The “libidinous laureate of a pack of satyrs” was a son of the English aristocracy. He was a small man who made up for his lack of height with a mane of ill controlled red hair.
As a poet and critic, he became enmeshed in the Pre-Raphaelite movement via his association with the Rossettis (Swinburne dines with Lizzie Siddal and Rossetti on the evening before she died), William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in the late 1850s(whom he met at Eton and Oxford) .
His beatings with a birch branch would lead to an obsessive love of erotic spanking and a group of poems known as the “birching poems.”
Oscar Wilde said of him: “It has been said of him, and with truth, that he is a master of language, but with still greater truth it may be said that language is his master….Words seem to dominate him. Alliteration tyrannizes over him. Mere sound often becomes his lord. He is so eloquent that whatever he touches becomes unreal.”
Most convert the truck with camper kits or self-made campers you can getplans for or you can come up with your own. This certainly increases the amount of room and, in my case, the amount of books I could have with me.
But some manage with tents, retreating to the cab of the truck when the weather become untenable. Thought I’d say “untentable,” didn’t you?
It can be amended to include a tent that doubles your living space in whatever place your are currently calling home.
1. Most cities/states have laws against living in your vehicle. Perhaps this will change as more and more people lose their homes. For many, paying rent and trying to pay down debt (student loan/credit cards) is overwhelming. I’ve little doubt that homelessness will be a growing issue in the years to come.
2. Where do you do your doo doo? If you build a camper onto your truck, it will be more of a matter of gray and black water disposal. Camping sites will let you dump your dump for a small fee. Otherwise, paying for overpriced java to earn you a visit to the porcelain goddess.
3. Showering. This was a sticky point for me. I like being clean. Being ridiculously filthy doing whatever one is doing is fine. But one must be clean after. There are camping sites and many truck stops have showers for rent.
4. Safety issues. Especially for women, living on the road can be a dangerous proposition. And there is no shortage of weapons to chose from as protection. Stun guns, pepper spray, etc. But laws very from state to state.
5. Mail can be as easy as having friends collect it all for you or renting a mail box from UPS or USPS. Since most bills can be paid online, life on the road is easier than it was years ago.
I knew instantly from the very first post I encountered on your blog about tea that I had to follow you. I'm a huge fan of Republic of Tea and Celestial Seasoning's Tension Tamer. If you are looking to order bulk tea, I would suggest going to the Mountain Rose Herb site. I'm a fan. Anyway, off to read the rest of your blog. ~Sita
Bulk tea! A joy to receive a package like that. I find even the process of making tea makes me happy.
I’ve enjoyed your site for a long time and hope to figure and configure enough here to emulate you to some degree.
Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. ~T'ien Yiheng
Fucking Tea. Do not attempt to keep us apart.
Tea…is a religion of the art of life. ~Okakura
It is not a new or cool thing, my obsession with tea. An entire cupboard is dedicated to various kinds, many bought by the ounce (oh, green metal tea, I adore you).
It goes beyond plopping a bag into a mug. But I am not quite as obsessed as to have a ceremony dictated by all tea repasts past.
Any tea lover can tell you there are many different kinds one can have with mood and purpose in mind.
For pure flavor, sure, stick to the Earl Grey or Oolong (monkey picked?), Pekoe, Ceylon, chai (which means, simply, tea) or black tea.
Go ahead, smother it with sugar or honey or milk. It’s malleable and welcomes variety. Though once a you find your fix, that’s it. Tori Amos was pressed to drop an ardent suitor because a boy should remember what a girl takes in her tea.
"So, I had to get this song together in about 2 hours. And this boy really pissed me off, because I had a crush on him, right…and he’d been making tea for me for nine months. And so, the whole thing is…he would sit there and ask me… Now if you’re making tea for a girl, right, for 9 months don’t you think, guys. I mean help me out here. Your noodle, it can hold a lot of information, right? But don’t you think, you can remember how many sugars a girl takes in her tea after 9 months!" [Tori Amos, US Hey Jupiter single, intro to song]
Green tea for those of a healthy bend leads one to make a choice from a plethora of greens. It would be easy to grab a box of Lipton. But tea whores like me like their greens in a bag with a number self inscribed, weighed and top rolled.
But then we dip into teas for health. For stamina (usually with ginseng, in which case herbs and fruits are aided so you don’t have to taste that awful bitterness on its own), dieting (questionable ingredients I often can’t pronounce), sleeping (chamomile is a classic ingredient as is Valerian, another stinky, awful tasting herb in need of peppermint to make it palatable), detoxing (the Yogi Detox tea is actually incredibly tasty - as for it’s claims, not the bittiest clue), teas for pregnancy, teas for an upset tummy (peppermint will always do you right), etc.
My taste buds, ocular needs and odoriferous love is most often met with TAZO tea's Passion blend. The hibiscus flowers, passion fruit, mango, orange peel, licorice root, cinnamon, rose hips (a touch tart), and lemongrass make this tea gorgeous on every level. Just the tiniest addition of honey make it sublime. Um, I really like it.
Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~Catherine Douzel
Most grocery stores and mega-stores end up with a shelf devoted to Celestial Seasonings tea. It is well deserved. They have straight forward teas like green, cranberry, red zinger, and peppermint (which I mix with many other kinds that need a gentle nudge toward tasting good) but their herbal mixes are well known. They have echinancea and vitamin c laden wellness tea, a detox blend, the classic Sleepytime tea and my favorite, Tension Tamer.
This has been a main stay in my household since I was in high school. The promise made by the art on the box was enough for a first buy. The taste and the fact that, by gosh and by golly, I really do feel like a could ride a dragon after a cup (a small dragon - a bug cup) keeps it in constant rotation in the tea cupboard.
The Republic of Tea makes my all time favorite brand. For those who don’t partake in alcohol, Rainforest Tea has been imbibed with great effect sans the complete lose of control. Pau D’arco is a tremendous mood enhancer but the addition of allspice, star anise, vanilla bean, rooibos, and cinnamon with exotic spices makes it taste like your on vacation.