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(SFGate)   You've probably never heard of them, but these young SF professionals living in RVs are creating hives of hipsterism so dense that the resultant dwarf stars threaten to consume us all   (sfgate.com) divider line 153
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2013-09-01 11:02:03 PM
That guy looks & sounds like an insufferable twat. We get it, you can't afford to live in San Francisco, yet you refuse to leave. I hope your house gets towed
 
2013-09-01 11:07:10 PM
It's probably nicer than what you can get for $500/month in San Fran, if there's even anything for that price.

I agree about the twat though, the fact that he has a huge gold necklace with his name on it pretty much confirms that, also that he lives in one of the best food cities in the world and is willing to eat a no-sugar no-wheat diet because his 'trainer' tells him to instead of for medical necessity.
 
2013-09-01 11:19:11 PM
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2013-09-01 11:34:09 PM
You feel a little bit, like, superior."

You don't say.
 
2013-09-01 11:47:31 PM
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-02 12:09:34 AM
"Hives" of hipsterism, you say?

......................................

These pretentious twits need to bee-have.
 
2013-09-02 12:27:18 AM
"You can't waste your time looking for a great armoire because you have nowhere to put that armoire. Who needs armoires anyway? They're a symbol of what's wrong in the world, if you ask me."

sure chief, whatever you say.

"If I had a house, would I really put in marble counters? But here it's like 2 feet by 2 feet, so I do,"
His work desk is made of zebra wood. He laid the hardwood floor with his dad
Smith also put in solar panels, but the surrounding apartments block the sun
He controls the lights, and all the RV's electricity, with his phone, using an app designed for media consoles that he hacked


Sounds like you've got plenty of armoires in there.
 
2013-09-02 12:30:03 AM

Relatively Obscure: You feel a little bit, like, superior."

You don't say.


I cringed when I read that. It was like reading an article from The Onion where they parody hipsters.
 
2013-09-02 12:38:12 AM
cdn.furniturefashion.com

ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD
 
2013-09-02 12:42:47 AM

DamnYankees: ALL THAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD


Look at that thing. Can you even imagine? There probably millions more out there in the world just like it.

My god, my blood is boiling just thinking about it.
 
2013-09-02 01:25:29 AM
If the man is happy and isn't impinging on anyone else, more power to him.

I hope he has a way to bathe. The article only mentioned electricity, not water.
 
2013-09-02 01:25:53 AM
One good sharknado will take care of them.
 
2013-09-02 01:26:24 AM
So poop and pee in they alley like the other bums?
 
2013-09-02 01:28:51 AM
Living somewhere really tiny will drive you farking bonkers.
 
2013-09-02 01:30:16 AM
i.qkme.me
 
2013-09-02 01:30:55 AM

serial_crusher: "You can't waste your time looking for a great armoire because you have nowhere to put that armoire. Who needs armoires anyway? They're a symbol of what's wrong in the world, if you ask me."

sure chief, whatever you say.

"If I had a house, would I really put in marble counters? But here it's like 2 feet by 2 feet, so I do,"
His work desk is made of zebra wood. He laid the hardwood floor with his dad
Smith also put in solar panels, but the surrounding apartments block the sun
He controls the lights, and all the RV's electricity, with his phone, using an app designed for media consoles that he hacked

Sounds like you've got plenty of armoires in there.


Better than living in an abandoned old house next to the paper mill.
 
2013-09-02 01:36:06 AM
You know, I've started typing about 10 different responses to this article, and each time I just get frustrated, delete them and start over. This really is one of the singular dumbest things I've ever read in my life. Living in a car by choice? Marble in the RV?

On this Tynan dude's website, he claims he is "one of the most famous pickup artists in the world." Is this performance art? What the fark?
 
2013-09-02 01:36:09 AM
AverageAmericanGuy
If the man is happy and isn't impinging on anyone else, more power to him.
I hope he has a way to bathe. The article only mentioned electricity, not water.

