Which community do you prefer?

Tue, May 13, 2014 - 4:19am

In the spring of 2002 I relocated my family moved from downtown into the country. It was a difficult move. My wife and I stumbled around in a daze for several days coming to terms with the differences. But let me back up a number of years and fill you in on how we got there. I can’t say that I have sage advice for all to follow. What I can do is tell our story, mistakes and all, then explain my reasoning for the move and let you glean what is useful.

My parents drug me kicking and screaming from rural Colorado in 1967 and raised me in Phoenix Arizona—a growing city with a bright future. By age 30 I had come to see the city as too hot, too large, and too everything I had learned to dislike. I chased a job to Albuquerque NM, for a year, made a bunch of money, and then we departed on the “graduate school tour” which led to Syracuse NY, then to Memphis TN, a city not unlike Phoenix in size. By 2000 I had lived in large cities for 33 years.

But a career-job in rural Indiana at a small branch of a large college began to change all that. Ignorantly, we bought a beautiful Victorian mansion right downtown for a mere 65K. We loved the house, but the neighborhood betrayed us. The house showed well with a smiling realtor at 10am, but the neighbors came out to play at 8pm. Music, yelling, swearing—the wafting scent of marijuana from next door—arguments and fights right in the street. We perceived that over 75% of the large homes in a 12 block radius had been partitioned into small crappy apartments and rented to the city’s poor. We couldn't allow our kids to play out front. We holed up inside and began to wonder if we made a mistake. By our second day in that neighborhood, I was certain of it and we started looking around the area for a better place to live. But in the meantime, I restored the home, built the attic into a 3rd floor, and we sold out at a loss two years later as property values plummeted in the city.

Life in the city had its moments. My wife and I enjoy the entertainment—theater, concerts, shopping, the ease of finding employment throughout that period. There is also an anonymity where you can break away from one social group and enter another without even moving, which came in handy on occasion. For those decades, when the economy was stable and jobs were mostly plentiful, we enjoyed the city life and never considered anything different. But the crime and poverty pressing in on us took a toll.

We had become friends with a family that lived several miles outside of town. They lived in a farmhouse on 160 acres and had put in a pond in the midst of a 30 acres of hardwood forest at the edge of their property—their own private resort, with two small cabins and plenty of camping room. Some of our fondest memories are from spending weekends there camping with several other “homeschool families” with 20 or so children entertaining us with impromptu theatrical performances by the light of a bonfire. I wanted a place like that!

So, in the Spring of 2002, we bugged out of the Victorian mansion to seven acres on the edge of town and into a different world. (I found an overhead pick of the place online.) We were city slickers, plopped into the country and learning to deal with all its challenges. It was a prepper's dream, except we were not preppers. I wrote about the flooded barn in an earlier post. But I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of labor required to keep the place mowed, trimmed, and looking presentable. My job as an assistant professor kept me working 60 hours per week as well. After two years, with encroaching weeds and unfinished projects, it was just too much stress. I just wanted a house with a small yard again, so we moved to Dayton Ohio, back into a suburban lifestyle, back to all the entertainment and conveniences the city had to offer. I commuted 45 minutes. We had some large trees in our back yard in Dayton and my daughter would climb to the top of one and sway up there for hours at a time, missing our country home. My son retreated into video games. I think selling that little farm and moving back to a city was the biggest mistake I have ever made, perhaps bigger than missing out on $4 silver.

We began looking for another place in the country. After finding 5 acres with a pond near our old place, we moved again. (Note: moving a family too often is dangerous, even in the same locale.) I took a more laissez-faire approach to the land, letting the forest be a forest and only regulating the immediate area around the house, keeping it trimmed and neat. But the soil quality was horrible for gardening. (As an aside… learn about soil quality if you want to get serious about gardening.) What can I say about the quality of life for you and your children—especially the children? At our country home, my son built forts wit his friends, shooting at things with BB guns and riding his go-cart around the property. My daughter lurked around the forest catching all kinds of critters and keeping a veritable zoo in her bedroom in various terrariums and fish tank. She raised chickens, warding off predators, then insisting on butchering them herself. She fished by the hour in our stocked pond for bass, catfish, crappie, and caught a large snapping turtle one day (that one was scary). 

