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The Kitchen Sink / Re: Oh, the glories of country living!
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:02:30 PM »
That Milwaukee heat gun looks bad ass!  I'll have to look into getting one of those.  I pulled the tubing off of the wiper blades today and they were crunchy inside, froze solid.  I got lucky today the roads were clear so no problem with road salt blindness.  I left just before midnight and go to the consignee at about 1030.  Got unloaded, the fucking straps were frozen solid...it was a bitch getting them rolled back up, along with the lumber tarps.  I delivered a load of lumber to Ashley furniture...guess they'll turn it into couches and chairs that are way to expensive.  It was really shitty quality wood to. 

Anyways, I have a growing list of tools that I want to add to my on board repertoire.  I meant to put my propane torch on the truck last time I was home and forgot.  I know they are good for unsticking frozen brakes.  I also want to add my 10 and 5 pound sledge hammers and my pry bar.  I had to beat a piece of dunnage with my winch bar before I hooked up to the load.  It was a relay.  I fucking hate relays because they are always tarped and so it's hard to see what you've got and how well it's secured.  Untarpping is way too much work.  I much prefer getting live loads so that I can secure it and know that it's done properly.  Usually there is at least one thing fucked up with the load when it's a relay.  I had two in a row that were over gross weight.  I was 81300 on the last load of ply wood.  That's 1300 over gross for those who don't know, and it's a big ass fine if the DOT catches you at a weigh station. 

The last one had a strap over one of the clearance lights and that piece of dunnage that was sticking out past the rub rail of the trailer with a few pallets of lumber on top, several thousand pounds.  I had to beat the shit out of it with the winch bar, that's why I want my sledge now.  It's worth the weight I think.  The piece of dunnage was all fucked up by the time I was done with it, but at least it wasn't sticking out past the rub rail. 

Yeah, Surly, flatbed is a lot of hard work.  We don't get paid for securing our loads, so that's been tough to deal with.  We do get paid more per mile then the non-flatbedders to make up for it though, so I guess I'm making more money on account of it, and I do get paid for tarping and untarping.  I get sick when I look at how much shit comes out of my checks before I get anything.  If you are a working man in this country then the 1% stick their dick in your mouth while the bottom % fuck you in the ass.  It was much better when I had free medical, free food, and got paid at the end of tax season. 

There's no way to win in Merika if you are blue collar.  You just get fucked in all of your orifices by everyone who's not blue collar.  At least I'm mostly left alone with this job.  Utterly alone.  I've actually gotten lonely...which I have very seldom ever felt in my life.  But if we are going to get our own place to live...guess I just gotta learn to like getting fucked in the ass by society. 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: Oh, the glories of country living!
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:08:18 PM »

The Monastery - From left to right. Animal cottage and chicken pen, Old house, pump house, tavern building/our house.

 While trying to do so I broke the pressure guage and she had to go back into town to get a new one while I went back across to try to get the regulator off the pipe. In doing so I smashed my shin with a hammer as deflected off the vice grips I had attached to the pipe while holding the regualator stable on the floor. //
  I chose this life style in a monastery because I desired to know what life and our universe/s "are" the best I could. With a vow of poverty, and bailing wire and duct tape, we have kept this place going for 34 years. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Great story. How's that shin?

Hopefully, nothing a hot shower won't fix!

Hurts a little. I seem to hurt myself EVERY time I do hard work, so I am used to it. :)

I think that just comes with the territory.  If you are using your hands, and tools, you are going to hurt yourself eventually.  I'm dealing with heavy chains, binders, straps, and steal bars on a regular basis now.  I hurt myself all of the time.  There is always something to fix on the road. 

Right now my windshield wiper fluid is not working.  I'm pretty sure it's froze solid.  Last night I was in Cambridge Ohio, it rained all day, then dropped down to the teens, turned to ice, then ice fell from the sky, then about 8 inches of snow fell.  The wiper blades were surrounded by ice, and I think that's why the wiper fluid froze.  I've been in -7 Fahrenheit in Wisconsin and the fluid didn't freeze, but surround it with ice, and it freezes.  Problem is the salt on the road.  If you can't wipe the salt away with the fluid then you can't see in about 15 minutes.  I managed to deadhead 170 miles to pick up my load, now I'm sitting at a truck stop in Dayton Ohio getting a 34 hour reset.  Hopefully the problem resolves itself before I pull out around 0100 hrs Monday to go to Pennsylvania, back into the Icepocalypse I just left. 

The roads were solid white today on I-70, couldn't even see the lines on the road, just ice and snow.  Cars spun out all over the place, semi's jackknifed everywhere.  One of them was on it's side in the ditch with it's load spread out all over the place.  The other day I passed a car that was completely on fire...the entire car.  It's nuts out here. 

But for the next 30 hours I'm chillin' at a Loves! 

