URBAN JUNK LAND
A loyal minion sent me a cool link to an article on a guy in Detroit living the frugal life. An urban lot with a travel trailer parked on it, the guy didn't have to work and only needed to concern himself with food and kerosene.
http://www.detroitblog.org/index.php?paged=2 (scroll down to "Solitary Man" story Sept 17 2008 entry ).
Now, reading this story the first thing to keep in mind that the guy is not a survivalist. He is merely living the frugal lifestyle. Pissed on the Rat Race, drop out of the consumer lifestyle. Obviously he was a lot less concerned with shopping than preppers are. There are a few obvious points you might make, such as it would be cheaper for him to buy a water filter instead of buying water from the store. Or, his breaking zoning laws and being at the mercy of the city parking an RV there. But there were other obviously brilliant things such as his unconcern with sewage. He just walks the bucket to a sewer drain and dumps it in. And he can survive with only sparing use of fuel ( no small feat in Detroit ). He might need a pointer or two, but on the whole he is doing a much better job than the rest of us transitioning himself away from dependency.
No need for any utilities. No need for transportation. No need for land payments. How many survivalists can say the same? He probably didn't move, other than from one part of the city to another. He bought a cheap lot from a tax sale ( I would wager from almost zero to only a few hundred bucks, given the condition of the city and the property values ). This is one of the success stories we should pay attention to, along the lines of the former reporter that moved out into the Mohave to a $300 lot and built a sandbag hut for a few bucks ( and commutes for seasonal employment and water/food in a gas sipping Geo ). Anyone can transition away from the Rat Race very cheaply and very easily. An urban lot in the ghetto might not sound as appealing as a farm in the mountains, but it has the benefit of not having a mortgage. And staying close to home ( Easterners can move a short distance to numerous distressed areas ).
Life is not about living in comfort and security. That was ended the last generation or two ( and they will soon feel the sting ). Life is about living the best you can with the means at hand. In case you have failed to notice, the means are rapidly shrinking. I won't beat around the bush, you are simply a moron if you wager on a mortgage. You might win that bet, and I might lose. But if you lose you are destitute and might die. I only have to suffer a bit of comfort by doing without one ( yes, I might be making lot payments now for land closer to work, but in an emergency my paid for lot is 17 miles down the road ). You don't need more than a minimum wage, if that, to realize this kind of dream. Okay, calling it a dream might be a bit much. Living with a feeble 12v light and crapping in a sawdust bucket while eating Spam might be more of a nightmare. But the dream is the Independence and much lower stress level.
Give the above article a read. You will be inspired to imagine the possibilities for yourself.
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