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Devin Lavign
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Roberto pokachinni wrote:...when you go to search for aquaponics on youtube and end up via some bizarre web surfing looking at some obscure research paper looking at a two person shovel from ancient Bolivia, and it suddenly occurs to you as hilarious and you stop and just try to figure out the chain of amazing places you 'visited' both on the web and in your mind in the last hour to get there.  And you consider all of it quality entertainment.


I know that one, though I started on yurts and ended on the magna grecia hoe.
 
Linda Secker
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when it's christmas day but you just have to catch up on the permies forum
 
Jeff Stainthorp
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...you walk out to your field in subfreezing temperatures just to see your hot compost steaming, because it makes you happy.

...when you have to apologize to all of your friends for invariably tracking shit, soil, and plant material into their homes.

...when the neighbors tell you what you're doing isn't farming, and then you laugh (politely) when they ask you for produce because drought killed theirs. (And then you give it to them, and discuss regenerative agriculture.)

...when you realize the blank stares you give people who discuss pop culture is the same as the one they give you when talking about permaculture.
 
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... you watch permaculture youtube videos to try to understand how to create food systems
... the chickens rototill the vegetable garden areas off season,
...while if you have access to acreage, you systematically graze sections, rather than let goat or sheep become maggots stripping the bones off the land, so that you can to create better grassland fodder over time (geoff lawton livestock as land maggots)
...you think through how to make food abundance from as little space as possible.  Edible landscaping anyone? Stacking of functions is always considered. Such as recycling gray water into the environment, the concept of using less to make more.
 
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Jeff Stainthorp wrote:
...when you realize the blank stares you give people who discuss pop culture is the same as the one they give you when talking about permaculture.


Boy, I can relate to this one! I'm often asked about some recent TV show, and since I haven't had a TV for the last 15 years, I'm the one with the blank face. I haven't a clue about the current shows and actors. So in response I took to asking things like, whatcha think about those new veggie varieties Johnney's Seeds are introducing this year? Now, people who know me don't even bother.
 
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Su Ba wrote:Boy, I can relate to this one! I'm often asked about some recent TV show, and since I haven't had a TV for the last 15 years, I'm the one with the blank face. I haven't a clue about the current shows and actors. So in response I took to asking things like, whatcha think about those new veggie varieties Johnney's Seeds are introducing this year? Now, people who know me don't even bother.


Haha I'm glad I'm not alone, I too could talk about veggies and trees all day!
 
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.... when you answer every question with, "Well, it depends on your goals..."

.... when ChickenTV is your favorite channel

.... when you find the spot on the lawn where your neighbors can't see you peeing
 
Nicole Alderman
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Deb Rebel
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You know you're a permie when:

You have a few delicate houseplants hiding in the bathroom under growlights (so you look at them several times a day while taking care of business) and you hide your pee jug with six drops of blue food coloring in it and marker on it "organic plant fertilizer" so in case you forget to move it because of guests, they don't question it.
 
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... when you repurpose old materials to make a play woodstove for your three-year old, because he sees you cook on your woodstove more than any appliance, and wants to make his own fire and cook, too!
 
Ben Zumeta
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You find yourself saying "that there's some good mulch" a whole lot to yourself, even in beautiful old growth forests.
 
Peter Kalokerinos
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When you stop using soap and shampoo.

Been a few months now, amazingly better. When I sweat it doesn't smell, even when we had a 49degree C day here a few weeks back and I was 5m up in a scissor lift lining the ceiling of our shed. No desire for a moisturiser on my face, and hair just feels great

Showers take no time at all now (water saving - tick).....I just comb my hair to get any rubbish (dirt etc) out of it
 
Deb Rebel
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Peter Kalokerinos wrote:When you stop using soap and shampoo.

Been a few months now, amazingly better. When I sweat it doesn't smell, even when we had a 49degree C day here a few weeks back and I was 5m up in a scissor lift lining the ceiling of our shed. No desire for a moisturiser on my face, and hair just feels great

Showers take no time at all now (water saving - tick).....I just comb my hair to get any rubbish (dirt etc) out of it


This works for awhile. And if you keep your hair short, you can melt your 'funk' right off with judicious application of clean hot water to dermis along with wet de-imbrasion tool (wet washcloth) and same for hair. I can wash 3" (7 to 8 cm) of hair in less than a 20 oz (0.6 liter) cup of warm water (total water used). 

You might be a permie if: you consider the best purchase of the last two years was the RMH digital/DVD 8 disc set, and you still think Paul Wheaton should earn a special Oscar or Emmy just because he's one really hot handsome personable older hunk that the camera loves and he makes a GREAT narrator (besides the DVD's being just chock full of good info and worth at least 10 times their price and 12 of 10 acorns for content, one for Paul, and one for 'totally worth eating ramen and rice and dumpster dives and scrap soup for a whole month so can afford the deluxe 8 DVD set.)
 
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