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cyclokitty 12-11-08 03:59 PM

Living simple to me means good friends, great family, tasty homemade food, enjoying sunsets, riding my bike instead of the bus or subway, snuggling a cat, and tunes from my ipod.

kingcounty07 12-12-08 01:57 AM

i have always tried to live simply. espicially in the last few years, i think it was when i was told by my boss to take boxes (and i mean BOXES) of old clothes that he doesnt wear anymore to goodwill or to try and sell em', that i realized that material stuff is not that important especially clothes.
but i am not perfect, i do indulge in some things bikes and bike parts for one, and also, i live in seattle so i just spent a good chunk of change on a new jacket for the winter rain that we are notorious for. But, the way i justify it to myself is, that everything i spend money on i try to make it practical and functional not just flashy brands and useless junk.

and dcrowell i might wait on selling the home for at least a year or so until you see what direction the market may be going, and listen to roody's advice, it is always best to look at the glass half full, try to find positive things to focus on to replace the negative things in you life that you could do without.

pwhallon 12-15-08 09:47 AM


Originally Posted by levinskee (Post 7933447)

My essentials in life include:

-My bicycle. I'm sure that's a given.
-Macbook.
-Cell phone.
-Coffee.
-Good food.
-Clothing.
-Live music.
-Books.

Due to the economic downturn where we live, I have been forced, over the past few years, to sell off lots of the junk I bought when I was making lots of $$$$......Realtor.

You know what? I don't miss any of it other than my little Catalina sailboat. I love to sail and will get back to it someday. I cruised around on the Schwinn this morning and my inner 12 year-old and exterior 49 year-old were having a blast.


I like your "essentials list. Nice and simple. This recession has been good for me spiritually. I am feeling fine and my possessions don't poses me anymore.

PW

gerv 12-15-08 07:04 PM


Originally Posted by pwhallon (Post 8023801)
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I like your "essentials list. Nice and simple. This recession has been good for me spiritually. I am feeling fine and my possessions don't poses me anymore.

PW

Yesterday I spoke with a friend of mine in California. He lost his job a while back and is now surviving doing odd jobs. He claims he now has a better mental outlook and is in better health than when he spend two hours a day on the freeway commuting to his job.

dcrowell 12-19-08 07:28 PM


Originally Posted by kingcounty07 (Post 8007987)
and dcrowell i might wait on selling the home for at least a year or so until you see what direction the market may be going, and listen to roody's advice, it is always best to look at the glass half full, try to find positive things to focus on to replace the negative things in you life that you could do without.

Yeah, I'm planning on revisiting that decision in a few years. My thoughts now are to pay off debt in the meantime, ride as much as I can, and later, when the market is better, move closer to work, and buy another inexpensive home.

It also means I won't be car-free for a few years, but I will be car-lite.

I'm trying to come up with my own "essentials list", but it keeps getting too big. :twitchy:

Machka 12-19-08 07:46 PM


Originally Posted by dcrowell (Post 8049904)
I'm trying to come up with my own "essentials list", but it keeps getting too big. :twitchy:


Go on a bicycle tour ... an extended one if you can manage it.

I lived out of two panniers, a trunk bag, and a handlebar bag for three months ... and discovered what was essential and what was not.

dcrowell 12-20-08 12:55 AM


Originally Posted by Machka (Post 8049990)
Go on a bicycle tour ... an extended one if you can manage it.

I lived out of two panniers, a trunk bag, and a handlebar bag for three months ... and discovered what was essential and what was not.

Machka... you are hard-core.

I couldn't do that... I'd have to get ride of all my stuff... oh wait.. :innocent:

Actually I would love to have time and money for a three-month tour. Maybe someday I will.

Roody 12-20-08 03:39 PM


Originally Posted by Machka (Post 8049990)
Go on a bicycle tour ... an extended one if you can manage it.

I lived out of two panniers, a trunk bag, and a handlebar bag for three months ... and discovered what was essential and what was not
.

That's interesting. I don't know if you're aware of it, but Thoreau said that the reason he lived in his tiny hand-built cabin in the woods was to "discover what is essential."

