note: I was actually quite impressed with the movie "Aftershock" ( the 2012 version ) which is playing on Vudu, free with ads. A $2 million movie from Chile is better than some of these crappy $200 million Hollywood turds. The first third is good enough, but not much happens. Hang in there, it suddenly takes off with no warning.
The November 11, 2017 “Market Watch” had an article on poor suffering Senior Citizens ( capitalized to denote their extra special status ) who were forced to live in RV’s and follow seasonal work. Now, as you might recall, I have little love lost for geriatrics who act as if their poverty is my fault and I should pay more taxes to keep their narrow pasty asses in Viagra and upright on the golf course. What? Their lives weren’t good enough? Sucking down cigarettes ( which I pay more taxes on because after their generation puffed away and got cancer now it is decided I’m not allowed to kill myself ) and swilling scotch by the gallon, living back when fast food was tasty and the cars were made of real steel, going to school for free instead of paying the equivalent of a house for an education.
And now, rather than having the good grace to die off naturally after a good life, they want to live forever. You’re seventy years old and still working for Amazon during the Christmas season? I should even live that long, OR have any jobs available. Stop your sniveling. Okay, I’m kind of joking. Working at Amazon when you are fifty would be bad enough. All day on the concrete slab? Brutal. But the article, which was an interview of the author of the book “Nomadland”, made pitiful sobbing sounds about Amazon paying these poor suffering dears more money. Now you want ME to pay more for books? A tax on my pitiful education since I can’t go to a real college since your generation of hump-wits screwed that one up by insisting everyone needed a degree ( rising demand, rising price ).
Amazon doesn’t pay enough at fifty percent above minimum wage? Why are they even paying THAT much? Remember what happened with Wal-Mart raising their damn wages near twice minimum wage? They went from crap quality merchandise to add crap quality food, lobbied for increased Food Stamp recipients and were instrumental in getting their Kenyan immigrant to transfer their health care costs to the taxpayer. What is WRONG with you people?
I wouldn’t buy that book if it was rubbed with 18 year old virgin crotch juice and sprinkled with cocaine ( why I felt I needed to stipulate that the female was of legal age but then threw in illegal drug use, I couldn’t tell you ). The author was saying her personal perception was that only rich bitches got to tool around in expensive RV’s, but while researching the book realized there were definitely a few who were desperately poor living in the things and sometimes being unable to both fill up the gas tanks and afford heat for their tin boxes. I’m not going to make fun of old bastards and their medical bills. I’m not a complete monster.
But I will say, WHY? You are paying rent in an RV park, and heat because you are living in cold ass Nevada or Kansas to work for Amazon. Why not just go down south and live in Arizona over the winter. You aren’t working, but you aren’t paying rent ( well, whatever the seasonal fee is for the stay, if anything-but only one sixth or one eighth the private park amount ) or heat. Shouldn’t that about even out? If you didn’t want to park with the other tens of thousands of Kunuk snowbirds, there is a private park ( featured in the YouTube channel “Cheap RV Living” ) that is a few hundred dollars for something like half the year. You need to use their central sewage and water and have your own power. It is just a piece of dirt with no hook-ups ( I think they have wi-fi ). But at, whatever, $60 a month or something?
Of course, even better is the lot of junk land you buy and have only a one time series of payments. If you are living Social Security check to check, you move out of the RV and park at Wal-Mart or out of town on the side of the road at the end of the month and take what would have been rent money and put $100 down on a chunk of E-Bay land ( granted, E-Bay kind of blows anymore. Just do a search for where you want to live and plenty of other companies show up. Private financing, a small down, they do all the paperwork. Avoid Utah-those asswhores hate off grid folk and will harass you accordingly ).
If you have to wait for another check for gas money to get there, so be it. Work one more month for extra cash? Why not. You’ll need some solar panels and water container and such. But at least you are getting off the hamster wheel of rent and long distance travel. How much nicer would it be to grow a garden and raise chickens? Or do you like working menial jobs way past the point of retirement? You are going to be poor either way. Working and paying rent and spending $200 to fill up the tank to get to the next job or not working but having far less expenses. Same differences.
You are falling for the old paradigm that working long and working hard rewards you. Buzzz. Wrong answer. As we collapse further economically, the asset stripping moves up the food chain. The poor are already screwed, liable to end up in jail after not being able to pay a fine. The middle class lost their home equity and 401k pensions eight years ago. The 9% Gatekeeper For The Elite are next, with none of their Make Work jobs secure ( the Elite will just skip town and move overseas ). Do I have too much sympathy? No, not really. Everyone knows about the Great Depression, World War Two rationing, the 70’s Oil Embargo/Factory Move followed by high inflation, the 80’s Union Busting, the 90’s Asian markets collapse, the 2000 Tech Wreck, and Enron. You thought you were safe?
