I don’t know why I’m even writing about this, as none of you are going to move to the desert. Why be semi-independent of the power company and the landlord? Far better to stay in the city and roll the dice that green shoots will fly out of Obammy’s butt. That way you never have to sacrifice or give the wife something else to bitch about. I mean, don’t even bother spending two grand for unemployment insurance by buying land and a van, even if you don’t use them now. After all, nothing bad could ever happen to us, right? Mother Nature cares that you belong to the American Empire. About as much as she did in Pompeii. And forget about worrying about that three year in a row oil import decline. As soon as we have to we’ll just turn on the UFO room temperature fusion generator that’s been waiting around since Roswell.
If by some miracle you do move, you are going to want to do a lot of stupid things. Install a five grand well. Put in a three grand septic. And pay heavy machinery operators hundreds of dollars to clear away the sage brush to minimize the fire danger. It isn’t necessary. Just buy two or three camp saws from the Wal-Mart camping section and cut it yourself. I’m not in great shape, even less so a year and a half ago when we moved to the Compound. In four hours of non-stop labor in the evening and two in the morning I cleared enough brush in an L shape ( the first leg from the road, the second leg to get southern exposure-this is high, not low, desert and it is almost always cold rather than hot ) to pull in the thirty foot trailer. It stayed that way for a bit as I gradually cleared away from the trailer. Usually fifteen to thirty minutes at a time. I’m not happy with only twenty five feet of clearance all around the trailer. I would like to double that. But it gives a good enough fire break.
I understand this is basic and most likely unnecessary to bring up. I’m not trying to insult your intelligence, but merely to point out how easy it is to forget that manual labor isn’t always impossible. You don’t always need a machine or power tools for every task.
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