Spent two hours this morning at a laundromat plowing through dirty clothes since the washer ist kaput. You know, there is something to this. No maintenance, no initial cost, no water usage, no electrical usage. Do all of your loads at one time and be done in two hours versus stringing it out over the entire day. Another big plus is that the boys can come with me and everyone can do their own clothes in a constrained time frame and get the whole process done at once.Folks ought to take some time reading this. I think that it will take a lot of romance out of your quest to go out and become one with nature.
Remind yourself over and over and over again that your cherished, non-negotiable American lifestyle is based around the most profligate bout of energy consumption that will ever happen in the history of our planet. It can't last.
The Kunstlers of the world want to selectively view the past as an ambrosial time, where picturesque peasants laughed while the toiled in the field and then gathered around a hearth to a healthy meal grown by their own hands. These peasants would then gather around and sing picturesque song for the lordly writers who flew over them at 32,000 feet, going to their next conference.
As the energy available to us low-lifes becomes more and more limited, expect that your life choices and the petty luxuries you currently find essential to begin the process of vanishing. The next ten years will probably not be that bad. As economies are squeezed out of the energy usage equations, you will find that you have no effective loss of function, you will just be doing it more efficiently.
But sooner or later the drop in available kilo-calories will start to get some real traction. And you will be doing with less. It is time to start figuring out what is essential and what is disposable. It is also time to start figuring how to do it with a bit of class.