Thursday, March 15, 2007

So.../Summa

I am thinking of buying a van, which, I know isn't in itself a big deal, but I am thinking about living in it for a while. Now, I know this won't help the project that some of you are strongly encouraging me towards (marriage and children so that you may point and laugh-thanks Kurt) but it will help save money and it has been a dream of mine for a while. I would actually get to do it and find out that its not what I thought it would be, or that it is, and either way would realize that romanticizing things like this is silly.
In any case, I want to know if there are any willing participants out there. not roommates, or vanmates as it were, but would you be willing to host me for a night of showering and laundering etc if I needed it. I think I will have a homebase near the langley area, but knowing that I was welcome to show up (with warning) and clean myself and my clothes and perhaps even eat with you and your family would be awesome. This is all a part of paying off my student loans, and also the canadian dream of living in a van, down by the river. Granted, there wouldn't be the constant flow of people on thursday nights, nor would the van be a great place to host gatherings, but maybe there would be more riverside campfires and BBQ's in the summer.
anyways. just thought I would put that out there in public to see what interest there is in this sort of thing.

and, while I am at it, I want to wax orthodox a little, since I used to write so much on here, and its been a while, the cobwebs are still in my vision.

I love being orthodox. I love our community. it is so much more real to me the more time I spend here, I knew it would be like what I hear about getting married. For the first while I was SO enamoured with it, I talked about it nonstop,I was legalistic and hard core about the walls, the boundaries, and I was just blinded by excitement and love for this new way of seeing the world. I am now much less emotionally twitterpated, and am realizing how much real life and normal work needs to happen in me to become less sinful, and that it really is not about the heart shattering intensity with which I discovered this that my life will continue, but with soul strengthening sobriety and slowness of action that I will stabilize and grow in every aspect of my being due to the form that Orthodoxy takes. change? what change? slow, deliberate and possible change. we are healed slowly, we grow slowly, but the healing and the growth are real specifically because they are the result of perseverance through faith in the truth of how the world works.
God made this place to work in a specific way, love, forgive,die;repent, rinse, repeat.
phew.

10 comments:

Simply Victoria said...

I love that last part David. You write well, and I concur with your sentiments.

And the van thing sounds fun. Might as well get it out of your system now. Better than doing it later with wife and kids, I'm not sure they'd approve (unless you marry a saltspring girl, haha).

You have a room at la hacienda Jordan if you find yourself lonely, hungry, or just with a big sack of dirty clothes.

Simply Victoria said...

(oh, and if you like, we can throw in a couple of goats with your van purchase, just to really legitimize the whole living in a van by the river experience :)

Abigail said...

You should talk with Aaron. He did it, lived in his camper van for part of last summer.

kim francis said...

hey Dave,

you know through the summer months, folks go on holiday, so with the word out this early you could have a house/plant sitting gig or two.

people often ask me, so if something comes that sounds like you, i'll give you a ring.

kim francis said...

ps. our family lived kinda like gypsies for the summers, in tents!? at our church camp for most of the 70s and well, until matt was about 5. a bunch of families were doing it, so it seemed pretty normal to us.

it's totally doable.

elizabeth said...

thanks Dave - i appreciated the last part of your post too. it takes so long, hey - years and years - good thing the Church is bigger than us, so we have support as we seek to be transformed...

myn said...

i lived in a van down by the river in Melbourne...for one night. because of my height my van-mates (travel mates) gave me the large bench seat in the back. it was a hilarious and painful experience. i urge you to remove the seats and spread out!!

you always have a home/couch chez moi should you need it. laundry and shower facilities are also available. as is a poorly stoked kitchen with potential to be great.

plus if you want to house sit for me while i am in the UK this spring i would be eternally thankful and your bank account might increase very slightly (emphasis on the very).

Widgetokos said...

Hey Dave, you know you can always crash the Gascoigne party if you need to. Just don't kidnap my husband for mountain biking TOO often. Mama wants to get out of the house sometimes too.

Matthew Francis said...

You're welcome at our place anytime, Dave, provided the Rocky Mountains aren't too much of a barrier for you.

thomasw said...

pasivirta.baby--->it is a good thing that there are loads of generous people welcoming you into their homes; for when I discussed this idea of having you over, ramone categorically rejected the idea on the grounds that you'd take no time polishing off a lot of my talisker and other single malts. you know, that does sound like fun...