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Vanifest Destiny: The Same Sky

Homeless, not hapless.

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It’s Friday afternoon in front of Voodoo Doughnut, and a long line of tourists bears sweltering 90-degree heat for 45 minutes to spend $20 on a pink box of gluttonous confections topped with Fro   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Sleeping Around Part 1: Picking a Place to Park

What a vandweller needs to sleep long and well.


It was a sunny afternoon in Buckman, and I was trying take a nap before work. I climbed into my van through the back door, assembled my bed, popped open the back windows, and settled in for a siesta.
“Hey Kathy!” said a voice nearby. “The ivy on your trellis looks great!”
Just a neighbor saying hi, I thought. No need for alarm. I generally slept with the windows shut, but I got clam...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

(Not Even Close To) Live Review: Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee, 7/13

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[Ed. Note: Well, this is embarrassing. Pete "Vanifest Destiny" Cottell managed to get his van all the way to Seattle to relive his grunge-addled childhood at Sub Pop's 25th anniversary bash, and filed this report a day or two later, but we're only now getting around to posting it. Our bad, not Pete's. We promise we'...   More
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Commentary: Jimmy Eat World

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I can’t remember why I skipped my 10-year high-school reunion. I have no qualms about catching up with people I never liked in the first place. My problem was seeing the people I did like awkwar   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Rolling Roomies

A freeway breakdown and a new friend.

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I expect the gas station to be empty. It’s 11 pm on a Sunday night, and I’m out on the border of Gresham to check on my broken-down van and maybe slip inside for shuteye. Instead, I see some   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Headout: Pete Repeat

(Going back to) Wellsville with Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop and assorted other indie rockers who hung with the Wrigley Brothers.

Remember the ’90s? Remember when indie rockers had enough clout to make it as bit actors in popular children’s television shows? Or when hell-raising garage-rock icons played park rangers an   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: An Interview with Eric Bachmann

Crooked Fingers leader, Ex-Archers of Loaf singer talks about his summer of vandwelling.


Pete Cottell quit his job in Ohio and moved to Portland to live in a van. Read why here and follow his adventures all summer here.Living in a van is isolating. No matter how comfortable you make the ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: The Shower Scene

The logistical challenges of waking up without a place to piss.

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It’s 8:30 in the morning and I have to pee. This is a common problem, I know. For most people, it is easily solvable. For most of my own life, it was easily solvable. But now that I live in a    More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Video: Post-Hardcore Shuttle Stop

A short documentary film on Warped Tour fans at the Portland Expo Center.


It’s been exactly a decade since I last moshed with teenagers in a parking lot. I was a teenager myself back then, but even at the tender age of 19, I felt the winds of change blowing off the Cuyahoga River and onto the Vans Warped Tour. The pogo-pits and the power-pop that gave them life were quickly yielding to a rising “post-hardcore” scene tha...   More
Monday, June 17, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Remodeling My House/Van

Time to rip out the seats, buy some hangers and make this place livable.


I never considered myself to be a messy person. Sure, I had a propensity to put things in “organized piles” and shove them aside to be dealt with later, but having an entire bedroom to enable a delusion of tidiness made it work for years. It wasn’t until the bulk of my clothing, office supplies, and the French press I stupidly anticipated needing my adventure in vandwelling were lying i...   More
Friday, June 14, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

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