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Old 08-01-08, 01:04 PM   #1
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Would you consider living no electric/running water/gas?

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Old 08-01-08, 01:05 PM   #2
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Yes. Would do so in the Alaska wilds to hide from the world.
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Been toying with the idea of buying a few acres, building a small house w/ solar and a well.
And basically subsistence farming it.
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Old 08-01-08, 01:09 PM   #5
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I've lived for a few weeks that way, and, oddly, it seems like less hassle.

The hardest is no running water, imho. Water is heavy.

There needs to be lighter water.

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Been toying with the idea of buying a few acres, building a small house w/ solar and a well.
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that plan will go up in smoke
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Old 08-01-08, 01:10 PM   #7
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at least part of it would.
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Old 08-01-08, 01:19 PM   #8
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I've lived for a few weeks that way, and, oddly, it seems like less hassle.

The hardest is no running water, imho. Water is heavy.

There needs to be lighter water.

I'd have to mail my Foo postings to jsharr.
Get some oxygen and hydrogen in your mouth, swish it about to mix it, and then press it against the roof of your mouth with your tongue.
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Old 08-01-08, 01:21 PM   #9
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Been toying with the idea of buying a few acres, building a small house w/ solar and a well.
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I have considered the same thing. I have been looking at ranch land for sale in Big Bend Texas and that is pretty much what you have to do. The land is really cheap but zero utilities.
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Old 08-01-08, 01:21 PM   #10
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Get some oxygen and hydrogen in your mouth, swish it about to mix it, and then press it against the roof of your mouth with your tongue.
Yes, that's what the directions on my package of Dehydrated Water.

I was thinking of splitting some of the hydrogen atoms, though, to make more fit into a smaller container.

Simplicity is great if you just know a few simple tricks!
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Old 08-01-08, 01:34 PM   #11
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Been toying with the idea of buying a few acres, building a small house w/ solar and a well.
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Probably not the first person though: Cops bust McHenry County pot farm
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Old 08-01-08, 01:41 PM   #12
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If the alternative is death, yes.

If the alternative is living with the listed conveniences, no.
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Old 08-01-08, 02:15 PM   #13
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I did for almost two years. Lived in a small A-Frame cabin about halfway up Lefthand Canyon outside Boulder...and yes the hardest thing was hauling water! Its Heavy!! Other than that I gotta admit,life without all of the modern conveniences is a LOT less of a hassle!!!

To this day I can Brew a Mean French Roast Espresso on top of a wood stove!!
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what motivated you to do that? why did you come back? I remember seeing a special on the history channel or something, about this guy that built himself a log cabin (by himself, near a lake in alaska?) and lived there for quite a while. He had a video camera w/ him and kept a journal. For some reason that fascinates me. I think when he died, they made his land a state/national park of some kind.
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i lived most of last year like that.
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Old 08-01-08, 02:54 PM   #16
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i lived most of last year like that.
Considering your stated location, that must have really started to smell.
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Old 08-01-08, 02:56 PM   #17
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Yes. Would do so in the Alaska wilds to hide from the world.
Bush people. I'd do it after I take care of important business.
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Old 08-01-08, 03:30 PM   #18
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You mean like camping?
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Old 08-01-08, 03:34 PM   #19
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I like nothing better than living off boiled or purified spring/river water and eating small game and whatever plants are safe to eat that are nearby. I think most modern conveniences are boring. But then again, I am weird. While indoors, I've slept on the floor for damn near a decade.
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Old 08-01-08, 05:19 PM   #20
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When I hiked the AT I was living the simpler life for almost six months.

When I remodeled the farm house I moved in as soon as I had a new roof on it.
I went eight months without interior plumbing (outhouse in the back and a well with windlass), and electricity from a temp pole and drop cord. I still heat my house with a wood stove and fireplaces.

Had I to do it again I could, but would not like living without a fridge and a fan.
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Old 08-01-08, 05:39 PM   #21
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Maybe for a short stretch on a rustic vacation, so long as it's accompanied by first rate fly fishing! Wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis. I
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Old 08-01-08, 07:30 PM   #22
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Yes, that's what the directions on my package of Dehydrated Water.

I was thinking of splitting some of the hydrogen atoms, though, to make more fit into a smaller container.

Simplicity is great if you just know a few simple tricks!
Yeah, my Dehydrated Water directions went like this,"Just add water." but really, I would do it today if I could. But it looks like it will not be any time soon = ( Its all about knowing your needs and making sure YOU can provide them!
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Old 08-01-08, 07:42 PM   #23
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I grew up with out indoor plumbing I can remember carrying water from the spring for doing laundry in a wringer washer in dry spells to conserve the well water. then we put a pump on the well and run a hose in the sink life sure was simpler back then . if I could get a place paid for with garden spot and game to hunt and put up and no bills????? sign me up
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I would love to, I joke with my friends that I'm going to build a commune and invite only people I like to live with me. I think most of them would take me up on it too, considering the life of a typical grad student.
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