Hey Everyone, I hope you are well. Things for me have been pretty good. Between work and exercise I have been reasonably busy. I have been lifting and running a lot which is good. I haven't done anything preparedness oriented to speak of. Just life stuff, working on me and relaxing. Every couple days I cruise the blogosphere but haven't bothered to comment. So much of that interaction is about validation anyway and I don't feel a need to get that from you all.
I have watched very little tv since we talked last. Probably 2 or 3 hours total which was mostly one day killing time till we all went out. I have followed the news with equal enthusiasm. That is something I should work on as I am not staying informed on events very well. Maybe give myself 20 minutes a day to cruise the local news and check the BBC.
For preparedness stuff I haven't done anything but have done some thinking. It is becoming clear to me a disproportionate amount of preparedness efforts are spent on unlikely to happen events. People worry about the magical TEOTWAWKI and want to have this little farm/ fortress but ignore the actual reality of how bad scenarios unfold. The honest truth for most ugly scenarios riding it out anywhere but downtown in a major urban center is a decent option. For a situation where that does not work the best course of action is to leave and go somewhere else. If you stay plan on going about a slightly smaller version of your life with a concealed pistol, not a rifle and a cheat rig. Furthermore realities like mortgage payments, bills, etc are not going away. Folks need to read a lot more FerFal, Matthew Bracken and Selco. I am not saying the homesteading folks aren't without many great points in other areas but they are not a magical solution.
As such I think having an enhanced edc set up not dis similar to some light fighting loads in composition my be wise. I usually carry my little LCP but if the situation merits having a system to carry my G19, a couple spare mags, etc that is concealable and realistic to carry on the situation I see myself being in is smart. Toss on a chest rig and pc and it's a full fighting load. This makes more sense to me right now then my current pistol belt set up. I won't part out or sell that but I do plan to replace it for the current primary role.
When it comes to stuff such as gear, guns, etc I think we look at it all wrong. It should go without saying stuff is at the low end of the prioritization list. Mindset and decision making come first. Having a tactical mindset and mental wil matters a lot. I would however argue decision making matters more as you win 100% of the fights you are not in. Think Grandma's points not to be out too late, in bad neighborhoods, etc. The 3's saying not to do stupid things, in stupid places with stupid people comes to mind. You can bend one and usually be fine. Example meeting your addict cousin for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. Now if you bend two and take him 'to a friends house' you are asking for bad stuff to happen.
Next comes fitness and tangible skill sets. You need the skills to fight (and do other things) because all the will in the world won't make you hit the damn target with a handgun if you do not do the work. You also need the fitness to survive stress and unknown physically demanding situations.
Gear comes last. An aware and skilled healthy person will win a fight with a damn high point 9mm ghetto blaster. An unskilled fat lazy slob can have a $3k Wilson Combat 1911 (probably in his nightstand/ gun safe but we will gloss over that today) and it won't save him.
You should use quality serviceable gear but it does not have to be the coolest Gucci kit. That stuff is used by famous guys mostly because they get it for free; to convince guys like you they need it. A $350 Ruger SR9 will work just fine if you do your job.
I have some more thoughts about gear, systems and caches that will make another post in the near ish future.