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Old 07-02-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Yes mr510, i could say, dare i say? that there is no such thing as an "ex" hippie.
Either you were or you weren't (as in just one of many, many culturally driven sheeple that ultimately sold out and bought into the dominant culture paradigm).
Take that lightly as i'm not intending to offend ... in any deep way.
No offense taken. It was fun for a time, but what started my path away from hippiedom was when I moved from San Franscisco to the Mendo coast, In the City, the hippies I associated with were deep thinkers and did dope, LSD, etc. to expand their minds and connect with God/the Cosmic stuff. The were into changing society for the better. It was a path worth following.

The hippies of the Mendo coast were basically stoners, who had no interest in working or bettering society. Just hang out and get stoned. Communal living was miserable as 80% of the folk just wanted someone else to do the cleaning and other chores. They hated the Man, but most collected some sort of welfare. I got turned off to the whole thing.

And so here I am, living in a log house in the Sierras. Not a bad life.
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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No offense taken. It was fun for a time, but what started my path away from hippiedom was when I moved from San Franscisco to the Mendo coast, In the City, the hippies I associated with were deep thinkers and did dope, LSD, etc. to expand their minds and connect with God/the Cosmic stuff. The were into changing society for the better. It was a path worth following.

The hippies of the Mendo coast were basically stoners, who had no interest in working or bettering society. Just hang out and get stoned. Communal living was miserable as 80% of the folk just wanted someone else to do the cleaning and other chores. They hated the Man, but most collected some sort of welfare. I got turned off to the whole thing.

And so here I am, living in a log house in the Sierras. Not a bad life.
Well it sounds to me like you were and are the real deal and were connected with the essence of the time and "movement".
That's what counts.
Labels are troublesome.
And there's always the shadow side and the stronger the light, the bigger and more intense is that shadow.
No, a log house in the Sierra (i was born in 'em) is not a bad life at all and one i wouldn't mind having myself if i wasn't so attached to being on the coast.
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:23 PM
 
Location: San Diego, North Park
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Well it's good that you know what you want in life and you've found who you really are now.

Sounds to me like you just dabbled in being a hippie to be cool, and you were just joining in on the bandwagon. But some people live it as a lifestyle and it's not about "being cool", and their philosophies resonate in that direction on a deep level. Nothing wrong with that.

I don't even look like a hippie now. I just love the live and let live attitude, the environmentalism, the localization movement, the seperation from federal government power, and other aspects of it. There's lots of aspects of it that go beyond being cool and doing drugs.

Go down to South Asia and lots of folks out there are living "hippie" lives, but that's just much more of the mainstream culture out there. Cultural relativism is an interesting thing to consider.

Humboldt actually does have lots of conservative folks, especially in Fortuna and Mckinleyville. Lots of logger/lumberjack types.
Could not have said it better!
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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I really like Weaverville. It may be isolated, but its pretty and is more like your typical NorCal mountain town (mix of every walk of life - loggers, forestry service folks, retirees, hippies, small business people). I hate one-sided communities at either end of the political spectrum. They're boring.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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I'm surprised people think Menodcino is not isolated. There are only 1000 people there, and it's several hours even from the Bay Area (maybe only 2 hours from Santa Rosa in the far northern part of the wine country, but I'd consider that isolated).
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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I'm surprised people think Menodcino is not isolated. There are only 1000 people there, and it's several hours even from the Bay Area (maybe only 2 hours from Santa Rosa in the far northern part of the wine country, but I'd consider that isolated).
When people say Mendocino they are usually talking about the county, not the town.

It is pretty isolated and country in Mendocino County. But compared to Trinity and Humboldt it's much more connected to the Bay Area culturally and geographically.

All depends on what you're comparing it to.

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