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Dez Graduate Program (Second Quest)

 
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Not sure exactly how to title this..

It’ll be my experiences log after graduating from Bootcamp..

So far, I slept in a little each morning..
today is my second day relaxing in town.. enjoying city life one last time before getting to building the acre..

I was thinking yesterday about my favorite aspects of having gone through the Bootcamp program.. building with roundwood; and helping/watching plants grow..
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I’d like to build a chair like this
I’d like to build a chair like this
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I like the way this shelf is built
I like the way this shelf is built
 
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POST 2 (DAY 770, Sunday, 2022.09.18)

……. grateful for a wonderful weekend..

When I think about what’s next, i need a heat source for the winter, and food storage/ infrastructure..
 
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looking forward to seeing this next chapter happen, dez!
 
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Due to stratifictation a high loft bed works wonders for cold/drafty houses, maybe 10F warmer, than a low platform bed.

I wonder what type of shelther you will have for the winter? 4season camping?




 
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POST 3 (DAY 771, Monday, 2022.09.19)

……. grateful for Is it Monday today???.. not sarcasm actually—I literally forgot.. the weekend was just a transitional phase.. today is the beginning of the week.. yesterday was the first night sleeping at my plot.. the ground was somewhat lumpy from the voles doing their thing at making ground lumpy.. my Teton four season sleeping bag kept surprisingly warm.. today we will set out to create a non-lumpy sleeping pad and pitch a canvas bell tent.. I’m lucky to have another person by my side to endeavor the near impossible.. second quest..

……. the plan is to build a heat system hood enough to luxuriate the winter.. storage space enough to keeping the freeze at bay.. food infrastructure enough to bring a sense of safety for regular access to plenty of calories..
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Flourless chocolate torte.. a final hoorah
Flourless chocolate torte.. a final hoorah
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The plot thicccens
The plot thicccens
 
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Congratulations on the next phase!

A friend of mine swears by "brush shelters" for short term emergency winter housing.  If they're built thickly enough they work even in colder areas than Montana.  They can be as large as you want.  She says a good one takes a week or less to build.  Make a survival brush shelter
 
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POST 4 (DAY 773, Tuesday, 2022.09.20)

……. grateful for adventure..

Things learned:
1) roundwood.
2) gardening.
3) I like carrots, love alliums, and bonkers about water (maximizing etc; think krameterhoff).
4) alone time is recharging; and so is wholesome together times.
5) repair instead of replace.
6) I can skip breakfast and dinner on most days.. to feel lighter and surprisingly energized.
7) I can wake up without an alarm clock for two years.. it’s a different kind of rhythm yes—and the pros outweigh the cons.. “start the day before it starts you.”.. I didn’t know if I could do it and here I am two years later, one step closer to living without a clock.. hehe.. the plot Thicccens..
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Level and good
Level and good
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Corn
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Some preliminary sketches
Some preliminary sketches
 
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That's a big change in your life, Dez! From 'one of the boots' to permanent living on your own plot at Wheaton Labs (or is it Ant Village?).

So you have a sleeping bag that will keep you warm in the tent during cold Montana winter nights? Will you build a small RMH there? In the tent, or in a future house (or Wofati)?
 
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POST 5 (DAY 780, Tuesday, 2022.09.21)

……. grateful for random little things..
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Laying on a bench
Laying on a bench
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Wow so much firewood keep it up
Wow so much firewood keep it up
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Sunflowers tree
 
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I'm seriously so excited for you, Dez! I look forward to the abode you build and all of your adventures. Your plot is very well deserved. Here's hoping the cold weather holds off long enough for you to build a cozy home!!!
 
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Awesome, Dez!! Now you get to live the dream. Let us know what kinds of things you need 😁 jars? Seeds? Water filter? Tools?
I'm excited for you!
 
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This looks like it could be a very interesting thread over time.

Maybe, perhaps consider responding to people who have taken the time to reply to your thread and offer advice? It's more rewarding to have a small community of your own than live at the end of a long one-way lane...
 
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Wow! Congrats Dez! I’ve enjoyed seeing pics of and from you over the last couple years. I hope you keep this thread alive and share your journey and build and news with us.

