Empty Days

Sunday, July 25, 2004



Back-to-nature - you bet.

I had a sort of crisis yesterday - woke up with a maddeningly strong urge to drop everything and leave town immediately, especially since the day was so shiningly beautiful. But there are still too many things that I need to get (basic stuff like shoes - I've been procrastinating because it's damn expensive) and I am not doing enough to remove these obstacles. So as a result the urge clashed with my ineffectual apathy and resulted in a bout of violent depression and anxiety, accompagnied by intense visions of silence, wilderness, and some shack in the woods or I don't know what (these images occured of themselves, vivid focussed pictures).

Jesus.

At the moment I don't see any practical feasible way of moving to the countryside. I may be ignorant or don't understand certain realities, but I have this idea that it's impossible to find a place outside the city if you can't buy a spot of land. I don't imagine it's possible to squat anywhere - in the country people are aware of each other, and if there is a new individual lurking here and there they will want to find out where this new-comer is moored - and if it's unlawful, you'll be chased away. That's how I see it - the private land phenomenon.

How the hell can one leave the city then?

I remember some six-o'clock news report about an illegal-alien mexican living in a makeshift tent in the woods who was reported to authorities by locals: his poor little spot of livinghood was "raided" and the guy was arrested and deported.
That will happen to anyone - whether you're illegal-alien or just occupying a tiny spot of land that you don't have rights to. People will never let you be - even if you don't bother them. They say cats are curious... nothing like people though.

The way I see it this is just mad.

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From Homesteading-today forum:

Q: ok, here is the problem.... (how to start homesteading with no money?)
A: Lower your perceptions of reality, pay off the bills now not tomorrow; I survive on $21.00 per day- veterans pension; that includes electric, rent, insurance, groceries, haircuts, phone, laundry, propane, kero for heater, kat phood,; tighten up to survival level, get mean, and do it, period.

Hehe.





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