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I've had this longtime fantasy of escaping 'people' and maybe that's not the best way to describe it, but the general idea is to escape being around a bunch of people that constantly irritate me. People that are inconsiderate, rude, self-centered, etc. So, escaping them means escaping a lot of people. Earlier this year we took a road trip that went through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Nevada, and along the way, specifically in Arizona, and New Mexico, we'd be driving on the highway and pass these 'nomad camps' (well, that's what I called them) that may have been just a single person/family, or up to dozens of such dwellings. They may have been a converted school bus, maybe RV's, but never anything like a traditional home. I don't know why, but the idea of living like that greatly appealed to me.

I picture living simply, having enough solar to run the things I need, a Starlink dish to keep me connected to the chaotic world, and all of the misinformation that's constantly pumped into our brains, having a garden, and some chickens. I picture harvesting rainwater, and looking into star-filled skies at night, falling asleep to the sounds of crickets and other things that go bump in the night.

I picture a simple life.

I wonder how much of this is possible. The truth is, I can go buy a used RV, and a couple of acres in Arizona to park it on. I'm a tech dude, so I can sort out a solar/battery solution, I'm handy enough to manage whatever other mechanical things need to be handled.

But I have a wife that's not interested, and a kid that doesn't want to stray too far from fast-food places.

My simple life has a few complications.

It's not all bad news tho, we've moved from a large suburb of over 300,000 self-centered drones to a small town of just about 16,000 but while it's been good in most of the ways we expected it to be, there's a considerable meth problem here. I suppose there's a meth problem everywhere but..

Anyway, maybe continuing to move into smaller and smaller towns might be the long-term solution, but at the end of the day, I want zero-mortgage, zero-utility bills, and zero hassles.

Maybe one day.