We’re building a house right now too, but with a family and at 53, my wife helped me decide that Bootcamp (a third time! Last two were for Uncle Sam though) wasn’t a path right for our family. Totally digging what you are doing though, and looking forward to seeing your progress.

Are you planning to overwinter on your plot? What sort of tools or supplies would be helpful? If you need a sleeping bag, by far the best investment I’ve ever found is from Wiggy’s in Colorado, if you don’t mind synthetic fiber/fill. Same for socks, fishnet long underwear, mittens, coats, etc. I own all of those and have sleeping bags for the whole family in case of multiple day wintertime power loss.

The new house is getting a Walker style/brick bell RMH next in a few weeks when I get home. Bricks and flagstones are already sitting in the yard, waiting… didn’t see if you are planning a RMH or starting with just a wood stove for winter number 1?
 
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Rebekah Harmon wrote:Awesome, Dez!! Now you get to live the dream. Let us know what kinds of things you need 😁 jars? Seeds? Water filter? Tools?
I'm excited for you!



Yes, let us know!

Many Blessings,
 
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Post 6, Saturday

I’ve not checked this in a while because I’ve been coordinating a short travel across the states.. I was hoping to overwinter but missed my outside peeps too much.. you see, I was hyper focusing on my mission to earn this acre and took time off only for wellness days and one pdc.. never realized how much I’d miss fam outside of permaculture paradise.. thank you everyone for staying in the loop of my journey.. your support means so much to me and I plan to respond to each individual reply.. i'm just so slow with computers for some reason~!.. thanks for your patience--and i will respond to you~!..

…….this week I was on a road trip taking me to Fayetteville Arkansas.. arrived last night and went to bed around midnight.. I’ll be here to buy a car (preferably a used Prius, but considering other vehicles that sip gas).. and my budget is $2000-3000.. I want to start a patreon so I can receive direct support more securely and such (but as i mention, i am slow like molasses).. I also currently do have PayPal.. this is certainly not a solo journey, and that’s the beauty of it right?!

....... on the drive over, we camped two nights at bear lodge in wyoming.. Ash was kind enough to house AND FEED us in Colorado.. then the final stint began at 4am to slide into a sleeping bag at midnight in Arkansas.. needless to say it was quite an adventure and our safe/boring/planned arrival was a great blessing indeed.. journeys can be long; transitions can be ominous; support and kindness are the wind in my sails.. i'm so grateful for all of the support from permies~!!.. of course, a special thanks to the man who choreographs such fantastic things to happen--Mr Paul Wheaton himself..~!!!

....... this winter/holidays will be spent off the lab, but come spring, I'd like to continue building fun things and posting pictures.. in the meantime, if anyone would want an actual bootcamp-grad to stop by their area to help with anything from sweeping the floors to roundwood carpentry, seriously PLEEEEASE REACH ME~!.. as mentioned, i am coordinating a small road trip travel session to celebrate graduating with not only skills, but the honorable experience of Wheaton Labs Bootcamp.. my main lesson/take-away has to be a revamped/refurbished desire to be a kind/respectful human in the world (i've met so many examples to follow in this regard--fred, mike, beau, opalyn, nicole, liv, matt, jim, alan, lisa, JR, amey, josiah/jen.. just to name a few, because the list goes on), so WHAT BETTER WAY than to visit those who can't/haven't been able to visit the lab???--I'd be honored and privileged to offer my help in your endeavors.. this would certainly include anyone on permies that's been following me or supporting me.. again, please reach me.. (the idea of this thrills me pantalones style~!)

....... part of my second quest is to structure my time to be able to give back to this community and develop my own capacities to just serve.. i love you and thank you from the bottom of my heart.. hope to see you [soon] and post more frequently than i have been..

sincerely yours,
dez =D * <3
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Playing a short board game with A and M in Denver
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The road.. ‘merica
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Love this guy.. franny fran
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Dez Choi wrote:.... on the drive over, we camped two nights at bear lodge in wyoming..


On my ride home from the PTJ, I was wowed by the eastern parts of Yellowstone, but floored by the presence of Bear Lodge. Were you camping in the actual park?

If you might be taking your adventures anywhere near the back waters of Wisconsin, I'd be glad to show you as much as you can stand of what you have foregone by not living in a tent through winter, assuming I can keep up the living part of that formula until then...
 
