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    In the right lane gerv's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Almost all of the seventeen replies you got in '08 mentioned what folks were doing to reduce their energy consumption and live more sustainable, planet-friendly lives, while there were no wacky climate-denial posts, no one's sincerity was questioned, and nobody was branded as smug.
    Glad that was happening in '08. At that time I was more actively conscious of my impact on the environment. Usually you go through a period where you make an assessment and come up with a course of action. I did a few things and created a few principles (actually borrowed them from my family... like don't waste things, turn the lights off, eat less meat, ride everywhere...)

    Nowadays I'm not so actively conscious, but I have formed what I think are some good habits.

    On the down side, I haven't completely followed my principles. For example, I still take a couple of airplane trips a year. I live in and heat a fairly big house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    On the down side, I haven't completely followed my principles. For example, I still take a couple of airplane trips a year. I live in and heat a fairly big house.
    I'm lucky enough to live in a region that has good rail and bus service, so I can get around with flying, but I would like to visit my relatives in California, whom I haven't seen for a long time, and the only way to do that would be to get on an airliner.

    I'm heat free. Bundling up well does the trick for me. I don't suppose that's an option in Des Moines.
    Gimme that car-free living!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotwheels View Post
    I get this perspective and have lived this way for periods of time. I lived off $5000.00 in 1996. I was realy proud of that. Now I like to think of that minimalist phase as a really experimental and exciting time of my life. It was awesome.

    Things have changed..

    I am absolutely a materialist. I like having 10 shirts because I like to vary how I present myself in all aspects of my life. Books, music dvd's (my newest love), cooking tools including odds and ends I won't always use and furniture. I like having things, it really makes me comfortable. Oh yeah, I have two operable bikes and one that I'm fixing up. 3 computers and some other toys. I can't wait to inherit my dad's tool box full of tools.

    I'm writing this because I like the contrast of our experience and respect our differences. I'm car lite but I'll get a moving truck. Being able to use a bike as often as possible is a big part of my life.
    I tend to be a hoarder, so I do a massive spring cleaning every year. Anything that wasn't used for the last year has to go. It's amazing how much I accumulate in only 12 months. But I do better than I used to. I've been pretty good at going weeks or even months without buying anything but food.

    Right now, our five member family has a desktop computer, two laptops, three tablets, and three smart phones plus two dumb phones. I think that's excessive, but we do use them all.
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    Roody,

    Part of the reason I went minimalist (and really liked it too) was because I had always struggled with feeling glutinous. Just like you, I take inventory every year and sell or donate excess. It took me a long time to reconcile my conscience with my material needs. I'm sure there is some philosophical or psychological insight into this present day dilemma, well dilemma for some of us.
    I love to commute and ride. Keeping a positive focus.

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    My wife and I each have cars..... but we drive ridiculously few miles. Most weeks we only use a gallon or two of gasoline... combined. But we live rich full modern lives.

    We are both frugal by nature... though in slightly different ways. We enjoy good home cooked foods... and use very little processed stuff. Between my wife and myself.... there isn't much we can't make and/or repair ourselves. This allows us to have more... for much less.

    Avoiding booze, drugs, cigarettes, fancy coffees and other such cultural "luxury's"..... are the most liberating things we have done.

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    In the right lane gerv's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    I'm lucky enough to live in a region that has good rail and bus service, so I can get around with flying, but I would like to visit my relatives in California, whom I haven't seen for a long time, and the only way to do that would be to get on an airliner.

    I'm heat free. Bundling up well does the trick for me. I don't suppose that's an option in Des Moines.
    I lost my furnace while I was away over Xmas. Amazing how fast all those pipes froze with icicles hanging from the taps.
    Luckily it's back in business, my pipes repaired... as long as the natural gas flows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I tend to be a hoarder, so I do a massive spring cleaning every year. Anything that wasn't used for the last year has to go. It's amazing how much I accumulate in only 12 months. But I do better than I used to. I've been pretty good at going weeks or even months without buying anything but food.
    Yeah, we have a lot of that in our family as well. I attribute it to having been raised by parents who grew up during the Great Depression. Even though my dad was very successful (he was a banker!), we always felt poor, because we heard over and over and over from our parents, "we can't afford that".

    Now when I find a deal, it is really had to pass it by, even though if I gave it more thought, I'd know I don't actually need it.

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