Most people are dreadfully confused when it comes to work, money, play, and prepping.  In fact, there’s a dirty-little secret among the rich you may not be aware of.

What separates them from the peons is that they have more choices than the underclass.  Makes sense because they can buy more and different than an average wage-slave.

Thing is, it’s not really so much a matter of “how much money the rich have.”  Of course they will be choosing from a wider range at higher price limits.

But we peons can make the conscious decision to choose to optimize everything that touches our environment.  To your way and liking.

I recently did a write-up on the Peoplenomics website about how we are “imagineering” our home (again, still, it’s a forever process…).  What I didn’t overtly say, but it deserves to be studied, is the important role that CHOICE plays in all the world’s events and our individual lives..

Yes, including your life.

I’ll use just one area of our space to illustrate how “adding choices” gets to be rewarding..

We have a “screen porch” like you’ll find on a million or more homes in the South.  Keeps out the bugs and the critters including snakes that are too dumb to find the gaps under the screen doors.

Now, most people simply buy a home with a screen porch and then toss whatever’s handy – outdoor chairs and an outdoor coffee table along with maybe an outdoor set of speakers –  and they’re done with it.

Thing is, that doesn’t pass muster with us.  Elaine and I live and breath spaces that are transporting. Maybe it’s from living on a large sailboat.  We had the choice every weekend of which of a dozen or more cities we wanted to experience.

The key lesson in the  Imagineer design books is that everything begins with a story.

Let’s circle back to that screen porch.  What IF, instead of a generic, haphazard (unthemed) screen porch, we turn it into a kind of 19th hole beer garden?  Suddenly, by making a choice and going large with our concept, we focus our theming with by making a lot more conscious choices..

  • Instead of a generic screen door, there will be a “No Spikes” sign added.
  • When  the door opens, a couple of hidden outdoor speakers at the far end of the porch will pipe up with a loud THWACK! followed by gallery applause.  The visitor’s mind will begin telling visitors “I know that sound…golf tournament!
  • Looking around the “porch” they will see a Beer Cart and umbrella (cut down a bit for scaling).
  • They’ll notice a putter rack of distressed wood, along with an assortment of putters.  (A special note about this in a second)
  • A pull-cart with a bag of clubs is parked along one wall…
  • And the door into the House (which opens into a Trader Vic’s themed dining room  has a Big sign ( Pro Shop) hand carved and a small sign of old metal ) sports a “Wash Balls Here” sign.  (Humor is part of our game, just like the “hidden Mickey’s” all over Disney properties.

The putter stand…ah, a joyous Sunday afternoon project!  A click or two on the web leads us to this page.  Which confirmed out view that a putter rack would be pie-simple to build in an hour, or two, since we have the shop with all the “right stuff” available.

There’s a lot more to it, in the Peoplenomics article, but the point of being rich is not to have enough money to eat steak and lobster every night so you can balloon up to 250 pounds (which was fun, though I only got to 248#).  Thing is, when you get there, you have to come back.

Somewhere in that journey, the critical role of choices (as the “ultimate having) began to appear.

The difference between the rich and poor is often expressed as “newness” and “bigly-ness” of homes, cars, and personal airplanes. Hotly-ness of spouses and S.O.’s and so forth.  Even in television screen sizes and tech (OLED) and, well, just about anything you can think o defines rich at one level.  All just an expression of more choices at another..

Transitioning out of the “dumb consumer”” mindset it not about making a hell of a lot more money.  Nor — although many “prepping sites” on the web get this part all wrong — is it about going off the deep-end on conspiracy theories or buying a zillion long guns and doing stupid to the point of building a profile.

Real Prepping is largely the practice of reasonably anticipating the future and having a plan to ensure that you will always have lots of those things that separate rich and successful people from the poor loser class.

I’m talking about CHOICES.

Since my son (George II) is in line for a federal EMT job at an Indian reservation in North Dakota, I bought him the classic book “How to Get Out of the Rat Race (and live on $10 a month).”

Written by the legendary outdoors-man George Leonard Herter, the book is all about making the choice (which he was promoting to freedom-seeking young people) of moving to Alaska.  Herter, who near as we can figure made most of his dough in the mail-order sporting goods business that would later become part of Cabela’s (if I followed the crumbs right), wrote this amazing book that is largely applicable to everyone’s life.

Curiously, though, Herter was a “hand’s on guy.”  Page 365 of the book, for example, details the proper cleaning of fish along with some knife commentary.

On page 632  (It’s a BIG book, right?) we learn that clam shells and animal blood makes a pretty good glue.  That kind of thing.  Please of “Aha!” moments.

People are not really clear on today’s web about what “Prepping” really is.  Let me tell you what it is not.

  • It is NOT making people paranoid about how to be an “urban survivor” and monetizing that.  Concept thieves, sheesh.
  • It is NOT about selling a zillion tons of freeze-dried food.  A little goes a long ways.
  • It is NOT about selling firearms.
  • It is NOT about being paranoid and buying into hare-brained conspiracy theories.
  • It is NOT about buying anything “tactical.”  You need to be more dangerous unarmed than armed….

To us, Prepping…

  • IS about situational awareness and “owning your environment.”
  • IS about living in a stress free setting where continuity of life is likely.  (Living at a nuclear ground zero is still a life-siting choice.)
  • IS about always being able to select from a huge number of choices regardless of your income.  Choices come from the brain.  Money comes from work.  Brain’s are on 24/7/365.
  • IS about simultaneously seeing the Big Picture yet knowing that perception is the ultimate weapon.  Change your perception point every few minutes and unlimited creativity follows.  Oh, success at anything you put your hand to, as well.

Try this for a takeaway:

There’s an old saying “I’ve been broke, but I’ve never been poor.” We mentioned this principle now and then. Because?

  • Broke people still have choices. Eventually they can get money.
  • Poor people fail to claim their  God-given right to question everything and accept nothing,  and change that which doesn’t please ’em.  They are people of broken spirit and that’s harder to fix. Living by example

It’s a radical way to live, but I can’t think of a better way to navigate through life.

At 70, the world is still a near-clone of 1960’s Seattle, which was itself at the time, a spin-off  of 1949 San Francisco…

Today, those “up and coming frontier places” – where you can “buy more choices” in your life on-the-cheap aren’t even considered by the young.  Children that they are.

That’s what Life’s about. though:  Getting the most choices and making them well.

If you don’t have lots of choices, it’s either a mental roadblock to work on, or you are not effectively shopping for the “High Choice Life.”

Better get a move on, though.  7.6-billion other people might decided to put down their phones and bring “remarkable” in the here and now, if you don’t get there first.

Write when you get rich (in choices),