#2: My FIL watches a reality television show where this guy from Alaska goes around and saves people who tried homesteading but are doing a horrible job at it
#1: I’ve seen commercials for that. It makes me want to laugh in Schadenfreude.
#2: He recounted one of the episodes with a TSTL* couple for us. It was a bit astonishing. They’d planned like Pa Ingalls, which his to say not at all. [*too stupid to live]
#1: I have spent enough time on a farm to know the daily slog is NOT for me. (I hope they get Lyme disease) [ed: not really]
#2: Even if they’d been doing everything perfectly, their land wasn’t big enough to homestead on, and they were not doing anything right. I don’t understand people who would want to homestead. It takes up so much space and it’s so much labor. Economies of scale! Comparative advantage! Efficiency! Gains from trade!
#1: I mean, you CAN build your own house but you should be some sort of engineer first. And some sort of agricultural specialist. And an herbalist. And a veterinarian. And, and, and….
“Flush toilets exist but we’d rather play house in the backyard until we die of dysentery.”
Let’s make soap! First, lye…(ugh, lye soap)
When ur animals inevitably die, you can boil their hooves for glue….
Also, I wonder if they know what poison oak looks like…
Did you know that goats can get polio and pigs can get rickets? If not, u shouldn’t be homesteading….
#2: How do you know so much about homesteading?
#1: I watch a lot of shows about veterinarians in rural areas.
If you have cows, you gotta know the right (and wrong!) way to pull a calf out alive.
Can you properly sterilize and stitch a wound? If not, don’t homestead. Can you set a simple broken bone? If not, don’t homestead.
*whistles nonchalantly off to my appliance-equipped kitchen*
Also if you hire labor, you’d best know your tax law!
*whistles another tune about rabies and tetanus combined*
This song goes, “Would you like to drain an abscess in an animal’s hooooooof?”
dum de dum, giardia doot de doo….