Happy to hear you got your water back working Knarf!  Buddhism is close to my heart.  I'm practicing a type of Trucker Zen these days.  I just try to be present and aware of the passing scenery, as I sit, and drive, and drive, and drive.  Making money. 

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Geopolitics / The Emperor Dump Has No Hair
« on: January 03, 2018, 02:03:21 AM »


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   By all accounts the world has gone and entered into a pharmaceutical induced hallucination of narcissistic and instant chicanery.  The entire hallucination is conjured to a fevered pitch of delusional bliss, and manipulated by card carrying psychopaths.  The big black snake went and crossed the river and pissed out a bunch of fracked oil for a healthy 1% profit.  The trickster God went and got himself elected President of Merika and forgot how to pronounce pronunciation while he was at it.  Now the worried amongst the diminishing thinking class of people left on our planet think this trickster Dump might start a nuclear holocaust!   A big fat steaming pile of dumpy poppycock I say!  A president Dump even.  I shit out the likeness of his Dumpness in my toilet bowl from time to time. 

   

   We are entering into our 17th year of continual war in the Middle East.  We're all one cancer cell away from bankruptcy.  We're one pretend chemical industrial food product away from terminal cancer.  Dump's gonna drop a nuclear dump on us any day now.  The coral is dying and the ocean is filling with plastic.  Robots are on their way to making human labor obsolete.  I guess the scientist that technology up this wiz bang, to cheap to meter reality, better come up with the singularity app stat.  Cause we're all going to have to float on to the next chapter sooner then later if things keep going the way they are going.  Otherwise we're going to have some real big problems, and I don't think Dumps gonna be able to drop turds out of his shit hole to cover it up either. 

   

   Indeed, there seems to be doom around every corner…waiting.  I've been waiting for 10, going on 11 years now, for doom to arrive and erase a recognizable pile of business as usual from my view.  I'm still waiting.  Not even a year ago I was splitting bamboo poles and weaving them into baskets.  I was making shakuhachi flutes and playing them.  I was even getting paid money to make chicken coops out of bamboo.  I was making money designing permaculture landscapes in suburbia from time to time.  Money for hugelkultur!  Unfortunately the people in our society with the money AND Earth ethics are rare.  Most people don't see the point when eggs, meat, cheese, vegetables…and microwaveable entrees are too cheap to price in the big box stores.  If you want to support yourself and your family with Permaculture then you have to get certified as a pemaculture teaching wizard.



   Unfortunately energy still has a pretty steep meterable cost.  It's metered in dead brown people over there…in our 15, going on 20, year war on terrorism.  When times are tough we can meter energy in unemployed vets and starving children drifting up dead on the coast of the Mediterranean.  I guess the silver lining is that at least they aren't starving any longer since they are dead.  One less worthless eater to feed!   We need to look on the bright side of life, not the miserable, dead, brown, glass half empty, shitty president Dumpy side.  If we all just believe that unicorns are real, and that their rainbow colored skittle shit is a cure all to the cancer that ails us, then we can all watch football and everyone's team will win forever! 

   

   How much longer will business as usual last?  I mean the stock market is healthier then it's ever been.  Even more healthy then before the great depression.  Even more healthy then when tulips sold for a billion dutch dump wigs.  It's even doing more better then when Chia Pets and Pet Rocks reached their pinnacle of mind dumbing numbing trumpness.  Who didn't want a Pet Trump?  You didn't even have to feed it!  Personally I've grown weary waiting for the crash.  It's not as if the trash pile is getting any smaller over at the land of away.  All of my recycling and natural yield wielding has been for naught.  It's morning in Merika and the sun is rising over the land of Dumpness.   He's dumping unintelligible turds out of his finger tweeter everyday, and he's got a legion of repukelicans puking up his poopy poop in unison. 



   You know it's the end of times when a once Druid Permacultue Bamboo Ninja has given up his lawn mowers for a tractor trailer full of even more fractional reserve digibits.  It just wouldn't be a paradoxical conundrum complete with mythological levels of irony and hyperhypocricy without a Trucker Permie Bamboo Ninja out here on Merika's roadways, hauling freight for BAU.  It's too bad that splitting and weaving bamboo baskets can't pay for a family to live in our current Merikan world.  Who needs primitive skills like splitting bamboo with a knife, by hand, and then weaving it into stupid baskets when the robots are coming?  Who needs natural and renewable landscapes where food is the product and waste doesn't exist?  It's not like robots need food.  Is it?  I mean don't they just plug some plugs into us and harvest our bioenergy in the end?  Aren't we going to upload into the cloud and live in the singularity?  What do we even need the Earth for anyways?  It's not like we're going to need our meat suits in like a couple more years.  Once dump finishes  pooping out his trickster shit we'll all have a good laugh and then depart into the blissful Matrix of human created robot hubris.  I bet his Dumpness will poop out a turd that's got a wig on it as well.  Won't that be hilarious?  Who need a drink?  I'd like a dumpy drink.  A dumpy, stupid, better then you, genetically modified corn colored poopy dump drink to swallow down my load of Dump with.  God Bless Merika, and long live President Turd. 



