Greetings from the wild side! Just some quick thoughts to keep y’all posted on how goes it in project “Livin’ Wild, Livin’ Free.”
In a word: busy busy busy. You’d think it’d be just the opposite going from a civilized life to a relatively “primitive” one but despite its incessant demand for increased labor, market-based civilization affords one a degree of luxurious indulgence in laziness (a skill with which I have attained unparalleled expertise.) Not so much when you’re planning to live off the land, however. This was actually the first glaring realization of the project: Living in the wilds, striving to live off the land, one can’t afford to go by one’s own whims nor schedule. Nature has her own clock with no regard whatsoever for the trivial plans of mice nor men. It’s easy, for example, to put off food acquisition for a more convenient time when the Safeway’s open 24/7. Not so much when you have to get your veggies planted by such-and-such a date if you want to eat this summer.