TASTING OF ASS
There are a very few survivalist truisms that are timeless wisdom and irrefutable. ‘Ol Remus with his Stay Away From Crowds. That is so simple and yet so unforgiving without wiggle room. That means not only must you live outside the city or the suburbs ( which, I mean, Friggin Duh!, how much more obvious must that be with The Knockout Game and ghetto riots and everyday crime and out of control taxes and looming government bankruptcies? ), but commuting there for work or shopping or seeing a country western concert is also the height of folly. You have been warned by one of the best and if you ignore it you only have yourself to blame when the Other Colors are killing you slowly for Friday Night amusements.
Then there is Two Is One And One Is None. If you have a super deluxe ultra snazzy razzle dazzle two grand AR-15 with FLIR scope, by gum you had better have another AR as a back-up. I don’t even care if it is a $333 lower polymer Piece ‘O Da Crap 21st Century Mosin-Nagant AR. At least it is One instead of None. Well, actually much better would be a $250 single shot 5.56 break open carbine, but if you place importance in the semi-auto’s you would still be better off with the worst possible back-up than no back-up at all. Do NOT only have one of anything, because as good as it is it becomes less than worthless when it is accidentally broken, is lost, is stolen, or turns out to be a lemon from a Made In ‘Murica company you thought was reputable.
Next, and what I want to talk about today, is Store What You Eat, Eat What You Store. Or is it visa versa. No matter. The point is valid and you can’t cheat on it even a little, just like the above two. Why do you think I make so much fun of freeze dried foods? Not JUST because they are so expensive. I overpaid for my junk land, but it was still cheaper than paying rent. Overpaying for food is still cheaper than starving. Another big part of my disdain and hatred is the fact that it ain’t really food. Some items taste right, but the overwhelming majority tastes like crap. Little chunks of salt flavored artificially. And that would be okay, I suppose, if you were used to a diet of fast food restaurants and its banjo playing cousin grocery store frozen foods.
But there is another problem. Unless you can eat anything, unless you can turn off your taste buds, you don’t eat freeze dried foods every day. So you are violating the Store What You Eat rule. We’ve all had a taste of freeze dried, or at least dehydrated. The military is infamous for serving fake eggs in the field kitchens. It only tasted good compared to yet another MRE. Mom might have tried to slip fake milk in on you, if you were poor growing up. Instant mashed potatoes have ( dis- ) graced many a bachelor dinner plate ( or, more likely, the Better Than Nothing wives cooking produced the slop because just putting out once a month is too much work and she is exhausted come supper ).
Freeze dried simply doesn’t taste like real food, at least in my experience. If your mileage varies, good on you. The package might say “beef balls in gravy”, and you might think beef balls in gravy is the next best thing to Spam and sliced bread, but the freeze dried version doesn’t come close to tasting the same as real cow testicles. But I’ll lay off of freeze dried. I think I made my point. Let’s cover real food, but the wrong food. We just talked ( I wrote, you got lippy in the comments, we talked ) about how every swinging cheese dingus was all erect nipples and enlarged prostate over rice and beans and I said that, hey, isn’t flour and beans more like what we all are used to eating?
And you were like, dude, I just spend a Queen’s Ransom packing up three years worth of rice and beans for the extended family and I was just doing what YouTube told me to do and even though I really hate rice I’m just going to ignore you because it would be way too inconvenient and expensive to change my mind so there ( addendum to that article-I didn’t mention that outside my desert, you must worry about flour soaking up moisture from the air, and hence package it far less casually than I do ).
This morning, for some unknown reason, I decide to break with decades long tradition and have oatmeal for breakfast rather than my whole wheat toast ( for variety, on occasion it could be whole wheat waffles or pancakes or flatbread or nuke bread ). This was not the putrid swill of childhood trauma, but oatmeal I actually like, the instant variety with fruit. I ate one and mysteriously it never hit my stomach, its destination seemingly the same place single socks transport to from the dryer ( another reason to only solar dry, yo ). So I followed it up with another one and all I felt was twice as hungry as before. And the heartburn hit me, as a super deluxe bonus.
I never have heartburn in the morning, as I eat my whole wheat toast and it expands to sponge up the acid ( I’m assuming ). After that, I can safely start drinking my coffee. So, not only was this “whole grain” oatmeal not delivering calories, at least not compared to my other whole grain, it was useless against stomach acid ( I’ve formulated a theory that today heartburn is the equivalent of the 1950’s epidemic of ulcers. A lot of it might just be in ones head. The acid is real, but the effects might just be psychosomatic. I never had stomach issues until The Worst Boss In The World Through All Of History took over the Food Bank. As I said, it is just a theory. I could be full of feces ).
