[Courses] [Spineful Living, lesson 2: When Nice = Rude]
carla at bratgrrl.com
Thu Apr 12 19:02:00 UTC 2007
On Wednesday 11 April 2007 23:32, Jacinta Richardson wrote:
> It's always good to have a plan for the worst and yours sounds very
> sensible. Part of the problem seems to be miscommunication between him and
> the realtor. Perhaps a calm discussion with him will result in him
> realising that you are not the cause of his problem and then he can take it
> up with the realtor and propane company.
Quite right. I'd also like to suggest that whatever you decide, live with it
in peace. Sometimes we make decisions we like, sometimes the outcome is not
what we want, but it's pointless to waste energy on the guilts and regrets.
Learn from it and move on.
Here is yet another example from mine own endlessly fascinating life: like all
good Westerners (Western United States) the third most popular hobby, after
drinking lite beer and spitting, is fighting over water. All the farmland
here is on flood irrigation from rivers and creeks. Naturally the water is
over-committed, and there are a sizable number of property owners who just
aren't happy if they can't irrigate their fields into swampland. Never mind
that they're wasting three-fourths of the water and damaging their soil, you
just can't be a Big Tuff Rancher Person if you don't steal and waste water.
I spent my first two years here fighting my upstream neighbors. Those fools
have nothing better to do that spend their days dreaming up new ways to be
annoying. Yes, we have a watermaster and recourse against water hogs, but
it's a full-time job keeping on top of things. Me, I have a life.
So now I rent out my pastures to a neighbor and let him have all the hassles.
I'm planning to sell the place and move next spring, so that solves my
short-term hassles. If I were planning to stay I'd sell my ditch water
rights, dig an irrigation well and set up sprinklers. That costs around
$4000, but it's more efficient, not wasteful of the water, and less labor.
Some folks would consider that 'giving up', and that Big Tuff Persons don't
let themselves be taken advantage of. I think it's a much saner use of my
time and resources.
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