Pathological or just different?

The NY Times looks at individuals who choose to live alone. I was once asked by a therapist to envision my ideal home and I came up with an image of a cabin on a meadow in the mountains. “Anyone with you?” she asked and, after concentrating further, I replied, “maybe a dog”. So I sympathize with these guys.


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8 responses to “Pathological or just different?

  1. Fly Girl

    I lived alone. I was married. I got divorced. I lived alone. I’ve had kids move home. I’ve had kids move out. I’ve had dogs and cats and sheep and chickens. I live alone now. Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  2. Island Surveyor

    No need to look far away for this life off the grid. An amazing piece of colonial land is just off Rye.

    June 17, 1720. A petition of Capt. Joseph Budd and others praying for confirmation for a tract of land in the township of Rye, known as Budd’s neck, bounded on the east by Blind Brook and Mill Creek, on the north by the WestChester Road and Harrison’s Patent, on the West by Mamarroneck River or harbour and on the south by the sound, containing 1250 acres, together with the small island lying in the Sound over against the aforesaid lands, one quarter miles from shore, called Henn Island, containing ten acres, all of which lands were included in purchase made by John Budd (dec) under a license from the Colony of Conn. of a tract of land lying on the main shore, then called Apanammis, butted and bounded on the east with a river called Mockaquams, and on the south by the sea, against Long Island, and on the west by a river called Pockotessewacke.
    July 7, 1720. Petition of Capt. Joseph Budd and others for a patent of confirmation for 1500 acres of land in the town of Rye, Co. of Westchester.

    The houses there have solar power and other rustic amenities.

    See it:

  3. The Duke of Deception

    What do most men want?

    They want to be left alone.

    The Duke used to dream about getting off the grid, but now it is just a pipe dream, ‘cuz his wife, kids, employer, friends and government won’t leave him the f*#k alone.

  4. Retired IB'er

    It’s all a state of mind.

    Having lived a bunch of places after I retired from Wall Street (mainly in the mountains to ski… Jackson Hole… Banff…) I can tell you from my experience it’s not about where you are, but how you look at it.

    Like a Greek philosopher wrote two thousand years ago: “when you travel you bring your bags”.

  5. Wherever you go, there you are.

  6. Greenwich Gal

    CF – Perhaps the caretaker position of Island Beach is still available. Lots of alone time there all winter. (No one will be “judgey” about your watch, either…)

  7. Island Surveyor

    Gun-packing federales (that’s Mexican) were recently spotted hunkered down at Calves Island (or Calf Islands if you’re their surveyor), protecting the fish and game and other U.S. assets from the spring depredations of the off-the-grid crowd.

    So watch out where you land your kayak.

    It’s not always about state-of-mind. Sometimes, it’s mind-of-state.