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Ariel Durant

Monday, November 30, 2015

These people make me feel like a poseur.

noun, plural poseurs  [poh-zurz; French paw-zœr] (Show IPA)
1.
a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his / her own.





My wife and I like to watch this show.   It's about people who make their livings by delivering supplies and materials to individuals who live "way out there."  I'm talking off grid with a vengeance.

This is reality television, so you expect there to be a lot of unreality and outright chicanery in the program, but I don't get the feeling that's prevalent here. I'm sure the producers set up some situations for drama, but the skills demonstrated are real.

There's an Alaskan bush pilot, a father and son team who use dog sleds to haul freight, an old man and his wife who deliver cargo to the middle of nowhere via snowmobile, and a fellow who uses a jet boat to bring everything from propane to food to lumber out to off griders along Hell's Canyon on the Snake river in Idaho. There's also a couple of old timers who use a horse pack train to bring things out to those that need them in the bush.

They're all interesting people.  My wife likes the old couple with the snowmobiles best. She remarked pointedly the other evening that when something happens to them, the husband never snarls at the wife. I chose to turn a blind eye to this observation as I have been known to be guilty of being snappy if I get angry when things are going wrong.

But the really interesting people are the folks they deliver cargo and supplies to.  I mean, I live in the middle of a dense forest and I live a fairly secluded life up on this mountain. But these people......

They're living totally off grid.  It's a great show for survivalists and preppers, because you see how people are actually walking the walk and talking the talk. What equipment they have, how they feed themselves, everything about a true off grid life in the honest to God way out there.  I told my wife we can't hold a candle to these homesteaders in the show and that's true.

Even better, while some of the people living in these completely isolated and wilderness areas are middle aged, a lot of them are older than I am. Many of them have really nice homes out in the forest or up on the slopes of the Hell's Canyon, all the amenities, complete comfort. They just have them configured for an existence where help may be 100 miles away along a sled  trail!

My wife says we can't do something like that because it's already hard to keep this place up, and it would be impossible for us in those extremes. But the people in the show are doing it and they don't look to be in a lot better shape than we are.

The grass is always greener, I guess.



32 comments:

  1. If my health were better, we would be living out in the middle of no place, too.

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    1. Seems to me you are in a similar situation to mine here. It's isolated but still tied into "civilization" by a network of roads. Living where the nearest neighbor is 50 miles away through the woods, and accessible only by bush pilot, pack horse train, dog sled, jet boat, or snowmobiles, now that's isolated.

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    2. I'd love it but the wife would leave me and I don't think it's great for the kids. They need to learn social skills early on to do well in life.

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    3. All these people living out in the bush in this show had women with them, with few exceptions. Some had wives, some girl friends, and some shack ladies. A few had kids.

      When my kids were growing up here, we took them to martial arts classes for many years, so they could socialize with kids their own age. We didn't let them spend much time in public schools, so we compensated that way. The karate school was like a tribe. They went on excursions, went on long camping trips. I went along although I had already had a bellyful of "camping" in the Marine Corps.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I like the guy with the jetboat. That would be a cool job. Lots of friends. Everyone is extra friendly to that guy because he's the only game in town.

    I would like to live a life of seclusion. Maybe out in the desert, not because I am a loner type but I have total quiet to listen to nature and contemplate whatever comes to mind. I cite Henry David Thoreau as an example. I think I would feel this way even if the world was ok and there were no problems with Islamic extremist's and no nuclear weapons. If the world were a happy utopia of smiling cheerful people, I would still rather not be around them.

    One of my favorite youtube channels is Nomadic Fanatic. The guy and has cat that are living fulltime in an RV and traveling around the country. One his latest video he was trying to find a place to park his RV in San Francisco (yeah' it was impossible) You would not find me within 500 miles of San Francisco, let alone in the state of California. This guy likes to travel and see things. I respect that. He has his own path to follow. My path leads me away from people, away from crowds and away from concrete and construction.

    One final thought on this. I would like to own an RV and circumnavigate Texas. Something like Magellans travels, but with an RV with amenities. It would be fun to visit every nook and cranny of Texas.

