ROTTEN WHORING TWAT FACES
Today, let’s talk about How I Learned To Stop Worrying About The Apocalypse. Acceptance, real honest acceptance to the point you are only mildly stressed upon its arrival. Now, for me to get to that point, I first have to talk about Rotten Whoring Twat Faces. The B-POD was robbed. I’m actually surprised it took so long, which is not to say I’m happy about it. There just wasn’t a whole lot you can do about such things. If you have rural property, you cannot protect it completely.
Not that you can protect urban property, either. Those idiots ringing your doorbell at 4:30 in the afternoon trying to use Fear Porn to sell you those home alarm systems? Why? Buy a good enough safe securely anchored and you’ve pretty much saved money over an alarm. Well, that and not making a fashion statement past Thrift Store & Wal-Mart Pressed Board Furniture. Does anyone even steal TV’s anymore? They are nearly disposable items. I don’t know if urban or rural homes are in more danger. One lets a thief go unnoticed, the other has more thieves per square mile. Not all desperate thieves even have cars, right?
I wasn’t fatalistic, I didn’t just ignore the danger. I had, mostly, a very poor looking property ( it looks poor because I buy poor ). I had close enough neighbors, or so I thought. It is an issue I’ve been worried about since 2014 full time, part time worried prior to that. Prior, the ex-wife would get a bug up her ass and leave me from two to six months to go live with her asswhore of a daughter. While I was gone eleven hours to work, I had to worry about the place being left unattended.
In 2014 the ex left again for six months, and then I met the NOL, who I moved in with in town early 2015. The place has been unprotected for three years. I visit as often as I can, which is less often as the bike ride out there can kick my ass if I’m not shoveling a lot of extra food down my gullet ( I consume minimum calories compared to when I worked at the Food Bank ). And of course it isn’t just a question of going out there extra. Really, the only thing that accomplishes is knowing I’ve been robbed sooner. An interesting side note, one wheat bucket was emptied, which I guess is good since they left the others alone-even though now I have to worry about the humper knowing I have food-but what was interesting was it only filled half way back up. The mice had a feast, and this took place less than a month ago.
( Yes, ONCE again I got “lazy” and stopped biking out there regularly. And the last month was crazy wet. At the same time we were having Spring Showers [ all the better to deny us snow on the mountains, damn you Gore Warming! ] we had the coldest two weeks of temperatures the entire winter. In March! So, needless to say, because of the muddy road issue out there I put off visiting. Again, not sure if that would have made a difference of not ).
And actually, these were probably crack heads. They should be dead by the time the collapse comes. My wheat secret might be safe. The main items stolen were propane tanks and solar panels. By no means is this a trivial amount they stole, but they did pretty much take anything of resale value and hopefully won’t be back. They didn’t break any windows, just took what was handy ( and mostly what was inside was books-only valuable to me ). They did have time to unscrew the brackets on the panels from the pallets they rested on, so I wonder if it was the neighbors, or visitors during work hours or at night.
My solar panels had been in use for ten years. They cost a lot, about $350 for 75 watts, but I can replace them with a $150 100 watt unit. They will last many more years, but they won’t get the bastards much money because of the acquisition price drop. They stole every propane tank not locked away, four 5 gallon tanks and one that was a seven or ten gallon tank ( I never paid attention to the capacity-it came with the trailer and I just topped it off and forgot it ). Call that about $250.
$40 for a propane hose with regulator, a propane heater for $100, a $40 inverter and a $150 TV ( my trucker 12v unit-replaceable for about $80 ). Even my 12v LED light bulb. And a few canned goods that must have looked yummy ( they left 90% of them-this is what makes me think they were tweakers. That type get excited over weird food items, I imagine their decaying bodies craving certain nutrients. Strangely, they took two totes full of VERY old dry food. Stuff just kept out of reach of the mice such as crackers, Minute Rice, that kind of thing. They didn’t dump out all that crap, just took it totes and all. They must have really felt under time pressure ). Call it about a thousand bucks my cost, replacement value at around $700.
I have no plans to replace much except the propane hose. I have here-in-town locked up back-up solar panels. They only got half my tanks ( the others locked up ), and I don’t need a TV unless I move back out there, then I may or may not get another. I have another inverter, but that was my back-up ( you buy an inverter from Wal-Mart, ALWAYS have another ready to go. No rhyme or rhythm when they fail ). I can also wait on that for it is mostly for my writing. If the collapse comes and I don’t buy another, I can live with what’s on hand as it won’t be used much past cutting my hair. But I probably should buy one anyway, through Amazon ( 30% cheaper than Wally ). So, a hose and an inverter. Maybe $70 total.