Join a gym maybe
 
2013-09-02 01:36:10 AM
Old news. In 1995 I had a small anaphylaxis problem in the RV of a Yahoo engineer. Seems he used organic soy "peanut butter" on his pad thai. Dude's bonuses were more than my annual salary, well into the tens of dollars, but he chose to live in an RV. And there was a little group of them. There was even a girl (!), Cindy, who had blue hair and played drums. I still get nervous around pad thai.
 
2013-09-02 01:36:20 AM

spamdog: Living somewhere really tiny will drive you farking bonkers.


armchairhawaii.com
Not necessarily. Depends on your inner workings.
 
2013-09-02 01:37:27 AM
I've secretly always wanted to do something like this.  Retire early-ish, sell off everything I own, and either buy an RV or customize an old 70's Ford/GMC shaggin' wagon and live out my days cruising the country. And now the hipsters have ruined it.  THANKS OBAMA.
 
2013-09-02 01:37:36 AM
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2013-09-02 01:37:44 AM
I have actually thought about this.  Last year around this time, when I was looking to move on from a job that wasn't working out for me, I kept getting recruiters contacting me for short-term contract programming gigs in bumfark areas of the country.  Six months, nine months, stuff like that--stuff that doesn't even make it worthwhile to rent an apartment.  I thought about buying a large-ish RV and driving from one contract gig to the next.

Found a much better situation locally a few months ago.
 
2013-09-02 01:39:52 AM
It looks nicer (and far cheaper) than the first apt I lived in SF... a crappy studio in a sketchy area.

But in SF, I'd be paranoid about the RV being broken into or stolen the minute I walk away.  That town has a crazy number of homeless and drug addicts wandering around.   And when I lived there I had my car broken into several times when I lived there... even one time when it was in a parking garage overnight.   Can't imagine an RV being much more secure than a car.
 
2013-09-02 01:40:10 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-02 01:40:11 AM
Looks like he was right:

www.thelunchboxdiaries.com
 
2013-09-02 01:40:48 AM

Twitch Boy: I've secretly always wanted to do something like this.  Retire early-ish, sell off everything I own, and either buy an RV or customize an old 70's Ford/GMC shaggin' wagon and live out my days cruising the country.


Are you Lobo with a dog named Bo?
 
2013-09-02 01:41:12 AM

Notabunny: Dude's bonuses were more than my annual salary, well into the tens of dollars, but he chose to live in an RV.


Well, I hate to bring it up, since you've probably already realized...

but you really should have held out for at least 5¢ per hour.
 
2013-09-02 01:41:29 AM
What do you think the odds are that he doesn't play the violin?
 
2013-09-02 01:42:37 AM
If they are happy, then good for them.  If they are able to save a ton of money by doing this, then great for them.  I, however, could never do that.  But only because I have far too many books to fit in such a small place and would need a full-sized four-burner stove for my cooking.
 
2013-09-02 01:43:29 AM
Count me in.   One of my stupid online pastimes is creating routes on google maps to be travelled ideally, by me in a small van conversion, working in a coffee shop by day, driving a few hours each night, solving crimes, rescuing the ingenue, sleeping with the milfs, pooping at the Denny's.
 
2013-09-02 01:46:39 AM
www.atas.k12.ca.us
 
2013-09-02 01:49:33 AM

Mock26: If they are happy, then good for them.  If they are able to save a ton of money by doing this, then great for them.  I, however, could never do that.  But only because I have far too many books to fit in such a small place and would need a full-sized four-burner stove for my cooking.


You can make anything worth making with a hotplate and cast iron dutch oven.
 
2013-09-02 01:49:37 AM

SirEattonHogg: It looks nicer (and far cheaper) than the first apt I lived in SF... a crappy studio in a sketchy area.

But in SF, I'd be paranoid about the RV being broken into or stolen the minute I walk away.  That town has a crazy number of homeless and drug addicts wandering around.   And when I lived there I had my car broken into several times when I lived there... even one time when it was in a parking garage overnight.   Can't imagine an RV being much more secure than a car.


Funny, when I lived in the Mission I never once had anyone touch my car. Then the ONE time I let my girlfriend borrow it to take to work at a hospital on Davisadero it gets stolen. In the middle of the day.
 