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How many hyphenated-name Radical Black Feminists are there anyway? A few thousand maybe? Talk about a minority. If blacks are 13 percent of the population, the radical-feminist-socialist segment must be infinitesimally small. They make a lot of noise for their numbers, and in the current climate of PC that pervades certain academic and political circles, they are poster children.

In the long term scope of things, their Afro-centric, reparations-demanding cacophony of safe spaces and BLM bullshit will be as forgotten as their 1960's style Dashikis. 

A walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


The sentence by Shakespeare is completely out of context, but I understand your disdain for those who "put their life on the line for injustice", rather than being sensibly prudent about one's safe spaces. It is dangerous, and selfless, and of course nothing can be gained by such "stupid" life choices.

From www.sparknotes.com  so one might understand how out of context the statement is, and used to ridicule another human being.

"These words are uttered by Macbeth after he hears of Lady Macbeth’s death, in Act 5, scene 5, lines 16–27. Given the great love between them, his response is oddly muted, but it segues quickly into a speech of such pessimism and despair—one of the most famous speeches in all of Shakespeare—that the audience realizes how completely his wife’s passing and the ruin of his power have undone Macbeth. His speech insists that there is no meaning or purpose in life. Rather, life “is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.” One can easily understand how, with his wife dead and armies marching against him, Macbeth succumbs to such pessimism. Yet, there is also a defensive and self-justifying quality to his words. If everything is meaningless, then Macbeth’s awful crimes are somehow made less awful, because, like everything else, they too “signify nothing.”

Macbeth’s statement that “[l]ife’s but a poor player / That struts and frets his hour upon the stage” can be read as Shakespeare’s somewhat deflating reminder of the illusionary nature of the theater. After all, Macbeth is only a “player” himself, strutting on an Elizabethan stage. In any play, there is a conspiracy of sorts between the audience and the actors, as both pretend to accept the play’s reality. Macbeth’s comment calls attention to this conspiracy and partially explodes it—his nihilism embraces not only his own life but the entire play. If we take his words to heart, the play, too, can be seen as an event “full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing.”"

I do realize the context in Macbeth is different. And it is true that my personal POV tends toward prudent behavior aimed at taking care of the people in the world that I'm personally attached to, rather than to try to push for some huge social change. However, I think the quote captures what I was going for, which is that the loudest, most hysterical voices in the movement for racial social justice are not even those for whom it might matter most, (WRONG - Maya Angelou, Malcomb X, Martin Luther King, even Spike Lee , and highly educated Black 's that speak very loudly and sometimes hysterically - they are fighting for equal rights), but rather are black young people of relative affluence ( WRONG - BLM represents all black people not just the affluent ), pursuing misguided agendas (WRONG - the agendas are those that humans who are discriminated against will eventually fight back ), driven primarily by conformity, rather than courage (WRONG - it is driven by racial injustice ). I think their motives are suspect, their credentials lack substance ( WRONG - there are thousands of black Doctors, Lawyers, artists, writers, entertainers, sports figures and highly educated people speaking up about discrimination ), and that the whole movement has more in common with the corresponding hate groups on the right, than most people think. ( WRONG - They have nothing in common and they are not driven by hate but systemic inequality.) When the SHTF radical feminism will be as dead as King Duncan. (WRONG- Unless the playing fields are evened out there will always be those who will fight against their "masters." ) PC politics is herd mentality, and "radical black feminists" are just cheerleaders egging on a motley crowd. ( WRONG - they are the bravest and loudest voices that lead others to fight against the injustices ) It will all soon be ancient history.  People fighting over how to slice up the pie of abundance, which will soon cease to exist. (WRONG - There will always be a struggle between the haves and the have nots. )

I hope we can agree to disagree . One thing I will not do is call you wrong. In my view, your opinion is yours and worthy of respect. Please respect mine. It's reality based.

I grew up in the South. I have had, in my life, what I consider a unique vantage point to observe almost the entire arc of history around the Civil Rights Act of 1964, public school integration (it happened in Texas when I was in the 4th grade), the War on Poverty, the Great Society,  Affirmative Action, and the the evolution of thought and practice along the lines of race and gender equality in America.

In general, it's been a very mixed bag. Some improvements have come to pass for minorities , but often at the expense of some of the lowest echelon of white majority, which is one reason for the current angry backlash. Light-weight liberals attribute this to race hate and the rise of the extreme right, and Nazism and so forth, which is are in fact, effects and not the cause, in my view.

Throughout my entire adult working life, the playing field has been tilted to try to help blacks, in particular, rise out of poverty. This was true when I was a union working stiff in the 1970's. It was true when I was attending public universities in the 70's and 80's. It's still true now, although the pendulum surely has swung back, to some degree.

