Barenakedfamily started as a family travel site back in 2001. We left a job, hit the road, and changed our lives for a lot better and some worse.
We’ve lived all over America.
Since 2001, we’ve been working to work together and have earned a living in tech, publicity, events, construction, and coffee.
The original site, developed with Microsoft Frontpage and html with a lot of frames and tables, documented our lives on the road in a monthly format with ‘experience’ excursions. We stopped updating it in Jan 2007.
Since 2007, we haven’t much kept up with the site, rather worked on various projects and sending the kids out into the world.
After 2007, Greg half-assed the site into a family album for the kids; we moved into WordPress, and went through design changes and random posts.
Around 2013, we went our different ways as kids started adulting, and Greg and Jenn started figuring out empty nesting.
Good luck with all that and trying to figure us out as we try to figure us out.
For the barenaked kids…
This is about Greg (born ’67) and Jenn (’74) – your mom and dad – Austin (’92), Kesley (’95), and Sunny (’96) – and working hard to work together in these United States to find more family time to be with you, full time.
Your mom and dad met building and racing hot rods in ’91. From ’92-’01 we raised you babies and bought houses, cars, and boats while tech booming with Dell – they let us start the engineering team at Microsoft. It was a big deal.
But we always just wanted to work with you kids. So in 2001 we left it all on some home equity to find more family time. We blew a year off living and traveling in an RV. We said homeschool more than we actually did. We ended up living and traveling through many houses, always working together. Always simpler, for Family.
Barenakedfamily.com became our log, and we rode that log working together. We produced family concerts and events and found many weird ways to work, learn, and play together to spend ridiculous amounts of family time together. We got really good living more simply.
When someone asks ‘What did you do’? – in America, they wanna make sense of how you made money. After Dell, ours mostly came from events, publicity, writing, and tech work. We also fixed up old stuff and helped build small businesses. We also plumbed and painted, sold art and toys, and even shoveled some literal shit when times got tight. We’ve had financially lucrative years and really fun spendy years – not always together. We became masters of working to live.
What we set out to do was simply to work, learn, and play together with you full time. We always enjoyed really long drives. Fixing up old RV’s and houses and cars. Sleeping at truck stops and rest areas. Exploring, photography, videos, writing, hiking and camping. Making up stories by fires and long hikes through forest, on beaches, and up mountains. Always meeting new families and people. Your life has only been a little different… growing up on the road.
And this is why others have called us – “not nudists or porn peddlers; retired; hippie bastards; a bit extreme; those idiots; Texas; trailer trash; totally inappropriate; rich; nomads; this, that, and the other kinda-schoolers, entrepreneurs, voluntary simplists” and more. Lots that we probably don’t wanna know.
We prefer people call us ‘the barenakeds‘ or simply ‘bnf’.
Kids, you may not know it yet but we’ve experienced a bunch of ideas about family life on the fringes. Some good. Some – well… just stupid.
We did find each other.
Here is where we publish some of our explorations of Americana around the edges for you – Austin, Kesley, and Sunny. You have changed our lives.
Here’s a late 2017 update post from Deggers “some bnf decades from ’91, a simple living tour” summarizing our living situations from 1991 – 2017.
BNF 1.0 Picture Book A 2001 to 2007 website we’re too lazy to rebuild. Follow the gif flames… yeah. That lame.