2013-09-02 01:50:57 AM

SirEattonHogg: It looks nicer (and far cheaper) than the first apt I lived in SF... a crappy studio in a sketchy area.

But in SF, I'd be paranoid about the RV being broken into or stolen the minute I walk away.  That town has a crazy number of homeless and drug addicts wandering around.   And when I lived there I had my car broken into several times when I lived there... even one time when it was in a parking garage overnight.   Can't imagine an RV being much more secure than a car.


It shouldn't be a problem now that he's shown us all his cool stuff.
 
2013-09-02 01:51:06 AM
I think they're a bit late on this trend, heck, whole families have been doing this for a while now. We call them "homeless" and "impoverished".

And every so often, they put out an article like this about "successful" people who do this. Not sure if they are trying to make people feel better about other people being poor, or if they are trying to make poor people feel better about living in cars, or if they are just looking for an easy article.

While some people live this way voluntarily, I have no doubt that very few would if there were, say, decent $500 apartments in SF. I can see why they want to save the money - if you save $2500 a month, that comes to $12k a year. A better strategy would be for SF and other places to very actively encourage building more housing, perhaps vertically. Even just going from 3 story to 6 story buildings would do a lot.

Crap like this is why I favor a distributist right to property for all. It would require a lot of work for urban areas, but rent simply should not be a ball and chain.
 
2013-09-02 01:51:15 AM

lewismarktwo: You can make anything worth making with a hotplate and cast iron dutch oven.


If you don't have the room to prepare it first, you're up shiat creek.
 
2013-09-02 01:52:29 AM
More power to the guy if he can save a buck rather than have to waste money on those unbelievably high SF rents.

But yeah, that comment about armoires is so incredibly smug and douchey.  Ugh.
 
2013-09-02 01:53:03 AM

fusillade762: SirEattonHogg: It looks nicer (and far cheaper) than the first apt I lived in SF... a crappy studio in a sketchy area.

But in SF, I'd be paranoid about the RV being broken into or stolen the minute I walk away.  That town has a crazy number of homeless and drug addicts wandering around.   And when I lived there I had my car broken into several times when I lived there... even one time when it was in a parking garage overnight.   Can't imagine an RV being much more secure than a car.

Funny, when I lived in the Mission I never once had anyone touch my car. Then the ONE time I let my girlfriend borrow it to take to work at a hospital on Davisadero it gets stolen. In the middle of the day.


Did your girlfriend just happen to get brand new Italian shoes that same week?

Also, isn't Davisadero ground zero for hipsters?
 
2013-09-02 01:53:51 AM

lewismarktwo: Mock26: If they are happy, then good for them.  If they are able to save a ton of money by doing this, then great for them.  I, however, could never do that.  But only because I have far too many books to fit in such a small place and would need a full-sized four-burner stove for my cooking.

You can make anything worth making with a hotplate and cast iron dutch oven.


Hipsters don't cook.  They go to a little restaurant in SOMA that you've never heard of.
 
2013-09-02 01:54:44 AM

geekbikerskum: I have actually thought about this.  Last year around this time, when I was looking to move on from a job that wasn't working out for me, I kept getting recruiters contacting me for short-term contract programming gigs in bumfark areas of the country.  Six months, nine months, stuff like that--stuff that doesn't even make it worthwhile to rent an apartment.  I thought about buying a large-ish RV and driving from one contract gig to the next.

Found a much better situation locally a few months ago.


Lots of people have your idea, which is wonderfully attractive, and then back out. You can then buy their barely-used gear for cents on the dollar. My in-laws paid aprox 100k for their 5th wheel and another 50k-ish for the bigass truck to pull it, and then couldn't go anywhere because they let their health go to hell. The rig was used exactly 4 times (I know because I drove). Some lucky schmuck bought the whole kit for 45k. It still smelled new. Well, new + Ben Gay + those little farking flower-shaped decorative soaps. But you get the idea.
 
2013-09-02 01:54:56 AM
Meh, a friend of mine lived on a sailboat during college in the 80's. It probably had less space than those RVs and when he found his wife-to-be, they BOTH lived on that 30' sailboat. They showered at a local gym and technically weren't supposed to be living in the harbor, so they had to stay inside at night and black-out the windows so the harbor master wouldn't see them. We had some great parties on that boat!

