I'm just curious about how many people secretly hope for a return to simpler lives. I haven't been on here in a while, since I've been overseas, or at my cabin without easy access to the internet, but I'll fill your ear (or eyes) with some thoughts of mine.... I live, either in some of the most populated cities in the world, or at my retreat in the mountains of Alaska. Every day in Tokyo, Singapore, or Shanghai, I can't wait to get back to Alaska. However, after only a few days at my cabin, I start to yearn for the convenience of modern society. Every time I walk down to the marbled lobby of a hotel, and go to the concierge's desk to ask where I can find some grub for a decent price, I yearn for the morning I can just cook some bacon on the ol' coleman stove. That being said, every time I wake up at my cabin, I curse the thought of going out in the subzero weather to grab another 4 or five chunks of wood to get the fire started in my sub 50 degree cabin. When I'm sitting in traffic in a taxi on my way from the airport to the nearest Marriott, I'm pissed at all the traffic, and thousands of sheeple walking faster than the cab. However, when I'm at my cabin for more than a couple of days, I dread the 1/2 mile walk to the spring to get more water. I put my cell phone on silent when people try to call me all the time in the city, but after a few days at the cabin, I stare at my driveway hoping someone will come to visit. Do most of you know how much it can suck living a simple life? While I will take country living over city life any day, do you realize how hard it is to live a subsistence lifestyle? I'm used to gathering firewood every day, and although it sucks, that's something I can deal with. It also sucks walking to get water every other day, worrying if you have enough food in the winter, and harvesting your garden in the summer (oh sure, it's fun at first, but eventually, you just want to burn it all). After a month at the cabin, the first thing I want to do is drive straight to McDonalds and grab 2 double cheeseburgers because I'm tired of smoked salmon, lake trout, and moose meat stew. Even as much as living at the cabin can get old, just how much crappier could it get without the backup of modern society to allow you to regroup? I cut my firewood with a chainsaw. I get to and from my cabin with either a Yamaha Rhino, or a Snowmobile (snowmachine in Alaska). I cook with a coleman stove, because if I cook on top of my woodstove, I have to heat the cabin to 120 degrees. What happens when I can't get any more kerosene or gasoline? Or what about when we eventually run out of coffee? There are many other inconveniences I could come up with, but since I'm partaking in a little indulgence of some raspberry wine (another indulgence which would not be feasable) I can't think of many more. This being said, while I have quite the armory and ammunition stocks to guard what I have, I have not needed to stand watch against intruders... If you have ever had to go to "stand to," you know what I mean and agree that this can add a whole new inconvenience to your life. While I know I could survive, I most certainly dont want to HAVE to live that way all the time. Coming from someone who has walked the walk, I can tell you that it is not all roses. What do you think?