Four years ago, I lived in a large luxurious two bedroom top floor corner condo located in the heart of San Francisco – walking distance to everything. I had a panoramic view of downtown out my living room windows (see the photo above), and I could watch the fog spilling over Twin Peaks from bed.
Today – I am living in a 17 foot long trailer with around 80 square feet of living space, spending a cold December in a trailer park in South East Kansas. I am walking distance to a bath house, a lake, and not much else. (Ok – technically it is a state park and not a traditional trailer park, but…)
Four years ago, my fridge had ice and water dispensers in the door. My shower had endless hot water. And I had laundry machines and dishwashers to help with the chores. I even had a cleaning service!
Today I make ice cubes in small trays, and drink water supplied via a hose from outdoor faucets. Showers are cramped and brief, or involve a walk through the cold night. Laundry is done at laundromats. And dishes are done by hand.
Four years ago I drove a new Prius, and got 50mpg.
Today I am driving a used truck, and get 15mpg.
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