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StellaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:02 PM
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A good website, if anyone is interested in 'simple living', etc.
http://www.unconventionalideas.com

This guy is a voluntary downsizer who runs his own carpet-cleaning business in Oregon. The site is filled with his thoughts, in the form of essays and photo essays, about how to counter the American mainstream. He really hates what he calls 'teamplayerism' and 'keeping up with the Joneses'.

Here is his adaptation of the John Lennon song 'God':

I don't believe in power lunches
I don't believe in easy payment plans
I don't believe in academic jargon, or profspeak
I don't believe in mall shopping
I don't believe in perfect bridgework or smile makeovers
I don't believe in turf building
I don't believe in personal data assistants
I don't believe in rank, degrees, or titles
I don't believe in multiple choice tests
I don't believe in day-planners
I don't believe in supermoms
I don't believe in fast-food
I don't believe in motivational tapes
I don't believe in McMansions
I don't believe in the American Dream

I just believe in me
Mandy* and me
And that's reality

The dream is over. What can I say?
The dream is over. Yesterday
I was the teamplayer, but now that's all gone
I was the MBA, but now, I am John
And so dear friends, you'll just have to carry on

The dream is over



*Mandy is my wife

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PA Mamma Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:32 PM
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1. VERY COOL ...
I like this one:

Institute for Urban-Style Family Living
ADVOCATING MIXED-USE, TRANSIT-FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

http://www.unconventionalideas.com/urban.html
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:38 PM
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2. Thanks for the link.
I love sites like this!
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StellaBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 02:40 PM
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3. Another great one
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 02:42 PM by StellaBlue
http://www.riinsrants.info /

I especially like the VERY in-depth info on biking and the 'what's wrong with our culture' rant.

Excerpt from her rant about Indian removal and Indian treatment:

"President Andrew Jackson, who ordered their removal, is commemorated on our twenty dollar bill. Every time I see his face, I'm conscious of our money treating Jackson like some kind of hero. Did he do something really wonderful that I'm not aware of that could possibly compensate for sending 4,000 people to their deaths? I'm not sure what that could even be. Did he save 12,000 people from burning buildings?"

:)
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