The story of how Fine, a Long Island kid who admittedly appreciates his laptop, accomplishes that is the point of his funny new memoir, Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living, in which a young man buys a remote ranch and two goats, converts a monster truck to run on vegetable oil, installs and relies solely on solar power, battles coyotes and grows as much of his own food as he can. It sounds like a lot of work, but Fine calls his life on the Funky Butte Ranch a "carbon-neutral paradise."
"It's okay to laugh at me when you read this book," he jokes, and the laughs are all there, right along with a fully recyclable load of inspiration to anyone interested in following suit: Hear Fine speak and sign copies of Farewell, My Subaru tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; for details, call 303-436-1070. To read his continuing Funky Butte Ranch blogs, go to www.dougfine.com.
Mon., April 7, 2008