It is no secret that Americans are having a hard time keeping up the upkeep and mortgage payments for the Mac Mansions we bought in the nineties. So what is a hardworking, red blooded patriot to do when the enemy he faces is not a foreign invader, big government or corporate greed but his own inability to say no to his own foolish runaway credit spending, hmm? The answer my friend is not blowing in the wind, nope it is right in his own budget. The answer is down size. Americans spend a large percentage of our annual budget on food. We spend it on eat out meals and in prepackaged concoctions. The thought of growing what we eat in those oversized front and backyards of ours just doesn't seem to reach our thick skulls.
Which is just the same anyway because what we need to do is sell those suburban monstrosities, if we can (cause what lunatic would buy them?) and take our show on the road. This action, desperate as it may seem, is more in accordance with our fast pace, foodie lifestyles. The way I see it, we have become a foodservice industry society pocking and dotting our towns with a menagerie, albeit boring and repetitive menagerie, of eateries that feed our high fat, high salt, high carb, high corn sugar sensibilities.
But lest you think this rant is about Americans and our poor dietary choices let me direct your attention to the core of this discussion. Fellow Americans as I just said; it is time to take this show on the road. You see along with all the eateries a caravan culture of sorts has developed. Look in the parking lot of almost any retail establishment and you will notice a recreational vehicle or two parked in its parking lot. "What are they doing there?" you ask. The answer is simple. The owners of these RV's have come to a point in their lives where they have been forced to see the reality of their economic situation and they did just what I advised. They down sized. Yes, granted that the economy may have twisted their hand a bit but the result is the same as having actually experienced an epiphany, so that the visionary and the average Joe are both equally moved to action.
The trend to live in a van, converted box truck, camper, RV, Recreational Trailer, Park Model, Tiny Home on Wheels, Mobile Home or even a shipping container is a necessity of circumstance. Nobody wants to continue to pay out the wazoo for something they can't afford. When money is tight prioritizing not only saves money but also helps us to keep our sanity. Let's face it selling any and all belongings that don't fit in our alternative living arrangements and taking to the streets might be our last card to play.