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Old 05-29-2014, 03:46 AM
 
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As it happens I had an interesting conversation with a woman today who related to me that she and her brothers had spent two years living with an Amish family as children. Their father was a doctor in the military, and their mother had been injured and stayed in a health care facility. As a result when their father drew a rather rough base assignment, an Amish family he knew offered to let the children live with them until he was assigned to a place better for children.

Anyways long story short, she said it was an adjustment, more so for her than her brothers as the work for girl's and women required a lot of manual labor for things most people don't do or use a machine to do whereas for her brothers it was largely one big game of learning to do things. However, she and her brothers learned Pennsylvania Dutch, adjusted, and were real members of the community when her father returned two years later. She even said they begged him to let them stay and wrote to the family that had opened their home to them for years after the fact.

I guess the moral is that the average person probably could learn to live that way and fit in given the right encouragement and teachers.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:17 AM
 
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My wife and I love history. We love old houses, old cars, old furniture, old music, old movies, etc. Furthermore, we're old enough to see how our society is crumbling... and we think... "how cool would it be to live like it was long ago?".

Thus far, we haven't figured out what our "target year" would be... as in, "we're going to live like it's [year], and the only things we will use that are newer than [year] will be medical technology on an as-needed basis, and things that have become basic necessities of survival in today's America (whatever they might be)".

I watched a video about a family that did this - their target year was 1986. I think they were only intending to do it for one year, and the only new thing they used was a newer car.

The Amish do a good job of it, as I understand... but they tend to clump together such that there is a support group inherent in the area. (Amish areas have stores that sell antique-style farming implements and the like!)

Assuming we're not going to turn Amish, do any of y'all know of anyone who is doing this? If yes, where can I find it? My Google searches turned up very little.
I think you can certainly cut down or drop modern things without living in an era or specific area.
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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The cabin.

Awesome. I envy you big time
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Old 10-21-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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Less manual labor

If you're Mexican? I don't think so
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