SIX MONTHS ESCAPE/PREP 5 part 2
( Six Months To Escaping The Rat Race And Preparing For The Apocalypse Cash On The Barrelhead )
Junk land is easy anymore. You pays your monies and the nice fellow on the other end does all the paperwork and from then on the only worry is how much the county will raise your property tax ( I’m paying 50% more than when I started nine years ago-luckily it started out VERY small ). Shelter isn’t really too much harder. You start out with a crappy tent from China-Mart if you want a disposable shelter. Those nylon whores aren’t great for much else except keeping the bugs out and the sun off, and for one or two uses before its shoddy construction and materials vomit forth yet another Caveat Emptor warning you will once again ignore. If you don’t want to take a chance wasting a hundred bucks you can always rig up a tarp and some mosquito netting but I would advise all husbands contemplating this to try to pacify the wife immediately with as homey of a temporary abode as possible for your peace of mind. Guys can easily gnaw on half roasted chunks of possum by an open fire and sleep under a sheet of plastic. If you know what is good for you, you will cater to a gals preference to a lack of bugs and dirt and all things that will detract from her sense of order and cleanliness. You might even go whole hog and spend good money on a canvas expedition tent for around a grand ( there used to be a guy selling military surplus tents-like squad and platoon size- online. You might Google that and see ).
Of course, remember that this is for a month or two. Unless you want to keep the tent as a kind of livable square foot doubled. Perhaps throw the kids in the tent during the day, only letting them in the Unibomber Cabin at night to sleep ( less firewood used to keep everyone warm ). The cabin needn’t be much more than a plywood shell. At least at first. I wouldn’t plan on spending too many winters without insulation in the walls. That is just a stupid waste of firewood, energy and effort. Okay, it might be all you can afford. Just beware it coming back to bite you in the ass later. As far as the shack, if I-Supreme Non Mechanical Non Handyman Non Coordinated Moron Of The Universe- can thrash together a stick built shelter, anybody can. Even today, as we clear cut boreal forests from atop melting permafrost to supply Americans with extra-soft toilet paper and disposable plates and napkins, lumber is somewhat affordable. I wouldn’t wait too much longer for a doomed Petro-Dollar to ratchet up the cost though. Buy all your materials soonest. A stack of lumber covered from the rain is a nice tidy savings account that isn’t as vulnerable as paper money in a bank waiting to fail. Figure on about $300 per eight foot cube in stick lumber, plywood and nails.
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