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  1. Yes, a cabin in the middle of nowhere sounds best. Unfortunately, it takes some means to get to such freedom. You could covertly film the obnoxious individual and send it to one of those YouTube fail or people meltdown channels. There's no law against taking video in public, contrary to what such obnoxious individuals often try to claim when they realize their nastiness will be there for the world to see forever.
  2. All the "normal" people seem able to enjoy life. I don't think they're on this forum, however. When I was young and dumb(er), I could enjoy things as well. Nowadays it's tough, but it still seems possible. At least if I had the means to leave the rat race and skip society.
  3. Better rats than roaches, I suppose. I once stayed at someone's house in the South, hearing sounds in the walls throughout the night. Over breakfast, I was told it's just roaches (big ones). They got plenty of 'em in those parts, some even flying.
  4. Well, I wish it were so, but that's an example I recall someone giving decades ago about how we've been spoiled by civilization. If I tried to make a pencil from scratch, I doubt I'd get very far in any reasonable time! On the other hand, no one has really done that, either -- it's all about building on and layering upon past progress. Just look at the progress from abacuses and vacuum tubes to today's billions of transistors in the phone in your pocket.
  5. As tough as it is, a pencil is still relatively simple compared to something like a smartphone. Just imagine all the things you'd need to master to put together all those billions of transistors into something that actually works. Off-the-grid would be nice if it weren't for the necessities, like food, medical care, etc. It can't be fun to live with teeth rotted away or a chronic appendix infection. There's the question of "financial independence," as in how much you need to get by somewhere remote out there.
  6. That sounds ideal, though reality is harsh on this front. Even if one were "financially independent," we're too attached to society -- everything from dental and medical, utilities, food, etc. There's the example I've heard about how it's virtually impossible to make a pencil on your own -- you'd need to chop down and carve the wood, extract the minerals for the graphite and lead, mine, smelt, refine and forge the aluminum for the eraser, grow your own caoutchouc trees for the rubber in the eraser, go through all the chemistry to make the rubber and form it appropriately, etc. It's so much easier to go to your local stationery store.
  7. I stopped going to a barber myself (and that's freed up a bit of time and money -- highly recommended). Nonetheless, there are plenty of other situations, like dentist, doctor, neighbor, landscaping guy, or even random people accosting you, thinking they're being friendly. I used to reply with "same as always," but was told this seems gruff and off-putting. However, if I say "same old, same old, you know" or a variant thereof, somehow this seems acceptable.
  8. North is fine. I like cold better than hot (and humid). Alberta sounds quite good to me, particularly if near the mountains around BC and Montana. If your winters are that long, it sounds as though you're further up north... which would be just fine with me! I was even thinking Alaska, but apparently mosquitoes are a problem there. When I visited Florida once, there were literally sheets of mosquitoes descending upon you upon getting out of the car. It's peculiar that they've got the same issue so far north. There are also grizzly bears to contend with (well, not in Florida, but you've got alligators and now pythons, I hear).
  9. Similar here, except for the feeling of impending doom. Most likely, I won't see it coming and it'll be none of the things constantly on my mind I dread. Then again, the universe can pull a fast one and make it exactly one of those things I dread. At least it would show its sense of humor.
  10. Well, I guess there's always something new (if only by definition), but exciting is another story. I'm mainly trying to find a place to live, preferably in the country, since my landlord is kicking me out shortly. We'll see how that goes. I can only hope the place I wind up in is not on top of a nuclear waste dump, in a floodplain overdue to be flooded, along a known lava route, in the path of a massive unexpected landslide, etc. -- basically all the things the real estate salespeople are less than willing to share.
  11. That's awesome indeed... I need to find a place where such sightings are possible! We do get rabbits and raccoons around here, along with the occasional coyote, but it's still way too urban.
  12. According to "science," everyone dreams, even those who claim they don't. It's the brain's way to "optimize" or "defrag" its memory storage, sort of like what a PC does with a hard disk. However, you don't remember anything unless you wake up during a dream. At least that's what we're told by the people who are presumably qualified to tell us so. I wouldn't know either way!
  13. I've come to appreciate sleep. It's the best part of the day, especially when dreaming lucidly. You just need to know you're sleeping and you can do anything in those dreams. It still takes concentration and focus, sort of reminding me of how Harry Potter et al. had to work to use their magic abilities.
  14. That brings back memories. I guess nepotism lives on in some parts of the country, along with all the other stereotypes from the show (not the least of which is a motorized Confederate flag...)
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