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Effing tweakers ! May they short bathtub salts laced with cyanide...ReplyDelete
In fact, might I suggest salting the mine ?
Leave that with your imagination.
Somewhat ties in with your latest posts. The raiders have struck ! Question is , what to plan for later. Obviously the security aspect sucks.
Having a constant presence means having tribe on location ?
Always a dilemma , especially when you're known to be absent here lately. Small Town means small circles for word to get around. Especially if some of those within those circles happen to follow your blog ? Wouldn't be hard to figure out where your POD is to a local meth head. Hell them dudes cruise around in their 4wd just to scope out possible easy pickings.
Truly sucks my friend.
Sorry for your loss. It sucks to see the ugly side of humanity up close like that (even though we are all capable of it).ReplyDelete
Sorry for your loss. It makes you wonder about some people's upbringing where they think that anything that you may have becomes theirs. What a bunch of loonie toons.ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear about that Jim :(ReplyDelete
But you seem to get over it well, your spirit is strong.
It's *yet another* experience in this whole prepping business.
I read articles some years ago about guys in Idaho specializing in raiding weapons caches from survivalists etc.
I guess it's always the Collapse for *somebody* out there, and then every option is on the table for them...
Yeah, sounds like twat faced tweaker types. Ones in general area/line of sight/or passerby opportunists. It is same in city, more of them but also more witnessess and closer in dwellings, more chances to get caught-spooked off. I recommend replace items (needed) post collapse in case the trade fued gets worse or they are unavailable a little later on. If not occupying a dwelling regular like/mostly full time it "will" get looted by any homeless/tweaker/scavengers, even a neighbor may come by at night to supply his free shit army mentality. False walls, buried cached goods, extreme fortified structures-access points will help deter it. Maybe let a bachelor mine worker, snowbird r.v.er or some such park their r.v. there free or stupid cheap to have tenant security. Hang tough Jim, it is just a training exercise before the big game!ReplyDelete
Thanks everyone. I don't want to add to much, as the saga continues. Just, yeh, it is great OJT. And yes, I'm hating everyone even more now. Which is also good training :)ReplyDelete
Sorry to hear you were victimized.ReplyDelete
Reflect my friend.
Find the good in a bad situation, what have you learned from it?
You are a little less because of that incident, let it make you stronger.
I'm not asking for a response, I want to make you think.
FWIW, I've never believed in all this caching business.
If you can't see it you can't protect it.
People are the worst animals.
Appreciated. Actually, I'm still reflecting. What, exactly, should this be a lesson of? Trust less? Expect the opposite of what seems logical? Appreciate how easy it is to fix problems? Still churning in my mind. Since I tend to over-analyze, this should be a conundrum for some time. It will dawn on me, eventually. I think caching has potential, but I don't really like long range ones, myself. Next door, back yard, yes. You can still keep an eye on these, without giving away the secret.Delete
You're on the right path Grasshopper. :-)Delete
I still think about bad things that happened to me decades ago, I just can't let go.
What can you learn?
Only you can decide, and I know you will.
Don't you hate it when you can't forget those "I'm the world's biggest idiot" moments? Most people are too polite, but you know you really screwed the pooch, and are just glad you could move hundreds of miles away no one knows :)Delete
Plan z is always an option , zero footprint left behind.Delete
I don't think they'll forget about what they saw. In fact, they'll probably tell their friends/relations about the load of food was down there. As the economy gets worse, and they get hungry, they'll be back. How about getting a camo game camera and setting it up near the trunk of one of your sages, pointing towards the likely direction of approach. Most won't look at sagebrush trunks, and maybe you can get a license plate or good face shots to report to the sheriff. One tip, don't use the strap that comes with the camera to secure it to the trunk. That's too much material and contrast. Instead use some wire that will rust. Thin and low profile, just enough so the wind, a winter storm, or a curious rodent don't knock it over.ReplyDelete
Longer term, don't you have another lot further out? It sounds like maybe you should dig a new BPOD on it, with NO SIGNS OF CIVILIZATION/IMPROVEMENT (hidden trapdoor) and redistribute your food supplies.