    One a serious note, I read a very, very thought provoking essay of shorts on Western Rifle Shooters Association's blog that I think all that are concern with the cancer of Islam in Europe should read. It was written by a writer (and scholar of sorts) Matt Bracken. I am biased towards Matt Brackens works because I read all of his books. He's a former Navy Seal Officer and has other interesting accomplishments.
    I don't know if his prediction for Europe is true but it aligns with much of what has been discussed on this blog. 'Brackens done his research on some of the recent facts regarding the Islamic refugee invasion. On some of his stuff about the who is behind and funding the invasion, his conclusions sound logical. Some of 'Brackens conspiracy information sounds a bit far fetched, however plausible.
    One of the things that sounded an alarm was that most of the baggage from the Syrian refugee's was not checked because the local authorities were afraid of riots. There were reports of guns being smuggled into Europe in refugee's baggage.
    One fact remains clear cut. Europe will be lost to the Islamic state in time. This whole situation is now on par with Turkish Invasion during the 14th Century and the Moorish Invasion and takeover of Spain.

    Folks' we are witnessing an end to the modern post war Europe that has existed since 1945.

    This is something you progeny will be talking about centuries from now. Step back, take a look around. 'History is being made in a big, big way. We are sitting right in the middle of it.

    I think at some point I may right out my memoirs and put onto paper my thoughts and theories on this. What has happened, what I think will happen. I may have it self published at some point (only a few volumes) so some future historian will blow the dust off of my work, read it and gain insight to events of the early 21st century and the decline of modern civilization.

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    1. I think you would be better off living out away from people. Seems like you have to put up with a lot of nonsense from dilberts who live in your little enclave there. Driving around in a motor home would be ok. That summer I worked at the state park on that senior citizen program, I met lots of people living that life style and it seemed to suit most of them.

      I think things will go down the toilet long before the ragheads can take over, and then they'll be in the same sewer as the rest of us. I think they will die off first, since they seem to be pretty much ok with squatting on their haunches and calling on Allah to address their problems.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      my mother lives nearby and so I cant just up and move. That's whats keeping me here for now. As per the dilberts in my neighborhood. Its not so bad. For every bad guy, there is one good guy. Speaking of which that mean old cigarette smoking hag that calls the police on everyone just got home from having open heart surgery. I wonder how long it will be before I see her spark up a cigarette? What gets me is how its 50 degree's outside with 100 percent humidity and raining and she has her front door open letting air in?
      Im still trying to recover from this bad cold and sore throat I had and my house is closed up like the fuhrerbunker with a dehumidifier going ,drying and warming the air.
      I at least have some cheap entertainment with some of the neighbors I have.
      Maybe I will sell a truck and buy an old black hearse to carry my surfboard to the beach in. I can park the hearse in front of the mean old ladies house and screw with her mind. I want to put a sticker on the back window of the hearse in big letters that says "We put the Fun, back in Funeral's"
      I know that's cruel but hell, she sits around. Looks out the window and calls the cops and code enforcement on people.
      I was thinking too, get a big loud stereo on the hearse and play "What is a Juggalo" by Insane Clown Posse while driving down the street to the beach and annoying all of my friends at the beach:)

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    3. I like "Where's God", "Let's go all the Way" and the one about the end of the world, I think it's called "The End." I'd love to put it on the blog but ISP uses too much really bad language to do that. Want to go to Jugalo Island for the next ICP festival? I got some good face paint.....

      I was thinking you were more of a "If I was a serial killer" kind of guy.

      "If I were a serial killer, which I'm not,
      I would kill the old lady who calls the cops on people next door......"
      That's a scary song. Makes you look at strangers askance.

      I couldn't be happy if I had some neighbor impinging on my space. Even stuff like running a leaf blower early in the morning would set me off. Let alone having somebody cause the law to come annoy me.

      I understand about your mom though. My wife has to take care of her mom when her sister is out of town and we will never escape that as long as the old lady is alive. But before she got all old and decrepit she was always good to us so I don't feel like we can crayfish out of it.

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  3. Harry,

    We don't watch much TV hear, I'll see if we have this show and try to catch a segment.

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    1. Maybe you can see the episodes on the National Geographic web page, Nat Geo does that some time.

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  4. This sounds like a show I would love. I need to track it down.

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    1. I think you would. Not so much the delivery part, but the way all these people are really living at the edge of the world. I know there is some drama in the show but the basic facts are there. I saw one show where the dog team people delivered a load of supplies to this incredibly ancient old couple way the hell out in the Alaskan forest, and those people had it wired. Their house was beautiful, they had wood heat and propane heat, they had solar, the works. The old guys health was bad but he seemed like he would rather take his chances out in the deep forest than wind up laying in a hospital bed on his back with his mouth open while people made fun of him on the sly.

