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Old 03-07-2019, 05:18 PM   #1
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Curbed article about skoolies

https://www.curbed.com/2019/3/6/1824...ife-tiny-house

Interesting read.
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:23 PM   #2
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Good post. Thank you
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That was a good piece, but better written than researched. I wish she would have interviewed more people who had a positive outlook on the lifestyle.....just seemed kinda negative overall to me.

On a positive note, someone needs to tell Roger (aka Dog Rescuer) that his bus made the cover photo......loud and proud.
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That was a good piece, but better written than researched. I wish she would have interviewed more people who had a positive outlook on the lifestyle.....just seemed kinda negative overall to me.

On a positive note, someone needs to tell Roger (aka Dog Rescuer) that his bus made the cover photo......loud and proud.
Didn't seem too negative to me.
Sounds standard really.
Glad they mentioned the difference between living in a bus and being homeless in a bus. BIG difference!
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I got the same impression as Don. It was an article written by someone in the early(ish) part of their adult life, about people in the same stage of their lives. A time when the need to justify and reaffirm your personal life choices is strong.
It would have been nice to hear from people who made the choice for different reasons, and at a different stage of their lives.


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That was a good piece, but better written than researched. I wish she would have interviewed more people who had a positive outlook on the lifestyle.....just seemed kinda negative overall to me.
Agreed. The people seem somewhat directionless, with poorly maintained/constructed skoolies, and no real plan or skill with homeschooling. Lots of anecdotes of broken washing machines, people complaining about lack of community, "I don't give a shot if my child learns anything," people sitting at a rest stop begging, etc. All well-described powerful negative images.

The author tried to find some balance and mentioned some positives also, like spending time with the kids, working less, and having fun experiences, but these weren't fleshed out with anecdotes about kids reconnecting with parents, "this one time camping, we saw...", debts paid off, etc. Without anecdotes, they don't seem real to the reader.
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I found the article depressing, and I think that's the impression the author wanted to leave.
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Skoolie folks come in all shapes and sizes, not all of them are going to be positive ambassadors. The article has gotten a lot of discussion on facebook and people have been giving the author feedback and offering to participate in a revisit of the topic. As it's written it reads like we're a bunch of spoiled anti-vaxxers.
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I found the article depressing, and I think that's the impression the author wanted to leave.
I only ever see overly-positive stuff written. I thought it was a nice change.
I like the young guy's video about how its scary to drive a bus. Well- don't put twenty grand into it without driving it!

I've met several anti-vaxxers FROM this site.
I think the author did a great job of summing up the YouTube generation's take on "skoolies".
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I only ever see overly-positive stuff written. I thought it was a nice change.
I like the young guy's video about how its scary to drive a bus. Well- don't put twenty grand into it without driving it!

I've met several anti-vaxxers FROM this site.
I think the author did a great job of summing up the YouTube generation's take on "skoolies".
If an article is overly-positive or overly-negative, then I'd say that it wasn't researched well enough before it was written. Truth like this is very rarely at the extremes.

However, I'd agree with saying that it can be depressing if "the bus life" was forced upon someone that didn't necessarily want it. From what I read it seemed that was a significant cohort of the people the author polled.

I think the author did a good job of summing up the general population's take on "skoolies". Many "skoolies" today are (more or less) modern-day equivalents of gypsies - and history has shown how "settlers" have treated "roamers"....
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