New Website for Blog

Hey everyone,

I dearly apologize for not updating the blog. I have been super busy building an actual website for SkoolieLove and getting a merchandise shop ready. Working on T-Shirt Designs, videos, articles and lots of other Bus Life and Tiny Home information.

Come on over to and check out the site and continue following the blog there.


Thank you for your patience and understanding!!


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BIG NEWS! Come see the Bus in March!

It’s OFFICIAL! Paperwork is in, logistics are being worked out. I have been in touch with the Producer of the 27th Annual New Jersey Home Show.

NJ prelim offf site.jpg

Great News!! The Big Blue Bus will be featured  on the Convention Floor!!! You can come see and tour the Bus for yourself!

As featured on

On the road! Man converts 189-square-foot School Bus into a Home


New Jersey’s Largest Home Show
Over 300 Exhibits with State-of-the-art Products & Services

Here is the website for more information.

27th Annual New Jersey Home Show

Hope to see you guys at the show in March!! We will be there from the 4th to the 6th.

Backstory of Big Blue

SkoolieLove has some BIG NEWS to announce shortly!! Keep checking back!

For one of the news articles, I was asked to include some back story of the bus. They ended up not using any of it, so I figured it’s OK to post on the blog. The bus is from 1990, and I knew that from the get go. I know that it’s older. But the other day, it truly dawned on me that this bus has seen love and been cared for 25 years before I ever showed up. Truly incredible to be able to continue making people happy with this big old blue bus.

Here is a bit of the backstory of Bus number 5, Big Blue.


The church that I bought the bus from bought them in 1990. The gentleman that I bought the bus from was actually on vacation when the buses showed up, so he is unsure if they were already painted when they were purchased, or if that happened shortly after.

I was in lying in bed searching for buses. I was scrolling through a bus for sale website on my iPad, looking at mostly blue and white buses. Down at the bottom, something blue caught my eye. It was 1990 International 3800 Church Bus for Sale. I called the owner the next day. He was incredibly nice and helpful on the phone. He sent me pictures of the remaining tire life, made sure that all my questions were answered. Next week I flew to Long Beach, met Bruce, bought the Bus, got insurance and the rest is history.


My bus was number 5, as they also had number 6 for sale. Number 5, Big Blue, only had 68,XXX miles on it and was always serviced. Since they were commercially transporting children, they took all the precautions. The roof rack was already in place, minus all the wood and flooring to walk on. They used the rack to haul rafts and camping equipment. They would use the air-brake tank on the bus to fill up their rafts. The bust mostly stood over the years, I’m told, besides a few trips during the year.

When I was looking at the bus, one of the bus drivers who drove the bus for the church came by and showed me how to operate the bus. He knew it was being sold, and was getting teary eyed as he shook my hand, telling me good luck with the bus, it has brought him a lot of joy over the years.


I have received messages on twitter, IMGUR and comments on a few of the Instagram pictures, from members of the church. They are all so happy and overjoyed that the bus has gotten some new life into it. I’ve gotten messages from the wives of the former bus drivers. They tell me stories of how their children and their children’s children have memories riding on the bus.

The most recent one is from a gentleman on Imgur:

“Hey, I saw your bus post and noticed that the bus was actually from my church (Arbor Road Church/ First Baptist Church of Lakewood/ Lakewood Family Church). I wanted to say that it’s really cool that you got use our old bus for something great! I remember using that bus to go to different youth events and summer camp. It was pretty nostalgic to see the buses again. I’m happy that at least one the bus was put to good use (as idk what happened to the other). P.S. I don’t think 5 picked you, it’s just that 6 had a piece of plywood covering a broken window/hole that one of our members put in the back, lol.”

When he is referring to 5 picking me, he was referring to how I always say that Big Blue chose me. It chose me, in part because the engine idled smoother, it didn’t have a long gash on the side of it. It also was not missing any windows. The other bus, as far as Bruce knows, was brought over to Montana or North Dakota.

I’ve also had family members tell me how happy they are that the bus is still alive and driving around. Bruce was worried when someone bought it that it would be sold for scrap metal and parted out. He was fully on board when I told him that I will be converting it with my father and turning it into an adventure bus.

The craziest part! The bus build took longer and longer. I was planning on leaving in June. Then July. Then it became mid-August. Anyhow, I was heading towards California, and I thought I would give Bruce a call. I would be heading to Santa Barbara on Friday August 14, and messaged Bruce to see if he would be able to meet with me and Long Beach, maybe get the Church together to look at the bus. I got a reply, saying that he is himself on a road trip, and won’t be able to meet me. I was really bummed out. Cleaning the bus and packing too a bit longer. So I left in the morning on Saturday August 15.

When I left my parents’ house August 15, I was driving South on Interstate 15, leaving Vegas for Santa Barbara. I got a call before the city of Barstow, and saw that I had a voice mail. It was Bruce, and I listened to the message. Odd I thought.

