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According to the Urban Dictionary, a nut job is “A person of inadequate sanity or lacking normal perceptions of reality”. Now I have to tell you, during my recent cruise vacation, more than one person looked at me quizzically and probably thought that I fit that definition.
Why? I talked about prepping, survival skills, and the need to prepare for uncertain times. I also talked about self-defense and learning to shoot. I talked about growing my own food, bartering for goods and services. And most shocking (to some), I questioned the news as reported by the main stream media and challenged the statistics bantered about by government officials.
None of this seems looney-tunes to me but then who am I to judge? How about you? Take this little test and see for yourself?
1. Do you have a year’s worth of food, water and medical supplies stashed away?
2. Do you think that our planet’s ability to outpace the current population rate is doomed?
3. Do you refuse to get a flu shot because you deem it dangerous and unnecessary?
4. Do you own a firearm for self-defense purposes?
5. Do you have cash stored away in a personal hidey hole in anticipation of a global banking collapse?
7. Do you think we are in a depression and will not see a recovery for years?
8. Do you think high ranking government officials and politicians are sneaky and egocentric?
9. Do you peruse at least 10 survival blogs a day?
10. Do you believe everything you learned in school about history and so-called modern inventions?
Think about these questions and answer honestly. If you said yes to eight or more, you are a certifiable nut job like me. And if your friends become agitated and defensive when you talk about these matters take my advice: get yourself some new friends!
On a more serious note, for the past month I have been traveling to places here and there but most notably to the Holy Land. Along the way I saw some pretty incredible sites and learned a lot of things which I plan to share over the course of the next month. For example:
- The Story of Masada and What We Can Learn if SHTF
- Recovery, Recession or Depression?
- The Mechanics of Vacation During the Electronic Age
- Can You Keep Your Sanity while Living Full Time on a Cruise Ship?
- Lessons Learned Dealing with a Mini-Pandemic
- What’s going on with the Civil Unrest (or lack thereof) in Turkey, Greece, Portugal and Israel?
The past four weeks have been educational and thought provoking on a number of fronts. And – since this was a vacation – it was opportunity to re-charge both the brain cells and the body cells so that I can be better prepared for the challenges ahead. And I have no doubt that there will be many.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some ideas to get you started.
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools M37-N SEAL Pup: This highly rated knife will do it all whether you are an avid hiker, hunter, camper, fisherman or just someone who wants to be prepared for whatever the world will throw at you.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.
Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: I think a common mistake is to pick up a cheap hatchet from Harbor Freight and call it a day. This is something you do not want to skimp on. A Fiskars is easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.
MAGLITE XL50-S3016 LED Flashlight: I own a number of these. Small, sturdy, and easy to handle.
Square Foot Gardening: You do not need a lot of space to grow your own food. Start with some awesome greens and branch out from there. This method works. Seed catalogs will be out next month, why not start your planning now?
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.
50 – 1 Gallon (10″x14″) Mylar Bags & 50 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers for Dried Dehydrated and Long Term Food Storage: Anytime you can get 50 Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for less than $20, make a grab – fast. Prices tend to fluctuate so even a set of 50 for $25 is a good deal.