September 5, 2019

Dependence Created on Too Much Stuff

I went to the eye doctor a few days ago for a check up.  They checked my prescription, looked for eye diseases and such, and found no changes.  The doctor did asked if I used eye drops, or artificial tears.  I told him, occasionally, as my eyes dry out looking at the computer screen at my job all day, in a dry, air-conditioned room.   He said I should consider medication for that, because dry eyes are not curable.   He recommended […]

My Week of No TV

We made a change in our cable TV provider, as we switched to a lower priced deal.  This caused an interruption of service, so we had no TV in the house for a week. I figured, good practice for when there is no TV.  A few years ago, I watched a lot of shows.  But these days, I am not a huge TV watcher, with a full time job, family, kids, maintaining this blog, and preparedness activities that occupy most […]

Survival Mindset: Trust your Gut

One of the fascinating stories that came out of the recent East Coast earthquake was how the animals in the National Zoo in Washington seemed to sense danger.  Five to ten seconds before the actual earthquake hit, orangutans and gorillas interrupted their foraging and ran to shelter; some shrieked, or raced to higher ground.  Flamingos huddled together; even snakes started writhing wildly.   Zookeepers could tell the animals reacted several seconds before anyone started feeling the shaking. Animals have a sixth […]

First Line of Defense against Identity Theft

Identity theft is so widespread these days, almost everyone including me, has been affected at one time or another. When it does happen, it is hard to discover how exactly it happens, but the sooner you discover the better.  This way you can close the affected accounts before too much damage is done. Besides being vigilant about shredding your sensitive documents, there is one important area that I did not mention:  develop strong passwords.  Coming up with good passwords consistently […]

What Would You Grab First?

I was thinking about the recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry: evacuations due to wildfires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc. I could not help but wonder whether it’s happening more frequently or I am just noticing it more.  I have not checked any statistics, so this is purely speculation on my part. But I wondered how many people are prepared to evacuate on a short notice. To me, anything under an hour […]

Havoc from One Broken Stoplight

Today on our early morning commute, it seemed like it was taking forever to get out of our street.  We sat and sat while traffic was at a standstill.   Drivers were getting impatient, honking at each other.   Then someone rear ended the car in front, from accelerating too fast before the traffic line inched along.   This caused even more problems.  We could not even tell what was causing it until we finally got past the gridlock just to get out […]

Survivors TV Series (2008)

The family and I have been watching the “Survivors” TV Series on Netflix.  It was a British TV show that aired back in 2008 and lasted for two seasons.  From what I read, “Survivors” was actually a remake of a series that aired in the 1970s.  It is about a group of survivors coping with a world where 90% of the world population died from a deadly flu virus called the European flu. The main characters include Abby, the matriarch […]

What is “Normal?”

The ongoing crisis in Japan is getting a lot of people thinking and talking about preparedness.   Sitting around the lunch table recently, some co-workers were talking about possible disasters, and their take on preparedness. Two ladies mentioned they had bought handguns and were starting to go to the gun range.  This produced an amused, slightly nervous reaction from the table, as someone chimed in, “Well if things fall apart, we are going to your house!”  One guy mentioned he is […]

Beware of Prepper Overload

There are a few stages you may go through when you first start the preparedness journey. 1.  You notice things that never caught your attention before.  You look at your pantry and begin to calculate how many days your food and water will cover.  You notice the grocery shelves get low on Sunday night, and know that there isn’t any stock left in the backroom until the delivery trucks arrive.  You watch the news and wonder how much of it […]

Is Ignorance Bliss?

While I was away on a recent business trip I met a lot of colleagues from various states.  Spending a week sequestered with these folks in conference rooms morning til night, you can’t help but get to know a few details about each others’ lives. Since we traveled up north to a state known for snow storms, I was very concerned about the weather and watched the morning and evening news on a regular basis.  However, I cannot say the […]

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