Tuesday, November 12, 2013
YOU CAN LIVE FREE -- NOW---ON THE LOW ROAD.
MEET THE KING OF FRUGALITY---HE WILL SHOW THE WAY
Meet David--the king of Frugality
He and his faithful coc-a-too live in this vehicle.
The bird is as free as the man---allowed to fly wherever it wishes---but comes back often to its favorite perch.
I strike up an acquaintance and we begin walking and talking daily.
Leaving day and I ask for a formal interview. He agrees. Here's what I learned:
He is a college graduate---age 54---an engineer---worked a number of years as a draftsman. Job expired---couldn't find another---began living in his car to avoid rent---has lived this way for several years---has come to like it.
Enjoys the game of frugality---says he could live on $150 a month if necessary. He gets $200 a month from the government for food---that is more than enough---he could feed himself and bird on $100 if spent well. Visits food co-ops and other organizations selling damaged and expired goods at bargain prices.
Spends about $100 a month for gas---has now saved up $700 for emergencies.
Is happy and healthy (says about 7 on a scale of 10)---has a tiny internet business selling one of his inventions on e-bay----nets about $150 a month.
Feels passionately about freedom, efficiency, invention---takes Mcguiver as a role model----hopes to upgrade his living arrangements to a van---leans politically right--is biblically religious---describes himself as eccentric without being weird.
I enjoyed his company on long walks---was often startled when his avian companion
would whoosh upon us---settling on his shoulder.
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Here is a man quietly and efficiently making his way in the world. He has shaped a life for himself---enjoys freedom and does not suffer anxiety about tomorrow. He travels the LOW ROAD with easy grace.
AND YOU COULD TOO!! This very day millions of you could be free---on the low road---wake up when you wish and fill your day with adventures. The Low Road awaits all with the courage to travel it. (as Walt Whitman says) "it is not far---it is within reach---perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know---perhaps it is everywhere--on water and on land. Shoulder your duds and I will mine and let us hasten forth----wonderful cities and free nations shall we fetch as we go---for after we start, we never lie by again" (Song of the Open Road)