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05 Dec 2012 10:08 PM   |   6629 clicks   |   Portland Press Herald
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Nadie_AZ    [TotalFark]  
Smith said this week that he's been bunking down in metro Boston waters for about two months now. Authorities said that they're keeping an eye on the unconventional camper, but that he isn't breaking any laws.

He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.

05 Dec 2012 08:21 PM
brap    [TotalFark]  
I don't care how many layers you have that has got to be seriously cold.  Also I hate articles like this because they alway close with a sentence that makes me cry.
 
Before sunup Tuesday, Smith saw a shooting star skitter across the New England sky and said later he made a wish meant for all people, no matter where they bed down at night.
 
"I wished self-esteem for all of us," he said.
 
Got dammit so much, there go the waterworks.
 
- Don't judge me, I'm very sensitive.
 

05 Dec 2012 08:36 PM
snowjack     

Nadie_AZ: Smith said this week that he's been bunking down in metro Boston waters for about two months now. Authorities said that they're keeping an eye on the unconventional camper, but that he isn't breaking any laws.

He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.


No kidding.

Even if I lost everything and had no skills, I don't think it would take too long to raise enough cash to buy an old sailboat with a little cabin, just working fast food jobs. Or begging, if I couldn't even get a fast food job for some reason. 'Course someone who is crazy enough to try living on a canoe going into a Northeast winter is probably not the kind of person I'd be looking to hire if I owned a fast food joint.

I'd go looking for something like this... asking price is $3800: 1984 Catalina 25
Probably not in great shape, but it would be a secure place to keep your stuff, a roof over your head, a sink, hot plate, and a toilet.

05 Dec 2012 08:47 PM
soosh    [TotalFark]  
Yeah what is he thinking not having four thousand saved up before going all homeless?

05 Dec 2012 08:53 PM
snowjack     

soosh: Yeah what is he thinking not having four thousand saved up before going all homeless?


Right... thus, the part about "even if I lost everything"

05 Dec 2012 09:07 PM
ArkAngel    [TotalFark]  

Nadie_AZ: Smith said this week that he's been bunking down in metro Boston waters for about two months now. Authorities said that they're keeping an eye on the unconventional camper, but that he isn't breaking any laws.

He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.


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05 Dec 2012 09:16 PM
kertus     
Must have read "starship and the canoe" by ken brower

05 Dec 2012 10:13 PM
illannoyin     
Swim out past the breakers.

Watch the world die.

05 Dec 2012 10:13 PM
skinink    [TotalFark]  
When the first freeze in Boston hits, the guy can always sleep on the vents behind the Boston Public Library, and wait for Mumbles to send the vans to pick up the homeless people.

05 Dec 2012 10:14 PM
Dr.Zom    [TotalFark]  
Wasn't there a guy doing this in Seattle a while back?

05 Dec 2012 10:16 PM
whatshisname     
Living in a boat would be interesting for a while. But not in Boston harbour.

05 Dec 2012 10:16 PM
cryinoutloud    [TotalFark]  
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with a tiger.

05 Dec 2012 10:19 PM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
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So you decided to be a bum?

05 Dec 2012 10:20 PM
KrispyKritter     

brap: I don't care how many layers you have that has got to be seriously cold.  Also I hate articles like this because they alway close with a sentence that makes me cry.
 
Before sunup Tuesday, Smith saw a shooting star skitter across the New England sky and said later he made a wish meant for all people, no matter where they bed down at night.
 
"I wished self-esteem for all of us," he said.
 
Got dammit so much, there go the waterworks.
 
- Don't judge me, I'm very sensitive.


there's nothing wrong with being sensitive. if there were more people like you the world would be a better place.

05 Dec 2012 10:20 PM
scottapeshot     
Approves (thinks it's cool, in fact).
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05 Dec 2012 10:26 PM
Hector Remarkable     
Canoes! We've solved the homeless problem!! Issue all the homeless canoes! With life vest, of course, but just fit them up and set them adrift. Oh yeah, this is the answer. This is the solution society has been looking for. Filling America's harbor's with our floating homeless.

05 Dec 2012 10:31 PM
Strongbeerrules     
Wastin' away in Margaritaville,

Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt...

05 Dec 2012 10:32 PM
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cryinoutloud: [static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

with a tiger.


Great movie.
Not a canoe.

05 Dec 2012 10:33 PM
AbbeySomeone     

Dr.Zom: Wasn't there a guy doing this in Seattle a while back?


Several.

KrispyKritter: brap: I don't care how many layers you have that has got to be seriously cold.  Also I hate articles like this because they alway close with a sentence that makes me cry.
 
Before sunup Tuesday, Smith saw a shooting star skitter across the New England sky and said later he made a wish meant for all people, no matter where they bed down at night.
 
"I wished self-esteem for all of us," he said.
 
Got dammit so much, there go the waterworks.
 
- Don't judge me, I'm very sensitive.

there's nothing wrong with being sensitive. if there were more people like you the world would be a better place.


Internet hugs. I'll send fresh baked cookies via email.
ya really, the kind that are edible and delicious.

