Sunday, March 4, 2018



We can't believe it? Its been 2,000 days since we moved into our RV full-time. How time flies when your having fun! This adventure was not to last this long. We had the idea to travel a few years, then settle down. As the days, months, and years passed it got in blood and as long as we both have our health there is no end in sight.

I started this BLOG from day one and have posted the good, the bad and the ugly of life on the road as a nomad.  More good then bad and very few ugly. We are grateful that this adventure has open our eyes to see and taste what every State (Mexico and Canadian Providences) has to offer. Everyday is a new adventure if its a new town we have never been to or just hanging out in our snowbird home.

 For me the beauty of nature is what keeps me going. National Parks like Yosemite, Red Woods or Organs numerous waterfalls. I wounder how the first person felt when they discovered these places. It was breath taking and I was in awe that places like this really exist within miles of cities.

American History is another reason I travel. I might have read it in a book, classroom or saw it TV, but you never really understand until you see it up close. The assassination site of Bonnie and Clyde on a rural road in Louisiana.

The site where Hank Arron broke Babe Ruth's all time Home Run record.

Finding Stonehenge II and Cadillac Ranch in Texas.

Or just having fun digging for diamonds in Arkansas (we did not find any).

Hiromi loves these things too. Growing up in Japan and only reading about America in school, she is amazed of how vast America is. Just like when I lived in Japan for ten years, I was a sponge learning about her Country and Culture. And, lets not forget about food. I like to get small keepsakes to remind me of the place we have visited, she likes to taste the local food.

And, let not forget about all the sunsets.

We have been to 41 US States and five Canadian Provinces, while visiting 20 State Capitol Building,  117 National Parks and attended 322 Major League, Minor League and College baseball games at 69 different stadiums. We are living our American Dream forging memories that will last a lifetime. Looking forward, returning back to "normal life" is not in our future anytime soon.

Friday, February 9, 2018



This is the first time we have had to renew Hiromi's Green Card while full-timing. I called the local office in Arizona and they told me I would have to report to the building the form said. Because we are Ohio residents we would have to travel to Ohio to complete the process. So we drove from Arizona to Cleveland Ohio to complete the renewal process. When we arrived and all the finger printing and pictures were completed I asked why on the application form it asked for mailing address and current address. Of course the mailing address to receive the new Green Card, but then why did we have to travel to Ohio just for pictures and finger printing. The worker said you could have taken the picture and finger print anywhere in the US only the interview would be in our resident state.We did not require a interview, but whats done is done and Hiromi has her new Green Card for the next 10 years. Note to self ... next time we don't have to travel 2,200 miles.   

Ohio is covered in snow and as you might guess I hate snow and cold weather. Lowest temperature is 10 degrees, that's 73 degrees cooler then when we left Arizona. The only good part of this trip (besides the Green Card and family) was when we passed Progressive Field Home of the Cleveland Indians and Hiromi and I making a snowman in the backyard. Well, the snow was not sticking so a blob snow creature.

The day before we left Arizona I got an email about a job with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the interview was when we are in Ohio. I replied that I'm still interested in the job, but if I could move the interview to another day when I return. After volunteering two seasons at Goodyear Ballpark the spring training home of the Indians and Reds I was hired to work at the ball park this spring. Keeping my fingers crossed (and still contacting Diamondbacks HR) I at least get a interview with the team. 

When the Nippon Ham Fighters (Japanese baseball team) arrives in Arizona for their Spring Training the baseball season is just around the corner. This year I could only spend two days at practice, but made the best of the time I had. In the two days I got 15 autographs and 20 baseballs (gave three away) while I hit a milestone of my career 400th baseball.

Before we left Arizona, we had the pleasure of meeting a young couple of full-time RV'ers who are somewhat YouTube celebrities. They are Nathan and Marissa  from "Less Junk, More Journey" who I have been following for two years. A younger couple who travel full-time and visits the same places we do (or want). It's a great way to see how other full-timers have done (good and bad) to make our adventures great too. 

It will be a sad day to say goodbye to my parents until 2019, but I'm looking forward to returning pool side in 80 degree weather in Arizona and working at Goodyear Ballpark for spring training. 

Monday, January 1, 2018



2017 is the year we have had marked on our calendar for the last five years. Because this is the year where we spend the summer with our Family in Japan. We had a year of adventures and RV brake downs. It was also the year that hit us the hardest with the passing of my father-in-law.

