Showing posts with label blog stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog stuff. Show all posts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Carry Update, Life and the Scenario: 1k Cache Challenge at T Blog

Over the past several years I have pretty regularly blogged once a day. Recently I have not felt the need to write if nothing strikes my fancy or I am busy. Part of that is spending more time on my own fitness and preparations and just not forcing it when I am busy. Also I'm trying to focus more on quality. Would rather do 2 good posts, a 'what did you do to prepare' and an 'around the web' than 1 good post, 2 slapped together ones and a random thought. Sure I'll post a link or a quote or a cute little story if one jumps out at me but I am not going to push to make it happen.

Late last night I looked and the last time I had posted was Sunday. OOPS!!!

The Kangaroo carry holster showed up. It arrived 4 days or so after my order in a nice package. I put it on and it was comfortable. However unfortunately it did not work for me. With the horizontal method of carry used in the Kangaroo carry system I had two choices. 1) The holster is ready to grasp but prints. Not a little bit but definitely prints. Given that my concept of use for this holster is deep concealment for legal but less than permissive environments that is obviously a problem. 2) It is adjustable, highly so, to carry the pistol further around ( more armpit than pectoral) the body but that makes it harder to draw. My flexibility in getting a hand that deep to my weak side in a hurry is bad. Basically for me, while set way back, the Kangaroo carry might conceal a pistol the draw is pushing sun dial range pretty hard to the point where ankle carry looks good and sprinting back to my glove box doesn't seem like such a bad option.

The service was good and it was a nice product. I will not speak ill of them or their wares but this holster but it does not seem to work for me. The owner of this company seems to have pistols vanish with the holster but I've probably got 40 or 50 pounds on him. Maybe it is a build thing. I'm a decent sized guy who lifts weights and could maybe stand to lose a couple of pounds. [Am working on it and making measurable progress. Have 10 or maybe 15 to go.] The point is it ain't working. Thankfully they have a very liberal return policy which I plan to exercise. Again I do not have anything bad to say about those folks or their products; it just didn't work for me and as always YMMV.

TEOTWAWKI Blog threw out the Scenario: 1k Cache. A very interesting prospect. My first thought was, well my operational cache would be a darn good option.. However after looking at it even with pretty outdated prices and poor arithmetic there is no way that is a 1k cache.

My second thought is this is a pretty well thought out scenario. The topic is totally valid.  Caches are an incredibly valid topic  far too often talked about but not acted on in preparedness oriented crowds.

I thought about this for a couple days. Alexander's take on his ideal 1k cache is worth looking at. I do not entirely agree but he is a lot closer to right than wrong, at least within that concept of use. As to the dollar amount at first I thought it was an arbitrary, if conveniently round, dollar amount. Upon consideration I realized it was, while still conveniently round, a very valid dollar amount.

The reason it is a very valid dollar amount is that it is an amount that is both attainable and on the other hand meaningful. A grand is a reasonably attainable dollar amount for most people that, given some planning, they could realistically free up for an important purpose to secure their well being. For all but the lowest income people with some planning a a grand could be put back for an important reason.

I am not for a second saying anybody is a bad person because they genuinely can't throw real money at a cache. A guy with a stay at home wife and a couple little ones making 25 or 30 k probably can't throw a grand at a cache. That family are trying to keep a roof over their heads and food in bellies. If they are right minded and preparing I'm sure they are doing the best they can to work on that.

A grand is enough to have some options but not enough to get into unrealistic for most and almost silly "I'll stash a bug out bag, a few cases of MRE's, a tent, a couple glocks, three AR's plus a few dozen ounces of gold ready to go in my jeep territory,"

Will talk more about the cache discussion tomorrow or maybe in a few days the way I have been going lately. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Emails and Comments May Not Be Answered Promptly

Posts are scheduled through the end of the year so do not fear a disruption on that front. However my monitoring of email and reading/ replying to comments may not be timely. We have some family holiday stuff going on and honestly I might just take a little break since this thing is on auto pilot for a bit more than a week.

