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Video Van Update + An Impersonation You Won’t Want to Miss

The last few days have been an absolute whirlwind, in a good way of course! Since Ethan is still in Boston for now I brought my parents with me on Saturday to go look at a couple of potential vans. This is a huge decision because it’s essentially going to be my home for quite possibly the next year.

We narrowed it down to two (thanks to Ethan’s stealthy search strategies) that weren’t too far from my folk’s house. Which is where I’m staying until I can iron out the vehicle/fundraiser details. So, my parents and I hopped in their Honda and headed out to Sacandaga Lake, NY to check out van #1, which I’ve lovingly named “the red dragon.”

She was beautiful! A 1990 G20 with 140,000 miles with a very well kept exterior, in great condition. There were just a few red flags – when I called ahead I was told that everything was in working order and such… but upon arrival we found out that the passenger side window wasn’t working properly and there is a chip in the windshield. Not terribly big things but I would have preferred an honest word up front about ’em. Also, when I took it for a test drive, it seemed just okay. Wasn’t terribly solid but again, was just okay.

Within an hour of returning to my parent’s house I got a call from the owners of van #2; I decided to call this one “the green machine.” So, we were back in the car and headed to Troy, NY to see the next one.

This time around it was a 1995 G20 with 145,000 miles. While the exterior was a little more ‘used’ you could tell that there was a lot of love put into this van. The owner has had the van for quite some time and only six weeks ago took it in to get it tuned up. When I took it for a test drive I could tell this one was a stand out! It felt strong and solid. Also, the owner was very up front with everything, both during my first inquiry and when we met him in person. He gave us the low down on the updates, the faults, the everythings. There’s something to be said about the “vibe” you get from someone too, and this guy just seemed genuinely kind and honest. And if that wasn’t enough, we found out that they are horse people (us too!) and they had just rescued a miniature pony from terrible conditions. We got to meet her… she was so sweet!! :) If (when?) we go back I’ll try to get a pic for you! ;)

Okay, enough blabbering, here’s some video that we shot while on the road on Saturday (I wanted to get this up sooner but had some video editing probs!).

If you have no interest in seeing the vans, then at least fast forward to the end where you’ll find my Dad impersonating my video intro. He’s actually quite good! :)

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  1. Sounds like the first van is a no go – when it comes to vehicles, if people are a little evasive or disingenuous it is a bit of a worry. Also, if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the van, you’re going to want to make sure you are absolutely happy with it.

    Your parents seem very cool :)

    Loving the funky backing music by the way ;)

    • Hi Tom – I totally agree. I really liked the looks of the red van but it just doesn’t feel right. Yes, my parents are pretty cool. They’re also vegan which makes them doubly cool! ;) … that music came with iMovie ’11… it’ll do. Hehe.. thanks so much for keeping up with the updates and everything. It’s cool to know people might actually be reading these updates. :)

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