I am well aware how controversial this is going to be but I have a major announcement: for the last several months I have been working with a Canadian TV Production Company about a Documentary series on nomadic life and we have reached the point where they are ready to start filming. However, it is still in the preliminary stages and this something like an audition tape. I know many (if not most) of you are opposed to this idea. In this post I want to address your concerns.
However, before I do that the Production Company wants me to put out a general invitation to all members of the tribe to come and be a part of the filming. If you would like to be part of the Documentary series on nomadic living, you need to email me stating that. I will then send all those names and email addresses to the Director and he will contact you. He wants to do a phone interview before the filming date with all the candidates. He would prefer a Skype interview but a straight phone call will work. This open invitation is for one specific date only (although there may be more dates in the future). It might or might not be the only time you are filmed—there are no guarantees.
Date: September 4, 2013
Location: Grand Canyon National Park. We will be dispersed camping just outside the Park Entrance near a little town called Tusayan, Arizona. Camping is free so you won’t have to pay anything other than the gas to get here. He would like to film you arriving and setting up camp on that day. Nobody will be filmed without their permission—they need a signed release before they broadcast your picture. So if you want to join us just to mock us, feel free, all are welcome!! I’m moving there next week so I will post a map to the location here on the blog.
If you want to get your “15 Minute of Fame,” and can get here in time, I’m looking forward to seeing you!! Just email me at [email protected] and tell me you are coming!
The Three Main Objections to Promoting Vandwelling
Alright, now let me address what I see as the three main objections to my promoting vandwelling which are:
- The more people who become vandwellers the more attention we will attract from the Government at all levels. We will be seen as a problem and they will pass new laws and regulations trying to force us back into the mainstream. We are seeing it already in examples like these:
- The new Forest Service regulations regarding “Residency Rules.”
- The many more cities passing “No RVs on the Streets” and “No Overnight Parking” laws.
- The general public will become aware of us and will react very negatively. Because it’s a natural human reaction to fight against anything they don’t understand, they will put pressure on the government to get us under control. Here are two ways they can react
- They will be horrified and afraid of what they don’t understand. “There’s a bunch of dirty bums running around in the woods living in vans and tearing everything up? They have to be stopped!”
- They will secretly be jealous and wish they could do it as well. Then they will be angry because they can’t: “I can’t just go camping all the time. If I have to go to a job I hate every day, so should they!”
- The TV Networks are all Greedy Assholes who will do anything and tell any lies to make a buck! They will turn me into a laughing-stock and portray vandwellers as dirty, mentally-ill bums.
Here are my Responses to Those Objections
1) I’m a microscopic blip in a very big world. I seriously doubt that I have enough influence to have brought all this unwanted attention on us. No, I totally believe the reason we are seeing all these problems is the economic crash that occurred in 2008 and is still going on today. It is much more likely the millions of newly homeless poor who were driven into the National Forests and onto the streets of so many cities are causing the unwanted attention. How could they not be?
I’d like to think I have influenced that many people, but I don’t believe it. There are many desperate people in this country and a few of them are turning to me for help in the how-tos of vandwelling; but only a tiny percentage are doing it because I inspired them to. The newly homeless are going to the National Forests and city streets with me or without me; I am just trying to make their lives better if they do. I think that is a good thing and worth continuing. The bottom line is that the problems with the National Forest and cities were caused by the economic crash, not my promoting the lifestyle.
2) I’m morally obligated to use all my abilities to fight the evil of Civilization. For the sake of argument let’s assume you’re right, I have this huge influence and I can impact the direction of the Federal government and cities all across the country (just saying that sounds preposterous). If that’s true, I believe with my whole heart I need to use my bully pulpit to promote freedom and fight what I consider to be the most evil, vile destructive thing that has ever existed on the planet—Civilization. To fail to do so because there will be a price to pay would be cowardice and deeply immoral. If being on a Docu-Series allows me to subtly share some of my radical ideas–then it is more than worth it to me.
The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing. ~ Origin Unclear
My websites (and I hope to some degree the TV Series) give all of us a platform to be heard (even if it is a voice in the wilderness). If I am that influential, don’t I have an obligation to use that power for the good of the vandwelling community? Shouldn’t a voice that powerful be used to fight for our rights and our liberty? For me to shut-up and run away and hide because of a little resistance would seem terribly cowardly and self-centered to me. I would be saying. “I’ve got mine, and I couldn’t care less if the government squashes the rest of you like a bug.” No, I can’t and won’t do that!
3) I have a moral obligation to help everyone I possibly can. I don’t know if you have ever been broke, homeless and felt totally helpless and hopeless, but I have. The memories of those feelings will always motivate me to do all I can to help people going through that. I’ll never forget waking up in the van one fall morning in Anchorage, Alaska and seeing a car parked next to me. It’s windows were fogged up with condensation and frost but I could see inside enough to see there was a woman and two small children sleeping inside. It broke my heart! I knew at that moment that I had to spread the word that there was another way to live and here was a ray of hope in a very dark and hopeless world. A few years later I started cheaprvliving.com with that woman and those two kids in mind—and the rest, as they say, is history.
As I’m sure most of you know I am not a Christian and I don’t hide that fact. But I am deeply committed to living by a higher, spiritual, moral code. This is a good one I adopted as my own:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)
I may not believe in heaven or hell, but I believe in doing all I can for the least of my brothers and sisters. Unless you can find a way to erase the memory of that woman and her children sleeping in her car on a cold fall Alaska morning from my mind, I will never stop carrying the message of vandwelling to everyone I possibly can in every way I possibly can.
3) I believe this reality show will finally present us to a positive light! I don’t know which reality shows you are watching, but I watch a lot of them and I have never seen one that turned its cast into buffoons. Almost without exception I believe it presents them in a fair and interesting light. Almost without exception I come away thinking very highly of the cast. I watch shows like:
- Pawn Stars
- Ice Road Truckers
- Mountain Men
- American Pickers
- Wild West Alaska
- Doomsday Castle
After a while, you start to like those people and almost feel like they are family. On the other hand, there are shows with buffoons, but the show didn’t turn them into buffoons, they already were buffoons. Shows like “Jersey Shore,” “Housewives of ….,” “The Kardashians,” anything with Paris Hilton, and so on. The show doesn’t turn them from geniuses to simpletons, they already were simpletons! The show simply presents them in a true light!
I have every expectation that the Documentary series will present us in a true and positive light and I think it would be foolish to not jump at the chance. Reality shows make money but they require interesting people. Nomads are interesting people so there are going to be reality shows about us whether we like it or not. If we all run away and hide, the media won’t have any choice but show more homeless, dirty, mentally-ill vandwellers. How is that going to make our lives better?
Aren’t we going to be better off if we let them see, clean, normal, healthy, happy people living a wonderful life? It’s much harder to hate and persecute people you know and understand and hopefully even like. I see it as a win-win for everybody!
So come and join me showing the general public just how great our lives are! Who knows, maybe you can pull someone out who s going down for the third time!