It's largely been a failure. The reasons for this are multiple and various. I am not one who labels anyone as inferior based on race, poverty, or even intelligence, or anything else. There is truly only one human race. But culture? Culture is a dominant paradigm.

I think the current crop of liberal intellectuals are so caught up in their culture of gender and race equality that they've allowed it to consume their debate, while the other side, which is surely evil, eats their fucking lunch politically and every other way. Until they face this glaring reality, they're careening down a blind alley toward irrelevance.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/XSyVLIIkfIs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/XSyVLIIkfIs</a>

If you haven't watched this show, it's on Netflix, and I highly recommend it. Dear White People is the title.  I didn't watch the show for a while because I was offended by the title.  However, the story, acting, cinematography, issues covered, and music are all awesome.  It's an amazing experience.  The above quoted exchange between Eddie and Knarf reminded me of this scene, which is the climax of the show.

I happen to agree with the white guy in this clip.  He was just rapping to the words of the song.  "Nigga" is in the title of the song.  If it's a good song, and you are grooving to it, you should be able to repeat the words.  It shouldn't require that you be a certain race to repeat the lyrics to a song that you like and appreciate. 

At the same time there is the tension due to the history of slavery and what blacks have had to deal with in their history in the United States.  They were brought here against their will as slaves after all, and that was by the hands of the white man (Spanish being considered white for most intents and purposes). 

Now, in 2018, both sides are correct I think.  At any rate, I feel that the above embeded scene really covers this issue quite nicely...as does the show in general. 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: 2018: The Year of the BIG ONE?
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:01:21 PM »


Any resemblance between the characters in this story and real life people is strictly coincidental.  ;)

That's hilarious  :D   

Good story though.  But my point is that SHTFD affects everybody.  I put my cash in a safe, and I can buy the trailer and a truck with cash and head to Canada for pennies on the dollar.  Don't need credit for that.  The only way I'd do something like pick my family up and move to somewhere new, where we know nobody, nor the land, would be in a desperate situation.  I fail to see how having good credit and no debt is going to keep me from acquiring a caravan and moving to a new place. 

Honestly, I agree with you that staying out of debt is a better idea.  I think that is a no brainer.  Our living situation has become untenable.  We have to move.  That being the case I'm not going to pay more to live in an apartment with less.  If I lose everything then I guess I lose everything.  I'm 38 years old with a wife and two young kids to care for.  I squandered a career as a Nuke, then as a medic, and now I'm a trucker.  My goose is cooked at this point. 

Maybe I'll just buy a camper and park it at my Mom's.  At least that would give us a getaway from our current situation, and then I'd have no debt.  If it's an airstream it would keep my wife happy as well...she's always wanted an airstream.  Then I could pay off the truck and have no debt yet still have something.  I'm only home five days out of a month anyways.  When I'm home we can just stay in the camper.  Our official address would remain at Aunt Bee's for the kids, to keep the gestapo at bay. 

I think that's a plan you are more likely to agree with.  There's not too much of a difference between a travel trailer and a manufactured home anyways...besides the fact you can up and move that bitch with a pickup truck...

Not saying that's what I'll do...but I'm going to ponder it.  If it were up to me I'd save up and buy a sailboat and figure out a way to live on it with my family and survive on the gig economy.  But I'm only 25% of the equation.

Buying an Airstream for CASH and dropping it on your mom's property as a Getaway from Aunt Bee is a solution I approve of.  :icon_sunny: :emthup:  When you are on time off you can also pull it to one of the National Forests or State Parks and teach the boys survival skills.

You won't have any infrastructure to pay for and you won't have any taxes and you don't have to buy the land from your mom.  Maybe you pay her a parking fee each month for the trailer, but if you were my son and I had 11 acres I sure wouldn't charge you to park your trailer on my property.

Meanwhile, as you accumulate more money you can start building an Earthship on the property as well.  NO DEBT!

RE

Well you'll be happy to know that I just got off the phone with my wife and she is excited about the new plan.  She actually likes it better then the manufactured trailer home option.  It makes a lot of sense to me for a lot of reasons. 

Our sacrifice and time living in our current situation will have not all been in vain.  I won't be in debt.  We'll have our own place which happens to be a pretty collapse aware plan. 

Now it's just a matter of finding the caravan.  At this point I'm thinking I'll just work long enough to pay off the truck and caravan and then get back to what I was doing before...which was being Mr. Bamboo.  I wasn't finished with my internship, but something had to be done...so I did it. 

The company I work for actually has a program where you share the truck with two other drivers.  You go out for a week and then you are home for a week.  Once I buy the truck and trailer I can just make the money we need by working six months a year. 

My wife and I are both very content with this new plan.  In fact, it feels right, and is the first time we've both agreed that it's the best possible plan.  Everything seems to have fallen into place...and just hours before the new Gregorian year  :laugh:  (neither of us recognize the Gregorian new year...Samhain is our new years (Halloween for the non-pagans of the forum).

