Dale Hodgins wrote:My tenant, Randy has lived at my place for 5 1/2 years, without paying rent. He makes himself useful by maintaining the road and other things with his excavator, and he acts as a watchdog. I tried several other people who failed at the simple task of keeping the place clean and reporting to me once in a while.
There are thousands of properties just on this island, that might benefit from having a part-time caretaker. I found one couple on this site , who were supposed to do 2 hours of work per month , in exchange for living in my cabin. They couldn't find that kind of time, and I had to kick them out.
The caretaker thing is probably the most available and workable situation for most people. Particularly if there are children , a fixed address can be desirable.
Most of us don't get paid to sleep. I know a fellow named Carol who does get paid to sleep, in his van, at job sites where materials might be stolen. His dog barks at the slightest provocation. When he wakes up in the morning, he's already at work.
I kind of had to. Despite living in the city for a good chunk of my life, I don't really like the urban experience much. I sort of drove myself nuts there in the 90's. There are aspects of it I do like, and Vancouver is particularly nice compared to some because it has so many parks, beaches, wilderness access, ocean access... etc. I would much rather be up in the Rockies, or in some small coastal town or island, but I sort of fell into a job, and I could work as many hours on call as I wanted, take time off when I wanted, have long vacation times... etc. Anyway, since I was down there, I needed to keep myself occupied so I didn't go nuts again, and I like to be active and outdoors. There is a lot a guy can do for free, or close to it, if he has a mind to it... and in the city it is real real easy to spend a shit ton of money and have not much to show for it in the end. I was there to save money, and still be in shape so that when I got my land I would hit the ground running.
You sure kept busy.