The Universe aligned itself with my dreams and gave me these people.
My friend Ingrid connected me with her grandmother (pictured below) when I needed a place to stay and to originally park the bus. Without her, this would not have happened.
Maggie, aka "Grammy," housed me for 8 months while I completed this project. She let me park the bus on her property when I first got it, she encouraged me, and she connected me with Leo, my carpenter.
Pictured here with Maggie Rogers (see above), Tom was a great help in helping me think through my project initially and helping me find the right people to work with. He connected me with Bob at Vermont Custom Sheet Metal (see below), where I ended up doing most of the bus build.
Vermont Custom Sheet Metal
Bob, the owner at VCSM, let me build and paint my bus here for 4 months out of the goodness of his heart. He even let me use his electricity for free. I could not have accomplished this project without his kindness.
James owns a company called Pedal Power making bicycle taxicabs in Burlington, and he responded to my craigslist ad for a welder. He was stoked about the project because it involved a lot of interesting custom work. He used his knowledge to make the bus very structurally sound after the roof was lifted, and he also painted the bus and made custom storage boxes underneath..
Chester is a friend of mine who happens to be a solar project manager for a local electric company here. He donated a ton of his time and brain power to this project, purely because he thought it was cool. He designed the whole solar setup, went and inspected/negotiated components from third parties, and installed the entire system including the solar panels.
Bob Davis and Ben Barthell
These two guys live in New Mexico and build tiny houses. They have a company called Shopdog. They are super knowledgeable engineers and carpenters. They were my first friends when I lived in New Mexico several years ago, and they offered me countless hours of their time and wisdom over the phone throughout this project.
Leo grew up here in Vermont and learned carpentry from his father. He can pretty much do anything, and he put in a lot of long hours on this project. I bounced a lot of nontraditional ideas off of him, and he'd always say, "You're blowin my mind right now..." but somehow he always made it happen. He took a lot of care to make things just the way I wanted them to be, and also taught me how to do a bunch of things while I was working alongside him.
Matt is a professional plumber who figured out all the water lines on the bus for free, and also helped with the gas. He did a ton of other little things to help too, all because he loves his best friend Richard (see below), who loves me.
This is Richard sitting in Urgent Care after he took a piece of steel to the eyeball for me while using a grinder. I think he'd do it again. He helped lay tile, carpet, and wood floors. He also figured out my trucker GPS and fretted constantly and unnecessarily about my safety.