We’ve now had our bus for a little over 3 months – but we have yet to come up with a name for her.
Well, I should say – we have several contenders, but none of them are quite “it”.
So it’s time to ask for your help.
A little background on the bus, and some of the ideas that we have been playing around with:
- The company who originally owned the bus in 1961, and who presumably she was in service to until she was converted, was Citizen Auto Stage.
- The family’s last name who lovingly converted her in 1989, and did a marvelous job on the woodwork that we love to much, was Purdy.
- She spent most of her life in Arizona, and we found her in the middle of monsoon season – we even went through a few monsoon storms with her.
- The temporary name we used to distinguish her from our other contender buses was Taxi Bus – as she had been purchased by the owner of a taxi company in Yuma, AZ who intended to resell her.
We’re looking for a name that conveys meaning, and we tend to be attracted to things more abstract. For instance, our Oliver Travel Trailer gained the name ‘Orion’ because the three LED ground effect lights looked like the constellation Orion’s belt from a distance.
For our bus, we want something that acknowledges her past and bridges her future as our TechnoCruiser (our friends Ben & Karen of CreativeCruiser have dubbed that her class – we like it). We want the name to convey personality, and the mission we’re on of inspiring and being inspired.
Here are some of the names that we’ve played with that remain on our list:
- Cas / Casey / Cassie / Cassy – Playing with the initials of her first owner.
- Cassiopeia – Again playing with the CAS initials, and keeping the constellation theme. However, we don’t really like the extreme vanity behind the mythology.
- Haboob – One evening in Phoenix, after a long day of building a lithium battery bank, we parked the bus and a huge monsoon dust storm blew through – which is called a haboob. We both thought that could be a cool name, playing homage to her Arizona past. And, as our Camp Nomadia mates told us as we hit the playa – the bus kicks up a dust storm of its own!
- Iggy – My favorite character from the TV Show ‘Taxi’, which Chris has never seen.
- Purdy – Cuz she’s a Purdy-bus.
- Uhura / Uhuru – She’s our communications officer, giving us a vehicle to spread inspiration and being inspired from. To boldly explore where no technomad has gone before. She gives us Freedom (what the name means). And the character on Star Trek was progressive for the early 1960s, as was the show in giving a vision for the future that this bus came from and is taking us into.
Would love to hear your thoughts on any of the above names.
And if you have suggestions, we’d especially love to hear them too!