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Post 7, Monday

The day I get set up at my temporary room, it just so happens that naked and afra1d is on.. this is the show that partly inspired me to depart from the “normal” way of life-ing.. I still love this show but I don’t know why!.. :)

Today’s objective was to pick up a temporary car and get a temporary room… certainly not the leanest plan ever (money wise) but it buys me time to pick up the next token.. and it’s all about making IT happen..

When I first started Bootcamp.. apparently someone at the lab thought of me a certain way.. and then upon my crossing the finish line, this same someone remarked that now they see me as someone that could go do “anything”.. Wouldn’t it be cool if I went on this show and tore it up?!.. the idea of it tickles me.. partly because then permies could see me in my birthday suit, and partly because I would televise Bootcamp, by saying something like, “thank you WL Bootcamp for preparing me for this!!.. just an idea.. ;)

Ps.. by the way.. tearing it up would consist of building a beautiful functional shelter and finishing something challenging that most people do not.. figure it out and give a sh1t is what it takes.. In both arenas..
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Nak3d and afra1d
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You summed it up very nicely beau.. Your graphics is now my vision board! Let’s see how amazingly permies show up :) my main objective, again, is service to the people.. so no matter what I’ll be grateful..
 
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Dez,
I moved the car post over here to run it through the dailyish:

dez car.

Beau Davidson wrote:Hello Dez-Appreciators of Permies.

I chatted with Dez a wee bit yesterday.

He's looking for a car, and I thought I'd tap the collective conscious to see how we could help.

Parameters:
*Reliable, gas-sipping car to get him from Arkansas to California, and back to the Lab.  Maybe a used Prius.  
*He has I think $3k to put towards it.
*Must be from a non-smoking, non-pet owner because sensitivities and stuff.
*He's currently in Arkansas, but might be able to come get it from somewhere in the region.

I think lots of people use facebook or dealerships for stuff like this, but that wouldn't be very Dez-ish.  I'm wondering if someone will see this and say "you know what?  I may know just the solution for Dez the Magnificent."  Is that someone you?  Respond here, or to Dez directly, or to me for any related reason.

Anything to add, Dez?



 
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Post 8, Saturday

Updates:
0) I was able to me up with Chase and work on his permaculture landscaping business project.. I pulled a bunch of Johnson grass..

1) Car—acquired. Answered prayer. Feel a bit like neo in the subway scene.. where m0rpheus, in certainty, says, “he’s beginning to believe…!”
    Sometimes I talk to my late mother. Am I the only one who does this? As you may already know, we didn’t have the best of terms necessarily, toward her final quarter here on earth.. but I Just know somehow that she’s with me everywhere I go.
    After several hours and days of car hunting, I asked her for help because I felt my own wheels spinning (so to speak), in this effort. At the end of a long day, about to head home, I hear a small whisper, “go to twin auto and look at that one car from the internet ad..” so I find the last bit of willingness, and go.. the vehicle looks good; the seller is some honorable guy doing a “fix it forward” type of thing; AND it’s the kind of car that my mom would have trusted and driven herself.. needless to say it felt way more right than ANY other car I test drove or came across.. it’s not exactly a fuel sipper, but that’s okay for now.. my heart bursts even as I write this entry because I just want to make my parents proud.. this car isn’t mine—I’m just stewarding it.. and I hope to do a good job.. thanks momma.. always watching over me and stuff.. words can’t describe.. thank you beau and everyone else for helping with this part of the journey..!

2) travels—planning a drive through Kansas, Texas, California, Seattle, then back to Montana.. visiting friends, fam, and fellow permies.. moosage me if I can stop by and sweep your floors or lend a hand with anything.. seriously! Not sure where I’ll be finding shelter.. for now it’s nomad van life.. it’s not the best plan probably that’s just the best that my somewhat limited brain has come up with..

3) longish term—the vision unfolds as steps are taken in faith and community.. the end goal is to keep developing the Plot Thicccens, to eventually winter through comfortably and luxuriously.. and then some..

