Tuesday, February 28, 2006

10 Things I Like About the Country

Subtitle: Why in the hell did I move out here?

  1. Nature is beautiful. Just about every day when I’m walking around my house or driving to work, I have a “wow” moment. A moment where something is beautiful. It can be as simple as seeing a beautiful horse on a snowy hill, or more complex like seeing a herd of white cows grazing on green grass with the sun setting behind them.
  2. Animals. I love animals and seeing them in their natural habitat. I also like pets. In the country, I see more animals. I also have the ability to have more animals then I did in the city. Within a couple of months of moving onto our land, we already had a kitten that just showed up. (Nearly Tailless Nick). But I’ve also seen animals you just can’t see in the city: deer, foxes, wild turkeys, pheasants, horses, goats, cows, dogs, cats, birds, etc. You just have to be careful when driving.
  3. Trees. We have lots of them since we live in the woods. I just like them. I don’t know what else to say.
  4. Privacy. Our neighbors are about a ½ mile away. We can turn up the radio, we can pee in the yard, we can act crazy, and no one would know. Sure we have cars go by, but you can usually look normal for those few seconds.
  5. Healthier living. You get more exercise being out here. You want to get out and explore more. The air is better. We’re not close to a store that we can just walk over and get ice cream, pop, and other unhealthy snacks.
  6. No building permits. We can do pretty much whatever we want to do. We’re safety minded, so don’t worry about us doing something stupid. But if we want to make a tree house, we could. We could put up a hen house.
  7. Fires. I could build a big fire. For those of you who know me, this is a big deal. I’m a pyro. I love to burn things. We can burn trash, basketballs, sticks, trees, shoes, whatever we want.
  8. We’re big fish in a little pond. May sound egocentric, but since we are better educated then a lot of the community and since we are technologically-minded, we are rare. I would love to help the community better itself. I can actually see myself being more involved and even running for a local office. We’ll see!
  9. Kids love it. Think about what they will learn about nature. How they will appreciate things more.
  10. Lower cost of living. We may not live in the lap of luxury, but we’ll eventually save enough money that we can take more vacations to visit the lap of luxury. My mortgage is 1/3rd what my city rent was.