$7500 to freedom

This isn't just a journey into the "tiny house movement." It's a journey towards freedom. The idea is to show, through demonstration, that there is an easier path to the American dream.  "Buy an education, buy a car, get a job, buy a house, get the girl, have babies, pay for their education and live happily ever after..."  The problem is that the education doesn't guarantee the job, the job doesn't guarantee the house, etc...  
Why is it that we allow ourselves to be taught to start the race by giving the other person a handicap? This is a message to the millennials (and other free thinkers). We've (generations before you) f**ked it up long enough.  You guys are off to a good start. You're learning that the economy is not failing, it's just changing... YOU are changing it simply by not following the rules. 
This will be an interactive step by step of how to avoid falling into the same trap like so many generations before you.

Q: What are you talking about you crazy old man? We're not paying for your midlife crisis.

This is true, and I'm not asking that of you. What I'm asking for is your belief. If you listen to the media, the world is in crisis: economic bubbles, global warming, energy crisis, world hunger, etc. The current system clearly isn't working and there isn't going to be some messiah to save us all.  So what do we do? While I love nature, I have no interest in running away to the woods to leave society to fend for themselves. 

We have to start leading by example, open communication, and reach compromises. Yes, not everyone can live in a 72 square foot home comfortably, but I've always tried to use extremes as an example of how little we truly need for survival/happiness. We need to start working together and accepting that every single one of us is in some way responsible for the current state of the world. The sooner that we do such a thing, the sooner we can start fixing it.

Q: Okay, so what's your proposal?

Yes, I may be gaining a humble home for myself and my unborn child, but I'm not asking you to give me the money. I'm asking you to lend it. For every $50+ "donation," I will pay it back plus 10% within the year. That's 5 bucks profit for just lending a stranger 50 bucks. I'll put a limitation on incentives in order to not get "overfunded." $5 seems better than an overpriced t-shirt. For every $1-49 donation, you can come visit the site after it's built. While there, you can see and feel the inner workings of the self sufficient design. 

Can't make it to Erie?

That's okay, I'll also be taking this journey online for everyone to experience. From the moment that the first donation is made, I will start working on it all while blogging and sharing pictures/video and answering comments and questions along the way. Also, if the project gets fully funded, I'll spend the following 150 weeks giving $50 to other progressive ideas. I'll also use the money saved after purchase/build to work on other projects such as a 55-mile human-powered vehicle (prototype begun), self-powered waterwheel, controlled-environment greenhouses... There's tons of ideas to work on and share with the world.

Q:  So what? You're some kind of batman-esque  billionaire mad scientist?

No, actually I'm just a school bus driver. Essentially, I have too much time on my hands, so I study human behavior and the problems that arise because of it. I also read a lot about possible solutions and analyze the data in order to find the best possibility.

So why not? Kick your feet up, relax... We'll get to know each other. Makes no sense in boring you with floor plans or methodology, we'll get into the specifics when the time is appropriate. Here's a budget for the time being.

$5000: Land: .25 acre lot 
$425: insulation
$125: lumber
$200: windows
$200: wood stove
$150: roofing
$125: doors
$400: solar panels
$140: shower
$400: batteries
$375: trailer
$the rest: there will be miscellaneous expenses (taxes, odds and ends, gofundme fees, etc.) plus, I'm not relying totally on you guys, as stated, I have a job as a bus driver and will be putting a substantial amount from that towards this (even when the campaign is still going on).

So that's it, when we make it to the $7500 goal, I'll stop accepting donations. No need to overfunded the experiment. If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask.  Cheers.

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Zachary David Lucas 
Erie, PA
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