/ csb
 
2013-09-02 01:58:09 AM

adamatari: A better strategy would be for SF and other places to very actively encourage building more housing, perhaps vertically. Even just going from 3 story to 6 story buildings would do a lot.


There's only one, minor fault with this plan.
 
2013-09-02 01:58:20 AM
Fark it. I'd live in a trailer of I weren't so afraid of tornados. No point in wasting money on more expensive rent if you don't need it.
 
2013-09-02 02:01:10 AM

rkiller1: Twitch Boy: I've secretly always wanted to do something like this.  Retire early-ish, sell off everything I own, and either buy an RV or customize an old 70's Ford/GMC shaggin' wagon and live out my days cruising the country.

Are you Lobo with a dog named Bo?


You. son. of. a. biatch.
1. The dog's name is "Boo."
2. It will take terrabytes of music to get that song out of my head.
3. If I could find you, I would put a little crinkle in all your laundry.
4. and as I watched him from the stage, my hands were clenched in tiny internet fists of rage.
 
2013-09-02 02:01:32 AM
fusillade762:   But in SF, I'd be paranoid about the RV being broken into or stolen the minute I walk away.  That town has a crazy number of homeless and drug addicts wandering around.   And when I lived there I had my car broken into several times when I lived there... even one time when it was in a parking garage overnight.   Can't imagine an RV being much more secure than a car.

Funny, when I lived in the Mission I never once had anyone touch my car. Then the ONE time I let my girlfriend borrow it to take to work at a hospital on Davisadero it gets stolen. In the middle of the day.

 Sorry to hear that.  Yeah, I'm lucky they never bothered stealing my car (it was probably too much of a piece of junk for anyone to bother).

I recall parking one time at Mission and 16th (this was in 2000, 2001) late in the evening.  No other spaces and as you know, that's a tough place to find parking.  The only space was one right next to all the homeless lighting rather decent size trash bonfires on the sidewalk near the other parked cars.  It was a surreal sight and I really wondered if they would just leave my car alone - luckily they didn't do anything.

SF can really be such a dump at times.
 
2013-09-02 02:01:54 AM
i did that for two years when i was making snowboarding videos for Never Summer and boardroom back in the day before every asshole in colorado had an NS sticker on their audi.  Me and my buddy shelled out 2500 a piece for gold passes [we sold weed out of beau jos pizza in idaho springs to pay for it and were fired for it]  Worked a day or two a week and lived in a different ski resort every week.  saw the whole state.   the thing was covered in stickers and the only time we got pulled over was when we were heading from crested butte back to catch the blizzard of 03/04.  'You guys do know there is a blizzard where you are going right?'
thats the plan officer.  that thing was a 23' tank with chain on all four tires.
someone broke in during the summer parked at a trail head above idaho springs and stole over 10,000$ worth of video and snowboard gear.
great times, and i will NEVER do that again.
/end csb.
 
2013-09-02 02:02:00 AM
I'm thinking of getting a RV, even though I don't have a house yet(live in a apt) I think it would make a great party bus for me and my friends.
/Will park it at my brother's house and it would also double as my fark wagon.
 
2013-09-02 02:02:54 AM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: adamatari: A better strategy would be for SF and other places to very actively encourage building more housing, perhaps vertically. Even just going from 3 story to 6 story buildings would do a lot.

There's only one, minor fault with this plan.


There's also the problem of having adequate infrastructure to handle more people.  San Francisco is basically full.  Most of the streets are too narrow for the existing traffic and the public transportation is running at full capacity.  There were times when I could not get on a bus or a BART (subway) because of the crowd.
 
2013-09-02 02:06:04 AM
also once used the generator to power amps to throw a concert on top of a mountain overlooking denver.  local punk and death metal bands from gilpin and clear creek county played off a flatbed trailer.
ended in gunshots and a 30 person brawl because well... gilpin kids and clear creek kids kinda hated each other.
 
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