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So, How's that NOMAD thing workin' out?

Postcards from Camp: Hi Mom and Dad. Everything fine here.  Enjoying the balmy weather.  Talk to you later.

Postcards from Camp: Hi Mom and Dad. Everything fine here. Enjoying the balmy weather. Talk to you later.

Joel, I got no excuse*.  The world is rife with slackers these days and I are one when it comes to August 2013 blog posts. Sitting here pre-dawn and watching WOAI morning news out of San Antone with the sound off and captions on which works out good with my progressively worsening hearing loss.  Breaking news this AM reports Texas has reduced their requirements for a Concealed Handgun License.  Take that Schumer and Pelosi!  Gotta love Texas dude.  I mean really……….  :>

Come Labor Day next week we will have been on this Ranch one year. Gate guarding our life away it seems.  Damned sure could be worse!   It sure don’t seem like that long but reflecting back,  there has been a ton o’ fun had in this last year.  Miss K shagged out for awhile.   She had to leave so she could come back.  ‘s all good.  The Old Girl was murdered by grapefruit size hails from space.   Like Jerry Clower said “Shoot up here amongst us, because one of us needs some relief!” ; enter the Princess Palace.  Just yesterday, the Old Girl sold on eBay.   Still waiting to get the Benjamins in my hand for the deal but I am sure it will work out.

 

 

An addition to the bowling library

An addition to the bowling library

Life goes on and everybody gotta work, at least the folks I know do.  So has the world gotten better in this past year?  Nope. don’t think so.  Miss K and I read a book called Locusts on the Horizon $2.99 and it just so happens that we are on the same page regarding many things that are happening in this bad ol’ world.  The authors coalesced our plan of action so the way became clear.  It is a blessing that Miss K sees things the same  because she is one more smart operator and it doesn’t hurt that she has that punkin’ butt and significant boobage is a damned fine looking woman. I like a nice view.

After reading the book a second time, this post about Nomads was the result and we continue on that path. Troubling in the last few months has been the value decline in the precious metals market and the positive surge in the stock market.   For the life of me, I could not figure out how that could be so in the face of our deepening recession/depression. The normal course of events when the economy is faltering is for the stock market to move downward as cautious and concerned folks put their money in the safe haven of precious metals.   The only plausible explanation in my mind is they are kicking that can as far down the road as they possibly can before the whole rotten scheme collapses. The stock market is being propped up by manipulation and outside incentives — namely QE.   The precious metals market was manipulated downward by the powers that be on purpose.  As powerful and smart as the big money folks are I figured they could not keep it up indefinitely.  Sure enough, this past week the stock market and the precious metals started a realignment that makes more common sense to me. Regardless of what Dianne Sawyer says folks,  the economy is not healthy and it is not going to get any better. It can’t.  The American Middle Class is vanishing right before our very eyes and it is best to get that house in order while we still have some resources available.

Cookmaster Propane Smoker

Cookmaster Propane Smoker

Miss K has started a winter garden in buckets.  Both of us grew gardens in the past but we are rusty.  We don’t expect the bucket gardens to produce copious amounts of food but it is good to polish our gardening skills.  Everything we planted is heirloom non-gmo produce.  She has also started doubling up at the grocery store.  She will by two of the products we use on routine basis instead of one.  When the pantry on the Princess Palace starts to bulge, the surplus stuff is boxed up and toted off to storage.

Miss K ordered a  Cookmaster propane smoker to supplement the high end Masterbuilt Electric Smoker which is now in storage at Homebase.  We decided the Masterbuilt was not faring well beating around in the back of the DTB and the heat and dust didn’t do the electronics any good. We have been doing quite a bit of cooking outside. Sweating your ass off for an hour outside while you are working the gate anyway makes more sense than heating up the inside of the RV and then waiting for hours for the heat to dissipate.  The Cookmaster propane smoker also goes up over 400 degrees so it can double as an outside oven.  We have already turned out some tasty pork shoulders using the little beast.  Just be advised the construction is nothing like its’ Masterbuilt big brother.   Uninsulated sheet steel and 2 stainless shelves with a big ass propane burner, it looks cheap and ugly but it gets the job done.  Reminds me of a Glock pistol it does.

One of the reasons the propane smoker was bought was because we sit around saying ‘what if?’ alot.  What if we did not have dependable electricity or reliable potable water ?  What if our supply of gas,diesel or propane got scanty?  What about food?  Miss K says the prices at the grocery store are steadily inching up with some desirable items already out of our price range.  The last time we had t-bones, the guy that supplies the crew quarters for the rig musta felt sorry for me standing out in the middle of the driveway with a caliche streaked face and sweat trickling down the crack of my butt.  He gifted us 2 nice t-bones that sure were tasty.  Is it going to come to the point that a gallon of milk or gas or a loaf of bread becomes a major purchase?

