7.01.2011

Gun Stories

Finally had 30 minutes of free time today to watch the first episode of Gun Stories - BRAVO Michael Bane, that is a great show!  If you haven't had a chance to watch it, it looks like it is being re-run a couple of times between now and the next episode which airs on Wednesday on the Outdoor channel. 

Great to see Mr. Frank W. James on there too!

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Doomsday Preppers

Did you catch Doomsday Preppers on the National Geographic Channel the other night, right after the hour long show on Ronnie Barrett and the Barrett rifle called Sniper, Inc.?  What the heck is going on with NatGeo channel??!!  I am A-OK with their programming choices, but I am kind of surprised.  Here is a link to the first of fourYouTube videos that make up the Doomsday Preppers show.  Here are Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4.

I liked the show, learned quite a few things and was generally ok with how they portrayed folks that are stocking up on food, water, supplies, precious metals, firearms, medical supplies etc.  I really hope that being on that show is not going to impact the lives of the folks they showed.  The families and individuals on the show made a choice to show off all their stuff, reveal quite a bit about themselves and violate the basic principals of operation security, but it was their choice.  

I was pretty impressed with all four groups - but got a little cringy at the first family preparing for the Coronal Mass Ejection scheduled for 2012 (or 2013) and the single mom getting big pallets of food delivered to her home on the cul-de-sac at O Dark Thirty by a semi truck so the neighbors won't notice....

After reading a few forums and seeing what kind of feedback the show got, I discovered that the two guys that have the great house on 55 acres in South Carolina with the wood gas truck and all the security and supplies are pretty well known and have quite a collection of videos up on YouTube with lots of reviews and how-to's.  Their channel is under their user name on YouTube called SouthernPrepper1.  That will definitely keep me busy on a rainy day or two - which we have had quite a few of lately!  Summer doesn't really start here until after the 4th of July anyhow..

I watched one of the SouthernPrepper videos and discovered that LDS puts out a Preparedness Manual that is free for downloading.  (Lots of locations out there to download it, this is the one I used). I am pretty impressed with the manual and will add it to my collection.

So, hope all is well out there!  Take care.

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6.27.2011

Old Truck Ranch

New post over at the Old Truck Ranch.  This one is a real beauty a 1956 ¾ ton IH 4x4 with a dump bed and a winch
 
Worst thing (or best, depending on your perspective) is that it lives about a mile from my house.  The pictures of it just dont do it any justice, it is a fantastic truck and if it werent for the two project trucks I already have, this one would be in my driveway.

It has been a while since I posted over there so I will be sure to keep my eyes open for some new material.
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First Rule of Zombieland: Cardio

I will have to do some digging around but someone else has posted a similar entry recently on Zombieland and Cardio and I want to make sure that I give proper credit where it is due! Ah, found it - It is Karl Denningers The Market Ticker site.
With the recent back injury/sciatic nerve problems I have had to deal with, plus what I have been reading in all the post-apocalyptic word (PAW) fiction out there (BIG post coming soon with quick reviews on a ton of books I have read) plus the great Joshua story over at WilsonBlog – it has become glaringly obvious that I need to get in better shape! 
 
I am carrying around too much weight as it is, even for the basic, easy, cushy lifestyle I have!  Toss in the stress of the walking dead or the Carrington Event or global economic meltdown (too many references to link!!) or even a roving mob of urban youth at the shopping mall and I would be pretty easy pickings.  I couldn’t get to the hills or a bug out retreat if I had one, I couldn’t haul any of this stuff that I have accumulated over the past 15 years or so.  I don’t want to have anyone endanger themselves by waiting on me, or by carrying more than their fare share of stuff.  I don’t want to depend on my backup supply of diabetes medicine or blood pressure medicine – hell, I don’t even want to need that stuff at all!  
Forget the zombies and the roving biker gangs, I could be taken out by a grandma with good walking shoes right now and I cant forget to mention that trying to keep up with an 8 year old is wearing me out!!
Even if things werent circling the drain and I didn’t have worry about carrying a 15 pound battle implement with who-knows-how-many pounds of mags and ammo, etc., I want to be able to go out for nice long hikes with my family, haul a pack full of camping gear and explore more of the Cascades and Olympics.
So – another big change in my life has commenced.  I bought some new running shoes over the weekend as a kickoff to this event, I walked 3 miles each day on Saturday and Sunday to break them in – I am going to run a 5K in 9 weeks.   I can walk 3 miles, heck, I  can walk 7 and a half miles but I want to be able to run it and I want to be able to do it with a pack on and 10 lb weights in my hands.
I heard about the Couch to 5K plan over at the Market Ticker and now it is all coming back to me – see opening sentence!  Mr. Denninger posted Ten Things Update: 2011, a couple of weeks ago, which is of course, an update to the original from 2009: Ten Things You Must Do.  Lots of great advice but the one that stuck with me the most, is CARDIO.
I will be following the plan that is posted over at the Cool Running website and after I make the initial goal of being able to RUN 5K, I will take it to 10K and then more..  I will keep everyone here posted as I progress through the various stages.  This is all set to commence on Wednesday, June 29th I am aiming to compete in my first run on the weekend of Labor Day September 3 5th.  Looks like there is one out in Elma so I am all set.
Thanks for checking in!
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