Prepping with Glasses

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Personally, I’m not a big fan of corrective lenses of any kind, but since my vision is fairly horrid without them, I’m stuck with a few options:

  1. Glasses – My default now. They work well, and my prescription hasn’t changed much in the last few years so I have an extra pair or two sitting around.
  2. Soft Contacts – I’ve worn contacts off and on in the past, but haven’t purchased any in well over a year even though I have a valid prescription. They’re very high maintenance, and I can’t imagine having to deal with them in a collapse scenario of any kind – even a partial collapse.
  3. Lasik Surgery – I’m not sure what to think about this yet. I continually battle in my mind with this, but generally end up on the side of “I would prefer not to accidentally go blind.”

Of the three choices, I’ve ended up pretty much settling on glasses, but that brings it’s own set of limitations. Glasses break, they get scratched, your prescription changes over time, etc. Luckily, the only thing that I can’t do much about is the prescription, which leaves me with “What’s the best way to have redundant sets of glasses?” as my main issue here. [Read more…]

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Mylar Packed White Rice, 16 Months Later

A while ago I posted an article on Food Storage in Buckets with Mylar Bags, and since I ended up opening one for the first time the other night I figured I should share the results.
A little background first though; while I keep long term food storage in Mylar bags stored in five gallon buckets, we also keep a number of buckets with gamma lids in our pantry for daily usage. Recently, we managed to burn through 25 pounds of white rice and my lovely wife asked me to get some more from longer term storage. I’m not going to lie about it, I was a little excited at the prospect of seeing how my long term food storage is doing. So, I wandered out to find the bucket of white rice and snagged the one on top.

This is not my handwriting, but rather the work of a twelve year old girl. =)

This is not my handwriting, but rather the work of a twelve year old girl. =)

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Prepper Fiction Review – 299 Days: The Preparation by Glen Tate

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I want to point out two things before I fully get into this review:

  1. This is not your average prepper book series (Yes, there are TEN books in this series!) filled with uber preppers with basements full of quasi legal M4s and a three year supply of Mountain House. This is infinitely more practical and, in my opinion, likely more realistic than other prepper fiction in that it presents a partial collapse of society.
  2. This book hit uncomfortably close to home for me in that I identified heavily with the main character. I’m mid way through my second read of the series and can’t help but hope that those I love and care about take the time to read it and perhaps get a little more prepared than they are right now. In fact, quite a few of my loved ones will be getting a copy of this book for Christmas this year.

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Rebellion To Tyrants T-Shirt

Another t-shirt that I put together and have for sale up on Amazon. I can’t say I truly designed this one though, as it’s a public domain interpretation of Benjamin Franklin’s first design for the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States. I gotta say that I love the message though! You can buy one here.

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In The Rabbit Hole

 

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The other day while driving around in my Jeep, I was listening to yet another episode of In The Rabbit Hole – The Urban Survival Podcast when I realized “Hey, you’ve only recommended this to a couple people!”, which was promptly followed by a small Homer moment (Doh!). So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to this great podcast. The show is produced by Aaron, Jonathan, and Jason, and since they already took the time to write up a description of the podcast, I’ll let their words give a high level summary: [Read more…]

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Got Preps? T-Shirt

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I designed this and am selling it on Amazon. I figured some of my readers may be interested in it as well. [Buy It Here]

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Happy 4th of July!

It’s the 4th of July here in the U.S., which is also our Independence Day. Personally, I’m off to celebrate with Friends, Family, Food, & Fireworks out on the Washington peninsula. Have a safe and enjoyable day folks!

Photo by Kim Hill

Photo by Kim Hill

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Prepper Fiction Review – The Perseid Collapse by Steven Konkoly

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First, one thing I want to point out: While The Perseid Collapse is the first in a three book series of the same name, there was actually a prequel (The Jakarta Pandemic) written as well. I ended up reading the prequel after reading the trilogy, but it still made sense. Personally, I would recommend starting the series with The Jakarta Pandemic. I’ve yet to write a review of the prequel, but as a brief summary in the meantime: It’s good. Read it.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. [Read more…]

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Prepper Fiction Review – Resurrecting Home by A. American

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Resurrecting Home, the fifth book in The Survivalist Series, drops us back into the Morgan Carter universe with a bang. Fighting to survive in a collapsing civilization, a massive wildfire threatens the small community they’ve managed to build in their old neighborhood. From the book description:

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan’s crew, alongside their  new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable communuity. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

If you’ve read the first four books in the series, then I think you likely know the answer to that question… [Read more…]

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Planning Food Storage

When I first started out on the path to building a food storage plan, my initial thoughts were along the lines of “Oh, I’ll buy lots of canned vegetables, some MREs, and some freeze dried food. Then I’ll be good.” I also only was planning for two weeks of food storage, everything fit in our kitchen pantry, I had no idea of how many calories I had on hand, I didn’t know how to calculate daily caloric needs for our family of five, and in general I didn’t even know how much I didn’t know.

That was three years ago. Today, we have around six months of food storage at any given time. It’s all inventoried, shelved, organized, and in a dedicated store room that’s kept relatively cool to increase the shelf life as much as possible. The kids actually joke about it, occasionally asking if they can “go to the store” to grab a can of fruit for dessert. :)

I’ve made a number of mistakes along the way, but I feel that I’ve learned enough to put my knowledge out there in the hope that someone else can avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. Before I talk about suggestions, let’s get the mistakes out of the way…

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