Six years later, health concerns (from too much stress) prompted a successful job search—not easy for an old white guy so I took it as a sign from God. We moved back to Arizona in 2013 to start preparing a self-sufficient life all over again. The largest challenge in leaving the city life for me was changing my way of thinking. After 2008, that became easier. Yet for me, making the move was difficult, required commitment, but has been worth the trade-offs.

Why not move out of the city?

​Most cities have quite of choice or rural living surrounding them. Even a place like Phoenix AZ has nearby towns and areas where one can live unmolested in the desert in small communities. Memphis, Syracuse, and Dayton all had much closer viable rural areas. 

  • Housing is typically cheaper in rural areas.
  • Homes with some land are everywhere.
  • Jobs are not as far as you might think.
  • Entertainment abounds, if you look around.
  • Neighbors are more stable.

But you would have to commute. And choices for shopping and restaurants are limited. Entrepreneurs have it easier than ever with using the internet to promote and transact business. I teach online and my wife oversees her real estate from afar via a manager. We could live about anywhere, but chose the edge of a small this time city so our kids could be close to the social life of the university.

“But Dr J, what about my job? —it is a really good one and I cannot leave!” If it is that good, you might be able to afford an apartment in the city and spend weekends at home a couple of hours away.

“But Dr J, I love the theater & other highbrow events, and my kids attend an elite private school.” Yes, I understand. School is important and my own children suffered at a rural high school where 90% of students had no ambition. Had they told us how bad it was socially, we probably would’ve yanked them out and placed them in a private school in town where I worked.

"But Dr. J, It’s hard to break in to the social community in a new town" Well, not if you join a local church and get involved. Or if you are more athiestical, there are numerous non-profit organizations everywhere with other volunteers lonely for new friends. These organizations always need new-blood in volunteers and board members. In each new town I have lived in, I have found that the locals give you a chance. My wife has already been invited to be a board member for one organization in our new town and we have settled into a new group of friends. 

When I was a little kid, we bought a summer house in La Veta Colorado (pictured at right and below).* We were a hippie family in a cowboy town in the 60s. My agnostic dad said years later that we should have joined the local church right away and we would have fit in a lot better.

"But really? leave the city for the country now? Is that wise?" Since we may have another few years (or a decade) of this deteriorating Keynsian economy, making a move would give time to settle in, learn a useful skill, and even prosper. And the sooner you make a decision and act, the sooner you can begin to rebuild a social network, fit into the community, and settle in for whatever comes.

If you stay in the city, I argue here that the risks are greater. If the risks are already approaching your tolerance level, perhaps you should consider a move. Seriously, why stay in the city? In America, I see the free shit army growing with little hope of turning around their lives. I see too many crumbling streets and buildings with too few energetic entrepreneurs starting businesses and rehabilitating. Empty mini-mall and big-mall space is an epidemic. Vacant and under-utilized industrial space is everywhere. There are not enough jobs. If Detroit is simply ahead of the curve, our cities are staring at a bleak future. 

For many of you, the move is a no-brainer. For other it would be difficult. But I make my case for the rural life. The burden of proof then rests with those favoring city life. I see it as a question of now or later or really wishing you would’ve while you could’ve. So in the spirit of the peripatetic school, I invite discussion of the pros and cons of leaving the city for a rural or small town life. I know we have many readers out there who rarely post. Please join the discussion and let us hear about your experience and conclusions in this all important matter.

* I really miss this skyline in La Veta. The peaks are called “Wahatoya” in the local native American language—“the breasts of the world.” Seriously, you could get this view from just about anywhere in town. Perhaps I’ll return one day.

