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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
7:30 pm
Long time no see (no hear, no speak) . . . no evil
Well! That subject line should cover just about anything!

Greetings, old friends. It's been awhile since anything has happened on this community site; and I was suddenly notified that we had a spam entry! Sorry if that hassled anyone, and I got rid of it; so it gives me an unintended opportunity for a few words with all of you.

My God, I've been so preoccupied with various ventures and stuff that very few of you have known anything about . . . not a single entry here in all of 2010, and it's more than about time for me to bring you up to date, at least. For one thing, I did a blazing three weeks in Europe just a few months ago -- all the way from Scotland to Romania and a half-dozen points in between, without the cost of a single night's shelter (unless you want to consider the several all-night bus & train rides). I suspect it qualifies well enuf as a 'nuffist venture...!

But the big story of my past year, in my view, is my full-scale plunge into the process of turning my reality around . . . as chronicled almost monthly in Irv's Scrapbook, and now my newly begun Scrap-Letter. I am truly convinced, now, that reality is actually fluid, and that we adapt to that potential . . . or we take advantage of that potential only to the conscious extent of our willingness to 'buy into it".

Sounds weird, I know, but I've been getting ever deeper into it as I've been able to accept it. Long story (a year and more long!); but I now consider that my entire life has been leading me up to it . . . more or less as an explorer, an 'advance scout.' Or an advanced-age scout would be somewhat better on the mark of it, as I think younger folks are much more competent at it, simply because they're not restrained so much by the confining factor of the 'cultural incrustation' of a lifetime.

Anyway, if you find yourself interested enuf to follow my tracking of it, send an email address and I'll put you on the Scrapbook/Scrapletter mailing list. Otherwise...

Be well, and may you have a good year...

Irv (the oldefool)
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
9:57 pm
Where's Everybody Gone?

Amidst all of what is going on in this country . . . the steep spiral we've taken toward economic collapse, with all the belt-tightening and insecurity it implies (and that barely touches it), it's hard for me to understand the almost total lack of use of this site. Admittedly, I've not exactly been a model caretaker, but I never wanted to be the active director of what might be happening here. I just wanted to provide the focal space for others.

I'm mainly absorbed, these days, with the monthly email newsletter I've been putting out for two years, now, not only covering these kinds of topics but increasingly focusing on the really severe changes I feel are still ahead of us . . . relative to the onset of the closure of the Mayan calendar in 2011/2012. If any of you are interested, send me an email (irvthom1@comcast.net)

Some of you might also like to know that I established some kind of record, this summer, by topping my earlier record of 60 years (off-and-on) distance hitch-hiking, by taking on the Oregon coastline for a five-day/550-mile hitch-trip . . . the record is now 66 years. I'll be getting out a new edition of my book of hitch-hike tales, Derelict Days... Sixty-six Years on the Roadside Path to Enlightenment, with the latest adventure incorporated.

In addition to posting this note, however, I'm giving you a 6-minute video of an absolutely remarkable German woman whom I'll be writing about in the January issue of my Scrapbook (as it's called). She has discovered how to make a life for herself entirely without need for the job world that is so necessary in other people's lives. She does it by direct barter for everything!. This is all in German, but there are English sub-titles that I'm sure you can keep up with.

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
6:35 pm
Some good info on yard sales . . . and a useful site to connect with

How many of you are onto the site called FrugalDad.com? It's a mixed bag of useful and so-so information with almost daily entries, easy to subscribe to for regular emailings that you can check out or ignore, as you like. I'm mainly referencing it, today, as the source for a good reminder article on the value (in several senses) of doing yard sales, either by yourself or as part of a group venture.

Here is the opening of the article (with about a quarter of it), closing with a link for those of you who wish to proceed further into it . . .

18 Secrets To A Successful Yard Sale

Growing up, my mom was the queen of yard sales. We used to joke that if I didn’t want something included in a yard sale I should lock it away in my closet. Looking back, she was setting a great example in the hopes I wouldn’t grow up to be a pack rat.

Admittedly, I have accumulated my share of our household junk, and I am trying to inspire members of our household to get rid of theirs. Yard sales are also a great way to generate some quick cash to get that emergency fund in place, or to contribute to your debt snowball. Here are a few yard sale tips our family has implemented over the years to have a successful yard sale.


