|August 31, 2022
|Ignoring Clint Eastwood's
advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like
certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
Particular Phenomenon of Nomadland
The particular phenomenon Nomadland
explores seems to have sprung up after the Great Recession
of 2008, much like the Okies in The Grapes of Wrath hit the
road during the Great Depression of the 30s. Lacking a
safety net, these people do what they gotta do to live
The 2020 film "Nomadland"
won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best
Actor (Frances McDormand), and inspired a lot of people to "hit
the road". You can rent it for $4 bucks or buy it on
I'm a full-time RVer, not a Nomad, and
there is a difference. I covered that topic a few years ago
on my website.
generally have a decent factory-built motorhome, a 5th
wheeler, or a travel trailer, equipped with all the
conveniences, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, air conditioning,
and at least a television antenna on the roof or maybe a
satellite dish. Pretty nice. Nomads tend to travel in older
panel vans, often without any modern conveniences, but they
learn to get by.
Most full-timers are older,
retired with pensions, Social Security, or have some other
source of income (I've run into a few trust fund babies out
there, full-timing in their 30's), and some have online gigs
(as I do) or find employment at national or state parks, or
privately owned RV parks or resorts. Nomads are usually
younger, but not always, often drifting around the country
working part-time jobs along the way to cover the gas and
that perfect summer job isn't just for college students, it
can be perfect for senior citizens as well, especially if
they have an RV and nothing but time.
character flipped burgers at Wall Drug in South Dakota to
make enough money to head to warmer climates as Winter
approached, and a serious mechanical problem with her old
van almost ends her travels until she is saved financially
by her sister.
In the movie, a young girl says to
her "Mommy says you're homeless", to which
McDormand replies, "I'm houseless, but I'm not
My wife and I traveled all over
the lower 48 States for several years, even putting our
motorhome on a ship a couple of times to travel to visit
relatives in Newfoundland. I kept a pretty good blog up with
all those adventures, but now that I am alone, it just isn't
that much fun anymore, and my seven months last winter on
the Gulf of Mexico went pretty-much unrecorded.
I leave the Minnesota lake cabin and hit the road again in a
few weeks, I'll try again to keep that blog up-to-date,
provided, of course, that I have something interesting to
write about. Those events don't happen as often when you
When my grandchildren climb on board
my motorhome, and I ask them what DVD they'd like to watch,
almost always they yell "RV!!!"
Admittedly, Robin Williams was a lot funnier than Frances
McDormand, but I recommend you gamble $4 on
Prime and see "Nomadland" anyway.
travel blog to learn more about my life on the road.
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