Thursday, May 15, 2014

2014 New Years Resolution Review

 Figured it is as good of a time as any to review my 2014 New Years Resolutions which I really use yearly more as annual goals than anything else. Completed resolutions will be lined through and notes will be in italics.

Note: The stuff in light grey are long shots. By long shots I mean they are not realistically funded based on projected levels of spending. Admittedly this is pretty unscientific since I do not have an exact projected preps budget that is divided amongst different areas. It's probably more of a gut feeling based on the last few years of what I will realistically be able to do than anything else.

Attend a quality defensive pistol course. Scheduled in one for early 2014. Work messed up a scheduled CSAT course. Undetermined on when/ where I plan to reengage this goal.
Try to attend an Appleseed if I can. Due to scheduling and other life stuff this is a long shot. Going to try this summer. Decent odds it will happen.
Following said defensive pistol course begin a dry fire regimen.
Shoot more often. Ideally at least monthly but certainly not more than bi monthly.

Finish the 870 P project. Refinish, light, sling, ammo cards, ammo holding system to match. Get a .30 cal precision rifle almost surely a .308. Funded as of now; just trying to figure out prioritization of this vs other goals before throwing down the cash. I have been semi casually looking for a single shot 12 gauge shotgun to go all Dave Canterbury. If I find one I will buy it.
 Maybe start on an AR pistol

Consumables and minor stuff:
250 rounds buckshot
250 rounds #4 shot
250 slugs
Get a quality kydex outside waistband Glock holster with mag pouches to match
4 Ruger 10/22 BXP mags
A case of 5.56 ammo
A stripped AR-15 lower receiver
Long shot a case of 9mm FMJ  purchased the 9mm ammo for a class and am keeping it set aside for such unless things get all wonky then it would of course be usefull and a second case of 5.56 ammo
10 each PMAGs
 6x Glock 17 mags
I can always use another 10/22 or a Glock 19 but those are big time long shots.

Run more, keeping better track of it. Maybe do a marathon or something. Eh it's been a wacky last few months trying though..
Keep up a decent weight lifting regimen with hard circuit based body weight type stuff. Was going good then got broken up due to work stuff. Getting back to it.
Generally keep on doing good things

Break in all extra boots that are currently accessible. Working on it. Going to need to start wearing a pair of old school black leather boots in my off work time.
Not sure exactly where this fits but I want to firm up our heavy (vehicle) bug out packing list then have that stuff ready to go. Also continue developing all of our systems.
Purchase a small enclosed trailer. 

Skills: Get a ham radio license
Get better with HTLM and web coding stuff (any advice would be great)

Get a ham radio, probably one of the little Baeofong (spelling) setups to start.
Get a set of 2 (4 would be better) good FRS radios with head sets. I have a pair in storage that might work but I've got to test them.
Get a scanner 

Keep building our food supply to the interim goal of having a year's worth for 4 people. Put back a lot of food since we have been here. Aren't done but it is getting closer for sure.
Get chickens. Ordered a coop today, should have chickens by the end of next week.
Start growing some herbs n stuff. Maybe sprouts too. Haven't done herbs but there are some taters in a pot and a bunch of seedlings getting ready to go into pots.

Continue to improve our cache situation. Set up the Operational Cache. Looking at some other ideas.
Work to develop primitive skills
Pick up another full tang medium sized survival/ general purpose knife or maybe two plus stuff to round out some of the redundant parts of my various kits. Picked up a Benchmade Bushcrafter. Looking to add a slightly larger knife to the inventory this summer.
Get 3-4 more wool blankets. It is hard to recall exactly when I bought minor item like blankets. I am up one or two since them.

Alternative Energy:
Skills: Use the stuff we have more to figure out how to make it work for our needs. Working this one. This includes a good plan for charging Wifey's smart phone on the go.

Stuff : Wifey mentioned wanting to get a generator before hurricane season. We are far enough North in Louisiana so as to avoid utter destruction but can definitely lose power. A buddy up here lost power for a week during Rita. This worried Wifey. So we might just get a generator. Probably an EU 2000 like Zero has. This should be complete by the end of the month.

Stashing a half dozen or so military gas cans would be nice. Enough gas to completely fill up both our vehicles twice and run a genny enough to keep the freezer cold, charge batteries and watch a bit of news for at least 2 weeks (a month would be better) would be great. Got to do some math on that one. Plan to get some cans in conjunction with the generator.


All in all I am OK with where things are. Pissed the pistol course didn't work but it was out of my control. Some stuff is done, more is in the works, some vaguely pending and the balance is up in the air. At the same time aside from what was planned I've done a few other good things.

How are your years goals coming along?


Anonymous said...

Couple quick comments:

I know some folks in South Mississippi about as far north from the water as you appear to be in Louisiana (Laurel/Hattiesburg area), and Katrina beat the living snot out of their inland area not long before Rita hit SW Louisiana. Granted the level of devastation they experienced was a bit abbey-normal, but something to think about.

The Remington "police" line of bolt guns are known to be generally quite accurate right out of the box, and something to consider besides the Savage guns. Just sayin'.


Aesop said...

Here's a hot tip for alternative energy/charging Wifey's cell phone on the go:

Their Pocket Socket is a bit spendy, but as a compact go-anywhere human powered cellphone recharger, potentially as worthwhile as a Katadyn-style water filter for com and small electronics needs.


Theother Ryan said...

H, I'll have to look at prices and features. For some reason I haven't pulled the trigger on this one yet.

Aesop, I'll look into that.

Pineslayer said...

Like most, I'm guessing, my list has fallen short, but I expect a lot from myself. Always forward.

If I can swing it a Max Velocity course would be the ultimate present to me and my family.

I have a Solio H1000 that works very well for recharging small items.

Theother Ryan said...

Pineslayer, There are certainly different retrospectives when it comes to goal setting. Some folks set super low totally attainable goals and plan to feel good by meeting then exceeding them. Others set almost impossible goals knowing they will likely fall short but figuring half of a ridiculous goal is good enough.

I don't see a point in super low goals like to keep breathing, buy a box of shotgun shells and a bag of rice. At the same time having my goal be 500 hours and 10 grand worth of effort when I have closer to 250 hours and 3k to play with seems silly and unrealistic. My strategy has been to sort of split the middle setting goals that are aggressive but still attainable. In this I do build in some slack so I can fall a little short but still be in a decent spot.

riverrider said...

well, i got a job. that was first on my list. haven't done too well losing weight and i'm not back to running yet, which was next. i'm working on it though. rest of my list is small potatoes, on the back burner.

Pineslayer said...

riverider congrats on the job, hope you like it. I am putting dropping 10 lbs on the top of my list, just to see if I can do it quickly without going on Naked and Afraid

Pineslayer said...

I know this is not the post for this, but I think you will "enjoy" this...

Harry Flashman said...

My new years resolution was to still be alive Dec. 31 2014. So far I am doing pretty well. ;-)

riverrider said...

pineslayer, i'm already naked and afraid. now i want the body to go with it, lol....job, love it! i take care of 2000 guns for a living.:)

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