I don’t even know where to start…
On Monday 04-11-2016 I officially retired from the police department as a Detective. I was nervous about this meeting as I was unsure how the Chief would take the news. I couldn’t be happier with the way he handled it. First of all to allow me to retire with only 8 years on the job was really amazing. Second, he was supportive of what my family and I have decided to do, he even commented that he has been looking at Super C RV’s and plotting a possible move to somewhere warmer. So this was a HUGE weight lifted off of me, Ashley can attest that this has been keeping me up at night. The second part of why this is hard is something only police officers will understand. Giving up your badge is like giving up a piece of your identity. When people used to introduce me it was always “This is my friend Zack, he’s a cop.” So as a police officer that starts to become your identity, and when you give that up it is a huge change. But I am happy to be introduced as a retired police officer :).
The next thing is WE MOVED! We are finishing up the paper work to become Texans! The US Government requires us to “live” somewhere. So then we decided why live in a state that milks us for every nickel and dime they can?? So the solution, Texas! We contacted mail forwarding and domicile company that will walk you through the process of being a real life Texan, lol.
So the next step was we needed to get heath insurance. We contacted Coleen Elkins at 24-7 Health Insurance and we were blown away by the level of service and attention to detail that she provided. With in two days we had navigated the murky waters of Obamacare and had secured some pretty darn good coverage, for get this… LESS then what she originally quoted. How often does that happen, an insurance agent under promising and OVER delivering! I can’t say enough about how awesome she is.
Last night we finally told our neighbors what was going on and what our plans were. They finally could make sense of why U-Hauls kept showing up to take away random pieces of furniture that we sold on craigslist. 🙂
The best part was being able to finally post what was going on to our collection of friends on Facebook, the out pouring of support was awesome. I am not going to lie, I have been flat out terrified about this move from the moment Ashley and I decided this was a go. But the support of a loving wife, close friends, and people that truly care about us make it possible to continue to push forward.
Ashley also got a ton of stuff done inside of the RV. She has been painting like a mad women to get the coach up to snuff with her decorating standards. She still has a lot to go but it looks a ton better then it used too. I also ordered a new shower head and faucet for the shower, it should make for a better experience.
The final things for us to purchase/complete are installation of the solar charging system, paint, composting toilet, bunk beds, and I am sure various other stuff that I have not remembered.
I want to thank each and everyone of the people that read this blog, all 3 of you 🙂 It means a lot that you take the time to follow my thoughts and care enough to comment with your words of support.
So until next time,
Oh did I mention that I retired!
Author: Zachary Rackovan
I am a 33 year old father of two amazing daughters! I am lucky to be married to the most amazing wife in the world. I am a retired Detective and currently pursuing my dream of living on the road with my family, while working as a professional photographer. My work can be found at www.abi-photo.com/art