Civilization is a mutant beast…

I have been reading a book recently, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins and to be honest I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I have. Robbins’ writing style is like nothing I have read before and many of is ideas echo other things I have read and adds pieces to the puzzle I am constructing that is my view of the world. Incidentally, if you have seen the movie, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues you may have a bad taste in your mouth for this book. I haven’t seen it but I have heard it was pretty bad – which it really had no right to be but Gus Van Sant’s projects are sort of hit (Good Will Hunting, Drugstore Cowboy, Finding Forrester) or miss (To Die For, Psycho – remake) I guess.

Anyway, one point it stated, that I truly believe but that many people have a really tough time swallowing is the idea that early man lived better than we do now.

“In General, primitive man enjoyed great stability…Primitive culture was diverse, flexible and completely integrated with Nature at the level of the particular environment. Primitive man took from the land only what he needed, thus avoiding the hassles that result in modern economics from imbalances of scarcity and surplus. Hunting and gathering tribes worked only a few hours a week. To work more than that would have put a strain on the environment, to which they related symbiotically.”

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We put in an offer on a piece of land yesterday. I assume we will find out if it is accepted today. Because the lot is much more than we were thinking of spending we will be looking for less expensive ways of building our home – possibly doing it in phases over the next 10 years or so. Who knows – we still haven’t found a builder to build our home anyways. That comes now.

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I miss Ad Critic

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I met my “little”

I met my “little” on Monday and saw him again yesterday. He is a great, 9 year old, kid named Kelby and I could not be happier. Considering that I will likely be matched with Kelby until he graduates high school (or beyond) I count myself as lucky to be paired with him. Plus, now I can do a lot of childish things with him and have an excuse!

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Meeting with a real estate agent today and will likely put an offer down on a piece of land that is just what I have been looking for (minus the hefty price tag). I am almost past the first step in building the house my wife and I really want.