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2x2 · May 13, 2014 - 4:44am

good post

Thanks Dr Jerome,

A reminder that everyone's story will be different but wherever you go... there you are. Location is important but happiness is paramount. Consider everything and make the compromises you will inevitably need to, and be comfortable with your decision. Nowhere and nothing is perfect. Make the most of wherever you are!

ps. long time, no log-in. Dropped in for first!

ivars · May 13, 2014 - 4:58am

Another 2-3 weeks gone, no

Another 2-3 weeks gone, no changes in 3 year old GSR trend channel except that previous horizontal high was briefly surpassed. All things point to continuation of this upwards moving channel, it is solidly established. 

ivars · May 13, 2014 - 5:31am

Swiss reducing secrecy of banking?

Interesting, probably was already published here:

The Swiss government announced its support on 7 May for an agreement signed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation on the implementation of standards of automatic exchange of information between banks. The signing of this agreement will mean the end of a Swiss tradition stretching back hundreds of years protecting the secrecy of private accounts. It represents a forward move in attacking tax evasion, money laundering, and concealment of valuable assets. 

The tradition of secrecy in Switzerland has long been one of the competitive strengths enjoyed by its banks, resulting in the high confidence of customers from all over the world.As a result, Switzerland has been able to attract two trillion dollars of expatriated wealth.Due to their lack of transparency, Swiss banks are often accused of helping tax evasion, and as a result Switzerland is classified as a "tax haven".

Huang Feng, the director of a research center in international criminal law at the Institute of Criminal Law Science Research at Beijing Normal University, says that the disclosure of documents relating to accounts for their international clients by Swiss banks will still be subject to certain legal restrictions. Switzerland will provide legal support and other means to combat money laundering.

Huang said China and Switzerland have signed interim agreements. China will be allowed to work in collaboration on some files and will thereby have access to information on the customers. Huang Feng suggested that the two countries should conclude these legal agreements as quickly as possible to facilitate stable and normative cooperation. 

Huang also noted that China is currently working on anti-money laundering operations,with an emphasis on foreign transactions, but these efforts are still limited. He said that hehad already addressed a number of cases involving corrupt officials transferring funds to Switzerland.

He believes that the question whether the agreement can succeed in its role depends on the way in which it is applied by various countries.

Tu Tiebing, assistant professor at the Institute of International Communication at Communication University of China, who has spent a long time in Switzerland, believes that the agreement, if properly and legally implemented, will help China's fight against corruption.
· May 13, 2014 - 7:04am

Dr. J,I always enjoy your

Dr. J,

I always enjoy your writings on lifestyle. We all get to peak into the life and philosophy of others who share some common values. My life and experiences are vastly different.

As most of you know, I live in Gotham, largely the operating base of the evil empire. The banks, the Fed, the United Nations, the pharma cartel and much more..... It is also fertile soil for all that is wrong with government with housing projects dotted around the city that were build during FDR's tenure and some families still imprisoned in the system with no incentive to get out. Truly prisons.

I grew up in a Beach town, about 80 miles east of new york city surrounded by pretty beaches and farm land which has now transitioned into America's second wine country although at a much lower quality than Napa Valley. It had two faces, the small town natives who were born there and will die there, and the extravagantly wealthy, bankers, hollywood types, who came for salt air which was usually accessible by opening up their back door to the Atlantic Ocean without ever leaving their poch estates.

When I was a kid I craved culture which the area sorely lacked. Not just theater and music, which as I get older I take much less advantage of and the commercial broadway productions do not suit my tastes, but enjoy the off off very off broadway productions in small, dingy theaters, of young actors with spark in their eyes and creative writers whose stories to not meet the expectations of the general theater going public.

My career and my wife's career very much are urban jobs without many second options in a rural neighborhood without significant, very significant, drop of income. My wife's career depends on volume, and I worked for an evil Fortune 50 company for 17 years and when I was part of the wholesale lay offs during the peak of the financial crisis, I was able to get some lucrative marketing consulting work with one of the local NBA teams and doing other multi-cultural marketing which only exists in multi-cultural area's.

