Thoughts from Inside the Box A chronicle of my life living out of a 16' box truck (Brandon) Wed, 26 Feb 2020 19:41:40 +0000 A Curious Case of Condensation My trials and tribulations in dealing with condensation in and around the truck. Brandon 6303847307804672 Sun, 23 Feb 2020 05:33:53 +0000 Truckquakes What does an earthquake feel like in the back of a truck? Brandon 5635566435565568 Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:28:15 +0000 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year I talk about my Christmastime struggles with gifts. Brandon 5636308592492544 Sat, 04 Jan 2020 04:46:24 +0000 Two Minutes and Seventeen Seconds I (belatedly) recount my adventures catching a total solar eclipse in Chile. Brandon 5644394606624768 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:11:40 +0000 The Disappearing House Act My home disappears on me, and I have to go about un-disappearing it. Brandon 5757907245203456 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:50:16 +0000 The Contest I share a short essay I wrote to attempt to win a (Canadian) home in a silly contest. Brandon 5754552263376896 Sun, 21 Apr 2019 04:05:36 +0000 Trade-offs I attempt to tackle a question of how to manage the conflict between saving money and experiencing life. Brandon 5684961520648192 Mon, 11 Feb 2019 04:58:33 +0000 Home(ostatsis) I take a look at how things have (mostly) reached a stable equilibrium in the world of truck stuff. Brandon 5668387241852928 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:14:49 +0000 Going Solo I talk a bit about how I'd like to travel in the future. Brandon 5741642204053504 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 04:11:40 +0000 A Series of Questionable Purchases (3 of 3): A House I round out my purchasing spree, and discuss the ramifications of purchase #3, by far the largest purchase I've ever made. Brandon 5696459148099584 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:36:22 +0000 A Series of Questionable Purchases (2 of 3): A Car I went on a purchasing spree recently, and now we talk about if purchase #2 was worth it. Brandon 5630110493310976 Sat, 02 Jun 2018 23:56:13 +0000 A Series of Questionable Purchases (1 of 3): A Bike I went on a purchasing spree recently, and now I need to figure out if any of it was worth it. Brandon 5761673931522048 Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:10:09 +0000 Objects in the Mirror I blow the dust off my keyboard and have a minor existential crisis. Brandon 5663284820705280 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 04:59:56 +0000 Welcome to 2018 I take a look back at the ups and downs of 2017, and set some direction for 2018. Brandon 5679846214598656 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 04:55:32 +0000 Truck Tech: Smarter Search I talk about a change I made to the blog recently, improved search functionality. Brandon 5712453606309888 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 03:06:28 +0000 Hidden Fees We explore some of the edge cases around saving money in a box. Brandon 5646620347596800 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:18:45 +0000 Getting Around The truck is better as a home than as a means of transportation, so I take a look at how I actually get around on a day-to-day basis. Brandon 5686683802533888 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:36:08 +0000 The Switch Up I switch companies, and discuss how that impacts the truck life. Brandon 5670405876482048 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:42:48 +0000 Home Improvement #8: Starting Over In one big, Home Depot-filled day, I replace pretty much every large item I own. Brandon 5720605454237696 Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:18:42 +0000 Time of the Season Being summer and all, I figured I'd talk a bit about living in a small metal box when it's 100° F. Brandon 5637489247125504 Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:49:00 +0000 Obvious Facts About Box Trucks #2: They're Great For Moving Things Every so often, I'll make sure the truck has a chance to relive its roots by using it to help people move. Brandon 5691726094139392 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 03:49:19 +0000 Blog 2.0 The blog gets a funky fresh new frontend. Brandon 5659118702428160 Tue, 23 May 2017 03:01:36 +0000 The Ugly Truckling On this month's episode of Extreme Makeover: Truck Edition, Brandon's dreams come true when he gets a look at his freshly remodeled box truck. Brandon 5675267779461120 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:19:16 +0000 Work and Play in Switzerland I recount a recent work trip to Switzerland, full of cheese, chocolate, and armed neutrality. Brandon 5714163003293696 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:22:47 +0000 Q & A #9: Mo' Money, Mo' Questions