"Geeks on Tour"
aka "Odie's Roadies"; the Blog (journal) for Jim and Chris' life in their RV.
How to read the BlogA Blog is a series of journal entries with the most recent one on top. As you scroll down you go back in time. When you reach the bottom, that is just the beginning of the current set of posts. There's lots more to read if you click on the 'Blog Archives' for previous months. Previous months also start with the most recent on top, so, if you want to start at the beginning of the month and read in chronological order - scroll down to the bottom and read the entries going up.
If you click on the title of a post, it will take you to the individual page for just that one post, then, at the bottom you'll see a link to 'Next' or 'Newer' post. Click on that and it's like turning the page, you'll get another individual post page. This way, you can read the blog like a book. You can start at the beginning (April 5, 2003), or any point in time, and just keep turning the pages. Don't attempt to read the whole thing in one sitting! As of January 2012 there are 1,455 posts.
At first this was a 'personal' blog only. I used it like a journal, I wasn't even sure I would tell anyone it was there. Well, maybe just family and close friends. Then, I wrote a little about the work we were doing. Hmmm, is this a personal blog or a business blog? I finally decided that it's both. That s a great thing about our lives, we blend personal and business. We love what we do and we do what we love, and we write about all of it! In 2006 we developed our Geeks on Tour business website and now publish most of our computer related info there. See the menu at the top for our 'Business Blog.' And, in 2011 we started our business Facebook page - also on the menu at top.
BackgroundIf you're going to start reading the current blog entries, you could use the 'Cliff Notes' of what the story is about! I'm Chris. I'm the one who likes to write about my life. (I have journals and diaries going back to about 8 years old!) My husband is Jim. You'll see an ocassional entry in the weblog from him as well. Odie is the dog. You won't see any entries from him (he has his own blog :-), but rest assured he is always there behind the scenes. One of the reasons we like RVing is that your dog can come with you! And, he is so happy to be with us all the time. We are 'Odie's Roadies', we see it as our job to drive this little dog around the country.
In the spring of 2003, Devon, at 19, moved in with a friend - clearing the way for us to pursue
our dream if only we could figure out how to make a living while we roam the highways of America.
We figured that I could still do database programming and website development from anywere. All
I need is an Internet connection. Jim's work involved physically 'touching' the computers.
He hooked computers together, set up printers, made networks work etc. He had
been doing a lot of wireless networking in client offices and homes. One
day he had the idea, "I could set up wireless networks in RV Parks!"
That was it!
There was no turning back, within a couple months we bought an RV (from EBay!)
and had the house up for sale. We contacted a local RV Park and asked if they
were interested in wireless Internet (WiFi). They were, and we made arrangements
to park our RV there for 6 months. Things didn't work out how we planned,
but they actually worked out better. Jim was able to set up the wireless network
for their office and the sites immediately surrounding the office, but he couldn't
get the signal across the park to the other RV sites. The park managers found
a company called Coach Connect (no longer in business) who said they could set it all up for free -
then they would collect fees from the RVers who used the system. We were skeptical.
The Coach Connect installers arrived and, in one afternoon, installed 2 big
antennas which sent the signals all around the park. It worked great! We were
Jim started helping everyone who had any problems connecting and
soon caught the attention of the folks at Coach Connect. So, instead
of developing our own business for installing WiFi in RV parks, we represented
In 2004, Jim handled all the tech support phone calls from Wi-Fi subscribers. We also gave presentations at RV Park trade shows. In 2005 we made a point to visit all Coach Connect parks around the country, offering staff and customer training, support, and troubleshooting. That kept us so busy that we couldn't do much of the travel we wanted. In 2006, we left the full-time work but still represented Coach Connect by giving seminars at big RV rallies like the FMCA.
Seminars are what we really love doing the most. I am doing more and more website work.
We've developed our own business identity as 'Geeks on Tour: Computer Training for Travelers'. Our 3 areas of focus are 1)Seminars at Rallies, RV parks, and Computer Clubs 2)Video tutorials and books online and on CDs, and 3)Writing articles on computers and travelers. We're still primarily dependent on our savings for paying the bills, but we're on the path to a self-sustaining lifestyle. We sure hope it works because we love living on the road!
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