Merry Christmas and I hope you all have some fun, wholesome stuff planned.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crazy Week

You've had posts but not quite up to the normal standard. It's been a pretty crazy week at work. Next week things will go back to normal. Please bear with me on replying to comments or emails.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Go To The New Place

In life you have to leave the nest eventually and in honestly the blog has been been the relatively together guy with an OK job who still lives at home for a little too long. So today was move out day.

Please update links on your site(s), favorites preferences, etc all to reflect the new location. The blog will stay up and visible at the current location for a transitional period of maybe a month or so but please go to the new place.

I hope the transition is smooth but minor bumps in the road are almost inevitable. If you have any issues please let me know.

Happy top level URL day!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Suggesions for an Affordable Laptop

My laptop kicked the bucket last night. Need to replace it. Looking for a new one. As to criteria I am not a gamer but do stream a fair amount of media. Office would be nice but worst case ill download open office. We have historically used dells but the last couple sucked n it is almost as expensive to fix as just replace em so I am soliciting suggestions. I would like to spend around $300 at the top end.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back On The Laptop

Hey All, Got my laptop back. Regular posting will resume shortly. Also we will finally finish up the fighting load contest. I've a few great entries left to show.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Blog Roll Update

Bayou Renaissance Man Discussion of all things that meet Peter's interest. Through the years Hurricanes, friends and neighbors pulling localized security and folks Bugging Out to his place have led to some very interesting lessons learned.

My Adventures in Self Reliance Jamie has been doing some great stuff over the last couple years or so. Her blog was a regular read of mine for awhile that I lost contact with for reasons lost to time. In any case it's full of good stuff and a lot of ideas to get prepared on a tight budget.

Weapons Man is a retired SF weapons sergeant who talks guns, unconventional warfare and whatever else strikes his fancy. Some articles can be a bit historical and niche oriented like on say, an obscure flash hider used by Portugal on AR-180's in the early 70's but others are awesome.

Anyway the blog roll is updated.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Sentinel

The Sentinel is a daily publication, featuring an eclectic arrangement of news and entertainment for freedom-lovers, patriots, minarchists, individualists and other "auditable" types.  Think the Drudge Report, but for a slightly different demographic.
Our distribution is 1:00 PM, CST, give or take a shake - depending on if the delivery boy has had a proper breakfast and if his bike chain has run afoul, again.
Check out the Sentinel today.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fictional Possibilities

There may be some fiction coming to the blog. I have a reasonably formed idea that just might lend itself well to the blog format of short, semi regular type posts. The concept will sort of straddle some concepts for where our future may be going as well as serve as a useful venue to share ideas and lessons on a variety of preparedness and  guerrilla/ insurgency related topics.

Really wanted to start writing today. However I realized the smarter approach is to 'measure twice and cut once' instead of just cutting away hoping it will all work out. So instead of writing I tried to flesh out some stuff that should help down the road. Odds are like most plans it will not survive first contact but hopefully the process of developing a plan should be useful over the long run.

The first post/ chapter in the series might be as early as the next couple days or as late as next week. I hesitate to say what sort of frequency these posts will come at until there is a better idea what sort of time they take and if I enjoy writing them. Heck, I could suck at writing fiction and just scrap the whole thing after a few chapters.

So that's something new coming down the pipeline. Hopefully it will be fun for everyone.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Formatting Warning

Going to do some layout/ formatting stuff. Sorry in advance for any glitches or oddities in the next bit.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Couple New Blogs

 Max in Colorado Springs has been around for awhile but this is the first time I've seen it. He is a frequent commenter here and seems like a good dude.

Backup Disaster Recovery is a new site. Seems to be sort of an aggregator but it's a bit soon to tell exactly what it's going to be like.

Both are worth checking out if you have spots open on the ole internet reading list.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Over One MILLION Page Views!

Today the blog passed one million page views. This is a pretty big milestone for me. Coming into this with some useful skills helped. Also at the time things got going I had a lot of spare time which was very useful. If you can't work smart then working HARD is a decent alternative. Between my efforts and the help of some great bloggers like Jim Rawles of Survival Blog and Commander Zero and too many more to list things grew over time.