There is alot wrong with the big city. No disputing it. But there is a vast difference between the ghetto here adjacent to probably the biggest benefactor of quantatative easing then some small mid west city that government policy has left for dead. Some of our neighborhoods in the boroughs adjacent to Manhattan, (Queens, Bronx) have more vibrant neighborhoods, more business's then some entire midwest the cities.

I feel like I am on Mars when I travel to the midwest, Minneapolis, St. Louis or South, Charleston, SC, Memphis, TNetc... and the streets feel isolated even during business hours and the cities close when everybody leaves the office, gets in their car and heads to their cookie cutter houses in the suburbs. It's fine but I feel a bit constrained and out of place.

My family is here in the area, my wife has friends (she comes from a city more populated and dense than any city in the United States and when I take her to the country asks me why people live so far apart and why they get in their cars and drive 50 miles to buy a pair of underwear)

Like I said, it's not perfect and many the problems of living in a big urban center that people talk about here are true. No denying it. Secretly, I am a tree hugger. Grew up digging up the lawn to grow vegetables in the garden by myself when I was in junior high school reading books. Mom and dad didn't have a green thumb and had no desire. I am addicted to large bodies of water, oceans and lakes, and a few days in the midwest and I feel landlocked. I like light houses, seaweed on the beach, and asking the fisherman what they caught.

What people don't see beyond the tall buildings and concrete is one of the most amazing estuaries in the country albeit some of the water ways polluted. The beaches on Long Island are some of the best I've ever visited and the only thing that Florida or Mexico have as an advantage is turquoise and warmer waters. Nothing better than a day at the beach in the winter walking along the edge talking to the seagulls and getting at cup of hot chowder.

Ultimately, yes, I desire purple mountains majesty, fruited plains, and pristine rivers and having battle with the trout.

In the absence of living in the ideal setting, I manage to get by, by taking advantage of what is good.

I don't shop at chain supermarkets, and no problem getting fresh, farm picked food any day of the week with plenty of non gmo, organic food available for consumption. Of course, when it's in season we drive out to the berry, peach farms and pick our own. But let me tell you, it's hard work bending down picking berries in the hot sun.

I spend morning to night on the weekends in a private part of one of three world class gardens playing my flutes and talking to the flowers.

30 minutes from world class beaches, and if I have to, I have been known to go to a city beach, all with a bit more splendor than the lake Beach in Chicago. I stack more than gold and silver and always looking for the perfect shell. Never know when shells will be money againcheeky

Sometimes the river calls me. Everybody is too busy to just watch the boats come in and out of the harbor. People's stress affords me plenty of quiet time and space.

And if we are in the hiking mood, there is no dirth of entrances to the Adirondack Trail within a 45 minute drive.

When I can't get to Chili or Bolivia (love their music) I can find a professional world class ensemble in the park or even on my ride home. I am on a first name basis with most of the musicians who love my interest in their music and culture and spend time with me talking about their music, letting me try their instruments, and exchanging playing tips. and wondering how a gringo like me knows so much about their culture and music

My wife is Chinese and I speak some so taking her to have real authentic hunan stews, or dim sum that is made freshly in the morning is a real treat. Chinese markets have their own farms and under sell most American markets and their produce is fresher with a wider variety than any market I know of in the city or the suburbs. (hate urban sprawl more than I do the inner city)

Of course, I never pass up a chance for a good time, colorful outfits and pretty ladies. My spanish is getting a bit better.

Two native american pow wows every year and closet full of useless nick naks but some nice shirts.

I recently moved out of apartment living into a house in a quiet neighborhood. It's not the Green grass of kentucky, and probably people who live in the country who asked me how much I pay would go Oh my God but that's how life is on the corner of High Inflation and Urban Way.

Suffice to say while projects exist everywhere, I manage to be able to navigate my way around them. I am city speelunkerer so I know the in's and out's of the streets, where is safe and where not to tread. I keep an eye on trends including gang grafitti, look at the ground to look for the presence of little baggies and very cognizant of my surroundings.