“Hey Patrick, this is Bruce. I’m driving along I-15 south, and I drove past a bus that looked almost identical to the one I sold you. I thought it couldn’t be you since you left yesterday. Give me a call back.”

So I gave him a call back. Turns out my day-delay, gave me the opportunity to meet up with my friend Bruce and meet his wife. We had something to drink at a local diner and talked about how the bus conversion has gone and what my plans were. I gave them a walk through, and I have never seen a person smile so big. Bruce had the biggest smile on his face. He held his phone up the entire time, recording me talking about the bus. He was just absolutely blown away. We said our goodbyes and the trip was off to an even more wonderful start.


Hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about the early beginnings of SkoolieLove!

It’s all about YOU!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful morning!


ABC is loving SkoolieLove! – ABC News Article

Things have been very hectic over here. The media attention has given me the ability to connect with so many amazing people. I have had so many opportunities to connect with people over the past week. People are writing awesome stories to me about how their grandpa had bought a school bus in the 60’s and traveled America and Canada with his family. One gal was so inspired by my journey, that she made the first step. She got herself a little piggy bank, and put a post it note on it. The hardest part is to start. And my new friend is $33 closer to achieving her goal. Makes me so happy and proud.

Another wonderful human being shared her story with me. Of how “Into the Wild,” among others things, changed her life. She was finally able to remove herself and her daughter from her abusive husband. It truly is a story of realizing that you deserve more, you deserve better. The life that you are currently living is not the life that you have to be living in the future. All it takes is a start in another direction. What direction do you find yourself wanting to go in? What would your piggy bank fund be used for?

school bus piggy bank

I’m currently writing an article about what I would need to do in order to Winterize the bus. Perhaps installing a wood stove, possible plumbing issues, how to have a thermal break along the windows. Those sorts of things that keep the bus better insulated.

If you guys have stories to share with me, ideas for articles, tips for keeping the bus warm, feel free to contact me.

Or just to say Hello! I love to hear from you guys. Tell your friends🙂

All the social media links are on the side, and you can email me at

BUT HOW?! Cost, Money, Work,

Thanks again for all the kind comments. I cannot keep up with everyone’s love across the internet. Thank you to all the people commenting on the articles, logging onto my Instagram, and reading this blog.

The overwhelming question has been in the form of HOW?? and What?!

How much did Big Blue Cost?

$4,500. The bus is in EXCELLENT condition. A church owned it since they bought in 1990. It only had 68,xxx miles on it. No rust, since its a California bus. Engine has had all the maintenance done. It was already painted, all the school bus equipment is gone. It also has a roof rack with a ladder. You can buy buses at auction for $1,000 but its recommended to buy the best bus you can, and have the best platform to work with. You don’t want to buy a rusty $500 bus because its cheap, only to spend $5,000 on repairing the bus.

How much did the conversion cost?

Roughly $8,500. Big ticket purchase item was solar for $400. Mattress $400. Electric came to $2,000 for quality gear. Plumbing. Construction material came to be the biggest expense, for the wood, nails, screws, drill bits, and so forth. This price does not include tools, as we already had almost everything we needed.

What do you do for money?

For this trip, I have mainly been living off of the savings I have kept over the years. I started with a few hundred dollars, put that into a CD account at the bank, when interest rates were still high. Leave the money in the account for 6 months and get a decent amount back on interest. Invest that amount for 9 months. A year. Invest that for 3 years. All the while putting in money whenever I can. It all added up over the years. When I’m not traveling, I don’t go out very much, in terms of eating out, going to bars, spending money. I’m mainly a go to work, otherwise stay home and watch Netflix kind of guy.

Bus Life is fairly cheap, minus the diesel (mpg explained further down). The bus is titled as a Reconstructed Motor Home, so insurance for the whole year is very cheap, compared to monthly car insurance. Taxes for the Bus is $200 a year. I’m currently staying for free at my friends house, so I have no mortgage, no rent, no major bills. So on the day to day, I am really only paying for food and things here and there. Ive been selling candles along the way, and have an etsy shop set up under “skoolielove” where I sell handmade natural wax candles. Currently looking for temporary jobs in the area. When I leave Florida, I will be looking into “work camping” where you work a certain amount of hours per week at certain Campgrounds, and you get to stay there for free, as well as get paid.

How did you/do you pay for this?

I have had a savings account since I was 18. My parents taught me valuable lessons in terms of how I use my money. You cant always control how much money you make, but you can control how much you spend. When I have a job, I work really hard. I put in the effort to become a supervisor or fill a training position in as short a time as possible, and make more money in less time. So then for a few years, I save as much as I can. Then I take time off and live as free and as adventurous as I can. Then I get another job and work really hard there. My parents were such a tremendous help with build as well. Not only did I not have to pay for labor to build the bus, as my dad did all of the work with me, they also helped me by donating the solar panels, my bed, as well as some of the build material.

How is the gas mileage?

