BALLOON UP NOW WHAT?
“The balloon has gone up” or similar was first reported as originating with the Cold War and balloons being released in the event of a nuclear war. One assumes they were up to record fallout particles higher up. This seems to have been reported as being the origins but most likely the ravings of an ignorant slut. More probable it referred to the balloons being released over cities during WWII to discourage bomber attacks ( or perhaps even WWI for dirigibles ). Unfortunately, even THOSE origins are in doubt since there is evidence the phrase was used by an American publication not long after the War Of Northern Suppression And Colonization. In that conflict balloons were observational. In any event, The Balloon Has Gone Up means conflict or war has started and we are all happy with the phrase and know exactly what it means and are all pretty much confused we had to have this conversation in the first place. Doesn’t this guy have to go write about freeze dried Yak gonads or how many semi-auto weapons one can carry at one time in a bug out, or something? Anyway, a minion said that inquiring minds want to know the first thing you should do when that ‘ol balloon does go up and as soon as I qualify that I’ll actually get around to telling you. *
For an orderly discussion, one assumes you are home. I don’t count returning to your home as the first thing you do, because nesting or fleeing to your safe castle are just obvious beyond belief and everyone is going to do that, even the dimmest bulbs amongst us. One assumes you don’t have to go round up the kids or wife. Yes, that makes for wonderful drama for fiction, showing us what a concerned caring beautiful human being you are- which is kind of like the guy that shows up for work and wants a medal for doing his job. Isn’t that why we pay you? Corralling the dependents is also a no-brainer. And I’m assuming that even if you are ignoring me- which, surprisingly after all the practice I’ve had and you would think I’m used to it, I’m not and it hurts me deeply and I die a little bit every time- and have oodles and gobs of Yuppie Survivalist equipment and supplies at the very least you have heeded common sense and will NOT go out and try to do any last minute shopping which is too dangerous and likely will bear little fruit. So, what do you do? My answer is to get heeled. Get all your firearms you need immediately, get them together and put on your web gear. And then never be without them again the rest of your life. Yes, we all have guns ready as it is. But we don’t wear them around the house. That is the first order of business and really, about the only change needed immediately besides whatever you are going to do for security ( immediate light and sound discipline, starting guard shifts, etc ). I have a cartridge pouch belt I use for my rifle with rounds on stripper clips- ready to go next to my gun case. But I need to go about digging out more clips. I have plenty of loose ammo handy but will need to get to those clips. I have no need for them day to day- forty rounds is my combat load and that is over doing it for a bolt action. And I have my pistol ready for immediate use, as well as a combat belt ready for it- those will be mated and then worn constantly. It isn’t a huge job. Mainly I need to dig down and retrieve. But that is what I’ll do to get my Security Blanket on. Plenty of other things to do, mainly security of supplies. But this is where I’d start- transitioning to living in Indian Country.
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