BOSTON — They say no man is an island, but Michael Richard Smith has been creating his own floating homes in Boston Harbor.
The Coast Guard and Boston police are keeping an eye on the unconventional camper who has been tying his canoe to small offshore docks in the city's inner harbor and pitching his tent to sleep at night.Okay, I can kinda grok the whole "sleeping on the public land in the harbor" thing. We've visited the islands in Boston Harbor, and they're pretty darn neat. Plus, he's got a really good point about crime - the only people who can get to him are folks in boats, so he's doing a lot better than he'd be doing in, say, the backwoods of Maine, even. What I'm curious about, though, is where he's getting, storing, preparing, consuming, and voiding his food. He's certainly not doing it all in a canoe, and if he's using the facilities on the harbor islands, then he's receiving city services.
What I don't get is why he's not doing this in, say, in Hilton Head SC or off the coast of Florida. Boston Harbor in winter time is cold and unforgiving, and if he's got no firm ties to the area, why not migrate someplace warm, or at least warmer? I've camped outside in the winter months before, and it is tolerable with the right gear and lots of it - but I did that because I wanted to, as part of Scouting, not because it was a way of life I'd chosen. To each his own, but I'd hate for some poor group of school kids to happen upon his decomposing body the first field trip in the spring, you know?
Had to figure he was from Maine - just not completely right in the head, dude!
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