Friday, February 24, 2012

NEXT, on Doomsday Preppers!

...we were really looking to add that extra something to the retreat's defense scheme.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Having a bit of an emotional rollercoaster today...

And this made me smile.

I hope it makes you smile, too.

This Is My Home from Mark on Vimeo.

On an unseasonably warm November night in Manhattan on our way to get ice cream, we stumbled upon what appeared to be a vintage shop, brightly lit display window and all. As we began to walk in, a man sitting out front warned us that we were welcome to explore, but nothing inside was for sale. Our interests piqued, we began to browse through the collections the man out front had built throughout his life. This is a story of a man and his home.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

This is all I have to say about this year's election.

I don't like any of the ones who will get even close to being in the election in November. All of them are polarizing. None of them really have the people in mind, and none of them warrant my vote.

I'm more moderate than most of you, though. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are extremely important, but so is ensuring all citizens have the SAME rights. This includes gay marriage and abortion. Women and members of the LGBT community are people, too, as much as conservatives seem to insist we aren't. Since the government refuses to get the hell out of our lives, we have to find ways around it...including ensuring rights for all citizens.

This is going to make me a rather unpopular person amongst those of you who are more conservative-leaning. And frankly, I'm done biting my tongue about it. Say whatever you will, I really don't care.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Things like this make me think of MikeW and Breda.

Also, if you're not already following Bent Objects, I think you should. Terry Border's pretty creative. He's also the founder of Strangely Orange Snack Appreciation Day, which is celebrated in June. Yes, he's an oddball, but I think he's one of the best kinds.

Against my better judgement, I watched Doomsday Preppers.

Here's my opinion.

Family 1 - The head of the family covered their in-ground pool and set it up as a greenhouse - they keep tilapia in the deep end, with chickens over it, duckweed covering it (to feed the fish), and they use the greenhouse to grow food. They also keep a pair of goats. Great idea for providing for your family, but if things got to the point where power is not restored, how in the heck does that guy think he's going to protect his family? Now that he's on this show, he's a big dang target. Even with "educating" the neighbors, he'd end up overrun and out of food sooner than later. Smooth, dude. Real smooth. Furthermore, how does he plan on dealing with the inevitable sewage problem? How does he plan on avoiding disease? He didn't really discuss that beyond bagging their waste and "keeping it separate."

Family 2 - Okay, this lady's approaching things a bit differently. Lots of shelf-stable "prep" food. Has currency concerns, recognizes the possibility of an increase of home invasions, takes the kids to the range. Admitting her full name and showing her house on TV kindof destroys the whole point of getting food delivered at night, though.

Family/Group 3 - These guys seem to be the most prepared. Holy damn that's a lot of people to feed, though. It appears they've focused on combining knowledge to cover a range of skillsets. They're also raising cattle and chickens on a farm where they intend to get two families together to protect everybody. They've addressed border security and firearms training. These guys could easily be called exceedingly paranoid.

Family 4 - This guy...yeah. He's got an underground bunker. He's been preparing for nuclear holocaust for years. I don't think I really need to say any more about this guy. I don't recall if they said he's former military, but I get that feeling from watching his segment of the show. I would be concerned about their food choices, though, if their showcase dinner was ramen and mac&cheese. I understand those are shelf-stable foods, but you can't stay healthy on food like that. Still, dude's pretty much ready for anything short of running out of water in a year...and his bunker's out in the middle of Nowhere, Utah, making his cache the hardest to find out of the 4.

I don't think I'd watch more episodes, but it's interesting to see how many average people are really starting to get paranoid.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Things coming down the pipe.

Stuff that has had me preoccupied:
1 - I put something black and shiny on layaway. I'll tell you all what it is when it's in my grubby paws.
2 - We're putting a deposit on something furry and cute. This involves a lot of time spent elsewhere on the internet, doing research, since I've never ventured down this road before. I'll tell you more about *that* in a few weeks.

That is all. Carry on. :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

More women taking the plunge.

I came across this post recently, and I'm tickled pink.

Another post courtesy Michael. One by one, those afraid of firearms are getting over their fears. And they seem to be mostly women. I'm thrilled.

Even Sundance is taking notice of women who hunt. Maybe it's because female hunters are still a novelty, but I welcome positive media, no matter who's talking about it. Watch the video - it's refreshing to hear women sharing their thoughts regarding hunting. And, of course, one of our own is taking the plunge further into self-sufficiency.

*Yes, I'm still lacking in writing creativity. Have other, big things on my mind right now.