I Don’t Live In San Francisco

These guys have developed some noteriety for their “compactors” efforts to consume less. Advocating (and living) a recycle, buy used, they’re doing what a lot of people are doing – living with less.

An anti-consumption lifestyle will soon be necessary.  I’ve been buying at thrift stores and garage sales for years, almost never buying anything new, except socks, underwear and sheets.  I just can’t bring myself to wearing somebody else’s underwear, call me wierd.  And I sharpen my own drill bits (it’s called a Drill Doctor).
I boycott Christmas every year and have been doing so for a very long time. This is a time of year when I hate having to “shop” for anything or simply go anyplace. Staying home is so much more peaceful.

I’m not sure how effective and accurate it would be to vote on every purchase, it would be easier to simply stay local, buy less, consume less, recycle, reuse, buy used or make it yourself, walk, ride a bike or car share.  I stopped driving altogether and don’t really miss it.  It’s not that hard, not really.

But I’m still concerned about my own situation. I’ve yet to learn how to grow enough of my own food. This is by far the hardest task to perform.  I’m studying “Gaia Garden” by Toby Hemmenway, a permaculture manual on how to raise enough food on your own land without traditional gardening.

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3 thoughts on “I Don’t Live In San Francisco

  • December 19, 2006 at 3:49 pm
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    Refreshing and inspiring to hear someone else boycotts Christmas. The minds of people are so easy to control. The Church recognized this way back when and set the whole ordeal in motion.

    We don’t celebrate Christmas period. Used to, but stopped 12 years ago. And we, (husband and I), are not aligned with any religion or weird spiritual practice or beliefs.

  • December 19, 2006 at 6:07 pm
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    I just linked to that article on my site as well. I was struck by the negativity hurled at these people. This consumer mentality has become so ingrained within us that anything short of compliance is looked upon as treason. This is the personification of “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be.”

  • December 19, 2006 at 6:28 pm
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    I’m passionate about scaling down, living simple and doing with less. But I don’t undestand the opposite passions at all. Attacking those who choose to live with less and cause less harm makes no sense – but not much in today’s world does make sense.

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