Brian Fey cannot fly

AN ECCENTRIC named Brian Fey, who lives alone nearby on another mountaintop, fell off a two-story building last week in a village abutting our lake, and screwed himself up real good. He was filming a celebration called Corpus Christi.

Over 15 years ago, Brian moved down from the United States, purchased a large property on that mountain where there was already a building or two, and he established what he calls Bosque Village. His goal is “sustainable living” or something like that.

I don’t believe there is any electricity in Bosque Village except what his generator makes now and then. Brian lives without even a refrigerator.

He seems to make his living by hosting paying visitors who stay days or weeks to live the Bosque Village Experience and learn about sustainable living.

Brian has no family here, no medical insurance, and little savings. He’s a good egg, and if you could toss a few bucks in the Brian Basket to help with his medical expenses, it would benefit your karma. There is a GoFundMe page that makes it easy.

Click on the link just above.

Brian has a YouTube channel. A search for Brian Fey or Bosque Village will take you there.

36 thoughts on “Brian Fey cannot fly

  1. I feel so sorry for him. He appears to be very dedicated to his lifestyle and this accident has surely set him back. I Paypal-ed money to him thinking that is the most expedient way of getting cash in his hands. I hope he has some kind of hands-on help. If he’s in Morelia he would have access to some good care but a person alone and in hospital needs all kinds of assistance they may not have.


    1. Carole: Just this morning he left a couple of messages on a local Gringo internet forum, requesting suggestions for nursing care and getting to his money in the bank. He sent a friend to the bank with an old-style check, which was all he had, and the bank would not cash it. I think he’s in a clinic here where I live, not in Morelia.


      1. I can think of all kinds of ways he would be handicapped in just taking care of his personal needs. We’ve learned many times how it is important just to have another signer on the checking account to access that cash if the primary and/or secondary signers are not able.


          1. No doubt he has a lot of regrets. He has done some nice work at his place for which he deserves respect. That fall was a hard one in many ways.

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    2. Thanks so much for your kind donation! My friends did an amazing job of helping me out. They loaned me cash and helped get me out of the hospital I was in, which was not appropriate to my condition. They consider me family after all the years we have worked together. And a Gringo friend set up the crowdfunding quickly as he is a fan of Bosque Village and has had his family out often.

      I am now in a small economical clinic and planning my transfer to the home of a nurse. The life where I live in the forests is quite difficult by normal standards. Nearest neighbor over a kilometer away. Couldn’t even use a wheelchair there. I did end up solving my banking issues by taking an ambulance to the bank and getting wheeled in. They were suddenly very responsive. I will be switching banks later, though that may not help.

      The crowdfunding response has been overwhelming due to my past work. I am in a life-changing period, and I expect this incident is going to cause some great things! If you want to know about it, you can learn more here:

      Thanks again!


      1. Brian: As I’ve mentioned to you elsewhere, if you do change banks I heartily recommend BBVA, as they’re now known. They’ve dropped “Bancomer.” I’ve had accounts here at Banamex, Santander, HSBC and BBVA Bancomer. The worst is HSBC. The best by far is BBVA. I kinda doubt they would have treated you the way Banamex did, but who knows? But anyway, they are definitely superior to Banamex.


    3. Thanks so much, Carole! That is quite nice of you. Luckily, had some local friends who got me out of the bad hospital to a good clinic to get surgery. It was two days after the accident that I got surgery. Dangerous.

      I was so lucky to have them. After working with them so long, they call me family and treat me like it. Best insurance in Mexico is family. I owe my life to them. And now I owe you as well.

      Here is some of the work I do, so you know what you supported:

      I did end up having to go to the bank in an ambulance and get wheeled in on a stretcher to get access to my donated funds. It was sort of amusing, but they just would not help me any other way. Thanks again for helping a stranger in a weird tough time! I won’t be letting myself get poor again!


      1. Brian: I would have liked to have seen the bank entrance. They should have been highly embarrassed by that, but I doubt they were. Beyond absurd that it was necessary. I hope you got things in order.


  2. So his chosen lifestyle failed to provide adequate healthcare. Now he needs a handout. I mean, c’mon! How much does a Seguro Popular or IMSS policy cost? Looks like his sustainable lifestyle ain’t so sustainable. Lo siento, pero este hombre está cosechando lo que sembró. My help goes to the people who aren’t poor by choice.


    1. Gerard: I too have marveled at his apparently not even signing up for Seguro Popular, which is a free government health plan. It’s not the greatest coverage in the world, to put it mildly, but better than nothing. My wife and I are on Seguro Popular for no other reason than it’s free, so why not? Cannot imagine ever using it, however, but we have it. We always go the private route for healthcare. The IMSS option is not free, but it’s really cheap compared to buying health insurance in the U.S. IMSS is also a government system. Were I living like Brian, I would have had something lined up. I imagine he would now agree that he made a big blunder.

      Hindsight is quite good.


  3. It’s easy to blast Brian for not having a healthcare plan, but let’s face it: If he had IMSS, he might very easily still be flat on his back with untreated broken bones. Seguro Popular does not come totally free, and it would’ve charged Brian about what he’s having to fork out now for his medical care, given that he does own property. No healthcare plan, whether it’s private insurance or public, would pay for the convalescent expenses that Brian is going to incur.

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    1. Ms. Shoes: First off, t’wasn’t me blasting Brian. It was Gerard. I am quite sympathetic to Brian’s dilemma. As for IMSS coverage and care, that seems to vary wildly from one hospital to another. Good care is definitely available from IMSS. And sometimes not. As for Seguro Popular, it is pretty much free. Being enrolled, I have the info and brochures.