The issue with proof is that if I get the cops involved, then they become a bigger threat. I can't go to my lot three miles down the road-two crackheads that I know of within sight. My way far out lot is almost impossible to stockpile unless it is a small cache. But I might need to go there regardless. I hate to cache here in town-I already have a years worth of food here-any more and I risk leaving that. I might have to plan for a ( Lucifer's Hammer ) "assistant took over the observatory".Delete
I wouldn't get the Police involved unless it was absolutely necessary. There's nothing but danger involved in every interaction you have with them. I know of a Police shooting (the Police were ambushed & lost), the officer was sitting in the car trying to find a way to arrest the person who called them (He called them because the guy who shot the Police had threatened to 'come back and shoot him'. The shooter had spray painted the dog at which the cops were laughing and the guy who called them got all upset at them laughing. Hey, a man said he's going home to get his gun to shoot me!). Don't ask me how I know that unpublished information ;-)Delete
Most cops are good guys ( although state troopers seem to be 20% assholes rather than the regular 10% ). Most cops will also screw you anyway. Unless a body is cooling ( and obviously not cooling from my efforts ), no call-ee police-ee.Delete
It sounds like the loses weren't much more than $500 replacement value. Definitely not worth the bureaucracy of dealing with the cops.Delete
$700. But even $1700 or $2700 still doesn't make it worth the cops being in your business.Delete
Knock On Wood!!!!ReplyDelete
Yeah right about caches and not in control of it. I pile up kit in my urbanized house (a wharehouse literally, I sleep-live in.) although the city, and neighborhood has much negatives, it is in theory occupied territory that I can have control of. I could not make a personal decision or action to go the route of a remote cache/cabin-vacation property/storage unit with non full time occupancy-control of off site plan b gear. I always owned and maintained full sized pick up and utility-cargo trailer to haul out kit in bug out. Not ideal I know but more control, limiting overstretched assets,etc.ReplyDelete
Pluses and minuses either way. And hard second guessing.Delete
Sorry to hear of your troubles, I can relate. When I was building my cabin in Northern Cal I was robbed. The cabin wasn’t yet built, so there was no break in so to speak. But they stole my tools and some of my supplies. I knew then that the only way to insure the safety of your property if you weren’t living there full time, was to leave absolutely nothing behind. I thought about getting a pickup with a camper, so that when I left, I would bring everything back with me. That, or maybe just a trailer to haul up there when I visited, and then bring it home when I left.ReplyDelete
Another thought that I had was to build a small camouflaged cabin in the dense forest. I would carry all materials into the woods by hand, so that there would be no driveway leading to it, and it would not be visible from any road.
Trail cams have come down in price by quite a bit. A smart thief would conceal any identifying characteristics, but most wouldn’t think to do this in a remote area. They are set to be motion activated, so something like this could prove to be useful. Just make sure it’s well hidden in a strategic location.
Of course, dense woods no trail might also mean booby traps from pot growers, your neck of the woods :)Delete
James, That really pisses me off. Sorry for the stuff you lost. A large segment of the population completely suck. WTF is the matter with people.ReplyDelete
One portion of the population was never allowed to be beat for discipline. I don't think they will ever be right.Delete
In the early 70's I was between jobs and broke and the battery went dead on my Camaro leaving me deadlined. I mentioned this to my criminal brother and 2 days later he handed me a brand new battery. I asked him where he got it and he told me he went to the Edison mall employee parking lot and found a Firebird, opened the hood and removed the battery and slammed it on the ground. Then he went back the next day and stole the new battery the owner had bought and gave it to me.ReplyDelete
I know it's wrong, but that story is still funny.Delete
When he told me that I marveled at the criminal mind.Delete
Sorry Jim. I have been thinking about burial of most of my food at my retreat and now I will start that ASAP. I will also bury some guns, ammo, grinder, solar, etc. as well. I have learned from your miss fortune. I got my work cut out doing the research and digging. I know you will come our ahead and some of us as well.ReplyDelete
And now you'll subconsciously blame me as you sweat your dingus off hurrying up and caching :)Delete
Nope Sweat starts in a month. This just pushes the work earlier that it would have been.Delete
:) well, less hot, anywayDelete
Terminator 2 friends in the desert with a plate-covered bunker. The military arsenal is pretty desirable, but even a bunch of food, survival clothing, and tools would be useful. There is no single answer (eggs in one basket problem) that is inexpensive/useful/unguarded. Multiple situations/locations with concealed supplies, even caches that are unknowingly guarded by other people like in a rental property (esp. commercial old buildings) basement under-floor, will be better for a person who is mobile to recover later.ReplyDelete
An expensive "castle" situation had better be remote-as-heck (back side of the moon?) as well as be unknown and well-guarded (Col. Kurtz and his team of personally-loyal post-apocalypse special forces). The "castle" has special disadvantages as well as comforts. What comes to mind immediately, is the burn-rate of irreplaceable supplies by a team of 100+ men who are US military-trained. "suppressing fire" for one tactic, also the need for "heavy infantry" to burn massive amounts of fuel in battleship sized wheeled vehicles (MRAP) that travel best in convoys. These tactics require a functioning first world Nation-State economy to support, not even the richest individual can match this without illegal pre-collapse private military building (Blackwater?) due to the logistical nightmare.
