PERSONAL PREP PLAN 3
Once the less than decent folks started moving into the B-POD neighborhood, I had far less desire to move back out there. I don’t necessarily enjoy living in town. I’m in a nice quiet neighborhood, but the town is so small you can’t throw a dead cat without hitting yet another Yuppie Scum Conehead Indoctrination Center. The place is lousy with schools. And very few of our overpaid under worked imported California rejects deem their precious darlings capable of walking a few blocks on their own. I swear, there are more students than jobs in this place, and every school day sees traffic jams and crazy bitches driving recklessly in their hurry to drop off the kids. Their personal chauffer service makes them a better parent in their own eyes, even as they can’t wait to get rid of the little puke.
Did I mention I despise people with every fiber of my being? That is why I’d rather live in the country instead of in town, no matter how quiet it is except during the Conehead Crush times. But that “country” isn’t all that peaceful anymore. I don’t mind low income folks. I make less at honest toil than any of their welfare sucking asses, so I’m THE lowest income fool out there. It is just that if I’m forced to have undesirable neighbors, be they druggies or Yuppies-same difference as far as wasting my air with their existence-what difference does it really make? I’m screwed either way. At least living in town I have a meaningful relationship for my last years on this mud ball.
I think too many of you have been too spoiled with too nice of wives or Significant Others. Let me briefly touch on the scumbags I’ve shared my bed with, to give you perspective as to why it is important to me to please this Old Lady I’ve been blessed with now. The first marriage was just a way to get out of the barracks, and the bitch only cost me two months salary in the end, so that was just a warm-up. The first significant relationship after that ended in a long distance relationship. When she came back to visit, after about ten months, she was pregnant. You do the math. This from a gal who had to be begged every time for sex, so evidently a long pattern was being set where it wasn’t sex they objected to, it was sex with me ( Jesus, dumb ass, speak up with instructions if it isn’t to your liking. Alas, that would require communication. Plus, don’t keep me waiting forever and then be surprised it doesn’t last as long as you’d prefer ).
Next up was baby mamma, sister to Long Distance Relationship. Luckily for her, she was so ripe and fertile that conception began after a minimum number of sexual congresses. And, further luck, I was working my one job I earned double my average of when she decided to leave me for a fellow student at the school I was supporting her to attend. Well, later kids, I guess one and two years is enough time spent with you. Don’t mind me, I’m just a wallet, not a father. The rebound wife was a kind hearted gal that was so effed up in the head I couldn’t handle her clingy neediness. That didn’t last long.
The last one prior to the current was the alcoholic. If you know one, you realize you are just part of the supporting cast providing the liquid drug of their choice. Hey, what can I say? She was infertile, just like the last one-a now mandatory requirement, and for the first few years she enjoyed humping like a rabbit. I thought I would always make enough money to keep her happily lubricated. Once that fell through I was then living with a madwoman in perpetual menopause mode, yet felt morally obligated to keep supporting her as her addiction had rendered her health such as she couldn’t support herself.
So tickle my ass and slap me stupid when I actually met a gal that felt that a relationship was actually a partnership rather than a parasitical union. That tried to keep communicating to keep the relationship from sliding into adversarial territory. I like this one and aim to keep her. Well, with her age, arthritis has not been kind. She won’t volunteer to live in wild temperature fluctuations, utility deprivation and general primitiveness. She understands she might have to one day ( an improvement over all the others who refuse to even think about that ), but she won’t go ferial until then.
Living in town is far from an ideal survival situation. The place out in the country is for economic collapse, not civilization collapse. It was never intended to be anything else. My hermitage property is too remote to allow continuous commuting to and from. The roads are so bad that it is a two hour round trip, AND, far worse, would quickly demolish any vehicle after a certain period of time. I’d only feel comfortable renting a U-Haul for out there, once, rather than using the NOL’s 130k mile Italian car. So it probably will never be a homestead. Could it be? Certainly. It isn’t like I need a car to retreat there. I could easily get there in one day. Even in stealth mode via the river bed two thirds of the way.
If I threw caution to the wind and took most of my savings, I could homestead the remote land. Then, I would have a sweet civilization collapse retreat. But I would no longer be all that prepped for an economic collapse. I fully understand that money savings can over night hyper inflate to nothing. In theory it would be better to have a real retreat ( as opposed to my Poser Retreat I now have, swarming with lowlife neighbors ) than soon to be worthless currency. Again, intellectually I understand this. It is making that leap of faith that the economic collapse will occur swift enough that I must prepare for the worst rather than the most likely. AND, I can’t discount the need to actually inhabit the new retreat to avoid vandalism. It is remote enough to avoid traffic or fellow homesteaders ( I think. I need to visit the site again to confirm ), but I cannot discount quad-running scumbags tearing up the place out of pure spite, leaving my investment a waste.