    There overarching theme is still stewardship.. it’s my honor and privilege to be partnered up with such amazing people in this life.. thank you!
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She only drove white Hondas.. and I’m honored to represent her good taste for quality.. “keep an eye out for me, or I might VAN-ish!”.. heh hemmm (joke may need some improvement lol)
She only drove white Hondas.. and I’m honored to represent her good taste for quality.. “keep an eye out for me, or I might VAN-ish!”.. heh hemmm (joke may need some improvement lol)
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Chase!
Chase!
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Chase building beautiful spill ways that are walkable
Chase building beautiful spill ways that are walkable
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Gonna need two new tires soon.. they’re about $150 each.. not bad ~
Gonna need two new tires soon.. they’re about $150 each.. not bad ~
 
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Post 9, Friday

I see Cassiopeia (“Wonky looking ‘W’”). From Texas.
Can you see it too?

Surf and turf
Out and about
Early to rise

Another day of stewardship..
isn’t this what I asked for?
Looking back I can see how far I’ve come
“Have you celebrated yourself?”
It can make someone’s day

Wave abundantly
With cheer sincerely
Be the advocate in the mirror
I dare thee
Who says “I love you”

Thanks B, for hosting
Sharing your life culture and kindness
May your journey continue to overflow with abundance henceforth
 
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Post 10, Saturday

Second night in Texas after leaving Arkansas at dawn..

Helping make wood chips with Josiah and Jen, for their new garden.. and helped start this deck.. oooohhh-la-la~~.. it’s good to spend time with fam.. I’m glad the timing worked out.. I hope I can maybe demonstrate someday just half the awesome host skills that you’ve shared with me..

Tomorrow another fellow permie, D, has generously offered to host me.. this adventure is a bit unfamiliar because everyday I see a new part of the world.. and everyday I meet people who show up with a smile and a willingness to share their lives with a traveling nomad like me.. feeling honored and privileged to meet such kind folks.. thank you from the bottom and the top of my heart..

Ps. After tomorrow night I ride toward Irvine California, where I grew up.. my sister will host for a few nights, then I make my way north to Seattle to take care of a few things. Not sure if there are permies between Texas and Cali, but if you’re reading this, and would like to meet/host me, I’d be very grateful.. I’m more than willing to share my resources and stories.. if interested of course.. whether it’s some of my amateur skills or a listening ear or sweeping floors or washing windows or silly jokes.. or if you’re reading this and know of some cool places to camp for a night, please let me know!.. for now it’ll be rest stops or camping for the evening and driving during the day for about three nights.. in any case, the adventure continues and the universe guides me..! We row on..!!
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It’s coming along nicely
The deck/tent platform..It’s coming along nicely
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A dinner that makes the world go around
A dinner that makes my world with the company that turns it merrily merrily merrily
 
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Post 11, Monday

A full days drive..
dawn to dusk
Began in Georgetown
Landed just west of El Paso..
While searching for fizzy bubbly
met a girl named Valeria
She works at the Walmart
I asked her to marry me
Then she said no
But i think she likes me
But I think she likes me
The hottest romances
Are also the briefest
I was just there
For a fizzy bubbly

Ps. Yesterday D showed me all over Georgetown.. got to stretch my legs walking all over town and river park.. I’d definitely come back.. thanks so much for your generosity, D! I’m so excited for your upcoming adventure..!!

Pps. We finished the deck at Josiah’s.. what a feeling..!
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Host D
Host D
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River
River
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Ba-aaaaa~~..
Ba-aaaaa~~..
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Deck done
Deck done
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The skyward view
The skyward view
 
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"Skyward View"
Nice, is that a Burr Oak?
 
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Post 12, Wednesday

.. over a week since the last update.. glad to be back.. lt flew by.. southern Cali was nice, got to hang with my sisters family for a few days.. then stopped by Santa Clara, visiting A on the way towards Washington..

.. now I have plates on the vehicle and title on the way.. next is to get some repair/maintenance done on the car.. then it will be fully road worthy.. starters, a timing belt, two tires and all the engine mounts replaced.. power steering might need a fair bit of attention also..

.. as far as the mission of being a supportive helpful city hopper goes, I am sweeping and wiping counters at one of My favorite peoples, the “Burgers’”.. just a night or so until I get a place off my own situated..

