There are many stories of indigenous people who refuse to allow their picture to be taken, believing the camera can steal their soul. In a way, that is what I do today. I am stealing the soul of my dream, that ethereal essence of a possible tomorrow. In framing that future with practicalities, I transmogrify it from a dream into a plan.
I’ve been resisting this step for so long. I’ve debated starting this thread for a couple of months now. I think I have hit upon the limits of what I can research on my own and I need to talk to people outside of the bubble of my own head. (I also think it might be good for my mental health to create this thread and use it as an outlet for expressing some thoughts.)
I play poker. More than that, I play live poker and I’ve never been enthusiastic about online. I’ve been concerned about my local player pool. At the higher stakes where you can win enough to earn a living, there aren’t that many players. If a couple of key donators die, my game could evaporate overnight.
I’ve been mixing in occasional poker trips for the past few years and I’ve run good because the games are significantly better than my local games. But I’m not a crusher. I can’t really afford to stay many nights in places more expensive than a Red Roof Inn and a lot of casino and casino-adjacent hotels get hella-expensive on weekends.
Initially, I thought I was scouting out places where I might want to live, but then I came up with a different idea. What if I lived out of RV and traveled around playing poker? The RV Industry Association estimates that one million people live full-time in a motorhome. Could I live that lifestyle?
While I am skeptical of the #vanlife social media influencers who make life on the road seem like a dream life of permanent vacation, there are people who make this work, from traveling nurses to work-from-home digital nomads.
At this point, my main idea is to get an RV for traveling to play poker most of the year, with a cheap, permanent homebase somewhere near some decent live poker rooms. Of course, COVID-19 changed all that, delaying my ability to make money to fund this lifestyle while throwing the viability of the long-term plan into doubt.
For now, I am going to start this thread. My plan is to walk through some of the avenues I have explored, get some feedback from the community, and decide whether this is a direction I truly want to go in.