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#1 Hum

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:47

Living simply can be thought of as a virtue. Dan Price practices this virtue in a rather extreme way, living on $5,000 a year, mostly in a self-described "hobbit hole" near Joseph, Oregon. For more than 20 years, Price has been living in the small underground structure that he built from mostly found materials on the horse pasture where it lies.

Once a photojournalist with a wife and two kids, he moved from Kentucky to his native Oregon to live a simple life after reading Harlan Hubbard's book "Payne Hollow," in which the author describes moving to a meager cottage in Ohio. In addition to the hobbit hole, Price made himself a bathhouse and sauna, a workshop, and a garage for his TerraTrike, a three-wheeled off-road bicycle that he uses to get around.

During the warm months of the year, Price lives on the horse pasture where his shelter is, paying the landowners $100 a month. In the colder months, he surfs in Hawaii. In addition to odd jobs around town, Price sells a zine called "Moonlight Chronicles."

And the reason for his disconnection? He told NBC News, "I don't believe in houses or mortgages. Who in their right mind would spend their lifetime paying for a building they never get to spend time in because they are always working?" :huh:

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:53

I wonder if they've got fiber running to that thing.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 21:48

so jealous :(



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:25

No cable TV .... :/



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:33

LOL, sounds like he will get a visit from the local government soon. They don't take kindly to illegal structures/habitations.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:43

 

 

I don't believe in houses or mortgages. Who in their right mind would spend their lifetime paying for a building they never get to spend time in because they are always working?

 

I'm not entirely sure this is the guy I would seek guidance on for what a 'right mind' is.

 

Who in their right mind would stop working a normal job to live in a tiny box on someone else's land? Also I assume the Wife and kids did not go with him? lol.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:50

LOL, sounds like he will get a visit from the local government soon. They don't take kindly to illegal structures/habitations.

 

Gandalf will resolve this for him.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:50

I'm not entirely sure this is the guy I would seek guidance on for what a 'right mind' is.

 

Who in their right mind would stop working a normal job to live in a tiny box on someone else's land? Also I assume the Wife and kids did not go with him? lol.

Maybe you missed the last quote in the first post.

 

He could probably say the same about someone who would work all their lives, only to give it away to pay for cars and a house and not be able to afford anything else.

 

It says he spend the winter months surfing in Hawaii.  Who wouldn't want to do that?



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:51

LOL, sounds like he will get a visit from the local government soon. They don't take kindly to illegal structures/habitations.

 

I wouldn't be surprised because our government usually have nothing else to do other than go out after stupid stuff.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:07

Maybe you missed the last quote in the first post.

 

He could probably say the same about someone who would work all their lives, only to give it away to pay for cars and a house and not be able to afford anything else.

 

It says he spend the winter months surfing in Hawaii.  Who wouldn't want to do that?

 

I understand what he meant.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:36

I guess that's what people call a "porn cave".



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:43

LOL, sounds like he will get a visit from the local government soon. They don't take kindly to illegal structures/habitations.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:48

No cable TV .... :/

having no cable TV is easy. Just not having the internet would suck.





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