Off Grid

In more ways than one.

It has been a while since my last post. Mostly due to my lazy at home routine. I’ve decided to accept the person I really am since writing my last blog post “Lists Work”. I am a bit of a sloth at home. Procrastination (within reason) or  last minute tidying is not of any risk to my personal health or safety soo trying to fit a square peg of mass productivity into a round hole of extremely relaxed home life (deeply entrenched in escapism) is not worth the stress and anxiety being busy induces.

I have been examining my relaxed home life routine. And I’ve found that roughly every two ta three years there seems to be a natural plateau in my levels of productivity. The remedy historically has been change. Extreme change; relocation typically. Starting over is a very familiar and satisfying feeling. I love to purge myself of forgotten junk.

With that said, there is a point I’m getting to here… I don’t like living on grid. I feel like it is primitive and harbors a feeling of imprisonment. My creature comforts generate a dependency. Before I know it, the world and it’s routine become familiar. It bores me to death. It is time to shake things up again. Note, only in my home life this time. My job and employer are amazing. You would have to chain me up and drag me out of the shop lol.

I have decided to leave tradition behind and make a move towards independent living OFF GRID. This will been one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. And; It will begin with a purge.

Lucky for me I’ve been living in a very small apartment for the last two years. My present living space measures about 147 Square Feet (this figure excludes the washroom & kitchen). I love my current arrangement but affordability & location (far from work) have forced me to reevaluate my long term sustenance plan.

Living off grid and being self sufficient really fits my personality type. I really don’t like asking people for help. In a perfect world I’d rely on no one. Nothing is ever perfect though. Really I don’t mind asking someone for help as long as they allow me to fairly compensate them for services rendered. But handouts; I’ve ridden on the coattails of society much longer than I ever intended. It is time to stand alone.

With that said I understand that it is not reasonable to just abandon the traditional lifestyle of having immediate access to electricity and running water. There is a plan in action here. I’m not just flying in the wind… Step one is to bank a healthy purse and acquire a van to serve as a temporary dwelling/transport. To achieve this I’ll be employing a technique self dubbed “grid surfing”. Its kinda like couch surfing but no couch. It does still require the goodwill of others but it is closer to a barter system. I’ve managed to nail down a favorable situation and likely this temporary bout of transient life will prompt more blogging.

End Game; I have my mind body and soul set on converting a shipping container into a permanent/mobile dwelling. This is a photo of the desired container for conversion.

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Motivational Tools,

Plus One.

img_20160508_202359.jpgTurns out a traditional Bucket List doesn’t work for me. I’ve had a handful of near death experiences, mostly drunken dare devil stunts or people trying to kill me. All due to my award winning personality of course lol.

Over the last couple years, bacterial infections or viral paired with severe psychosis and depression there have been moments I’ve nearly done myself in. All that and you would think I’d be chomping at the bit to get out there and have some fun.

Truth is, I am boring as fuck. Hah. I really love my job, so I work a lot. It keeps me grounded and out of trouble. But it also makes me a little boring, or Ok. A lot boring.

Other than working a lot, I have a lover. She is my world. And she likes to get shit done. Or at the very least make sure I get shit done lol. We met a long time ago it seems. Spent some time apart and still do spend time apart. It’s an over distance relationship and in a way always has been short, far and everything in between. Big story small, she puts the DO in “get shit DOne”. And I like that. She pushes me to get with the program and ya know what, sometimes I need that. A swift kick in the ass and a sweet reminder to not just talk about doing something but also doing it for reals. And so the pic you see above is a motivational tool she uses and has recommended I use. It is a coin counting jar incase you didn’t catch that. You run. And as a reward, you put coins in it equal to the distance ran.

My girl is a runner. I’m a cyclist. I wanna be a runner though. I also want to hike, and kayak. I have to admit honestly, I have a problem actually doing all those things regularly. I have a problem doing any of these things at all.

My thing. And I got this thing where I like to go big or go home. But I have turned into such a lazy blop when it comes to my physical fitness level I do a lot of just staying home. I consider my ride to work, progress. And this is a real ego crusher. There was a time that I could hop on my bike and solo ride 180 Km in a few hrs easily. Not anymore my friend.

The question now is what am I going to do about it?

  • Well, I’m gonna start by topping off my run jar for distances already ran.
  • My ass doesn’t like the morning. Solution: pack at night.
  • Tomorrow I am going to ride to work.
  • I am not going to eat garbage take out for breakfast.
  • I’m going to try and consume 355 Milliliters of water or more.
  • I am going to ride home. (Or to my managers meeting if there is one.)
  • I am not going to eat garbage take out for dinner.
  • I am going to check in with my blog, and let you know how I did.

Here’s to progress, and if anyone else out there is in depressed lazy blop mode. Feel free to get with the program and run with me. I use Strava to track all my fitness and my handle is Ross W. Look for the Ghost Riders flaming skull. That is my Strava calling card. Although I am consider a lovey rolly Panda until I get back into go mode lol.

 

 

Aries; Anything but Empty

When my Life & the Stars collide (Pt. 45)

horoscope-aries-tattoo-designSource: horoscope.com || Janurary 6, 2016

The house might seem rather empty today, Aries, as most of the other members of your household are probably out and about. This is, however, a good time for you to take care of some projects of your own that you’ve been putting off. They might be tedious and rather boring, but think how good you’ll feel when they’re finally done! In the evening you might entertain some visitors. Enjoy your day.

