For the last month, a couple friends and I have been working on our campaign vehicle. It’s a 1984 converted Midas Motor Home. The roof had a leak, the carburetor had to be rebuilt, and there needed to be some interior painting. [While not an expert mechanic (that’s why I needed the help), I can do some light stuff. Enough to get some grease under my nails occasionally.]… During this time, I was also spending time with our kids. Including beating our daughter (who was a recent college conference “Newcomer of the Year“) at a game of one-on-one basketball. But whose bragging, huh? “Maybe next year Sarah!” …I also worked late nights making phone calls to get electors and filling out Secretary of State papers to be an “official” write-in candidate in some states like Ohio (Wouldn’t that be something if we won Ohio?), Minnesota, Montana. Other candidates actually have staffs to do this, as they have mechanics for their campaign vehicles, and such. Just call me populist — with a capital P… During this time, I’ve also been working on a big house painting project (Joe the Painter). Wrote an article for our local newspaper about a Mennonite Church mission trip to Ethiopia (Joe the Journalist). And I’ve been doing some ongoing position paper research (26 years and 250,000 cross country miles for the research). In between all this the last monty, I’ve also been doing some stumping locally and Facebook posting for my national constituents… And thus is the lot of a small town, “average Joe” independent presidential candidate — the ultimate “outsider” this campaign.