I had everything nicely packed in there so that my key items were in the first 12' of the shipping doors. And the older I got, after that... the more I desired a simper life, a truly sustainable, meaningful, lower impact one where I had less stuff, and the stuff did not HAVE ME.
Buying less "stuff" and voting with my wallet and my time, against the consumerism relentlessly shoved down our throats.
I've not shared much about my life since I joined Steemit months ago. Most of my life I have invested into other people and not focused on ME, per se. That's why I have never done a full "Introduction Post" on here -- but a couple times shared info about my life, in glimpses, like today.
I work hard on here trying to learn things, share things and encourage others. Many of my posts take me hours to put together. Some have taken me 8 or 9 hours. And often earn 30 or 50¢. It's all right there on the blockchain. Today's took nearly 5 hours with formatting editing, tweaking etc. I am not an online pro I say again. I try hard to bring value here.
Something like 99% of my post have been 100% Steem Powered and invested immediately right back into this platform and we see the odd payout as a Minnow earning a few dollars on here.... and now always face a whale flag/downvote to suppress rewards, even if we get a payout over $20 or $40 once a month or so. It stifles creativity and desire for some people and the numbers show it on here.
There is a lot of discussion and controversy here about payouts and that is not the only reason why people join.
My name is Barry Dutton and I am more than a Real Estate Salesperson for nearly 30 years now.
I am more than a Blockchain/Crypto Consultant for Land Use & Real Estate Policy.
I am more than a political activist who has poured his heart and soul into PEOPLE and a community and my country to challenge corrupt and morally bankrupt policy in the name of Liberty.
I do not have any pictures of all this from back in the day, I was too busy living it, to document it.
And frankly that is part of the problem these days. Social Media, selfies and all this documenting the good, the bad and the stupid, is really not healthy a lot of the time.
Back in 2003, remember, it was a different time in terms of values, and technology.
That picture above is a good representation of what I was in. Same colour same size, same amount of dings and dents.
Drinking, Camping, Roadtripping across Canadastan in my Convertible, to write a book about Hockey...
I found the Lord in the summer of 2003 as I was about to start a cross Canada tour that was partially lined up and sponsored by big companies many of you would have heard of everywhere, (which shall not be named but that sub title above should give you some ideas of who it might have been) to visit the hometown rinks and towns of Junior Hockey players and their teams, on their journey to the NHL.
- I had pitched writing a book about this to some large companies and it was largely set in place.
Basically I was going to drink and camp my way across Canada, sponsored by those large companies - some connected to the "beverage industries" -- meet up in rinks and bars and whatnot, live on the road and write this book gathering fun and facts along the way.
I was putting all my stuff in this 40' shipping container and the PLAN was to leave in the following couple days, that summer.
I played with some great players over the years in my youth and was never as good as them. I gave up hockey to focus on other sports in Canada that do not pay you LOL.
I played at a semi professional level in a few sports along the way. I never really discuss that part of my life. Canada is well known for it's love of hockey. Most of you know this, so basically, it was very tied to the fabric of what binds this nation together.
And I had quite a bit of both. I gave it to needy families. I fed the homeless by myself during the days and middle of the nights in my town and around Canada. I preached in homes, churches, home churches, Walmarts, parking lots, out of my car or in small groups, basically everywhere, all the time, after I found the Lord the summer of 2003.
- I funded my own Ministry and mission trips, around Canada from coast to coast more or less. The short way to say it. I worked for the Lord.
The summer of my great planned camping and drinking my way across the country from coast to coast, paid for by beverage companies, bars and the like..... never happened and I have not had a sip of alcohol since.
and it having a hold on you, versus you just having it and not placing worth in STUFF.
It is actually a biblical principle tied to the Hebrew word "mammon". I am not going to preach you a sermon, just sharing some things I learned along the way and how they impacted my life.
People too often place a value on "stuff" and it is what we are fed to believe is true -- It is Consumerism culture.
I found out that summer in a bigger way that it is OK to have some stuff, as long as the stuff does not have YOU.
In 2012, after my 2010 run for City Council to REALLY try and help people (for real) and my community as I was really "waking up" in 2009 to all the political lies and filth, I fought to save a local hockey rink in town (Oshawa) where you can see that footage easily online if you want on your own -- just type in Barry Dutton Oshawa Harman Park -- it will bypass a lot of my other speeches, activism, government watching and calling out their corruption and police state tactics.
