Living OTG requires some adjustments – to be sure – but, for the most part, the adjusting was about learning and it was all interesting and entertaining. NOT hardship. Of course, learning requires curiosity and research as well and, I confess, that You-Tube (YT) has become a significant source of lessons and examples for me.
I am not so sure that YT is a great source for political info so much because that which is political is partisan/subjective whereas so much in construction, repairs and OTG skill-building is factual, practical and down to earth – objective if you will. OTG stuff is simpler. There is basically just the one right way to fix a sink, not several alt-right ways.
On the other hand, some YT presenters are clearly better than others. I have a few favourites. Politically, I like Beau of the Fifth Column although, to be fair, Beau’s main strength is simply common sense coupled with ethics and morals. There is no question….Beau has similar politics to me and so, even tho he is a favourite, he could be seen as a ‘subjective’ choice. I might be a bit biased.
The real genius of the list is Max Egorov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRc7ZDRcgrQ&t=27s. Or: Laying Extra-Thick Logs Solo https://youtu.be/Cot3y87cvvk via @YouTube. This Russian guy builds a rustic-as-hell log cabin 300 miles outside of outside of St. Petersburg and, from what I can gather, does not even live OTG there full time. He’s a retired lawyer living back in St Pete’s. Makes no difference – this guy is the best OTG’er I have seen to date. His YT channel is titled, ‘Advoko Makes’ and he does make – he really does. He just made a wire wrapper/clamper/thingy that I and his regular readers all now heavily lust for. Oh, My God! I want a wire wrapper/clamper/thingy. And, do not fool yourself; you will want one, too.
Most of the YT-ers on OTG are either good, eccentric or pretty bad. Mostly bad. I have trouble listening to Starry H but it’s her speaking style, not the content. She and her husband do a good job ‘homesteading’. They know stuff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETDrYTxtEUE&list=RDCMUCqTGYxXH21MTYnMoOZGvX6A&start_radio=1&t=0
Jake and Nicole drew me in for a bit but mostly because they were OTG’ing around here somewhere. And Jake always starts (or includes) film shots of Nicole topless. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJgocEWT3u49_4GtulGHnQ. Nicole is a pretty and curvy young woman and Jake only shows her topless from the back but she often strikes sultry poses (even backwards she can be sultry) or sometimes she acts in a quasi ‘kittenish’ kind of way. Kinda silly…..but sex still sells even in the forest!
At first, a pretty girl in the wilderness was a nice-surprise bit of eye-candy but, after awhile (two episodes), it was clearly ‘exploitative’ of her and manipulative of me. She was 100% pure click-bait. Still, they are young, healthy and feeling their ‘energy’ and doing good work building an OTG home. It’s all good. And, if you disregard the ‘bait’ strategy employed to get your attention, they are fairly plucky and they started from absolute scratch. Commendable. And they are relatively quick getting things done. They are a good team doing a good job (in my opinion – which is the opinion of an old guy who generally does poor work and as little of it as possible. I am easily impressed).
There are others, of course, some good, most not so good. But the setting, the lifestyle and the work is not to blame. The part that makes them not-so-good is production values. Gawd! What a spoiled brat comment to make, eh? Here they are doing OTG films in the wilderness using their I-phone and here I am complaining about their production values! But that is the truth of it. Poor or non-existent editing, bad scripts, bad voice-pitch/tone…..hard to follow….damn! I am soooooo spoiled. I like my YTs in 5 minute segments that are, in fact, heavily edited three or four-hour ‘shoots’ pared lean and to the point.
The reality, tho, is that more and more of the amateur’s are getting better and better. Beau is rarely over five minutes and always well-scripted. Sal likes his voice, too. Nicole and Jake can go on and on and on…..so can Starry…but even they are getting better. Max is the best, tho. Max is some kind of genius.
I am kinda thinking of doing some YTs, myself. But Sal won’t go topless so it falls to me to be the eye-candy. And neither my top half nor my bottom half is any kind of attractive so we thought I’d best present both halves naked. Nicole will have some competition!