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by theanimal
Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1518

Re: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard

I wanted to do something similar a few years ago, but more a la @Mikebos and buying cheap land. https://forum.earlyretirementextreme.com/viewtopic.php?t=4126 I think you could do it, but I don't think it would happen via something like Craigslist. More so through your community of friends and people...
by theanimal
Tue Nov 23, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: 7Wannabe5- Take 7- The Money Dimple
Replies: 371
Views: 39007

Re: 7Wannabe5- Take 7- The Money Dimple

Glad to see your spirits are still up. I'm really hoping that this treatment works out for you or you are able to find something to quell these symptoms.
by theanimal
Mon Nov 22, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 669
Views: 170577

Re: the animal's journal

0F is balmy :P it hasn’t been near 0 in over a week now. You’d get accustomed to it. Starting in about a week there won’t even be any respite during the day as the sun will be too low/far away to heat up the air. The coldest I’ve experienced is the winter of 2020. For 50 days in January and February...
by theanimal
Mon Nov 22, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 669
Views: 170577

Re: the animal's journal

Over the past year DF and I have dwindled down the foods that we consume from afar, electing to eat close to as locally and seasonally as possible. As such, we do not end up buying or consuming tropical goods or even those really of a temperate climate beyond root vegetables, frozen crucifers/root v...
by theanimal
Sat Nov 20, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Mitigating PFAS
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: Mitigating PFAS

@GdP-Yes, I have read the local water info. There is PFAS in the water, lower quantities than elsewhere but definitely present. It is from a local aquifer and there is no piping system so you have to figure if it’s here it’s everywhere. The place we lived last winter was a rental on an 80 acre compo...
by theanimal
Sat Nov 20, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Xmas gifts for nieces and nephews
Replies: 10
Views: 720

Re: Xmas gifts for nieces and nephews

Sounds like they aren't in NZ. If that's the case, are there any unique to NZ candies/sweets/foods that they'd enjoy? I like gifting consumables because in most cases you know that they will actually be used. Living in a unique place makes it easier to gift things that they might not be accustomed to.
by theanimal
Sat Nov 20, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Mitigating PFAS
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Mitigating PFAS

What does everyone here do to limit their exposure to PFAS? Water filtration is the obvious one. We do not use any Teflon coated products, only stainless steel, cast iron and glass cookware. We have one rug that was made prior to 2018 so my thought is that it likely has PFAS in it. Then of course th...
by theanimal
Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Lemur Journal!
Replies: 653
Views: 151682

Re: Lemur Journal!

Nice compost bed! I love making things out of scrap as well. We made 3 compost bins out of pallets and scrap wood this past summer. Just yesterday we were adding a door to one of the bins. Although, working on that particular project usually leads to a lot of F bombs for me, at least internally, due...
by theanimal
Thu Nov 18, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Dave's Journal - documenting the path to FI
Replies: 87
Views: 25523

Re: Dave's Journal - documenting the path to FI

Nice update! Sounds like a very satisfying and fulfilling experience. Have you looked into how Wisconsin and Michigan compare cost wise? Illinois has so few places one can go. I remember when I was home a few years ago we tried going to a forest preserve about an hour and a half south of the city to...
by theanimal
Thu Nov 18, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Living on a hidden aluminum boat
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Living on a hidden aluminum boat

Jacob you may be thinking of @Rachels? viewtopic.php?t=111

This thread is also relevant, about the Hubbards who built a shantyboat and lived on the Ohio River. viewtopic.php?t=6148
by theanimal
Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1518

Re: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard

I see. I didn’t know you were looking to do that stuff. Generator makes more sense then All advice and encouragement has been meant good naturedly of course ;) .
by theanimal
Wed Nov 17, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1518

Re: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard

No I am not talking about large fixed solar panels. I'm talking about foldable ones that are light and you can fit in a backpack like this: https://www.amazon.com/TP-solar-Foldable-Portable-Generator-Smartphones/dp/B07ZZ8VY2V/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=foldable+100w+solar+panel+usb&qid=1637205950&s...
by theanimal
Wed Nov 17, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1518

Re: Living in a Tent in Someone's Backyard

BZ5, you said yourself people need to learn to live without ICE. You don't need a generator! Look into battery banks and foldable solar panels. Those paired with charging at the library or store are all you need.
by theanimal
Wed Nov 17, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: FreedomPop
Replies: 42
Views: 8546

Re: FreedomPop

Mint Mobile is currently offering 3 months free with the purchase of 3 months of service as part of a Black Friday deal. 6 months of 4 GB/mo for $45. Not bad. I believe it renews after that at the regular $15/mo rate. ETA: I might be mistaken on renewals. If I'm understanding what they're saying, th...
by theanimal
Wed Nov 17, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: living out of my office in pursuit of ERE
Replies: 19
Views: 1128

Re: living out of my office, AMA!

Have you ever read this guys blog? I remember reading it a few years ago, sounds like you have a very similar setup . He lived in his office for nearly 2 years without being noticed. I don’t remember the original blog name but here’s an overview article he wrote. https://www.salon.com/2015/04/30/i_s...
by theanimal
Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 669
Views: 170577

Re: the animal's journal

Thanks, blackjack. I'll have to try that. @WRC- I don't really have explicit goals with the blog. Initially, it served as a means to write about my NOLS experience and share with my family. From that, I found I like writing, especially about things pertaining to Alaska. I have an obsession with almo...
by theanimal
Tue Nov 16, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Education of Axel Heyst
Replies: 1013
Views: 127925

Re: The Education of Axel Heyst

I saw on your blog that you mentioned getting sucked in more intensely on the occasions you do use screens. A list of what you are going to do and research/lookup when online may help. I had a similar setup when I lived in the Arctic. to what you are going to be doing. Internet (very slow) was only ...
by theanimal
Mon Nov 15, 2021 12:35 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Education of Axel Heyst
Replies: 1013
Views: 127925

Re: The Education of Axel Heyst

I’m also really interested. Id like to do something similar myself but I don’t think as extreme to start. I do wonder how you’ll be able to connect with others. A flip phone like 2B1S suggested might be the ticket. You can still call others if need be but all the addictive aspects of a smartphone ar...
by theanimal
Sat Nov 13, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 669
Views: 170577

Re: the animal's journal

Thanks guys! Just trying to avoid getting sucked into the vortex myself. It definitely is a weaker vortex up here than what I imagine is present in many urban areas today. It helps to have friends who are primarily interested in non digital things as well as a DF that hardly ever looks at her phone ...
by theanimal
Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Bz5 Journal
Replies: 95
Views: 4332

Re: Bz5 Journal

I strongly recommend getting a larger tent than just a bivy tent. It is far more comfortable and less claustrophobic and gives you room to read and do other things when it's raining out. If you are going to be living in it everyday you will get very fast with putting up/taking down the tent if that ...