Over the last several years my life has changed a lot. Graduated college, married a great woman I totally do not deserve, went to "the dark side", learned so many things I don't know where to start, had a son and deployed again, this time to Afghanistan.

A lot of my growing up has been reflected in the blog. It may be a little less fun sometimes as rants are rare these days heck I can't remember the last time I cursed at somebody on here. However it is probably a more productive place in terms of helping people get prepared.

It has been a long, strange and wonderful trip.I have really enjoyed meeting some great people who happen to be really serious survivalists. Almost every day I learn something cool. I learn so much cool stuff from you guys that there is just no way to action it all. In a mess of word files and tables I have all sorts of ideas just waiting for time and money to action them. If you all have picked up half as much good info as I have then my job is being done well here.

At times like these it is good to look forward. Things are moving in the direction of gun stuff because firearms training is going to be a bigger part of my life for awhile. Food storage is where a lot of our money and a decent amount of our time is going. Being able to bring you all cool contests is something I enjoy and hope to keep doing better and better.

Well I am pretty happy about this. Back to normal posting tomorrow.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Admin Note: RSS Feed

Hey All, If you want to follow our RSS feed here it is Feel free to put it on your site or whatever.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Linkeage Update

Updated the old Blog Roll to include
Combat Studies Group
Max Velocity Tactical
 Both of these guys have really added some value to the conversation recently and are worth checking out.

 Also My Family Survival Plan

 Seasoned Citizen Prepper is a site run by John Rourke of World Survival Online that deals specifically with issues for older folks which has value as we aren't getting any younger. I touched on some of these issues in a recent post.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Be Advised

I am  going to be on the road for the next few days traveling from the wonderful PNW to Arizona. Depending on if the flee bag reasonably prices motels I stay in has the web I might not be on few days. Posts are scheduled for this period. Once down there until I get established convenience and my schedule will dictate internet usage. So if it is a hassle or I am busy then I won't be on much. 

Don't worry that I got murdered by creepy mutants in the desert if I don't reply to an email for a week or maybe two. If you don't get a response in a week or two resend because it might have slipped through the proverbial cracks. Then if you don't hear anything maybe I did actually get murdered.

Anyway I wanted to let you all know.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Contact Request

Monsoon Matriarch, Please contact me via email @ I tried to email you but received a mailer demon notice.



Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shout Out to Bayou Rennaisance Man and Rethinking Survival

Thanks for the linkage. Check out Bayou Renaissance Man and Rethink Survival for some good stuff. Both will be added to the blog  roll as soon as I get motivated enough to update it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I have been banging my head against the wall with blogger for a few days. Brute forcing technology can be a real exercise in frustration. Today I finally got it figured out, well at 95% solution anyway. The rest I know how to do and can knock out tomorrow evening.

Normally today would get "What did you do to prepare this week?" but not a lot is happening here. Between time and energy being spent on getting ready to move and generally being in limbo some stuff is on hold. Once home for vacation I will order some rifle plates. Additionally I am trying to sell the M1 Garand and 1911. Both have potential buyers. However if they are serious, have the cash and we can agree on a deal is to be determined. Hopefully both sales go through and I can put some cash toward pretty important accessories and a bit towards a vital survival tool new toy. Worst case if I can't sell the 1911 it will probably  be my PNW pistol for the foreseeable future. The Garand would get hauled along to sell/ trade at our next location.

This week I will keep running, lift some weights and hopefully tighten up my diet. The running/ rucking half of the August Challenge is going well but the weight loss half is almost totally stalled. Hopefully being a bit more intentional and keeping better track of what I eat will help here. It had better because it isn't fun.

Anyway I am going to surf the web a little bit and turn in early. Despite having no good reason for it I am pretty tired today.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I Hate Blogger

Yeah the main page of the blog changed and I am not sure why. Trying to figure it out. Sorry for any weird changes.
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