Iheartbicycles 12-20-08 11:14 PM

I like this forum. :)

sunburst 12-23-08 02:14 AM

I took my son out to lunch today for the holidays, and upon exiting the restaurant, took a look around at the expensive area we live in, and started ruminating on how odd (and sometimes difficult) it is to live simply in an expensive area. Most of the people that live in this over-achieving heart of silicon valley would look at me like I'm crazy if I told them about "living simply."

At lunch, I almost ordered a glass of wine and started asking the waiter about choices. After so many questions and my general indecisiveness, the waiter brought me the wine list. I looked and looked at the various $10+ glasses of wine (already beyond my threshold of pain, btw), wondering which might be worth it, and then saw one at the bottom - you know, where the house wine usually is - and I saw a $10 "half-glass," that he was recommending. Puzzled, I asked about it, then noticed that they were selling a "full glass" of the same for $19. Nineteen frickin' dollars! Damn. That just does not compute to me.

At any rate, I have been living car-free, and enjoying it, since the summer gas runup, and I have not met one person who responded favorably when I told them about it. They're either indifferent or puzzled. They really don't get it.

TuckertonRR 12-23-08 06:04 AM


Originally Posted by sunburst (Post 8065171)
Puzzled, I asked about it, then noticed that they were selling a "full glass" of the same for $19. .

I wouldn't buy a _bottle_ of wine for $19, let alone a _glass_

beast775 12-23-08 07:52 PM

great topic!!
 
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the less you have ,the more you gain!!!hello minimalists.to make it simple,no vehicles..i ride a motorized bicycle.and have run it on alcohol and castor oil.it tends to lose power that way,but my fuel costs for 2007 were 23 dollars.i own a few 100 year old bicycles,and a english roadster hercules 1934.no credit cards.no loans.everything i own will fit in a backpack.the bed stays and small tv if i split.i enjoy living like this,it keeps my mind clear.

Machka 12-23-08 07:59 PM


Originally Posted by sunburst (Post 8065171)
At lunch, I almost ordered a glass of wine and started asking the waiter about choices. After so many questions and my general indecisiveness, the waiter brought me the wine list. I looked and looked at the various $10+ glasses of wine (already beyond my threshold of pain, btw), wondering which might be worth it, and then saw one at the bottom - you know, where the house wine usually is - and I saw a $10 "half-glass," that he was recommending. Puzzled, I asked about it, then noticed that they were selling a "full glass" of the same for $19. Nineteen frickin' dollars! Damn. That just does not compute to me.

I think I would have handed the wine list back and said that water would do fine. :)

sunburst 12-23-08 11:54 PM


Originally Posted by Machka (Post 8068971)
I think I would have handed the wine list back and said that water would do fine. :)

That is pretty close to what I said, after pointing to the price and saying "I've never seen this." He probably thought I was referring to the winery, but I meant I've never seen such a price.

One good thing about this (expensive) area though - we are blessed with very close foothills and there are a lot of cycling enthusiasts. Six serious cyclists on my half-block alone.

Roody 12-24-08 12:11 AM


Originally Posted by Machka (Post 8068971)
I think I would have handed the wine list back and said that water would do fine. :)

I wonder how much the water cost.

Machka 12-24-08 12:17 AM


Originally Posted by Roody (Post 8070034)
I wonder how much the water cost.

Probably just about as much as the wine! :D

Reminds me of a Three's Company episode:

Captain: A cocktail before you dine?
Janet Wood Dawson: Oh, thank you!
[looks at menu and is stunned at the prices]
Janet Wood Dawson: I believe I'll have some water.
Chrissy: [eyes bugging out at the menu prices] Me, too.
Captain: Of course. Would you care for the imported Rumanian, the Mountain Clear or the Gillian Sparkling?
Chrissy: I'd like Santa Monica tap!

z3px 01-05-09 09:45 PM

Wonder how much a nice glass of beer would have been. Usually cheaper, and you can get more of it for your money :)

j.walker 01-21-09 06:33 PM

i used to live simply...

then i got married

wahoonc 01-22-09 05:56 AM


Originally Posted by z3px (Post 8131564)
Wonder how much a nice glass of beer would have been. Usually cheaper, and you can get more of it for your money :)

