Week One: Introducing My Laundry List
This week kicked off nicely. Then I realized I needed to do my taxes, and Mythmedia’s taxes. I also begun editing the video interview I did with Derrick Jensen last fall (which totally rocks btw!). I’ve also done some work at REWILD.info, though not as much work as Wilderix! I also began to go to my sit spot and journal for Kamana 3. So many projects, so little time! Iâ€™ve decided to keep track of what I have decided to call Scout’s Weekly Laundry List.
The list consists of the things I have found most relevant to physical subsistence. Iâ€™ll add communal subsistence to it later, or perhaps integrate it as one. Please feel free to ask for me to include other topics as this progresses. I will try to cover each item, even briefly, every week. For example, how many nights I slept outside vs. Sashaâ€™s bed, how many times I take a shower vs. heating water with hot rocks, how many greens I gathered vs. how many I bought, etc. I hope the list will show a steady progress away from advanced technologies and modern comforts to more simple living; I canâ€™t do it all at once. I need to take it slow, so I thought the list would work as a good measure of how far this thing takes me. Plus I can evaluate elements and see what areas need more attention. The categories so far go as follows; Shelter, Water, Fire, Food, Transportation, Hygiene, Entertainment.
Letâ€™s take a look at the first Scouts Weekly Laundry List.
This week I had an interesting experience with the tipi. I slept in it a few nights, then Sasha returned from her trip. I spent a few nights with her in her bed, and then she gave the tipi a try but had to go in half way through the night because she felt too uncomfortable. I stayed, and she went inside. I don’t mind it, but the shape of it only allows room for one person around the edge of the fire pit. I want to sleep next to Sasha… but can’t do that in the tipi because the fire pit. I could fill in the fire pit… but that makes the tipi completely pointless. I think I may give up on the tipi and switch to a simple tarp lean-to for wind/water protection and use a fire with a reflector. That way Sasha can sleep outside with me. I mean, I sleep in that tipi for a reason… to have a minimal shelter with a fire. Really I just want to sleep outside more. I can do that more comfortably with a sleeping bag and a tarp.
All my water has come from the tap. I don’t have rain barrels set up at any of the locations yet. I collected a lot of rocks though to boil water with. My next step will involve making a big burn bowl. Then I’ll boil water to drink, for cooking, for showers, and washing my clothes.
I fucked around with my bow-drill set the other day and showed my friend Jason how to make one. He got a coal on his first try. I haven’t started a fire in the tipi since the last time. I will not work with that size, and frankly, why bother? Again, it makes more sense to simply use the tarp lean-to.
On Monday I trekked across town and gathered a ton of greens; dandelion greens, chickweed, spearmint, young oregon grape leaves, and I even found a large patch of Miners Lettuce… of course it came from downtown Portland, so I imagine it contained a lot of metals, but I ate it anyway. Other than that I haven’t gathered much. I begun researching stone grinding tools like the mortar and pestal and the matate y mano.
Biked around. Walked.
I’ve taken two showers, both at Sashas. I hope to take a hot rock bath soon.
I went to a John Zerzan talk at Reed College and Willem and I ended up taking John out for a drink afterward. I haven’t drank in almost 5 months, but I thought, “How often do I get the chance to drink with one of the Anti-Civ fathers?” What a cool guy!
Goals for Week Two
* Try to kill an animal
* Bathe with water heated by hot rocks
* Finish making spear
* Continue to feel out the tipi situation
* Gather more greens
* Find cheap/free rain barrels
* Take more digital pics
* Shoot a short video blog
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