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  1. 2 hours ago, watalife said:

    Getting p off because something is moving around in the wall again but in a different spot. It's loud so it must be a rat. I love life, every single minute.

    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.

  2. On 5/13/2022 at 10:17 PM, Evergreenforst4 said:

    Wow you are so smart Anon, I think it civilization ever collasped you could literally rebuild everything if the area was safe. That is amazing that you know all the steps.

    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.

  3. On 5/13/2022 at 3:07 PM, sober4life said:

    I'm not saying it's easy.  The guy that's been living off the grid for the whole time I've been here.  I've literally never seen him in all these years.  His life might not be any better than the groundhog living under the house.  Nobody ever goes to his house though.  Is it worth it however he does it to never see people?  Probably.  Honestly I haven't used a pencil since high school.:unsure:

    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.

  4. 21 hours ago, sober4life said:

    @anon22aeYeah there's a road around here that they just close all winter because they don't plow the snow on it.  I want that to be my road.  As long as I have a cabin that has a generator and I have a 4 wheeler that would be paradise.  I would know I wouldn't have to see anyone all winter and I could say sorry I guess the phone stopped working.  I guess you're not going to be able to control my life anymore!

    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.

  5. 5 hours ago, Nightjar said:

    Just had a hair cut... It was a bit cringe because they always ask about your social life or work...And there's nothing going on there and it's hard to explain.

    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.

  6. 20 hours ago, duck said:

    Which area of the country do you like?  North where there are brutal winters.   South where it maybe warm year round?   I prefer Florida or Southern California for the weather.   Up here in Alberta, Canada we have ten months of winter.  It snowed yesterday 😀

    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).

  7. 2 hours ago, watalife said:

    Im not sure how I feel I'm just going day by day. I dont know what's going to happen next and I don't care. I'm just surviving and hoping things work out. 

    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.

  8. On 5/8/2022 at 7:21 PM, duck said:

    How are you doing anon22ae? What's new and exciting?  

    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.

  9. 11 hours ago, sober4life said:

    Wow I just saw a bobcat in my yard!  I was opening up the curtain and it walked right behind my house!  That's awesome!❤️😃

    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.

  10. 23 hours ago, sober4life said:

    I will tell people I don't remember my dreams but the truth is I almost never sleep well enough to have them.  That's what it is probably.  I always need to get out of here though and never want to be anywhere I'm at so if you see me dreaming it's probably like when you see dogs dreaming and they're moving their legs in their sleep because they're running.

    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! 😄

  11. 23 hours ago, sober4life said:

    I need rest.  Is everyone else really like me having no idea how to really rest?  I can sit here and think about all the things that need to be done but never sit in peace.  What's the point of doing all of this then if I can never relax?

    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.

  12. 20 hours ago, sober4life said:

    Most people have wells and septic tanks and indoor plumbing and electricity in the country.  Yes there are still places that have outhouses and use generators.  You can live that way but don't have to.  I hope you find a place that you love like I found.

    Thanks... I've been city-living for too long and lost touch with nature, assuming there's any left out there.

    2 hours ago, Nightjar said:

    Hey, good luck with that... A few of us are being uprooted right now..... Keep us posted 🤗

    Certainly, I'd be interested in others' progress as well and any strategies plus tips. While I'm hoping the bubble is deflating, prices still seem stubbornly high, as in several times what they were before COVID. I guess one trick is to find a place you love that nobody else does.

  13. Looks like I'm getting kicked out of my rental home (long story) and looking for somewhere remote to move to.

    At my grandparents long ago, water was from a well, the toilet was an outhouse hanging over a compost heap, and I don't even recall about electricity. I realized I have no idea how things have progressed on these fronts if you live deep in country...

  14. On 4/26/2022 at 4:53 PM, Extremebeginner said:

    Bidding wars have stopped and people are starting to realise interest rates are going up, plus I think actually feel guilty that their kids will not be able to afford homes….

    Let's hope these trends continue. Maybe a price crash will restore the dream of ownership even for their kids. It's never seemed sustainable for prices to keep rising and pricing out a majority of newcomers.

    Personally, I'd be happy with a Unabomber-style cabin on a piece of land. Not that I'd be making bombs, but living simple and cheap is best. All I need is a place to eat, wash up, and sleep, that last one being most important.

  15. 1 hour ago, sober4life said:

    My shoulder has been hurting big time the last couple of days.  I didn't think I would be able to get any sleep last night and today it's worse.  I don't know what's wrong.  I never do know because I don't get anything checked out ever.  I just hope things work again and wait.  That's all life is at a certain point complaining about aches and pains and looking uglier, fatter and older every time you look in the mirror.

    I hear you on the aches and pains. Chances are it's tendonitis, especially if you stressed or injured your shoulder in some way. At least that's what the doctor told me after spending a whole few seconds on it in my case.

    As for uglier and fatter, that ship may have sailed for me long ago, but at least the fatter part is controllable. All you've got to do is to run 50 miles a day, as a friend told me decades ago. It'd probably work, too.

  16. On 4/24/2022 at 5:22 PM, surfcaster said:

    The bubble is popping according to my real-estate friend

    Let's hope your friend is right. The talking heads on the finance teevee are still insisting on more bubbling up. But I'm seeing more and more prices lowered, which was unheard of just months ago.

  17. Looking into places to move to, preferably remote in the country, but it's discouraging. A few years ago, I remember how 2's and 3's got you a mansion, as in $200-$300K. Now they don't even get you a hovel, assuming one is available anywhere realistic.

    I know some here are also looking and may have even found something, so congrats if you did. I don't know whether this bubble will pop or mushroom.

  18. On 4/20/2022 at 9:11 AM, sober4life said:

    I bought a rabbit decoration today because I felt sorry for the rabbit because nobody cares about her anymore now that Easter is over!  I said that to the cashier as I was buying it crying the whole time.  That sums up how much of a mess I usually am.

    I can understand that... it was always sad to see the "dead Santas" in the dumpster area after Christmas was over with, along with the discarded Christmas trees and all. For some reason, there's extra potency associated with the notion of uselessness or being thrown out after someone is done with you.

  19. 4 hours ago, sober4life said:

    These computers I'm using are about toast but at this point it becomes me saying I want to see how long I can keep these things going.  This one is 11 years old and the one in the other room is 15 years old.

    Wow, I've had my main one since 2011, making it also 11 years old. I really need to upgrade, but then I opted for top of the line back in 2011, which I guess is not a good thing now, ironically enough (16 GB RAM, 160 GB SSD, Core i7 on Win 7). It's a bit strange that 16 GB RAM is fine even today, but a 160 GB drive really needs to be at least 5 or 10 times the size to keep up.

    15 years old is impressive, though. My only competitor is my old Commodore 64, which is prehistoric by today's standards and no longer even barely usable for much.

  20. 4 hours ago, surfcaster said:

    Cant deal with shoulder pain anymore,  saw primary doc and had xray done today, either severe tendonitis or rotator cuff tear,  depending on what xray results show i may need mri test also,

    Got the very same problem... even becoming tough to sleep, depending on the position. Doctor had x-ray done and told me it's likely tendonitis, recommending PT. I don't know -- it feels too awful to be something simple, but it's been months with it constantly causing pain in different ways. I don't even know what I did to cause it. In any case, I hope you get past it...

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