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jbone
2764 posts
Dec 01, 2018
1:29 PM
Some of you know our story. 2017 found us traveling the country and playing where we found opportunities. About 14 months ago we were invaded with Asian Lady beetles and they ruined our travel trailer, which was also our only home, so we went to ground to regroup.
Since just after New Years we have been working, gigging, and saving to get a fresh RV and get back out there. So today we closed a deal on a slightly used rig which may be a bit cozy but will be totally adequate for us and our gear. First stop may be Louisiana, we are not sure yet.
The important thing is, WE ARE BACK! Jawbone and Jolene have had a good time here in Tulsa but it's fast approaching time to hitch up and roll out. Of course I'll be in touch along the way.

Just wanted to let y'all in on some good news.
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Sarge
703 posts
Dec 01, 2018
4:10 PM
Best of luck to you two on your travels!!!
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jbone
2765 posts
Dec 01, 2018
4:32 PM
Thanks Sarge, we know you're traveling with us in spirit!

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Last Edited by jbone on Dec 01, 2018 4:33 PM
Littoral
1643 posts
Dec 03, 2018
10:33 AM
If you'll be getting east into the panhandle of Florida Apalachicola is a small town full of music.
jbone
2767 posts
Dec 03, 2018
10:56 AM
We're focused so far on Lafayette La. But who knows what's over the horizon yet?
Thanks for the heads up Littoral.
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kham
157 posts
Dec 04, 2018
8:43 AM
If you find yourself near Buffalo, we are a 45 minute skip over the border. We're pretty much a bunch of unarmed americans with healthcare over here that also love to complain about the government du jour...
jbone
2768 posts
Dec 04, 2018
4:51 PM
Kham, ironic you mention health since we're battling the flu just now. Great timing! Weather here is about as cold as Ontario. This coming summer we may be either near the Catskills or up on the St. Lawrence depending on available work opportunities. I can work for a full hookup RV site, about 20-25 hours a week, which alleviates expenses. That somewhat drives where we go at a given time. Our focus will be parks where I can work and that are near resort/night spot areas so we can promote the duo and lay down our brand of roots/blues. South winter, north summer.


We're trying to get everything done in the next week and of course more stuff keeps cropping up. But ultimately we WILL be on the road and rolling by mid month!

Last time out we were pretty green with travel so we sort of went all over the place and had some wrong ideas about where we might get some gigs. We have a better idea now. Also about what it costs to be in this life and how to survive in some kind of comfort.

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jbone
2772 posts
Dec 07, 2018
8:35 PM
We're closer yet to taking delivery. A few days.
We're planning to head for Louisiana and hope to spend the winter there, then I've got a deal with a campground in Vermont for the summer.
So it's coming together. Lots to do yet but MAN do we have the ITCH!
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Last Edited by jbone on Dec 07, 2018 8:35 PM
indigo
539 posts
Dec 07, 2018
8:55 PM
Must admit after years of living in Suburbia i am a bit envious of your lifestyle.
Good on you.
(Unfortunately my wife can't play Guitar and i can't play Harmonica well enough to carry it out alone)
I know it must be hard at times but it must beat the Suburban angst of it's sunday lawns need mowing.
jbone
2773 posts
Dec 07, 2018
10:03 PM
Well yeah, we've done that life. Aside from wanderlust- and developing as a duo- we sat down and crunched numbers about 7 years ago and began to see, once we were both retired, we'd be able to keep the house but not travel. The answer was, begin saving, and ultimately sell the house and buy an RV. It's not without hazards, we lost the last one to Asian Lady Beetle infestation. And you have to be willing and able to fix what goes wrong or pay to get it fixed.
The benefits outweigh the down side to us, or we'd have just stayed put here. Even with wrecked credit we saved up enough to get a slightly used rig. It remains to be seen if I'll need to do any major repairs.
What's so cool though, is you can do this on a pretty tight budget. Our SS money is just about enough to cover a lot rent and stuff. Gigging, working at an RV park for a site- usually 20-25 hours a week- or doing temp work with an agency are all options.

Blues content: Our latest CD has a song titled Blue Gypsies, and it's about making the move.
And I am one lucky dawg- my wife brought home a guitar almost 15 years ago and learned to play blues and roots over a couple of years. She is a better musician than I am and keeps me challenged. We have about 100 songs we can do and it takes maybe 25 to do 3 sets, 18 or so for 2 sets. Lots of variety and we keep adding as we go. We both sing.

Regardless of the music angle you can pursue this idea of travel if you think out of the box and use resources well. You can message me for some ideas if you want Indigo.

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jbone
2777 posts
Dec 09, 2018
8:38 PM
The weather is pretty crazy here lately. I had postponed getting our travel trailer from the dealer and getting it set up to go because it looked like we were going to have ice and snow late last week. Now it looks like I may be able to get it set on an rv spot tomorrow and have a day or 2 to get everything done before we hit the road. One good thing, we've had a lot of time to pack and pare down some of our recent possessions to fit in about 1/3 the space we are living in here at this apartment!
All the music stuff is coming along of course, but some things had to go. Jo sold one guitar and is down to just 3 now. I'm converting the bunk area of the trailer to a closet space.


So the adventure continues......

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jbone
2779 posts
Dec 15, 2018
3:56 AM
We're back out full time on the road! First day was rough, yesterday not so bad, today it's early to tell.
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dchurch
211 posts
Dec 15, 2018
8:18 AM
Right on jbone,

Hey if I mail you $30 could you possibly send me an autographed copy of your Blue Gypsies CD?

Dave
Oregon

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