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Why I Live in an RV

Since I was a child, I'd often fantasized about living in an RV and traveling the country. I think many people have that idea at some point in their life. It's not something I thought about every day and I never thought I'd actually do it. In fact, I'm sure there are many people out there that have been dreaming of full-time travel for years and are still in a sticks and bricks house dreaming about it. Perhaps you are one of them. Today, a million Americans live full-time in RVs, according…

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Juvenile Arthritis Impacted My Social Life

Most children like to be very active. At least, that was the case when I grew up in the 1980's and 90's. A lot of my childhood friends participated in school sports. This would often mean they would stay after school for practice and spend weekends competing against their rival teams. I'd usually go straight home after school and spend weekends in my bedroom. I grew up watching my favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on TV. If I couldn't catch a local game on television, I remember…

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Living in a Small Space

I often get asked if it is difficult to live in a small space. Absolutely not! In fact, I have considered downsizing to a smaller RV, or even a van, one day. My RV has opposing slides, which means each side slides out, creating a wide space for the main living area. One of my friends, Pam, told me I have the biggest 'small trailer' she has been inside. It's considered smaller because I'm under 30 feet in length. Once you walk inside, it feels like a small apartment,…

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Where Did the Sandman Come From?

Where Did the Sandman Come From?
Baby Sandman

I was born on September 4th, 1978 in Northridge Hospital in Southern California. My parents, Daniel and Denise Sands, named me Mathew Dean Sands. "Matthew" was my fathers favorite book in the bible. Apparently my mother did not have as much knowledge of the bible, thus the reason for only one "T" in my name. I share the same middle name as my Grandfather on my Father's side. My mother was just 20 years old when I was born and my father only a year older than her. I…

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