I really do just love the New York Times.
I also really love reading about frugality (crazier the better) and about people who are living less than conventional lifestyles.
Therefore I really loved this article about Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick and their life in a yurt in Alaska.
I could perfectly understand their choice of broadband over a flushable toilet – outhouse in the wilderness, peachy; internet – essential.
I had a little trouble understanding trekking into town for weekly showers, because I’m quite keen on bathing daily. But hey, if you can handle each other’s festiness, rock on …
What I had a lot of trouble understanding is what would possess someone to “enlist dogs — their family’s and those of the neighbors — to lick plates clean before scrubbing the dishes in hand-drawn well water, which they said saves energy.”.
Have they not thought that perhaps it might be similarly efficient and rather less UTTERLY REVOLTING to scape the food scraps into a bowl for the dogs if they wanted to feed them, which would also have the added bonus of clean plates?