.. perhaps this endeavor looks bleak at the moment.. a blank canvas holds un painted beauty..
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First in n out since back in Cali
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Sushi with sister and fam
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Pacifica ca
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Post 13 Tuesday

Been in Seattle/Bothell for a few days now.. getting the van fixed (round 1) is nearly done.. then I’m called to head southward.. will be passing through Oregon again.. with a bit more flexibility in timing, in case some folks might care for a visit.. so far I’ve got two maybe three stops in Oregon.. can’t wait to eat in n out again.. after Oregon, NorCal.. possibly Sebastopol ya? And then stop by Santa Clara for a meal with a friend.. after that, maybe a visit to Nevada city.. May the lord bless the many through this journey.. of course I like blessings too
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Post 14 Saturday

Happy as a clam being on the road..

It’sa Saturday.. i woke up in a warm/dry bed.. had a good bowl movement (always thankful for those).. Car started right up.. and took off southbound toward Portland.. I’m at the Portland headquarters goodwill superstore.. what treasures might I find? I only really need a cotton or silk duvet and a waterproof coat..
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Post 15 Sunday

L’s place really felt warm and welcoming.. the best spaghetti with garlic toast I’ve had and best tomato soup with grilled cheese I’ve had.. what else is there other than good food and good company?.. bon appetite!

On the road again.. the open road truly feels like home.. for now at least.. the possibilities seem endless.. it’s somewhat freeing
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S Bengi wrote:Due to stratifictation a high loft bed works wonders for cold/drafty houses, maybe 10F warmer, than a low platform bed.

I wonder what type of shelther you will have for the winter? 4season camping?



Ultimately, 4 seasons yes.. as far as type, I’m leaning towards bermshed-wofati-esque for now.. thanks for asking S Bengi!!
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Congratulations on the next phase!

A friend of mine swears by "brush shelters" for short term emergency winter housing.  If they're built thickly enough they work even in colder areas than Montana.  They can be as large as you want.  She says a good one takes a week or less to build.  Make a survival brush shelter



This sounds really cool—thanks Mike!! Hope your adventures are catching plenty of good winds, my friend! I’m in California for the moment :)
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:That's a big change in your life, Dez! From 'one of the boots' to permanent living on your own plot at Wheaton Labs (or is it Ant Village?).

So you have a sleeping bag that will keep you warm in the tent during cold Montana winter nights? Will you build a small RMH there? In the tent, or in a future house (or Wofati)?



Inge! Hi!
It’sa big change indeed. Yes. I still wear your wool beanie on cold nights. So not too different somehow they make these -35 (yes, that’s ‘minus thirty five’) degrees sleeping bags that keep plenty warm.. it’ll be a wofati like structure, and until the structure is built winters will be in warmer climates.. currently I’m in California.. ultimately I’d like to winter through a structure that I’ve built.. sounds pretty fun!.. and definitely an RMH somewhere in the mix!.. I’d love a heated floor via RMH… hmmmm.. nom nom.. sounds like a cozy winter.. —but I digress! Heh -hem.. we shall see, my friend.. we shall see
Honestly though it’s just in my head for now right?

How are things in your permaculture experience darling??
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm seriously so excited for you, Dez! I look forward to the abode you build and all of your adventures. Your plot is very well deserved. Here's hoping the cold weather holds off long enough for you to build a cozy home!!!



The abode must wait for the next season—alas!.. or the next.. or the next.. but I’d like to take my time with it because that’s how I enjoy most things.. so it’ll be a bit of a time lapse photography and then.. eventually, I’d love a cozy sheep skin rug near a batch box RMH all covered in cobb and a Christmas tree, etc…… hmmm maybe a kitten here and a dragon there.. lol
 
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Rebekah Harmon wrote:Awesome, Dez!! Now you get to live the dream. Let us know what kinds of things you need 😁 jars? Seeds? Water filter? Tools?
I'm excited for you!



Rebekah!!
I still have that essential oil thing you so generously gifted me.. it’s so wonderful for me.. thank you.
At the moment I don’t need much.. other than a great place to park my rig that’s near a warm bathroom.. Like most people, I usually go visit the throne in the mornings and such, so 30degrees or higher is a comfortable region.. anyways!—once I get settled at camp (which is currently undiscovered!! #adventure), I’ll let you know if some of those tools might come in handy.. for now I’m in a minivan and trying to stay lean.. but once camp is set up—ooh baby! Well.. you know where to reach me homie!
 