In this extremely boring installment, I answer a bunch of the financial questions I've received. Brandon 5706033703944192 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:50:34 +0000 Rain, Rain, Go Away I put an end to my arms race with Mother Nature. Brandon 5760820306771968 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:32:38 +0000 New Year's Resolutions We take a look forward and see what the coming year has in store. Brandon 5722646637445120 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:59:53 +0000 The Land of Fire and Ice Recounting my recent voyage to the land of ice and fire: Iceland. Brandon 5666313846390784 Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:17:53 +0000 I Don't <em>Live</em> In A Truck Sometimes, I think people get the impression that I live in a truck, so this post is to set the record straight. Brandon 5765785288966144 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:02:52 +0000 Obvious Facts About Box Trucks #1: They Don't Have Bathrooms I explore the first of many incredibly obvious facts about box trucks: they don't have bathrooms. Brandon 5699127396532224 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:35:12 +0000 A Question of Time I spend some time trying to figure out just when I'll give up with all of this truck nonsense. Brandon 5746311907246080 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:27:42 +0000 Q&A #8: Cleaning Out The Closet I do a little bit of cleaning and answer some of the questions that have been collecting dust at the bottom of my inbox. Brandon 5681097123823616 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:29:58 +0000 Truck Tech: You've Got Mail (and TLS and other stuff) I go into the juicy, technical details behind a (not quite) new site feature: email subscriptions. Brandon 5725202142986240 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:21:09 +0000 A Year Inside The Box I celebrate my one-year truckiversary and see how my initial truck preconceptions and misgivings panned out. Brandon 5763418761986048 Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:07:48 +0000 Strange Times in Truck Town I woke up to a pretty creepy discovery, and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. Brandon 5756035713204224 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 23:23:08 +0000 Indebted After being in the real world/my box truck for a year, I hit a big milestone by paying off my student loans. Brandon 5690820929781760 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 03:37:16 +0000 The Art of Not Buying Things Sometimes we take the value of a dollar for granted, so I employ a few tricks to keep myself cognizant of what those dead presidents mean to me. Brandon 5718532058775552 Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:12:57 +0000 Picking Things Up (and Putting Them Down) I delve into my workout routine and reflect on my progress. Brandon 5651874166341632 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:34:53 +0000 Q&A #7: Uniformly Unrelated I answer a jumbled potpourri of questions I've received over the past few months. Brandon 5635415851663360 Tue, 10 May 2016 01:11:30 +0000 Home Improvement Project #7: Let There Be Light (and Heat and Stuff) We catch up on all the truck tweaks and tinkering I've been doing over the past few months. Brandon 5694639155707904 Mon, 02 May 2016 00:43:23 +0000 Of Trucks and Tax-Advantaged Accounts I talk about the tweaks I've made to my financial plan and how my progress is going. Brandon 5671321778257920 Sat, 16 Apr 2016 22:08:50 +0000 Taking Inventory I lay out the plans for some spring cleaning, and try to figure out what I need in the process. Brandon 5701867585667072 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:11:27 +0000 The Quest for Arbitrary Milestones My savings clock crosses $10,000, and I reflect on what a truckless version of my life would look like. Brandon 5767494685949952 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:11:57 +0000 A Taste of Tomorrow I make my way out into the world on a business trip, and come back refreshed and reassured in my plans for the future. Brandon 5734977488551936 Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:11:56 +0000 A Day In The Life: Weekday Edition I break down what a normal day looks like, from truck-rise to truck-set. Brandon 5645478960037888 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:31:08 +0000 Home is...Where? I faux philosophize over the diminished role of the home in a modern age. Brandon 5703128158568448 Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:59:50 +0000 Q&A #6: The Stragglers I answer a whole bunch of random and unrelated questions. Brandon 5697070107197440 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:00:29 +0000 Trying The Truck Life I tackle what it takes to take on the trials and