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Old 03-19-2013, 05:21 AM   #41
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In the past two years , I've been my own "LAB RAT".! The doctors have told me of my personal issues and most , I can control by diet and just healthy living.! One of these issues is Diabetes , I found that a low Carb diet and smart eating habits (Watch and monitor Sugar intake), I have almost removed this from the
List of obstacles.Also , Another type of bug I picked up from surgeries years ago!
Again , sleep right , lots of water , supplements , I've taken most things that I can control in control. The biggest hurdle facing me is "PAIN MANAGEMENT".!
These doctors say that this is something I have too take for the rest of my life..! I disagree ! Since my last surgeries , I have been clean for 4 months against doctors orders..! Not only have I quit them , I've functioned almost up to 80%.!
Pee Test and my Doctor scolded my like a school child.! EeeeK..!
He accused me of selling them , but all he had to do was call my pharmacist , I'd never picked them up in four months..!
Not all people are in my shoes , the choices I can make !
I'm back on the meds , just had another surgery last week.! When the time is right , I know that I have choices with out jeopardizing my own health..!
And so goes all aspects of digging in , I'm ready as I can be..!

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Good for you Dango! It seems you also have the will and determination to succeed in doing what you want. I think we all get a little too comfortable with the thoughts of what is considered normal now like a job most of us hate and only tolerate, because the money made allows us to buy stuff.

I spent a year living in a GP Small tent with two other guys bouncing all over the Balkans and looking back it wasn't that bad. Granted it was uncomfortable at times, like going to the bathroom at 2am in the snow - our toilet was a steel chair with a hole cut in the middle with padding taped to it with 100mph tape. Then about once a week burning the crap.

^^^^This all beats sitting behind a monitor for 10 hours a day!

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In my past , I've been an avid adventurer . I have the tools and some pretty kool gear . Anytime of year , any place on this planet , I can be quite comfortable .
In these some 26 years , my wife has become quite the "nut case" with me.!
She's a decent shot and has many an adventure under them thar bloomers.

She'll do fine and she trusts me 100% , that is pure gold..! We both share the same attitude , makes things so less complicated..! She's got an impressive list of hard-core experience behind her . Almost as fearless as me and , most important , no sniveling about it . She's always had the choice , go with me or not , I've never forced her to do anything she didn't want to..!

What I suggest to all , (WHEN YOUR MATE BITCHES) , tell her don't , come with me or don't..! Her choice and I don't lie , I tell her what to expect and I will make sure she survives..! She may lose a limb , but I will not let her die..! Do not snivel or come with me..! Soul Mates..?

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In my past , I've been an avid adventurer . I have the tools and some pretty kool gear . Anytime of year , any place on this planet , I can be quite comfortable .
In these some 26 years , my wife has become quite the "nut case" with me.!
She's a decent shot and has many an adventure under them thar bloomers.

She'll do fine and she trusts me 100% , that is pure gold..! We both share the same attitude , makes things so less complicated..! She's got an impressive list of hard-core experience behind her . Almost as fearless as me and , most important , no sniveling about it . She's always had the choice , go with me or not , I've never forced her to do anything she didn't want to..!

What I suggest to all , (WHEN YOUR MATE BITCHES) , tell her don't , come with me or don't..! Her choice and I don't lie , I tell her what to expect and I will make sure she survives..! She may lose a limb , but I will not let her die..! Do not snivel or come with me..! Soul Mates..?

Sounds like you chose wisely, grasshopper.

Or else, she's just a really kind and compassionate woman.

Or both!

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To the OP, check out outdoorsdirectory.com - it's an Alaska specific forum but has lots of "going off the grid" info. If you can do it in AK, you can do it anywhere! Also, if you get a chance at a tour in AK, take it! it will be a life changing experience.

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To the OP, check out outdoorsdirectory.com - it's an Alaska specific forum but has lots of "going off the grid" info. If you can do it in AK, you can do it anywhere! Also, if you get a chance at a tour in AK, take it! it will be a life changing experience.
Thanks JP - appreciate the site information. Alaska is on our wish list of vacations. There is so much natural beauty that I couldn't imagine living there, would truly be heaven with dangerous wildlife

Oh BTW I just noticed your location. Be safe over there and thank you for your service!
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sdiver35,

Thanks for the well wishes.

AK is a place where videos and pictures simply don't do it justice. In fact, sometimes it's a bit too much for the 5 senses to take in when you're hunting or hiking! If you head out that way for a trip or for an assignment, drop me a PM and I'll pass along all my "secret" hunting spots.

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What about something like western yurts? I've been told those are very roomy for their size and also very warm

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Unless one is rich, getting off the grid starts and ends with efficiency. If your a DIYer and can build and wire yourself, you can be efficient without killing your budget. Many newer homes on the grid are now employing DC Distribution instead of AC. Transforming power many times equals power loss every time. Anything that creates heat is loss, low voltage/ low wattage devices exist for everything you need to live, everything. All things that you heat with are better served by anything except electric. The greatest returns come from maintaining living conditions with the least amount of electricity/ fuel/ other. Rolls of insulation are better than adding watts of extra generation.

My Grandmother needlepointed a sign for my Grandad in the 40's "Dont Start Vast Projects With Halfvast Ideas". Getting off the grid isnt easy or cheap. Lots of studying, plenty of practical trials and likely many errors will be part of your challenge, a wife and or Children with other ideas and visions can be a real buzz kill...

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Thanks WF. Ours will not be a day one off the grid type of move. It will be a rather expedited transition, but I'm also a realist.

You are correct about efficiency. We are by no means rich, but at the time we move we will have no debt and the land will be ours free and clear. This makes it a bit easier for us to focus on the essentials first and foremost.

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