Prepping: The “Donner Party” Garden

I don’t reference the “Donner Party” lightly.  Because prepping and survival are the most serious topics a person can address; even more so than money or mating. As we laid it out on the Peoplenomics side earlier this year, the ideawas that I would put in a simple “two veggetables” garden and conduct “The Great Tomato Race.”   There was a “science angle” to it (being a measurement freak and all):  I wanted to see whether deep …

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Prepping: Greens and Moon, Shifts

We start off with the ultra short course on survival gardening today because it could become an important issue one day. If You Don’t Have a Green Thumb, read on: Lots of people tell us they don’t have one.  We usually beg to differ.  There is a simple checklist that can keep you out of trouble.  Ready? Plants need the right temperatures. This is all over the web.  If the temps are too cold, the …

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Prepping: Yes, Fishing & Fly-Tying is Prepping

We don’t talk about the role of fishing much in terms of prepping and it’s an oversight we are about to set right with some personal history. As I’ve told you many times, pappy was a Seattle firefighter (captain and acting chief in the 5th battalion now and again) so his days on, and off, we scattered all over the calendar.  Which was very convenient because he loved to go fishing in an 8-foot pram …

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Prepping: How We Beat “The Coffee Racket”

Why the very thought of Starbuck’s former CEO Howard Schultz running – as an independent (sick of both parties) – speaks volumes about here in the “Land of Losing It.” We’ll skip the politics. part.  What concerns me is that as of 2018, Schultz had a net worth of $3-billion 300-million bucks.  Sprinkle of gold on that? Schultz made his pile, in part I think, because one of the key social indicators of a pending …

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Prepping: Depression-Proof Hobbies

It’s the time of year when we should spend some time focusing on the important things in life…like having fun!!!  Christmas is coming, but what is the “right” kind of present? The theory is that people need “time to re-create.”  So, the notion of “re-creation” which drops the hyphen to become recreation. Since a lot of “recreation” is based on ancient tribal behaviors, we have monetized some of the silliest things – like standing up …

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Prepping: The Third “Axiom of Work”

“Axioms of Work?” “You really going to write from Work to Sous Vide cooking?”  Uh, sure!  Read on… In the event you missed it, one of the joys of UrbanSurvival is our elevating art of algorithmic thinking.  In other words, since we are busily doing exactly what the Bible (and other religious texts) prohibit (making false idols in our own image – the pre processor days way of warning about Robotics and AI) we had …

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Coping: The 5th Annual “Turkey Leftovers” Column

By request from last Thanksgiving – only this time in advance so you can have everything on hand this year… Back in 2013. we share the best turkey leftovers recipe  we’ve ever found.  Our Ode to 13 Coins’ SST Sandwich column from 2013.  I don’t remember if Gale, the daytime bartender at the ‘Coin’s place across from the Seattle Times had retired yet,  (He did in 2015, or so – g)  or not…might have.  Great …

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Coping: With How Religions Evolved?

Did religions spontaneously arise from starving tribes establishing regular nutrition and was the Voice of God merely an indication of the breakdown of bicameralism on the way to home sapiens sapiens (or home deluxe)?