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THE 93-YEAR-OLD LEGEND LIVING OFF THE LAND IN THE CALIFORNIA WILDERNESS YOU’LL WISH YOU COULD MEET
The Blaze ^ | Liz Klimas

Posted on 11/02/2013 1:08:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway

There’s a man living in the Ventana Wilderness in central California’s Santa Lucia Mountains who has been the fascination of many for years. Why? Because he’s 93 years old, lives alone five miles from the nearest road (the way he likes it) and has a different view of life.

“I’m just different than most people. I’d rather go back than go ahead,” Jack English said in a recent video by filmmaker Grace Jackson. It’s one of several videos and photo stories featuring the man who makes violin bows.

Living in a cabin made from materials off the land, English can go up to two weeks without seeing a single person.

He said he “fell in love” with the area when he first stepped foot on it, coming to hunt deer at 11 years old. Decades later he learned an isolated parcel was being auctioned and he bought it.

“I think the main thing is that it doesn’t change,” he said of the property. “It seems to be the same as when I first come here.

He had always wanted to set up his permanent residence there, but his wife, Mary, and other responsibilities prevented him from doing so. It was on his last visit to the hospital where Mary was being treated for cancer that she gave him permission to move there after she died. And he did.

“Life has its problems, but it’s like my wife always said, ‘it’s how you contend with those problems that will be the result,’” he said. “I look back and I really did have a good life.”

“I’m different, I know, and this is an individual thing,” he continued. “It’s the kind of life I like, and that’s why I’m here and that’s where I hope I’m going to be ’til the end. Maybe with luck I can make it.”

Watch the short, uplifting film about English’s lifestyle:


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1 posted on 11/02/2013 1:08:28 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

interesting


2 posted on 11/02/2013 1:11:02 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: nickcarraway

Uh Oh — the Revenuers are going to find him now.


3 posted on 11/02/2013 1:11:07 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: nickcarraway

Appears he has his own teeth.


4 posted on 11/02/2013 1:14:38 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: nickcarraway

Looks pretty dam healthy to me god bless him


5 posted on 11/02/2013 1:16:21 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: Alaska Wolf

He has got more oem teeth than i do at almost half is age


6 posted on 11/02/2013 1:17:04 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: nickcarraway
Is there a separate URL for the video? I can't get on the site without a "permanent" ad blocking the screen. I can't X it out, even after the 30 seconds are up.

I like, though, how he asked permission from his wife, Mary, to make the move. Stuff like that doesn't happen much these days.
7 posted on 11/02/2013 1:17:57 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: nickcarraway

“Living in a cabin made from materials off the land...”

They grow corrugated metal roofing in them thar woods?

Fail.

Check out this guy instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

My dad has a fascinating documentary on him.


8 posted on 11/02/2013 1:19:39 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: nickcarraway

sounds and looks like a humble man, a capable man, a Blessed man.


9 posted on 11/02/2013 1:20:02 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: al baby

I lost most of my teeth at age 27.


10 posted on 11/02/2013 1:20:40 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: nickcarraway

If that is a current picture, he sure looks good !


11 posted on 11/02/2013 1:30:12 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: nickcarraway

....but did he sign up for Obamacare....?


12 posted on 11/02/2013 1:34:21 PM PDT by Popman
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To: bolobaby

That was a fun video. Thanks!


13 posted on 11/02/2013 1:36:16 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
I find it ironic that on a sidebar to this article is the headline to another story:

Dead Body of Half-Naked Homeless Man Lies in Strip Mall Parking Lot for Up to 20 Hours – No One Called Police

How much longer can this society survive?

14 posted on 11/02/2013 1:36:49 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Make sure you have removed the kleenex from your pockets before doing laundry)
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To: Alaska Wolf

that sucks mine were bad from day one had my wisdome teeth removed a few years ago woke up part way though it to a po ed dentist i told him just finish them and let me go i dint want to start over then he left me with holes that went into my sinus cavities no pun intended that took a few months to heal it was an adventure with carbonated beverages


15 posted on 11/02/2013 1:37:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: mlizzy

I ask mrs Al baby permission all the time its safer that way


16 posted on 11/02/2013 1:38:23 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;Sarcasm is my bidness)
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To: nickcarraway

I wish there were more people like him.


17 posted on 11/02/2013 1:38:38 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: mlizzy

The full version is mind-numbingly amazing.


18 posted on 11/02/2013 1:41:47 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby
They grow corrugated metal roofing in them thar woods?

Never heard of palmettol trees?

19 posted on 11/02/2013 1:51:51 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: nickcarraway
Yuk - what a combination of frustration in trying to enjoy something interesting:
The cluttered and confused Blaze website and the incompatable vimeo that never loads and plays without stopping to catch up with itself.
20 posted on 11/02/2013 1:53:06 PM PDT by Baynative (I meant to write a different story in my diary. But that's life, I guess.)
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To: bolobaby

I went to look for the DVD on Amazon, as we have a charge there; it’s more expensive as I expected, but that would be fine. I see, though, the only 1-star review states there are no closed-captions, and I, too, require them, to hear. *sighs* But look at these amazing reviews... http://www.amazon.com/Alone-Wilderness-Dick-Proenneke/product-reviews/B0009PUAFG/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1


21 posted on 11/02/2013 1:53:07 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Baynative
Yuk - what a combination of frustration in trying to enjoy something interesting: The cluttered and confused Blaze website and the incompatable vimeo that never loads and plays without stopping to catch up with itself.
Frustrating indeed. I couldn't even get that far. A huge ad covered the site, and it wouldn't "x" out.
22 posted on 11/02/2013 1:58:43 PM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: bolobaby

This guy is the real deal. Loved the TV documentary on him that showing you referenced here on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss).


