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Avoid This One Critical Mistake I Made When Buying Ammo As A Prep

Here’s a lesson from the School of Hard Knocks. Sometimes buying ammo is a mistake… or at least buying the particular ammo that you put in your shopping cart is.  I’ve made a lot of prepping mistakes over the years,… Continue Reading

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Podcast: Five Health Things To Consider Before The SHTF

Spice and Salty spill the beans on “health things to consider BEFORE the SHTF” in this week’s Beans, Bullets, Bandages & You podcast.  Recorded on a road trip to the People’s Republic of Illinois, the duo discuss a veritable plethora… Continue Reading

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Escape From New York: Execution

The first thing you need to do when disaster strikes in an urban setting is recognize that something is wrong, and get out of the building. If you are wrong and nothing is happening, you can always go back inside,… Continue Reading

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Paranoid Prepper’s Escape From New York: Preparation To Flee

As I mentioned all the way back in my first post, I have had occasions to “Escape from New York”.  On a normal day, New York City is a nuisance to enter, and a nuisance to leave, not quite as… Continue Reading

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BOL Invaded By Green Aliens! (And NO, It’s Not In Roswell, NM)

Spoiler alert:  It wasn’t These aliens: Having to weed a prairie is just not right.  I blamed the morning job on the blamed fool that decided that Sericea lespedeza would make a great import to northeast Missouri.  “It’s very hardy!”… Continue Reading

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Book Review: Island of the Lost

Island of the Lost:  Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, by Joan Druett The story is so improbable I’d have thought it a pretty heavy-handed morality tale … except it’s true.   Two ships, with two very different crews… Continue Reading

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This Crap Isn’t Funny Any More – Diarrhea Can Kill You

There we were, driving down to the land of salt water and waves for a winter vacation…when the norovirus hit.  Good readers, I was never more glad to have our emergency med kit than when raging diarrhea hit during a… Continue Reading

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Three Prepper Fails To Learn From

Experience is the best teacher … but is she really anyone’s favorite?  Here’s your chance to learn from my mistakes.  Also, if you’re generous in the comments, to wring more good out of your own fails by letting someone else… Continue Reading

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Battling the Hydra: The Autumn Olive menace to a BOL, and how to combat it

BOL is shorthand for a bug-out location, and the expression is usually used for a spot out in the country where a family can get away from it all.  Some BOL keepers spend considerable thought on things like lines of… Continue Reading

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The Paranoid Prepper Bug Out Vehicle (BOV): Part 2

  My dream BOV  😊 The BOV Saga: Part 2 I’ve actually been through one car restoration previously.  That was before I was a prepper.  The car was an antique Porsche.  If you go back far enough in Porsche history,… Continue Reading

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A fire starter for when you really need a fire

Murphy’s kind of jerk.   When you really need a fire is when it’s wet and windy.   When is it hardest to start a fire? Of course, it’s when it’s wet and windy.   These fire-starters, which I hereby… Continue Reading

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The BOV Saga: Part 1

One of the more entertaining Prepper pursuits is Bug Out Vehicles (BOV) and with my crew of 20 children and grandchildren, you might think my BOV would look like the one pictured.  Unfortunately, I can only aspire to such a… Continue Reading

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Calling the Dive – Work As A Team First, Questions Can Wait Until Later

There’s a rule among cave divers:  Any diver can call the dive, at any time, for any reason.   If one buddy gives the thumb up during or even before a dive (in that context it means ‘go up’ rather… Continue Reading

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The Prepared Car: Some tips & advice about automobile preps

If you listen to the podcasts, it will not shock you to learn that Salty and I cover a lot of miles by car.  Well, in rural Missouri, pretty much everything is a goodly drive away.  That’s hardly unique though;… Continue Reading

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Picking Perennials Part III: The Tame and the Wild

Pre-death raspberry

When Salty mentioned developing a new category of posts about “If We Had it to Do Over Again”, it wasn’t hard to come up with candidates.  I’ve done some of my best remembered learning ‘the hard way’ after all.  My… Continue Reading