………….it has been a long time since a blog post got no response whatsoever. Not one! Ageing batteries….? Rotating them? This does not spark ANY interest for you? Sheesh……..my jaded audience………….
“I was laid out flat and more than stunned. My clothes were smokin’. I had just been ‘flashed’ by a gazillion amps at 48 volts. I had been zapped! My friend was shaking and hyperventilating. One of the batteries slumped in a melted heap. The screwdriver that caused the arc to happen was a blob. Man, oh man, ya gotta be careful around 700 amps of juice trying to jump out of the box. Thank God my screwdriver had a thick plastic handle or I may not be here to tell the tale.”
Well, that little one-paragraph story above is not true. It was an uneventful rotating of batteries. But I will lay it on thick if I have to.
Got your attention now?
So, here’s what’s on my mind today: as you know, we are onto book two. Haven’t been able to quite capture any magic yet. It has some interest but no ‘spark’ so we are workin’ on it….may take awhile.
In the meantime, I have gone back to read some of the ‘comments’ and ‘reviews’ and ‘critiques’ of the first book. Responding to those criticisms prompted the book-two effort in the first place but, to be honest, I just started writing and did not actually refer back to any specific criticism except, maybe, to some of the readers who wanted more in the way of HOW-TO.
And, since we still don’t know how-to very well, I was not doing much in the way of responding to that….
But after reading them again in detail, I re-discovered some vehement responses that were bitter in nature. Angry. People being kinda mean. And the gist of their comments was, “They must have been rich. It is easy to buy waterfront property if you are rich.” OR “They use gasoline and buy food. They are NOT off-the-grid.”
………..and such stuff.
It was odd how a story about two people struggling to have an adventure would annoy some other people. Don’t you think?
And so, I will respond to some of that in book 2 but I wanted to say something about those mean comments here first.
The definition of living off the grid does not require one to be a mountain man or a Cougar Annie. You do NOT have to be isolated, independent, self sustaining or primitive, brutal and dirty. The image of the OTG’er as living like a savage in a drafty, log-hewn, moss-covered dump with a pack of mangy dogs for company is old fashioned at best and most likely a myth even when it was closer to the truth. Some people lived like that back in the day when their larger society was also pumping water by hand and using outhouses. You can always find stories of old-time homesteaders roughing it in wattle-and-daub dumps. But the key word in that sentence is ‘old-time’.
It’s not that way anymore.
Living OTG can, of course, be basic and minimalist. Even downright hill-billy, if you want it to be. There is virtually no limit to scaling down. But Denny Washington lives up here (one of the richest people on the planet) and so does the actress, Michelle Pfieffer (seasonally). They live rather well, if you must know. Helicopters and all. But the vast majority are middle-class types with skill and ingenuity making up where income might otherwise be considered insufficient. They live rather well, too.
Seriously, I would guess that the median income up here is less than $36,000 per year but the lifestyle enjoyed could not be duplicated without over $100,000 a year or more in salary in the city. The difference: they do a lot for themselves and more and more they are doing what urban people now have to pay for, like home maintenance. Like going fishing or gathering oysters. Like whale watching. Gardening. The point: OTG lifestyle is better than the income would suggest.
So, when people suggest that we are somehow spoiled and privileged, they are right. We think so, too. The difference in the meaning, however, is that we are NOW spoiled and privileged because we live here and do this. We did not COME that way.
And everyone is invited (not here, mind you, but Canada is big. Go find a place.)