tribulations of truck life. Brandon 5630721452408832 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 04:33:13 +0000 Un-dodging a Bullet I'm engaged in another bureaucratic snooze-fest fighting for my license. Brandon 5640471028170752 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 01:30:25 +0000 Home for the Holidays After a sad, brief interlude in Las Vegas, and two weeks at home, I'm back to my old truckly tricks. Brandon 5758531089203200 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:27:37 +0000 Moving Out: The Wild West I got evicted from my cozy parking lot and have to move out to the real world. Brandon 5647308616105984 Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:34:20 +0000 Q&A #5: Financial Questions I answer some of the financial questions I've received in the past month or so, and reminisce about college, but only a little bit. Brandon 5667168544882688 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 04:31:19 +0000 Home Improvement Project #6: Fixing "The Hole" I finally got around to fixing the dreaded hole. Brandon 5740423507083264 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 05:49:43 +0000 Mini Home Improvement Project #2: Desiccants Desiccant. Brandon 5707274949492736 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 04:48:00 +0000 Mini Home Improvement #1: Arts and Crafts It's been a while (six months almost to the day) since I did my last big Home Improvement post, and I think it's about high time we changed that. Brandon 5730192894984192 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:52:56 +0000 Box Trucks and Beyond TrainspottingDefinitely not the word I'm looking for, but it sounds cool I noted early on that I wasn't the only sketchy-looking vehicle on campus. Brandon 5663741160980480 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:02:14 +0000 Truck Tech What CMS are you using? What WordPress plugin do I use to make a clock like yours? You're using AppEngine right? I can tell by your blog's IP address. Brandon 5721036024709120 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:09:27 +0000 Decimals And Dollars: Planning the Next Decade Disclaimer: All salaries and bonuses in this post -- even those based on real paychecks -- are entirely fictional. Brandon 5669283816275968 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:35:02 +0000 Winter is Coming Note: I've never seen Game of Thrones, but I'm pretty sure the title is a reference to it. Brandon 5158086071287808 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:22:37 +0000 Leaner and Greener: 2 Lean 2 Green I'd like to start with a eulogy. Brandon 5753952654065664 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 03:58:54 +0000 The "I" Word Insurance. Brandon 5743868070854656 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:13:24 +0000 Keeping Dry Note: Throughout this post, I use phrases like "yesterday" and "last night". Brandon 5678807906254848 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 04:57:54 +0000 Q&A #4: Answering the Real Questions I promised a mega Q&A, I'm delivering a mega Q&A. Brandon 5688737870643200 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:51:33 +0000 Dodging a Bullet Picture This It's midnight and my flight has just landed in Boston, two hours behind schedule. Brandon 5172785596858368 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 00:19:47 +0000 Accidental Relocation One of the perks of the truck that I always mention is its mobility. Brandon 5711312218750976 Sun, 25 Oct 2015 05:38:18 +0000 The Aftermath Wow, that was intense. Brandon 5655608640405504 Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:15:52 +0000 Home Improvement Project #5: The Bike Rack Bites Back It's been a while since my last Home Improvement post, which is bad because it means I'm not improving the truck. Brandon 5735735550279680 Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:09:45 +0000 Lean and Green I like to think I'm pretty environmentally friendly. Brandon 5636470266134528 Sun, 11 Oct 2015 02:32:55 +0000 A Camping Trip I've never really been camping before, so when a friend asked if I wanted to go camping over Labor Day weekend, I gladly accepted. Brandon 5732694713434112 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 01:32:52 +0000 Striking a Balance People have all sorts of suggestions for how you should spend your 20s, and they land pretty much everywhere on the spectrum. Brandon 5768755258851328 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:54:35 +0000 Tips from the Truck #5: Waste Management In a world where everything is prepackaged, replaceable, and easily disposable, trash is tragically an unavoidable by-product of living. Brandon 5713144022302720 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 02:03:48 +0000 Commuting: A Normal Perspective First of all, apologies