Interview in support of my novel, Airstreaming, with Max Tucci. It’s approximately 15 minutes and has several images of our Airstream, Margaret, and others in our recent travels. My thanks to Max for hosting a great interview, which was a lot of fun to do.
Very cool video by Andrew Ditton of winter camping in the Outer Hebrides. The music is great, too! Hat tip: Airstream.com – Live Riveted!
I’ll be talking about my novel, AIRSTREAMING, on Max and Friends on LATALKRADIO.com at 8pm PST tonight, February 9, 2014.
Tune in from your computer and hear about the latest as we relaunch the book in the next few months.
This week I was finally taken to The Shady Dell by my friend, Paula Sindelar. This unique motel is just outside of downtown Bisbee, AZ, which was built to support mining and other pursuits a century ago.
Fully restored trailers of the vintage aluminum variety dot a desert landscape.
Add to this a restored 1957 Chris Craft Yacht, a sort of tribute to Gilligan’s Island, and a fully restored bus and you have quite a few extremely unique places to stay and relive the 1950’s.
After finishing my novel, AIRSTREAMING, I’ve been following and visiting many people and places with Airstreams, and this was the most unique place I’ve encountered. Justin and Jen bought The Shady Dell in 2007 and have lovingly brought it back with all sorts of classic touches including:
An Outdoor Movie Setting
Vintage Accessories in Every Trailer
and Vintage Cars and Trucks in various stages of restoration.
Jen toured us through the 1949 Vintage Airstream, which has a beautiful interior featuring polished aluminum that reflects back the years.
What was striking was the 1957 Gold Airfloat. It’s unique shape and reflective exterior really is a stunning thing to see in person.
Signs of the times and a welcoming reception finish out this extraordinary place.
Relax, break out the perfect novel, and spend a weekend soaking up the sun and history of this one-of-a-kind motel in historic Bisbee, Arizona.
Photographs ©2014 Tom Schabarum
As I tell people about my book all over the country, I get a lot of great feedback on places to go. This was no different when John and I were down in Florida near New Port Richey celebrating his mom’s 90th birthday with his family. One of his friends mentioned Airstream Ranch, which is modeled off of Cadillac Ranch, but using slightly bigger art. Of course, I had to go.
So we set off on our way back to Orlando to fly home to see the Ranch and take pictures. A sort of pilgrimage for me. I’ve been researching and looking towards buying an Airstream for nearly a year now and am about to pull the trigger.
Airstream Ranch was built by the good folks at Bates RV just off I-4 between Tampa and Orlando. (Manchester exit). Apparently, there was much discussion (pro and con) about its installation among the neighbors. Quite honestly, since most of the neighbors all live in trailers, it was hard to see what all the fuss was about. Even now, the woman who owns the property adjacent will not allow trespassers. To get a good photograph, one must trespass.
Up close, it’s pretty amazing! About 9 or 10 various models of Airstreams sticking at an angle out of the ground. They’ve been beat up a bit, which adds to the sculpture like quality of the hulls, but they are all still standing. It’s quintessentially American: to do these odd things because you can, because it advertises the work you do, and, really, because it’s kinda cool!
It was great to see. I’d go back next time we’re near there to see it again. Bates RV was a great place, too. Lots and lots of Airstreams. We looked at a Flying Cloud 20 ft Mocha Blue and the 22ft Sport Model. Unfortunately, we want a larger bed. I’m told by friends, however, that Bates RV is a terrific place and has good people to work with. We met a nice guy named Seann.
Wanted to share an article written by Rhonda Coleman for Airstream.com
Airstreaming by Tom Schabarum
Conceived twelve years ago as a short story, then a screenplay, and now a novel, “Airstreaming” is author Tom Schabarum’s recently self-published book set in the American midwest.
“I wanted to tell a story that was uniquely American,” he said. “As I was working on the novel in its earlier stages, my neighbor was retrofitting an old Airstream to take his family on a two year tour of the country. I watched the process and became fascinated with it.”
“The Airstream trailer, to me, embodied American forms, shapes and ingenuity, and was built squarely in the Midwest,” he said. His novel is also set in the center of America. “Kansas City, I felt, contained a richness of history,” he said. “Be-bop Jazz, train travel, the West Bottom stockyards…it seemed a quintessentially American place to set the story.”
Airstreaming, described as a touching story in which a trailer “becomes a catalyst for three women whose extraordinary circumstances bind them together” is a character-driven work of literary fiction, built on details more than plot. “The main characters aren’t black and white,” he said, “like people in real life.”
Schabarum says he self-published the book from a simple desire to share the story. “I never wrote for the idea of publishing, I wrote for myself,” he said. “But that year, I was turning fifty, and I said, ‘I’m going to put it out there and see what happens’.”
He isn’t counting on making millions. “My hope is just that people will read my book, and it will resonate,” he said. “That’s the main reason: to touch someone else.