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Old 18-07-2011, 15:16   #1
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Bad Habits when at Home and Not on the Boat

When off the boat and at home, apartment, hotel room, or whatever; do you ever think of the bad habits you do compared to being on the boat?

- leaving lights on when leaving the room
- running the water while brushing your teeth
- taking a 15+ shower, with hot water, AND leaving the water on all the time
- thinking anything can go in the toliet and yo don't care where it goes afterwards
- leaving the door to the refrigator open while you do whatever with whatever you just took out of it
- changing your shirt and tossing it into the laundry because it was a little dirty and after all the washing machine isn't going to care
- it's kind of hot out (76 degrees) so it must be time to turn on the AC

Isn't funny how wasteful you are when at home on land compared to when at home on the boat?
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Old 18-07-2011, 15:20   #2
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Plus all the stuff that gets shrewn across any flat surfaces, such as coffee tables, end tables, counter tops, and other home funishings.
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Re: bad habits when at home & not on boat

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Old 19-07-2011, 10:30   #4
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Re: Bad Habits when at Home and Not on the Boat

Living on a boat is sort of like living in a space capsule. You have to be constantly aware of power and resource management, unlike the masses on the planet. Space, water, really, whats the difference when you get to it? You are in a self contained pod of sorts, with limited resources, limited space and it all needs to be under constant vigilance. Robert Conrad once played Pappy Boyington, a USMC pilot in a show called Baa Baa Black Sheep. There's one line I always remembered, where he is talking about some shortage or other. He used the term Maximum Utilization of Available Resources. MUAR.

That sums up living on a boat.

Maybe the earth would be in better shape if everyone on it was made to live on a boat off shore for a few months. It'd give them a heck of a lot more respect for the concept of Mothership Earth.
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dont have the problem if going somewhere other than the boat.....
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Ain't it the truth. On land I'm usually open-handed, even profligate with money and resources. But on board, I'm becoming conservative, even a bit of a hoarder, of all the finite stuff, like water and electricity and food and TP and .... Perhaps a spaceship earth course for all kids should be part of the curriculum. And it's hard to think of a better classroom for it than aboard a small boat for a week or more.
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That's not a bad idea. Something to be thought about for when I retire. A Space Ship Earth class.


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I think about it a lot and I like the boat better. In the house it was always me reminding the family that it wasn't wise to waste water, gas or electricity and they wouldn't pay too much attention. It cost me money later.
On the boat I don't worry about it too much, I just let them run us out of power or water or whatever and I leave it like that for awhile, dead batteries so no entertainment or no gas so cold dinners or no water so no showers and they begin to magically pay attention without my bitching. I just read a book and wait. It doesn't cost me money later, it costs them comfort now.
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I think about it a lot and I like the boat better. In the house it was always me reminding the family that it wasn't wise to waste water, gas or electricity and they wouldn't pay too much attention. It cost me money later.
On the boat I don't worry about it too much, I just let them run us out of power or water or whatever and I leave it like that for awhile, dead batteries so no entertainment or no gas so cold dinners or no water so no showers and they begin to magically pay attention without my bitching. I just read a book and wait. It doesn't cost me money later, it costs them comfort now.
It may not cost you $$$ but it will cost you in bleeding ears from all the wining about this and that not working
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Re: Bad Habits when at Home and Not on the Boat

Live on your boat, you know you want to. Why accept such irresponsible behavior when "home" away from the boat? Don't you love our mother, Earth?
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There's some pretty clear thinking here. We do need to educate the children and young adults about this Earth that we call home. She has limited resources. She is a ship and we need to deal with all the systems. Clean water, food, waste, trash, energy as well as relationships with every living creature.

We're on this ship called Earth. Traveling at a million miles a day. Not sure where we are going but we're going. Awareness, education, knowledge and wisdom all come into play.

Put this in schools and households everywhere. Thanks for starting this thread. I'm looking forward to the dialog. What and how can we teach?
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