So, we circle back to the NOL, and my desire to actually, you know, have a relationship with her ( I’m never the kind of person that is giddy with happiness. I’m rather morose. I am LESS miserable living with a wife than not, however and that counts a lot ). Hey, I’d be happy pedaling into town once a week to visit, eat a good meal and get some sweet loving, but she won’t go for that ( I’ve already hinted ). She wants steady habitation. And I won’t argue, because I know a good thing when I finally get it.
I’ll try to finish up some other day. The extra length just proves how much I enjoy talking about my favorite person. Sorry. I’ll cover my bet on a decreasing population and a several year collapse to decline time frame.
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Great to hear the NOL is maintaining championship status. I do have to wonder if central heat and on demand Netflix might have something to do with your decision to stay in town, but who am I to question.ReplyDelete
It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to bring her to the camp to stay a few days a year to at least get her used to the idea if you ever do fall back on it.
The Humboldt river seemed odd to me, it disappeared before town and came back after it left town limits like it was trying to avoid Elko itself. Maybe it was just the year I lived there, but it was curious to me.
Cutting through the sewage fields that are between the river and your property might give you pause if you have to bug out along the river in a grid down situation, but the decision is yours.
Central heat and Netflix are certainly nice, but far from an inducement. The B-POD is close to central heat steady temps and Netflix will be out of business soon enough that I keep collecting DVD's. And nightly TV isn't mandatory anyway-I've gone years on end without it before. I understand the remark wasn't that literal. You could question if I enjoyed the trees and grass compared to the dirt and sage brush, or the lessened commute to the store, or the microwave and fridge. None of that is all that important to me, really. I know it is all temporary and fleeting.Delete
Your right, I was joking, but now that I think about it, human nature does act like water, finding the path of least resistance. That is why folks pay huge amounts of money for cars and other gizmos, and allow themselves to be subject to semi permanent monthly bills. Hmm, I might ruminate on that a bit more, see what comes of it.Delete
Don't forget, lazy is built into our programming. Less calories from times of want, lazy means less energy expended and ensuring survival. Lazing about after a hunt brought in no game-same as wanting to drive three blocks instead of walking. Now if I could just figure out how to use that knowledge to profit off all you lazy bastards :)Delete
Lazy can be useful, but waiting until the wood runs out before you get more in the rain or hunting after the meat runs out isn't good either.Delete
I wonder what the true cost of driving three blocks is. Outside of the obvious expenses, short drives are killer on engines and transmissions that never fully warm up. Brakes wear out quickly also. How much work does one actually have to do to pay for that convienence?
Of course, lazy has to be countered by culture or discipline. Such as when there was no sex until marriage and none of that without dowry money or a learned trade or etc.Delete
"The roads are so bad that it is a two hour round trip, AND, far worse, would quickly demolish any vehicle after a certain period of time.”ReplyDelete
I like the sound of that, because it likely means that my remote Elko land is about as accessible, which I can only see as a positive. Lately I’ve had a real desire to get out there. It’s too late in the year for this year, but hopefully next year. I have to figure out which earth sheltered design I’m going to go with first, and get out there early enough in the year to have it ready by winter. I also have to figure out how to turn a buck, since this would require walking away from my sweet under the table gig.
You mentioned something the other day about not seeing how someone can be an alcoholic into their 50’s. I don’t see how either, but my 51 year old brother puts away 2 of those 1.75 liter vodka bottles, and at least a 30 pack of beer a week. His liver must look like the rock of Gibraltar by now :D He has a friend that’s even older that drinks about a gallon a beer a night. Whenever the dude is away from work, he’s drunk.
For the remote parcel, I would at least consider placing an emergency cache out there. Include some form of shelter or building materials should you end up there.
