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Nov 5, 2012
Ben Dover et al. are you effin serious? Do you really believe the drivel that you're spewing? Give me a damn break. Romney, Obama, my sister, your dog. It really doesn't matter who is in charge. Americans are dumb shits that will do whatever the media wants us too. Apple, Halliburton, Microsoft, B of A, and Exxon are in charge. Change that by not being an ignorant shit head, and use your anger toward changing the capitalist model in the country. Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
Joined Sep 29, 2011
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Nov 5, 2012
Ben Dover wrote:
I doubt they'll differentiate between you and me


I apologize, I should have looked at your profile first. Gary is the man! I just assumed the worst with the anti Dem. talk.
Jeff Kent
From Sedona, Az
Joined Oct 10, 2012
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Nov 5, 2012
Haha, there go the "conservatives" blaming their problems on the government.

Back Country, what kind of simple life do you want to live?
Tradoholic
Joined Apr 17, 2004
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Nov 5, 2012
Ryan Williams wrote:
I guess what I'm saying is to make a plan for yourself and always have an "exit strategy."

Good advice.
Superclimber
Joined Mar 7, 2009
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Nov 5, 2012
This.

And this.

And this too.
JaredG
From Tucson, AZ
Joined Aug 16, 2011
0 points
Nov 5, 2012
Whaaaat?
Those two links are in the ballpark but not the one I was thinking of. The thread I remember had a couple guys offering their real experiences giving up successful careers... with associated pros and cons. It may just be me, but it seems like this site's forum threads used to be a lot more informative and civil too. A lot of what I've seen lately (e.g. this thread) is drivel.

I guess what I was really after is advice from someone that has given it all up for a simpler life, and any unintended fallout. I'm decently successful, work 40-50hrs/week, live in a mid-size city with ol' lady & child, own property, invest in my future, etc., but would like to cash out and settle in a small town before I get too old.

EDIT: Along with the drivel there are some good suggestions and links. Thanks for that!

BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
Joined Oct 29, 2009
421 points
Nov 5, 2012
Mt Minsi, PA
Ah, the simple life of being a free-spirit dirtbag climber.

But I like showering everyday, sometimes twice in a day. I like heat and central air. I like my fridge and freezer being stocked with delicous cuts of beef. I like being able to take out my wallet to pay and not worry about my bank account having a negative balance. I like taking vacations where I stay in swanky hotels that have swim-up bars. I like having a new and reliable car. I like being able to see a good doctor and dentist. I like being able to afford the good life.

Do I hate my job? Yep. Do I hate commuting on the train everyday? Yep. Do I get bored. Yep. Could I give it all up? Eh, I doubt it. Maybe for a month or two, but I lived my entire life in reasonable middle-class American comfort. It's a hard thing to give up. Plus I got a family to support. Kids and a spouse will likely kill any plan to drastically alter your lifestyle.

Still, it's fun to think about anyway.
Michael C
From New Jersey
Joined Jun 9, 2011
306 points
Nov 5, 2012
me
Randy W. wrote:
Ben Dover et al. are you effin serious? Do you really believe the drivel that you're spewing? Give me a damn break. Romney, Obama, my sister, your dog. It really doesn't matter who is in charge. Americans are dumb shits that will do whatever the media wants us too. Apple, Halliburton, Microsoft, B of A, and Exxon are in charge. Change that by not being an ignorant shit head, and use your anger toward changing the capitalist model in the country.

And how do you propose to do that, bucky? All those outfits you mention take advantage of big government for unfair advantages, crony capitalism and flat out theft. Squash the govt, reduce the incest. I'm agreeing with you. A Romney win means we'd be buying the squirrel meat. Its just more fun to flame obama in here
Ben Dover
Joined Oct 17, 2008
80 points
Nov 5, 2012
me
To the op, don't get married or even have a gf is a good start Ben Dover
Joined Oct 17, 2008
80 points
Nov 5, 2012
Whaaaat?
Here's the meat and potatoes of what we do.

Nice work AJS!
BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
Joined Oct 29, 2009
421 points
Nov 5, 2012


The stories that I hear of people giving up careers for a simpler life (not dirtbagging in a car) generally have been highly successful in industries that place incredible demands on time but pay exceptionally well, i.e. when these folks decide to make the major lifestyle change they have their long term assets/nest egg sorted out and can therefore afford a serious drop in income. Maybe you're one of those folks. Otherwise, it seems you (and your family) just have to be willing to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to pursue that "simple" life - whatever that is.

+ 1 to Olaf.
JoeP
From Littleton, CO
Joined Sep 28, 2006
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Nov 5, 2012
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, h...
Bob Dobalina wrote:
Feeling it necessary to participate in the "rat-race" is only for those that lack creativity in life!


Do what works for you and don't judge others that are doing what works for them.