...and they all lived happily ever after...lol.

How  much CASH do you figure to have by say April to buy an Airstream?  I'll shop the net.

RE

By May I may be able to get 10k.  It will probably take a bit longer though.  Most of the used airstreams we've seen in the recent past, that are worth buying, are around 14k, some more then that.  Somewhere around 14-16k will buy a decent older airstream that's been refurbished. 

A really good deal can be had for 10k or so, but I really don't want to scimp on this since it's already a pretty big compromise.  I looked into new Airstreams and that ain't gonna happen.  A 26 footer like we'd need is around 100k new...no fuckin' way that's happening. 

It's going to be a slow process, but at least we have a plan that we agree on.  Now I've just got to keep truckin' and savin' and hopefully by 2019 we'll have our caravan.  Of course financing is always an option ;D  But no way I'm financing an airstream for 100k.  Last I looked RV world has new caravans that would suit our need for around 20k brand new.  Airstreams are the best though...hands down.  They are quality, even the old ones are better than new RV world caravans. 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: 2018: The Year of the BIG ONE?
« on: December 31, 2017, 07:37:22 PM »


Any resemblance between the characters in this story and real life people is strictly coincidental.  ;)

That's hilarious  :D   

Good story though.  But my point is that SHTFD affects everybody.  I put my cash in a safe, and I can buy the trailer and a truck with cash and head to Canada for pennies on the dollar.  Don't need credit for that.  The only way I'd do something like pick my family up and move to somewhere new, where we know nobody, nor the land, would be in a desperate situation.  I fail to see how having good credit and no debt is going to keep me from acquiring a caravan and moving to a new place. 

Honestly, I agree with you that staying out of debt is a better idea.  I think that is a no brainer.  Our living situation has become untenable.  We have to move.  That being the case I'm not going to pay more to live in an apartment with less.  If I lose everything then I guess I lose everything.  I'm 38 years old with a wife and two young kids to care for.  I squandered a career as a Nuke, then as a medic, and now I'm a trucker.  My goose is cooked at this point. 

Maybe I'll just buy a camper and park it at my Mom's.  At least that would give us a getaway from our current situation, and then I'd have no debt.  If it's an airstream it would keep my wife happy as well...she's always wanted an airstream.  Then I could pay off the truck and have no debt yet still have something.  I'm only home five days out of a month anyways.  When I'm home we can just stay in the camper.  Our official address would remain at Aunt Bee's for the kids, to keep the gestapo at bay. 

I think that's a plan you are more likely to agree with.  There's not too much of a difference between a travel trailer and a manufactured home anyways...besides the fact you can up and move that bitch with a pickup truck...

Not saying that's what I'll do...but I'm going to ponder it.  If it were up to me I'd save up and buy a sailboat and figure out a way to live on it with my family and survive on the gig economy.  But I'm only 25% of the equation.

Buying an Airstream for CASH and dropping it on your mom's property as a Getaway from Aunt Bee is a solution I approve of.  :icon_sunny: :emthup:  When you are on time off you can also pull it to one of the National Forests or State Parks and teach the boys survival skills.

You won't have any infrastructure to pay for and you won't have any taxes and you don't have to buy the land from your mom.  Maybe you pay her a parking fee each month for the trailer, but if you were my son and I had 11 acres I sure wouldn't charge you to park your trailer on my property.

Meanwhile, as you accumulate more money you can start building an Earthship on the property as well.  NO DEBT!

RE

Well you'll be happy to know that I just got off the phone with my wife and she is excited about the new plan.  She actually likes it better then the manufactured trailer home option.  It makes a lot of sense to me for a lot of reasons. 

Our sacrifice and time living in our current situation will have not all been in vain.  I won't be in debt.  We'll have our own place which happens to be a pretty collapse aware plan. 

Now it's just a matter of finding the caravan.  At this point I'm thinking I'll just work long enough to pay off the truck and caravan and then get back to what I was doing before...which was being Mr. Bamboo.  I wasn't finished with my internship, but something had to be done...so I did it. 

The company I work for actually has a program where you share the truck with two other drivers.  You go out for a week and then you are home for a week.  Once I buy the truck and trailer I can just make the money we need by working six months a year. 

My wife and I are both very content with this new plan.  In fact, it feels right, and is the first time we've both agreed that it's the best possible plan.  Everything seems to have fallen into place...and just hours before the new Gregorian year  :laugh:  (neither of us recognize the Gregorian new year...Samhain is our new years (Halloween for the non-pagans of the forum). 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: 2018: The Year of the BIG ONE?
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:45:32 PM »


Any resemblance between the characters in this story and real life people is strictly coincidental.  ;)

That's hilarious  :D   

Good story though.  But my point is that SHTFD affects everybody.  I put my cash in a safe, and I can buy the trailer and a truck with cash and head to Canada for pennies on the dollar.  Don't need credit for that.  The only way I'd do something like pick my family up and move to somewhere new, where we know nobody, nor the land, would be in a desperate situation.  I fail to see how having good credit and no debt is going to keep me from acquiring a caravan and moving to a new place. 