The articles did light a fire under my ass figuring out about a cache and alternate shelter. Still thinking on it.Delete
Townie living has it's attributes and can be used as a staging and preparations base. Just like shock troops quartered up in garrison. They can regroup, rest and mend, work on gear, train and hone skills, plan and strategize, gather intel or resupply, etc. Use it accordingly, but like a true survivalist stay on your feet and keep an eye for the door for hasty exit. It is a dual role scenario to play so as to keep a foot in the current functioning society with its benefits, and have that escape valve for yourself to blow the scene when it is time.ReplyDelete
Options for fellow minions to mull over. If space allows for a small trailer or r.v. to be stored that is somewhat secure and accessable in storage and to evacuate as needed, they can cache gear on it to be pre packed and ready to go. If one is intending to bug out to dirt unimproved land or go wolverines in the hills they will need a fair amount of kit to be in a strong survivable position past any lengthy duration. Those without vehicles for whatever reason can still go the route with loaner or rental trucks in interim needs. A hasty purchase or "borrowing" during crunch time can fill the role then. The btn carry load on your back only scenario is difficult to pull off.ReplyDelete
I would think by the time you need to bug out ( absent a overnight collapse ), gas is dear or not imported and you can buy or rent for next to nothing. A cargo trailer in a secured storage unit might be just the ticket.Delete
If you're not living on your isolated land already you probably never will. It's not like simply packing the bags and going there. It requires a mental change and that is what holds most people up.ReplyDelete
Anybody can buy remote land, it's only money, but living there requires something else, something most urban-suburban folks don't have. If they had it, they'd already be there.
For me suburban life was so unbearable for a very long time that I literally couldn't stay another day. It was like a giant heavy thing was lifted off my back the day I moved to the country. No, there's not much money out here, but like almost everything else in society, it is largely illusory. You don't need much money when your priorities are aligned properly. I don't "need" a lot of things, but I do require peace of mind, and that is not possible with hordes of other people around all the time. Today is Thurs and the last time I saw another person besides my wife was last Fri. I don't miss people, and get agitated as heel in no time at all when I have to be around them. I like it out here and will never go back. Who wants to go back to an insane jail?
"Who wants to go back to an insane jail?"Delete
When the inmates run the institution, the other inmates feel right at home :)
Right on man! If the income stream or a bit of grubstake is obtained to give a cushion for transition and maintaining emplacement once encamped, then good to go. It is the uncertainty of that financial transition question that keeps many on the reservation. (Me too, working on it though) I can go a good month and not miss humanity. I talk to the dog often for social interaction and enjoy no lippy attitude or parsing my words for the audiuence, nice!Delete
You know the dog is looking at you just like I would if you were a homeless guy talking to UFO's. Of course, the dog is polite enough to pretend otherwise.Delete
Very good article. I am facing some of these issues as well..ReplyDelete
Hey Jim. Is your amazon wishlist still visible to the public? I tried to do a brief search, and a few James Dakins came up, but the wishlists that I saw did not look like products that you would be interested in. I would check this, and if necessary, edit it to be more specific, such as “James M Dakin”, as you have here. I know that in the past that I had no problem finding it, but I did this time around.ReplyDelete
I can't remember exactly why but I privatized the lists. I was probably freaking out over lower donations, but I thought there was another reason also. Perhaps just way too many books stacked up I'll never get to?Delete
I see. I suppose that this makes more sense now that this blog is your main source of income, and in this sense, the monetary donations are more practical since you have better versatility in deciding where the money goes. A book doesn’t help you much, if you need the funds for bills X,Y or Z.Delete
I don't need much-$150 is the bare minimum a month but I'm feeling comfortable once I hit $200. I hate to be mercenary, or try to dictate generosity, but...:)Delete
10:26 has an idea. If one has parking considerations off street they can keep a workman truck unregistered or non-cartel required insured, etc. Keep it mechanical up to speed, drive around discreetly under radar etc, for functionality and servicability and have your own escape pod as well. We "minion strike force" personnel have to do those bat crazy things on our own to differentiate ourselves from those pathetic mouth breathing losers. It will certainly be some outside of the box thinking come game time. "Without rule of law", really means it.ReplyDelete
Right, can't have anything too easy :)Delete
Smith's / kroger here does case lot sales every few months. I calculated a buy trip about $350 for my likes or needs and it is about six months of belly holding rations. Although not a full on mom cooking kitchen list it should be in considerations for guys to do a snap buy to get up to speed quick like. As You, my Lord, have stated = now is the time for getting that cheapest food. Told you all so.ReplyDelete
Right, for those without a quick, cheap, easy way to quickly get up to speed. Then, you shop weekly at Kroger sales to get lots of other items half price if you buy 5 or 10 at a time. If all the Wal-Marts burned down tomorrow and we still had Kroger, we would all be fine for deep stacking food.Delete