A Bit of It All On a Saturday

Wednesday morning I spur-of-moment loaded some shit and dogs in the car and headed up to Arnold, CA, where we maintain a vacation rental and for one of a very few weekends over the year, it wasn’t rented out. I had to mail some guy’s clothes he’d left in the dryer back to him when I got here, which I’m happy to do (it happens). Here’s a little 2.5 min tour of where I am, right now.

Beatrice joined us late yesterday afternoon, after a 4-hr drive in traffic getting out of the Bay Area.

Primarily, I had two things on mind beyond the routine maintenance list. Work on the book and acclimate our new addition, Scout, to the life up here.

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He Found “The Cat Bird Seat.” So far so good.

He gets along with his “big sister” quite nicely.

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All is not all roses.

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Note to self: stop giving him rawhide chewies

Amongst all this, I work on the book when I can.

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Morning Station
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Afternoon Station

…And we go on lots of walks.

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Essential Hardware

Two and a half minutes of dogs. Wrestling, then walking, all of us barefoot, and not on paved streets.

Switching gear, I baked 5 pounds of taters and cooked a bag of pinto beans and put them in the fridge. Breakfast this morning.

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Eggs and Bacon, with the Beans and Taters Reheated in the Bacon Drippings

In still other news, the two coolest comments I got last couple of days.

In the health realm, from Julie D on Careful Those Who Want You To Fail and Starve Your Microbiome.

Hey Richard! I just wanted to thank you for your persistence in getting the RS message out there. I have to be honest; I’m not a big fan of yours. I can’t handle your intense personality and really dislike your salty language, but I still appreciate what you’re trying to do for people. Since I started eating food sources of RS and adding in soil based probiotics, I’ve seen a dramatic shift in myself. My energy is up, my mood is improved, and I no longer feel huge cravings for carbs like I once did. I haven’t checked my BG in a while, but I haven’t gotten that yucky feeling I know means that it’s gone way up (heart pounding, getting really hot, not being able to think straight).

After that great success, I decided maybe I should expand my mind some more because obviously very low carb isn’t the way I should be eating long term, even though I know it helped me get off that SAD diet. I got my hands on Weston Price’s Nutrition and Degeneration, and so many of his observations clicked with feeling I’ve had about food for a long time but that I was afraid to try because I was low carb and convinced that if I just kept eating lower carbs I’d solve all my problems. I ditched the multi vitamins, started taking FCLO and butter oil, eat a lot more veggies and organs, started drinking raw milk, and I have to say, I feel great. A hole I developed in my tooth while eating low carb is actually starting to fill in now, which is amazing. I have hopes that this approach will help me conceive, too, since my husband and I started trying (unsuccessfully) for a baby two years ago, right after going low carb.

Anyway, sorry for the long rant. Again, I just wanted to thank you for opening my mind to different possibilities, and to convince me to keep trying until I find a diet that really suits me. It was really hard for me to accept the RS message at first because it was so different from what I’d convinced myself was right, but now I see I was turning my diet into a religion, and that’s never cool.

And in the social/political realm, from Now That the Self Flagellation Over Dumb Memorials is Over, May I Have Your Attention?

What a post.

When I started reading your blog about 3 years ago I thought you were an entirely batshit crazy, angry fuck and it was the shock value of your thoughts and ideas that kept me coming back. It’s funny, but the pieces you write that appear to be the angriest come through as the most peaceful now.

People can’t see this post for what it truly is because from the moment of birth we’re taught not to think for ourselves by those who were taught the same. Any sort of push against that doesn’t sit well. It’s scary as hell when the beliefs you’ve been indoctrinated with all your life are called into question. I relish that feeling more and more because it means I’m truly forced to examine myself.

I’m so very glad I got over that hurdle, though, and mostly thanks to you, Richard. I feel more and more each day that my life is mine and not a product of “dronery.” As you say, one mind at a time.

I’ve been rather iconoclast on the Internet for over 20 years, 10 of those with a blog that’s has an average of one post per day published over those 10 years, and still almost every day, I get people trying to tell me that I don’t know what I’m doing.

I love those comments, too. Laf.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. bettyboo on May 31, 2014 at 16:15

    Nice hardware! Note to self: don’t fuck with Angry Dick or he’ll put you on lead and walk you.

    Hey Martin Berkhan of lean gains is posting again. Woohoo.

  2. bettyboo on May 31, 2014 at 16:43

    I lust for the days where you used to go bat shit crazy (starting Paleo Wars etc) but alas, the RS seems to have tamed your wild ways…

    • Richard Nikoley on May 31, 2014 at 16:54

      It is kind of a fact, bettyboo.

      BTW, I deleted your last comment. Previously, I’d have take it on.

      In the end, I feel better, way better, all the time.

  3. bettyboo on May 31, 2014 at 20:38

    I wholeheartedly agree – good for you.

  4. Beatrice on June 1, 2014 at 19:13

    I love this whole post. It captures the Richard I so dearly adore.

    • Richard Nikoley on June 1, 2014 at 20:12

      [blush] …and, told ja’s all so. 🙂

    • bettyboo on June 2, 2014 at 03:40

      @ Bea, a man who can make a nice home, cook, loves animals, writes and knows how to use a gun – what’s not to love? I’d be happy with a man that could do just one or two of the above…

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