I’m tearing up as I write this…

As I look outside my window, I can see the Hugmobile parked on the street.
It is 24 feet of pink glory.
I can hardly believe that 3 months ago, it only existed in my imagination.

But with the help of Spotman, John The Grease Angel, GriffinOne, and my Mom, I have adopted and transformed this neglected Winnebago into a pink chariot of love.

I’m tearing up as I write this.

I sometimes beat myself up for not doing everything I say I will. (How’s that book coming along, Johnny boy!?)

But I did it. I made my vision into reality.

And I truly feel that my grandpa was a part of the process. Not as some sort of overseeing ghost, but in the way he is a part of me as a mentor and guide.

To make sure he is also a part of the journey, GriffinOne & I mixed some of his ashes into the paint on both of The Hugmobile’s wings.

Of course, this is just the start. There is still Burning Man, and The Hug Tour, and all sorts of interior touches I’d like to add. But every day in Southern California will be a little bit pinker thanks to the birth of the HugMobile.

Am I proud? Yes, I am.

I think Grandpa would be, too.

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  1. #1 written by serafaery August 8th, 2007 at 09:59

    Oh, John, it’s so incredibly beautiful! Better than I ever imagined it would turn out. Amazing!

    Eric just asked for an update this morning, as he’s making art installation plans and wants to make sure he has room for you.

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  2. #2 written by serafaery August 8th, 2007 at 10:00

    Hey where did the rest of my comment go? I also said: we’re so excited to have you, and I think your Portland visit with our warm Portland vibe will be magical in unforseeable ways.

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  3. #3 written by Jaya August 8th, 2007 at 11:04

    Oh! Congratulations! Bravo! Well Done! It is magnificent. Big HUG to you!

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  4. #4 written by spotman August 8th, 2007 at 23:41

    Dude!!! Huggy is ROCKING IT!!! She is sooooo beautiful! Turned out perfect!

    oh, and YOU ROCK!!! A LOT!!!

    Can’t wait to see those wings flying down the road!!!!!


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  5. #5 written by Kelly Fay August 9th, 2007 at 07:44

    Absolutely beautiful! I’ve made something for Huggy and you – how can I get it to you?

    “It is by what we ourselves have done, and not by what others have done for us, that we shall be remembered in after ages.” -Francis Wayland

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  6. #6 written by Aimeeroo August 12th, 2007 at 19:30

    that has to be the greatest thing i have seen! it looks wonderful and i just have to tell you that i am so inspired by what you are doing and why you are doing it. big cyber hug coming your way!

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  7. #7 written by chuck August 14th, 2007 at 23:26


    so cool that grandpa caleb is embedded in your hugmobile journey.

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  8. #8 written by andar909 August 10th, 2008 at 22:15

    hi, andar here, i just read your post. i like very much. agree to you, sir.

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