WHAT DOES, "Off Grid", really mean, I asked myself the other day? "Well it means things like growing your own, heating only with what you can harvest yourself like firewood, making your own electricity and fetchin your own water", Myself answered tersely. "Oh really, does that mean you grew pineapples, bananas, avocados and coconut shrimp, made your own chainsaw & refined your own gas and oil, forged your own axe and assembled in the USA woodstove, made your own poly sled, boots, pants gloves, and coat, built your own P.O.S. jeep from parts you made yourself including the tires, built your own photovoltaic panels from raw materials that you harvested, designed and built your own MPPT solar charger controller, Lithium Ion Phosphate batteries, control panel, inverter, wiring, and generator for when skies are gray, drilled your own 200'+ deep water well, designed and built your own well pump, pressure tank system and heavy PVC piping, made your own tractor, created your own paint, nails, insulation, window glass, stainless steel sink, and off air free TV antenna so you can watch Star Trek re-runs", asked I? Having heard enough, Myself interrupted I saying, "Ok you made your point Smarty Smarterton, you crushed the illusion, completely ruined the Grizzly Adams, Laura Ingalls, Nanook of the North thing I had going on up in my own mind, I hope your happy, feel like big man now don't you, jerk"? I didn't speak to Myself for the rest of the day but later on that evening after chores while relaxing by the fire I said to Myself, "Look, you just had to be taken down a notch with all your goin on about self sufficiency and everything, tell you what, let's refer to ourselves from here on out as, Minimal Gridders, okay buddy"? At that moment I realized that there was no one else in the room and perhaps it might be a good idea to head out of the woods for a little bit, even if it was just goin down to the corner store to fetch a sarsaparilla and strike up a casual conversation with the clerk.