Odds & Ends

10 May

New Orleans has been our first stop after leaving Florida.  We encountered a few issues so we decided to take a few days to make life a bit more comfortable.  On the drive our windshield wipers gave out.  The plane blocks a lot of the rain and I put some Windex so the rain would bead.   I replaced the faulty wiper motor.   We also discovered we have weak headlights.  We switched them out with some brighter ones and added auxiliary driving lights.  Those have yet to be road tested.  A few organizational changes were made to the cabin.  The last few days were productive.

I decided to install a composting toilet for the following reasons: they have no odor, they can be dumped anywhere, they have to be dumped less frequently, and they do not require the installation of a holding tank.  These toilets are pricey.  I bought a marine toilet and spent lots of time modifying it to make it compost.  The key is to separate liquids and solids.  I accomplished the separation but it wasn’t pretty.  It did work for a while until Sarah and I first spent the night in the camper.  It had a major failure.  Needless to say sometimes its better to buy some things then make them.  I found a few suitable toilets in the market.  I bought a Nature’s Head toilet.  So far it has worked great.  I am always happy to use it.  The install was easy and we have no odor.  Anyone interested in a compost toilet should go with a Nature’s Head.  If you want more information email me and I’ll give you the skinny.

I also wanted to mention that I will be trying to be honest and transparent with my entries.  Being on the road I feel I have the freedom to be honest without having to deal with the fallout.  When you have a job and are one place we all have to play politics and be diplomatic.   My good friend Doug is always transparent in all situations.  He is not only honest about who he is, how he sees things, and his emotions to me as his friend but to anyone he meets.  It’s refreshing and it makes me want to be honest and quit hiding my thoughts.  So I dedicate this initiative to Doug who has showed me that being open and vulnerable is liberating and endears people to you.  If any issues arise with this approach take it up with Doug.

4 Responses to “Odds & Ends”

  1. supra14 May 10, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Hani, I was delighted to read…”you are happy to use your new toilet.” In being honest and transparent I can say, “I never heard anyone describe using a toilet in those words.” I hope people reading your entries don’t start buying you one for ever upcoming special occasion. That could become a composting nightmare!

  2. jaime May 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    handsome one i enjoyed this post. i agree, especially in the legal field, it is difficult to be honest, especially with oneself. i admire you for posting this and i miss you all already. i am excited you two are off on this journey and hope to see all soon.

  3. jaime May 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    great post. it is tough finding honest people, especially ones honest with themselves. miss you both.

    • Sarah May 16, 2013 at 1:18 am #

      Miss you too Jamie and look forwarding to seeing you out West.

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