I have been driving VW buses (2) as my primary mode of transportation for the last 36 years. My current '78 is well known throughout the southeast US as the calling card for my business as a photographic artist, where I attend musical festivals, photographing musicians and exhibiting/selling my hand crafted, custom printed, archival analog prints. My business, Further Images, pays homage to the great Ken Kesey and his famous International Harvester bus "Furthur". This bus has carried myself and my wife Lisa to approximately 170 Grateful Dead shows in addition to the hundreds of other shows of musicians I have photographed. I will never sell this bus, and people closest to me believe I will be buried in it. I have owned this model for about 28 years and was amazed that with everyday driving, the original transmission lasted for 27 years! I have gone through four engines however through my travels and have turned over the odometer twice. The bus seems to have the magical quality of bringing smiles to faces of people of all origin, age, gender and ethnicity, both knowing and unknowing. My wife and I have finally replaced the bus as everyday transportation as it is not as reliable, comfortable or as swift as we need for everyday driving. "Zero to sixty in five minutes" is a bumper sticker I saw once on a bus that I would love to have.
My travels in the busses have taken me from Colorado to Alabama to Florida, to Kentucky, to California, to Utah to Pennsylvania and all points in between. Lisa and I now call Alabama our home where I am currently "Artist In Residence" at the prestigious Indian Springs School, where I teach Photographic Art.
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