Sunday, June 29, 2008
Being that I was on the dumpie bike and had to be particular what I rescued I grabbe a cuppla grape vines (still in pretty good shape) for $4 each (regularly $20 ea) and planted them in the baskets of the dumpiebike and rode home. The grapes may not be good this year as its a tad late in the season but the leaves will be good for stuffed grape leaves at the very least.
On the way back I saw a cuppla signs for a moving sale so I dropped off the grapes , grabbed a refill on my coffee and rode over to see what kind of deals I could find. Got a pair of jeans (Levis- Strauss) in one size bigger than my usual for $2 and a tamale/ corn pot with canning attachments for another $2. Also picked up the SUnday paper that was laying in front of an empty house (victim of a foreclosure as the notice was on the front door) .
All in all a successful SUnday morning
Saturday, June 28, 2008
gimme a f'n break. a green razor. If the force that oversees our creation and evolution had want us to not have facial hair or leg hair or underarm hair he would have not given it to us or on the other hand thru evolution we would have lost it. But I cant believe the lengths that corporate America will go to "pimp" the green movement. I for one would not buy this. When I stopped shaving about 20 years ago I was still using the old Schick that my father used. One blade two-sided stainless steel handle. Built to last. And for the disposal of the blade there was a slot in the back of the med cabinet that sent the blade into the house structure where it wodl be safe.
Anyhow if you are interested in the details on this. check this out here.
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I began thinking about my entire generation and the next one coming and how little we know about living in a way that doesn’t need specialists/ consultants to take care of all of the things we don’t know how to do. I have spent years teaching my children that "can't" is not a legitimate term to use in any instance. You can do almost anything you want to. If you choose not to do something then that is your choice. You can do it but you choose not to.
Now, perhaps specialists are needed and I’ll survive just fine, but I suspect that I will be better served by having a general knowledge about a lot of things and being able to do more things for myself this being able to pass that general working knowledge down to the next generation.
I then wondered if I would be able to learn all of these things. On top of that, I thought of what I do know above and beyond the “average” person my age and I began to wonder if they’d be able to catch up if the time came that it was needed. Is the learning curve too great? Have we gotten too far away from the lifestyle where you could do things for yourself? I hope not.
We should all make it a goal and a responsibility to ensure that our children and grandchildren have the survival knowedge and skills necessary to exist in this ever declining world. That too me is one of the most important things to pass down besides the learning to learn is the learning to be self-reliant when necessary.
Alas as I was dared to by a colleague I wrote to ED and asked him why he didnt publicize and forward the non-corporate green methodologies that we dumpies and freegans and downright poor people follow in our efforts to survive. ie dumpieing, freeganing, rainwater collect in covered garbage cans instead of $300 models, riding dumpied/ refurbished bikes, etc. His response to me was quite short and I will include it here
" I did all that stuff on the cheap for years…from 1970 to 1982 everything I did was home made and scrapped together. Lots of those tips and stories are in my book LIVING LIKE ED as well.
So he gave up the "living cheap" stuff back in 1982. This is 2008. That is 26 years he has been buying green environmentalism. And now that its chic he is making money and gaining prestige by "pimping" it to the yuppie masses. Another sell-out.
But the show is entertaining as is the entire Planet green network.. As for the producers of Trashed. THank goodness for the stupid waste criminals for without them I wouldnt have half the crap I have saved from going to the landfill in support of my own endeavors.
Maybe I will create the new low-budget" hit comedy for the masses "living withTrashdigger"
Friday, June 27, 2008
all winter long I have been contemplating a larger shed at the homestead to protect the bikes, increase the size of my work shop, store more food staples and dumpie finds for eating and selling on the CL. I think I have found the inspiration I need.
HAve a gander around and see what is possible.. I did. ANd now I am off to gather pallets in my daily rounds. I think 4-6 pallets for the floor will do well. SImple design. MAybe a few plexi-glass windows for light and a potbelly stove for winter work..
Monday, June 23, 2008
If you’ve got a wish to get outside and check out the great outdoors with friends and family, consider getting involved with the Great American Backyard Campout set for this upcoming Saturday.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, they’re asking folks to register their campsite and take part in what may be the largest concerted camping effort in backyards across America since the Revolution.
