Hello everyone! It is a beautiful Monday yet again, however, something has really been on my mind the past few days, so I suppose now is a good a time as any to share with the world. This past week has been a semi downward socioeconomic spiral which has all lead me to a pretty drastic conclusion... I really need to get off this grid! Where shall I begin...
I suppose I will begin with the middle of last week, perhaps it was Thursday. I finally had a free day to go get some errands done. I took a nice long bubble bath, did a face mask, painted my nails and toes... all the super girly things that relax me! I decided it was time to go out and get some food and a few things from Rite Aid. I get to Rite Aid, carefully pick out all the stuff I needed, then proceed to the check out line. As I get up front, and the lady rings up all my stuff, I begin to swipe my debit card. Again, she tells me to swipe it. Hmm... I KNOW I have money in there because my rent money is in there. I decide to give my bank a call (which is a super blah thing to do RIGHT in the line, but I really needed that stuff). The lady from Chase informs me that they sent out a NEW debit card to me (the stupid one with some stupid chip in it). I never got this dumb new card, but they turned my CURRENT card off any darn way. WTF?? It wasn't expired, they gave me no warning, just boom, cut off! I tried to even go to the ATM, my card wouldn't even work in there! Mind you, this is a Thursday NIGHT, so the banks were not open for me to even talk to someone in person about. LUCKILY, I don't fully trust banks anyway so I keep cash at home (in a very secret location, so don't even try it!), but what if I didn't! What if I was all the way out in Manhattan (or further!) with no knowledge of my card being unusable? What if it left me completely stranded? Can they even do this to people? The fact is, they can! And what can us little people do about it? We can either deal with it and shut up about it....OR....we can get the heck outta this society (where debit cards aren't mandatory).
Anywho, that was just the first straw of the week. Since I couldn't do anything about my debit card until the morning, I slept on my frustrations over night, only to wake up to yet another annoying situation. Apparently my stupid thousand year old student loans are still in default. The collection agency called to inform me that they would begin garnishing my wages if payment arrangements were not made (little do THEY know, I have no wages, so HA, jokes on you)! This is a whole other story in itself, but I will give you the short version. The original loan was only for about $3,000. I don't even remember what I used that darn money for because I paid for most of my tuition in cash honey child, but that's neither here nor there. After a while, the loan went into default, and I started repaying it back with automatic payments so I wouldn't have to think about it. This was a while ago, so here I am thinking that they're are probably all paid off by now. Come to find out, they STOPPED taking out auto payments after about 9 months, and it's back in default...WTF??? Why the heck would they stop taking the payments? Isn't that the darn point of auto pay? UGH! Over all, I believe I've paid back well over the measly 3g's (including the government giving them my ENTIRE federal refund 3 years in a row), yet supposedly I STILL owe close to 4! How does any of this make sense? Alas, what is there for us to do about it besides pay and shut up? Off. The. GRID!
In light of this student loan thing, It made me not even wanna go get another debit card. Getting a debit card means remaining in this ultra flawed societal structure in which the little people are skimmed over and treated like a number rather than a living breathing human being. Instead of sitting here and letting huge banks or the government determine the way I live, I could come up with a way to fight back...to atleast speak up about it all. Living ON the grid means that I agree to all of this nonsense, when clearly I do not. While my debit card was out of commission over the weekend, I realized that everything linking to my debit card doesn't work either. Got an email saying my internet bill couldn't even be processed! Being completely off the grid, I do have to take into account all of the things I will no longer be able to do. Practically anything! I'd be living like a farm girl! (Which to tell you the truth, there is nothing wrong with, but it WOULD be a very drastic change that I'm certainly not ready for at this exact moment.)
So now, Monday, sweet ole' motivational Monday, I have a choice to make. I can either go get a new debit card, or, not get a new debit card, and try to figure out how I can get even MORE off the grid. Sigh. At the end of the day, I know I'm probably gonna just get a new stupid debit card eventually, however, this does not mean that I will stop fighting for more justice while I remain on this "grid". I know that there are a lot of people in this world, and if there wasn't SOME sort of structure, everything would go haywire. I just think that with such a large entity in control of SO many people, so many of us get lumped into one huge dollar signs. Just like a faceless company, to them we are faceless account numbers.
Believe me, being off the grid is totally a goal of mine one day, but I do know that it is a process. While I am still a functioning member of this society, I have to remain calm and fight from the inside. Just a few blogs ago I was talking about extremists, so I had to use this blog to talk me down off the looney bin ledge. I shouldn't go extreme based on the events of this wretched week, but that doesn't mean I cant incorporate some off the grid aspects to my life. It has definitely made me think about things just a little bit deeper. And that is all I'm trying to imprint on the world really! Think a little deeper people, don't just be a drone doing whatever THEY tell you. If you don't think something is right, you have the resources to investigate and help make a change.
I actually rather enjoy a lot of aspects of the grid, so that's why it's pretty conflicting! Think about it, I need the grid's internet to upload my blog every week for one. But seriously, living as a functioning member of society has gotten WAY outta hand. If anyone wants to get scientific about it, look up quantum indeterminacy. "Trying to make the system secure, we make it more complex, but the more complex we make it, the more insecure we actually are..." - Sweets, from Bones (man, I love that show).
In addition to ALL of this, I got a letter yesterday notifying me that my rent just went up -___-. What a week!
p.s. Yes, I'm still in the process of my college tuition documentary (and the rent is too damn high documentary). If you would like to help, email me! email@example.com
p.p.s. I actually COULD get away with the whole not having a debit card thing, but I haven't found anyone who wants to let me use one of their credit cards while I pay them in cash every month. Blah. (but if you ARE interested in this, also email me! firstname.lastname@example.org)
p.p.p.s. I have also yet to renew my ID (after it expired on my birthday a few months ago). Sometimes people actually refuse to accept it! Like, am I no longer Bretony McGee though? Sheesh!