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Jason Manning wrote:This looks like it could be a very interesting thread over time.

Maybe, perhaps consider responding to people who have taken the time to reply to your thread and offer advice? It's more rewarding to have a small community of your own than live at the end of a long one-way lane...



Hi Jason!
I’m Not sure if I’m doing exactly what you are suggesting.. man being on the road has been quite tiring for some reason, I just want to sleep a little more or sit a little longer.. haha—well, I still usually do that, but I mean even more so now that I’ve been driving~! I might be starting to catch my breath a little since I’m replying finally!..

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Well here’s a little more about this phase of my journey.. I’m at a place called “Los Gatos”.. this means “the cats” in Spanish.. so I think I’m in the right track!

Someone told me one time that I need “direction” in life.. so i went about searching for my direction, and found that I just start by choosing and then course correct along the way.. so it’s relieving to know that, in a way, I’ve always had a direction after all..

This phase consists of reprogramming my mind to understand money differently than what I was taught.. the way it should flow into and out of my life, the priority of its importance in my decision making, and how I would design my day if the main currency was energy instead of paper notes..

Some lovely folks have come into my life path in the last two years via the internet (I’m talking about you permies! <3).. and I’ve recent had the privilege to meet some of them in person for the first time! What a lovely change of energy and good vibes there past few weeks have been for me..

I’m in my fifth decade of earth-hood.. the last two were decades centered around the accumulation of money.. my takeaway is that this I’d likely not my area giftedness.. it’sa replied to understand this finally because if there’s another way that I could help to row the boat, maybe there’s something in good at and inspires me to experience I excel..

So here I am.. searching one day at a time.. asking.. and digging deep to accept that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, so all we have is each other.. still learning.. each day humbled by the honor and privilege of the kindness of people..
 
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I appreciated your your face to face visit.  Part of permaculture planning is community which is cultured in diversity; if it is cultivated only by monetary exchange it is about as viable as monocrop farming.  Taxes on the monetary exchange for six decades now provide for most of my monetary needs.  The diverse voluntary work that I have don over those decades has given me much more to exchange with the community.  You and the rest of the community are welcome to continue the exchange here or through the links in my signature line.
 
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Dez Choi wrote:Pps. We finished the deck at Josiah’s.. what a feeling..!



I just spotted this (my life's been busy with homeschooling my kids!), I'm so glad you got a chance to see Josiah, and got to help with his deck! I hope he is doing well!!!
 
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Leif Ing wrote:Wow! Congrats Dez! I’ve enjoyed seeing pics of and from you over the last couple years. THANK YOU!! :) I hope you keep this thread alive and share your journey and build and news with us.

We’re building a house right now too, but with a family and at 53, my wife helped me decide that Bootcamp (a third time! IM GLAD YOU WERE CONSIDERING BOOTCAMP! AND ALSO GLADDER THAT YOU LISTENED TO THE TIMING.. SO MANY THINGS COME DOWN TO TIMING DON’T THEY? :)  Last two were for Uncle Sam though) wasn’t a path right for our family. Totally digging what you are doing though, and looking forward to seeing your progress.

Are you planning to overwinter on your plot? FOR THE MOMENT, NO.

What sort of tools or supplies would be helpful? SINCE IM TRAVELING LIGHT, (a phrase I thought I’d never say:) TOOLS HAVE TO BE ON PAUSE.

If you need a sleeping bag, by far the best investment I’ve ever found is from Wiggy’s in Colorado, if you don’t mind synthetic fiber/fill. Same for socks, fishnet long underwear, mittens, coats, etc. I own all of those and have sleeping bags for the whole family in case of multiple day wintertime power loss. HAVING BACKUP SYSTEMS FOR WEATHER CONTINGENCIES IS MY KIND IF BAG, BABY~! (AN OBSCURE MOVIE REFERENCE.. CAN YOU GUESS THE MOVIE??)  I HAPPENED TO FIND A DECENT -35 degree SLEEPING BAG (BY TETON SPORTS).. CURRENTLY ITS DUAL FUNCTIONING AS MY MATTRESS IN THE VAN!