Of course, you’ll need to provide the gear, s’mores and fun yourself, but there’s no doubt it could be a great way to bring out the kid in those around you while inspiring some of the real kids around you to take a new appreciation for nature itself.
To date there are approximately 19K people signed up to participate, but there’s certainly room for a few more.
Registering for the Great American Backyard Campout
To register just head over to the Great American Backyard Campout’s website and fill out the details of where it is you’re camping out, whether it’s in your own backyard or even your favorite campsite nearby. They promise to load you up with packing lists, recipes, wildlife guides, activities, and tips to help ensure you have a great time
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Listed are the 10 KEY FACTORS that define a DDF home in the 21st century. The principle that underlies all these factors is that DDF is a way of life not just a hobby or passing trend
While these 10 factors make up the “ideal” of DDF, it is understood that individual circumstances vary greatly and that many of these ideals will perfect with time.
I. Grow your own FOOD and Dumpie the rest.
More than 50% of your diet should come from the home-grown food and the dumpie finds.
II. Use alternative ENERGY sources.
E.g., solar, wind, in conjunction with energy efficiency and conservation measures to reduce usage. Also the implementation of free resources (pot belly stove, firplace chiminea
III. Use alternative FUELS & TRANSPORTATION.
bikes, walking public transportation.
IV. Keep expenses for produce to the minimum by dumpieing and foraging.
Practice creative dumpstering.
V. Practice WASTE REDUCTION.
Re-use, recycle, repair refurbish.
VI. Reclaim GREYWATER and collect RAINWATER.
Though in Denver its illegal fuck em . Hard times require hard choices
VII. Live SIMPLY.
…in the manner of past eras. Develop back-to-basics homemaking skills, including food preservation and preparation. Develop hobbies and interests that can benefit you as well as society. wood work, gardening, reading etc
VIII. Do the work YOURSELF.
Learn to do home and vehicle maintenance, repairs and basic construction.
IX. Work at HOME.
Earn a living from the land or hand work done at home. Develop a homebased economy
X. Be a good NEIGHBOR.
Offer a helping hand for free. DDF is a community-based way of life, not a business opportunity. Be a neighbor, not a business person. Share the wealth
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I love the back door library, ie the local used bookstore who throws away boxes of books every weekend. This morning as I was going to get my fathers day breakfast,thru the front door, donuts and danish I ran by the library and found lots of books that i wanted but could not easily warrant buying. HST, Roth, Updike and many other classics of modern lit. All for free. Heck I didnt even take the dumpiemobile. I put em all in the basket on the dumpie bike. ANyhow on the way back with my finds I cut a nice bouquet of wild roses for the wife to make the breakfast table smell good. The cost for the breakfast $5. The memories I will have of this day... priceless.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
borrowed from MOther Earth News...
What steps would you take to prepare if you knew that five years from now everything would cost 10 times what it costs now — gas, food, electricity, solar panels, hybrid cars — everything, but your income would not change? What would you do now to be in a better place to cope?
* Do you have a bit of land and the skills to grow and preserve a good portion of your own food? If not, could you join with your neighbors and garden together on open land one of you owns?
* What about fuel to warm your home? Do you know how much firewood you could produce from one acre?
* What would it cost you to commute to your job if gas cost 10 times more — about $40 per gallon? Should you consider moving closer to your work, or getting a vehicle that gets better mileage? Maybe invest in an electric bicycle?
* Could you keep goats and learn to make your own cheese? If you don’t have much land, you could keep a couple of goats in a very small area and bring food to them. They love to eat twigs and leaves — perhaps you could harvest brush along public roadsides for their feed.
* Chickens can be great, sustainable sources of eggs and meat, but remember — commercial feed would cost 10 times more than it does now, so could you grow their feed at home?
* Would you plant some peach pits and have your own peach orchard?
* Could you grow your own herbal medicines?
* Or do you think it would be foolish to work to become more self-reliant, because you believe that if things got really bad, roving gangs with guns would steal your food and fuel?
* Are you already 50 percent self-sufficient? 90 percent? Tell us how you did it, and how it feels.
* Do you despair that we may be doomed? Or are you determined to choose a course that you think will assure you and your family of a good life, full of delight, no matter what comes?
* Whatever your perspective, I want to hear your thoughts. Discuss below.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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