Tuesday, September 22, 2015

prepping without permission 3


PREPPING WITHOUT PERMISSION 3
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Note: If you have Netflix, Walking Dead season 5 is added September 27th.  I'm pretty excited as this saves me $20 to $30 on buying the DVD's.  Which I really don't have right now, just having finally recovered from the rimfire and 303 ammo orgy I indulged in a few months ago. The DVD is at $30 right now but if they follow last years practice it will be offered at a reduced price as the new TV season starts ( while Wal-Mart, the former "low price leader", keeps it at the same jacked up price all year long ).  Also, if you like well made but relatively plot-less movies, check out Wyrmwood.  Also on Netflix, a Down Under zombie flick.
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I like to think I can look at the harsh light of reality without blinking as much as most people, study a problem and eventually later rather than sooner since I’d rather be right than quick, come up with a simple solution.  And while you might be expecting me to rehash the same old crap as everyone else ( couponing to save money for preps, cancel the cable to save money for preps, don’t drink coffee at Starbucks to save money on preps, etc. ), I have an even simpler solution for you when it comes time to budget for preps.  You are alone, as the best spouses don’t try to control you and will work with you indulging your fantasies about playing Team America after the Apocalypse, allowing you half of the disposable income.  You can’t expect to convince the spouse to join you, hence doubling the prep budget.  Only a fraction of one percent of the population will actively prep for a true collapse ( as opposed to playing the safe Camping Through The Apocalypse version ), and odds are very good your spouse has no inclination to join you over at The Dark Side.  This is a normal situation, evolutionary-biology wise.  Only a few mutants survive as the old period suddenly ceases to exist.  Mankind relying on culture and custom for most of his survival needs, it would follow that not following conventional wisdom is our only form of survival, whereas following the prevailing custom was the old survival skills soon to be deadly.  You CANNOT, and let me repeat this in case you were busy watching the Jerry’s Kids marathon, CANNOT change peoples survival customs.  If someone isn’t already inclined to the mutation, your efforts are for not.  Those not mutated are poser preppers and spouses merely appeasing the mate. 

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Here is the simple secret for prepping without permission.  You have to really want it.  That’s it.  I’ve already given you all the information you need as far as prepping as frugally as possible ( if you don’t have the $1,000 per person for the family to survive on junk land with food stocks, spend about $10 printing out all the info on wilderness survival/Stone Age living you can from the Web.  Not a life I’d wish, but the only way to do it without money, just skill ).  Now you just need the willpower to truly sacrifice.  Like selling all your cool toys while there is a market for them.  Selling your vehicle if it is paid off ( I wouldn’t recommend nuking the credit score with a repo if your wife would object ) for a true budget booster ( when you get in better shape from biking, the wife will appreciate a hard body replacing the marshmallow man you used to be, and respond accordingly-in a good relationship.  If your wife is divorce fodder, she won’t want your junk touching her no matter what, even if you were Arnold with a gold member ) will get most of the families preps squared away.  I can’t give you specifics, as I don’t know your situation.  But once you actually make up your mind real prepping is less of a sacrifice than real worries, truly honestly get a better attitude, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. 

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18 comments:

  1. Lord Bison,

    Speaking of the "Walking Dead". You might want to check out the spin-off series "Fear the Walking Dead" which takes place in LA and just as the outbreak is starting to happen. More realistic in some ways than the "Walking Dead". Its not out on Netflix yet though.

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    1. I'll keep an eye out, but it looks like digital download only right now.

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  2. "Camping Through The Apocalypse" with hot showers daily. Not without a pre-planned spot you won't! The people who can do this best have houses and retirement accounts to liquidate. This is how you find out if the spouse is a good one. "Honey, we're going to be poor and not-starving through the apocalypse, and work really hard for a couple years. The kids will grow up self-sufficient and appreciate us."

    What's really funny, is that for 6-figures a person can buy enough remote junk land to make it work with most of the comfort of a condo in Boston, and none of the people problems. Having less money to put in initially only reduces toys and comfort, not survivability. Stay in Boston to be overworked/overtaxed/crowded, and ultimately destroyed by people who you think you know and like.

    She will reveal her true self, saving much valuable time.

    pdxr13

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    1. Remember, how she was before the ring is how she will always be. But worse.

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  3. Poser Prepper With Spouse Merely appeasing the MateSeptember 22, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    "...and odds are very good that your spouse has no inclination to join you over at the The Dark Side."

