What’s it costing you to maintain your head on a weekly basis?

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  • Never smoked tobacco (tried) although my mother and four out of five brothers do/did.


    Haven't smoked anything "nice" in 28 years, with one hit taken last Xmas that did nothing but mild elation. It made me paranoid more than once back in the day; would not like to rely on THC for pain. I envy people who partied hearty and enjoyed it, bless your tie-dyed sox.


    Alcohol just makes me feel tired. The ex's crazy ideas about what was OK put me off it permanently. I enjoy a drink, spirit with lots of mixer - but with meds I can't really have more than one so it's not a regular thing. Two, maybe three drinks a month? So £15 give or take.


    I like how people are saying things changed as they went along, either type or quantity, or they decided early it wasn't for them. So many different ways and means in one group! No sheep-think here :-)

  • Work is my drug of choice, I am done for if I cant work, I have a love of a good coffee, I ve somehow manged to trick my head its as good as booze similar with mountain biking or just cycling just one of my knees is done in. Been helped through bad times with jack daniels but I don't really drink spirits much at home now. Another Christmas is coming I hate its arrival every year like scrooge, its a thing I cannot avoid, a rollacoaster of emotions mixed with alcohol.

  • Been T total for many years, best move I made, wasnt a big boozer but enjoyed it but the buzz wore off and was horse drawn when I gave it up as animal responsibility was far more important, a good coffee as far nicer so with you there Gee, same with the onslaught of xmas, fucking hate it, only for the massive pressure cmapaigns for the big sell of useless tat, the greed and waste that happens whilst millions around the globe suffer poverty and starvation so I always do an unchristmas by not taking part in any shape or form.

    I am well chuffed at 53 yr old i still love the party and can still do a 5 day full on psy trance festival and dance and play as hard as I ever did, keeping meself fit and healthy means I can still do several festi's a year and roll with the disco biscuits and play with psychedelics, feeling blessed and lucky for that. Keeps me sane man

  • Work is my drug of choice, I am done for if I cant work.

    I feel the same gee about work/working. Keeping busy with things I really “want” to do and trying to complete the work/jobs I “need” to do. Is more important to me than I can express. I do as much as I can and I really push myself and my luck, Physically limited nowadays with my damaged spine and that does my head in.


    Having work/projects/jobs to do got me up in a morning. Living in fear of wasting my time sleeping, worked better at getting me out of bed in the mornings than a alarm clock or shitting the bed. :D


    I still get a buzz driving to the carboot sales in winter, when it’s still dark and “other folk” are still sound a sleep. Watching the sky crack with another days sunrise is a natural high for me.


    Work can be “the drug” job satisfaction when I’ve left a well laid hedgerow in good stead for another 25 years, comparing a parcel of woodland before and after mgt or a lawn/paddock looking like a new green carpet. There’s also the financial gain. Like a gambling addiction (without the guilt trip) it’s a great feeling to know the money in your pocket came from doing something “you love doing” and good at.

  • I’ve come full circle. I’m not drinking, smoking, eating sweets or drinking pop. Diesel requirements are practically none existent. I’ve never been so cheap to run. I imagine for some it’s become quite expensive to stay at home in lockdown. I hear folk are getting pissed up more often or just drinking the days away.

  • I loved my “period” of wine drinking. Finish work and evening meetings, treat myself to a bottle of nice wine. Although on visiting the forum the following morning was often interesting. Not that I didn’t mean “what I’d posted” more the fact that I didn’t hold back.:D


    strange thing is, I can’t for the life of me say with hand on heart “any” wine tastes nice these days. I’m sure even a £600 bottle of vintage would taste like vinegar to me these days.

    Mead was also my go to poison and I think I could still sip that and not have to spit it out unlike wine. I think I will require some serious Counselling to get me to enjoy wine, beer and larger these days.

  • My local lidl and aldi don't have the customer toilet that others have.


    Public toilets seem closed and my chemical toilet is full.


    I will queue less at sainsburys and waitrose and more at tesco and asda.


    My costs have increased. If I'm desperate and can't queue to use a toilet then I head straight for waitrose or sainsburys..... Both are significantly more expensive for the basics that I buy.

  • have you considered buying a Radar key off eBay? Access to clean toilets during this lockdown is no fun. Can you buy a smaller chemical toilet with a smaller waste cassette? these small cassettes can be squeezed into a square large backpack. Easy to decoy and empty into public Toilets. or buy a manhole key and dump Toilet waste in vacant/unoccupied/ for sale houses/building manholes. bag your solids and dump in to dog mess bins. These are cleaned each week in busy areas. Piss into petrol can and empty down street drain.

  • have you considered buying a Radar key off eBay? Access to clean toilets during this lockdown is no fun. Can you buy a smaller chemical toilet with a smaller waste cassette? these small cassettes can be squeezed into a square large backpack. Easy to decoy and empty into public Toilets. or buy a manhole key and dump Toilet waste in vacant/unoccupied/ for sale houses/building manholes. bag your solids and dump in to dog mess bins. These are cleaned each week in busy areas. Piss into petrol can and empty down street drain.

    It had not occurred to me to try my very small apx 400 x450 x150 mm toilet tank in a backpack and I might have a suitable bag.


    Pee is no problem. I've containers for it and do empty into drains.


    Radar key would not help in my local area.


    Temps have been improving and I'm reluctant to go back to binning my poo because it really stinks up the van and chosen disposal site in milder weather.


    The backpack thing might just work for me.


    Ta. X

  • double bin bag the container, inside backpack Builders black bags from B&Q are slightly bigger, but much stronger and reusable if careful and cassette is a good seal.
    these medic backpacks are a good design.square-ish front (lid) unzips 3 sides, leaving a square-ish box type bag with lid flap. Easy to zip up, strap tight, and carry on back or hand and surprisingly large. Secondhand around £30 molle useful for extra pouches, gloves, wipes, water, tatt etc. I have one, so I can try, see if standard cassette fits if it helps.

    https://www.worthpoint.com/wor…dical-medic-bag-150764588