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  5. I found it on Youtube, thank you Harry, i am going to watch it soon.

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    1. Yael, I don't guess there is anywhere in Israel where you could go live off the grid like that. And even if there were, it wouldn't be safe because of the Goblins that live all around Israel. But it's still fun to dream. I got to thinking about it and my wife said forget it, with our health issues we are not living 100 miles from the nearest road. Besides, I couldn't transport all my supplies and arms and ammo that far out in the bush by dog sled.....

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  6. My wife's medical needs dictates how long we can disappear. Three months is about it. There are alternative treatments and medications but some are currently illegal. Right now it's hard enough to get treatment while traveling.

    When I was younger living far far in the back of beyond had its attractions. I used to just disappear off into the woods when civilization got to be too much. At least isolation is in walking distance. Now I'm looking at remote places to sail to, so that will be good.

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    1. I used to spend a lot of time in the woods with my son. We would explore all over the national forest, back where nobody ever went. It was like going to a different planet.

      But he's gone now and I have gotten too stiff and short winded. I know what you mean about brushing the dust of society off yourself and just heading out.

      I envy you the freedom of your saling lifestyle. Just don't let the drug lords or pirates out there get you. I remember one of Alby Mangels shows where he went up some river in Columbia and a bunch of guys armed to teeth and wearing carnival masks came swarming out on jet skies and ran him off.

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  7. I get the NG channel, but I have not seen this show advertised. I'l have to check the web page for it.

    I'm fairly certain most reality shows are scripted. I say this because I have a relative who is a cast member on the show "Vegas Rat Rods" on the discovery channel. He tells me it's all pre-planned, even the drama between characters is staged. It's all about the ratings.
    --Troy

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    1. Troy, you are totally right about them being scripted. I remember the interview that Cody Lundin gave some reporters and they asked him if "Dual Survival" was realistic. He laughed and say "it's tv, man!"

      That was one of the reasons he finally got so sick of the show, according to an article I read on line.

      However, this show has some things going for it. One, the people who live out in the woods are real. They had this one old guy who was from Georgia. He had a nice little place out by himself, and he had Confederate flags painted on the wall. I really liked the guy. So when I see how these people live, I know it's real in that they aren't props, they're real people. I know that a lot of the "drama" on the show is scripted but that's ok, I still get to see all these people living the life. And it boosts my morale that most of them are as old as me, or older.

      I dont' think "Dead End Delivery" has a big following, and it may be that the B.S. is held down to an absolute minimum so it isn't as interesting .But things like the propane lamps at the camp on the Snake River really caught my attention. I see a lot of ways to improve my own situation here on this show, and that motivates me. Also, it's just about these people and there's no "written in" blood and gore. My wife doesn't like that stuff, and I'm not much on it either. So it's a pretty good show for us.

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  8. Dead End Express sounds like it might be worth a watch or two. Haven't noticed it on the "menu' but it's easy to miss stuff when maybe 10 of 800-900 channels are worth watching & they all want to double your order so ya can pay extra shipping.

    I read Matt Bracken's piece on WRSA, as mentioned above, & it's the best that I've seen. Takes maybe 15 minutes to read but you'll be glad that you did --- or maybe not.

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    1. I think I get 136 channels. 20 of them are sports stuff, which I never watch. About 30 of them are "we are going to sell you our stuff" channels. I don't watch them but my wife does. A friend sent me the word that a gun shopping network is about to come on line, I hope Direct TV carries that!

      I need to read that piece. I wrote it down on my pad next to the computer, as I do all the things people send me to look at. I just haven't worked my way down the list yet.

      I think you will like Dead End Express if you can find it.

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  9. I like the idea of home that are off the grid. Michael Reynolds makes homes like that called "Earthships". He's a character for sure. He comes off as dingy, but really deep down he's a smart guy! I've watched a few of his films on YouTube.

    My husband helped another artist create collapsible housing. It was an interesting project. It didn't totally end up how he wanted it, but he liked working on it.

