David and Brenda At The Badlands In South Dakota
We, David and Brenda, have been married currently for 27 years. Currently we travel with our adopted GSD/Husky mix, Loki. No “human” children, but all our past furry kids had been rescued and traveled with us from when we started in 2008! We met when Brenda was 19 and David was, umm, 26. Six months later David proposed and six months after that we were married. We have never looked back and we won the bet. By that I mean some family members were taking bets on how long we would last. We are very pleased to say they all lost, but we knew they would.
David was the Director of Network Operations for the Town of Gates for 14 years. Back in 1999 he founded AVSForum.com which we later sold in October of 2011. He also founded TiVoCommunity.com in 2001, sold it in 2007 and bought it back again Jan 1, 2015. And also, along with Brenda, started Home Theater Cruise in 2002. Currently he owns and operates DBSTalk.com, TiVoCommunity.com and DBNet, LLC (consulting). We also are angel investors in Panbela Therapeutics working on a treating Pancreatic Cancer. So working on-line needless to say was really our life and is what allows us to travel.
Brenda worked in the past as a medical secretary in the cardiac unit at Strong Hospital and handled human resources and payroll for a local home electronics store before she left it all behind in 2002, along with David leaving the Town of Gates, as our other ventures took off. She then, and now, handles all the book keeping and accounting for our various ventures. (As well as keeping David in check.)
We have been traveling since 2008 and have been keeping track of our travels here on this blog. We really enjoy meeting many different people along the way and interacting with them both in our travels and online. We enjoy looking back at the places that we’ve been and realize that we still have quite a ways to go to see the whole country. It’s going to take years.
We started full timing in the summer of 2013 and haven’t looked back since. People sometimes look at us strangely when we say that we live in our motor home as we no longer have a traditional “sticks and bricks” house.
That, to most people, is a foreign concept. They think either we were forced into selling our home for financial reasons or we get the, “isn’t it sad that you don’t have a home” look. We do have a home. It just happens to have wheels.
Hitting The Road Full Time
People are always curious as to why we would give up such a gorgeous house that had everything we thought we ever wanted. It’s because we wanted to be practical and try to do the right thing for us, for our future.
Well, it’s simple. In our situation, our philosophy is that you could always buy another house, however you may not always be able to travel. We are lucky enough that we work online. So as long as we have internet, we can work. Their’s a large number of younger RVer’s like us out there that are doing the same thing just for that reason. We’re saving a ton of money by not having a large mortgage and motor home, upkeep on 4 acres of land, upkeep on 4200 sq ft of house plus all the expenses of property taxes, gas, electric, etc. We immediately changed our residency from New York to Florida, saving us a bunch of money in personal income tax too. So we are trying to be practical for our future. We do what we need, but not overly. Do we splurge? Sure, once in awhile. However we are not ones to pay $60 for a t-shirt as that would be “Practically” insane. (to us.) So, were “practical” in what we do.
In other words, we got tired of the rat race. To beat the Joneses next door with bigger and better. When we looked around our house and actually saw all the “stuff” that we had, it was overwhelming. We wanted to, and needed to, simplify. George Carlin had a great routine that really hit home.
So to quote the popular saying, “Life is just too short” which hit home back in 2006 when David had a mini-stroke and really opened our eyes to living life. So it was that event that lead to where we are today. Living life simple and together, seeing new things and making new memories. And most of all, meeting others, learning, and making new friends all along the way. We are more rich for it.
We also spend time supporting the Segs4Vets Foundation as we travel helping to mobilize our wounded warriors and give them a better life through the use of technology. Here is a promotional video we did for them that is used for fund raisers as well as further information on the foundation. Please be so kind to see this post. CLICK HERE
So, ok, just another “about us” page that tells you a little bit about who we are. But hey, we do also have a video to show you the kinds of things we do and post about on our blog. Hope you enjoy it.
So, this leaves us to ask you…When was the last time you got Outside Your Bubble?
David…really enjoy your videos! Keep it coming! Quick question: what is the name of the digital clock in the bus and where did you order it from; similarly, tell me more about your coffee pot! Where did you get it as well?
Hi…Glad you like the videos…
The digital clock I got from Amazon… Here are two links for different ones…
The coffee maker I also picked up via Amazon and is the Jura ENA Micro 9…
It is small and makes OUTSTANDING coffee or other drinks. It is fully automation from grinding fresh beans to tossing them into a hopper for disposal later.
Just finished reading your article in the Tiffin Magazine on the installing of the soundbar. I did the same thing in our coach and also put one outside. In the article you state that you can’t turn off your Panasonic internal speakers. On my Panasonic in the menu under Audio, go to Advanced Audio and turn TV Speakers Off
Hi Michael….Thanks for checking out our site. :) Sorry to say that our Panasonic TV does not have any such option. It does not have an AUDIO menu. Instead it has a SOUND menu and no such ADVANCED settings area. Heck, this 50″ TV does not even support 3D. It is as cheep as it comes. But the picture it makes works very well.
Hi David and Brenda
Loving your videos , keep up the good work , i have already set up a wifi in my camper after looking at your brilliant video , would you do a video on the cam and map setup you have on line , as I would love to do similar in our camper . Thanks again for the videos , Dennis in Ireland
Hi…Glad you like the videos and that you were able to make the WiFi system. The on-line camera is something that is much more involved needing VPN’s set up on outside servers. So it is not something I will likely do. The GPS tracker I use can be found here… http://www.greenalp.com/RealTimeTracker/ It uses a cell phone app for the tracking. Take care.
Saw your rig at a rest area right outside of El Paso, Texas. We were parked beside you. We would love to start living outside our bubble but haven’t yet. We still are doing a lot of traveling in our Southwind with our Yorkie and 4 parrots but still keep our home. We really need to sell and enjoy RVing. Safe travels.
Hi Pam! Thanks for “seeing” us :) We do recall your RV as we passed you twice. (Diesel vs gas in the hills I guess.) We also recall you pull out just in front of us at the rest stop! :) Thanks for dropping a note!
Watching your program and love it. We would like to know where both of you were born ad raised.
Keep your shows going they are fun and very interesting and tonnes of good information. We are going to be doing the same thing…soon.????
Thanks for reading????
Steve and Stace
We both were born and raised in Rochester, NY. (Upstate NY)
Thought you had a Phaeton with a special paint job and other goodies. When did you switch?
Any ideas on how to get Wi-Fi?
Hello…Well, that is a loaded question. You may care to look at this post depending on what you require. https://www.outsideourbubble.com/build-a-private-rv-wi-fi-system-for-under-100/
Otherwise, you may care to check out https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/