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When I originally wrote an article five years ago responding to a minion asking what I would do if no fast collapse ever occurred, I responding that even with no collapse I was quite happy with the decisions I had made. Today, I’m even happier. And yes, that is mainly because a fast collapse is WAY more obvious and assured and I’m all squared away prep wise, but also because in those five years my life has only gotten better because of the choices I had made, not in spite of them. And those choices? Basically, all I did differently was to go from living in a trailer in a park in town to living in a trailer on my own land. That was the only change to my life. I just had to decide to move to a place not as heavily regulated in zoning. Yes, it turned out moving was more expensive than anticipated ( the Great Tire Fiasco ), and yes I couldn’t flush my turds anymore down the city sewer, and yes it was harder to keep warm. But my rent went from $400 a month to $125 ( and my town rent total had been $15k so far with no end in sight while my land payment was done after $6k and change ).
Yes, you didn’t get as many TV channels and you had to watch your power usage ( back then, a 30 watt solar panel went for 20% more than a 100 watt panel goes for now ). And did I mention the winters were vile bastards when you have to budget your propane use? But my point is that all I had to do was just take the plunge. It wasn’t a matter of money or time or education. I just had to grow a pair of balls and jump into the cold pool. No more dipping a toe in. And from that small change, my life has never been better. Now, I was a bit blessed, more so than others, in that I ALWAYS hated motor vehicles. I always despised the humpers. The cost, mainly, but the dependence was always an issue. From a very young age I understood that if I owned a car, financially it would always own me instead. To me, NOT owning a car was a life improvement. So I had no issue in not needing a car living out of town. I had one for a time, as the BTN wife ( better than nothing ) wanted to go into town once a week to gamble and drink. I didn’t care to pay for her idiocy but it did get her away from the four walls closing in, the cabin fever ( I had always biked to work as the truck got 4 mpg and a daily commute wasn‘t in the budget ).
Once she pulled her standard stunt of leaving me, staying with her daughter for months, then wanting us to get back together, I had the last laugh and got rid of the vehicle ( and installed front and back bike racks for water hauling ). Now I had almost no monthly bills. How could anyone NOT love that? In 2014 when my hours went from 40 to 25 a week, I didn’t notice a thing other than I couldn’t buy prep supplies $100 at a time anymore but had to cut back slightly ( I already had the ammo cases I needed, the more expensive investments similar to those. That is what panicking early gets you. You can easily adapt and overcome ). I already had the land paid off. I only had the low cost of food ( wheat for breakfast and lunch, so groceries were dinner only. The BTN usually drank her meals-which cost more than food, of course ), propane, bike parts and renting a car once a month, cigarettes and booze, and that was easy to cover on twenty hours a week. No, I was far from happy with the wife, and the job was really starting to suck as the stupid bitch boss was getting more irrational and lazy, but I went with both for so long they were normal.
Then, the final split with the ex, the BTN wife, and six months later I met the current, the New Old Lady. For those guys afraid of moving off grid because they want a relationship and are rightfully paranoid no women wants them because of it, you’ll note that it isn’t where you live, it is the lack of a job that trips up such relationship efforts. The NOL could care less I lived there. She wasn’t going to EVER live there with me, until the apocalypse ( which was easy to promise since she didn’t really believe it was going to happen ), but she didn’t mind me moving in with her. I was the one insisting on paying rent, as she is financially independent ( I’d feel like a slacker if I didn’t pay. Now, I pay far less than when I had a paycheck, but I still contribute. I’m also playing House Bitch to make up for it ). I just helped out around the place, a set of muscles, shoveling snow and such. I must say, the NOL is the best relationship I’ve ever had, bar none. And we met as I was living off grid.
So, in the last five years since I first wrote the article, I’ve vastly improved my relationship, vastly increased the level of preps I have, tripled-almost quadrupled-my cash savings, quit a increasingly crappy job and became a full time writer, which I love despite the financial aspect of it ( not the less money part which I don‘t care about but the now having to depend on the income part ), and all because I stopped paying rent or having a car. If the waterfall collapse never happens, I am happy as can be, and if it does happen I’m more prepared than ever ( not that I believe I’ll survive, just that I’ve increased my odds of doing so ). All this, too, can be yours if you just stop being a friggin pussy and quite insisting on living like a pampered princess. Sure, you look all mall ninja tacticool with your FLIR mounted AR, but you are still a flaming pussy! It is SOOO easy to shuck off the golden handcuffs ( and, as you’ll also note, you can have a nearby fully prepped bug out location while still wallowing in luxury in town, if at first you sacrifice for a short time. How hard do you think this stuff is? ).
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