TF Metals fan · May 13, 2014 - 7:04am

Sounds familiar

My wife and I share a love for the country. But for the past 20 years w had been living in Amsterdam. So we bought a lovely house in the country. And we came across similar pitfalls as you described. Fortunately we still had our apartment in the city. So after four year of enjoyment but also hard work (garden!) we sold the place and moved back. Still we long or a bit of space, open air and grass. But what to do as a next step? Your article certainly gives food to our own discussion.


Mr. Fix · May 13, 2014 - 7:35am

Thank you for your article Dr. Jerome,

I have definitely given this a lot of thought over the years, particularly over the last couple, and I have come to the conclusion that there is no place on earth that I would rather live, and for that I am grateful.


erewenguy · May 13, 2014 - 8:20am

I know this article has been posted elsewhere, but read it again


I won't re-post the article, except for the the awesome picture, which is always worth posting:

The article starts out by discussing the need of money for fulfilling the coincidence of wants. Nice basic concept for the masses.

The really interesting thing about the article is that there is then a seamless transition to discussing saving strategies in silver and gold of present day "Jen".

The article places a very subtle emphasis of the need for investing or saving in silver and gold TODAY, and is masked as an esoteric story on the history of money.

All this in Forbes - the hotbed of conspiracy nutjob cults.

I guess the awakening continues.

· May 13, 2014 - 8:42am


GL, thanks for your post!

We visited New York a couple of years ago and just spent our days wandering around the city. It was quite different from any other American city where I have lived. the old buildings were generally in good repair and in some neighborhoods were as lovely as the day they were built. We really liked it, especially all the street vendors and street entertainers, and I thought I could live there. My daughter wanted to move there immediately. At no time did we feel the city was unsafe.

-SilverIsMoney- · May 13, 2014 - 8:52am

I love Chicago...

But im going to move to rural Wisconsin here soon enough. Timely article for me personally...

sierra skier · May 13, 2014 - 9:30am

We are close to making the move

From small mountain town/resort too the out lying area of a small resort town. This is going to be a major change for us and hopefully a welcome one.

Patrancus · May 13, 2014 - 9:58am

some advice bugging to

these smaller communities, pry before you buy.

the community I chose to stake a claim in 2001 was growing exponentially prior to the crash, well the shit hit the fan in 2008 all the city fathers and mothers did then was sigh a huge opps! and then go right to the work of making the best efforts they could at sweeping all swindles of the public trust under the nearest rug, it was a f--king disaster. So when you are searching for your community, be sure to check out both sides of the local gooberments balance sheet, specifically (Long-term debt) obligations as the cities and their realtors will never disclose these kinds of important numbers to you before you buy. 

treefrog · May 13, 2014 - 10:02am

country life

moving to the country (and learning to live there) is a subject dear to my heart. i bought my present place in 1984. it was 2.6 acres with a hundred year old wreck of a house on it. it is in a small village half an hour outside of a mid-sized city (tallahassee). i built a house on it, and intended to raise a family here. my (then) wife "loved" the idea and made cutesy curtains for the windows - a printed fabric with pigs and chickens. after a few years, she changed her mind about country living, or perhaps about me, or maybe a little of both, and moved back to town. i'm still here.

the 2.6 acres have grown to just a little over 4 as i have bought up adjoining parcels when they came available. 