1. Schedule yard sales around the first of the month. Most people who are paid monthly, or bi-monthly, receive a paycheck around the 1st of the month (or the end of the previous month). For this reason, we try to schedule yard sales on the first Saturday of the month.

2. Check the 10-day forecast. Nothing ruins a good yard sale faster than rain. Keep an eye on the 10-day forecast before submitting your advertisements and selecting a date. There are no guarantees, but significant weather patterns (fronts, tropical systems, etc.) are fairly predictable within a couple days.

3. Plan on starting early. Most hard-core yard sale scavengers will start looking around 7:00am (some as early as 6:00am).

4. Consider a pre-sale the Friday night before and invite your friends and coworkers. Assuming you don’t mind friends going through your belongings, ask them to come by the night before to look through things ahead of time. I’ve sold some larger items by doing this, including computer monitors, baby furniture, etc. A side benefit of a pre-sale is the more you sale the night before, the less you have to put out on Saturday morning.

You can find the rest of this article at FrugalDad.com, and if something else is up top when you get there, just go back to the entry of May 2nd.
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
8:23 pm
Found a great site for all you 'nuffists...

Quite in keeping with the changes underway in our national concerns and 're-casting', here is a great site offering to help you get started in a neighborhood gardening community, RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!

Check it out.
Saturday, February 28th, 2009
7:50 pm
Do I blame the economy, or me?
(x-posted from my personal journal)

I had a whole day to myself today, which was lovely. I let my phone go uncharged on purpose, so no interruptions. As I walked back from the library, I hit that patch of Westbridge (or W. Bridge, depending on which street sign you're consulting) where the city put in all these itty bitty maples where the big beautiful maples got sick and had to be taken down. And it was funny, I noticed that each maple had one little clump of leaves left on it from last year.

When I got closer, I realized, they weren't leaves, they were nests! Six tiny maple trees in a row had six little nests. Some were muddy-sticky-together nests, and some were twiggy-pointy-outy nests. It was so neat! And I hadn't noticed them before.

What the hell happened to me? When did I stop noticing birds' nests?

I've had my current job since the new year started, and I like my work, mostly. I've got a nice boss and a cool bunch of kids to take care of. But this 7:50-6:05 deal (when you include commute time) is really messing with me. I need daylight in my life. I need time to wander around and learn something interesting and talk with strangers. I want to go back to hanging out with the random stuff that grows out of the ground, dancing, cooking, writing poems. I know I can't afford to lose a good job right now. I could very easily be someplace with nasty coworkers, a longer commute, and a much smaller paycheck. Or unemployed altogether. But I hate that I let someone steal my day away like this. There was a time when I swore I'd never work more than 30 hours a week, but I've had to take what work I could find. I just wish I knew what to do.
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
11:25 am
Furniture on the cheap
I stumbled across something yesterday that I thought was pretty awsome. Not all of us have access to a town dump for scrounging, so this is almost as good. It turns out that some Home Depot stores sell what the call "cull lumber". It's basically scrap lumber in lengths around four feet, and is ridiculously cheap. For instance, yesterday I managed to build myself a respectable set of shelves, four feet high and two feet wide, for just four dollar and change.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
9:16 pm
A worthwhile reference...

I just discovered a site where you can get a free 20+ page booklet (PDF) with a load of living-cheaper tips and hints. It's basically for a book called The Power of Less. When the site comes up, you'll see a row of small pics and the right-most one (I think it's the fourth) is a link to the site of the download for the free booklet.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
11:30 am
House trucks

I've been thinking a good bit about building myself one of these. I like the idea of being able to own a home for around $10,000-$15,000, possibly much cheaper if I used found materials wherever possible. I also like the idea of being able to pick up and move on a whim, even if it's only to another abandoned logging road a few miles away. Consumption of resources would be minimal, it could be heated and powered by the sun on most days. Using a diesel truck, I could also fuel it with minimal impact on the environment, using biodiesel/vegetable oil.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?
Saturday, February 14th, 2009
7:39 pm
Where'd everyone go???

