Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
As of this writing, the Naugler family has lived on the Blessed Little Property for about two years, not counting the period when the children were in state care and Nicole and Joe were in a motel.
They had plans, of course.
Apart from the obvious distortions to the truth (they have a land contract on their property, not a conventional real estate mortgage with “in house” financing), we do learn here that there is a septic system, and either a well or a cistern on the property.
But all that needed assessment, and that costs money, and the Nauglers had no money, so they began hauling in water. In those ubiquitous white buckets.
Consider how much water that might be for a family of 13.
Estimates vary, but each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day.
Of course, this assumes that people are flushing toilets, and we know that’s not happening. And it also assumes bathing via a shower or tub, and I bet there’s precious little of that going on. And when you have haul water, you get more frugal with it, so they would be inclined to use less for dishwashing and that sort of thing.
Still, I assume they haul in a whole hell of lot of water.
At the time she wrote this (from her old blog, post now gone so I cannot link), they were getting water from a local feed store.
Obviously, that created some problems, or they quit getting it there, or something, because they began looking for other sources.
Here’s Nicole’s synopsis.
We did outsource our water.
That made me laugh. They “outsourced” it. In other words, they were scratching around trying to find water any place they could, preferably for free. They had several sources, she tells us. And they always offered to pay.
But mean people suck.
And some mean person whose initials are DR really sucks and told lies. And Nicole and Joe are “dealing with it privately at this time.”
There are really two stories here. Nicole is trying to sort of conflate them by totally ignoring the elephant in the room, and simultaneously trying to divert the whole issue to the very mean sucky DR.
I wondered about all this, so I did a bit of digging around. And here’s the basic time-table.
The incident with DR came first. Here is what happened. DR and her family befriended the Nauglers for a while. Ultimately, they had a bit of a falling out, nothing really horrible, but went their separate ways.
And one day, DR and her husband came home to find their water hose running. It had obviously been running for hours. Their neighbor told them that Joe and at least one of the boys had been at DR’s house earlier that day, while nobody was home, and got water.
Joe never called, never asked, and had no arrangement to get water from DR. He just came when they were not home and took it. Furthermore, neither he nor Nicole ever called DR or her husband to say, “Gee, you know, we were in a bad place yesterday and needed water and you weren’t home and we just got some. I’ll be happy to come by and pay you for it. Didn’t know where you were and I couldn’t ask and it was an emergency.” Not one word.
In fact, until Nicole posted the above comment on February 8, 2016, neither of the Naugler adults had ever even admitted they came by and got water at all. And DR has no idea how many times they’d done this in the past without bothering to ask or tell anyone. The only reason she and her husband knew anything had happened on this occasion is because Joe left the water running to thank them.
I don’t know what planet Nicole lives on, but on the one I live on, that is stealing. If Nicole and Joe are handling the issue “privately,” it’s really private indeed, since DR hasn’t a clue what she’s talking about. I would suggest, Nicole, that DR and her husband deserve, at the very least, a sincere apology.
But that was maybe two years ago.
We have to fast-forward a little bit to the Joe Naugler Arrest Incident.
This is from the news report at the time (early May, 2015).
Now, I know that the media doesn’t get things right sometimes, and I’m willing to cut a little slack for that reason, but they are quoting the summons here. Some reporter didn’t just make that up.
Joe went to the person’s house for water. He was told no. He got pissed off and told his son to get the pistol out of the glove compartment. (Lovely unschooling lesson, there, by the way. What do you suppose the kid learned from that. . .)
And a little addition here:
From Nicole herself, we learn that he called the person a “cunt.” That’s nice. Another unschooling lesson, I see. And yes, he threatened her, unless you think that “go get my gun out of the dash” is non-threatening.
Back to the original:
Subsequently, Joe tried to spin this incident into something else. He insisted at one point that the disagreement was because he unfriended the person on Facebook. He also called the person a “meth head,” which is pure libel.
But there’s a larger point here. He went there, not for tea and crumpets, but to get water. He seems to have gone there before, but apparently wore out his welcome.
We had a guy come to our house once wanting to know if we had some hay he could buy to feed his livestock. He just needed to get through, he said, until he could find some commercially, since it was night and the weekend. We sold him a couple of square bales of hay. We also gave him some ideas about where he might obtain some later on.
