In 2013 I wrote the book “PEE”. Prepper Emergency Essentials. The title amused me, and it was an update to the 2006 book “Frugal Survivalism”. A completely different format, as I had less than zero desire to actually write that thing all over again ( that was one of the few I wrote INSTEAD of the blog, rather than part of the blog, and was a rather painful two months of work ). Well, lately as I've gotten a lot of newbies, these kinds of questions are being asked again. But the PEE book itself is in need of an update ( PS-the original is in BBBno1, free at my web site ).
More importantly, I'm simply tapped out on my normal “philosophy of Bison” types of articles, baffling BS to astound and titillate. The well is a bit dry. No worries, my loyal and generous minions. I always get that mojo back. It is just a temporary dry spell. So this will keep me out of the unemployment lines and I trust, you rather amused. I know most of you prefer the philosophy articles. I do too, as far too many survival publications repeat the rote, never daring to think too deep. I just have uninspired moments at times.
So you get “basics”. I'll try to keep it interesting, honest Injun. Here is the original version table of contents I'm duplicating:
1. Taste Fatigue
2. Buying Wheat
3. Storing Wheat
4. Grinding Your Grain
5. Water Filter
6. How Much Food Should You Store?
7. Survival Rifle
10. Precious Metals
11. Post-Apocalypse Lighting
12. Manual Clothes Washing
13. Peak Oil
14. Top Ten List
15. Junk Land
Hopefully I won't need to run these all one after another, finding the inspiration for the normal articles in between. I'll try to keep these as interesting as I can.
Ah, the dreaded taste fatigue. If we don't let Johnny eat a huge and varied variety he will simply stop eating and die, our beloved snot dripping moron departing this mortal coil. Sad Panda :( ! I don't know where this drivel started. I have a feeling it was mere corporate sponsored propaganda that was picked up as a meme by those unable to fathom a single moment in their pampered lives that had an iota of discomfort introduced in the glittery unicorn land they had carefully erected.
And speaking of erection, the whole concept of taste fatigue is a boner. Ever had a kid, or at least knew about one because your scurvy over educated ass would never dream about populating Gaia and hence denying a Diversity Rich immigrant from settling here, that went on a kick where they would only eat one thing ( I think this usually revolved around dreaded lips and bunghole meat tubes from Oscar Myer )? Kids don't die because they are only eating one food, YOU are dying because you have to listen to their incessant whining. Parents being played, how embarrassing.
During unemployment, I've eaten one thing. For a month I ate nothing but potatoes and margarine ( this was back when potatoes were one fifth the price [ and minimum wage was one half-nothing to see here with inflation and wage stagnation, move along. All is well ] and fake butter was far less putrid ). For a week, another time, it was nothing but rice. Another week, noting but Top Ramen. It was a time of stress, and I didn't much care about what I was eating. Sound familiar, come the collapse?
During times of disruption, peasants would be eating pretty much just gruel ( as do monks, even now ). And you don't even need to just eat just one thing. Even I don't JUST store wheat. But even if you did, so humping what? When the rubber actually hits the road, your pampered pathetic useless mouth breathing oxygen wasting putrid sack of meat will be so grateful for ANY food, first world problems will disappear quickly. The ONLY important thing on your mind will be food. ANY food. You have zero idea how import calories are, after living a life of luxury calories, literally fed by petroleum.
Do yourself a favor and do NOT get me started on Peak Oil. Fracking oil, which was well known to Hubbert by the way, will not keep the deep fried Twinkies rolling into the supermarkets. One day, and I DO actually hope that day never comes-but really, who are we actually kidding here-calories will be as dear to you then as taste is now. And we all know how dear taste is to you, because McDonald's is still open for business, even without offering the McRib. I haven't eaten at McDogCrap's for years, and even I would risk exposure to its third world citizens to get a McRib again.
I'm eating bacon right now, as I type this, and I'm drooling over a McRib. That is how sad our lives are. It is just programming, people, because nothing is as good as bacon. Except perhaps the tears of a liberal. And yes, I do actually have bacon for the apocalypse. A Dear Minion sent me a case a good number of years ago. I will NOT be sharing it, nor will I hesitate to waste ammunition defending it. You might feel the same way about your cans of Spam. Coffee, it goes without saying. But these are treats. Not daily requirements ( except coffee-DUH! ).
For almost twenty years, near enough to daily, I've eaten two meals a day of wheat ( I just had some before the bacon ). It isn't machismo or toughness or me being a super ninja survivalist. I LIKE whole wheat. After my mom went proto-Hippie on us in the early 70's, we ate a metric butt ton of whole wheat. Yours truly was there grinding it up on a Corona as soon as I was big enough. Whole wheat gives you real sustained energy.
It is dirt cheap. And it is delicious ( try the store bought, weaning yourself off some, then most white flour. But fresh, ground and then refrigerated and eaten in a few days flour tastes TWICE as good, AND your body craves it for the fresh ingredients ). Some days, yes, I am feeling lazy and don't want to prepare it, but once I start eating it I forget the PITA factor. I don't get tired of it. Dinner is enough variety, and surprisingly I get more tired of dinner than wheat. Trust me, if you are storing REAL food, not processed, taste fatigue will be minimal.
I'm not claiming it will be absent. But it will be a minor issue. I don't mean that because getting shot at is more important. I mean, you won't be anywhere near as concerned about taste fatigue as you think you will be now. Just as the politically motivated asswhores spread the rumor that men are pussies and don't REALLY want to kill, which is nonsense-that would not be a factor save cultural pressure-being afraid of not getting menu variety is merely a symptom of market conditioning and unrealistic expectations by the perpetually spoiled with luxury.
It will suck, but it won't be life threatening. Nothing too much more than, say, being cold as you pull a twelve hour patrol. The next time, you dress better ( as a minion said, from a Russian saying, there is no bad weather, just bad clothes ). You get a bit hateful of one food, you hunt a woodchuck or look for edible plants. It is JUST a discomfort. The only ONE item food diet is going to be long term food, anyway. The kids, and you, will get progressively more used to the approaching variety desert, as time passes and “civilized” food is used up.
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