Not very good. But that is not why I decided to live in a bus. Overall expenses on the bus are very minimal. And I can say that I am a mortgage free homeowner. I get roughly 6-8 miles a gallon, on a 55ish gallon tank. So, driving almost 10,000 miles, I would say that I spent more than $3,000 on gas. I would have spent that much in rent alone if I still lived in my apartment. Its all a matter of perspective.

How long did it take?

I bought the bus on March 18th in Long Beach. Drove it over to Vegas and parked it at my parents house. The build did not really start until the beginning of May this year. From that point on, we worked on the bus nearly every day. It was more than a full time job. Everything was custom, so we had to figure out how to make the curves on the wall for the curve of the roof of the bus. The black water tank was a nightmare to install. So on and on. Trial and error the entire way. Waiting on packages. Getting shipped the wrong item. Tools breaking. Personal issues of me moving back into my parents house for the build. Anyhow, I left the day that the build was done and the bus was ready to go. That was August 15. I loaded up all my belongings and left for California. So for all rough estimates, it took about 3 months of straight work to complete the build.

Whew! I hope that answered a few of your questions!

Feel free to comment below and I will answer your questions on the next blog post.



Thank you.

I want to begin by thanking everyone for taking time out of your busy day to read my story, look at my pictures, and read my blog. (New IMGUR post)

I truly appreciate all the positive comments I have received from everyone around the world. I really feel the LOVE. Here at SkoolieLove, thats half of what were about. Because the other half is Skoolie. But here at Skoolielove, Love is what we are all about.

I had ABSOLUTELY no idea that posting a few pictures on IMGUR about my life in the last few months would BLOW UP THE INTERNET! I mean, its been utterly fantastically crazy insane. My phone cannot keep up with all the new followers on Instagram, updates on Imgur, requests for stories, BLOG READERS (!!!!!!!!) and things like that.

When I saw that I had over 1,000 views and a couple up-votes on my Imgur post, I was like WOW! This is incredible. Then it was 2,000. 10,000 90,000 And it just kept going and going. Then I was like…wait. What. Wait. Is this going Viral? ITS VIRAL!!!! I was FREAKING OUT!


To be completely honest, I felt like teen Taylor Swift felt when Tim Mcgraw came on the Radio for the first time. I was like, boo-hoo Na-n na-na, I did something of myself. Screw you Stephen. Ill take my cat Meredith over you any day. It was nice to see that people approve of my Bus Life.

metro road trip

Dad and son convert old nineties school bus into tiny dream home

I was so blown away that my life was something on the internet, and people were looking at it by the thousands. I always say, there are 7 billion people in this world, the hardest part of finding someone is realizing they exist. Its unbelievable to see that thousands upon thousands of people know that I exist.Many of you I have had the opportunity to talk with and message, and its nice to know you exist. I truly thank you for your time.

My parents and I are German, and speak German to each other. I sent the Imgur link to them, and they got hooked! They would send me updates on how many views we were getting (like I wasn’t refreshing the browser every 5 seconds). This is a chat we were having.

dad talk messanger

He’s basically saying that something cant be right with 23,750 views? Not even Bieber has that many in an hour. Then he was impressed that it jumped to 25,281. Current view count is

12 12 imgur views update

Which is absolutely incredible! Glad to be an Imgurian. I would have never imagined that when I bought the bus in March that a few months later, after taking the trip of a lifetime, that I would be on the front page of Yahoo. This is truly a dream come true.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support, from around the world.



Pursuit of Happiness

Welcome to Bus Life, Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness.


I’m just a regular guy trying to live a decent life. Incredibly overwhelmed and overjoyed at all the positivity that SkoolieLove is receiving. Much LOVE to all of you.

 “Insecure societies fear nonconformists.  Insecure societies desperately want everyone to stay the same.  They want everyone to be part of the system because those people who choose to be not part of the system reveal the ruse, the cosmic joke that it is all a game, it is all an illusion.  Truly confident societies revere the outsider and the hermit because they realize that such people are healthy for a society.  They keep the controllers of society in check because they are always there to show the people that there is an other way of living, that you do not have to be controlled by the system.”    -Alan Watts


*Video and Lyrics have vulgar language*


People told me slow my role I’m screaming out fuck that
I’m gonna do just what I do and there ain’t no turnin’ back
If I fall if I die, know I lived it to the fullest
If I fall if I die, know I lived and missed some bullets

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and
I know everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold
Hey, I’ll be fine once I get it, I’ll be good

Tell me what you know about dreamin’ dreamin’
You don’t really know about nothin’ nothin’
Tell me what you know about them night terrors every night
5 am, cold sweats wakin’ up to the skies
Tell me what you know about dreams, dreams
Tell me what you know about night terrors, nothin’
You don’t really care about the trials of tomorrow
You rather lay awake in a bed full of sorrow

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and
I know everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold
I’ll be fine, I’ll be good

Hands on the wheel
Uh uh, Fuck that

Hands on the wheel
Get Drunk Fuck that

Hands on the wheel
Uh uh, Fuck that

I’m on the Pursuit of Happiness.