...well, all I can say is...if you've ever had yer hermit burgled-you know how much fun THAT can be....
Thanks for the info! I love stuff like that.There's a documentary about it called 'Alone in the Wilderness'
Yeah, I guess there's a part two out (I've only seen part of it), and a potential part three on the way.
I never had air conditioning until I was 16. I knew what it was and went to places like school, stores, friends', etc., that had AC, but we didn't in our house. The house my parents built was only about 75% finished when they went their separate ways, the missing 25% being some finish work and heating/AC.
This was in Oklahoma. A typical day there can include 90 degrees and 80% humidity with an ice storm a few hours later. Not having central heat and air there is not fun AT ALL. I still have to have a fan or something like it running when I sleep because I am so used to having one going all the time or a space heater humming away.
We had a fireplace at one end of the house and a woodstove at the other. The house itself it built in the style of a large lodge type place, with a loft and railing running the length of the house and open to the bottom floor. The ceiling peaks at 28 feet inside. Not easy to heat or cool in other words. I spent most of my time as a tweener and teener feeding our livestock, building/mending fence and cutting firewood; but really cutting firewood.
It was a CONSTANT thing. If I wasn't felling trees for next year, I was deep in the woods cutting them, hauling the large cut pieces back to the house in my nifty dirt-bike pulled cart or splitting & stacking. The side benefit for me is that I can ring the bell with the sledgehammer at the carnival every time, I have a couple of nifty chainsaw scars and I am pretty damn good at building fires and keeping them going.
I used to drive very far into the woods and camp a lot because the temperature was the same there as at my house usually. Of course, spring and summertime in the Oklahoma woods mean ticks galore! My younger brother and sister both contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever as kids, in fact. One morning after camping out, I woke with a severe itch "down there". Inspection revealed that a nest of seed ticks had found their way onto my privates, perineum and inner thigh areas. And I do mean a NEST. So here I was, 15 years old and had to strip spread eagle and let my mom (a nurse at least) go to work with a pair of tweezers and rubbing alcohol. That was a fun 3 hours for both of us.
Such fond memories of living in the woods.
I've spent a fair amount of time in the woods, but never got a tick until last year. I don't remember being in the woods when I got it. I just noticed a sore spot on my back, looked in the mirror, and there was a tick. Not sure how long it was there, but I made sure it wasn't there any longer.
When my family goes outdoors, I am always the tick carrier!! They like me. I just had a tick on me a couple of days ago. I always find them creeping on the back of my neck. I think they latch onto my ponytail somehow.