I work full-time and am career minded. But, I continue to have plenty of adventures, love my job, and am really happy with my life. How is that a negative thing?
Eric D
From Gnarnia
Joined Nov 29, 2006
223 points
Nov 5, 2012
Bocan



Everybody's talking about the good ol days...
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
952 points
Nov 5, 2012
Whaaaat?
Jake Jones wrote:
Whatever you do, don't knock anyone up. Having a rugrat is the antithesis to living simply.


Perhaps, but without a doubt, it has been the best thing that's ever happened, or that I can imagine happening, to my life.
BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Administrator
Nov 5, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
BackCountry wrote:
Perhaps, but without a doubt, it has been the best thing that's ever happened, or that I can imagine happening, to my life.


Couldn't agree more. I didn't say it wasn't a good thing, but it undeniably makes life a little more complex.
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,126 points
Nov 5, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
simply
simply


or perhaps

simply?
simply?
Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 15, 2008
357 points
Nov 5, 2012
mountainlion
I have the simple life now. I sold all of my possessions and moved tor the Philippines. I don't have a water bill but I do have to pump my water to drink, cook, shower, laundyy, clean. I don't have any vehicle but I am able to walk everhwere provided I can carry it in my backpack--there is public transportation motorcycles+sidecar, jeepneys, buses--if you dont mind standing sometimes. Lots of things we take for granted are missing here--reliable trash service for example. I cook on a small mini fire pit using wood I have to chop. Did I mention it costs me and my wife $1 total to go climbing for a day! No campground but a kickass limestone cliff...wanna see pics :) Eric Coffman
Joined Jun 22, 2009
817 points
Nov 5, 2012
Eric Coffman wrote:
I have the simple life now. I sold all of my possessions and moved tor the Philippines. I don't have a water bill but I do have to pump my water to drink, cook, shower, laundyy, clean. I don't have any vehicle but I am able to walk everhwere provided I can carry it in my backpack--there is public transportation motorcycles+sidecar, jeepneys, buses--if you dont mind standing sometimes. Lots of things we take for granted are missing here--reliable trash service for example. I cook on a small mini fire pit using wood I have to chop. Did I mention it costs me and my wife $1 total to go climbing for a day! No campground but a kickass limestone cliff...wanna see pics :)


You forgot to mention WHY you sold all your possessions. You couldnt hack it in the real world. Since when is running away from lifes problems the answer?
RockyMtnTed
Joined Jul 24, 2012
7 points
Nov 5, 2012
Whaaaat?
Eric Coffman wrote:
a kickass limestone cliff...wanna see pics :)


Sure!

I also want a pic of the hamster wheel PC you're using too. :-) Any regrets? How long do you plan on living there?
BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
Joined Oct 29, 2009
421 points
Nov 5, 2012
Me again!
And I just want to know why I am so angry at you simple fools! Oh yea, probably because I am not on a permanent road trip like I was in my glorious youth. Now, the real questions is: I wonder how I will feel about my decisions in 20 years? And, should that be a factor? Will this shit still spin in 20? The moral to the lesson: fuccKKKK!!!!!!!

Life is a bet fellas, double down, double down.

Time is wasted on the old and money is wasted on the youth.

or is it

Time is wasted on the youth and money is wasted on the old.

I forget, but I would bet that is the question.

Now, back to getting old.
J Q
Joined Mar 11, 2012
58 points
Nov 5, 2012
BackCountry wrote:
I guess what I was really after is advice from someone that has given it all up for a simpler life, and any unintended fallout. I'm decently successful, work 40-50hrs/week, live in a mid-size city with ol' lady & child, own property, invest in my future, etc., but would like to cash out and settle in a small town before I get too old.


For you it's as easy as cutting expenses and downsizing. Sell your property and buy a nice trailer in the woods. What's your current job?
Tradoholic
Joined Apr 17, 2004
12,482 points
Nov 5, 2012
Let's see;
mortgage-no
kids-no
electric-no
car payments -no
pets-no

cell phone-yes
satellite internet-yes
propane-some
car insurance-yes
home insurance-yes

and the biggie , health insurance- BIG yes
john strand
From southern colo
Joined May 22, 2008
2,279 points
Nov 5, 2012
Me again!
john strand wrote:
Let's see; mortgage-no kids-no electric-no car payments -no pets-no cell phone-yes satellite internet-yes propane-some car insurance-yes home insurance-yes and the biggie , health insurance- BIG yes



So . . . would you call that simple?
J Q
Joined Mar 11, 2012
58 points
Nov 5, 2012
If it hasn't been mentioned yet and may very well already have, read "The Man Who Quit Money" Travis Haussener
Joined May 28, 2012
69 points
Nov 5, 2012
for me not having a "smart phone" that you stare at 24/7,texting people for 20 minutes to say something that would take 3 minutes if you actually called them is a good start. not to mention the money those stupid things cost. richie
From englewood, tn
Joined May 10, 2010
40 points


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