This is the first post!
I’ve got a lot to say, but right now I’m not ready to talk about everything from the start. Soon I’ll write more with background details about how I decided to get into full-time RVing, how I settled on the trailer and tow vehicle I ended up buying, and what my plans are from here. For now, a brief rundown:
I’m Zeke Weeks:
- Single 28-year-old guy from Colorado.
- Born in Boulder
- Lived in Tempe, Arizona during High School
- Went to college at Colorado State University
- Business major, Computer Information Systems concentration, Spanish minor
- When I was a kid, I made websites as a hobby.
- As a teen, I got into blogging and have been writing about all kinds of things on ZekeWeeks.com ever since.
- I now own a web consulting company. I do most of my work from home or wherever I’ve got an internet connection.
- I’ve been living in Denver since 2012.
Athena’s a little rescue mutt who was born in February 2015.
She looks like a lab, but her DNA test says otherwise. Athena stopped growing at a medium-smallish size, is SUPER extroverted and friendly, and is a good wrestler.
The tow vehicle: “Barry”
Barry is a 2012 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 4×4 Limited:
- 5.7-liter V8 – 381HP, 401ft.-lb. torque (at sea level, at least…)
- Rated to tow just shy of 10,000 lbs.
- Gets about 15 miles per gallon in the city, 19 MPG on the highway, and 8.8MPG when towing my trailer.
- BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires
- Extendable towing mirrors
- Aftermarket wheel flares & HID+Fluorescent Halo+LED running and tail lights
- ARE camper shell
- Ranch Hand Sport rear bumper
- Tinted glass everywhere but the windshield
- Everything but the tires was installed by the previous owner. This baby had everything I was planning to install after purchase ready to go! I bought Barry with 63,000 miles and in great shape.
- Barry feels ridiculous driving through Denver’s cramped old neighborhood streets – the towing mirrors feel like huge ears sticking out the sides. This is how he got named after another Barry with big ears.
The Trailer: “Miles”
Miles is a 2013 Arctic Fox 25Y from Northwood RV Manufacturing.
- 30 feet long from bumper to hitch
- About 6,800 lbs. without anything inside or in the tanks
- 10,000 lb. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
- Named after Miles, mascot for the Denver Broncos.
I’ll rave all about why I went to this trailer another time. I bought it used in California, camped there for my first week with it, and towed it back to Colorado.
I recently did a joint presentation at DrupalCamp Colorado with Jeremiah Wathen, my project management counterpart at Colorado Interactive. We talked about Pacific, Colorado.gov’s Drupal-based hosting platform for hundreds of state and local entities, and what Colorado.gov has learned with each increasingly ambitious project since the initial decision to adopt Drupal.
This week I spoke at the DBUG Drupal meetup in Denver about an unglamorous but very important thing that comes up for any technologist: turning around applications that have, for one reason or another, left their users unhappy.
I also had no idea that DBUG meets in a TV studio and is broadcast live on public access TV and the web. Thankfully, my doctor has me on some really good blood pressure meds.
My talk covers some of the strategic, technical, and personal things that people can do to fall back in love with their Drupal applications again. (The non-technical aspects are really applicable to any software.)
(I start my talk at the 19 minute mark.)
I want to thank DBUG for inviting me, and Aten Design Group and Denver Open Media for their sponsorship and work to make this event happen.
Slides are at http://zeke.ws/DrupalParachuting .
In my personal life, I’ve always been one to prefer spontaneity over structure; relaxation over regulation. For a long time, I’ve clung to that at home as a way to compensate for all the organization that’s crucial in my work. But this summer, I’ve been trying something more deliberate to keep a balanced daily life. Every day after work, I make sure to do a few things: Continue reading