Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Foam for cushions!

Trey's Mom is so awesome and bought us foam for the cushions yesterday. She knew of a fabric store in South Western NC that has good prices on foam and was able to get all of it for under $100. It counts as Trey's birthday present, and mine! Sweet! So tonight she is coming up to drop it off and upholster the bench seat with me, because she has an air stapler. She has some denim fabric we may use for the bench seat... it may not match perfectly but they make fabric paint for that reason. I will probably end up drawing designs all over it. We shall see!

I'm desperately trying to keep my mind off of what is going on in the Gulf right now. I am so angry, outrages, and desperate to stop the oil spill. Our dependence on oil is sickening and needs to stop. But no one is doing anything to stop it. If the spill goes on until August, the entire ocean is going to be polluted with oil. No more seafood, no more marine life, just think of it. It makes me want to cry. I love the Ocean, and recently decided not to go to school for Marine Biology. Maybe its because I knew deep down something like this would happen... I wish there was something I could do to make this insanity stop. Clean energy is a concept that has been around way longer than I have been. Pick up an old copy of a science magazine in your thrift shop. 1980? Sounds about right: lots and lots of articles on clean energy... Where did this technology go? In the pockets of huge CEOs of oil companies that's where. We've been enslaved by oil. Isn't it time to break free?


  1. Great deal! Foam is expensive usually! A couple years ago, I had new foam cut for my cushions and it was $380 for just the material before the labor! Very cool of his Mom!

    On the oil spill, I couldn't agree more! It is just heartbreaking. I have had it layed out for years on how to convert Taj to an all electric EV. It will be possible when they get energy storage technology up to speed. Ultra-capacitors would make it possible if the claims of EEStor are legit and they actually produce what they have been promising for the market.

    We have to do something though! The small footprint of vanlife has to help some!

    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  2. Although my Van runs off gas, I plan to use it mostly to camp in. So I won't be driving around like a usual car. I'll be riding my bike. Once I can convert to solar energy I will really be efficient. I will cook with a solar cooker and a rocket stove mostly. And maybe sometimes go off the propane. But I converted it to run with 1 lb canisters so I won't rely on propane. It's mostly for backup.

    Once we have clean options for vehicles I will convert right away.