I lived in my van from Jan. 2009 - Jan. 2011.
It was my goal to graduate from Duke, debt-free.
First Semester - Spring '09
1/6/09 - I find my the van on craigslist and buy it.
1/8/09 - I renovate (or pimp out) my van.
1/14/09 - I read "Walden" for the second time, reflecting on why I've decided to live in a van.
1/16/09 - It gets down to about 10 degrees F.
1/28/09 - With funds rapidly dwindling, I resort to doing MRI studies for money.
2/5/09 - My van leaks and I deal with smells. Not the first, nor the last time I deal with this chronic issue.
2/11/09 - I'm lonely as hell, so I tell a bum my secret.
2/16/09 - I describe how I cook in the van.
2/18/09 - I unveil my cookbook.
3/1/09 - My mom finds out about van; thinks I'm crazy.
3/25/09 - I hike the Appalachian Trail with my friend Luke for 6 days.
4/5/09 - I get food-poisoning and throw-up in the van.
4/19/09 - I take pictures of myself doing resourceful things.
4/22/09 - I get my tax return and reflect on wealth
5/5/09 - Some passersby compare my van to the A-Team's while I try to nap.
5/6/09 - I entertain my first guest and discuss what it's like to tell other people that I live in a van.
5/8/09 - I clean out the van and reflect on my first successful semester of vandwelling.
5/9/09 - I break down my finances and compare them to the average American's.
[I go to Alaska to work as a backcountry ranger for the summer. Click here to view my Alaska Stories]
Second Semester - Fall '09
9/3/09- Ants take over my van.
9/30/09- I'm lonely in my library.
10/3/09- I almost witness an orgy unfurl.
10/9/09- Mom finds out about the blog.
10/22/09- Another 4 days on the Appalachian Trail.
10/25/09- I cook up another pot of spaghetti stew.
12/13/09- I reflect on my newfound fame.
12/26/09- I visit Thoreau's Walden Pond.
Third Semester - Spring '10
1/11/10- I talk about going to the gym. Videotape myself shooting the hook.
1/25/10- I get in an accident and sprain my knee, cleverly blaming my blunders on a girl
2/2/10- I'm interviewed by radio host, Dick Gordon.
2/22/10- I stroll through Duke's infamous K-ville.
3/1/10- A picture tour of the van.
3/5/10- I have some mice problems.
4/30/10- ABC News airs their interview of me and I get preoccupied with my image
5/16/10- My parents visit me.
[I spend my summer with a hermit in Stokes County, North Carolina in a cottage called Acorn Abbey. Click here to view stories from that summer in my "Other Travels" series.]
Fourth Semester - Fall '10
10/27/10- I create an adventure scholarship.
11/13/10- I'm running out of money!
Fifth Semester - Spring '11
12/26/10- I reflect on my religious upbringing
3/6/11- Spring at Acorn Abbey
4/7/11- Summer's coming to Acorn Abbey.
4/14/11- I'm getting worried about my future.
4/19/11- I prepare for my last week at Duke