for the lack of updates over the past few weeks, I've been busy with a product launch and doing a bit of work-related travel, so I haven't had a chance to sit down and polish off any of posts. Brandon 5692201761767424 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:37:39 +0000 A Retrospective Human beings didn't become the dominant lifeforms on the planet by being rigid and inflexible in the face of change. Brandon 5659645909663744 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:33:25 +0000 Run-In With The Five-O I knew the day would come eventually. Brandon 5189192371929088 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:56:44 +0000 Licensed To Kill . Brandon 5752142325350400 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 01:42:11 +0000 The Bermuda Truckangle One problem that you wouldn't expect to have in a truck is losing things. Brandon 5674248798470144 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:34:41 +0000 Pest Problems Gnat nightmares, spider sadness, moth madness, ant anxiety, bug barrage—ok I'll stop now. Brandon 5759778777202688 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:36:56 +0000 The Couch Conundrum Every once in a while, life will challenge you with a question. Brandon 5684049913839616 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:08:34 +0000 Tips from the Truck #4: Keep it Professional I enjoy living in a truck. Brandon 5723151296102400 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 22:52:23 +0000 Traffic and Tribulations Traffic is a strange beast. Brandon 5651442522128384 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 00:55:55 +0000 Being Invisible As a forewarning, this post doesn't really provide tips on how to be invisible, it's more of an observation of human nature. Brandon 5743114304094208 Tue, 04 Aug 2015 02:59:18 +0000 Houston, We Have Contact In this post, I mention that, upon my arrival, there were already several other vehicles that looked like they could be home to serial killers, the mentally-insane, or otherwise psychologically degenerate human beings. Brandon 5665117697998848 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:57:32 +0000 Tips from the Truck #3: Consolidation & Defragmentation A big part of truck life is managing the limited amount of space you have available to you. Brandon 5704837555552256 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:05:13 +0000 Truckwarming I've [redacted] people's faces from the photo*, both because of the questionable legality of hanging out and drinking in a truck, and for their own privacy. Brandon 5631943370604544 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:32:10 +0000 New Site Feature: Savings Clock I was talking to someone, who we'll call Michael (because that's his name), about the truck life and this blog, and he said, "You know, it'd be cool if you had a place on the site where you could see how much money you've saved. Brandon 5764640680181760 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 04:23:25 +0000 Tips from the Truck #2: Securing Stuff I'm not talking about securing in the sense of safety and making something inaccessible, but rather in making sure something stays static relative to its container. Brandon 5697982787747840 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:32:01 +0000 Thinking Travel In Charting the Waters, I mentioned two books that I picked up to get myself in the travel mindset. Brandon 5728116278296576 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:19:39 +0000 Q & A #3 Back again with another riveting installment of Questions and Answers. Brandon 5661458385862656 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 03:29:41 +0000 Tragedy Strikes Okay, that's definitely a bit of a dramatic title, but I am definitely not happy with this turn of events. Brandon 5747976207073280 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:06:15 +0000 Q & A #2 It appears I have a few prolific inquirers, so here goes Q & A round two. Brandon 5681717746597888 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:47:47 +0000 Q & A #1 A few days ago, I opened up a question form where people can ask whatever they want about the truck-life. Brandon 5709068098338816 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:01:16 +0000 Tips from the Truck #1: No Food Tips from the Truck is a new series I'm starting now, where I talk about the various little things you can do to make truck life easier. Brandon 5643440998055936 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:09:39 +0000 Passing (Up) Judgement I'm a very judgmental person, I have been for as long as I can remember. Brandon 5754903989321728 Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:35:59 +0000 Charting the Waters So I've been at work almost a month now, and living in the truck for just as long. Brandon 