At Least The Food Is Good…

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Jul 302017
 

I have been eating well, as anyone who notices my growing waistline can tell.  If there is one redeeming factor about this area is there is plenty of good, fresh food around.  Corn on the cob, a long time favorite is now in season along with peaches.  We made homemade applesauce last month, always a […]

Jul 032017
 

Having been around the country a bit from this shithole to Florida to Hawaii, I’ve been able to experience a wide variety of weather systems.  Here, in said shithole, it’s usually gloomy, cold, rainy, windy, foggy, and generally depressing.  In Florida, it’s hot, humid, with some serious thunderstorms now and then, and the occasional hurricane. […]

Mar 192017
 
A Tale Of Two Islands - Getting Around...

Transporting one’s self across either Key West or Maui has many an option.  In this post I’ll explore the many ways one can do said transporting, not including an actual transporter, but some more down to earth options.  Shall we begin? Let’s start with Key West. As islands go Key West is not very big. […]

Feb 162017
 
6 Years...

Wow. Another year and the Fritter is still going strong.  Amazing.  When I started this little voyage I had no idea where it would lead and if it would even last, yet here we are, still sailing along, at least digitally if not on the water. It has been fun though, and never seeming to […]

Jan 012017
 

Whew!  If you are reading this, in this current dimension in which we exist, congratulations.  You survived 2016.  A lot of people didn’t.  So if you are reading this from a dimension beyond the grave, drop a comment and let us know how things are.  Just curious. It was a helluva year.  If there is […]

Off the Grid, Hawaiian Style – It’s Fun To Look…

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Dec 062016
 
Off the Grid, Hawaiian Style - It's Fun To Look...

And dream a little now and then.  You never know what dreams may come true. One minute you could be stuck in a foggy, cold, grey, dreary ass town in the middle of the shittiest shithole state in the union, next minute you are sitting on the beach in Maui.  So dreams are good.  Let’s […]

Dec 042016
 

In the previous post about living off the grid, Hawaiian Style, I mentioned the possibility of buying a piece of land here in Hawaii and building a small house for less than the cost of new vehicle.  Would you like to see an example? Say hello to Kristie Wolfe.  Kristie has made a nice little […]

Dec 022016
 

In the previous post about Living Off The Grid, Hawaiian Style, I talked at length about the unaffordability of mainstream housing in the islands, at least when it comes to buying something.  Which leaves renting or going with something off the grid and/or tiny.  When one goes off the grid to live, there are three […]

Dec 012016
 

Finding an affordable place to live in Hawaii is a challenge.  I looked at all sorts of options before coming out here and I am still looking today, despite how nice the place is where I currently rent.  As is my M.O., I am alway looking for something different, out of the ordinary, off the […]

Nov 282016
 
The Swap Meet...

Back to some happier stuff.  Every Saturday morning on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Kahului there is a local swapmeet/fleamarket.  It’s a cool little set up with a few hundred vendors selling arts & crafts, mostly homemade, clothing, and lots of locally grown produce and other goodies.  I stopped in over the […]

Nov 032016
 
A Taste Of Maui...

One of the things I planned on doing when I got to Hawaii was to sample as much of the local cuisine as possible.  With the exception of darwinawful Mexican/Latino/southwest cooking, which I despise, I pretty much enjoy a lot of other dishes from other cultures.  I grew up on the classic meat and taters […]

Oct 192016
 
I Like Green...

One of the first things you notice when you arrive in Hawaii is how green everything is.  Not just a lawn here or there, green is everywhere.  All shades from emerald to forest to lime green.  It’s the primary color of the islands with blue being second.  Look up in the mountains and all you see […]

Oct 132016
 
Power & Water & Wifi, Oh My...

One thing I am finding out about living out here in the middle of the Pacific is utilities are expensive, very expensive.  I guess it’s to be expected when you have to supply your own power, water, and other necessities, but according to some property owners I have heard from, it can get pretty pricey. […]

Jul 222016
 

Everyone is losing their shit over a little heat wave around here and apparently over the rest of the any part of the country not desert nor tropical island.  I mean, what the hell is going on?  A heat wave in late July?  Surely it is the end times.  People are in an absolute panic […]

Jul 142016
 
How Do You Like Them Apples?...

It ain’t all bad here.  If you stay away from the restaurants there is some good food around.  Some of it is just now ready for harvest like these: These are Lodi apples.  Very similar if not the same as the store bought Granny Smith.  A bit softer but with the same flavor.  They are […]

Feb 162016
 

5 years.  I cannot believe it.  The Fritter is 5 years old today.  When I started this thing I had no idea where I was going with it, but here we are, still going strong.  Still growing.  Still snarky as ever. Of all the things I’ve done, of all the adventures, all the trials and […]

Nov 102015
 

I was rather amazed this Tuesday morning when I read the local fish wrapper and noticed the Monroe County rulers, movers, and shakers were actually considering to ponder over the notion of possibly thinking about the hint of maybe tossing around the idea of looking into the feasibility of just talking, mind you, just talking, […]

Jun 042015
 

At least, not in Florida anymore.  Seems the City of Cape Coral is taking a heavy handed approach to a woman who’s house is not hooked up to the electric/water/sewer grid.  She was taken to court for multiple code violations, found guilty, and ordered to vacate her home, which she owns.  The judge in the […]