Building cabin all by myself – experience and tips for next time

I have just moved to San Francisco, and have been working as a entry-level programmer at big tech firm. Outsider might think that programmers make ton of money, but when you substract sky-high living costs of SF, at entry level, you don’t make that much. So i didn’t have any money saved for travel, and felt a seeing all my friends on Europe and exotic islands felt a little depressing. I did have few thousand dollars and could borrow few more, but it was too late to buy tickets at decent price and splurging thousands of dollars into few nights didn’t make sense. But what i did have, was inherited family lot near lake tahoe, which is few hours ride from SF. It was pretty good location, and i had nothing planned for my vacation, so it only seemed obvious to go out and build it myself. I was always fond of tools and building things, but i’ve never built a house or cabin. I figured that i should have figured out theories of building small cabin before doing anything serious, and headed over to Google. Read every piece of information i found on building a cabin, collected all my tools – circular saw, grinder, axe, nails, screwdrivers, pancake compressor (which turned out to be the best pancake compressor i’ve ever had) – and headed over to lake tahoe.

So lack of funds and surplus of experience led me to decide to build my own vacation home. I know it sounds crazy, and it was even crazier back then, but i just wanted to do it – didn’t care about risks or possibly lost money. Once i got there, i stayed at my parents’ place, and started my little construction very next day. With help of some of my friends and siblings, my hut was done in 20 days. It wasn’t big or classy, but i was so proud to see something i’ve built. Something that i made a reality. I stayed there for the rest of the summer. In september, i posted it on Airbnb and occasionally even get a visitor, which is great – i’m seeing return on my investment.

Did the bullied become bullies? my view on modernized liberalism

Growing up 30 years ago in Cincinnati,Ohio, the world and people’s views of it were wildly different than they are now. Things that today seem normal like Legalizing gay marriage or fighting for their rights was unheard of, and racism was still very common among people. While now, tides have turned : Majority of people, even some of the republicans, think gay people should be given freedom to live as they please, and racism has become deadly sin in most places except for rural areas in southern states. And it should be treated badly, but people go to extremes and sometimes label people as racist or homophobic when it’s not the case. I think some liberals have lost sense of reality and want to adjust the world to their preferences instead of accepting reality.

 And silicon valley is no exception either. People are constantly fired for having different opinions, even if those opinions are not offensive and could be useful if taken into consideration. In my opinion, it’s the diversity of thought and civilized debates that lead to truth, not thinking like a cult, of which both sides are guilty of doing. People prefer to belong to a group and adapt to group’s culture, instead of having their own opinions and generally being individual. I might even go as far as saying that liberals, who have been bullied for most of the time in history and now represent majority, have become bullies themselves. And again, i’m not saying that racism or homophobia should be tolerated or accepted as a norm, but there’s stuff that sounds racist but actually is not, and that stuff should be taken into consideration, not disregarded without giving it second thought. There are people out there who love the truth and share same principles and morals as liberals do, but they’re silenced just because they have different opinions. They are like us – they host parties and go out camping, they get the sharpest axe and split wood with it, to fire up the fireplace. They grab their tools, especially the miter saw, and try to build something with it. 

 I don’t know how easy it will be to remind people that respecting other’s opinions is the cornerstone of liberalism. Research shows, that even if it’s wrong, hearing about opinions that are different from ours can be beneficial and increase our knowledge of the topic. And i think the best way to have access to different opinions is to read online blogs that are trustworthy and non-biased.

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