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Posted: 02/25/21 09:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fourthclassC wrote:

Thanks , I felt about the same way. Looking forward to a long trip probably 6 -8 months, but not gonna sell the old homestead. Need to have a place to come home to.... Easy to plan but I know my plans are not the ones that count.


Probably off-topic a bit ... but your comment above "Easy to plan but I know my plans are not the ones that count" ... for some reason reminded me of this famous statement by Albert Einstein:

"What counts can’t always be counted; what can be counted doesn’t always count."

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I've been trying to see 'Nomadland' since it played at the Venice Film Festival last year. Finally, saw it on Saturday at an IMAX theater. It's a movie that grew on me as the story unfolded. The nomad lifestyle featured was more a backdrop for the movie, a sometimes heartbreaking commentary in itself on the plight of some retired persons in society. But the story was really about Fern caught in her grief of losing her husband, community, and livelihood in a former factory town. Which is holding her back from living her new life?

Toward the end, Fern realizes she "spent too much time remembering". Gives up her former life placed away in storage. Visits her old house, in now abandoned town overlooking the desert and mountains she once mentioned earlier. IMO, the final scene where she drives toward those mountains is a indication she's ready to move on?

Nomadland won the Golden Globe for best drama picture.

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So I thought more about the movie then heard it won all kinds of awards. Know what I think now: it is a stupid movie. I just wanted to see Quartzite to see what it is like and hopefully see some cool old campers. Not interested in thinking about the bad stuff that happens to people. I got enough of my own.... But it made me realize that the BLM free camping areas will probably be a mess by the time I ever get over there. Gotta keep looking for places to go....

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In a similar category, but different spin, there's a documentary that was all the buzz here on RV.NET fifteen years or so ago. It's about people who live in Walmart parking lots, bouncing from Walmart to Walmart.

It used to be free on Amazon Prime, but now it looks like they're charging for it.

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I got the sense of the movie that altho it can be a tough life, its a life that some choose because nothing else suits them as well. It also showed how folks help each other out.
Lots of angles to the movie, which is why it won the awards imo.

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Haven't seen it yet but I may have to check it out. I gave up Hulu awhile ago. ?????


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When I was full time Rving, I never considered myself homeless. The only difference was my house was made to move wherever I wished. I felt sorry for those poor souls who opted to live in a brick and mortar dwelling. They were sure missing out! [emoticon]


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Pretty slow, and mostly depressing, but that's just MO.


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6door74 wrote:

IAMICHABOD wrote:

Watched last nite.I did like it,I have met some folks like the ones in the movie and I think they were portrayed very well.


Most of them are real people who live that lifestyle. That plus the story and great acting by the "real" actors made it great to me. It was filmed in 2018 and look where we are now. People who ended up in similar circumstances. Some by choice and others not.

My daughter is hell bent on living in a camper van and I'm not opposed to it. I would love to live on the road though I would need some amenities that a van can't provide. She's only 16 so I have some time. But i had her watch it so she can see it's not only the glamour she sees on social media.


She will get over that, or at least the van part. Young people like the van idea because its the cheapest and easiest way to independence. Wheels and their own place all in one. Right out of college I was stuck and "van life" had the same affect on me but that has turned into a class A now (along with RV parks/resorts instead of walmart parking lots). You also have to find a career that allows it.

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4x4van wrote:

Pretty slow, and mostly depressing, but that's just MO.
That was my take also it was very hard to watch. I was hoping for some redeeming value somewhere. I reminded me of when we went to Quartzite and then to slab city. People actually lived like that right in the shadow of Salvation Mountain. The high point were how they helped each other with those in need. I would have like it better if Frances hookup up with the guy who liked her and they traveled together.

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