You can watch me embarrass the mayor of my town if you want. He is honestly a terrible person and a worse mayor. And you cannot separate the 2 really if you think about this. Not just my opinion either from the truly informed and awake..... But really... aren't most politicians terrible?? I digress.
I stacked everything that summer of 2003 so that the other items all performed 2-3 other functions other than what they were designed for. Items that were not shelves, became shelves.
I flipped over a bi-fold door, folded it in half and that became an 8' long shelf and table.
I piped in hydro from a nearby utility pole and daisychained it into the unit all the way to the back of the 40' container where the last 30' were basically JAM packed full of all my stuff so you had to crawl up and over the packed stuff if you needed something once a month or so LOL but like I said, all the key stuff I needed daily were in the first 12'
I had a kitchen set up with "running" water out of a large water container I refilled once a week and the rest of the time, my food and water was purchased out in public in my travels and at grocery stores. The container was located a block from my gym and less than that for the mall and grocery store. You could not get any handier for cheap food, showers and whatnot.
After a few months my heavy duty insulated cooler that was my fridge that I froze a giant block of ice every 3 days at the church into a large empty protein bucket, was done away with -- I upped the game and used the daisy chained hydro off the extension cord. Plugged in my small bar fridge I got from the back of the unit. Can you say Game Changer? Yes, Yes, you can.
I plugged in my toaster oven, bar fridge, one of my TV's and VCR's and then it really became comfy lol. It also became easier to enjoy better food, cheaper food, being able to literally cook it and warm things up and then use the fridge even more efficiently than that beauty of a cooler for storing perishable food and things and the convenience factor was really something when you are not confined by "The Grid" so to speak, but only appreciating and using small conveniences like this and not overdoing it -- and no bill coming to your door anymore either.
You could only use the toaster oven if you unplugged the fridge for a few mins and that was fine but funny, you can imagine some of the problems as I learned which amp loads really caused issues LOL. Even off the commercial grade hydro pole 10' from my door using a commercial grade extension cord.
I was still bodybuilding at the time so I was in the gym 2 mins away all the time anyways and that is where I showered and often did my dishes.
I could go on but you get the picture.
I had saved this story in my drafts one day quite awhile back after sharing it as a simple 10 min. reply one night to my good friend on here @aunt-deb on Steemit -- our crypto blog, where some friends leave you for no reason like IRL and the rest of us form a bond and support group hahaha! You laugh but you know it is true brothers and sisters.
I have never done a proper introduction post covering a real overview of who I am. I still haven't but this really contains some of that info that would count as a post so it will be tagged with this. Because it contains so much info about who I am as a person. It is also going to be my entry into Deb's contest where she is looking for story tellers this week and frankly as I type, you can see by stacking things in a shipping container to use as shelves that are not shelves, being able to live in 12 x 10 feet super comfortably and live modestly, you can see my sustainability focus:
Do more with less.
Repurpose Everything you can in life, & be a good steward. (including posts, content, stories, photos for impact) -- and more.
You can live simply and live well at the same time.
.... From The Grid that does not care about you and wants your money and you connected to it. Policy tying you to the grid is so tight, you see it when you wake up and realize it is all a scam. Just try and unplug from it, watch the fight to keep you tied to it.
My name is Barry Dutton and I am more than a Real Estate Salesperson for nearly 30 years now. I am more than a political activist who has poured his heart and soul into PEOPLE and a community and my country to challenge corrupt and morally bankrupt policy. I say again.
I have been run over by a car and disabled and suffering and starving in every sense of the word as of Jan. 23 2016 and nearly died while the Grid and the System are politically burying my file with non/malfeasance in every way, trying to take me out and drown me out, it seems super clear to anyone around me and to myself IMHO too when you look at the facts.
- And yet --- I am still here.
The Grid and the System -- don't care about you, it's broken and was designed that way. It's about them, it is clearly not about us, the people. It doesn't work
If we could unite and get along and look at the common things we need rather than what separates us -- we would all be better off, because we really are in this together- and could get more done if we worked together.
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