Life goals: Hobo artist lives in subterranean DIY home happily on $5K a year


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Thanks! I really enjoyed watching that.


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The thing I hate most about these stories is that the people who live like this never have families/with children. And when they do (rarely), they have high-paying telecommuting gigs.


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He’s divorced, but had the two kids with him in the tent for a couple of years. There’s electricity, but no telecommuting. It seemed that he mostly played the hang drum and painted to earn a living.

I don’t think I could swing it quite as sparsely as he does given my situation (mainly thinking of my kids) but this lifestyle is really appealing to me. I wonder if you could scale that house up just a little bit and give the kids an annex. Oh and a kitchen…


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A rustic cabin in the woods has been a dream forever - at least during the warmer months. I had one of those propane shower heaters some years back. It’s more a shower warmer - and you absolutely shouldn’t use it in an enclosed area - tons of co2. But -much better than freezing river water. Used it for a few months back then and was quite happy with it. I ended up putting the unit outside and running the water hose inside with a garden hose and an adapter fitting- more work - but more privacy!

Does Gandalph still stop by every now and then to share a pipe?


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I really liked her little documentary. It just kept getting better and better.


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If his shack got broken into before, why wouldn’t this one also get broken into? Seems the key is to be invisible, like this guy:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1998/12/29/a-nantucket-hermit-is-pulled-from-his-shell/07b85d7c-f887-41ab-8f89-f8b263592cf2/


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This made me sad… He seems like a lonely guy. I’m going to call my family and friends


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As this individual clearly illustrates, it’s not hard to live like this from a logistics point of view. I imagine he eats very simply, never travels, and his “landlords” (the neighbors that rent out this unused meadow) are accommodating.

For every family that lives a life like this:

There are probably many more that actually live like this:

I don’t think one is more or less happy than the other, though.


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