Friday, January 9, 2009

Could You Live Like Jim Merkel?

Today I watched a documentary about Jim.  Jim is an electrical engineer, not to be confused with my man.  Once upon a time Jim designed military systems and other smart engineering thingys, and other complicated whozits that I don't understand. 

Well, after our friend Jim witnessed the Exxon Valdez spill he decided he'd had enough of America's wasteful ways and he decided to do something about it.  So, he quit his job, became an author, and became an environmental activist.  Jim does all of this while living on only $5,000 a year.

Our friend Jim also conducts workshops on ways that you can have a self sustaining lifestyle too.  He grows a garden, cooks with solar power, rides a bike instead of a car, and builds outhouses for his smart engineering butt.

My friend Jim also hauls his water from the river using watering cans and a yoke around his neck.  Poplar yoke
It's clear Jim only has to haul water for himself and not for a family of 6.  I could not haul my own water because I have children.  Two of them would end up in the water, one would get lost along the trail leading to the river, and the oldest one would refuse to drink anything without a filter.  (This is not a picture of Jim, or his wife, or his indentured servant.)

I admire my friend Jim.  He decided to live as he preached and he is definitely making "Small Footprints on a Finite Earth."  So, please forgive me for having a footprint the size of Godzilla's.  I'm trying.  I try every time I remember my reusable bags at the stores and recycle my newspaper.  You could say I am making baby steps.



Queenofphrump said...

ummm. I would like to think that I could. But no.
The thing that keeps me in my current lifestyle is my washing machine.
I have wondered what it would be like to get off the grid completely. It can be done. It could almost be done where I am right now...
But I don't like the idea of feeding the toilet popcorn so it will work properly. I also don't like the idea of not having my DVR.

Kira said...

I am confident that God blessed us with certain conveniences. I will be the last to allow those blessing to be in vain by not using them.

Jason said...

Kira is right! But I commend you for taking those baby steps.

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