thoughts

trikeHave had a busy month or so.

Had also joined a Facebook prepper forum to get more information and learn more about all the things we want to learn about.

and, as is to be expected I guess, despite the rhetoric of inclusiveness, they are pretty demeaning of those who are newbies.  People scared because of all the recent hurricane damage and want to get prepared.    Scared of the North Korea posturing, and what can they do to protect their families.   Scared of raging wildfires putting homes and families in harms way.  So they come asking those real newbie questions and get shot down.

Even those of us who have some knowledge, when sharing our experiences, can get ridiculed because they, in their experience and knowledge, disagree with what we are doing.  That is without knowledge on their part of what our economic, health, and needs and limitations might be.  Disappointing to say the least.

Meanwhile, am working on things like a bug out bag for us that will include some just in cases, but is mostly with the idea that if we have to bug out it is likely to be to a hotel / motel because where we are is subject to things like wildfires, or damage to the house because of falling tree limbs.  We are not in an area of blizzards, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, or even Haboobs.  Power outages are rare.  BUT, if we are experiencing a need to get out, so likely will others, and with the dog, we might find ourselves camping for a few days and am planning accordingly with freeze dried meals, cook stove, water filter, etc., etc., etc.

Meanwhile, because there is always the possibility that the S will HTF, have finally gotten my electric Trike from Pedego.  Was not expecting to like their trike because it is underpowered and small for someone of my size and weight.  But since having it, have learned a lot about WHY that’s better.  since I do want to use it for running errands in town, over 2 miles away and all uphill, am also learning that it will require a lot more pedaling on my part than I originally intended, so have been working the neighborhood streets with as little power assist as I can.   added a rear view mirror for before hitting the busy main street, and am just about ready to venture beyond the immediate streets for more mileage.

recharged it today using my Yeti 1000 to get a feel for what kind of drain that will be, which is not much.

and if the battery goes dead dead, there are always legs to make it go.

 

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keeping fit

Now I’m down to the one GP100 revolver for my handguns, being accurate with it and learning to reload it quickly are a must.

After a year of neglect, have gotten back to a habit of regular exercise.  Having arthritis makes that imperative, to keep the muscles that support the joints strong.  It also helps keep the pain levels tolerable.

Shooting at the range yesterday, can see that the work on strengthening my hands, wrist and arms has paid off as my groupings were tighter and stayed that way through the entire 1/2 hour session.

attrition

If you’ve ever wondered how gun sales stay so high, where and how do all those guns go, let me explain attrition.

20+ years ago my DH bought me my first .22 pistol to get me started (and what a monster he created!).  A few months later, that was traded in for a used S&W 59 9mm and a new Springfield .45.  the 9mm got old, springs wore, parts got loose and when it came time for getting my CCW, bought a new Ruger P95.  Also picked up a Ruger LCR for concealed carry.  lost the P95 (don’t ask) and replaced it with a Ruger 1911.  Along the way had also fallen in love with an older S&W Model 19 (.357) with 6″ barrel and the Ruger GP100 with 4″ barrel.

So fast forward to today:

the S&W 59 is worn out and not a reliable gun anymore.  Won’t even hold the magazine securely and parts are not available.  Is it worth going to the gunsmith and paying the $$ for custom work? don’t think so

The Springfield .45 was sold a few years ago to a friend, who has since died, and the gun ????

Lost the P95 (still, don’t ask)

sold the 1911 to our nephew

The friend who had bought the Springfield was shooting the model 19 and not paying attention that he had a misfire and a bullet had gotten stuck in the muzzle. He kept shooting until he split the barrel.

and a week ago, this happenedwednesday3

SO, out of 7 gun purchases, I’m down to the Ruger GP100.  Good thing I like that gun!!!

And that’s where and how people keep buying guns.

 

Earth Abides

This is a title of a book by George Steward published in 1949.  I read it about 1963 at around 14 years of age.  It is the book that made me aware of how tenuous our civilization is.  How fragile our existence. It is the book that made me a prepper.

It was such a profound experience that I spent years looking for a copy for myself.  And I do mean YEARS!  Now, its probably on its fifth printing!  and my copy is on my Kindle Fire!

This is one of the first EOTWAWKI books written around real events, in real time.   And by 1963, there hadn’t been much change in technology or society, which increased the realism and my awareness.

Re-reading it now, we can see the technological strides we have made (good and bad), and the advantages modern preppers have.  At the same time, some of the challenges these folks faced were not as grave as what we would face now as they were dealing with more mechanically driven forces – like gravity fed water from the reservoirs instead of electronically monitored discharge and release.  some of the philosophical challenges have changed, others have not.

The hero is an academic, the survivors really know nothing about survival, yet they manage to start a new civilization.

It seems “quaint”, but it is still a powerful message, and highly recommended.

shoe laces

nothing worse than having your shoe / boot laces break.  and how many of us have a stash of laces?  Maybe you’ve replaced your laces with paracord laces.  maybe you’ve gone for the Kevlar reinforced laces.  But do you have extra? what a bargaining tool?

Who ever talks about needing shoe / boot laces?!?!

yesterday picked up a pair of Sorel canvas boots at the thrift.  The soles look barely worn, while the canvas tops say a different story.  Or maybe that’s why they ended up at the thrift.  54″ (yes, I measured) laces and they aren’t long enough to stay laced while you are struggling into the shoes.  Something about their construction makes them tough to get on.  Nothing that a shoe horn or a boot hook and some better laces won’t cure.

Since we’re not at end of times, am getting some elastic laces for these boots, so I don’t have to loosen the laces all the way down and then retighten all the way back up.

But that’s when it occurred to me, despite having some extra laces around, there should definitely be some in my preps!