    You're a hard man, Jim Dakin but you hit the nail on the head with this post.

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    1. I try to irritate folks with reality. It amuses me no end.

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  4. "You CANNOT, and let me repeat this in case you were busy watching the Jerry’s Kids marathon, CANNOT change peoples survival customs. If someone isn’t already inclined to the mutation, your efforts are for not."


    AMEN!!!!!!

    Quit trying to wake up your sheep in-laws, could-care-less wife and lazy neighbors. THEY DON'T WANT TO TAKE THE RED PILL. Let them fade away in peace without being troubled by trying to be the last one in the stew pot.

    Idaho Homesteader

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    1. By trying to wake people up, you just wake them up to their future emergency shopping location and gun store. If they are important, prep for them. Screw everyone else. Very few are Wheat Worthy ( Seinfeld reference ).

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  5. My wife knows I have buckets of wheat, flour, beans and rice. I paid for it over time out of my allowance. She bought the camp lights, stove, sleeping bags, and other field /camp items out of her allowance. She has not joined me on the dark side .Camping is her thing, items that add comfort and lower camping cost appeal to her. Ok she is on the dark side but doesn't know it and I am not telling her!

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    1. Just like you don't tell her that dress makes her junk look big.

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  6. Most guy's probably don't want to hear this. But if you can handle loneliness, and go it alone, you're almost certainly going to be much better off in the long run. I'm not necessarily talking about a lone wolf strategy here (Though even that could work out well providing that you're far enough out in the wilderness) but rather dropping the spouse option.

    But even if you can find someone that is willing to live this way, a good many of the women that are realistically going to be on board with this lifestyle, tend to have similar traits in common to Sue in “Life Below Zero.” And quite frankly, if you can get a boner to seeing that naked, you may as well just go homosexual and call it a day. Just have plenty of Anal Eze on hand to “eze” yourself into the transition phase, and this also includes being with “Sue” :D

    As far as those that have the remote homestead option. Contrary to what some of the top survivalists out there are writing, in a post collapse scenario, I don't realistically see bands of marauders roaming about the remote countryside, burning up precious fuel searching for those to potentially pillage. Unless of course they know where you are and what you have.

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    1. What's wrong with Sue? She has all the right equipment, yes? No gal ages gracefully, you just have to be comfortable with an old lady instead of one that can still breed ( which, giving my history, is a turn OFF, not a turn on. Breeding I can't afford ). With marauders, I think it is a case of the golden horde being so big when a group splits up from the roads, pressure will push some your way. You need not worry about the drivers, but the walkers.

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    2. “What's wrong with Sue? She has all the right equipment, yes?”

      That's up for debate James? I could have swore that the last time I saw that show, there was a “John Holmes sized” lump emanating from where said female parts should have been! ;)

      “With marauders, I think it is a case of the golden horde being so big when a group splits up from the roads, pressure will push some your way. You need not worry about the drivers, but the walkers.”

      Understood, yeah I was actually referring to the lucky few that are so remote that even this would be unlikely? As in the guy that has a remote homestead in the Rocky Mountains, 50 plus miles from the nearest road. My rule of thumb has always been that if there's a road going to it, or close to it, it will be discovered. This leaves the uber-remote homestead that has had all of its contents hauled in via foot, horseback, or perhaps ATV. In other words, the kind of place that almost no one would have, but should if they want to actually survive the apocalypse.

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    3. Mike O, the $50 underground house book guy, wrote a book on Y2K. It was kind of a rambling philosophy type book with some survivalist tidbits thrown in. He mentions is place being accessable by path only, and hand hauling water ( and big plastic drums of wheat ). Some hippie dude was a better prepper in the 70's than we are now.

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    4. “Some hippie dude was a better prepper in the 70's than we are now.”

      Sounds like an interesting book James, I'll have to try and look up the title?

      Interesting dude in that he was definitely a hippie back to the lander type. Yet he sure doesn't have any fondness for women's lib, as do most of his ilk ;) No one will certainly ever accuse him of lacking the testicular fortitude to tell it like it is, I'll say that much :D

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    5. http://www.amazon.com/Hippy-Survival-Guide-Y2K/dp/1879628171/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

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  7. Thanks; looked interesting so ordered it.

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    1. I enjoyed it. What Makes Mike Tick kind of thing.

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