The month of April was just around the corner, and Michael thought it could be a great opportunity to pull a prank on his friends. A bit of a sense of humor never hurt, and this could be a good cheer-up for everyone. Michael posted a photo on Facebook of the bus set on fire. Everyone freaked out, including his mother. It was frightening at first, but when they realized the date, they all had a great laugh.
It was now time to get back to serious business and complete the final stages of the project. He had to test the televisions and make sure they were working (there were two tv sets), and he had to run all necessary cables to connect his computer and speakers.
Going Second Time Round
Michael even managed to recycle the wood he used for his desk. Talk about going green! He made an effort to use environmentally friendly wood and fabrics and didn't mind using second-hand, as long as it all merged peacefully and worked well with his overall design. And about the wood, you won't believe where Michael got the wood from.
Michael reclaimed the wood boards from an 80-year-old house in Hyde Park, Austin. He simply flipped the boards over and used them with the unfinished parts facing up. It was almost as good as new. This made everything in Michael's eyes so much more valuable and meaningful.
The New White Bus
In order to turn the bus into a home, the electricity and plumbing had to be done professionally, and in this case, only an expert will do. As soon as these aspects were taken care of, Michael could turn to carpentry. It seemed like a never-ending project, and when one thing was completed, the next was waiting just around the corner.
All the refurbishment was an emotional rollercoaster. It was exciting and hard at times, then frustrating and challenging at others. It was nerve-wracking, and there were times when Michael felt heartbroken for tearing down the bus that had such sentimental value to him.
A Dream Come True
The bus was complete. Michael's dream home on wheels was done, and he was to begin his life in his new and cozy habitat. There were four walls, a high ceiling for him to stand tall, two televisions, a butcher board in the kitchen, and a refurbished couch to spend his indoor evenings. His outdoor space was inviting. It was warm, with plenty of places for grilling and chilling, and it all made Michael feel complete.
So although he had a different dream and never wished to become a bus driver, the wheeled yellow vehicle was there to make his dream come true and take him on a new path in life (and road).
This next story about Bruce Beach might not end in just reading his tale. You might want to adopt his way of living despite the outcomes. It all takes place in wild Canada and if it wasn't for evidential facts, we wouldn't have believed it ourselves. It's controversial, it's outrageous in many ways and it has been considered illegal too.
What started off more than 40 years ago as a project with no boundaries or set plan, has turned into an underground enigma. Read on as Bruce Beach's story is truly one of a kind.