Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yes, I'll Take the Caveman, Please.

There's a guy out there in Utah who lives in a cave.

Yeah, that's right. And he's been there since 2000.

His expenses = zero dollars.

(photo found here)

Daniel Suelo is his name. Check out this excerpt from a recent article about him, written by Christopher Ketcham --

On a warm day in early spring, I clamber along a set of red-rock cliffs to the mouth of his cave, where I find a note signed with a smiley face: CHRIS, FEEL FREE TO USE ANYTHING, EAT ANYTHING (NOTHING HERE IS MINE). From the outside, the place looks like a hollowed teardrop, about the size of an Amtrak bathroom, with enough space for a few pots that hang from the ceiling, a stove under a stone eave, big buckets full of beans and rice, a bed of blankets in the dirt, and not much else. Suelo's been here for three years, and it smells like it.

Yes, at first I was turned off by this man. I mean, after all, I'm sure his hygiene is pretty rough and, uh, he hasn't gotten laid in almost a decade.

That's rough.

But, then I read a quote from Daniel's blog:

"When I lived with money, I was always lacking. Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present."

...and my judgments fell off my back like sweat drops in 120 degree weather. Yes, I began to dig this guy, thinking to myself -- maybe we all should live in caves.

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