Numbers way off. Down by 50%. From 6 to 3. Well, to be more honest, from 400 to 200.
That’s odd, don’t you think? I mean, what makes a regular reader NOT read?
One idea might be worth thinking about…
We aren’t the real thing?
A recent book review from a stranger was not all complimentary (several of the book reviews on Amazon are from friends and they are notorious for that – being friends and saying nice things). The less-than-glowing review was still OK. They admitted to laughing (which was the main point of the book) but they felt that we were not hardy enough. Not enough how-to-be-sustainable content. Not enough grubbing about for grubs and that kind of thing.
This reviewer pointed out that we were not really off-the-grid. NOT really. It seems we are just pretenders. We are just not self sufficient enough. We rely too much on Save-On by way of the ferry service and other assorted cushy behaviours. All of which is true, actually. We are still dependently connected by way of ‘forms’ of-the-grid even if you just count the ferry and the internet. And, despite increasing our foraging and farming, we still need to buy most of our food from the store.
We’re pathetic, really. It’s embarrassing.
So, in that sense, they are right. We are not so much off-the-grid as on-the-cusp. It is just that a book titled ON THE CUSP kind of lacks conviction, don’t you think? Like, we are hesitating or reluctant or something.
Which, of course, we are. We don’t really wanna rough it any more than we do. It’s hard enough as it is out here on the cusp for two spoiled city brats. Neither Sal nor I are big fans of grubs as protein rather than rib-eye. So the critic is right again.
Maybe I am losing readers because we just don’t represent the true off-the-grid lifestyle as defined by those who really know their stuff? Because, let us be clear: we do not really know our stuff. We are still learning stuff and we will likely be learning stuff even decades into the future even while we are still shopping at Save On. Rustic-to-the-bone, we are not. Hell, we might be still learning even then about how to shop at Save-ON better. Who knows where the learning will take you?
So, for the record: we live off the grid but just by a few miles by sea. We are remote but by city standards, not so much by rural ones. We are hardy by city standards, not so much by rural ones. There are no roads we can use near our home but there is a logging road not too far away and we use it now and again. Our own electrical and water systems are pretty independent, though, even by the critic’s standards.
We likely generate 10% of our own foodstuffs but that increases to 15% in the summer. Everything is cooked from scratch – no processed, packaged, frozen or restaurant meals for us! Aaaarrgh! There are no stores of any kind for ten miles and no stores that are full-service for 30 and it takes two hours to cover that distance. We have no fire or police protection although the Coast Guard is pretty damn good when you need them. As are the few neighbours around.
So, I should change the title? Our Life On the Cusp? Living Near Convenience?
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