Honestly, I agree with you that staying out of debt is a better idea.  I think that is a no brainer.  Our living situation has become untenable.  We have to move.  That being the case I'm not going to pay more to live in an apartment with less.  If I lose everything then I guess I lose everything.  I'm 38 years old with a wife and two young kids to care for.  I squandered a career as a Nuke, then as a medic, and now I'm a trucker.  My goose is cooked at this point. 

Maybe I'll just buy a camper and park it at my Mom's.  At least that would give us a getaway from our current situation, and then I'd have no debt.  If it's an airstream it would keep my wife happy as well...she's always wanted an airstream.  Then I could pay off the truck and have no debt yet still have something.  I'm only home five days out of a month anyways.  When I'm home we can just stay in the camper.  Our official address would remain at Aunt Bee's for the kids, to keep the gestapo at bay. 

I think that's a plan you are more likely to agree with.  There's not too much of a difference between a travel trailer and a manufactured home anyways...besides the fact you can up and move that bitch with a pickup truck...

Not saying that's what I'll do...but I'm going to ponder it.  If it were up to me I'd save up and buy a sailboat and figure out a way to live on it with my family and survive on the gig economy.  But I'm only 25% of the equation. 




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The Kitchen Sink / Re: 2018: The Year of the BIG ONE?
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:13:16 PM »
RE, Also FWIW I will be launching a solar powered refurbished trailer airbnb Q3 this year.  I'm trying to brand our farm experience for millenials younger crowd as a sort of "pastoral punk" getaway. I'm thinking the weekend special will include 2 gallons fresh milk and access to raw milk cheese making workspace, seasonal garden/orchard access, 6 farm fresh free range organic eggs, 1lb fresh grass fed beef,  sauna, woodland mushroom patches, fire pit and more.  Might speed up project completion to have an extra hand or even extra blogger come out and visit this spring/early summer, so if anyone here at the diner is interested in coming to southwest wisconsin for free lodging and food for a few days PM me.

Happy to hear about your luck Roamer!  The trucking company I took a job for is headquartered in Wisconsin.  I'll PM you. 

I'm actually hanging out in Beloit right now.  Got here today, but I can't deliver the load of power cables until Tuesday due to the New Year, so I'm just hanging out at a truck stop in my truck until Tuesday. 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: 2018: The Year of the BIG ONE?
« on: December 31, 2017, 01:12:10 PM »
If I lose my job as a truck driver than that means there is no longer demand for freight.  Or it means diesel is too expensive to satisfy that demand.  The first one only happens if BAU ends, and the second causes BAU to end.  Well, then there are the robots potentially taking over the moving of freight.  Either way we're pretty much talking the end of BAU. 

Now, if I'm renting, then I have a rent payment to make or I lose my home.  Rent will cost me more per month then a modest mortgage for an even more modest disposable trailer will cost.  I will PAY MORE MONEY to live in a rental situation than I will to live with a mortgage.  If I lose my job, then I can't pay rent, and I get evicted and they fuck up my credit.  If I have a mortgage, and I lose my job, it will take longer to evict me, but I will also lose my home and they will fuck my credit.  Either way results in me being homeless with bad credit

I'm not trying to turn this conversation back to my situation either, because there is already a thread for that.  However, it does serve as a good overall example. 

The way I see it, is that you may as well get all that you can while the getting is good.  The whole "collapse now and avoid the rush" tactic that JMG advocates for is a good one, if you are willing to do that.  I started down that road.  Quit my career as a medic and moved in with family to pursue permaculture and to prepare for collapse.  5 years went by and I was still clinging to BAU only in the gig economy.  I realized that community is the only real hedge against collapse.  Here in Merika we don't have anything remotely similar to what I mean by community.  I mean in the "communties that abide" sense of community.  A community that's focused around a renewable type of agriculture.  One that grows food without the use of petrochemicals and with machinery no bigger than a simple small tractor.  Something like the blueprint for SUN.

We saw how far that went didn't we.  Nobody is willing to put money down towards such a thing.  Not many people are willing to turn their backs on BAU, even when they disagree with it.  I'm one of those people.  I disagree with BAU, as do most of us, at least in principal.  I think things could be done much better with the end result of a civilization that produces no waste.  A renewable civilization with stewardship of a healthy Earth as it's core driving principle.  What I realized, after five years, is that this is a dream housed in a fictitious wall of idealism.  It's not going to happen.  We're going to pump and frack every last drop of petroleum, and we're likely going to destroy our biosphere in the process. 

