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Fine is a surfer sounding travel journalist turned crunchy hippy writing about his exploits in going local in the New Mexican desert His exploits and ideas and reasons are great and I wholeheartedly support him and others like him making changes in their lives However, I am surprised this man s occupation was as a journalist because his writing ability apparently doesn t transpose well to novel form I was bored by his tone, by his new agey surfer lingo and metaphors, and his total dropping of the proverbial ball when explaining things.But at the same time, as a person, he sounds too sweet to not like As a writer, can t stand him. An easy and extremely enjoyable read about Doug Fine s experiment in green living This is a humorous addition to the sustainable living genre. I appreciate the subject matter reducing carbon footprints, bringing local food to the table, exploring alternative fuel use, participating in animal husbandry for the sake of self sufficiency, and so on I mean, that stuff is what I get into Mr Fine tackles all those subjects with the bravado and swagger of American manifest destiny He buys a ridiculously oversized american truck to run on biodiesel and replace his small, reliable, compact, good gas mileage Subaru Somehow, his chronicles of dating multiple women fit into his sustainable lifestyle memoir He raises two dairy goats, sells his extra chicken eggs, and installs solar water heating and solar panels to generate power Not everything he does seems misguided, over ambitious, ignorant and self centered, just most of it Hearing a straight dude talk about dates boring Hearing a straight dude find ways to talk about his dates in his carbon footprint reducing memoir instead of, oh, than the merest mention of a vegetable garden Mind numbing Most memoirs of the new frontier of self reliance are a family or at least a couple Doug Fine s a modern bachelor, attached to his laptop From that perspective, I expected that an insightful, NPR contributing writer could tell a good enough story with some thoughtful moments and a little humor But it s just not I perceived Doug to be an unaccountable egomaniac His reflections and research seemed quite thin His adventure into self reliance was not much than a series of compromises and consequences His sense of community seems to begin and end at getting free used waste oil for his truck at a restaurant he doesn t seem to be a patron of, and selling his extra chicken eggs at the coop I was never sure how his local community really benefited him, or how he benefited his community I definitely didn t feel inspired after reading this book I didn t feel excited about the carbon neutral future and the possibilities it holds I didn t feel connected to the earth and my fellow human I didn t even especially like Doug Fine I m not sure what his goal was, but I don t think he reached it I didn t enjoy the story AND He misquoted barbara kingsolver s animal vegetable miracle, which is just like, Stop it Just, don t Please. This book REALLY makes me want to move to the sticks and get some goats I m kind of sick of all these books about people taking a year off to do this or that, or live a different way maybe I m just bitter that I don t have a disposable income that would allow me to go traipsing off to do crazy stuff just for the hell of it But this book felt different to me this guy really believes in what he s trying to do, and he still lives at the Funky Butte Ranch, which says something A very quick, inspirational read for anyone who wants to live locally but doesn t think it s really possible. A cutsey look at living off the grid and eating local I thought the author tried a bit too hard to be funny I chuckled a bit, and managed to finish the book, but it got a bit tedious The experience wasn t even a good summary of his experience and definitely not chronological, which I found confusing He d be talking about egg production and I d wonder where he was getting the egg supply lo and behold he had had chickens for months and never mentioned them The garden is the last thing mentioned in the book, though, obviously, it will be the most sustaining of his food sources. My husband would HATE this guy Punch him in the nose I kept giggling to myself as I read this goofy lame brained adventure book about a new yorker becoming a self sufficient farmer in New Mexico, imagining the reception this earnest city slicker goofus had with the local ranchers He shakes his head in wonder that Bush supporters and Desert Storm Veterans could also be generous neighbors and biodiesel mechanics.The author, his set up, and his whole shtick are almost too easy to mock He s a liberal east coast anti oil zero emissions greenie with no ag experience who picks, of all places NEW MEXICO for his change the world self sufficient ranchette And by the end of the book he s raised a couple of chickens and a pair of goats who he intends, next year, to try and milk He buys a truck, converts it to grease, installs some solar panels, saw a coyoteAnd he wrote a BOOK ABOUT IT So in that sense it s just the worst of the worst of Mother Earth News he s that guy that doesn t know anything, hasn t done anything, and dominates the conversation with strident, indignant, and