrote and delivered a eulogy for my dad
at his funeral where I reveal even more of the cool things he did to enliven
Marriage - Married at age 18, had three
great kids, divorced 10 years later. Married
Kelly in 1995.
Work - worked for 23 years from 1982 until 2005 in many different
kinds of boring jobs. A few were fun. I worked as an artist,
as a carpenter, as a car salesman, and as a printing salesman. I also
drove a tractor trailer, and worked as a yacht
designer for Sea Ray Boats. My last real job was working for Kennedy
Space Center in Florida as a NASA
web developer (see my name at the bottom).
Healing - God instantly miraculously healed me 3 times, of the
asthma the doctors said would more than likely kill me, of boils on my
feet as a teenager, and of a huge abscess tooth.
Self Employment - It took me two years part time to figure it
out but once I got it going working
from home became the single biggest economic blessing of my life.
This affords me the time to pursue the writing of this book to help others,
while still having time to maintain my relationships as a husband and
Random things about me.
1. I love my wife and her long hair makes me smile when it blows
every which way.
2. I love to eat so much that if I had my choice I would sit out back
in my cactus
garden or on the Vegas strip
and watch people go by eating and sipping fine sangria all day.
3. I love my children Sarah, Joshua and Benjamin. They are lots of fun
and the memories we have of camping
and goofing off all over the United States together make me very happy
when I am sad. We have traveled over 650,000 miles in everything from
a tractor trailer, class A motorhome, Volkswagon fox wagon, class c motorhome,
and now the sweetest deal of all; a van outfitted to Vanabode.
4. My favorite poem of all time =
What have I ever craved more than a womans arms?
To be up half the night, talking, laughing, making love.
Have I ever been closer to heaven?
The bed becomes your church; you pass
the collection plate
back and forth until youve
given too much.
poverty becomes your gift. Your tears; her tears
mean when its right who can tell laughing from crying? - by Sy Syfransky
5. I love Indian food, Thai food, Kelly's cooking, French cuisine and
Vietnamese food. I like the food so much I contemplated moving to India
in the GOA region or Thailand.
6. I will be publishing my first book this year and hope I find the market
hungry for it - Vanaboding "how to travel all over the United States
doing anything they want on $20 a day"
7. Things I do not like about my home in Florida include noseeums, chiggers,
white flies, mosquitoes, fire ants, roaches, sea lice, jelly fish, rain,
hurricanes, cloudy overcast skies and zero nightlife. Things I do like
are the beautiful oceans, rivers, lakes and boating, my relatives and
8. It is a real treat to be married to someone that loves hanging out
with you and doing most all the same things. Kelly and I regularly watch
UFC, go to the movies, have church, eat out, go hiking, camping, jogging
in the desert, mountain exploring, offroad biking, dancing, attend great
music clubs, make fires in our firepit out back under the star studded
super black desert sky, have dinner parties, play poker in Vegas, and
enjoy my children.
9. I am 44 and now my eyesight has deteriorated, my face has scars from
skin cancer removal, my hair is big, my joints ache after a long hike,
I still eat too many sweets and fatty foods, I have braces because my
teeth were caving in. Boo Hoo, Poor Me.
10. Nothing encourages me more than knowing when its all over for me
I will be in Gods loving hands, protected and with a real future.
11. I like quality drinks like Mojitos, Tequila Rose, Rieslings, and
12. My favorite movies by genre include my favorite movie of all time
True Romance and
Big Adventure" Films (films that suffer if not seen on the big screen)
like Saving Private Ryan, Troy, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Legends of
Action - Swordfish, Die another day, Thomas crown affair, Bourne series,
Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, The Kingdom
Comedies - Something about Mary, Meet the Parents, Planes Trains and Automobiles,
Tommy Boy, great outdoors, cable guy, swingers, Old School, Borat, The
Romance - Bed of Roses, Shall we dance, Return to me, the other sister,
the notebook, beautiful girls
Monster movies - Exorcist (Scariest movie of all time), The Ring,
Animals attack people movies - Ghost in the darkness, Deep Blue Sea
Dramas - 25th Hour, Birth,
Foreign style films - I have seen 40+ and they are mostly pathetic except
for these two, Monsoon Wedding, and Slumdog Millionaire
Family Fare (and still entertaining for adults) - Both "Babe pig"
films, Both "Man from snowy river" films
Musical like films - Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Once
Interesting, creative over the top film making - Natural Born Killers,
Kill Bill both volumes, Memento, Snatch, Kung Pao (spoof), Pulp Fiction,
The Mask, Passion of the Christ
Movies that make me want to relocate - Mosquito coast, Beach, beyond Rangoon,
swiss family robinson
Best acting in a movie by far - Hard Candy, Sling blade, Monster
13. Favorite Hollywood stars include Borat, Billy Bob Thorton, Fairuza
Balk, Ellen Page, Patricia Arquete, Charlize Theron
14. I love vacationing in the desert where weather is predictably perfect
nearly every day and the views are forever.
Death Valley image © Ron Chapple Studios | Dreamstime.com
15. I dislike traffic, wasted time, depressed people, talkers but not
doers, biting insects, damp camping, overpriced pathetic meals, and those
in love with themselves and demanding constant attention.
16. I managed a graphic design studio for many years doing work in Florida
for NASA, Cape Canaveral Port Authority, and the Florida Marlins before
going back to college and getting a Computer Information Systems degree.
17. Coolest memory of my Grandma - The neighbors car rolled down
their driveway and smacked my 70 year old grandma's car. They begged her
not to call the insurance company. They said they would pay the $50 everyone
agreed would fix the car out of pocket. They never did. I asked grandma
what she was going to do about it and she replied
going to do anything. It's worth $50 to see what kind of people
18. The richest man is the one satisfied with the least My
philosophy on the greedy pursuit of wealth
19. The best pickup line I ever came up with -
You dont know what you want
........ you wanna know
why?. . . . . . Because I havent given it to you yet.
20. Love outside God is so elusive: like grasping water in your hands.
21. The single biggest financial event in my life was discovering how
to work from home and have the kind of freedom
only rich people typically experience.
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