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More Beans?

K.I.S.S.  == Our little corner of the World. It gives me comfort

K.I.S.S. == Our little corner of the World. It gives me comfort

Gate Guard Life: The 20′ flame on the flare stack just down the road is standing straight up this morning. No wind; I hate that.  The  caliche dust from the traffic on the road hangs like a low fog with no currents of wind to disburse it.  It sticks in my throat and films the top of my coffee.  I can feel the grit on my skin.  The scenery seldom changes where I sit.

………………..

 

I wish I could figure out just what in the hell is going on in the World. I can’t for the life of me figure why we want to be the Air Force for Al Qeada in Syria; can you?  Looks to me like we are trying to suck the oil out of the Mid East through the barrel of a gun (again) and that never ends well.  WTH are these people thinking?

Miss Kathy faces the reality of it every time she goes to HEB in Pearsall.   $3 bread, most meat is beyond our budget. Fresh veggies?  Yeah, right!  I would kill for some real fresh asparagus with a little lemon juice on the grill.  She came home this week with a fresh turkey for $20,  I imagine it is going to end up on the smoker.   Besides pissing me right off,  this inflation just makes me feel powerless and really small.

September is National Preparedness Month and as a result many of the online retailers that cater to that market are running some smokin’ deals.  You know I am partial to the Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food line.  First rate quality, pretty danged tasty and a 20 year shelf life. What’s not to like? I got an email earlier this month from Nitro-Pak where I buy all my Mountain House grub.

 

WOW is all I can say!! Our “National Preparedness Month SALE” has been a RESOUNDING success this past week! Thousands of our customers have been to our site and have been saving tons of $$. Our Mountain House® #10 can sales this past week have GONE THROUGH THE ROOF!

The best part is most items are still in stock and that we are just getting started with a full month of awesome money saving deals! Mountain House® has offered us EXTRA INCENTIVES that we are passing on to you. Their goal is to help every family in America be better prepared with their “gold standard” FREEZE-DRIED foods. At savings of 30-49% OFF, you can’t afford to pass up these unreal prices!! THIS IS A ONE-TIME SUPER DEAL AND WILL NOT BE REPEATED! Don’t miss out on this SALE!

Some have asked, “What makes Mountain House foods reserves different from others?” The biggest thing is they are the ONLY COMPANY that actually prepares fresh their own ingredients, cooks together the entire meal, then actually freeze-dries their own foods at their facilities. This is why their taste is so superior and reconstitute so fast. All other companies just blend powered mixes with only a sprinkling of freeze-dried vegetables. It’s a huge difference!

If you love to SAVE MONEY (I’m betting you do), take advantage of these UNPRECEDENTED LOW PRICES! We’ve been selling Mountain House almost 20 years and NEVER, EVER have they offered anything close to these unbelievable incentives & deals! STOCK UP NOW for your family emergency reserves and be sure to share this with your friends! Pass this email on to them! Keep watch too throughout the month for even more preparedness gear as super savings!

As Always, “Be Prepared!”

For long term storage, I prefer the #10 cans over the entree pouches.  Same same product in both but the cans are stouter and they store better.  The #10 cans are resealable and will keep for a week or better after being opened.  The underneath-the-bed of the Princess Palace has a goodly box full of the Mountain House pouches.  This new order of all cans will end up in climate controlled storage.

In your best interest and following our  full disclosure habits around here,  I have tried the competitor’s products and they just do NOT measure up to the Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food; Miss K and I have been taste-testing for most of a year now and I am thoroughly satisfied with the product.  Nitro-Pak is one of our sponsors here and and you don’t buy your way into an endorsement around these parts.  They are a great vendor with a superlative product.  Visiting our vendors also means we make a few bucks (NO added cost to you) to keep the lights on.

So when the world makes me feel very small,  I think about the silly dogs and petite blonds and great kids that look to me for succor and safe haven in tough times.   The times are long past when I was the young lion, full of piss and vinegar.  Still yet, Ol’ Pops has got a few good licks left in him.

