Van Man

NorrisPlay outdoors. Love the earth. Live simply. Use only what you need.

That’s the creed of Daniel Norris, rookie pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. Despite earning a seven-figure salary, he chooses to live in a VW Westfalia, and gets by on $800 per month.

Here’s hoping he can stick to his principles, stay free, and keep the van running.

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Lentus Ambulandus is New Escapologist's Chief Leisure Officer. He advocates doing the things worth doing (hiking, cycling, sipping coffee, reading books), and proudly accomplishes less in a month than most people do in a week. His creed is simple: Death Before Employment.

5 Responses to “Van Man”

  1. Splendid! What a hero.

  2. Joe says:

    Robert, in light of your most recent blog post (27th March), I would question your calling this guy a hero when he has millions of dollars in the bank and a Nike endorsement deal.

    The lack (or perceived lack) of an adequate “safety net” has long been the biggest obstacle to my escape. I’m sure I’m not the only one. To my mind, a “hero” of escapology would be someone who has carved out a life of freedom from wage slavery despite relatively modest resources. I can’t help thinking that an overpaid sporting celebrity is part of the problem in a number of ways, regardless of where they choose to live.

    (I’d like to clarify that I say this with all due respect. I’m a huge fan of your work but rarely feel the need to comment on the many things you write that I *do* agree with! So… definitely not trolling, genuinely interested in your opinion)

  3. Hey Joe. Sorry my turn of phrase annoyed you, but I’m secretly glad it prompted you to comment! Glad to meet you.

    I suppose “hero” is hyperbole. It’s not what I really meant. I was just delighted to see someone with so much money living as such a dedicated minimalist. You and I use minimalism as a way to protect ourselves from consumerism and work towards permanent escape, but I’d recommend it to *anyone* as a good way of living. It’s simply a good life, no matter how wealthy you are. When I see a rich person living minimally, I take it as a sort of validation, I suppose. It’s good no matter what.

    Slightly different situation, but another minimalist-no-matter-what-the-income person is Jose Mujica, “the world’s poorest president” who lives minimally and gives all his money away:

  4. Joe says:

    Thanks for your reply. Great point about minimalism – it’s good that you seek and find the positive and encouraging aspect of the situation.

    And as for Jose Mujica – well, my response to that article was a resounding “that’s more like it!”. To know that there is even one politician like that in the world is refreshing to say the least.

    With an election looming in the UK, I wish I had someone like him to vote for.

  5. Hell yeah. I like the cut of Mujica’s jib. I usually absent myself from party politics in the UK, but I’m pretty excited about the coming election. Intending to vote Green myself in a “policies over tactics” move, but it’s a weird election and it feels like any of the predicted outcomes will boggle the mind.

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