Can a city boy build his dream homestead on a mountain, by himself and with no mortgage?

Archive for January, 2011

we’re not in kansas anymore…

Happy 2011 All!

The new year brought with it a very unexpected job for me in New York City. I’m going to be here until mid February so my mountain and all its critters, vermin and predators will have to survive without me.

New York is my hometown and it is also the town I left behind….with good reason

there are magnificent spaces and absolute squalor, all within a few feet.

Legendary, grand spaces and just plain garbage…

really NY, an 8′ pile of garbage on Wall Street?

The iPhone 4 takes a mean picture, no?

there is even a Home Depot on West 23rd Street, complete with a skylight. Sadly, everything in it is 3 times more expensive than in LA!

yes Virginia, that’s a Home Depot.

They are housing me in a grand apartment in a magnificent neighborhood, complete with doorman, view, and 100 feet from the best cupcake shop in the world.

This is the urban part of UrbanRancher. It’s a part of me I left a long time ago




Still, I miss my mountain desperately.  I know that even with a covering of snow the local wildlife (and even that damn lion) will see to it that all remains well at the compound. The pipes are drained and the tiny cabin is sealed up tight, what could go wrong?

Stay warm everyone and “chin up” Ryo, it’ll all work out just fine!




WordPress gives us an end of year “Wow”!

A very heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s visited my blog this past year. I’m sorta new to this blogging thing and WordPress sent along an end of year report, suggesting I post it to show my readers how we’re doing…I want to send a special shout out to Michael Janzen from TinyHouseLiving (to name one of his wonderful sites). Michael was one of my first supporters and to this day, lots of my incoming traffic still comes in from his blogs, Michael, you ROCK man.

the report…

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for urban rancher, urban rancher blog,, urbanrancher, and osb.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Look out SoCal Edison, PG&E and DWP! November 2010


a solitary man May 2010


A sow’s ear? November 2009


a little *BLING* on top November 2009


Drinking beer is way better than installing drywall April 2010


Here’s wishing that all of our dreams come true in 2011!

btw, between last week’s rains and this week’s snow storms, even though it’s relatively close to Los Angeles, it’s been VERY difficult to get up to my mountain. Since I’ve been working through the holidays and need to fly back east this week for a meeting, I’ve chosen to stay in town so I don’t get stranded. Soon as the snow stops, I’ll run up, resume work on the compound and hopefully get some awesome pics of snow on my tiny cabin!