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Thank you so much for sharing this, I am really interested in hearing stories of fellow squatters. I actually lived in Rotterdam for 1 1/2 years, and for a short time I lived in an antikraak in the center of Rotterdam. It was a office building from the 70's, slated for demolition, and the owners let people squat in it if they paid the utilities. The building was eventually demolished and everyone was told they had to move, but it was great while it lasted. I did a lot of research about squatting in the UK, and NL, they pretty much started the whole thing off, and legalised it for a time. I hope you can help support my project, http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-practical-guide-to-squat..., and spread the word. Thanks again!
This was a great read, apples have sure been on my mind lately. I just finished working in an apple packing shed for a small apple farm in the Granite Belt region of Australia. Let me tell you, the world of the apple is a curious one. For starters I was amazed at the quantity of apples that are deemed unfit for sale to the larger grocery stores. They seem to scrutinise the quality the most. The smaller grocers are far more lenient, after all small bruises and imperfections on the apple doesn't render is junk, just not "perfect". The small farmers are slowly being forced out and made to deal with great losses as the larger conglomerate grocers (namely woolworth's, coles and IGA) continue to demand more and more perfection and efficiency out of a natural product that is of course subject to, temperature, sun condition, soil conditions, unwanted pests, etc. that are often impossible to control, or very very expensive. The majority of the apples I packed were the Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Pink Lady and sometimes Fuji's, however they are being harvested less and less due to their soft skin which is subject to more bruising during transport. Often the farmers shipment is rejected because of small imperfections and the farmer is forced to try and sell to another buyer if not too much time has passed, or it goes to juice. Apples for juice only pays 50 cents a kilo , which is nothing. And that's just apples, wait till I tell you about onions!
Thanks for helping my spread the word. Actually most of the things in the book I have done, some I revised. The solar over I made, but a different version of it, I cooked hot dogs and hot chocolate in it in the dead of winter, under the sun when it was nearly -25 Celsius. No wifi at the orchard, I spend a lot of time at the library or at MCDonalds siphoning free wifi.
Thanks for the insight. I spent last night looking over VC websites and gust.com etc. and all it made me feel was dirty. I have to say that I think this 'self made man' is a myth, and I don't buy it a bit. Everyone get's help from somewhere, whether it be mental support or a big first client....namely family. I have no illusions about scratching all the capitol together and heading down to the bank and having them give me a loan, cause that won't happen. But I certainly won't be able to fund my company without help. I am trying to establish my own design company of sorts, and soon launching a campaign on indiegogo.com. (Apologies in advance for my future self-promotion). I like the idea of crowd-sourcing, but I am worried that I will still be limited to my circle of friends, family & colleagues. But we'll see how it goes
I recently tried to bail halfway through a 3 year contract in BC as I am going traveling for a while. They let me pair my contract down to $25 a month and unlocked my phone for $50 so that I can use it anywhere. Wasn't too bad, either way I am getting hit for having a 3 year contract, this way I pay monthly instead of all at once.
What is the value-system and culture of your profession/wokplace? This question really sunk its teeth into me, perhaps because the answer has the potential to be soo fundamentally at odds with who I am. We all know the cliche aphorism "You are not defined by what you do". While this may ring some truth, I must admit I am a little reluctant to accept that what you do for a living and your character or personhood operate independently.