Good Grief! I leave this site on its own for awhile (well, a lo-o-ong while, I'll admit) and everyone else seems to leave it, too! I can hardly believe that everyone is/are leading quite contented frugal lives, these days.

Since the last post, the entire world seems to have headed south, in one giant C-O-L-L-A-P-S-E. And as I say, I can't believe it hasn't affected folks in ways that would have a lot to do with our Having-Enough philosophy! Of course, maybe everyone is too busy just keeping up with things. That could be.

I, myself, have been putting out a monthly email-based rundown on things, a kind of newsletter which actually makes use of LJ technology, as all of my articles are continued from their start (as an email) onto another LJ site that I have. Makes a damn good combo that allows me to reach up to 250 people a month with an ongoing 'periodical' sort of thing, for something under $10 per month total cost. It's super-great for a communicator. I could charge for it, of course, but I'm basically opposed to the money-grubbing thing. I figure that the Universe takes care of me nicely enough, so I do what I do as a payback.

It's called Irv's Scrapbook and my primary focus with it is on the changes underway, which I tend to see as the validation of an on-coming paradigm shift of major significance. We appear to be following the schedule predicted by the Mayan Calendar, which is coming to closure toward the end of 2011. Right now I see that as far more significant than learning to get along on less, which is sort of why I left this site behind. But actually, it's all part of the same stream.

THE WORLD IS CHANGING, FOLKS. You are lucky or unlucky enough to be right, plop, in the maelstrom center of the action. Enjoy it! Live it up! But do come back here and let us know how you're doing.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
1:29 pm
What are everyones' best tips to resist buying?

I'm normally pretty good with not buying, especially compared to everyone around me, but I'm not immune to the shinies, either. And as the bills rise, it's really necessary that I not get distracted by shiny things and then bummed out because I cannot have them. I still don't even have all of my furniture yet.

So, ideas, philosophies? I usually try to think about how much I really need the item and if I'll ever even use it much. Or I'll think about how much clutter more stuff would make -- I hate being weighed down by junk and clutter.
Saturday, May 17th, 2008
1:35 pm
From today's New York Times:

Chasing Utopia, Family Imagines No Possessions

AUSTIN, Tex. — Like many other young couples, Aimee and Jeff Harris spent the first years of their marriage eagerly accumulating stuff: cars, furniture, clothes, appliances and, after a son and a daughter came along, toys, toys, toys.

Now they are trying to get rid of it all, down to their fancy wedding bands. Chasing a utopian vision of a self-sustaining life on the land as partisans of a movement some call voluntary simplicity, they are donating virtually all their possessions to charity and hitting the road at the end of May.

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
8:42 pm
*knock, knock*
I came across this community while googling for "having enough", so hello!

I am working on decluttering both my house and my life, and purging the 'stuff' that used to seem so important (it must have been important for me to buy it, don't you think?) and trying to work on my thoughts about having enough--of everything. This looks like an interesting community--if anyone is still around. :)
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
10:13 pm
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Hi! I'm Elle, I'm new, and I have a holiday-inspired question for you all (probably that you've all been asked before).

I come from a long line of packrats and have made it one of my goals in life to break that chain. However, my family, especially during the holidays, just can't seem to grasp that I don't want in on their cluttered way of life. When my mom came to visit me for Thanksgiving, she brought with her a car full (packed to the point where the doors would barely close) of things that I did not want or need.

I've tried to explain the reasons why I don't want all of this stuff (environmentally very unfriendly, bought from stores or companies with sketchy policies, draining her bank account, a pain for me to move from apartment to apartment...you know the deal) but she just ends up getting offended and calling me unappreciative. These reasons all make perfect sense to me but I guess they're just a little too radical for the relatives. I'm stuck on how to better explain my lifestyle choices without sounding judgmental of theirs or seeming horribly  unappreciative of their generosity.

And so I am wondering, how have you explained your nuffism to family? Do they understand your choice, or do they think that you've gone off the deep end?

Current Mood: rushed
Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
12:30 am
New: a Craig's List type LJ community
There's a new LJ community that might be of interest to many of you. It's like an LJ Craigslist, for offering and/or seeking used goods of any sort, cost free except for the shipping cost. Check it out: needsandseeds
Monday, October 29th, 2007
2:12 am
A question on relationships
First of all, hi. My name is Charlotte, and I would say I am a nuffest. I grew up without much and realized I liked it more then my friends lives who had it all.