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    1. I wanted to live off the grid when I first got here. But it was too expensive. It wasn't til 1999 that I put the money into a system that would have made us totally grid free if it had worked. The trouble was, it didn't. There's not enough sunlight on this part of the mountain , even in summer, to run the whole house, even though most everything I have except the freezer, washer and dryer ran off propane. I even bought a massive sun frost refrigerator that was designed to use little power and run off my batteries. But my place on the topographic crest of a mountain surrounded by higher mountains was the kiss of death.

      I haven' seen Michael Reynolds I don't think, but I am a huge believer in underground homes, or earth homes like Cody Lundin has. The biggest cross I have to bear is taking care of all these log buildings up here with these cedar shake roofs. That was the way it was in the eighties, but now there are better alternatives.

      I have seen prefab shelters while I was in the Marine Corps, but I am not familiar with collapsible housing. Sounds like a great idea though.

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  10. One of our friends bought a milk route up in the Black Hills but he delivered much more than milk, he was basically the mobile grocery for people that lived too far away to drive into town for consumables. He even carried diapers.

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    1. That's kind of the idea with these folks on this show. They carry everything, from solar panels, to gasoline, diesel , groceries, medicine, you name it.

      Life is more flexible out in the forest. People do what they can to make the lifestyle work, instead of being so wrapped up in rules, laws, housing codes, and all that other tripe that society uses to control the individual.

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  11. I'll look up this programme, always on the look out on what to watch next. Any other recommendations?

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    1. Well, if you don't mind some of the seamier sides of life in the bush (and I don't think you will as you are a farmer) there are several shows I tried but didn't keep up with. Life Below Zero is one. I don't much care for trapping so I gave up on it.

      There's another show that isn't on right now, but it's probably on the internet somewhere. It's called "where the Wild Men are" and it was about fellows who live in very isolated environments. I liked it.

      You and your family would do well in Alaska from what I can tell. You already do almost everything for yourself, and you can build, repair, and all the things you'd have to do on your own out in the bush.

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  12. Ahh using pack horses, I range rode for a 100,000 acreRanch back in the day and had to pack my supplies 25 miles to my riders cabin. It was lucky my Father taught me the skills needed and I had horse experience. It is a solid way to move goods but takes a skill set of a quartermaster, mathmatician, farrier skills, stevedore ability and generally endless patience. I loved it out there and only came back to civilization when my Father became ill and I went back home to farm with him. So many skills are being lost it is very sad and will cost so many people if things really get terrible.

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    1. The two old guys who run a pack train on this show look to me to be about on their last legs. I can see from the evolutions they go through that it's a tough business. But they seem to be happy doing it.

      Lots of skills associated with the old ways are now relegated to the FoxFire books. As you say, it's a real shame and people who can do those things will be sorely missed down the road one of these days.

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  13. Here's a gentleman who's about as far out as you can get, been doing it since the 70's and about our age. Had a book out called the FinalFrontiersman ( http://www.amazon.com/Final-Frontiersman-Family-Alaskas-Wilderness/dp/074345314X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449067452&sr=8-1&keywords=the+last+frontiersman )

    Good video here: http://www.amazon.com/Final-Frontiersman-Family-Alaskas-Wilderness/dp/074345314X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449067452&sr=8-1&keywords=the+last+frontiersman

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    1. Definitely sounds like someone I would enjoy learning about. I'll take a look. As always, thanks for the good link.

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  14. One of those shows I have seen a few of is "Above the Circle" or something like that. About a bunch of people in Alaska. One couple are a white guy and a native gal. They are real good about that stuff.

    She wrecked her snowmobile and broke her rifle. Incidentally as best I can tell she tried to take out her rifle to shoot a fox while driving the snowmobile and while I am not an expert that seems complicated.

    She was upset as those are major items and well, they don't have much of a income so I expect will be a hardship to replace/ fix.

    He didn't care at all and was busy comforting her. Said it happens and it's just stuff.

    Definitely an unconventional life but they seem happy and are very kind to each other.

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    1. I think I have seen the show you are referring to. I notice that almost all of these "out in the bush" people in Alaska and Canada are carrying the Enfield No. 4 mk .1 rifle.

      Those people have different goals and values than I do so I have a little trouble connecting with them. I quit watching "Life Below Zero" because the people seemed kind of "trailer park." I watched a few episodes of "Alaskan Bush People" but they reminded me so much of some of the really dyed in the wood hillbillies here I stopped.

      You're right, all the people in those shows are family oriented and philosophical about life, as far as I can tell.

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