Hell, I knew in the 80’s that 401k’s were dangerous when they rolled them out replacing corporate pensions. It was all over the mainstream media. Where was grandpa then? Living in a cave? Anyone with half a brain knew homes were extremely overvalued. You didn’t need to be able to time the housing bubble crash to know equity was an illusion. Okay, so they screwed up. They trusted the system. But STOP working for the same asswhores that screwed you over. Actually retire. Just learn to live a bit lower on the luxury scale. And you. Yes, YOU. Why haven’t you bought a piece of junk land yet?
Anyone can buy tax delinquent lots of land for $500. You don’t even need to buy desert land for thousands too much. Like I did. Learn from my ignorance. Go to your county courthouse, or the next county over ( well, just look it up online nowadays ) and find out about land anyone can afford. It might be next to a meth cooker, or a band of feral rednecks. So what. Don’t live there now if you don’t want to. Just be ready to if you have no other choice. This is your best economic collapse asset. Better than gold or FLIR scopes or freeze dried foods. Debt free living squat, safe from the out of control ravenous parasitic bankers.
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I'm 59, going to spend the next 4 -5 months on the road, and won't be working at a Amazon center. Got a diesel ambulance at auction that I turned into a mini motorhome. Can run on waste vegetable oil so I won't pay hardly anything for fuel. Mounted a solar panel on the roof so I don't need a park with power.ReplyDelete
It's cheaper for me to spend the winter on a warm beach somewhere than to heat my house in NH. Sure, I could spend the winter feeding the woodstove, but that's no fun either. I'll do it if I have to.
But you aren't forced on to the road, right? To you it is a benefit rather than a sacrifice. You are off the debt/transportation/employment gerbil wheel, insofar as it is detrimental.Delete
Exactly! Because I can live and travel so cheaply, I don't have to work crap jobs.Delete
Crap jobs were fine when I was younger. Now, if I were forced to...probably just go Food Stamps instead. Don't know if I could put up with the Idiot Brigade.Delete
I would think that rather than working highly stressful jobs at age 70 it would be better for them to tend a little garden and raise poultry. Less effort, better reward, longer life.ReplyDelete
The thing is, why wouldn't they do it ? Is it because they still need to pay up their debt ? Is it because they're too immersed into their life of urgency ?
I would think the debt is all related to work. Home in the city or RV and car. Other debt such as medical, college or credit card should be able to be paid with the Social Security check.Delete
Haha! Got a chuckle out of your crotch juice/ cocaine comment 😀ReplyDelete
I worked with a dude some years back that described Reno as the equivalent of “living at the edge of hell.” I had no idea what he meant, but he went on to describe a large group of people that parked their RV’s on some country road that went way outside of Reno. There were RV’s parked on both sides as far as the eye could see. Apparently the jobs that these people worked, couldn’t keep up with their bills and provide for conventional housing. I can’t say if this exact situation still exists or not, as this was many years ago, but my guess is that the city probably ran them off.
For tax default land, be careful. If you buy the title from a bank on a property that has recently went into default, you can’t foreclose on it and own it for many years (I think it’s 5 years). The original title holder has a grace period to make good on the back payments, and it’s my understanding that they generally do. However on junk land, this probably isn’t the case. Just beware that there is lengthy waiting period before it is officially yours. Now my junk land was a tax default land. However, I didn’t buy the delinquent title, I purchased it free and clear after it had already been permanently foreclosed on, and went on the auction block.
Oh, and for long term camping, I recall that Phil Garlington of Rancho Costa Nada fame, mentioned something about a long term BLM campground down in that area (Blythe). It was real cheap, but there were no services of any kind. Junk land is a better investment in this scenario, unless you’re constantly on the move.
I lived in Reno late '80's. Would NEVER go back. Never heard of any RV Road. Tax land is really just for folks who don't have the option of junk land-it does have problems as you describe. Still, for a $500 bet...which you'd get back ( not that that is the point ). The bad thing would be if you relied on that lot and then suddenly you lost it and couldn't get another.Delete
Have you read Atlas Shrugged?ReplyDelete
ALL of it?
Three times, but so long ago I could read it again and enjoy it again ( well, third time I probably skipped the big ass speech near the end ). But, now having chanced my views on capitalism, and knowing the political issues, plus studying anthropology, I'm not sure I'd actual enjoy it. I own her three novels, just in case I do want to read. Plenty of used copies were floating around for under a buck.Delete
Sorry, "changed", not "chanced".Delete