A little spare fuel

A little spare fuel

What I see with my OWN eyes just doesn’t look too encouraging. Dianne Sawyer can just blow it out her butt because about 90% of what she reports is onerous BS.   I just don’t trust the mainstream media at all these days.   Digging around to find the real truth and observing real day to day events just leaves me scared and upset. The ‘what ifs?’  seem more real and closer to reality with each passing day. We do what we can with the few extra dollars we have. I picked up a few extra 5 Gallon Eagle Steel Gasoline Safety Cans the other day.  You gotta watch storing gasoline. Leaky cans or gasoline fumes will flat blow yer ass up.  These cans are good– high quality American made and guaranteed not to leak. I dig ’em.  The other thing you gotta watch about gas is the shelf life because it is woefully short these days due in large part to all the additives the government has mandated.  What good does it do to buy some expensive cans and expensive fuel if it turns to a gummy mess in 6 months?  After mucho research, I found the one additive that I feel confident is going to extend the shelf life of my fuel indefinitely.  It is called PRI Fuel Stabilizer and a bottle will treat 500 gallons.

I just betcha some of you readers are just thinking this Old Man is bat shit crazy, right?  Mayhap so; mayhap not.   The Prepper Mantra is

Beans, Band-Aids and Bullets Bowling Balls

I may be wrong. Obama may come through with a free phone,  a SNAP card and a government check for everybody.  While I am waiting patiently for The Man to come through, I reckon we will just keep on a-doin’ what we are doing.  Worst case scenario will be we may have to eat, burn and sell (for a profit most likely) our stored supplies.

Hope for the best.  Prepare for the worst.

 

* All you regular blog readers here figure you know me pretty damned good, right?  What’s not to love?  🙂   So if I tell ya one of my truest and dearest friends is a liberal college professor you would  look at the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1.   Salute Joel!  Hope all is well with you my friend!

 

 

lindaronstadtEnd Note: What’s wrong with you?  by Amanda Shaw  from the Pretty Runs Out cd.  Every time I hear this gal sing I channel Linda Ronstadt.  I remember her and the Stone Ponys pre-Jerry Brown gettin’ it on.  The gal was always barefooted — and she always wore those hoopty earrings.  Got a song from her to stick in your brain for the day —  You’re No Good. Linda Ronstadt is 67 and can’t sing any more. She has Parkinson’s.

 

Some days I feel older than hell.  This might be one of ’em.

 

Another End Note: El Paso by The Gourds from the Bolsa De Agua cd.  Took two days to write this post. You get two end notes.   Done.

 

 

 

 

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5 comments to So, How’s that NOMAD thing workin’ out?

  • Bryan

    Nicely written, as always.

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  • Nancy1340

    I would think that you and Mizz Kathy could put a sun oven to good use. Heck with your mad skilz I bet you could build one. I’ve been buying some canned goods and dehydrating them so they take up less room. Fresh mushrooms in the clearence bin….dehydrate them, onions, celery, herbs, potatoes (canned and dehydrated), chicken breast (canned and dehydrated), jerky, cabbage, green peppers, jalapeno, sorranos, Hatch….all dehydrated.

    And your spot on with metals. No joke intended with the spot thingy.

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  • Tim

    Andy, another sensible post in my opinion. I bought “Locusts on the Horizon” back when you first recommended it a couple of months ago and it has become my survival bible. I read and reread portions of it daily (I read a lot with this job). You are right on about gold being artificially manipulated by stock markets world wide, after all their business is selling stocks. But maybe wall streets manipulation is being overcome by just the sheer number of people buying physical gold. I am personally hoping the feds manipulation works for a while longer because I am simply not ready for the alternative. Tim

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  • joel

    Heh.

    Thanks for the shout-out, Andy. We’re doing well, and have already generated 625 kWh on our roof this month with two more days to go.

    BTW, I think I can make a good case that I’m a conservative, but in the old-fashioned sense.

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  • joel

    As for the economy, the stock market and gold prices, the answer is relatively straightforward if you don’t require invoking nefarious forces. Parsimony, Occam’s razor and all that.

    Hold onto your gold for a couple more months. I look for a spike with outside military interference in Syria and the brief repeat of the Gingrich debt-limit charade by the TEApeople in Congress. Once you see that spike, it’s time to sell. That’s what I plan to do with my small allocation in fear metal funds.

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