It was fine. No problem at all. He paid for the hay. We charged him exactly what it cost us. It did mean that we now had two fewer bales than we did before, and in the end, that did prove problematic, but he needed them and we helped him out.
The problem was that a week later he was back wanting more hay.
We had become his hay supplier. And we knew why. It was because we were selling him hay at the price we’d paid, the price the hay cost in the summer when it was plentiful. Only this wasn’t summer. This was winter and hay is expensive in winter. He didn’t want to pay what the commercial feed store wanted for a bale of hay. Instead, he just wanted to use ours.
No matter that we’d had the foresight to buy ahead, that we’d gone to the trouble to hook up a trailer and go haul the stuff home, and then store it out of the weather. He hadn’t bothered and he was just going to let us provide him with hay forever.
So we said, “No.”
This guy wasn’t Joe Naugler, so he said, “Oh, okay. Sorry to have bothered you,” and left and I suppose got some hay some place else. He didn’t start spreading rumors that we were mean sucky meth heads. He just left.
Nicole places great emphasis on the idea that they were offering to pay for the water.
Mean damn people. Joe was gonna pay for the water.
Well, the guy was perfectly happy to pay for the hay, too. Only we said “no.” We didn’t need to explain to him why we said no. We just did. The hay was our hay and we didn’t want to sell it to him. Period.
He was looking for a “good source” to buy hay, too. Only we weren’t it.
What happened to “voluntaryism,” pray tell me? And how exactly were you “looking for a business transaction” when you didn’t tell the person you got the water at all and you did it when they were not home?
By “dependent” she means that they get city water or county water that they pay for. Somehow she makes it sound like they are doing something in an inferior fashion to her “independence.” Only last time I checked, Joe was the one running around begging people for water.
It’s true that 86% of Americans are on some sort of public water facility as a source for water. Only about 15% of us have private wells, a fact that I found a little amazing, since we’ve had a well for nearly all my adult life, everywhere we’ve lived.
Not half, Nicole. 86%. She then veers right on to how since they had to buy the water, it’s only morally right that they then sell the water to the Nauglers at the same price they paid, just because Joe asked. (Only, as we’ve seen, he didn’t always ask.)
But even if he asked, and even if the person had an endless supply of water, and even if he paid, the person is not obligated to sell him water. There are any number of reasons why someone might not want to do that.
Maybe they pay for their water by volume. Maybe they don’t like looking at Joe. Maybe they don’t think he’s pretty. Maybe he smells bad. Maybe he’s an obnoxious prick.
Maybe they just don’t want him pulling up in their driveway without notice and helping himself, regardless of whether or not he pays them any money.
They “chose” not to dig a well because they don’t have any money and can’t pay for it. They had the money (from the GoFundMe debacle), but “chose” not to use it to provide a water source for the Blessed Little Property.
They do not currently have a water source issue, probably because they get it from Nicole’s business.
Frankly, though, nobody really cares about that. What we care about is libel. And Nicole has libeled DR.
And we have this. This is a photo which I have left relatively large, so you can see the thing in the red circle.
The photo is of the Naugler car (I suppose) with snow on it and a smiley face, but in the background, you see their next-door neighbors. You know, out in the “wilderness.”
The neighbors are the same ones who have a paved concrete driveway, multiple outbuildings and barns, an in-ground swimming pool, and a combine.
Here’s the commentary about it.
Nicole, bless your blessed little heart. You really don’t know anything about living in the country, do you? Your neighbor is not hauling water because he has no well (or large cistern). He’s got that “portable cistern” to haul water out to his fields so he can spray them with fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, whatever. Nearly every farmer who has fields of any size growing corn or soybeans or similar crops has one.
Unlike Nicole, when I am wrong, I own it. And I was wrong about this. The next door neighbor does not, in fact, have a well and does, in fact, haul in water. The tank is one of the sort that most people use to haul water to their fields as I mentioned.
However, I bet the neighbor doesn’t go to his neighbors to get water without telling them, and with no arrangements made, and I bet he doesn’t leave the water running.
But then came the most amazingly, incredibly asinine comments ever made in public.
See how Nicole painted DR? Sucky, mean woman who won’t just freely give water to these poor people with all these children who are in need. DR is “water greedy.”
Maybe DR just likes for people to fucking tell her when they are going to come to her property and help themselves.
Where in the world does Nicole find these people?