So today started out like any other Sunday. Little did I know what He had in mind for me. I met Jim, a retired Air Force pilot, walking into the church on base, and we just started up a friendly conversation. That turned into sitting with him during the Service and continuing to talk as we walked out. He offered to take me up in his plane to see a bit of Charleston, and I was delighted to accompany him. What an awesome opportunity to see the whole area from the skies but also hear about some of his adventures over a great dinner at Texas Roadhouse. I felt truly blessed and am very glad to have another friend in the area. I watched I am Number Four (2011) recently and really enjoyed it. I’m also inclined to agree with the following quote from the movie:
“You can go wherever you want. See whatever you want to but, um… a place is only as good as the people you know in it. I… I think this is a pretty good place.”
So I’ve been here a week now and have gotten a lot of feedback from people about what they think of it. It definitely sticks out in the RV park, so people have taken notice. A couple of cops even stopped by today because they were just curious about it. They made me a little nervous, but they saw me outside and wanted to know about it. I showed them around briefly and they were of the same option as most I’ve talked to: it’s pretty cool. I think the uniqueness is what really sets it apart from the crowd. It definitely has a very unconventional look to it. One lady told my dad while we were setting up, “If you’re not building more of these you’re crazy!” We’ll see if he wants to tackle the challenge of building a second one, but I’m pretty content living in this one for now. I’m really enjoying cooking in the kitchen, and living on a military base definitely makes it interesting. Had a couple of fighter jets fly over today and it’s always cool to hear train whistles off in the distance because of the tracks so close.
Also, I had another interesting vehicle outside this afternoon. A firetruck parked itself right out front and I couldn’t figure out at all what was going on. Then I realized they were just backup for another truck that was responding to a propane leak in another RV. Phew.
After several days of intense setup, I’m finally living in the tiny house! Dad and Uncle Rich worked like crazy to get things together so Uncle Rich could make it back for his flight home. However, their efforts were incredibly appreciated, and it feels so good to finally be enjoying the space inside the tiny house. I got a chance to put on some finishing touches which ended up being really rewarding. Then I went on a bike ride to get a better feel for the area and think I’m going to really enjoy Charleston. I hit up RedBox on my way, rented a (Abduction, 2011), cooked some food in the awesome toaster oven, and enjoyed dinner and a pretty satisfying movie (action/suspense with justice served and a happy ending including a cute girl, etc.) over candle light. AHHH! Great day.