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08 October 2008 @ 08:15 am
 
I'm in college.  I've dropped out three times and still have a full scholarship.  I'm thinking about a forth.  I'm a gay, vegetarian, anarcho-pacifist.  neo-pagan, too.  I could put myself into more boxes if you'd like.

I'd like to go off the grid.  I don't want to pay taxes.  I don't want to shop at wal mart.  I've had enough of bombs and sweatshops and industrial agriculture.  there are so many days where I feel like if I were to really listen to my conscience that I'd just get up and leave, hitchhike somewhere, stop using money.  I don't know how to do much.  I write a mean research paper, which is not exactly the sort of skill I need for this.  does anybody know of someone or somewhere I could go to?  I'd love to be a gypsy for a while - or settle down with some cool people and learn permaculture and some skilled trade things like carpentry or something.  renaissance fair nerds are cool too - I'm all about learning how to make my own clothes, instruments, and stuff like that.  I know I can't be the only one out there who feels this way.  the only reason I'm not already out on the road is because I'm afraid of doing it alone, and not knowing where to go.

what's up, folks?  anybody hear me?  anybody already doing this?
 
 
 
la contessina del bosco di monte ciraulofishberryjam on October 8th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
It's been awhile, but when I was in school I knew quite a few people who did something like this ...

http://www.backdoorjobs.com/farming.html
jesuisgringoirejesuisgringoire on October 8th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
awesome, thanks for the link =)
la contessina del bosco di monte ciraulo: are you?fishberryjam on October 8th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
I hope it leads you to the right path :)

Tumbleweedbubblegum_love on October 8th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
i hear you i hear you!
i feel exactly like you. and i increasingly more and more people are choosing to go this way. there are so many places for you. Look into working in communes/co-ops. You will meet amazing people and learn so much too. Also WOOFING sounds like it would be for you.
As soon as i am finished this semester at uni...i will be off doing this too. School just is not for some people, and i am one of them.
Agent Valentine Westphalmcsweeneyfiend on October 8th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
there are subcultures in every city (new york being one of them) who live off of society's garbage. they have *dumpster dive* dinners, etc...squat in housing..if you search, you will find...
xox
Virginiabettymonroe_ on October 8th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Other cities where I /know/ people living this way include Winnipeg and Vancouver in Canada, as well as Eugene and Portland in the states. There are more if I think for a few minutes.
twentythreepress23press on October 11th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
we're everywhere
Hunter S. Caulfield: twin peaksroboturtle on October 15th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Where do you live?
I have a friend who felt exactly the same thing you're talking about and is now living on shared land in New Mexico and building a commune with like-minded people. They're open to people joining as long as you can do some physical work to help the place out. It sounds beautiful, the way he's described it; I really want to go, at least to visit, but I'm afraid I'd want to stay forever.
Hunter S. Caulfield: elliott smithroboturtle on October 15th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
I can ask him about specifics if you think you'd like to go there.