05 Dec 2012 10:35 PM
My Bologna Has A Maiden Name     
brap: I don't care how many layers you have that has got to be seriously cold. Also I hate articles like this because they alway close with a sentence that makes me cry.

Before sunup Tuesday, Smith saw a shooting star skitter across the New England sky and said later he made a wish meant for all people, no matter where they bed down at night.

"I wished self-esteem for all of us," he said.

Got dammit so much, there go the waterworks.

- Don't judge me, I'm very sensitive.


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05 Dec 2012 10:38 PM
MemeSlave     

snowjack: Nadie_AZ: Smith said this week that he's been bunking down in metro Boston waters for about two months now. Authorities said that they're keeping an eye on the unconventional camper, but that he isn't breaking any laws.

He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.

No kidding.

Even if I lost everything and had no skills, I don't think it would take too long to raise enough cash to buy an old sailboat with a little cabin, just working fast food jobs. Or begging, if I couldn't even get a fast food job for some reason. 'Course someone who is crazy enough to try living on a canoe going into a Northeast winter is probably not the kind of person I'd be looking to hire if I owned a fast food joint.

I'd go looking for something like this... asking price is $3800: 1984 Catalina 25
Probably not in great shape, but it would be a secure place to keep your stuff, a roof over your head, a sink, hot plate, and a toilet.


Especially in some places where there's no property tax on boats - you're really a free man. Learn to like eating seafood every day and you're halfway there.

05 Dec 2012 10:41 PM
jmmsmile     
My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.

05 Dec 2012 10:41 PM
gerbilpox     

snowjack: Nadie_AZ: Smith said this week that he's been bunking down in metro Boston waters for about two months now. Authorities said that they're keeping an eye on the unconventional camper, but that he isn't breaking any laws.

He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.

No kidding.

Even if I lost everything and had no skills, I don't think it would take too long to raise enough cash to buy an old sailboat with a little cabin, just working fast food jobs. Or begging, if I couldn't even get a fast food job for some reason. 'Course someone who is crazy enough to try living on a canoe going into a Northeast winter is probably not the kind of person I'd be looking to hire if I owned a fast food joint.

I'd go looking for something like this... asking price is $3800: 1984 Catalina 25
Probably not in great shape, but it would be a secure place to keep your stuff, a roof over your head, a sink, hot plate, and a toilet.


With $3800, you could pay rent for a real apartment, at least as a roommate. You also could move in as soon as you had the security deposit + 1st month's rent, instead of spending months being homelessness while you raised the full amount. I don't know the cost of living, tax, etc. numbers, but I suspect that would be quite a few months at minimum wage.

05 Dec 2012 10:41 PM
LtDarkstar     
He should class it up a bit, it would be a bit more comfy in something like this...

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05 Dec 2012 10:42 PM
Munchkin City Coroner     
jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.

24"? Are you a smurf?

05 Dec 2012 10:44 PM
Lord Snoopy's G.P.E.H.     
I'd like to know where he got the notion.

05 Dec 2012 10:44 PM
jmmsmile     
Ho ho!! Yes, the slip rental is about 24 cents.

24'

05 Dec 2012 10:46 PM
whatshisname     

Munchkin City Coroner: jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.

24"? Are you a smurf?


You should see their replica of Stonehenge.

05 Dec 2012 10:46 PM
rko281     
Read the article.

Join me in tossing all liberal dumbass resumes in the trash.

1 job / 30 resumes.

Just toss them.

God, I'd puke if I could - just read this sh*t.

05 Dec 2012 10:51 PM
othmar     
it started to sound interesting and then i lost interest when it started sounding like a long running Elephants turd.

05 Dec 2012 10:53 PM
amquelbettamin     

jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.


You must mean 24' NOT 24"

05 Dec 2012 10:53 PM
Smeggy Smurf     

Munchkin City Coroner: jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.

24"? Are you a smurf?


Smeggy Smurf reporting for gay navy sex as ordered sir!

05 Dec 2012 10:54 PM
Skarekrough     

Nadie_AZ: He's gonna be a meat popsicle come January.


He could be.

Boston's a funny city. Ten years ago I would have agreed with you.

But last Winter showed us it can be a very different game. And there are enough power plants around there where the ambient water temp is enough to offset it.

I know a guy that kayak fishes weekly year-round. Every NYE he makes it a point to go out and catch a Striped Bass, a fish that should be migratory. And every year the holdovers are getting bigger and the fishing is getting better.

It's not something I would want to do but with everything that has gone on it's certainly not crazy to think it can't be done.

05 Dec 2012 10:56 PM
JohnCarter     
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A might wary of the whole canoe thing

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05 Dec 2012 10:56 PM
EVERYBODY PANIC     

rko281: Read the article.

Join me in tossing all liberal dumbass resumes in the trash.

1 job / 30 resumes.

Just toss them.

God, I'd puke if I could - just read this sh*t.


Dude, relax. Folks live all different ways in this world. This man in the canoe is facing life on his own terms, refusing to leech off society. He's a rugged individualist. In an odd way, he is the poster child of living as a free man. I like this guy.