23 posted on 11/02/2013 2:04:57 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Popman
....but did he sign up for Obamacare....?

No, but you know how the federales under Leftist regimes feel about independent types. They're rounding up a posse right now to go out and git 'im or shoot 'im.

24 posted on 11/02/2013 2:08:20 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: mlizzy

I’m a Glenn Beck fan, but I have to skip on anything linked to the Blaze and I never open his emails which keep on coming even though I’ve tried to block them.


25 posted on 11/02/2013 2:10:08 PM PDT by Baynative (I meant to write a different story in my diary. But that's life, I guess.)
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To: mlizzy

We checked it out at the local library. Interesting old film.


26 posted on 11/02/2013 2:22:20 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Chuckster

How does he get lucky?


27 posted on 11/02/2013 2:26:50 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Baynative
I’m a Glenn Beck fan, but I have to skip on anything linked to the Blaze and I never open his emails which keep on coming even though I’ve tried to block them.

I know what you mean. It is annoying. But without the network backing he has to pay the bills somehow. It costs money to produce and publish on that scale. TANSTAAFL

28 posted on 11/02/2013 2:29:36 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Good one!

(I’m from the Palmetto State!)


29 posted on 11/02/2013 2:41:12 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: al baby

along with a nice “yes dear” when she tell you no!! always worked for me


30 posted on 11/02/2013 2:50:22 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Alaska Wolf
Appears he has his own teeth.

Yes. I also noticed that. Unfortunately, he's missing a couple here and there and is experiencing some drift of his remaining choppers. Best to have all of his teeth extracted and proper dentures provided this poor man.

Thus, his dental hygiene is not compliant with government standards as per Section 447745873453.8385 of the Collective Citizens Dental Care Services Act. (A little known benefit of Obamacare.) This section details the protocol pertaining to any substandard teeth. He will have to be reported. It's for his own good to get this matter resolved with foremost urgency.

So congratulations, Mr. English; eager, diverse Government dental navigators will be knocking at your door shortly to help you and whisk you away to the nearest camp for treatment-- and possible re-education if deemed necessary by said public servants.

31 posted on 11/02/2013 2:59:57 PM PDT by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: nickcarraway
I knew an old gold miner like that. He lived in the woods on a property and had quite the set up. He could look down at the ground and pick up a piece gold out in the diggings.
Smart old guy. Unfortunately he liked the bottle and it eventually killed him in his 90’s.
32 posted on 11/02/2013 3:04:39 PM PDT by jetson
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To: nickcarraway

“It’s the kind of life I like, and that’s why I’m here and that’s where I hope I’m going to be ’til the end. Maybe with luck I can make it.”

Not to be nit picky, but we all make it to the end.


33 posted on 11/02/2013 3:49:02 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the.tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: nickcarraway

Punk.

I’m jealous...


34 posted on 11/02/2013 4:14:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: al baby

If by “safer” you mean “Not wake up dead in the morning in a pool of my own blood,” yes. Ask the Mrs permission first. It’s always safer that way.


35 posted on 11/02/2013 4:25:16 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (We're At That Awkward Stage: It's too late to vote them out, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: nickcarraway
His late wife...

36 posted on 11/02/2013 4:41:25 PM PDT by Bobalu (Bobo the Wonder Marxist leads Operation Rodeo Clown against Syria)
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To: bolobaby

Cool.

If I had known that I would have said Palmetal Tree...but I was afraid you wouldn’t know what the H-— I was talkin ‘bout...

Take care down ‘ere...hey...ain’t there something called Palmetto bugs too? What are they??


37 posted on 11/02/2013 4:41:57 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Bobalu

The look in her eye explains his caption on the picture. He must have loved her very much, poor man.


38 posted on 11/02/2013 7:01:25 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Oh my gosh what happened?


39 posted on 11/02/2013 7:04:25 PM PDT by diamond6 (Behold this Heart which has so loved men!" Jesus to St. Margaret Mary)
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To: diamond6
Oh my gosh what happened?

Caught an elbow from a 6'9" 260 lbs pivotman.

40 posted on 11/02/2013 7:08:02 PM PDT by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
How does he get lucky?

Simply by waking up to the wonders of God's creation every morning.

41 posted on 11/02/2013 9:28:12 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Dysart; All
If you like your incisors you will be able to keep your incisors, period.

If you like your bicuspids you’ll be able to keep your bicuspids, period.

No one will take them away, no matter what.

42 posted on 11/02/2013 11:11:34 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Fightin Whitey

Palmetto bugs - annoying buggers, especially for me since I live near a large wooded area and they like to invade my living space.

You know... kinda like a health care navigator.


43 posted on 11/03/2013 6:35:15 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby

Yes, yes...we have pests like that too. Spiders, flying ants, tiny gnats that clog the fixtures and smoke alarms.

They are so numerous and persistant...almost like they’re somehow organized into little communities!


44 posted on 11/03/2013 8:47:06 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: mlizzy

Have seen that literally a few dozen times. I watch it every year at least once.


45 posted on 11/05/2013 9:16:28 AM PST by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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To: mlizzy

Have seen that literally a few dozen times. I watch it every year at least once.


46 posted on 11/05/2013 9:16:44 AM PST by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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