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Location: Lake County, MN
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Ida the Bus Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:40 pm     Views: 50      Rating: Not rated

For 20 years since high school, I'd dreamed of owning a bus. It's almost embarrassing the amount I looked at classified adds and bus forums all the whole convincing myself that owning yet another part time vehicle in the snow buried woods of Northern Minnesota was a silly obsession. One day this fall, I came across this 1978 Baywindow Westie off Highway 3 on the skirts of Two Harbors. I called the fellow selling it and confessed that though I did not have what he was asking, that I was the right fellow to own the bus. Turns out he'd bought it back in 1993, replaced the motor and took some epic trips with his wife to the West Coast. In recent years, age and health and grand parent responsibilities emerged and the bus sat albeit cared for the last decade. Every few days I would call and check up and remind him that my offer was still standing. Eventually he called me back to inform me that his wife who was emotionally rattled by the thought of selling it from sentimental attachment was the reason behind accepting my bid (which was fair by all means) since she felt it would be neat to see it around town still. I brought it to a mechanic buddy in hopes to get some help getting the spider webs out and a few very minor alterations later, I am happy to report it runs like new it seems and as of today, it is back in my pole barn where the exterior project will begin immediately. Looking at a long list of German names, I came across Ida - the name of my beloved and late grandmother who although street smart as a tack, carried this raw Polyanna like sense of complete optimism and positivity never to be forgotten. I am so happy that I finally get to become a novice in this club - or rather this community. It is real honor and I plan to use this forum regularly as the journey continues. I think the saying goes, "it takes a village". It's great to be alive. Tim "Togz" Fischer 11/16/2015

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