The new house is getting a Walker style/brick bell RMH next in a few weeks when I get home. Bricks and flagstones are already sitting in the yard, waiting… didn’t see if you are planning a RMH or starting with just a wood stove for winter number 1? NO HEATER BUILD FOR WINTER 1.. THE TINING JUST WASNT THERE..



Leif! I put my responses in all caps.. but I’m not yelling! Lol.. what state are you guys in?
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Completely unrelated to the response to Leif.. so on my future homestead, I think a regular in n out style cookout is in order.. I’d miss it way too much
Completely unrelated to the response to Leif.. so on my future homestead, I think a regular in n out style cookout is in order.. I’d miss it way too much
 
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Alana Rose wrote:

Rebekah Harmon wrote:Awesome, Dez!! Now you get to live the dream. Let us know what kinds of things you need 😁 jars? Seeds? Water filter? Tools?
I'm excited for you!



Yes, let us know!

Many Blessings,



Hi Alana!!
At the moment I’m in need of a good camping spot in a warmer climate.. I’m realizing that NorCal Bay Area climate is super.. been here a couple weeks ish.. also thinking it’s be — somewhere that has bathroom facilities and drinking water is probably ideal.. I was thinking about going to slab city in SoCal or camping somewhere near the Bay Area.. I’m doing research and trying to find my center at the same time, which is turning out to have a learning curve for me.. so help is certainly welcome.. (where did my center go? You ask?.. I let my routines get kinda squishy for the past year or so and I thought I’d be fine, but here I am.. and now I get to relearn that it’s not actually fine for me.. the universe is taking me one day at a time.. and I have faith.. that something remarkable is happening..

ultimately, I’d like to steward land and build tiny homes.. exit the money game.. and have lots of funny sweet kittens around.. im so curious to see what miracles are in store.. as much as I’d like to think my plans are the best, we both know who (Whom?) directs the footsteps.. where are you these days???
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Coydon Wallham wrote:

Dez Choi wrote:.... on the drive over, we camped two nights at bear lodge in wyoming..


On my ride home from the PTJ, I was wowed by the eastern parts of Yellowstone, but floored by the presence of Bear Lodge. Were you camping in the actual park?

If you might be taking your adventures anywhere near the back waters of Wisconsin, I'd be glad to show you as much as you can stand of what you have foregone by not living in a tent through winter, assuming I can keep up the living part of that formula until then...



Well apparently they’re busy all the time!.. We camped two nights on a paid tent pad at bear lodge.. the food was surprisingly pretty good.. they have fizzy bubbly.. Plenty of warm clean bathrooms and shower.. a swimming pool and hot tub.. it was a very nice camping site.. $12/night I think..

I think a visit to anywhere cold in the winter freaks me out a little bit honestly.. that’s not to say I wouldn’t.. I guess my main concern is road conditions for getting into and around the city.. but maybe that’s something to be determined by the actual visit? All that said, I’d like to see what we might arrange! :)
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Completely unrelated to the response to coydon.. When I saw today I nearly cried.. trad3r j0es has been stepping up their game since I’ve been in Montana.. something special here.. wow..
 
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Dez Choi wrote:You summed it up very nicely beau.. Your graphics is now my vision board! Let’s see how amazingly permies show up :) my main objective, again, is service to the people.. so no matter what I’ll be grateful..



Frankly, I Haven’t been able to serve much to the people in the past 1-2 months.. I’m experiencing a general doubtfulness or lack of confidence in how to approach living life.. I wasn’t anticipating the crash that I seem to be having due to a lack of routine.. it’s a long story, but basically each person that so graciously hosted me met a very tired version of me.. only really wanting to sit or sleep for nearly all waking hours.. just letting folks know here at least that I’m going to need more time to be at my best.. I’m at the gym stretching and meditating with plenty of positive input throughout the day so I know I’m on my way to getting better.. and you’ll see me again soon with hopefully a bit more energy..! :)
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These look so interesting but my snack bin is currently at capacity! Must eat more to mama room for Trad3r j0es snacks
These look so interesting but my snack bin is currently at capacity! Must eat more to mama room for Trad3r j0es snacks
 
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