The term old geezer has been around for as long as I can remember with the common definition being “an elderly man that is extremely old”. That seems like an oxymoron to me but what do I know?
Wikipedia has this to say: “Geezer is a slang term for a man. In the UK, it can carry the connotation of either age or eccentricity. In the US, the term typically refers to a cranky old man.” Okay, so an old geezer is both eccentric and cranky.
I would like to soften that definition a bit. To me, an old geezer is someone who has lived life for awhile, learned a lot from the school of hard knocks, and yet, in spite of age or other limitations, has a healthy curiosity about things unknown. An old geezer can be 40 or 80, and can be a man or a woman. On many occasions, I have thought of myself as an “old geezer”. Now that we have set aside a definition, today I ask and answer: Do old geezers think or care about SHTF?
My answer is: Of course they do!
For the past couple of months, the concept of old geezers and prepping has been something I have given a lot of thought to. Perhaps it is because of the questions I get in comments and emails, or perhaps it is simply the recognition that many folks, regardless of age, are hungry for more than the simple basics of preparedness. They thirst for material that melds mindset and inspiration with the tactical and practical aspects of prepping, Heck, I seek that out for myself every single day of the week.
And then there is a popular website (name withheld to protect the guilty) that recently posted an article on prepping for seniors and suggested if you had relatives in their sixties, to stock up on Depends and obtain names of assisted living facilities that were prepper friendly. Sixty? Good grief!
Regardless of your age and where you are in your preparedness efforts, I feel safe in assuring you that old geezers do indeed care not only about prepping, and SHTF, but a lot of other things as well.
Prepping Gear That I Love
Last week I tested a new flashlight, this time from “LEDNut”. This style of heavier, more powerful flashlights have become a new favorite even though most run between $13 and $20.
This particular model, the LED Nut XML-T6, is priced at the low end of that range and so far performs as well as the others I own that are similar. It comes with a rechargeable Lithium ion battery, charger, and an adapter for AAA batteries.
Will it ever replace all of those Blocklites and $4 mini crees I own. No, not really because this is not what I would call a pocket flashlight. That said, when I take Tucker the Dog out at night, this is the flashlight I use. Given that it has a powerful beam that extends 1,000 feet, it is also better for walking at night and tactical purposes.
Last week I held a subscriber-only giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. I know $25 is not much but hey, free is free. There were no strings attached to the giveaway and no entry requirements other than being a subscriber. I was overwhelmed by the response!
The reason I mention this now is I am planning to do at least two of these giveaways a month (and I have additional Amazon gift cards sitting in my desk to prove it. All I can say is thank you again to subscribers. If you want to get in on the fun, click below to sign up. You will also get a copy of my Emergency Food Buyers Guide for free.
The Final Word
At the risk of sounding frivolous, there are days when we all take preparedness too seriously. I feel there is room for all of us to laugh a little, even at ourselves, while we continue to examine how we are going to prepare for uncertain times.
Will there be an honest-to-goodness “lights out” cyber attack? Is the Second Great Depression right around the corner? Is the government going to round up prepper-types and confiscate our land, food, and arms for the greater good?
These questions have no age. I hear them asked by twenty-somethings and by eighty-somethings, And so, I say it again. Yes, indeed. Old geezers absolutely do think, care, and prepare for when the stuff hits the fan.
Old or young, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this subject.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: I carry my portable survival kit whenever I leave the house. The nice thing about it is that it fits neatly in a pocket, day pack, glove box, or handbag. If you are interested in more details or need assistance building your own kit, see 8 Essential Items: The Perfect Portable Survival Kit.
In the meantime, here are some items you should consider carrying with you as you travel near and afar.
100 BIC-style Lighters Disposable Classic Lighter: Running about 16 cents each and free shipping, these are great to have on hand for both survival and barter use. Want fewer than 100. You can also get a pack of 50, currently priced at $11.
Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter: Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life. All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable. Every prepper should own at least one Zippo! Learn more about Zippos in the article What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V 6 LED Flashlight: I own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds. I love my cheapie whistles but this is the one I would depend on for wilderness survival.
Lavender Essential Oil: This is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. My favorite lavender oil is from Spark Naturals. Enjoy a 10% discount with code BACKDOORSURVIVAL.
Rectangular Tin with Window: I found this tin that is very similar to mine on Amazon.com. Chances are you have something similar already that can be repurposed for free.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: Too large for a pocket kit but important to have with you is the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter. At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag. It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.
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