January 10, 2009

Review of Warming Up at the Ramada

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we didn’t have all of the luxuries we are so use to. What if we stopped living the life we have right now and free ourselves from everything? No more utility bills, credit card bills, taxes, mortgage or rent. Sound intriguing? If so, come along on a journey with author Kim Richard Smith as he does just that in his memoir, “Warming Up At The Ramada.”

After the rise and fall of his newspaper company, author Kim Richard Smith finds that living a simpler life and fulfilling his dream of becoming a writer in a world where greed and luxury are a top priority is the road he must take. Smith opens our eyes to all of the problems that have left our environment in shambles. He shows us that one can live a simpler life without the need for luxuries like a washer or dryer, microwave, dishwasher, etc. He reminds us of what Mother Nature has to offer while living in a little shack in the woods and traveling from campground to campground.

While Kim Richard Smith’s ideal life may not be for everyone, it does make one think. Why do we live in a world where the words “Freedom of Speech” are only words and nothing more? Why must we pay the government to live on our own land, eat and work so that we can survive? And why do our children get taken away if we tell them they cannot have something or we choose not to have electricity or hot water. These are only a few questions that make one think.

In reality we are no longer able to live freely as we choose even if it harms no one. If we do, we’re disciplined for it because we’re not following society’s rules. There is no doubt in my mind that we no longer have the right to think or act for ourselves. We must live the way society sees fit. And in my opinion this is wrong. It is very wrong.

While Smith’s memoir is a work in progress, I am intrigued by what I have read. I want to know more and look forward to his future writings. I have finally opened my eyes thanks to his knowledge. I hope that you will be able to see what I have seen and share in the journey that author Kim Richard Smith takes in, “Warming Up at the Ramada.”