Empty is a feeling I very rarely experience, especially when it comes to my environment. People or members are not really necessary. I mean factually there are no members of my household to be out and about. I guess in a way one could say that my projects are a little like children. I tend to them here and there, watch them grow. Some rebell others turn out spoiled with attention and few grow up into outstanding, contributions to society lol.

To be finished, finally done. I think that would be very boring. I’m not certain anything is really finished. Even here on my blog, occasionally I read back. Twenty or thirty posts and I make little tweaks.

In the evening I must admit entertainment is the devil here lol. I invite one sided conversations from the BBC, twitch.tv and google play into my home. Often all speaking at once, talking over one another and never about the same thing. It all comes out in the wash though, a man once said.

Enjoy my day, and my evening. I will.

An Industrial Vibe

And and little bit of History;

I’ve been walking about the train tracks near my apartment. I collect little bits of the nuts & bolts, the broken bones of aging tracks. Right now some of my findings are a bit more interesting than the average railway spike.

Here in Dartmouth I live just under an 50+ Yr old bridge that is going through a major facelift. The Big Lift is the first ever in history undertaking of completely refurbishing a bridge while it is still open (Hit the link for more information). Some of the parts jammed into this vase are original parts shed from the bridge construction.

I play GW2!

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Sometimes a guy just needs to escape. I play Guild Wars 2… Used to be a WoW Head and for those of you not familiar with the expression “WoW Head” its another online multiplayer game AKA: World of Warcraft.

I decided to ditch WoW cause well its a Pay to Play and its outdated graphics engine/bloated controls made it too much of a let down/life commitment to play. GW2 allows me to log in, hit a Player vs Player environment and be a badass without committing hundreds of hours to endless gear grinds. Grinding to keep up with the power curve. I pretty much never step into the Player vs Environment aspect of the game. Occasionally I will for my Guild, which by the way is very active.

My WoW Guild was dead, my server was dead. All that was left were elitists gamers that required min/max stats & minimum achievement quotas. I don’t have that kinda time or the energy to commit to a virtual hobby. Plus its FREE to PLAY! And I like Free Stuff.

Shout out to anyone out there that plays GW2:

I am Bringavanger, Champion Legionnaire of Jade Quarry.

I look forward to seeing you on the battle field…

Aries; I’ll do what I want

When my Life & the Stars collide (Pt. 43)

horoscope-aries-tattoo-designSource: horoscope.com || August 10, 2015

“This should be a fun day for you, Aries. You should enjoy a good mood and social times with others. Don’t do anything that requires discipline or realistic thinking. This is a better day to simply have fun and relax. If you must work, do your best to keep your mood up. You can have fun even if you’re being productive with menial tasks and duties.”

Ah, long story short… I’m single again. Annnd today was in fact a GREAT day! It was fun. I woke up, in a pretty good mood. I had a beer for breakfast, along with some fresh fruit. I don’t really do social things. Occasionally but not often.

I definitely did not do anything today that requires any discipline. I mostly played video games all morning while I meandered the day away doing laundry. I downloaded a new Audio Book, I am soo hooked on Audible by Amazon.

Around 5’ish I found myself thinking that getting out of the house would be a good idea. I hopped a bus to work and retrieved my road bike. There was some work on the counter that I could have easily done. I kinda felt like I should handle it but ya know what, I work tomorrow. I’ll handle it then. Today is my day off.

I hit the road home, made my best time ever 1 Hr on the dot with an average speed of 26.6 Kph… Nearly exploded my legs on that last hill before the big dive but I did it. A little screaming to myself, out loud lol. A little self motivation 🙂

Aries; today, I’m a survivalist

When my Life & the Stars collide (Pt. 42)

horoscope-aries-tattoo-designSource: horoscope.com || August 3, 2015

“There are several opportunities open now that weren’t there before. The key is to take advantage of them. Find freedom in the strange and new. Be a pioneer today and venture into the unknown. This is a day to expand and reach new heights by having more confidence in your abilities. Things will get stale and boring if you keep doing the same things over and over.”

Today, there are no opportunities. Well maybe one if you count the opportunity to rest, but not by choice. Ok, maybe by choice. If there are future opportunities I don’t want to think about them today. Today I am taking advantage of being alone and shutting my eyes. Listening to the peaceful silence.

My life is full of strange and new, not just today. Past, present, future. I’m not sure I find that much freedom in it. Freedom to me would be the ability to come and go, explain myself to no one. Justify my decisions to no one. Be a “true pioneer” and venture into the unknown with regard for no one.

But eventually that existence gets lonely and it’s a vicious cycle. I believe there is a future coming where I expand and reach new heights. Confidence is not the issue. I’ve been confidently trending upward and forward for 3 Yrs steady from near death experience to working man. I kinda feel like in this moment standing still, I’m not being the most responsible man. My spending is out of control lol.

Today I’m conserving energy. Today I’m hiding inside from the sun, the heat because I don’t have the resources to properly feed myself. I’m 1 Day from payday and this time, I really need to get it right.

I have an itch, it wants out. I have a bug… I want to be an adventurer, into the unknown. I have dreams of setting and achieving goals to travel the world under my own human power. Dreams to own a home that I don’t spend the majority of my natural life paying off. I want to sell power back to the grid. I want to be a minimalist, satisfy my inner man and fulfill my inner peace.

The question I ask myself is… Am I posturing to pounce or circling to slump down into a heap of sleeping hair skin and bones, acquiescing to societies idea of natural progress by consuming, driving, building, marrying and divorcing. Standing still in a place where I’ll never be able to catch up with the fast lane?