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If You Were To Join a conservative Amish settlement, What Technology/Accessory Would Be Most Difficult For You To Give Up?

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By  far the hardest thing for me to give up would be hot running water,

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Since this has been going on for awhile,I find it interesting that hot running water is in the lead(which I did vote for!!).

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hey barb, now how many farmers like us would want to come in the house after a hard days work and NOT have a nice hot shower to jump into at the end of the day??

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That is soooo right!!!!

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Air conditioning!!!!!!

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Well, I did join the Amish at the age of 50.  I did not join one of the most conservative groups although my community is non-electric, horse and buggy.  However, I knew I wanted a community with bathrooms, hot and cold running water, and showers.  I do without electricity and a lot of those gadgets.  But, a bathroom was a must.

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If you gave up electricity….What's up with the use of the computer? That's about as unamish as you can get.

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Kathy, EXCELLENT question....he apparently uses a computer at the library.  Best I can tell from a very reliable confidant of mine Gusluke is the "real deal", believe me, I was skeptical at first too....I hope to meet with him myself soon, if his story is true, he is a real asset to this site and a VERY VERY unique (I know that "very" and "unique" together is not grammatically corrrect, but I had to do that for emphasis) person with a fascinating story, not many converts to the Amish, especially mid-life ones....

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i happen to know that gusluke52 IS a transplant from english to amish....he and i have been talking for some time now. this is all that i have to say about that.

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I can vouch for Gusluke as well!  Sealed

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Hi Gusluke! I find your story so intriguing! By the way, I was up in your area last week, as we were camping at Indian Lake, and armed with the info you provided last month, was finally able to locate the Belle Center library and the two other schools in your district I had not known about. I never did find the library open, so was unable to go in and use their computers to read my email. I was not aware Belle Center went beyond the little "downtown" area. Finding those other two schools (I had known about the one on CR96) would have been difficult had we not had a county map. I was impressed with the size of the newest school! It was much larger than any of the other Amish schools I had seen. When I get a chance, I will send the school photos to Kevin and maybe he will put them on the web site (I can't figure out how to do it myself!) Is the larger school the East District's school, or did I get that backwards? Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for the useful information. I really enjoyed driving the back roads of your beautiful area. ~Diann  

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Well, the next time you are in the area you'll have to stop by and visit me. 

You can send me an e-mail at and I will send you my personal information.

 

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Hi, Gus - I sent you an email a week or so ago, did you receive it? - Kevin

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you, my friend, are a man after my own heart. i am 66 and i have longed for the simpler life for quite a while now, so i feel like i am ready to go as soon as possible. i was raised on a farm in northern montana and i miss the early, early mornings in the barn with the cows and chickens. we were dairy farmers. i miss the wood burning fireplace that we had in the house, sometimes heating the house when the electric went out during ice storms. we had dogs and cats inside our house during my growing up years. gus, please let me know how long it was before you actually left one world for another.

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Well, once I made up my mind, it was a matter of a few months.  I sorted and sold out in Columbus, Ohio where I had lived my whole life.  Moved what I wanted to keep up to the little farm I had purchased in the Amish community.  Moved my Dad to Florida.   Moved up myself.  Went through about six months of proving and then joined the church.  But, I had known the folks in this Amish community for about 18 years before I made the decisioin to join.

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i would very much like to be able to join an amish community such as yours. i understand that there is an amish settlement close to me, though i do not know how to get there. this community is in adams co. ohio and that is about 45 minutes from where i am now living. i live in montgomery, ohio just about a half mile from 275 east. as i understand, this settlement is somewhere off of 32 near batavia, ohio. could you, by any chance, tell me how to get there gus? thank you for talking with me about my wanting to 'go over' to the other world.

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I haven't chosen anything yet since there are several that fit me.  I hate being somewhere & not having my car because of the freedom it gives me.  I have been there & done that with the hauling & heating water.  Have done the several days without electricity & since I am one who always likes to have music or tv playing in the background, it was awful silent without the electricity (especially since there were no batteries to be gotten).  I am definitely addicted to the internet/computer.  I don't usually make phone calls, but I would hate to lose that feeling of being connected.  The only one that doesn't fit at all is the jewelry/make-up - I wear minimal jewelry & rarely wear make-up.  But I am leaning more towards the electricity since having it would allow me to knit with something in the background, read without needing a lantern, etc.

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I chose electricity after not having it for 8 days in September 2008 from the winds of Hurricane Ike. I missed coffee the most but I did not like trying to read and work crossword puzzles at night with the kerosene lamp and flashlights.

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Hot running water for sure!  Our elec. was often out when we lived in MA (moved 7 years ago).  Also had no bathroom to use so that was another loss.  I would not like to be a pioneer.

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I also chose hot running water. In 1983,our spring went dry. We hauled water in a stainless steel tank in the back of our pickup. It held 75 gal.,and hubby was able to fill it where he worked. I heated bathwater,dishwater,and laundry water(who knew that a washer used 20 gal.per load?). I had 3 little ones,5,3 and 9 mo. The baby wore cloth diapers,so I had to wash those!!! That was an experience I'd rather NOT repeat!!! Oh, we have since drilled a well!

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I selected "hot running water" just for the sake of picking something, but, honestly, the Amish lifestyle greatly appeals to me.

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Well, Greg, I am with you...there are some very appealing aspects of being Amish...