Once that heartburn hit, I suddenly had a delayed craving for my wheat toast again. This confirms that I did the right thing not storing oatmeal past my “stock for the store shortages and PetroDollar death hyperinflation, last stage of the decline prior to collapse grocery store stockpile”. But it also got me thinking about my bug out bag ( which, yes, I hate on general principle but better to have just in case ). I only have oatmeal in there for the breakfasts. I can always just eat Top Ramen, but I think much better would be to add my dehydrated whole wheat bread slices ( better than hardtack, just a lot bulkier ). Then I can eat oatmeal in addition to rather than Instead Of.
I might have another article on The Great Re-Do Of The Bug-Out Bag, as I thought I’d not only refresh all my decade old items from it, but also replace some items as the bag is from a time of innocence and ignorance. My point today is that even though the food tastes like ass, and you can still choke it down, it might not be a fuel the body will accept. Plan accordingly.
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Eating what you store is of course a good idea. Not only does it get you used to using your stored food, but it puts you on a rotation schedule.ReplyDelete
Using the instant oatmeal is where you went wrong, I use the regular oatmeal and don't cook it, just let it soak in water and sprinkle some sugar on top. Works well in winter, but makes me heat up too much during the summer to eat it then.
My thing with rice and beans is you can pick them up at any grocery store and add it in to the normal shopping trip, where wheat requires me to order it online and then hope Wallyland can find my order when I go to pick it up. Both are good ways to go for storage.
Finally, I don't see much evidence the American West settlers used the two is one rule as they moved well beyond the normal supply lines. Get your basic kit, learn alternative ways to get around losses in your gear, and then double up as you get the chance.
My alternate to rice was white flour, with SOME whole kernel wheat added for the bare minimum fiber and nutrients. It is an alternative where finding the kernels is problematic. A 25 sack of white flour at Wally is like $6. I'd wager a jelly filled donut rice is far more. And tastes worse. And isn't as versetile. As far as the settlers, none of them were completely out of reach of resupply. They were moving to the ass end of the eastern edge or going all the way to the western edge, not necessarily somewhere in the middle. While difficult, they were still within reach of others, and the resupply lifeline.Delete
In reality, not many of us would not be out of the range of resupply either. After hunkering down for the die off, most of us would probably pop up and see what is left. At worst we would revert back to 1800 technology. Get the basic kit first, and backups later, especially if you are on a budget. Learn alternative ways of opening cans and other stuff while you have those gaps.Delete
Have I mentioned how glorious yet hair is today?
I was beginning to think you didn't care about my hair anymore. You know how to really hurt a guy.Delete
You didn't wish me a happy birthday last week so I'm swapping out your Pert Plus for some motor oil.Delete
You were too subtle. I don't take hints well. You need to just out and say stuff. Don't make me cancel your Christmas for Hair Hate. That was all playful sarcasm, by the way. So there is no ambiguity.Delete
Next time you are in town, get a blood workup (Lab test). They are 90% of a medical exam. Have a Gastrin test added and an antibody test for Helicobacter Pylori. If either test is abnormal, You will have an idea of what is causing the heartburn. If it is caused by a bacteria and is easy to cure (but you will need a doctors antibiotic prescription). Don't let a doctor tell you to take antacids.
Thanks for the info-new to me. I'll do a bit of research.Delete
Jim, are you in the V.A. health system. They run blood-lab work every visit and schedule guys for primary visits every six months. Let them help out, it is paid for and not obammy third world clinics.Delete
No, not in the system. I don't care about it being welfare, I care about larding up the system from real vets who really need it. If you didn't actually fight, you don't need the assistance ( with some obvious exceptions such as Agent Orange poisoned REMF's or Anthrax/D.U. ones from recently ).Delete
Sooo, you wait out in the cold all noble about it, all the while in every urban area area or town of size with v.a. clinics there is "vets" who, most of whom were in the rear with the gear, game and use the system for their ptsd and battle buddy sexual assault treatments and disabilities, etc. I was injured in 'MARINES!' non combat-wise, any way we get busted up left and right just training all over the world. Not a disqualifier as service is served. Flush out your helmet as the option is there for you to use. (While the u.s.a. is still functional) beats sitting in an Elko clinic next to the unwashed masses, good luck there.Delete
It is a personal choice I make, just trying to do good by others. I don't judge others using the services. Their choice. My qualifier as I apply to myself was as stated. If some stupid bitch got knocked up and then STD'd and went nuts after her lesbian lover jilted her and wants meds from the VA, I don't care. I'm just trying to not be part of the problem. Hope that all makes sense.Delete
You should go to VA and get scheduled for a full panel, just so that they have a base-line to work from later. It could save your life and even more important, keep this blog being moderated for several more decade by the old curmudgeon. The NOL will appreciate you being pretty healthy and useful until you just don't wake up in your 9th decade ;-)Delete
No vet who qualifies will be denied care by having your tests be in the que. These are cheap mass-tests done in bulk by robots, done by your next appointment in a few weeks.