 

End Note:  Made Up Mind  cd by The Tedeschi Trucks Band.  Not often I put an entire cd in the end note and tell you to listen up on some of it.  So why the kudos?  Well, Susan Tedeschi can by God belt it out and hubby Trucks plays a slide guitar like he was from the 70’s.  You could sorta figure that out since he has played with the Allman Brothers since 1999 and his Uncle Butch was a founding member.  Tired of all the techno-rap-crap-pablum?  You know what to do.

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21 comments to More Beans?

  • Rob

    I enjoy your outlook, have for a few months since the first time I read your blog. I really thought gate guarding paid well enough to eat… Gate guarding is how I found your blog, we are workcamping in Iowa as I type these words but this gig ends soon.
    Now it could be the prices you see are way higher than what we see, there are just the two of you & asparagus was under $2 a pound yesterday at the Hi-Vee here in Iowa. Even if it was twice the cost where you are is it that bad? There are just to two of you and you do only live once.
    I can see cutting way back if we were feeding 10 or 11 people at every meal again but it’s just the two of us now. I have adjusted my expectations back so they are closer to my financial reality but that doesn’t mean we can’t have asparagus & a steak on the grill now & then. I will admit that the $3 loaf of bread bothers me just a bit…

    I really did think gate guarding paid better even if the hours were long.

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    • Andrew

      Hi Rob,

      I polled Miss K and she said ribeyes were $11/lb, spices have doubled, a bag of chips is $4.29, chicken breasts are $4/lb. She also mentioned peanut butter and instant oatmeal.

      It is not that we CAN’T afford it. I recently paid some $$ to get fresh Aleutian Salmon delivered here for K’s birthday. We just choose not to pay it. Miss K is buying more foods raw and processing them. I cannot tell you the last time we had Pizza Hut or Chinese take out. Her renditions of those are much better anyway.

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  • joel

    Yeah, we rarely eat out. ‘Course, I like to cook, and the grocery stores are within a 10 min drive.

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    • Andrew

      Eating out for us now is a huge treat since we both cannot be absent from the gate at the same time.

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  • Miss Kathy

    Speaking of great food I just made a smoked turkey in my propane smoker. You can visit my website at: http://www.thecriticalculinarian.com
    I posted how to smoke a thanksgiving turkey. It is delicious.

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    • joel

      Interesting recipes there, Miss Kathy. Will bookmark.

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  • joel

    Thinking further about the title of this post–is that what you want in a constrained living space? I don’t think of flatulence as the glue holding together a relationship. However, YMMV.

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  • AndyH

    Hi Andy

    I have just finished reading the book that you had on your site – Locusts on the Horizon. After much digging around the internet I managed to find what seems to be the actual indicators that will kick off the Derivatives collapse and am posting them here. I personally hate sitting around wondering when I am going to get a huge kick in the A$$ without seeing it coming so seeing the trigger getting squeezed helps. There is also a very good description of how this is going to play out

    One needs to reset the graphs to 1 Year data to see the big problem in action.a

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    • Andrew

      I know the basics of what a derivative is and the BASIS for their being — everything else is Chinese arithmetic

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  • Don

    My favorite financial writer, the late libertarian Harry Browne, liked to say that anything CAN happen, and nothing HAS to happen. I think it’s good to be prepared, but don’t stake your future on one fairly unlikely prediction just because it meshes with your worldview. Unsolicited advice and worth what you paid for it! 🙂

    BTW I also think the country is going to hell. Do you ever read Fred Reed at fredoneverything.net? I think you’d enjoy some of his writings. Anyway, back to going to hell… despite my curmudgeonly view, I have to concede there are a lot of entrepreneurial types out there making things happen. Heck, just look at your oil boom! Whoda thunk that, a few years ago? My dad was born in the 20’s, and has seen all sorts of times when it seemed like the country was doomed. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to have high school and college age kids in the 60s. Anti-war protests, rock and roll, college bombings, drugs, Woodstock. Just think about that. This stuff is always happening. The trend is going the wrong way, I’ll give you that. But anything can happen, and nothing has to happen. Although, it should give us pause when we realize that the two presidents we’ve had this century are among the worst we’ve ever had. Makes you wonder who’s next.