"But I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of labor required to keep the place mowed, trimmed, and looking presentable." yes, dr j, the land takes work. it will also support you if push comes to shove. there are a couple of things i would like to stress. the first is the principle of "permaculture." this is the concept of capital accumulation as applied to land stewardship and agriculture. you can set up a food source that, once established, will yield year after year. i.e. fruit and nut trees, herb patches, perennial plantings such as asparagus and rhubarb, etc. once you put in the labor of establishing a few fig trees, you will have fresh figs (in season) from there on out. once you learn how to sun dry them, you will have figs the year around.

the second thing is the health of your soil. if you purchase a piece of infertile ground, you can, in many cases improve it in spots for trees, and in an area for a garden. if you choose a piece of dirt that's already fertile, so much the better. if you pick a spot where the neighbors have nice gardens, your soil will probably be o.k. look for roadside produce stands while you're looking for "for sale" signs. 

a few words about "organic" farming/gardening: some folks are a little phobic about "chemicals." water and carbon dioxide are chemicals. the organic content of your soil is that part of it which derives from decomposing animal and plant matter. the addition of commercial fertilizers (particularly nitrates) tends to accelerate the decomposition of the organic matter. farmers/gardeners who rely exclusively on commercial fertilizers will find their soil deteriorating over time as the organic content (humus) diminishes. the crux of the matter, in my opinion, is the word "exclusively." my solution is to use commercial fertilizers (perhaps more sparingly than their salesmen reccommend) while adding large amounts of organic matter to the soil.

leon county (practically next door) composts all their yard waste (prunings, leaves, grass clippings etc) at the landfill and will load it on anybody's truck or trailer that wants to haul it away. for free! there's a farm near here that raises miniature horses. they give away horse manure. the lady that runs the place has a bobcat (small front end loader) and loads my trailer any time i need some. again, for free! scarcely a month goes by that i don't go get a utility trailer full (about a ton) of one or the other - sometimes both. at twelve to fifteen tons a year added humus, i'm pretty sure i'm increasing the organic content of the soil, not depleting it. 

...then, there's legumes. when i first got the place, i seeded the whole thing with several varieties of clovers and vetches. these are in the legume family, and with the help of certain soil dwelling bacteria, have the ability to take nitrogen from the atmosphere and deposit it as nitrates in the soil. i particularly reccommend "hairy vetch." these legumes coexist nicely with the grasses here and make a nice lawn. when i mow, the cuttings add yet more to the soil.

...insecticides, fungicides, etc. use your head and don't go phobic. one of the best insectcides is "drum roll" dawn dishwashing detergent. insects have a waxy/oily coating to protect them from water loss through evaporation. dawn breaks this down, and they dry out. a dried out bug is a dead bug. the major drawback to dawn is that it doesn't last, it has no residual action. it has to be reapplied every few days. no insecticide residue? what's not to like? also, it's cheap. fungicide? there's a fungicide called agri-phos - also sold under several other names. it's a water solution of potassium phosphate and potassium phosphide. again, what's not to like? fungus hates it; unfortunately, it's not as cheap as dawn. 

i don't let the prevailing "organic" attitude phobia about "chemicals" bother me. i read the label, and make my own choices. my new age hippie/organic/macrobiotic/cruelty free friends are aghast. that doesn't bother me.

one point i can't emphasize enough is that land stewardship is like capital appreciation. it adds up over a period of time. a long period of time. what's the best time to plant a walnut tree? twenty years ago. what's the second best time to plant a walnut tree? now, today. grab a shovel.

a valuable resource: GROW IT by richard langer. it's been out of print for a while, but still available on the used book market. google it

Colonel Angus · May 13, 2014 - 10:38am

We moved out also...

The last house we had was in the middle of a small town on half an acre. My wife was afraid that moving out of town would isolate her and our homeschooled children. Well, as the standard of living went down in that little town, we started noticing more things missing, heard of at least a couple of armed robberies and home invasions, and decided we'd get out of Dodge.

Since I had a better job offer in the flyover country, we decided the next house would be "away from things." Now truly we're just a mile from what passes as civilization around here. I wish we were three or four miles more remote, but we found what we were looking for in our house.

So we bought about 15 acres, five of woods, about five of pasture, and then another five that are an orchard and the yard. The house also had a swimming pool with stainless steel sides and no liner to replace. It's a brick house with more than enough room for all of us, and it has great heating and cooling properties. 

