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By Sir Wanksalot
From County Jail
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.


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By Jeff Kent
From Sedona, Az
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.


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By Tradoholic
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?


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By Superclimber
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.


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By JaredG
From Tucson, AZ
Nov 5, 2012

This.

And this.

And this too.


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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
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!


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By Michael C
From New Jersey
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.


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By Ben Dover
Nov 5, 2012

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


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By Ben Dover
Nov 5, 2012

To the op, don't get married or even have a gf is a good start


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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
Nov 5, 2012
Whaaaat?

Here's the meat and potatoes of what we do.

Nice work AJS!


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By JoeP
From Littleton, CO
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.


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By Eric D
From Gnarnia
Nov 5, 2012
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, high Sierras.

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?


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 5, 2012
Bocan




Everybody's talking about the good ol days...


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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
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.


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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Nov 5, 2012
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.

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.


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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 5, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV

simply
simply


or perhaps

simply?
simply?


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By Eric Coffman
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 :)


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By RockyMtnTed
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?


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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
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?


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By J Q
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.


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By Tradoholic
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?


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By john strand
From southern colo
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


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By J Q
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?


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By Travis Haussener
Nov 5, 2012

If it hasn't been mentioned yet and may very well already have, read "The Man Who Quit Money"


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By richie
From englewood, tn
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.


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