Saturday, May 24, 2008

Off the Grid

By Pauly
Hollyweird, CA

I watched a documentary last night on the Sundance Channel called Off the Grid: Life On The Mesa. It's a piece of land in New Mexico where a small underground community of people life off the grid. The Mesa is made up of hippies, Vietnam and Gulf War vets, runaways, and other lost souls who want to drop out of society and be left alone. The Mesa is their anti-establishment Mecca but it's a gritty and bizarre place.

Life off the grid includes zero electricity and no running water. Residents live in the middle of the dessert in make shift shanty towns. Their area is not patrolled by a police force and residents take matters into their own hands. It's sort of a cross between a tribe-like culture and a post-apocalyptic movie.

One critic described the Mesa as a "post-modern wild west" where "many residents are extremely patriotic and believe in the basic tenants of the U.S. Constitution."

Here's the video...

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