NEW YORK – Shawn Kleg has lived in a remote part of the Idaho wilderness for over forty years. In that time he has grown and hunted his own food, fashioned his own clothes and shelter. He even made his own guns.
“I learned how to bore out steel rods. I used musket balls from the shavings. When I killed something, I’d reuse it. Everything took a while, but I had nothing but time.”
Kleg considers himself a philosopher.
“If there’s a thing to think about, I’ve thought about it. I had the time. And I had plenty of friends.”
Kleg then did the unexpected. He moved to New York City.
“I’ve thought about Manhattan for almost forty years. I figured it was time to give that lifestyle a trial run.”
He packed up his things, both of them, and hiked down to Boise where he caught a bus. As he traveled he noticed how things have changed since the late seventies when he ventured away from society and towards the wild.
“For one thing, people have their faces buried in their palms. I finally figured out those were phones. Of course, in the seventies we were all doing ‘ludes, so I guess this is the new drug.”
Over a seventeen day bus ride (due to delays and rerouting, and the generally slow progress of bus travel) Kleg arrived in the Big Apple. He has been staying in a hostel for the last week while he looks at apartments.
“I haven’t touched my investments I made since I walked off the pavement and never looked back. The last thing I did was buy some stock in a startup called Microsoft. I guess they did pretty well.”
Kleg’s biggest adjustment, however, has been isolation.
“There’s no one to talk to in New York. I don’t know how long I’ll stay.”
~ Dan Plighter