And, I have a delimma that I would like to talk about with some similar-minded people.

Im in a relationship with someone very different then me. He pretty much needs to have high speed internet, cable tv and be able to eat out whenever. I just dont care about those things all that much. He tends to me more judgemental, where I think Im more "benefit of the doubt" type of person. His was is usually the only right way, where my way is right for me (most of the time anyway). Im pregnant and about to pop any day now.

Im beginning to think our different view of the world is going to be the end of our relationship. Without commenting on my taste in men and other insulting comments (Im sensitive, people, Im pregnant), does anyone have any comments/experiences?
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
1:28 pm
When nuff goes snuff
Okay folks - do you live close to the edge?  Here's an example.  We chose jobs that allowed us to enjoy our hobbies and family.  So we don't make that much.

We chose no credit because we didn't like that trap

And then when the thing you need - your transportation goes "poof" - what then?  Cry?  Panic?  

Rethink the whole thing?  A bigger paying job, debt for a fancier car? 
Saturday, September 8th, 2007
6:53 pm
An announcement and an invitation...
(This may be cross-posted for any of you on my friends list)

On topic, though a bit tangent to it, I've been working up a 'periodical' sort of thing that I'm calling Irv's Scrapbook, that some of you may be interested in. It's something that's going to serve me in several ways: To begin with, as a 'staging area' for a book I've been trying to complete . . . it's well-begun, but I haven't been able to pull it through a year-long lethargy problem. So I had this brilliant idea for a way to kick-start it, and before I knew it the kick-start took on a life of its own. It will be several things besides, including the vehicle for a kind of 'kick in the pants' that I think this country needs. No, not really political, but calculated to deal with how the political scene has been beating us down. Hard to explain, without getting a bit of running room for it, and it's actually quite a bit deeper than that.

So what I'm going to do, here, is LJ-cut one of the key articles in the first issue, that is going out this weekend. You can take a look at it and see if you feel it might be worth getting from me. It costs nothing, and will arrive by email. Irregularly, as is my style. But I think I may be able to keep up a 4-6 week frequency with it. Maybe!

The only requirement is that I'd need an email address from you. So if you happen to want it you can send me an address at irvthom1@comcast.net rather than publicly through a comment here. I know how antsy everyone is about that. And if it doesn't quite satisfy you, provision will be right there for unsubscribing yourself.

Okay, here is the articleCollapse )
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
11:50 pm
Useful LJ group
I've just discovered an LJ group that should be a good resource for _Nuffism folks. It deals with suggestions and inquiries about getting along on less in highly specific situations. There are almost 5000 members in the group and it appears to get a lot of traffic, and a lot of response comments.

Go to poor_skills and see for yourself.
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
11:26 am
Nuffism has made my day!
I am new to Live Journal, and just stumbled acrosss the Nuffism community. First, thanks for being here. Second, keep on keeping on. And third, it is just damned good to see there are intelligent and caring folks that are still fighting the fight. Count me in!

Current Mood: determined
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
6:00 pm
So, is everyone adrift on their summertime seas?

It's been so long, now, since anything has been posted here, that I thought I'd give it a small shot in the arm. What prompted me is a rather caustic, sardonic article on today's AlterNet that goes, more directly than most, into the media fictions that feed our buying patterns. He is not just talking about advertising . . . in fact, that is a passé level of cooptation for the 21st Century. Heck no, we have full-blown artificial realities in today's world.

But I've noticed, in recent months, a greater willingness among commentators to get down into the nitty-gritty of the kind of warpage that governs our daily lives. In years past, it was always this or that technique, this or that particular corporation that was the big bad wolf of consumerism. As though the rest were accountable, or at least giving us a fair shake for our own insatiable needs. Nothing basically wrong with the sytem . . . Oh, no!

More and more, however, the system's protective cover is being torn away. The fact that we are not only sheep being shorn, but are flatly cultivated as such is being more forthrightly revealed. This is an article in that genre. It's a little unnecessarily belabored, but you don't have to read the whole thing. A taste of it will do you good.


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