Over the course of the last 25 years, I've met all different kinds of people.
Growing up in the left-of-center environment I did, you tend to see more of what man kind has to offer than you might like.
I've known drug dealers, pimps, prostitutes, murderers, Mormons, bikers, drinkers, bankers, smokers, outlaws, stay at home moms, musicians, magicians, writers, artists, free-loaders, wanderers, manipulators, caregivers, psychos, and simpletons.
And quite a few things in between.
I've had more than a few people come through my life in one manner or another, who I would consider to be....unattached.
People without children, spouses, full time jobs, or property in their name.
People that probably don't own a pair of shoes which are not flip flops. People with such a laid back philosophy about life and their role in it, that it is at once frustrating and awe inspiring.
I've known these people, I've dated these people, I've even had brief follies into living like these people.
But really I've been raising babies since I was old enough to drive, so I don't know exactly what that must be like, or what I would do with my time if I were in their
shoes sandals completely.
If I didn't have kids.
If I didn't need an 8-5, monday through friday job to support myself.
If car payments and good health insurance were no longer things that applied to me.
What would I do?
Where would I go?
Who would I bring with me?
Would I tend bar in Alaska for a while? Make conversation with the rugged fisherman and homesteaders, and use the term "lower 48"?
Would I have a taco truck in Hawaii, that roam the beaches all day selling whatever I felt like cooking, until I ran out of food and spent the rest of the day at the beach bar?
I picture myself being something in between a drifter and a grown up.
I don't want to panhandler or sleep in the park.
I'd like to be able to know I can feed myself the next time I need to.
But aside from a few good anchors in a few good places, I don't think I'd stay any place too long.
Just a road map, and someone to talk to on the way from here to there, and I think I'd be just fine.
What would you do?