I'm hopeful that the Earth is a much bigger and complicated system than we give it credit for.  Digibtis are a limitless resource.  Granted, the raw materials of the primary economy are not, and that is the true limiting factor to our predicament.  At some point the mass of people on Earth will overwhelm what's left of Earth's primary economy.  That's already happening.  That's why dead people have been drifting to shore in the Mediterranean.  War is the proximal cause for that, but too many people is the root cause. 

My new view is that BAU will continue until the wheels fly off, and then it doesn't matter who you are, you are fucked.  The 1% who prepared for that by building fortified island bunkers will last a bit longer, as will the redneck in the woods who still knows how to hunt, fish, and start a fire.  What kind of world will that be for children?  It will be "The Road," meets "Children of Men."  There's no hedging against that world.  Until that world arrives we've got BAU to deal with, and in that world it's get or get got.  It's the law of the jungle...dog eat dog...every man for himself.  In that world idealism will slowly eat you alive, and you'll wake up miserable with no credit and nowhere to go, because if you don't play the game then you don't get credit.  You can have no debt and then you will have no credit either, and that's pretty much the same thing as bad credit.  Either one you ain't gettin' a house, or even gettin' a lease somewhere to rent. 

So...why not get what you can while you can.  That's where I'm at now, and I have a family to provide for, so I'm going to provide for them in the actual world that we have to deal with.  I tried collapsing first to avoid the rush, and in my case it didn't fuckin' work.  A wife and kids complicate the scenarios.  There really are different strategies that are optimal for you depending on your life circumstances.  A family man has a family to service in the actual world, as the world is, and not in the world as it may well be...and soon.  If I were rich I'd build a Sunstead and stock it with like minded people.  Ain't that a bitch?   

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: 2018: The Year of the BIG ONE?
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:41:54 AM »
Great article RE!!!   :emthup:

I was wondering if you could elaborate on the "get out/stay out of debt" portion of your suggestions for preparation for tshtf day? 

Do you think they are going to bring back debtor prisons?  Is that why it's such a big deal to you for people to stay out of debt?

I'm interested, obviously, because I'm around six months away from procuring myself a mortgage, as you are aware.  What's the big deal with debt?  Worst case, at least in the present economic reality, is that you go bankrupt.  You yourself went bankrupt.  They fuck your credit score and you can't finance a house for ten years or so.  And?  So!  If the shtf what does that matter?  What good is good credit and a debt free life when you have nowhere to live? 

If tshtf than I don't see the banks being able to do much about anything because that means everybody's fucked and the rule of law has vanished.  That means all of the guns come out and anarchy and lawlessness descends on us all.  It also means that the banks aren't going to be able to kick you out of your house for fear of getting shot in the face with a shotgun.  Bankers jump off of high rise buildings and splatter on the concrete and asphalt during those times.  The sheriff doesn't evict anyone from their home because he's got no salary any longer, and even if he does, he'd have to evict his own family. 

So, please, elaborate on why it's so important to stay out of debt? 

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: My Truckin' Truck Life
« on: December 28, 2017, 06:12:00 AM »
I certainly won't complain about any of the well thought out advice and information that I get here on the Diner.  I value all of the experience, insight, knowledge, and expertise that I get here, and that is why I always come here with big decisions.  I respect everyone's opinion even when I do not agree (contrary to RE's assertion). 

On matter of what I'm going to do about a home...well...I'm currently up in the air with it.  What I do know is that I'm going to be mortgaging something.  I'm going to do that because that will result in a lot more for less to the same amount of money that I'd pay to live in an apartment here.  A decent apartment in my area will run about $900 a month in rent, and that would be the cheapest option that we'd care to live in.  While I'm aware that there are benefits to apartment living, such as low utilities bills and no responsibility on upkeep for appliances, plumbing, electrical, etc etc..., typically only one year lease agreements, and no mortgage.  I'm also aware, having lived in apartments for most of my life, that it also comes with shitty neighbors who make lots of noise and complain about shit, no land for gardening, no storage buildings for tools and such, next to no privacy outside of the dwelling, and a lot of time maintenance staff and admin who give less then two shits about anything other then getting the rent on time.  Even still, I'd be willing to live in an apartment...my wife however is not.  That takes apartment living off of the table for me.  Besides, I'd rather not rent because you pay more to rent then you do to mortgage. 

The only question left for me is what am I going to mortgage?  Currently I'm entertaining all options.  My bank told me I need a 680 for my credit score.  It's currently 650 and slowly rising.  Very slowly.  Those fuckers are a bunch of bastards and the credit score game is a loosing one if you are a consumer.  The rules make no sense unless you are a coked up banker.  I really don't care to play, but I have little choice in the matter. 

I'm game for the manufactured home if I can get one that's not a piece of shit.  Apparently that can be difficult but it's possible as Agelbert has demonstrated.  Currently I'm looking into stick built houses for sale as well as manufactured home options.  The main benefit for me, with a manufactured home, is that I can have one plopped down on my mom's 11 acres.  That is the most appealing option for me as finding a house is going to result in less land in a place that will likely not be as ideal.  120k is the max I'm willing to finance because it's the max I can afford on my current salary.  It's also the max I could afford to hustle to pay given I return to the gig economy.  Which is likely at some point. 

