Some people have asked me what the art work is made of.
Most of the decorations are contact
paper & 'funky foam', and held on with carpet tape, and duct
tape. It DOES come off, as I've been replacing quite a bit of it. :
Some of the paint is acrylic, and a lot of it's
fabric paint. The fabric paint comes in all sorts of interesting textures
and with special effects - metallic, sparkles, etc, and seems to be extremely
weather proof. I used lots of glitter, also. These pics really don't
do justice to how pretty it looks. I've used florescent, and glow in
the dark paints, so it shows up well at night also.
Most of it has held up amazingly well with all kinds of weather conditions - blizzards, -3 degrees, gale force winds, and torrential downpours. The foam stuff doesn't seem to like heat, though, and expands and gets bubbles when it's hot. I'm currently testing something to fix that. Yes, I do have supplies of my craft stuff with me, and have occasionally had to repair or replace something.
I have been obeying ALL traffic laws, and being
polite to all. I have had ALMOST no trouble whatsoever with police or anyone
else. If anything, drivers behind me have been giving me more room than
usual - almost no one is tailgating. When I signal to change lanes, almost
everyone backs off and makes room for me to go <G>. I'll bet my risk
of someone stealing my van is WAY lower than before <VBG>. I do tend
to make sure I'm parked where I can keep an eye on it, though, or have someone
keep an eye on it for me, just in case anyone would attempt to vandalize
it. Have not had any incidents like that yet. I always try to park
in the location with best visibility, and most traffic.
Have been getting LOTS of waves, smiles, victory
signs, cigarettes waved at me, thumbs up, and very very rarely a 'thumb down'
(but all have seemed polite). I have now lost count of the number of
folks who have said, 'I love what you're doing', and 'your van is awesome'. Occasionally we are
getting outright cheers and applause! This IS NOT about 'me', though. It's about FREEDOM, and losing our country! I don't think I've EVER had so much
fun. I highly recommend trying this to anyone else who has a bit of an
'adventuresome' spirit, and some creative abilities.
Of course, this is now 'hand wash' only
You are welcome to share this.
Lynda Farley ~ AALF ~ An American who Loves Freedom www.aalf.ws/
Mom of 6 - Grandma of 5 (so far : )
40 Year Smoker - I'd Rather FIGHT than Quit!
532 Farley Road
Edmonton, KY, 42129
(270)432-7272 CST (I'm a night owl : )
Sole 'webslave' of 'The Most Beautiful Pages On The WWW'
AAA World Wide Web Design & Hosanna Afghan Hounds /www.hosanna1.com/
CEO 3A Home Business Resources
NOTE: A few have asked me who is paying me to do this (ROFLOL!!!!)
Answer: Absolutely NO ONE. I have been a full time homemaker for
about the past 18 years. Before that, I worked as a computer programmer
at IBM Corp. Last time I heard, there are NO secret ties between IBM
and the tobacco industry.
I am nothing more than a PI__ED OFF (and fairly well educated) Grandma from Kentucky. It doesn't get
ANY more 'grassroots' than that!
Some folks would like to know if they can help. Though I'm mainly driving
this van all over the place in the course of my regular life (family & dog shows),
I've also been making side trips whenever possible, and multiple extra trips,
for instance the several times I've toured the Indianapolis and other State Houses).
GAS expenses are incredible. At times, I've not been able to do as much as I'd
like due to being short of yet more gas $. Any help - even a little would be
appreciated, and it WILL ADD to the miles I can cover. If you would like to help
with gas for the liberty van, my address & phone no. are above. Or, you can use
PayPay www.paypal.com. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Please make note on it that it's for the Liberty Van. If you
would like a receipt, please include your contact info, and I'll send you one. It is
NOT tax deductible, though.
Another thing I would love to find help with is legal assistance. I would like to set
up some sort of tax free EDUCATIONAL foundation for AALF (An American who Loves Freedom).
Then, contributions to keep the Liberty Van running might be tax deductible.
I'm sure we can think of other worthy projects to educate about and promote FREEDOM as well.
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As of May 30, 2006, this van has traveled over 15,000 miles since this
project began in Dec. 2005.
We made 2 trips to the People's Republic of California, spending most of April and May, 2006 there.
I have to go back to California (again!), in early July. You NEVER KNOW where we'll turn up. We DO run the roads.
Why do I travel so much? We show our Afghan Hound dogs. Visit Hosanna Afghan Hounds