    2. I disagree that Seguro Popular would be charging what the man is now paying. He would pay fees according to his ability to pay but it doesn’t come close to what private health care costs. I am not familiar with the care Seguro Popular offers in Morelia but in Guadalajara, the Hospital Civil Fray Antonio Alcalde and the newer Hospital Civil attend accident victims fairly quickly. As far as IMSS goes, he could very well have been attended to promptly. And then again maybe not. But the money he saved by using their services would have been a great help during his convalescing period.

      I don’t wish the man ill. He just doesn’t fit my criteria for a charitable contribution.

      P.S. I find it surprising that both Felipe and yourself, champions of personal responsibility, are so sympathetic to the man’s plight.


      1. Gerard: I have no doubt that he would be in a better position today if he had Seguro Popular. As for IMSS, what you get from them varies from hospital to hospital, city to city. It’s a crap shoot, from what I’ve often read, but better than nothing, ESPECIALLY, when you’re broke.

        As for my and Ms. Shoes’ sympathy and your lack of it, I imagine it has lots to do with the fact we both know him personally and you don’t. That colors one’s attitudes.


    3. Thanks! I don’t actually think insurance issues are very relevant here. I used to be self-insured by not being poor.
      This is the first time I have had any medical expenses that insurance would have covered. Seguro popular and IMSS would have been poor choices.
      I was able to get excellent care at amazingly low prices. Surgery was cool. I had an epidural so I could watch. Great team in four hours of surgery. Gory pictures to come later. They would not let me record, but a guy took some photos.


    1. Marco: I’m pretty sure not. I don’t think I even met him until after you moved away. Once, about 12 years ago, he was trying to find someone to stay at his place for a week or two, caretaking, while he made a trip back to the United States. I thought it might be a fun adventure, so my wife and I drove up there for a tour of his spread to decide. However, on hearing there wasn’t even a fridge, I knew I wouldn’t do it. I could live a week or so without electricity, but no fridge? No way, José. Of course, a fridge requires electricity, doesn’t it?


      1. “Of course, a fridge requires electricity, doesn’t it?”
        Propane refrigerators are quite common.


      2. Fridge requires electricity? Nah, there are propane fridges. All RVs have them. When I was a kid we had a fridge that ran on kerosene. Also, a very little bit of solar power goes a long way. We had a single 100W panel and an average-size car battery, mostly for lights before bedtime. Total cost maybe $300 U.S. That was enough. We almost never had to run our generator.

        My sympathies to your friend. I consider it part of my good fortune that I can pitch in a little on these things.


        1. Creigh: While I was writing that, a little voice in the back of my head was saying there are non-electric fridges, so how right you are. For me, the most far-out aspect to his lifestyle is not having a fridge.


  4. I have pitched a few dollars into the hat.

    Although I would not adopt this guy’s lifestyle and likely am in pretty much complete disagreement with him as to politics, he needs help. I am able to contribute. I count that a blessing and am eager to pitch in.

    He’s not perfect, neither am I.

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    1. Thanks so much Ricardo! My lifestyle is quite extreme. I am an experiment. 🙂 People who visit come usually for a short time, but few would want to live as I do. We may or may not agree on particular politics. I try to avoid using political buzzwords as I think they often needlessly divide people when we could be working on common problems. I also avoid spiritual talk for the same reason.

      One could infer some of my political thoughts, I suppose: I am for decentralization, personal responsibility, living simply, protecting the commons, removal of vice laws …. well, you can derive values based on what I do. I don’t pretend to provide solutions everyone should adopt, but I offer them.

      A lot of what I do, such as use composting toilets, would not even be legal in the USA. I love that I have freedom here to experiment.

      More here:

      Thanks again! Your support will allow me to live, and to up my game and do a better job.


      1. Brian: I tell people that living in Mexico is easier than in the U.S. To me, it is. The additional freedom too.

        The reason Ricardo mentioned politics is because it’s a frequent theme on this website.


  5. Felipe! Thanks so much for posting that! Multiple donations from strangers! Wow! One of the benefits of this odd event is that people who have not heard about Bosque Village are hearing about it.

    The crowdfunding response has been overwhelming. I don’t feel bad about it, though I am usually the one to give, not recieve.
    A lot of the donors are people who follow what I do, have known me a long time, or have visited Bosque Village. So I guess I am getting the benefits of some social capital.

    This experience has been a great direct lesson in the fragility of life. One tiny bit of trust in holding a piece of metal and leaning out over a roof, and I am suddenly in a life-threatening situation. Had I hit my head or spinal column you would be remembering me as that odd dead guy. I could have also died from a shattered bone to the femoral artery or a blood clot to the brain. I wasn’t operated on until two days after the operation when I could get to a clinic which wasn’t either sucky or very expensive.

    What have I learned? Don’t trust holding onto a piece of metal in concrete when leaning out over a roof to get a better angle … maybe not lean out at all. I will still go on roofs. I will consider insurance, but It would not have helped in this case.

    I do learn what I knew before: Being poor puts you at risk. I knew that. And as my resources dwindled over the years while I was hosting rich student travelers for mostly free … that was bothering me. About five years ago I ran out of money and have been scraping by. I enjoyed the process of learning to be poor. Getting creative. Needing less, and less, and less. I suggest that process to more people! But with real poverty comes the risks my local friends know all too well. (They don’t have servicio social or IMSS by the way.) And in a split second, that risk became some harsh reality. I would have been fine with dying except I don’t have a will, and feel I have more work to do. But I get a second chance at life. I can continue my freak path that offers solutions for a sick world.


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