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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Round and Round, We go....

Hello, again - I've been very busy, getting myself re-established on the island. Funny, no matter how things change, they still remain the same. I've got myself a casual job for the warm(?) part of the year, doing some property maintenance (read cutting lawns, gardening, etc.); so, I'm all set. Soon, it will be springtime for real, and I'll be happy to see the sunshine return.

But, I can't believe what's going on out there, but, no wonder. How did the world expect to carry on with a super-heated economy, and for it not to fall flat on it's face. Regardless, it's important to do what you need to do; deal with it the best you can. If you are a vandweller, while you are living economically, you are vulnerable to various hazards that swirl around us. I suggest you go where things are better, so you can weather these turbulent times, easier. We don't need much, but, I've been a fan of living in areas where I feel comfortable (read safer, more laid back).

The economic crash is a sign of the times. Greed, blatant capitalism, exploitation of natural resources and peoples, is not economically/environmentally sustainable or humane. So, I revel in the fact that I've minimized my demands and needs on the 'system'. So, it's up to each and everyone of us to help these changes, to evolve, by example. If we as people don't buy the crap made by the corporations of the world, then they won't make it, cause they will lose money. Or at least, they will begin to make the things we really want/need, by us choosing with our dollars, and will address some the afore mentioned concerns. It's up to us.

Recycle, reduce, reuse. Fair trade. Let's not trade in our planet, for jobs. There's no point of having money and toys to play with, if you can't breathe the air, or swim in the ocean, or eat the food. Think about it.

Take care of yourself and yours in these troubled times, Urban Vandweller

Friday, March 13, 2009

I'm Back!!!!!

Yup! It's true.... I know, you didn't miss me. How could you? Where was I? Do ya' remember the saying? 'Turn in - tune out - turn on!?' Probably not. I decided it was time to take off for a while... a long while... to Costa Rica. Wasn't livin' in a van... but, very laid back and good for the soul. Visited Joanie and Jimmy and worked on their Shangra-la-di-da. Cool. Maybe, one day I'll go back, but, things to do here.

So, what the fuck?!! What's going on? Still all this negativity, doom and gloom. Enough all ready. Let's move on. The earth's still turning, the sun gets up rather daily, and more or less, I hope your all doing OK. Probably better off than a lot of people if you're reading this blog. So. Where do we go from here? Hmmm. Back to work. Holidays are over. New President - full of hope, eh? Well, we need it. The folks are sufferin', because Wall Street raped us again, like back in 1929. Somethings never change. Good luck Obama, you've been handed the mother of shit sandwiches to deal with. But, you signed up for the job.

So, it seems to me, we're gonna' have to help ourselves. Let's face it, the best people to dig ourselves out of this mess, is ourselves. Why? Well, I don't know about you, but, at least I know I can count on myself, and that's a good start. Plus, I'm an opportunistic optomist! So, nuthin's gonna stop me. The last recession in 1980 - 1983, I had three jobs. Not to make ends meet, but, just because when I in the mood, that's my path.

Speakin' about paths, that is why I'm mobile. I don't know what's happening in the States, but up here in Canada, the East has the least, and the West is the best. That's what you gotta' do, if you can. Go where it is good. Migrate!!! Remember the classic movie, The Grapes of Wrath. That is us or could be, the new version. You can always go back, to where ever you are now, or wherever you've been. But, go for opportunity, if you can. Or at least, better weather or environment. If you can't, hunker down and relate to your network, your friends and family. Strength in numbers, and all that.

So, chin up, world. We're all in this together.

Cheers, Urban Vandweller