ignorant opinions about the what the world s problem is and what everyone else should do to fix it.So that said, I enjoyed the book What can I say, he s funny He swishes into the tack store with a daisy tucked into his cowboy hat He sleeps in the goat pen and sings bob marley songs to his livestock He puts on a hazmat suit to seal some PVC piping But, you know what Good on him He believes that having a big carbon footprint is bad, and he sets out to change the way he lives to line up with what he believes is right In the process he realizes, wisely, that there is no simple way around our human impact on the planet he wonders, as he s installing his solar panels, what horrifyingly polluting processes made those eco friendly panels So he s goofy, but he tells you that from the start, and then tells us over and over about his mortifying farm screw ups and the steep rural learning curve The goofiness masks a shrewdness in storytelling By making himself such a buffoon readers of all political affiliations can either pity him, identify with him or enjoy him He s not selling himself as the guy with all the answers, or a wise green guru He s just some schmo messing around in the grease So once we ve accepted that our narrator is a fool, we are able to hear the story he s telling about trying to understand our impact on the planet So, a fun, really quick read I d definitely recommend it to high school readers, and city slickers who wonder if there s a little desert ranchette out there calling their name. .Read Book ♾ Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living ♱ Like Many Americans, Doug Fine Enjoys His Creature Comforts, But He Also Knows Full Well They Keep Him Addicted To Oil So He Wonders Is It Possible To Keep His Netflix And His Car, His Wi Fi And His Subwoofers, And Still Reduce His Carbon Footprint In An Attempt To Find Out, Fine Up And Moves To A Remote Ranch In New Mexico, Where He Brazenly Vows To Grow His Own Food, Use Sunlight To Power His World, And Drive On Restaurant Grease Never Mind That He S Never Raised So Much As A Chicken Or A Bean Or That He Has No Mechanical Or Electrical Skills Whether Installing Japanese Solar Panels, Defending The Goats He Found On Craigslist Against Coyotes, Or Co Opting Waste Oil From The Local Chinese Restaurant To Try And Fill The New Veggie Oil Tank In His ROAT Short For Ridiculously Oversized American Truck , Fine S Extraordinary Undertaking Makes One Thing Clear It Ain T Easy Being Green In Fact, His Journey Uncovers A Slew Of Surprising Facts About Alternative Energy, Organic And Locally Grown Food, And Climate Change Both A Hilarious Romp And An Inspiring Call To Action, Farewell, My Subaru Makes A Profound Statement About Trading Today S Instant Gratifications For A Deeper, Enduring Kind Of Satisfaction hated this book from the moment that the dude offered up a recipe for bruschetta didn t even call it bruschetta because he seems to have never heard of bruschetta before he presented the recipe as if it were a remarkable discovery he made whilst dicking around in his kitchen one day, as opposed to a standard fare appetizer at any half reputable italian restaurant anywhere in the world , i knew i was in for a bumpy ride the dude is apparently a journalist, which i find difficult to believe his prose when he s trying to be funny share an adventure dragged bored me, but not nearly as much as his conclusion chapter, in which he tied all of his attempts at gentleman farming, running a veggie oil car, living off the grid on solar power while raising goats shacking up with a yoga instructor to climate change wars over fossil fuels slow clap inventive original waitno the dude claims that he hadn t even heard of veggie oil cars before 2006 really how is that possible you travel all across the world back again on journalist assignments you ve never heard of veggie oil cars the fact that a biodiesel conversion would require a diesel engine escaped him as well sigh first, he adopts goats names them after natalie merchant melissa etheridge later he adopts chickens it takes him forever to realize that maybe he can sell their eggs make a little revenue from having them, as opposed to eating fritattas morning, noon, night he drops thousands upon thousands of dollars converting his home to solar power, including his water heater seriously, so much money he didn t bother ecuring a source of veggie oil for his converted truck until he d already had the conversion done, throughout the book, he basically bumbles along like an ass he spends several chapters trying to wean himself off the local wal mart, referring to it as wallyworld like at least a dozen times that was humiliating for me to read i can t even imagine how it would have felt to be the moron who committed it to print i am seriously AMAZED that this dude went out of his way to BUY A RANCH for the purpose of LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY had even already invested in a couple of dairy goats before it occurred to him that many of the goods he purchases at wal mart including his addiction to rotisserie chickens maybe aren t in line with his project not to get up on my high horse, but it s been years since i set foot in a wal mart, i manage to find alternative retailers for anything i