Joanna and I once lived for more than a year in a 1966 GMC school bus (much like this one) that we converted to our “home” — complete with king-sized bed, woodstove and two black Lab puppies. Getting our campsite for free by serving as hosts for a now-closed campground on Oregon’s Winchuck River, we managed and did the layout (by kerosene lamps, with press type and border tape) for a weekly shopper while also working as migrant workers on an Easter Lily farm near Brookings.

This song by The Who is about a different kind of vehicle (and I have no idea how much money “thruppence and sixpence” adds up to), but our bus was indeed “magic” for us; that period of our marriage proved to be one of the most fun and most interesting.

Lyrics here, video below:

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