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April 16, 2004

greasy westy lust

ok, so i have a thing for diesels, and i have a thing for volkswagens, and i have a thing for camper-vans. i just think they're neat.

i'm not a gearhead, but i'd like to become more of one.

i'd really really really like to have an art car one day.

so i paid spacepod off this month, which means that right now i'm poor, but in the coming months i'll have basically given myself a $400 a month raise. which is good. that's a lot of money.

so here comes this guy who is selling a diesel westy (vw camper van), of which there are very few in this country, and he's right down the road. and the thing was a daily driver and sounds like it might still be a viable daily driver.

but a) i don't really have the money right now and B) (capitalized, because i figure i can work money stuff out eventually, so this is my bigger concern) i'm not a gearhead and i don't wanna wind up with a big, immobile metal bread loaf parked in front of my house.

but damn, there are some cool things i could do with this thang... and another one is not gonna just magically appear and be a few miles away. there just aren't that many of 'em.

Posted by lisa at April 16, 2004 11:36 AM | TrackBack

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lisa, you live in DURHAM. it's virtually required that you have a giant metal breadbox in your driveway, if not one in the backyard as well.

i say snatch it up. whoever thought you'd be tiling, either?

plus, you can use it for guerilla movie screenings all over town.

Posted by: rick! on April 16, 2004 12:13 PM

ohmigod. how can i convince you that you need this van? i'm sure you're aware that there about a thousand westy-self-help groups on the internet. this will totally change your life. when i'm rich and established like you a campervan is the first thing i'm going to buy. screw a house!

perhaps the above is an illustration of why i'm not rich and established in the first place.

Posted by: rick! on April 16, 2004 12:25 PM

well, at lunch today i had the most fucking hilarious idea for making it into an art car. i thought to myself, "self, what is wedge-shaped, like the wedge of a pop-up camper?"

and i thought, "A SHOE!!!!"

need i say more? this would be a very girly greasy arty van!

anyway, the guy and i are discussing. i'll have to write to my pal van boy to get an idea of what kind of offer i should make, and what questions i should ask.

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 12:34 PM

Oh. My. God. If Undersea Mah Jongg and Shoe Westy aren't caravaning to art car parades by next summer, someone is going to have to answer to me.

:)

Posted by: Sarah on April 16, 2004 12:39 PM

SHOE WESTY!!

see, when the camper top is down, it's a flat.

when it's up, it's a wedge!

i could even give it a big silver streamer, like in 'priscilla of the desert'.

one thing that should be noted: it probably has a top speed of about 55mph. you might not want to be caravaning with me much of anywhere except IN a parade :) it's basically a little rabbit diesel engine powering a camper.

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 12:41 PM

SHOEWSTY would fit on a NC license plate. if i want to be literal.

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 01:07 PM

and when i get old, i could be the old woman who lives in a shoe.

and i can have a little portrait of sarah jessica parker inside it somewhere.

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 01:16 PM

perhaps a slightly more subtle plate would be:

LIVE IN

or, in homage to SJP and SITC,

SHOEGAL

(which is her AOL address in the one ep where she attempts to use e-mail.)

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 02:22 PM

Or you could get SHOEGRRL. Or VW SHOE.

I don't know if I'd want to caravan to Houston at 55 mph, but it would be fun to go to Artscape together!

On the downside, I'd finally have to get my own cams :)

Posted by: Sarah on April 16, 2004 03:09 PM

You know that if you do this, people will start giving you decorative shoes. I used to get pigs all the time when I drove Little Pig Boy: pig dish towels, pig soap dishes, all kinds of things. I never had the heart to tell them that I didn't decorate my house with pigs, just my car.

Posted by: Sarah on April 16, 2004 03:13 PM

i think i'd have to be pretty confident of my abilities as a shadetree mechanic before going all the way to houston. baltimore is a little less scary.

a lot of diesel westy owners put stickers on the back of their vans to let folks know how slow they are. not only is the top speed pretty low, but the pickup is nil-- i think even worse than an aircooled van which has the same top cruising speed.

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 03:15 PM

well, i am sure that the shoes could be easily incorporated into the design. since the van is both a car AND a home, i could definitely use a shoe soap dish!! i might have to epoxy it down to the sink so it wouldn't nail anyone in the head, but i could use it :)

since the main body of the van would have to be dressed up in some way, i could glue shoes to it in a mosaic pattern.

i wonder how well shoes hold up in weather? hm.

maybe the spacegrrl shoes could even have a special place in the van. i could outfit one of the many compartments with a nice satin lining and some lights to show them off.

Posted by: lisa on April 16, 2004 03:20 PM

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