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Friday, November 19, 2010

You might be a survivalist if…

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You might be a survivalist if…

1.) You built a log cabin with your pocket knife.

2.) You carry more than one survival kit…just in case.

3.) You can reload your ammo with a multi-tool.

4.) You have a flashlight on your keychain and your shotgun.

5.) You know a dozen ways to start a fire and still carry a Bic lighter.

6.) You don’t consider calling 911 a survival option.

7.) You never consider yourself lost, even if you don’t know where you are…yet.

8.) You filter and purify the water from a public fountain before drinking it.

9.) You have a wardrobe with only one color…camouflage.

10.) You like to practice building a shelter during thunderstorms.

11.) You prefer reading material that has survival in the main title.

12.) You have more home security measures than most prisons.

13.) You prefer wild game suppers when dining out.

14.) You have a dozen can openers but like to open your cans without one.

15.) You have a first aid kit with only two band-aids and a package of aspirin.

16.) You can’t wait for the sun to go down so you can test your new flashlight.

17.) You have considered using the neighbors’ pets as pistol targets and an emergency food source.

18.) You have an observation post in the backyard disguised as a tree house for your kids.

19.) You have an emergency cash fund bigger than your bank account.

20.) You serve MRE’s to your relatives when they visit.

21.) You carry a compass when you go to the shopping mall with the wife…so she doesn’t get lost.

22.) You have almost as many knives in your collection as your wife has in her kitchen.

23.) You have more ammunition in your gun safe than most stores have on their shelves.

24.) You have more plants in your yard with big, ugly thorns than flowers.

25.) You constantly check the water quality of the pools in your neighborhood for drinking purposes.

And lastly, you read Riverwalker’s blog, Stealth Survival.

Staying above the water line!

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Home Canning Basics Part 4

Joke of the Day

A stockman named Bluey was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in NSW when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.
The driver, a young man in a fancy suit, Gucci shoes, Prada sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the stockman, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?"
Bluey looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not."
The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Apple iPhone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-colour, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the stockman and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."
"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bluey.
He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bluey says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?" The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not."
"You're a senator in Julia Gillard's Labor Government", says Bluey. "Wow! That's correct," says the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answered the stockman. "You showed up here even though nobody called you, you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are, and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep... now give me back my dog".

Uncommon Survival Items

Here are a few things that you may not think about when it comes to survival & preparedness. Although not commonly looked at as “survival” items – these could serve you well under the right – or maybe I should say – wrong conditions.
  • Rain-X:Rain-X is fantastic and I am shocked every time I talk to someone and they tell me they have never tried it. Rain-X is basically a clear barrier that you rub onto your windshield or your car. The purpose of this barrier is to “bead up” rain/moisture that comes in contact with the glass. This allows for very easy removal of the water by the windshield wipers and also much better vision through the windshield even with the wipers off.
See the picture below as an example:

  • Eyeglass Strap: Eyeglass strapsare often forgotten – and remembered when really needed. Whether for sun glasses, safety glasses, or prescription glass – it often does not take much off a jolt to causes them to go flying. In the case of prescription glasses – loosing them could be fatal under the right conditions.

  • Ziploc Bags:These small bags with a “zip” at the top to seal it can serve numerous purposes. One of the most obvious is protecting just about anything from moisture. These bags can hold small amounts of just about anything  – change, snacks, trail-mix, matches. They are also very useful at organizing – such as putting all toiletries together (tooth brush, toothpaste, deodorant) or a kids entertainment bag (crayons/markers/paper).
  • Athletes Foot Spray:Maybe not the most pleasant thing to talk about – but jock itch and athletes foot can be a serious distraction in a TSHTF situation. If you have ever had a serious case – you know what I am talking about. There are many creams and sprays available – and many actually treat both situations. A couple cans of spray with different active ingredients would be a worthy addition to your supplies.
How about you? Any items that you know of that we normally do not think about when it comes to survival?
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