I don't go to the VA because I'm lazy.
I totally understand Jim. A friend of mine is constantly urging me to apply for more benefits from the VA. ONE of those being for PTSD, he is retired fromDelete
the VA as a former claims geek. According to him I'd easily qualify...
I tell him, I've managed for a very long time now without and once you start accepting a stipend for PTSD... LEGALLY YOU CAN NO LONGER HAVE GUNS.
I'll forgo the pension and keep my freedoms...thank you very much !
PDX-whether VA or private, I have little trust in doctors, less trust in the pharma industry, no trust in their incestuous relationship. Even the good docs out there are bulldozed into pushing pills, no alt treatment allowed upon pain of losing their license. I think my chances of living longer and better lie with avoiding them as much as possible. The fakenews opiate crisis is just cover for "quality of life" death panel early death ethanising of the aging to help clear the decks for SS and Medicare, at a profit, as a one for instance. Oh, did I mention you shouldn't push my buttons on the medical industry? :)Delete
Spud-didn't you get the memo that security is more important than freedom?
Hence my unwillingness to latch onto that teat eh ?Delete
Same reason I don't break laws...I likes me freedom !
Here in the PRK, having a medical marijuana card removes all firearms rights as well. I guess that they figure that some stoner will get all “hopped up”, and go all “Reefer madness” on a bunch of innocents with a gun.Delete
As far as doctors go, I totally share your healthy fear of them. The doctors fried my dad with radiation, and then poisoned him with chemotherapy, after telling him that it would extend his life, and improve his condition (It had the extreme opposite effect). That said, you’re safe with certain issues. It’s probably not a bad idea to get a blood panel if you’re feeling a little under the weather. It could just be that you’re lacking something basic. I plan on doing this sometime in the near future, because I definitely do not feel as I should for my age of 54.
Next up, coming to PRK, White Male gun bans. I know why people live there. No judgement-it took me ten years on and off leaving/returning before I left for good. I do find it sad good people are still trapped there.Delete
That instant stuff isn't oatmeal. Never was and never will be. Little bags of chemicals, nothing more. Eat the real stuff, in the round box. Pour a big bowl half full of the round oats, then cover with filtered water. Put in the micro on full power for 3 mins (micro's vary) and watch it grow thru the window, don't let it over flow. Take it out, it will be very hot, and stir in some brown sugar and honey, then top off with milk. If you're gonna eat oatmeal at least eat it like a proper human being. All that cheap food has trashed your system and it's out of balance. Notice I said cheap, not inexpensive. Inexpensive = low cost. Cheap = junk.ReplyDelete
To me, oatmeal tastes like wallpaper paste and cardboard. The instant at least tastes like the dried fruit that is in it. If instant oatmeal is the same as instant rice, all that has been done to it is pre-cooking, then re-drying. I can't see how that makes it worse. BUT! I don't know one way or another so I can't make a judgement. But since it constitutes perhaps 1/1,000th's of my calories, to me it doesn't matter if it is junk food or health food. I'd only worry about it as a point of reference.Delete
Try steel cut oats from the feed store. Might as well eat sawdust with instant oatmeal ! The old fashioned Quaker Oats ain't much better but at least still have some nutrition...Delete
On the other hand, fresh raw steel cut or rolled oats. Haven't been processed to tasteless Oblivion.
Just like wheat, cheap and full of flavourful nutrition.