Another important tidbit on this entire discussion ties the thread together.  I went trucking to get us our own home.  I needed the W-2 to mortgage something.  Once I acquire said mortgage I may well decide that working for the man is now a waste of my time and return back to Ancient Earth Landscaping, bamboo, permaculture, and herbal medication  ;D 

Truckin' is likely a temporary strategy for me...although I am paying 4% into a 401k so...I'm keeping all of my options open. 


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http://www.businessinsider.com/subway-closes-over-900-us-locations-2017-12

Subway closed over 900 stores this year as franchisees claim promotions have 'decimated' business


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    Subway's US store count dropped by 909 locations in 2017.

I think that Subway's woes stem from the story that they put plastic in their bread that broke a couple of years ago. My wife used to have a favorite Sandwich from Subway. It's been years since we went there. Or, for that matter, ANY fast food emporium.

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Subway suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity sparked by a food blogger who petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient.
The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in food as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. The Environmental Working Group published a list of nearly 500 food products containing the chemical, including Little Debbie Honey Buns, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, and many items served at McDonald's, Burger King and Starbucks.
The chemical is also used to make yoga mats.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/subway-no-more-yoga-mat-chemical-in-our-bread/

So does this mean I can eat my wife's yoga mat :icon_scratch:

I mean she's not using it for anything.  Maybe I should try making some bread with it ;D

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: My Truckin' Truck Life
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:38:38 PM »
Love of freedom my ass.

Misogyny - The dislike of, or contempt for, or ingrained predjuice against women.

And that tool leaning against the wall that looks like a spade.  It is a spade!

Yep, I'll second that.

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: My Truckin' Truck Life
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:34:34 PM »
GM enjoys camping.  We went backpacking for 5 days for our honeymoon.  Made love on the top of a waterfall...it was awesome :emthup:

Then she gave me two children, and the second one I watched her deliver with no meds...naturally...in a bathtub.  It's probably the most amazing thing I've ever seen.  She's a strong, powerful, beautiful woman, and I'm grateful and lucky that she's put up with my shit for as long as she has.  We just had our 11th's anniversary being married, and we've been together for 15 years.  She's more then happy to live in a single wide trailer, and that's more then most men can say of their wives in this country. 

This is the exact model that we are going to buy, from Clayton homes.

http://claytonhomesofspartanburg.com/Homes/MA0723-0112/Images

Finally, I'd like to say something with regards to this notion about going into debt being the worst thing one could do now, at this stage in the game.  Why is it such a bad thing?  Worst case you go bankrupt, which, you, RE, did, and were happy to do.  Worst case your credit is fucked.  And?  What the fuck does that mean if tshtf?  Credit won't mean a damn thing anymore.  So you can pick up and move (after the terms of your lease are satisfied at least...otherwise your credit suffers), and?  Then what?  You go live in the woods and hide from the zombies?  Please...that's a crock of shit.  It's a delusion of hopium with no basis in reality.  We can't be a kingdom all alone.  We need farmers for starters.  We need community or we are just surviving and that's not much of a quality of life. 

Again, so what if I lose and my credit gets fucked.  It won't be the first time my credits been fucked.  What really matters is the ability to produce the income, which I have now.  I will have it as well.  When I lose the ability to make money driving a truck it's because the games over, and that game is over for everybody.  When the trucks stop, BAU stops, and there is no hedging against that.  Eddie will be just as fucked as the rest of us.  Granted, he may be able to buffer himself and his for a bit longer, but if the trucks stop then we are all fucked. 

In the end, for me, buying a trailer is just the cheapest rent with the most benefits.  I really get 11 acres on a river right next to my mom's brand new stick built house.  My kids get their grandma and step grandpa right next door.  They get 11 acres to run around and play on, and a river and several creeks and springs, and woods to have the best little boy life imaginable. 

I suppose though, that maybe they would be better off if I moved us all into a 1000 sqft apartment building surrounded by ghetto ass people with no self respect along with their cockroaches and litter?  That way we'd have no place to garden, no nature, nothing but trash and asphalt and other snot nosed shit licking children to get their snot nosed shit licking feral ways all over my children.  Oh, and also I'll pay more money per month for the rest of my life for the opportunity!!!  Are you fucking kidding me?

I think I'll take the 11 acres of nature on a river next to the only loving extended family we've got in a new 1200 sqft home.  For less money.  That I'll at least have a chance of owning. 

It's not that I don't respect your opinion RE.  It's just that you aren't married and never had children.

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The Kitchen Sink / Re: My Truckin' Truck Life
« on: December 19, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
And Agelbert,

I agree with everything you said in your last two comments.  Just wanted to state that for the record.  Thanks for the reply. 

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