We were lucky in that there were about twenty apple and pear trees, mature and ready to be harvested the first year. However, the previous owners hadn't pruned in ten years, so there was a lot of hacking to be done this first spring. We also planted cherries, blueberries, nut trees, plums, and more. The soil is fertile as there used to be animals on it. There are places we cannot plant because of soil problems, and we have made raised beds there with soil from other places, manure, chopped up leaves, etc. You can make an organic way work, but it will take extra effort. We use chemicals sparingly. We also put in a chicken coop with lots of room for a large flock. And we've certainly tried to do way too much in this first year. 

One thing...we have the swimming pool, the woods for exploration, a go-kart, the bow and arrow, room for shooting. We are not isolated. The restaurants aren't like they were when we lived in Paris for a couple of years, but the food is good home cooking. We have to go twenty miles to the city or 60 miles to the state's major urban area. But I teach on a campus 12 miles from home, and there is culture there too. 

The neighbors are also wonderful. Most are older, have a little extra time, and have helped me as I struggle with the work. One has dug holes with his backhoe to make planting trees easier. Another loaned us an extra ZTR mower and has helped on tractor repair. Yet another has taken the girls to teach them how to sew and crochet.

Having tasted both city life and the country, I know what makes my family happiest. We'll stick with this country life. To each his own, but maybe consider trying out the country if you never have. 

· May 13, 2014 - 10:45am

Doc J and GL

Stars of Turdville! Absolutely fantastic article, Doc. Genuine wisdom and good humor, and I have to say your description of your daughter's "zoo" and your son building forts and shooting BB guns... poignant and special. Time for you to be re-elected as the Mayor of Turdville:

And GL, your beautiful description of the richness of your urban life and was so good, it is almost enough to make this life-long "country kid at heart" to want to set foot in a city... almost! smiley

And if/when the chaos hits, we are going to need somebody to get all those city folks organized on the side of freedom. I nominate you!

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Bongo Jim · May 13, 2014 - 12:39pm

Good soil is key to growing

 If you don't have it, import it and do raised beds. Also, stagger your planting so you have a continuous harvest.

opticsguy · May 13, 2014 - 12:51pm

I made crappy clay soil into some great stuff

but it took two years of making my own compost and then there was biochar.

Watch out for bagged manure and compost, as well as stuff from your local recycler. If they take grass clippings from lawns treated with Milestone, your garden will be ruined. Google "Milestone compost".

John Galt · May 13, 2014 - 12:56pm

@ Bongo re: Raised Beds

I can vouch for the merits of having raised beds, including keeping some critters out (assuming the beds are high enough). Around here our beds are just high enough to keep the rabbits out.

Plus don't underestimate the value of being able to sit on the edge of the beds for planting and weeding purposes, instead of bending over and/or crawling around on the ground.

ancientmoney · May 13, 2014 - 12:59pm

Love-hate relationship . . .

I have never lived in a big city. GL seems to have a love-hate relationship with Gotham, but mostly love.

I like visiting big cities. But I could never live in one. Too restricting.

If I had to live in a city of any size, I think the battery area of Charleston, SC is nice. I also like Madison, WI which is a college town bounded by three beautiful lakes. I don't like the liberal politics there, however.

I like the high desert area of Colorado. I like the openness of rural New Mexico. I like the shores of Lake Superior, but not in winter. I like the Smoky Mountains area around Asheville.

All 4 of our adult kids live within 30 minutes of us. My wife and I were looking at places to retire. Then our grandkids came along. We can't move away from them. It would kill us to do so.

So, I am happy to stay on our 40 acres, where we have a big garden and yard (too big), I can cut wood, and we share our tenant-farmer's produce. Our neighbors are all country folk, some who's family has been on the land for 6 generations.

I think our place may need to serve all of as (me, wife, kids, grandkids) as a refuge some day, unless things soon start turning in a new direction, if it is not already too late.

