Posts Tagged "survivalists"

Stops Along the Way: Part 2
by MOCHAGYPSY on JANUARY 5, 2013 - 6 Comments in MOBILE, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Five o’clock quickly arrived at my desk on my first night as a full-time RVer.  I left my office and walked into the dark parking lot knowing I would be home in less than 30 seconds.  No one from work knew it.  Since I land acting and print gigs on occasion, they believe my camper is to go on jobs out of town.  Half-truths go a long way.  I also made it a point for them to know that owning an RV has always been a dream of mine.  I considered letting my co-workers know of my new lifestyle, but I’ve grown less trusting with age.  My managers may feel less compelled to give me higher raises since I have fewer expenses.  My supervisor may look at me with scorn if I come in late on a snowy day. Co-workers may think I’m just plain kooky… and they would be right!  Yes, none of these things would be fair, but life isn’t fair and neither are people’s judgments and actions.  If the folks at work ever did find out (and some may already suspect), I guess it wouldn’t be a big deal.  However, why put myself out there if I don’t have to?

As I approached close to my camper, I visually took it all in.  “This is my home!”.  Realizing this felt odd, good… and a little scary.  I got in the van and drove to my RV friendly parking spot.  Like a dog, I instinctively circled the lot twice before parking.  There were two big rig trucks settled in for the night, so I parked next to them under a light post. (more…)

British Preppers
by NICK ROSEN on DECEMBER 17, 2011 - 5 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Hidden away in UK woodland, a new subculture

Until now the idea of preparing for the coming collapse in the UK was seen as faintly crazy, a bit like  believing the Mayan prophecy of doom in December 2012.

But sites like post-apocalypse.co.uk, and companies like Emergency Food Storage in Leeds  and B Prep in London are reporting sales increasing 10-fold in a year,  as Brits get ready for the collapse of the Euro and an almighty recession.

Ordinary families are storing cash, fuel, food and household products  in anticipation of a calamitous disruption to everyday life. (more…)

Tough Times Survival Guide vol 1 – book review
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 8, 2009 - 4 Comments in FOOD, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, URBAN, WORK, WRETHA

1192_1459_largeReading, learning, it’s what I enjoy doing. Before the internet, I would go to the three local libraries in my hometown, I would check out as many books as each on would allow, take them all home, read-read-read until I had gotten through all of them, then I return the books to their respective homes and start all over again. I tended to read non-fiction, I preferred them over fiction most of the time. With the exception of a few notable authors such as Stephen King, Jean M. Auel, and such…

With the advent of the internet and ebooks, I mostly read what I can get in digital format, including audiobooks. So these last couple of books I’ve read, I have held in my hand, turned pages, it was quite old-school for me. J I love it. Now, on to the book review. (more…)

Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance book review
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 3, 2009 - 6 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

I typically do reviews on eBooks, but a while back I was contacted by James Ballou to do a review of a hard copy, Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance, published by Paladin Press. Of course I was thrilled to review his book; honestly I had seen it previously and had been interested in reading it, so I jumped at the chance. It turns out that my instincts were correct, this is a great and useful book! (more…)

Stay small to survive
by SUPERJOE on JULY 14, 2009 - 9 Comments in LAND

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Creekmore: neat and tidy
Survivalist MD Creekmore used to be a a freelance handyman and part time gunsmith.  Now he’s a full time blogger, so he never has to leave home ‘cept to buy groceries and some more bullets .

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Off-grid medicine – horehound
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 21, 2009 - 7 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

horehoundNow I’ve gone and done it, (a Texas phrase), this is such a rare thing to happen to me, I am sick. There I said it. About 4 days ago I could feel my throat getting sore, this does happen from time to time, but usually it lasts 3 days and is very mild. Not so this time, I  have been coughing so much that it feels like someone is punching me in the chest. I haven’t had a fever though, just this miserable cough. Now is as good a time as any to try out some herbal remedies. (more…)

Updates and the new shed
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JUNE 6, 2009 - 5 Comments in FOOD, LAND, OFF-GRID 101, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

wretha00001Here’s an update on what has been going on with us. Things have been going pretty well, we have been living here, 100% off grid for a year and a half. We have fallen into a regular routine, I cook, clean, garden, work at the Country Store and other miscellaneous things, Mountain Man Bob works on the sky castle and the various things that make our lives better and easier.  We have gone from living in a 1 room cabin, with 2 out of the 4 walls being 2 layers of building plastic, with no heat or running water, actually we slept in a tent inside the cabin because the cabin would not keep out insects. When we first got here, it was December, and it was cooooold! I know it got down to at least 14 degrees F, overnight, with the winds blowing a gale, we didn’t have our wood stove installed yet, we put all of our canned goods inside the tent in hopes that our body heat would keep the cans from freezing. We have come a long way baby! (more…)

Ready for the crash
by JO HOOPER on APRIL 25, 2009 - 3 Comments in LAND, OFF-GRID 101

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Dervaes: urban homesteaders
USA Today was one of the first newspapers to spot the fast growth in off-grid living. Now it has identified a related trend which sparked a massive response on the paper’s web site.

Dubbed “21st century survivalism,” the story, filed in the “offbeat” section, is about a Michigan family that, under financial pressure, decided to give up credit cards, satellite television, high-tech toys and restaurant dining, and move from the city to live on a 40-acre farm and become more self-sufficient. They relearnt skills and live happily together and feed themselves.
People are asking, “Do I really want to be 100% vulnerable with no self-sufficiency skills if something happens to the economy?” says the story. (more…)

Preppers in the paper
by WRETHAOFFGRID on APRIL 9, 2009 - 2 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

hopkins2We do live in extreme times and it seems to be getting worse. Today I received an email contained a link to a Fort Worth (Texas) newspaper, they wrote an article about modern day survivalists, it included a blurb about Bruce Hopkins, the owner of http://www.internet-grocer.net/. Of course the article contained more, and I am conflicted about its contents. http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1299768.html (more…)


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