Sunday, June 05, 2011

Working on my pocket urban survival kit----JoJo's cabbages have come in and she shredded and froze tons of it for use all during the upcoming year---the crew is working on adding front and back screened in porches to the homestead--for future breeze cooling when power cooling is gone forever--my Prius MPG this week averaged 49.0----this week we accomplished a lot.

The link below is to an article addressing an issue I had not thought about previously..The fact that with the depression---baby boomers are/will be staying in their jobs much much longer---creating a situation where the young will be idle and unemployed for years creating a lost generation....without a possibility of retirement on one side there are no openings created for the other...I had not put 2+2 together previously but it makes perfect sense.

Interesting poll results---the first displaying that the majority of Americans believe the economy will never improve. Smarter than our leaders we are Luke....
This next poll advises, that Americans are pretty much pissed off over everything economically, governmental and actually pretty much pissed off at everything in a 360 degree radius. Like this is a surprise?

I have been staying away from homesteading and survivalist books for a while. We have been building, creating and working on our downtown homestead for long enough that most of these titles have little information to supply to us any longer. I'm not claiming to be an expert--it is just that most of these books cover the same ground giving the same advice...after awhile if you have read 3 or 4 homesteading books you have read them all.
I took a chance tho and ordered Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown.
I have to admit that my interest was perked simply by the title....the premise of the book is based on the concept that if you knew a societal crash was coming in 21 days, what could/should a suburbanite do to prepare to ride out the downfall of normal society----long term. The best part of the book so far has been the fact that the author is making do with both the property and the house that she has----rather than working from the ideal survivalist circumstance...i do enjoy that honesty...there have been a few concepts presented in the book I am going to try...but overall for me it is a confirmation of do-rights that JoJo and I have been working on for the past few years.

Geezer tactical clothing has been a difficult hunt lately--- I prefer European military surplus items----i have experience with European issued equipment---having become an extra large American in my geezer years European military surplus in large or X-large is hard to locate, purchase at a reasonable price and obtain in decent shape for my continued personal use. I do get lucky now and again--for example I just received the item below--an Italian marine San Marco camouflage pattern jacket in XL. This San Marco pattern issued during the mid 80's to mid 90's by the Italian military and has since been replaced. This type of light cover is excellent for conceal carry or for layering in colder weather. It actually fits---and I am very,very happy with this purchase !

On the same order I obtained 2 pair of British Military surplus utility trousers in large....I like these British Trousers because of the large belt loops allowing for a garrison belt to be worn if one prefers...these are excellent out and about trousers---that really hold up. I haven't tried these on yet--but I have to admit that British large may be too small for me...and these may wind up as gifts or trading material.....too bad because these are basically brand new and I really wanted these to work out---but with European military surplus you spin the wheel and take your chances..

I stand by my belief tho that Military surplus clothing with it's reasonable resale price, utility, and durability will be the perfect geezer wear for our upcoming uncertain future....

Born again?! No, I'm not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.

1 comment:

David Scott said...

Warren - That is something I thought of a long time ago when they started talking about our generation not retiring as soon if at all.

The ideal has always been you work then you retire and they move from where you started doing grunt work into your postion as a master craftsman.

But, that was the day when folks took pride in their work and when people understood the concept of paying your dues. Also when we were a manufactureing community that people worked through.

The big questions is what now?