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2012-12-05 08:21:47 PM
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.
 
2012-12-05 08:36:08 PM
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.
 
 
2012-12-05 08:47:22 PM

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.
 
2012-12-05 08:53:42 PM
Yeah what is he thinking not having four thousand saved up before going all homeless?
 
2012-12-05 09:07:20 PM

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"
 
2012-12-05 09:16:57 PM

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.


i6.photobucket.com

Approves
 
2012-12-05 10:13:23 PM
Must have read "starship and the canoe" by ken brower
 
2012-12-05 10:13:59 PM
Swim out past the breakers.

Watch the world die.
 
2012-12-05 10:14:15 PM
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.
 
2012-12-05 10:16:45 PM
Wasn't there a guy doing this in Seattle a while back?
 
2012-12-05 10:16:55 PM
Living in a boat would be interesting for a while. But not in Boston harbour.
 
2012-12-05 10:19:56 PM
static.guim.co.uk

with a tiger.
 
2012-12-05 10:20:22 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

So you decided to be a bum?
 
2012-12-05 10:20:23 PM

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.
 
2012-12-05 10:26:25 PM
Approves (thinks it's cool, in fact).
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2012-12-05 10:31:44 PM
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.
 
2012-12-05 10:32:19 PM
Wastin' away in Margaritaville,

Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt...
 
2012-12-05 10:33:33 PM

cryinoutloud: [static.guim.co.uk image 460x276]

with a tiger.


Great movie.
Not a canoe.
 
2012-12-05 10:35:11 PM

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.
 
2012-12-05 10:38:43 PM
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.


i218.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-05 10:41:16 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.


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.
 
2012-12-05 10:41:31 PM
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.
 
2012-12-05 10:41:50 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.


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.
 
2012-12-05 10:42:22 PM
He should class it up a bit, it would be a bit more comfy in something like this...

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-05 10:44:03 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.

24"? Are you a smurf?
 
2012-12-05 10:44:33 PM
I'd like to know where he got the notion.
 
2012-12-05 10:46:37 PM
Ho ho!! Yes, the slip rental is about 24 cents.

24'
 
2012-12-05 10:46:53 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?


You should see their replica of Stonehenge.
 
2012-12-05 10:51:23 PM
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.
 
2012-12-05 10:53:06 PM
it started to sound interesting and then i lost interest when it started sounding like a long running Elephants turd.
 
2012-12-05 10:53:13 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.


You must mean 24' NOT 24"
 
2012-12-05 10:54:19 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?


Smeggy Smurf reporting for gay navy sex as ordered sir!
 
2012-12-05 10:56:37 PM

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.
 
2012-12-05 10:56:43 PM
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A might wary of the whole canoe thing

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2012-12-05 10:58:59 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.


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.
 
2012-12-05 10:59:59 PM
Fark I am disappoint.
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2012-12-05 11:02:50 PM
All this time I've been searching for the little man in the canoe, and it turns out he's in Boston. Go figure!
 
2012-12-05 11:04:27 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.


Making a big deal of it would have been a good idea.
 
2012-12-05 11:10:32 PM
I lived in a 1984 Honda Prelude for 7 months, it's very canoe-like.
 
2012-12-05 11:15:36 PM

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%?
 
2012-12-05 11:18:41 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.


How is he supporting himself? Didn't see anything in the article about that.
 
2012-12-05 11:25:22 PM

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.....
 
2012-12-05 11:33:06 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.


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.
 
2012-12-05 11:38:24 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.


Lighten up Francis, he didn't send you his resume.
 
2012-12-05 11:38:59 PM
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.
 
2012-12-05 11:45:50 PM

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/3335273206.html

Dude needs to learn to sail.
 
2012-12-05 11:53:06 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.


Excellent
 
2012-12-06 12:05:23 AM

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?
 
2012-12-06 12:11:23 AM

scottapeshot: Approves (thinks it's cool, in fact).
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2012-12-06 12:32:49 AM

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!
 
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