Commentary, and a List

This week was going to “just” be a list, as I mentioned in my last post…  Then reality intervened.  I’ll get to the list in a moment, but first these thoughts.

Another young man recently died, under somewhat mysterious circumstances, while in police custody. Had he done something to warrant some rough handling? Possibly, but the degree of ‘rough’ was pretty extreme. Was it, whatever it was, something worth his paying the ultimate capital punishment? Probably not. Regardless, the police force should be up front, transparent, and forthcoming with as much information as possible about the event; they’re not, and yet another city in our Empire burned.  Even so far as to close a major league baseball game to the public, for the first time in ever. It makes one ashamed, in a number of ways…

Thought the second:  Washington, D.C., just activated a dozen or two new speed-cameras and red light cameras. They already earn a healthy chunk of money from the ones they have. In a news report announcing the new cameras, they spoke with a representative from the AAA. His response? “I’m all for it. Anything we can do to maybe get folks to slow down or stop, to maybe save the life of a pedestrian or bicyclist or two is a good thing.” Picture anything of a similar vein coming from a representative of the NRA…

Now, from the good folks at Survival Life, a list of “6 Things You’re Not Doing That Will Bite You In The Ass.” Without further ado:

  1. You’re not incorporating solar electricity in your daily life.  I like this one, just on general principle.  Anything we can do to lessen reliance on the grid–ours, a neighbor’s, our parents’–lessens the strain on the grid overall, and diminishes the amount of pollution emitted by the big factories that are out there.  The original author mentions using small, portable panels to power electronics and such; this is also a good idea.  Overall, I like this one.
  2. You’re not cooking one meal a week with your bug out kit.  Again, generally not a bad idea. It gets you practice with your kit, enforces some supply rotation, and helps you identify the “bug-out meal” items that you do & don’t like. I’m not sure I’d necessarily go with one-a-week, but every other is probably good enough. (Once a month, at minimum, I’d say–and, in full disclosure, this is something my family and I need to start doing more often, as well…) Good idea, number two.
  3. You’re not incorporating your prepping food into your routine meals.  This guy is starting to sound like me… This rolls right along with #2, above: you need to know how to use your stored supplies. You need to know whether you like what you’ve got stored. You need to know what you’ve got. You need to rotate your supplies. Using the stuff on a regular basis helps with all of this. So far, 3 for 3.
  4. You’re not taking one day a week to be free from all electronics.  Can you say, Electricity-Free Fridays, anyone? A practice which, again, we have (sadly) let slide over the winter. (We’ll have to see about that, this spring and summer…) In addition to the basic personal physiological and psychological benefits, just unplugging now and again helps you re-connect with lots of things, like nature. Or your neighbors. Or your family…
  5. You’re not buying knowledge preps, you’re buying gear preps.  Still a winning list! Having all the stuff in the world doesn’t help, if you don’t know how to use it. Not having the stuff, if you can’t make it or fake it–which requires a bit of knowledge, in and of itself–you’re up the proverbial creek. A quick survey of my skills, and I could probably go from absolutely unprepared (just my clothes, away from civilization) up through at least the early Bronze Age without horrible difficulty, within several days…
  6. You’re not embracing the suck.  Yep. You have to practice doing things the hard way. Chop a cord of firewood by hand, with a maul. (Or, if you’re adventurous, try it without a splitting maul…) Do your “normal” daily jog–but make it a cross-country run. Take the occasional cold shower. Practice doing “outside chores” when it’s pouring down rain. In an emergency situation, things won’t always be laboratory clean, or as straightforward as in a learning environment–and this is part of learning.

I’ve got to say, this list was really quite nice.  I’m almost sad that it was so short…  So what things do *you* think folks are doing, prep-wise, that just isn’t right?  I’d love to hear!


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2 Responses to Commentary, and a List

  1. BFL says:

    While liking the solar idea for prepping, to justify use as a pollution (and/or grid savings) is a bit unjustifiable. The reason solar is subsidized should be obvious economically as it takes electricity and other energy sources to manufacture them to start with. I saw one analysis (not from a greenie site) that showed that a wind mill or solar panel could never generate enough electricity to pay for another one of those items and their installation/maintenance costs (and that doesn’t include the destruction to birds/bats caused by large installations). Might explain why typical windmill farms are left to rot after breaking and no longer subsidized.
    Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for those skills needed in a survivalist situation and one of the things that surprised, me at least, was the amount of food normally on hand. One day when my wife insisted we sort all the food goods, I thought it a good idea to record all the calories available. There was enough there to feed two people 2000 calories a day for about 3 months. True a lot of it was refrigerated and would have needed to be dry preserved and eaten first and some of the calories were in items like lard/oil (but still digestible calories in an emergency) but the result was still surprising.

    • Hi, and welcome. Yes, there are debates about renewables… But if I can make myself less reliant on the grid, by whatever means, that benefits me.
      And while there may be enough calories, there’s more to nutrition (especially in the longer term) than just caloric intake… So, I still push for variety. Just my two cents.

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