Logistics? But...but...Mad Max! :)Delete
"Back of the Moon" is the name of a secluded home on an island in the stunning noir movie "Leave Her to Heaven". Excellent flik.Delete
A really cheap deterrent is a (professionally printed) sign that reads: "These premises are under recorded video surveillance". Some fake cameras will add credence to the ruse.ReplyDelete
Didn't you say you have a parcel of land further from town? Maybe you should move your stash there. You could disguise your goods in barrels that are filthy on the outside and perhaps labeled: "used oil". Or something similar. You'll figure this out. Most criminals who go after low-end goods are stupid, and thus easily deceived.
Unless he wanted the "oil" to start the place on fire :)Delete
Or shoot at, good tagets are hard to come by when out cruising in the 4wd.Delete
Damn, I didn't think of that!Delete
Anon 5:36 beat me to my ideas. I should read the comments before posting.ReplyDelete
Very sorry for the personal invasion.ReplyDelete
Could you give links to your replacement hose and inverter? Many thanks to the education you expand upon.
This one hose is the same price as the two foot Home Despot unit ( but I got that one on a X-Mas gift card so it's all good ) https://amzn.to/2JpPy0SDelete
And this inverter looks just as crappy as the Wally one, but it is much less
Actually, thanks for the comment-I had forgotten all about ordering these. Duh.
I've been burglarized in the past - sucks man. I'm sorry you lost what you did and know it isn't easy to replace when your paycheck is minimal. I think this is well worth a 'Go Fund Me' effort, you are one of the few people who actually live on the edge and let us know (good or bad) how its working out for you.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I'd be leery about getting the authorities involved too. It invites scrutiny into areas where its no one else's business but your own.
Thanks. Fund raising? Nah-I'll wait until something more serious than a few propane canisters are involved. Everything was back-up'ed, as a good little prepper should.Delete
"Of course, dense woods no trail might also mean booby traps from pot growers, your neck of the woods :)"ReplyDelete
True, but something about the stealth cabin idea always appealed to me after getting the idea from that great hideouts of the west book. Now that I have the Elko land it will probably never happen though.
One good thing about the pot growers though, is that it isn’t the problem in many states as it once was following legalized pot (Here in the PRK, sales have started up just this year, it being legalized to grow for personal use the year prior). I think that most of the big growers just went legal, as it would only make sense. The only problem is that the States that have legalized it are rather left wing kinda States unfortunately. I wish that they would just legalize it all, so that guys like myself don’t have to worry about getting killed by meth dealers while heading out to my remote desert lot :D
Pretty cool article below worth a read (hint: there’s nothing creepy about it, only cool):
FOREST RANGER SPOTS HIDDEN CABIN IN WOODS, FINDS CREEPY MYSTERY INSIDE
Per the link, I guess it was "creepy" to these idiots that someone didn't want to live in the rat race, take on a 30 year mortgage and be a stationary target for rapine.Delete
Haha! Funny, because that’s pretty much the same thing that one of the commenter's over there said.Delete
What is it with the use of this word “creepy” these days? It seems as if everything that some indoctrinated moron disagrees with is “creepy” all of suddenly? I hate to say it, but I almost can’t stomach living in the US anymore. I think that when (if?) my SS kicks in 8 years from now, I’ll be looking for an overseas expat retirement locale. I know, that will come with an entirely different set of problems. But by that time the US will be an intolerable place to live, and we will almost certainly be dealing with an even more massive police state, along with “hate speech”, as well as UK style firearms legislation at that point.
I think "creepy" is a code word for "micro-aggressions". I agree with you on fearing the UK gun control and hate speech criminalization. The big question is, will SS be available? Not if leaving is good or bad.Delete
I'm micro-aggressing against obese neckbeards and their Wikkan b-babymama's right now. Pajama pants neckbeard boy (probly ~30 years old) is working on his pre-diabetes and aching back with 3 boxes of donuts. I hate tending bar for hallucinagen-loving satanists who don't buy alcohol or tip. They are all so eff-ing needy, and won't/can't tip (lack of currency, or too stupid?). They would probably describe me as "creepy" for being excessively normal-medium-regular with limited tolerance for their sub-cult of death.Delete
I thank god I only encounter Yuppie Scum enough to give them that group moniker, rather than being able to niche group name them as you have. Thanks for the chuckle! :)Delete