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12 March 2005 @ 09:18 am
The plans  
Okay. Now that the crisis is past and we're working out the aftermath, I shall post our cunning and subtle plans.

We're moving.

And not to Canada.

Canada is now out of the picture forever, I'm afraid. Instead, we're moving to Florida.

Yes, it's about as 180 from Canada as you can get. Still, here's the thing:

We will make a ton of money selling our house. In the last 4 years, it's doubled in value. We will take the money and run down to Orlando, where I grew up and have a very wide support system, and live with my parents. (Not as bad as it sounds. There's like a whole wing of the house that we'll have, as thirdsouthobbi can attest to.) My parents will not ask for rent, just for help around the house when necessary. We will begin looking for land, about 10 acres if possible. We will also be working at jobs of some sort, and saving like mad. At some point in the next year, we'll buy the land and begin to build a house. The house will be hooked to the grid, but will be run on solar power, with a backup biodiesel generator.

Biodiesel is going to be our thing. I'd add all my links, but I don't feel like it. You can look it up. We're going to be running our cars on it (will have to get new cars, obviously, but that's okay) and working with others in the Central Florida area on production. At some point, we will become full-fledged biodiesel producers and/or retailers, and that will be our job. We will be living lightly on the earth, producing renewable, low-pollution fuel, and we will be happy.

We are hoping to lure down some family members (my future brother-in-law is interested, as is one of Rob's brothers) to help with the business once it's started.

And now to a tangent that's actually related.

We've been unbelievably blessed. We are going to make money on this house, a lot of money. We are going to live rent-free for a time, with people who love us. We have a huge network of friends and family who care about us and who've gone the extra mile and a quarter to help us when we needed it. We have more than many families in America, let alone the world. I mean, I was hospitalized, and I was lucky enough to have insurance that paid for it. If I can get the papers signed, I'll be off for a couple weeks on short-term disability while my mind heals-- at 66% of my salary. God has blessed us considerably, and for a while, all I've felt is guilt about it. Guilt over my good fortune, and pain for the people who need the help I have, and can't get it.

These plans have turned my thoughts around. I'm going to rejoice in my blessings, and use them to help others. When we build our house, we're turning the garage into a studio apartment, and it will be there for friends, or friends of friends who are at the end of things and have nowhere to go. As long as they help us with the gardening, fuel brewing, etc, they are welcome to stay.

We also encourage any of our friends who might consider moving to the Central Florida area and who want to be involved in renewable fuel production and sale to get in touch, once we have things going. We can't offer wealth, but we can offer emotional support and a feeling that you're making a difference in the world.

I'm really looking forward to it. There may be some lobbying the legislature, which I'm all over-- I've been studying that for the last 7 years. I want us to get organized. Make this a paying concern that also reduces America's CO2 emissions AND our dependence on foreign oil.

Remember when there was lead in gasoline? That was in most of our lifetimes. Things changed. No more lead. Maybe someday we'll be saying "Remember when we used to burn gasoline?"
Elle: Alienationtheletterelle on March 14th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
Bookmarked, and thank you!