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The Move Part II – The Scary Part

You guys, we made it!!

I mean, the bus made it.

To the land, that is, despite some very narrow misses with freeway overpasses.

The bus is 14 feet high. The average overpass?

15 feet.

Moments like these make you really hope those construction workers were good with a tape measure:

So that was hair-raising, but not even the last scary thing that Noah had to watch while following that behemoth down the road. There were low hanging electric wires and remember how some of us MIGHT have been concerned about it  tipping over and crushing everything in it’s path?

Well, IT ALMOST DID (skip to the last 30 seconds of this video to see my dad park the bus on what appeared to be a very slight slope . A stiff breeze would have done ‘er in):

Noah says that the video doesn’t even fully capture the precariousness of the situation. They had to park it there for just a minute to move the RV out of the leveled area where we put the bus, so it didn’t stay there.

The point is that it’s on the land. And it’s even upright!

And now we are starting to actually MOVE INTO THE BUS.

We’ve been out there the past couple days and the weather has been lovely and the sunsets have been beautiful and there haven’t been any cars racing up and down the street and I didn’t see a speck of graffiti anywhere.

It is definitely beginning to feel like home.

Were you as nervous as I was watching those videos, even knowing that everything turned out okay??

The Move (Part I)

Today is the day that we plan to move the bus from the driveway, where it’s been sitting for over 5 months, to our property.

When Noah and my dad bought the bus back in September it took them 8 hours to bring it the 50 miles or so home because the radiator is currently bad. They had to stop at every single freeway offramp to let it cool down and add more water.

I heard it was a really fun time.

So, since our land is only about 10 miles from here this trip should only take, oh, about an hour and a half. Best case scenario.

Also, by a crazy coincidence, Allen Walker, the man who sold us the bus on Craigslist for $1000, somehow stumbled upon the blog (after I found his number while going through some papers and called him up to tell him about it). He then passed along the link to David Gagliano, the original owner who did all the conversion work. David has been supplying us with all sorts of fascinating information about the work he did and where the bus came from originally and how he and his family lived in it for FIFTEEN years!

Allen, who is a DJ for the greater San Diego area, apparently took a video of my dad driving the bus off his property when we bought it and was kind enough to let me share it here. So, for those of you who have been dying to see a 1970 International Double-Decker School Bus in action,I am pleased to present the following (UPDATE: I just watched it again, at around 46 seconds, doesn’t it look like the bus gets up on two wheels?!):

In preparation for moving the bus Noah brought the girls mattresses up to the top floor(through the window, of course) while I took apart their bookshelf and rebuilt it up there. The result turned out pretty cozy looking, I think (that’s Finn’s porta-crib in the back corner):

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It’s not quite finished yet, but I think it’s coming along nicely.

Sidenote: If you ever find yourself in a position to have to sweep a three foot high space with a regular size broom, go ahead and do yourself a favor: get some kneepads. You’ll thank me later.

As the bus is coming slowly together, the house is falling quickly apart. We have pretty much all the large furniture we’re going to keep in the storage pod and therefore very few places to keep things out of reach from small, 13 month old fingers. Finn has been having a ball playing with pretty much everything he’s never been allowed to touch before.

So, all in all, this is shaping up to be a pretty normal weekend for us. In the sense that it falls on Saturday and Sunday.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Video Tour of the Bus so far

Today we have been decontaminating the whole bottom floor of the bus. I bleached and scrubbed all the cupboard doors and fluorescent light covers and Noah scrubbed everything else. I managed to fit in a quick run to Home Depot while Finn was napping for the stain we’re going to use and a pull-down ladder.

Before all that, however, I went ahead and shot a video tour of the bus so you all can see where we are progress-wise.

Advance warning: my videography skills are truly terrible. There also may or may not be a baby crying in the background during multiple parts, ridiculous amounts of “um”ing, mysterious breathlessness and my reflection in a mirror. This wasn’t even my first run-through, this was like attempt number three or something.

I cannot guarantee that you will not get seasick and for that I apologize profusely.

Here is the first floor:

And here is the second:

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