2017 started the same as every year since we started full timing, in Arizona for Cleveland Indians spring training. coming off a disappointing seven game World Series lost to the Cubs, Indians Fans came out in larger crowds then past years.

 I got plenty of autographs, BP balls and broken bats to add to my ever going collection. Also, the defending Nippon Baseball Champions Nippon-Ham Fighter held the first half of their spring training in Arizona where I visited a few practices and games before the MLB players had to report for the official start of season.

Shohei Ohtani
  Hirotoshi Takanashi
2016 PL ROY
  Brandon Laird
2016 Nippon Series MVP

I was also able to get more pictures with fellow Kent State alumni who are Major (Minor) League players. Not to mention my favorite player Milwaukee Brewers third base man Travis Shaw. I have followed his career since 2010 (Sophomore season). 2017 turned out to be his best as a Major Leaguer (so far) hitting 31 home runs and 101 runs batted in while taking Brewers team honors as the Most Valuable Player.
Travis Shaw
  Taylor Williams
 Eric Lauer 
Spring Training Haul
#####Autos 186, Balls 50 (19 gave a-way), Bats 4, SGA 4 Bobblehead.#####

Full 2017 spring training post is located HERE

We moved our RV to Las Vegas and stayed at Nellis AFB for a few months before flying to Japan for the summer to spend time with our family. We had a great time with family, trips to Kyoto, Mt Fuji and few weeks in Tokyo before our summer was over.
Toro Ruins (Shizuoka)
 Zen Garden (Kyoto)
 Monkey Park (Kyoto)
 Godzilla (Tokyo)
 Samurai Museum (Tokyo)  
Samurai Museum (Tokyo)

To help replenish our funds we set out on our annual winter job of working at a Amazon warehouse. This year we decided not to travel across country to Tennessee to work for CamperForce, but to stay in our snow bird home of Arizona and work at the Phoenix location.

Full review can be read HERE.

Even though we spend fewer days on the road (because of our trip to Japan) we still managed to have a few break downs. Not one, but two blown tiers. One major, outer driver side tire blew out and broke off the wheel cover. Lucky for us a service truck drives up and down this highway looking to help vehicles that breakdown. Small damage, but still a pain to fix (still have not fixed yet).

The second, not as bad. this one was the rear inter passenger tire. It blew out just before we got on the on ramp and was in a small town where we got it fixed at a local tire store. I guess we got lucky once again, because there was nothing for the 40 miles and no cell coverage in the higher elevations. Sorry, I looked and had no picture, just videos.

The last of all our day-night shades have broke and we replaced them all with curtains. Our generator has stopped working. It happen while boondocking in Sedona, AZ. We had no power for four days, but managed to survive without it. This is kind of good, Hiromi and I were talking about plans to install solar panels and use the generator space for the batteries. We also want to do some remodeling of removing all the carpeting and replacing the tile floor.

2016 was year one on YouTube and I had goals to work to make it better in 2017. I started off year two good getting new content out. But, when we got to Japan and got really busy seeing and doing stuff every day I never got around to editing all the videos. Now I have 6+ months of videos to put together. I have released only one video since our summer in Japan. If I want my YouTube channel to get off the ground I have to stop being lazy and get those videos edited.

To see all our (completed) YouTube videos click HERE. Don't forget to like and subscribe to my channel.

Goals for 2018
Remodel the RV floor and install solar panels. Continue to mark places and adventures off our bucket list. Get off my lazy but and get videos loaded to my YouTube channel. Sign up for Amazon CamperForce in Murfreesboro, TN. Get more autographs, bats and baseball at 2018 spring training. Taking two trips to Japan put a dent in our travel budget. I will have to look for a spring job while in Arizona as Hiromi will be going back to Japan in May (three trips to Japan in 12 months) for the spreading of your father's ashes.

On November 24th, we got a phone call from Hiromi's brother. He never calls us and I knew something was wrong. We got the news that my Father-in-law had passed away. Hiromi was strong and I was the one that took the news the hardest. Hiroshi was only in my life for a short time (25 years), but the relationship we had was one that does not occur often when a foreigner marries a Japanese only daughter. I am grateful he allowed me to marry Hiromi and honored to call him Oto-san (Dad).

Our last picture taken together
(Tiger Twins)
Hiromi's last picture

As 2017 comes to a close, we are still in Japan supporting my mother-in-law Yoshiko and morning the lose of my Father-in-law Hiroshi Suzuki. Needless to say this BLOG and my YouTube channel sits idle at this time while we take care of family issues. After our return back to the US both sites will be active with new content. 

