Prepping: The Trunk Check

Warren Bouffant and his little Brit-speaking gecko insure our vehicles,  So, every six-months we get new insurance cards in the mail and that’s a dandy way to trigger a ton of prepping checks. Even in huge outback of East Texas, it’s a short walk from the...

Prepping: What’s a “Survival Radio?”

Damn-fine question, that.  By the end of today’s column, you may have evolved an opinion and along the path, you’ll learn about an obscure American radio company that even most hams don’t know about. But let’s tackle the question, first. ...

Prepping: How Much Do You Trust “The World?”

Seems to be a frequent conversation here at the ranch, lately. Should we pick up stakes and move as a team; to set our sights on a distant shore, pursuit of a fresher dream? Damn hard one to answer – and since it is Sunday – a day of supposed rest and...

Prepping: 13 Useful Year-Enders

Let’s face it, this hasn’t been much of a year for people – as economic distortions are popping out all over the place. One example, from my own family:  My son (G II) up in Seattle can make more driving for an online ride-sharing program than he can...

Prepping: Monkey Fleecers or Aliens?

A short rap this morning about the measurable reality and how to avoid becoming a victim. While I’m not a yuge Carl Sagan fan, there is much to be gained from reading his “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” and then inspecting...

Prepping: “Cat Balancing” Part 2

I didn’t mean to sound “preachy” (if I did) in the Saturday part one of this series, but have to say, it’s the way I really feel.  Once you have enough money to buy more than you can ever consume before the worms show up, there’s time to...

Prepping: “Cat-Balancing” Part 1

“What the hell is “cat balancing” and how does this relate to prepping?” Therein lies our story-line this weekend. We are focused on environmental balance. That’s because prepping for the “ultimate worst-case” may morph into...

Prepping: Got a “POPPA?”

That’s a Personal Optimization Plan to Prevent Aging – I call it “POPPA” for short. Contrary to what some short-term prepper sites might have you belief, real prepping is a life-long exercise.  And, in order to have the long life for life-long...

Prepping: Metal Detecting 101

In Saturday’s column I hinted that I would wade a little deeper into the idea of “hobbies that can make money” for you…and by the title, you ought to know where this one is going. For the gold! Bit of personal background:  When I lived in the...

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,...

Prepping: The “Go-Everywhere Box”

There we were, Sunday morning…just gorged on French toast and coffee. My consigliere announced he wanted to take a hike down to the bottom of the hill and back.  And as we were discussing the wilds of East Texas, he got out his “Goes Everywhere Box.”...

Coping: UrbanSurvival’s 2018 Book List (Part 1)

Today, I wanted to go through some of the books that I have read this year or which are still on my reading list.  People ask “What do you read? My thinking  has always been that if you are going to be an interesting writer, you need to read extensively across a...

Prepping: Sustainable Relocation

Having a guest here this week has been most instructive.  Since our guest is a tax attorney, not to mention an extra class ham radio operator, and a genuine expert on the economic longwaves, it’s great to have a “fellow traveler” to this place to...