5689792285114368 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:35:46 +0000 New Neighbors Unfortunately, I'm not talking about some more RV/Hippie Van/Truck neighbors. Brandon 5718998062727168 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:59:01 +0000 A Potential Hazard Something I noticed when I first bought this truck was that it had a special permit in it. Brandon 5653164804014080 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:16:38 +0000 The Perfect Storm I occasionally mention how glad I am that I'm able to live the way I do, but it's definitely not for everyone. Brandon 5738600293466112 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:51:39 +0000 The Quest for a CDL As I've mentioned before, I drove buses in a past life (read: two months ago). Brandon 5673385510043648 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 03:16:50 +0000 The Question Every so often, I like to apply a simple Litmus test to my life to help me figure out a couple things. Brandon 5700735861784576 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:46:23 +0000 Uninvited Guests Before you get too worried, the title probably isn't what you think it is. Brandon 5634387206995968 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 05:23:04 +0000 New Site Features As you may or may not have noticed, I've been slowly rolling out new functionality to the site. Brandon 5766466041282560 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 01:09:51 +0000 Parking Perils My parking situation is very much analogous to my housing situation: I don't quite fit in. Brandon 5693417237512192 Sun, 07 Jun 2015 09:11:25 +0000 Sleep Science I've mentioned in the past that I believe getting enough sleep is a key component to happiness and success. Brandon 5733935958982656 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 17:52:07 +0000 Frequently Asked Questions As I've talked with more and more people about my living situation, I've noticed a few questions that come up all the time. Brandon 5113880120393728 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 05:12:00 +0000 The Pursuit of Happiness This is another post on philosophy, take that as you will. Brandon 5657382461898752 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 04:32:08 +0000 Actually From Inside the Box Ok, so I have a confession: this is the first post that I'm actually typing up FromInsideTheBox. Brandon 5750085036015616 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 05:12:50 +0000 Home Improvement Project #4: Ikea Attacks Look at that stupid thing. Brandon 5676830073815040 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 02:57:26 +0000 Home Improvement Project #3: Fixing #1 and #2 My first two Home Improvement Projects weren't exactly the highest caliber works of craftsmanship. Brandon 6303981198376960 Sun, 31 May 2015 04:39:53 +0000 Looking Forward I've survived my first (nearly) whole week of work. Brandon 5178081291534336 Sat, 30 May 2015 02:51:04 +0000 Round Two Don't worry, I'm not going to post about every single night I spend in the box truck, but this one was markedly different than the first, and deserves to be noted as such. Brandon 5717271485874176 Fri, 29 May 2015 00:14:11 +0000 Surviving the First Night I did it. Brandon 5639274879778816 Wed, 27 May 2015 16:50:55 +0000 Home Improvement Project #2: The Clothes Rack With the bed out of the way, I was ready to try bigger and better things. Brandon 5757334940811264 Mon, 25 May 2015 23:30:24 +0000 Home Improvement Project #1: The Bed One important part of this whole process is turning the back of a truck into a livable, comfortable space. Brandon 5685265389584384 Mon, 25 May 2015 23:14:49 +0000 A Bit of Philosophy So I've already laid out my pros and cons of why I'm actually doing this, but there's another aspect to it that I didn't really explore in that post, and it basically revolves around the idea of minimalism. Brandon 5724160613416960 Sun, 24 May 2015 21:12:49 +0000 Home Depot, my new Lord and Savior When you move into a new home, a trip or two to Home Depot isn't just likely, it's inevitable. Brandon 5649050225344512 Sun, 24 May 2015 20:46:02 +0000 The Reality So here we are, almost a week into living in California. Brandon 5741031244955648 Sat, 23 May 2015 23:02:22 +0000 The Plan And here is where things start to get interesting. Brandon 5668600916475904 Sat, 23 May 2015 22:15:02 +0000 Back to California Graduation The weeks leading up to my inevitable departure from UMass Amherst are but a blur at this point, a torrent of papers, finals, and tough goodbyes. Brandon 5707702298738688 Sat, 23 May 2015 21:47:20 +0000 Origins It took me a few days to code up this blog, so I'm going to write a couple of posts back to back just to catch the site up to speed with my life. Brandon 5629499534213120 Sat, 23 May 2015 21:17:37 +0000