I wouldn't even bet on that! I was in a chain restaurant the other night for a very late dinner. They were charging over $6 for a short glass of Sam Adams...they claimed it was an import:twitchy: (and this was on the east coast, not the overpriced west coast)

Aaron:)

AdamD 01-23-09 01:30 PM

Living cheaply and simply while enjoying wine is easy, but to so do means you probably won't be buying wine at restaurants. Wine is outrageously marked-up at restaurants. 3x mark-up at a restaurant over retail price isn't uncommon in my experience. If you're buying by the glass the mark-up is even more. Buy wine at a local wine shop and you can get darn good wine for very reasonable prices, and then drink it at home so you don't have to pay some restaurants dumb corkage fee. If nothing else Thunderbird and Night Train are reasonably priced, but they can be hard to find on wine lists at restaurants. ;)

TuckertonRR 01-24-09 08:40 AM

even better would be making your own wine. Not very difficult, plus you could use locally-grown grapes & do some experimenting. Probably come up with a better wine than most of whats out there, cheaper, and its something you actually made yourself.

z3px 01-25-09 05:57 PM

I thought about doing this. Not sure if I would have the patients for it though.

Machka 01-25-09 06:02 PM


Originally Posted by z3px (Post 8246397)
I thought about doing this. Not sure if I would have the patients for it though.

You're a Dr? Well ... the fewer patients you have, the more simply you'd need to live! :D

pwhallon 01-26-09 09:53 AM

I can relate to that
 

Originally Posted by j.walker (Post 8223659)
i used to live simply...

then i got married

Oh goodness, ME TOO! :bang:

wheel 02-01-09 04:41 PM

People every where are living simpler. I just wanted to say.

gz_ 02-01-09 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by wheel (Post 8287410)
People every where are living simpler. I just wanted to say.

Yea, I'm not sure if it's good to feel this way but I kind of like this economic downturn because people are forced to find entertainment in the simple things like a hike in the woods or riding a bike rather than blowing a lot of cash on junk. Oh well.

TomM 02-01-09 07:28 PM


Originally Posted by wheel (Post 8287410)
People every where are living simpler. I just wanted to say.

Maybe where you live but not in my neck of the woods. I am beginning to think that people are in denial or they are waiting for the magical government bailout. I am waiting for the day when reality hits these people.

Sirrus Rider 02-08-09 10:55 PM


Originally Posted by pwhallon (Post 8249777)
Oh goodness, ME TOO! :bang:

Yeah.. A high percentage of women will complicate your life and call it being sophisticated.:notamused::twitchy:

rockmom 02-11-09 02:40 PM


Originally Posted by j.walker (Post 8223659)
i used to live simply...

then i got married

This made me chuckle. I posted a similar thought concerning having a husband. I think people just have different ideas about what is necessary or not. When you put two or more of them together it just gets more complicated.

zoltani 02-11-09 03:56 PM


Originally Posted by wahoonc (Post 8225971)
I wouldn't even bet on that! I was in a chain restaurant the other night for a very late dinner. They were charging over $6 for a short glass of Sam Adams...they claimed it was an import:twitchy: (and this was on the east coast, not the overpriced west coast)

Aaron:)

I once got into a heated “discussion” with the bartender, and eventually the manager, of a restaurant over this very issue. They claimed that all domestic beer is $2 during happy hour, so I gladly ordered a Sam Adams. When they told me the price it was more than $2. When I mentioned it they said that it was an import, even though it’s made in the US. After telling them this fact they said “Well, you know what we mean by domestic, Budweiser, miller.”
Ok, so it may be a “craft beer”, but don’t call it a freaking import! Soon after that I think they changed their sign.



Originally Posted by TuckertonRR (Post 8238925)
even better would be making your own wine. Not very difficult, plus you could use locally-grown grapes & do some experimenting. Probably come up with a better wine than most of whats out there, cheaper, and its something you actually made yourself.

I enjoying brewing my own beer. There is a satisfaction in drinking it that doesn't come when you purchase beer in the store. In the end I guess it is cheaper, and definitely better.


I just watched the PBS documentary called "Affluenza" on you tube and it made me think of this thread. Funny how many things they were warning against are now true. I would have to agree with the poster above that I think the economic crisis will be good for the average american consumer in the end


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