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buff_jeff
03-26-2009, 17:20
http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/03/26/camping.economy/index.html

Does this mean we're the coolest kids on the block now? :rolleyes:

Toolshed
03-26-2009, 17:29
It was the extremely high interest rates and lack of money that got me into it in the early 80's after the Army.

It was the recession in 90-91 that got me back into it again.
Many others thought the same.

I see it repeating itself all over again.

Slo-go'en
03-26-2009, 17:30
REI, the outdoor equipment company, said tent and sleeping bag sales are up this season, particularly when it comes to larger tents designed for three- and four-person families.

An affordable home for those who lost one in forclosuer?

buff_jeff
03-26-2009, 17:32
REI, the outdoor equipment company, said tent and sleeping bag sales are up this season, particularly when it comes to larger tents designed for three- and four-person families.

An affordable home for those who lost one in forclosuer?

I saw another article somewhere about tent cities going up. I'm sure it's happening, but it's also probably being hyperbolized.

UnkaJesse
03-26-2009, 17:38
I was already the coolest kid on the block.

Darwin again
03-27-2009, 11:40
I saw another article somewhere about tent cities going up. I'm sure it's happening, but it's also probably being hyperbolized.

It's not being "hyperbolized."
I wouldn't call it camping, either.
I'd call it survival.
Sacramento (http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2009/03/the-skillet.html), Cleveland (http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2009/02/world-press-photo-awardsyour-turn-now-war-is-coming-into-peoples-houses-because-they-cant-pay-their-mortgages.html), Fresno (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/03/25/us/20090326-TENTS_2.html).

I view these as signs of a careless society, one that doesn't care about resources, people or ethics. It all about individual responsibility until the system begins to fail. And we're only in the third inning of a 10-inning game (Illustrating graphic: we're right in that little valley above the 24 along the bottom, btw. (http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/03/25/us/20090326-TENTS_2.html)). This is what happens when we sell our souls to bankers.

Darwin again
03-27-2009, 11:42
My bad. That last link is here:
Adjustable rate mortgage reset schedule:
http://www.itulip.com/images/armadjust.gif (http://www.itulip.com/images/armadjust.gif)

beakerman
03-29-2009, 23:19
Not to get into a huge debate about those that lost jobs and such but the mortgage mess is a two way street: there was for sure irresponsible lending--no money down, ARM's, sub-prime loans and what not but there was also a fair share of irresponsible borrowing going on too. You have to educate yourself--banks are ther to make money from you not give money to you.

Also folks are too materialistic and borrowing too much money either on the house note or via credit cards and stuff and they simply get in too deep so when something goes wrong they can't make the payments--like $5/gal gas that they need 20 gallons of each week to get back and forth to work in their supersized dualie pick-up that they occasionaly carry a loaf of bread with.

It sucks because it's true we must all learn to live within our means--no matter we who are.

Pokey2006
03-30-2009, 00:12
There's a town in Massachusetts where I used to live, where people have been living part of the year in the campgrounds, in tents, for years. They live in beach rentals during the winter, then, when the rent prices skyrocket for the summer, they move into their tents in the campgrounds. It's a shame this is becoming more widespread.

Anyhow, I wonder if more vacationing Americans are using hostels now, too? Every time I've stayed in one, I've met more Europeans staying in them than Americans.

I've always loved budget travel. Give me a Greyhound ticket and a week in a hostel any day!