i know i said i was gonna shut things down here. but the weird thing is that that didn’t change my traffic stats. nice to know that i’m not required to write on my own blog.
my kids and i went up to kelowna to help my morn get her place ready to sell; she’s gonna do the smart thing and sell just before the market goes *poof*. in fact it’s already dropped a few points over the last few months. insiders suggest that prices are artificially high by about 20-25%, driven by real estate speculators. that should be about the amount it will drop over the next little while.
after the dust clears she’ll find a place to rent until the market corrects.
but i’ve been talking to my kids and the money struggles they are having. even my son who works in construction is being hit hard – last month he spent $400.00 in gas alone just to commute to his work site. accommodation and transportation costs are eating up most of his income.
i’m suggesting to the family that we go old skool and consolidate. it was the promise of capitalism that broke up family members into their own individual enclaves, and i suppose that was once affordable although socially undesirable. but for increasing numbers of people it has become untenable to have family members scattered here and there and each paying for their separate, isolated lifestyles, ones they could at least partially share.
we haven’t decided yet, but my mom is thinking of moving down here and sharing a place with my daughter. maybe stu would come over as well. the kids are adamant that they don’t want to live alternatively (rv/boat) but at the very least sharing a place would save everyone a lot of money while being able to support each other. and another problem with living isolated is there is always so much stuff to deal with and take care of on your own, which translates into stress.
they don’t want to liveabaord so that leaves me out and maybe tracy. maybe she would go between two homes, i don’t know. i’ve found my nirvana and i’m not giving it up.
it is possible that the ongoing, massive failure of capitalism (we ain’t even there yet) would have a bright side- sure we’ll own less, but just maybe we’ll have our communities and families back. how did we ever get the idea that things are better than people? oh wait, yeah, advertising, assorted medias, government policies…
tracy and i are seriously considering going further in simplifying our lives by getting rid of cellphones and cars. there is a fantastic car share co-op in victoria and cycling makes getting around a snap. no repairs, insurance, gas parking, accidents, thefts and hit and runs and break-ins. we just got a whopping cell phone bill for $380.00 for the three phones because i had a lot of phone business i had to take care of and it pushed my minutes into the stratosphere. i would have used skype but it’s been acting up lately. i might try a dedicated voip phone system. funny, i can’t recall the last time i got a call on my cell that required me to get it while i was away from home. i only got my first cell in 2000; somehow i survived before then. in fact, i just read in the g&m that only about 2/3 of canadians own cellphones. most of the remaining 1/3 live in sask and the yukon.
being a retired hipster this will be a real break from my past. i mean, i should be lining up to buy an iphone right? but unfrtunately no matter how hip i was, what things have translated into is big money for flashy toys to show how cool you are, nobody needs a $600 phone plus exhorbitant monthly charges. it’s tha cache thing. which is worth about as much as the sludge i pump out of my holding tank.
frankly, owning a hoodride has a hell of a lot more meaning and provides an actual political statement compareed to the chinese manufacturered toys of self importance. if you don’t know the meaning of hoodride, look it up-it’s so cool.
sweet 1968 vw single cab pickup, first year bay window vw, original dealer logo, lowered with american alloy wheels. paint is crap. it turns heads everwhere and poeple constantly come up to me to tell me how cool my rig is. and no ubiquitous toy phone – i built this fucker outta two trucks. guys can blow 100 grand ona sweet-ass mercedes or bmw and nobody notices it. but this cheap old truck is what makes people smile and point. it’s for sale btw, $10,000 and i’ll lose money even at that price. nothing to do with a hoodride, just how things worked out.
i would also like to find out if i can get a break on my power if we switched to our solar panels in the summer; it would be nice to get further off the grid. right now we pay $50.00 a month for power and yet have less living space than almost everyone else at the dock, so we are subsidizing them. not a big deal, but i would like to find a way of opting out if i want to.
as canoe cove marine doesn’t see fit to fix the damage they did to my engine i’m going through insurance, and they can haul them into the courthouse. but i have to figger out how to get satan outta his hole. there is no hatch to take off to expose him, so he kinda has to slide back into the salon and then be lifted out, maybe with the boom. if i’m very lucky i will be able to to replace said rear crankshaft seal without pulling the engine. but the v-drive and tranny have to come out. fortunately, the insurance co will pay me my going rate to do the work.
btw, i got an email from cbc asking about my floating commune idea; i’ll have to get back to them. should be interesting…
more good news is that apple is giving me a brand new laptop to replace this one. although i’ve got two years worth of use out of this macbook, it had several warranteed problems with it because it was new technology. early-adopter syndrome they call it. anyway, to make amends they are giving me a new one complete with upgraded 2 gigs of ram, 160 gig harddrive and upgraded processor and an upgraded dvd burner superdrive. not bad. i doubt any other manufacturer would stand behind their product in such a way. good for apple.
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