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#^ The End of the Day Philosophy : zenhabits

‘If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.’~Bill Watterson I’ve been making my small decisions throughout the day, recently, with a simple question: How will I feel about this when today is over? If I have a choice right now between reading social media and news articles, or writing, I kn…

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Wonderful insights from yesterday


A couple of years ago when The Boss decided that we were going to go tech here at the shop I set everyone up a Google account. For a while I messed around with a server and a samba server in order to make life easier. This proved to be not so easy. Setting up everything was remarkably easy but explaining how to use it to The Boss and his Mrs was not at all a thrill. To help you understand, my boss went nuts when he found a web browser that was not Internet Explorer on his computer. When I explained to him that with the server set-up I could draw a plan and leave it on my computer and he could sit in his office and look at it without going through any file transfers he went apoplectic. No one should be able to get into these computers! They should be stand-alone devices! I didn’t have the heart or the guts to tell him that all the internet is just a bunch of computer talking to one another.

Anyway I setup Google accounts for everyone out here. Now I know that Google is the paradigm of evil in the modern world. Google is some sort of hybridization of the Sith Lords and the Borg. BUT Google is easy to use, there is not much fiddling to do to make it work and is reliable. (I also note with a small dose of cynicism that very few of the anti-Google preachers are really google-free.) I even setup an account for myself, trying to head-off any confusion for the boss and his wife. I played around with it just enough to learn my way around so that I could explain it to them and played with a few of the widgets and geegaws for grins and giggles and then pretty much ignored the fact that I have a google account after that.

As many of you know I have been in a “The internet is taking over my life and I want it back!” mode. It seems that everything that I do anymore has something to do with or by something online. Yesterday I simply didn’t want to mess with it. I got to work, threw the phone in the desk and went to work.

Now my business moves by text messaging and email. Saying that the phone is in the desk is one thing but spending a day off of the grid is not an event that is truly going to happen. About once an hour or so I came into my office and checked my messages and such. I had forgotten that I use the gmail account as my junk collector. Any account that required an email at sign up got the gmail address. Being a gmail sceptic I didn’t feel guilty about loading up their server with junk mail.

Now much to my surprise all the blogs I follow on wordpress showed up in that email account. As I did my routine checks of my messages I was also able to read my social media items without me having to do squat.

I like that.

I am tired of working the tech I want the tech to work for me.

So the long and the short of it is that while I have been focused on using instant messaging to do what I do online, I am now thinking that, in spite of any inherent problems that it may have, email is the option that I will explore for doing what I do. It comes to my phone. As a matter of fact, I am not sure my phone will work properly without this gmail account. Email is low-bandwidth so if Verizon decides to mess me over and take away my unlimited internet I will be ok.

And I will play around with the gadgets and geegaws on Google for a while.

It takes a lot of money to keep Gandhi poor.

At one time I owned a tribute book about Mahatma Gandhi. You know, one of those books written shortly after the death of someone dearly beloved.

The author assaulted the reader with the usual onslaught of warm fuzzy feelings about the recently departed.

I remember the picture on the back of the book that showed every possession that Mr Gandhi owned. He had a bowl, some silverware, a pair of sandals, the spinning wheel, and a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.

Gandhi probably controlled more property than he owned but it amazes me that minimalism brought down the British Empire.

He who dies with the most toys wins?

I have a minimalist heart. My world has become so overgrown with stuff and nonsense that at times the desire to walk away from all of it and live in a cave occupies every thought that I have.

I read on many websites and blogs about people who try to pare down their “personal” possessions down to a mere 100 items. Even with my minimalist heart I take more stuff than that on a camping trip.

If I get to live the dream in the Big Bend area I will try to have less than 200 on the entire place.


searching for water

the cat prowls everything-

son not in bed yet

Been pondering the simple life yet again

I have a small dream. I realize that the odds are greatly stacked against this dream ever coming close to being accomplished but it is a quiet stirring in my heart.

I would love to buy some of that desert land out in southwest Texas. This land sells for dirt cheap. I am talking $200 an acre cheap. It has two problems with it though. It is desert country which is not really a problem for me but some people don’t care for it. The other problem is that because it is desert country you have to have 100 acres or more just to get enough water to be able to rust a nail.

This is terra rustica. There is no electric service to most of the area down there and getting service to a bungalow down there is cost prohibitive for the average Jim. Gas and water will have to be brought in. Cellphone service is spotty at best. Internet coverage in these areas is non-existent.

One may not even have easy access to their property.

Sounds like heaven!

I would love to buy a chunk of this land and build a little hut about the size of The Manhut. I want to build it mostly out of materials found on the property. Yeah a little rock getaway! I build a huge roof for the thing to help collect rainwater. A couple of solar panels and good batteries should supply all the power that I need for a radio, a couple of small lights, and a pump to operate the toilet and shower and sink.

I want to build the whole thing with my own two hands. I want know every square inch of this oasis. I don’t want to pay anyone to do anything on the property. It is not that I am a cheapskate, which I am, but it has more to do with living life on MY terms and not someone else’s.

I am tired of working myself to death just so everyone else gets to live a better life at my expense. Sometimes this hustle bustle world is really more than I want to contend with. I am not suicidal or anything, it is just that 21st Century American holds little appeal for me. It doesn’t even make sense to me most of the time. Our lifestyle has little to do with life and too much to do with style. And it is not even good style.

I know it will be hard work but I really want a place to hide from the consumerist world… Sad irony is that I am typing this out on a cellphone…

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