Yup, that's me, only it's a single wide! Chuck and Tim are buying a single wide trailer down in College Station, Texas so that the kids and I (and Tim's wife and family) will have a place to crash on game weekends. I am surprisingly excited and proud of this.
Yes, it's a little white trash, yes, it has a red wood deck, and yes, it is located in a trailer park. I LOVE it!
Chuck and Tim are going to check it out tonight and possibly consumate the deal. I can't tell you how great this is, particularly the timing since the first game is the weekend after next. For years, we have always stayed at a hotel at an outrageous price (about $300 or more a weekend).
Before we had kids, it was really no big deal. I would either hang out late drinking with the guys and then we would share a room and crash (before tim got married). During law school, I would retire early and do my studying in the room. Once Tim got married, we started getting separate rooms, but still, it all worked out just fine. And then we had Luke, and my entire experience went to hell in a handbasket. I still went to the games and I still had a pretty good time, but there was the problem of nap time and where the baby would sleep. A year and a half later, we had the same issues. I had pretty much figured it out and spent the evening back at the hotel. I would put the kids down in the room and then I would sneak into the bathroom and close the door almost all the way and then sit on the cold, hard toilet seat and read a book until I was confident the kids had fallen asleep. Once they were asleep, I would drag a chair over to the light coming from the bathroom and get slightly more comfortable to read until I was ready to go to bed. Then Chuck would wander in sometime late at night and stumble into bed.
Last year, a good friend of ours (Mark) offered to let us use his trailer so that the kids and I could retire whenever we got too hot or tired or the kids needed a nap. (Naps present a problem of their own since the kids tend to nap during the 2:00 football games, so when everyone is out at the tailgate, I usually had to be back at the hotel with the napping children or else trying to figure out how to handle the cranky kids since they couldn't nap). Mark was so sympathetic to my needs and so we happily accepted their offer to stay at the trailer, and it has been one of the most delightful surprises in the last few years. Mark originally bought the trailer when his son was attending A&M and that is where his son stayed. Now, Mark and his friends use it on game weekends, among other times. It is clean, well kept, and comfortable. It has two bedrooms and two pull out couches. It has two bathrooms and a fully functioning kitchen. Now, I was able to put the kids down to bed, pop a bottle of wine, snack on some food, and sit in the living room and actually watch the game I was missing! It was perfect. Plus, we were able to have both families stay there without much fuss.
Well, recently the trailer next to Mark's came up for sale and we are so excited about the prospect of having our very own trailer where we can stay every game weekend. No maintenance, no hassle. I love it! I can keep some clothes and toiletries there. I can have all the amenities of home and not have to pack everything up every weekend. Here's a picture of my potentially new trailer with the redwood deck.
To Chuck and Tim: Thanks a million for making football season easy on your families.