This just occurred to me (as apparently someone in NYC thinks around sunset [7:15 PM] is the perfect time to be using a circular saw), but there are several frontiersman-type things I would like to do before I’m physically unable (which I realize may be right around the corner). These are all pretty much things that may be done by a large man like me (by himself), and we’ll just overlook (for now) the prerequisite of owning the forested mountain land that is inhabited by bears and deer and what-not.
1) Chop down a large tree with nothing else but a large ax (and possibly a hatchet, if needed). I want to see what it feels like to do that without the aid of a chainsaw.
2) Till, plant, weed, tend, grow, and harvest about an acre of corn/tomatoes/potatoes/green peppers/onions/string beans.
3) Plant and raise an orchard of fruit trees – red apples, oranges, lemons, peaches, and maybe bananas if I can get them to grow in the same climate.
4) To go with the fruit trees, I’d need strawberry and blueberry bushes and perhaps a vine or two of grapes (the purple kind, not the green kind).
5) Mill a large log into planks, and see how accurately I could do it without any heavy machinery.
6) Quarry out some large stones, and ply stonemasonry to fashion them into 1 foot square blocks for an outer wall (to practice before the castle).
7) Dig a mountain foundation for a strong castle keep – down to bedrock.
8) Make cotton clothing from the planting of the cotton to the harvesting, to the thread-making, to the weaving, and then fashioning into clothes.
9) Make under-armor from freshly-harvested silks (guess I’ll have to find out how to raise silk worms), and dye them afterwards.
10) Make vestments and light armors from deerskins, cowhides, and grizzly-bearskins. And while I’m at it, face and kill a bear at least taller than me by a half (9 and 1/2 feet standing, for those of you too lazy to do the math) – armed with nothing but an Asian metal spear and probably a machete.
There’s more, I’m sure, but I have to get ready for work right now… and I’m pretty sure this heat is about to melt my laptop. *sigh*