Monday, December 11, 2017



Another winter, another year working at a Amazon Fulfillment Center (FC). This year we have a little twist, then the past years. This Peak season we are working in Phoenix, AZ as a regular temp hires with Integrity Staffing Solutions .In the past we worked for Amazon in the Camper Force program. There are Amazon warehouses all across America and instead of traveling across the Country to work, why not look into a warehouse in our own snowbird backyard? We applied for job opening on 11 Sep and by 5 Oct we received a call letting us know we were hired.

Before I go into too much of our experiences in the Phoenix warehouse the work in an Amazon warehouse is the same no matter the location. Not much more I can say; if you worked in one, it will pretty much be the same at the next. Except for one detail I have noticed. On Mandatory Over Time  (MOT) where you are required to work 60 hour weeks all the other warehouse were 12 hour shift for five day. In Phoenix it's 10 hour shifts for six days. Not much off time to get groceries and do laundry all in one day before heading back into work.

We agreed to the assignment for the position of day shift ICQA. When we arrived on 28 Oct we were assigned to Stowing position, needless to say we were upset and quit on the spot. The next day we called for a new position and again we got agreed to ICQA this time on the night shift. Again, when we arrived we were changed to stowing. This time even though it was not the assignment we did not agree to, at least it was a night shift with slightly higher wage so we stayed. We are working night shift Wednesday thru Saturday (MOT Tuesday - Sunday) 6:00pm - 4:30am.

Integrity Staffing Solutions (ISS) is a hiring agency and I don't have a lot good things to say about them. First, the interview process they lied. Telling us we would work only 30 hours (3 days) the first week to get use to the shift and work load. WRONG, we put in 47 hours (5 days) and had overtime in the first week. Second, MOT would be only one day a week and 12 hour shift. WRONG, its two days on Sunday and Tuesday on 10 hour shifts. Arizona is a tax state, meaning I have to pay Arizona city and state taxes even though I'm not a residence of Arizona. Arizona tax is cheaper than Ohio meaning I will have to pay out of pocket the difference. Not to mention I now have to fill for two State and two City taxes in 2018. The way we have been treated as employees of ISS is the worst. We are going to fight though our eight weeks and on 23 Dec we are done with Peak and ISS.

I just wanted to show some of the differences between CamperForce and ISS.

Benefit                                       CamprForce                                          ISS
Direct hire with Amazon                  Yes                                                    No

Free campsite                                    Yes                                                    No

Paid time off (5 hrs) earned after     350 hrs                                             Not offered

Bonus (Complete assignment)       1 hour = $1                                        Not offered

Agreed assignment,                           Yes                                                    No
   Assignment work

Work commitment                           23 Dec                                               1,500 hrs
                                                        (gone before X-Mas)

First week Hour work                       25-30 hrs                                           47 hrs

Free T-shit and swag                         Yes                                                    No

Communication with Ambassador    5 *****                                           1*

Max work performance rate               85% (no write up)                  100% (or write up)

MOT 60 hr weeks                             50 hrs                                               60 hrs

and the list goes on.... always favoring CamperForce over ISS. 

Needless to say, we are never going to work for ISS or any hiring agencies again. We are sticking with direct hire through CamperForce in the years to come. CamperForce 2018 job opening come out in late December early January and we are putting our name in for Murfreesboro, TN.

Lastly, if you're going to applying for CamperForce for the first time this year because of the advice and information I've shared about the program over the years on this BLOG, Id be one happy camper if you'd list me under "How did you hear about this opportunity" field on the application (Russell Bennett).

The past few springs I have volunteered at MLB spring training complexes, This spring I will try and work to make some money. I have submitted a few applications for MLB spring training job. If I get hired for any of them, I'll post on how I found the job, how I got hired and how was the over all experience.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017



22 Sep 2017

Today is my birthday and I got the biggest surprise gift from Hiromi. I have had sky diving on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The only problem is I don't want to jump out of a perfectly good air plane at 10,000 feet. The next best thing is indoor sky diving. She took me to iFly in Scottsdale, AZ. There are only a few requirements. No neck, back or shoulder injuries and weigh under 260lbs. There is a short safety training period to learn the basic and hand signals. Then, we put on our jump suit and was ready to go. 

We got the package deal for two 2 minute flights. I added the 10' flight.  When will I ever get to do this again and besides I only live once, so why not. We also got two free video clips. We choice one each. We both had a great time and was worth every penny. When we were done we even got a certificate.

 Check out the video on my YouTube page or just click HERE