Friday, April 15, 2016

My favorite parking spot for vandwelling in Key West.

We woke up on Margaret Street under palm trees on a block that used to feature a large Banyan tree. Those majestic tendrils have since been deleted. Tall palms still shade the non-residential side, and various species of roots pour slowly like molten glass over the curb on the opposite side. To get our home inside the lines was a tight shave. But I'm that good. Mirrors and windows were retracted on the passenger side, and we exited through the driver-side door only. An inch existed between the street-leaning palms; matching in parallel the cant of our fiberglass roof. Yes We Can.

We rose rested and walked the single block to the best place on the island to get a cafe con leche and a bucci served in a tiny plastic cup. Bucci, a shot of espresso, still goes for fifty cents. A small cup full of espresso, or a "colada," will run you $1.25. The same guy is serving it. His hair is a shade lighter now, but his practiced motions are identical. The smells are identical.

This is home. This is the second home that will always be in my back pocket when I need it.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you guys are having a great time yes a tiny home on Wheels can always be handy are you going to do the pedicab routine again while you're in the Keys? How did the van run on your trip down everything okay with the van? How's the situation with the police and living out of your van?

Chris Harne said...

Van has been running well so far. Online bookselling has been keeping the budget afloat, so I can't see returning to pedicab. Out of all the time I've spent in a van here, I've never been bothered by police. I have some great spots I've found, but I'm always respectful and out of the way. Honestly I don't know why some people have trouble, but they're picking the wrong spots or something. If you want some sure bets, ask me - but I suppose there are no iron guarantees.

Chris Harne said...

Van has been running well so far. Online bookselling has been keeping the budget afloat, so I can't see returning to pedicab. Out of all the time I've spent in a van here, I've never been bothered by police. I have some great spots I've found, but I'm always respectful and out of the way. Honestly I don't know why some people have trouble, but they're picking the wrong spots or something. If you want some sure bets, ask me - but I suppose there are no iron guarantees.