05 Dec 2012 10:58 PM
SanjiSasuke     
Fark I am disappoint.
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05 Dec 2012 10:59 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
All this time I've been searching for the little man in the canoe, and it turns out he's in Boston. Go figure!

05 Dec 2012 11:02 PM
pudding7    [TotalFark]  

whatshisname: Munchkin City Coroner: jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.

24"? Are you a smurf?

You should see their replica of Stonehenge.


Making a big deal of it would have been a good idea.

05 Dec 2012 11:04 PM
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick     
I lived in a 1984 Honda Prelude for 7 months, it's very canoe-like.

05 Dec 2012 11:10 PM
gerbilpox     

EVERYBODY PANIC: Folks live all different ways in this world. This man in the canoe is facing life on his own terms, refusing to leech off society.


So he's part of the 53%?

05 Dec 2012 11:15 PM
CujoQuarrel     

EVERYBODY PANIC: rko281: Read the article.

Join me in tossing all liberal dumbass resumes in the trash.

1 job / 30 resumes.

Just toss them.

God, I'd puke if I could - just read this sh*t.

Dude, relax. Folks live all different ways in this world. This man in the canoe is facing life on his own terms, refusing to leech off society. He's a rugged individualist. In an odd way, he is the poster child of living as a free man. I like this guy.


How is he supporting himself? Didn't see anything in the article about that.

05 Dec 2012 11:18 PM
slackananda     

snowjack: I'd go looking for something like this... asking price is $3800: 1984 Catalina 25Probably not in great shape, but it would be a secure place to keep your stuff, a roof over your head, a sink, hot plate, and a toilet.


And it's name is "Anne Bonng," how cool is that?

OK, not really, but that's what it looks like.....

05 Dec 2012 11:25 PM
EVERYBODY PANIC     

CujoQuarrel: EVERYBODY PANIC: rko281: Read the article.

Join me in tossing all liberal dumbass resumes in the trash.

1 job / 30 resumes.

Just toss them.

God, I'd puke if I could - just read this sh*t.

Dude, relax. Folks live all different ways in this world. This man in the canoe is facing life on his own terms, refusing to leech off society. He's a rugged individualist. In an odd way, he is the poster child of living as a free man. I like this guy.

How is he supporting himself? Didn't see anything in the article about that.


No idea how he is supporting himself. But just imagine how little money it must take to live as he does. He isn't into section 8 housing, and TFA indicates that he spurns public help from local authorities. So he's not Thoreau, but he's close enough for me.

Long long ago, I lived in an abandoned copper mine near Parker Arizona for a summer. Seemed miserable at the time, but it was idyllic in a nostalgic sort of afterthought. And I remember meeting with 'vagabundos' living in small boats off Baja California. They've done this for generations. Boredom is the biggest enemy for people like this.

05 Dec 2012 11:33 PM
Allen. The end.     

rko281: Read the article.

Join me in tossing all liberal dumbass resumes in the trash.

1 job / 30 resumes.

Just toss them.

God, I'd puke if I could - just read this sh*t.


Lighten up Francis, he didn't send you his resume.

05 Dec 2012 11:38 PM
ModernLuddite     
There are apparently a ton of "boat people" living in harbors along the British Columbia coast, and they are causing a ton of problems by simply dumping their shiat into the inlets of rivers that people would rather not have human waste in.

//I can't find related news articles for some reason.

05 Dec 2012 11:38 PM
dudemanbro     

snowjack: I'd go looking for something like this... asking price is $3800: 1984 Catalina 25


Here's a possibile good deal: http://southcoast.craigslist.org/boa/3 335273206.html

Dude needs to learn to sail.

05 Dec 2012 11:45 PM
dudemanbro     

jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.


Excellent

05 Dec 2012 11:53 PM
Do the needful     

jmmsmile: My son and I live on a 24" cabin cruiser in the summertime. Got it for $4K. Cleaned it up and the slip rental for the season is cheaper than renting a shore house for a week. Sweet. It floated away in Hurricane Sandy, but we found it and it was put back on its blocks for $900.


Your ex wife wouldn't happen to be Courtney Cox would she? Drive a golf cart?

06 Dec 2012 12:05 AM
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scottapeshot: Approves (thinks it's cool, in fact).
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06 Dec 2012 12:11 AM
johnson442     

KrispyKritter: brap: I don't care how many layers you have that has got to be seriously cold.  Also I hate articles like this because they alway close with a sentence that makes me cry.
 
Before sunup Tuesday, Smith saw a shooting star skitter across the New England sky and said later he made a wish meant for all people, no matter where they bed down at night.
 
"I wished self-esteem for all of us," he said.
 
Got dammit so much, there go the waterworks.
 
- Don't judge me, I'm very sensitive.

there's nothing wrong with being sensitive. if there were more people like you the world would be a better place.


If not for people like us, the earth would rise up and cleanse itself of the human vermin that infested its surface!

/the empathic do NOT have it easy!

06 Dec 2012 12:32 AM
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