God, Quaker Oats near every morning all through High School. On many a day I'd go get fresh eggs from the yard birds and blend them into OJ and have a liquid protein breakfast as a welcome diversion from those god awful oats. No matter what you put on them, still...blech...Delete
Yep. Use it or it will lose you, as you are not acclimated to the taste, digestability-bodily processing for energy, preparation-cooking, best storage and evacuation transport methods. (You did factor in looting raids, fires and disasters, fallout and contamination for them drums and barrels of stocks) have plenty of P38 can openers and use wet canned foods combined with those bulk stocks of rice,flour,wheat,beans etc. It will pad up the diet with fats,proteins, etc, until your winnowed down skeleton frame can exist on that subsistence diet instead of the porky food selections we enjoy now. P.S. take hard copy photographs of supermarket food aisles and Vegas buffet counters. Have them printed out nicely and you can show surviving children how Grampas had it good "back in they days".ReplyDelete
But, if the kids find out about PhotoShop, they won't believe you.Delete
Essentially, all digital media is not "evidence"; at best, it is an audio-visual supplement to your sworn testimony as a witness to the event and that you were holding the camera and the recording is unmanipulated. re: 9-11-2001 helicopter video of no-aircraft, then explosion from 2nd tower side.Delete
Wait...I think I missed that one. Was there no aircraft, or are you just refuting one of the tinfoil theories?Delete
FLIR scope for "two grand" AR is $3750.00 BY ITSELF. Expect extra pain for the mount and adapter to use with magnification or remote controls (BlueTooth?). BTW, $2000 is approximately "mid-range" for unlimited credit-card shooters, but there are some nice discounts out there on the mid-high-cost models due to all of the peace&luv generated by election of the POTUS in 2016.ReplyDelete
I really enjoy $100 tritium-illuminated night sights that are also sturdy peeps on the A2 clone. Hide in absolute darkness and aim into twilight. 10 years of useful advantage that decays into standard sight for a cost not needing debt. Refresh by buying a new set every 5 years and rotating onto 10/22 Techsights (5 years dim is perfect for young bright eyes).
I guess I'm behind the curve on pricing FLIR's. I'm keeping up on MRE's! A "mere" $85 a case. Meals Regurgitated & Ejected.Delete
I like rice. Of course I’d prefer filet mignon, medium rare, with garlic mashed potatoes and creamed spinach...served with a nice red blend wine, but i’ll take rice. It’s fine.ReplyDelete
What is wrong with you people and your cooked veggies? Spinach salad. Why cook it into a vile puddle of Shrek hairball?Delete
“You have been warned by one of the best and if you ignore it you only have yourself to blame when the Other Colors are killing you slowly for Friday Night amusements.”ReplyDelete
A while back, I reported in the comments section that Maine was deemed “too white”, and that the left had decided that something had to be done about this. Well apparently, due to the white flight to other areas, there are subsidized section 8 housing programs that allow for low income (non-white) families to move into these areas. I actually didn’t realize how bad it was, but apparently this has already been done in Idaho, and other areas where a mass exodus took place to.
That’s why I’m of the firm belief Jim, that you have to move somewhere with brutal winters, that no one else would even consider. Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas; already a lost cause because tons of Kalifornians and other blue staters moved, or are moving to them, and will thoroughly fuck them up when all is said and done.
I’m already not feeling too good about my choice of Nevada. For now it’s all that I’ve got, but I’m seriously thinking about going further out. The state that I’m considering has lost population over the last year. Sounds terrible if you’re a real estate investor, but for what I want, it sounds perfect.
I chose the site in the link below Jim, because at the top right corner, it shows growth rate. Alaska also lost population in 2018. But the demographic breakdown, aside from the most common nationalities, only showed a small percentage of the “other races”. Which tells me that there are probably too few muslims there to be worth noting. The biggest minority demographic to the region was the natives. You can place the state of your choice in the search box at the top of the page. I would only consider states that are either gaining very little population; or better yet, losing it.Delete
To be honest, I’d rather make my Elko land work, since it’s close enough to where I currently live to make the move much easier. But as time goes on I become even more apprehensive, as I already see much civil unrest in the larger metropolitan areas, even prior to the eventual collapse. So I’d rather place as much distance from myself and from the populous areas, as possible.
My rather imperfect strategy is to count on the local population here falling as the mines go tits up. Which could happen as soon as the market crash ( the companies are heavily involved in financial shenanigans to profit more ). At the longest, as soon as the fracking fields puke up dry, diesel goes dear and it is no longer feasible to throw all that energy at extracting. Knock on wood.Delete
I just ran the city of Elko through that same website Jim. The town grew by a little over ½% in 2017. In 2016 it grew by almost 1%. If you go back about 6 years you will see a steady decline in growth. It looks as if your theory is holding true, and let’s hope that this trend continues. I would think that current and future fuel costs should definitely put a damper on the mining operations, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed.Delete
Elko is 4 hours and 289 miles from Reno. That’s actually a decent buffer, when taking into account that my land is some 10 miles further up I-80 past Elko, followed by 5 or so miles of rough 4x4 roads, so I’m feeling a little better.
Damn; median income is $76,826? Sounds like you have far too many well to do people living there currently.
And Damn! What the hell happened in 1990? (68% growth rate!) A big mining boom?Delete