might want to pick up there, most wal marts aren t even conveniently located for people like me who don t have cars in the first place it s a self fulfilling cycle one that is really not that difficult to break with even the tiniest shred of self awareness discipline ARGH maybe my favorite thing about this book is that it was included in a recent new yorker round up of gimmick y localvore environ adventure memoirs, along with plenty, no impact man, sleeping naked is green, etc all the article said about this particular book is that the author traded in his fossil fuel car for some goats, but he saw fit to write a defensive letter to the editor, trying to distance himself from eco stunt writers on the grounds that he s into his third year of sustainable living at the ranch is raising his son on home grown produce goat milk gee whiz someone page al gore i see a man who is FAR deserving of his nobel award god, this book was dreadful. What a Green Adventure I sought out this book, Farewell, My Subaru by Doug Fine after coming across an article that suggested it as a good green read The environment is a topic close to my heart and I thought it might help me become aware and propel action within our own communities.The author takes us on his journey to live a green life by using less oil, powering his life by renewable energy, eating locally and not dying in the process To do this, he moves to New Mexico and in a year s time buys a ranch, some goats, chickens, plants, solar panels and a diesel fueled truck that can also run on the grease from used vegetable oil Fine describes his experience using humor and quick wit intertwined with sharp sarcasm and quite a few political jabs He also demonstrates his sensitive side, which I found really endearing, especially in his relationship with his goats Included in his journal are facts and tips relating to the environment Some of this information seemed a bit out of context and could use a better frame of reference However, there are some great things I learned He even threw in a couple of food recipes For example, did you know Solar panels are mandatory for all buildings in Spain It takes about 40,000 of solar equipment to power an average American home by the sun Renewable sources of energy solar, wind and geothermal will supply nearly half of the world s energy needs by 2050 To ship store bought organic tomatoes that were grown eight hundred miles away from New Mexico in California , roughly a hundred and twenty gallons of fossil fuels were usedFine also uses strong statements that back up his cause For example, he quotes Ralph Nader, The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun He then proceeds to list Exxon Mobile s 9.28 first quarter profits for the first quarter of 2007.The author s encounters with Mother Nature were severe, but ultimately brought extreme joy to his life and reconnected him to Earth Living local and green was not an all or nothing proposition Each day I had another chance to make good choices You must check out the great ideas and resource list in the back of the book.Caution If you love George W Bush, don t read the book The analogies the author uses frequently include references to either the former president or his staff. Someone that I work with was giving this book away I have to say that I am glad that I didn t waste the 15.00 and yes, that is the USA not the Canada price and paperback to boot On the back jacket of this book The Washington Post claims boldly, Fine is story teller in the mold of Douglas Adams and recommends the book to fans of Hitchiker s Guide This leads me to one of two possible conclusions that the person who wrote the Washington Post review has never read Hitchiker s Guide or that the person who wrote the Washington Post review did not, in fact, read Farewell My Subaru which neither an epic or adventurous tome It is NOT funny, NOT very interesting, NOT creatively written and frankly, could have or should have been a 2000 word article in Utne Magazine The reader finishes the book knowing very little about what it is really like to live off the grid, and even less about the book s writer who seems to dally along chapter after chapter making culturally relevant and not very funny jokes a coyote named Dick Cheney, a goat named Melissa Ethridge while managing to reveal nothing of substance of himself In addition, he does not reveal much of substance on the subject of going green, and even less on the subject of his two girlfriends and conquests on the ranch SPOLIER ALERT he ends up with the very nondescript yoga instructor with the big blue eyes Which is all we know of her which, ironically, might be even than we know about him The most interesting part of the book are the last two pages titled, Green Tidbits To Chew On which seem to be written in the spirit of the little factoids that pop up every few pages in the book like pop up windows on a web page to alert the reader of painfully predictable eco friendly facts like, A hybrid vehicle like a Toyota Prius uses about half the energy, and produces about half the greenhouse emissions of a full size truck Snooze This guy must know the right people in the right places see reviews on back cover because as far as I can tell, this book has no redeeming qualities what so ever.