Bongo Jim · May 13, 2014 - 1:03pm


I still had to put up a chicken wire fence to keep the rabbits out. The day after getting the soil in, a rabbit started a burrow in the middle of it, so the fence went up. Gophers got into it too, but for that you can see what I did in this forum post...


Bollocks · May 13, 2014 - 1:05pm

Mayor of Turdville

Interesting how everyone in the background is looking in the wrong direction.


Pattaya7 · May 13, 2014 - 1:09pm


For me as a single man in my 50's Thailand was a easy choice 

Very cheap, good quality food, medical and safe.

Nice people and culture. Hot ladies!

2 years and happy as a clam!

surfeitndearth · May 13, 2014 - 1:10pm

The Great Deceiver

The Great Deceiver

The Federal Reserve and an Unsustainable Empire


Is the Fed “tapering”? Did the Fed really cut its bond purchases during the three month period November 2013 through January 2014? Apparently not if foreign holders of Treasuries are unloading them.

From November 2013 through January 2014 Belgium with a GDP of $480 billion purchased $141.2 billion of US Treasury bonds. Somehow Belgium came up with enough money to allocate during a 3-month period 29 percent of its annual GDP to the purchase of US Treasury bonds.

Certainly Belgium did not have a budget surplus of $141.2 billion. Was Belgium running a trade surplus during a 3-month period equal to 29 percent of Belgium GDP?


BagOfGold Green Lantern · May 13, 2014 - 1:11pm

Thank You Dr. Jerome...

for another great article...& Thank You Green Lantern for being you...We all love both of you!...

Atarangi says it best...so I will just stick to the picture of Mr. Ginseng aka Green Lantern!...

You have to admit it does have a certain ring to it. If G.L. ever wants to ditch the old image that was imposed on him by his alter ego 'coming out' - - - 'Ginseng Man' has to be it. I would do anything for people to call me 'Ginseng Man'. Hunk of the Month would be even more cool. But seriously folks - - - We all love G.L. for what he is - - a real top guy!A8a6vGm.jpg


Bag Of Gold

Bongo Jim · May 13, 2014 - 1:22pm


Can't you put a loin cloth on the guy or something?

surfeitndearth · May 13, 2014 - 1:42pm

Pam Martens

The High-Frequency Trading Lawsuit That Has Wall Street Running Scared


Cleburne61 · May 13, 2014 - 1:56pm

US Mint Stunner...

The U.S. Mint has sold another 1.8 million silver eagles in the past 5 business days!

Mother of Pearl!

Year to date, they've sold 20.5 million oz, and that doesn't include ATB series, or eagle numi strikes!

I think I remember reading that the most silver ever used by the US Mint in one year for coinage production was back in the 20's or 30's, and I think the number of ounces used was somewhere around 56 million.

We could easily break that record this year. Easily. In fact, at this pace, if they don't do something idiotic, like shutting it down mid December again, we could hit at or above 60 million troy oz!(all coins included)

· May 13, 2014 - 2:10pm

Soil advice!

Thanks for all the soil advice. I think the repetition is finally letting it sink in how critical it is to constantly tend and replenish the soil--copiously . I caught myself throwing away an apple core this morning instead of putting it into my compost pile.

A question: Has anyone read or had experience with manure from stockyards where they give the animals steroids? Do the steroids get transferred into your garden if you use this manure?


That guy in the plaid shirt cannot even bear to look at what is following me. A wise man! And the girl at his feet think its unusual enough to point out to everyone. Maybe it is Gensing Man.

Yes, Ginseng Man needs a loincloth. A key body part is too high and off center so it'll need to be a big loincloth.

Stratajema · May 13, 2014 - 2:42pm

Know your neighborhood crime and schools

Do a Google search to find the neighborhoodscout.com information about crime in your chosen town or city. You will be surprised by what you find. Here is an example of the search criteria to enter.

neighborhoodscout crime phoenix, az

Find out the true demographics of a town or city by not looking at the census information but rather by looking at its high school, which has more stringent reporting requirements. Look here for the school:


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