My adventures in obtaining a “real” job have been interesting. I finally found an employer that would hire me. The goal was simple- get a menial job to earn some cash to put ourselves in a better position financially.
The last three months of our travel included A LOT of driving, which required a lot of gas. We exhausted our safety net. While we could eventually build it back up using our regular income streams (writing, clinics, consulting), it would take many months. Since winter is a down-time for running in the US and clinic demand is exceptionally low, getting a job would expedite that process.
I got a job as a driver’s helper with UPS. During their busy season, they hire temporary employees to help deliver packages. While I’ve only worked two days, I can say the job is enjoyable. I get tons of exercise (the job is far more physically-demanding than I would have guessed), work outside, meet lots of people, and my driver is a really cool dude that loves talking about politics, social issues, etc.
The most interesting aspect of getting this job is the reaction of friends- many were shocked that I’d get a “normal” job. It just doesn’t seem like something a nomadic hobo would do.
Indeed, it IS a major departure from our previous adventures. It’s not a sign our hobo ways have ended, however. It’s a temporary measure to assure we can fully fund our future adventures… which we’re already planning. I can’t discuss the details yet, but the next round of adventure should be far more epic than the last round. Needless to say, I’m highly motivated to get our family in a position to make those adventures come to fruition.
In his book “The 4 Hour Work Week“, Tim Ferriss talks about cycling between periods of work and adventure, which is exactly what we’re doing now. Sometimes hobos have to refill the tanks.