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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

town advantages


TOWN ADVANTAGES

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Before, if you had asked me if there were any advantages to living in town, I would have looked around at my dusty country hovel, sneered at you and spat disgustingly at your feet and proclaimed my distain at your Yuppie Scum high dollar lifestyle.  My primitive sad little homestead was paid off with a due of property taxes at $2 a month whereas you still were most likely kissing the ass of a landlord or banker but even if you were not your taxes on a modest home were still $100 a month.  What advantages outside luxury and decadence?  The only advantage I’ve come across yet was the ability to work a second job for prepping money and that is not even possible in my case because even if I quit writing tomorrow, saving a minimum of twenty hours a week ( mostly research rather than typing ), I’d still be so exhausted from my primary job that I’d have no energy to work another.  The new truck at the food bank is not only extra work in and of itself ( keeping the bosses turd new and shiny ), but it was not long at all before every swinging cheese dingus on the donation route was trying to fill the larger truck up just as full as the much smaller one.  It is at the point, regardless of how fit I am, that it is a race between the economy collapsing and forcing back donations or my body collapsing from the work load ( I don’t want to quit as lifting tons a day is good, paid for exercise-the problem is the weight just keeps increasing as I get older and I’m no Arnold ).

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I’ve now lived in town with the new Old Lady for about seven months.  It is actually very nice.  The home is small but comfortable and she is not one to allow any problem to escalate.  So the landlord chores around the place are simple and easy.  Work is a half mile away rather than six.  This is not an advantage as that was my cardio exercise which is needed but which is falling by the wayside slowly but surely ( see above ).  The money situation is not much worse.  The old Old Lady cost me nearly $100 ( it used to be $50-$75, but, of course, inflation ) in a monthly car rental, with extra cigarettes and booze thrown in to about equal my share of the rent/mortgage here in town.  I pay a bit extra which delivers 24/7 electricity and Internet access, a convenience as far as my writing but certainly a disadvantage compared to my solar power set up as far as interruption potential (  I have a battery trickle charger in 120v left over from my generator days and plan on getting a battery for here in town.  Just lights off an inverter will make the outages much nicer ).

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And yes, the plan is still to stay here in town.  I was pushing for an early mortgage pay-off to have a better financial situation here, thinking that in a economic downturn locally renters might be hard to come by, but it is insane the tax penalties you’d pay, switching from a business expense to income.  So I could be moving pack to the B-POD sooner or later, reluctant girlfriend in tow ( the financial situation is fluid, so it is a fifty-fifty that happens ).  I’m not really worried overly much with crime.  With the high cost of living here a downturn would mean population leaves ( the cold weather would help boost them out as soon as they cut back on the gas or electric ) rather than stays and smolders socio-economically.  Right now I’m living in a very small city rather than a large town, but it is still a rural town at heart and we don’t have minority crime issues.  Goes the economy, crime will of course increase.  But with our gun laws that should center around property crime rather than personal. 

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I can say town living is an improvement in lifestyle but a definite turn to the worse prepper-wise.  More people on an overloaded electric grid.  More people, period.  More people mostly negates the advantages here in our particular building ( temperature stable basement, tree shaded for summer ).  The river is about the same distance from both the city and country homes but of course here you will have crowds there.  There is more fire danger here, more riot potential.  But, of course, my general location is a far better place to face the collapse than most and so this is all relative.  It is not as safe here in the city but more safe than most suburbs elsewhere.  In summation, town is for lazy bastards, not preppers.  And if your bug-out location is close, who cares.  But don’t pretend it is for anything other than luxury and laziness.

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14 comments:

  1. "But don’t pretend it is for anything other than luxury and laziness."
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    Change that to plain ol' *silliness* and you're a daisy.
    When you math it all out I see no benefit to living urban or suburban.
    But then, the thing I hold highest, above all other, is my peace of mind.

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    1. If you knew any of my ex-wives you would know I can't handle peace of mind.

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  2. My plan - long term - is to finish the house on the land, now while we are young and strong enough to do so, live in it dirt cheap and providing as much for ourselves as possible (shelter, food, water, utilities, etc). To save enough to be able to buy a little place in town after the kids are all grown and done reaching self sufficiency. Maybe run a little book/comic/game/hobby store out of the town place for back up income. The family will always be able to go back out to the paid off homestead - even if only on foot, since it is less than 6 miles away. Small town living has much to recommend it. But prices can still be too much to afford, so if you cant afford a house in town it is better to live outside town on land you can pay for either cash up front or have paid off in a short time frame.

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    1. Debt sucks. Debt for shelter sucks more.

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  3. I bought your December newsletter. I should probably get Rawles' new book too.

    Maybe you should move to the other end of Nevada where it's warm. Cold makes life miserable.

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    1. I've been miserable cold, and I've been miserable hot. I prefer cold. Not the miserable part, obviously clothes are critical. Just saying that unless I live on the coast with an ocean breeze, after acclimation my body does better in the cold than hot. After I get arthritis it might be another story. Also, anywhere warm is 20x the asshat population.

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    2. Oh, and thanks for buying the newsletter. I seem to be maxing out at about 30 per issue out of 500 readers. Need every swinging dingus possible buying.

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  4. Jim in town is not a bad thing as long as you are squared away with a place Out of Town. Your old place is now your BOL, the new place may or may not become your new one. Even the lure of sex and comfort couldn't over come your neurotic paranoia if you didn't have them. Relax and enjoy life till the voice's drive you back to the desert Muad'Dib !

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  5. As was pointed out be a blogger, cities and towns tend to get more government services offered than the rurals. Running water for instance - probably more reliable in the city. Unless you are your own utility company in the rurals, you will be SOL and on your own out there.

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    1. Come End Times, town water will of course have bonuses left in it. Best that under your control.

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    2. Being your own utility is generally a good idea.
      Being able to be your own utility is more difficult the closer you are to "civilization". Where I am I can build and live in what ever I want outside of city limits. Inside city limits, suddenly, I have limits to what I can build, how loud I can turn my stereo, how many and what sort of livestock and garden produce I can raise, etc., etc.

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    3. We all shout "libertarian" against the rules in town,. then some dumbass doesn't leash his Rott who eats a kid and then we go along with the rules. Signs of the times, Reward, Not Responsibility.

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    4. outside town some dog tries to bite my kid - or even just comes onto my land - I can shoot it, bury it,and shut up, no questions, no harm, no foul. In the city I have to call the dog catcher to catch it, check it has its rabies shots, license, is neutered, etc., only to hand it back to its dumb@$& owner after he pays the cities fines for violating leash laws AKA the city gets its money....

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