    Why do we want to bomb Syria, you ask. I got a kick out of a sound bite from President Obummer’s speech last night. He said something like, “what we would do is nothing like our invasions of Iraq or Afghanistan, or our bombing runs over Libya, or our intervention in Kosovo.” I mean, at some point, it might be shorter to list the places we haven’t bombed! There is simply too much money to be made in the war business. War is the biggest government program. War is popular with important people. Not with you or me, but with people who have influence and power.

    Thanks for letting me vent. 🙂
    Wishing you cool breezes.

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  • joel

    “but don’t stake your future on one fairly unlikely prediction just because it meshes with your worldview.”

    Well said.

    As a professional scientist for over 30 years, I’ve found that using actual, you know, data as a guide to action is a path to success.

    The data come in many forms. Some of it is evidence that provides a direct guide to action. Other data allow a critical evaluation of the track record of doomsayers (usually poor and safely ignored).

    “The trend is going the wrong way, I’ll give you that.”

    As a student of modern American history, I think the evidence clearly shows that the trend is always going the wrong way for somebody. Prior to the mid-’60s, the trend was going the wrong way if you were black and/or female. Nowadays, the trend is going the wrong way if you lack a college degree.

    The trend is always going the right way if you earn your wealth the old-fashioned way–by inheriting it.

    Out here in real America, where the plural of anecdote of anecdote is not data, things are gradually improving. Not to say that every ship is rising, but in aggregate, things are improving slowly.

    I’m certainly glad I didn’t invest my precious savings in gold, firearms and ammo. Our investment in photovoltaics is already paying off handsomely. I recommend it!

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  • Don M

    Joel, there is some disturbing big picture data to consider as well.

    So far, every government in the world has had a finite lifespan. At this point, the US is, if not the longest-surviving government, then at least one of the few oldest. We are probably already several standard deviations out there, survival-wise. What will it look like when the US government is replaced? What will happen to plans based on all the data which assumes the future will be like the recent past?

    Also, so far every fiat money has ultimately gone to zero, with the exception of the latest ones that haven’t reached it yet. People like the think that the USD (dollar) has lasted a couple hundred years. But it hasn’t. Until 1933 the dollar was fully backed by gold. Until 1965, our coins were silver. In 1971, Nixon ended the remaining gold-backing of the dollar, available to other countries’ central banks. From that point on the USD was just an intangible fiat money, and its value has dropped remarkably since then. So it’s not that old and its survival to this point is not exceptional. It will ultimately go to zero. What will it look like when that happens?

    We might not live to see a change in government of the US, or the collapse of the USD. Or, we might. A good plan should try to include some insurance against the above.

    BTW for the past ten years, gold, guns, and ammo have done great, financially. I wish I had bought a pallet of .22 ammo a year ago, lol. The ten years before that were poor for gold, and I don’t know for guns. But owning some gold is good insurance against inevitable man-made financial disasters. Some arable land would be good, too, I think. Just don’t base everything on one outcome, whether prosperity or calamity, is what I’m trying to say.

    I should have some specialized survival goods, but really don’t. I have skills and other goods, and sure hope I could work with friends, family, and neighbors to pull together and get through those types of things. Probably the best survival tool I have is a passport! I think for doomsday prepping, a little is good. But IMO it can go overboard and if so, might be an unfortunate expenditure of time, money, and energy. Like the Mike Tyson quote, “everyone has a plan, till they get punched in the mouth.” Or, the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men….

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  • joel

    “So far, every government in the world has had a finite lifespan. At this point, the US is, if not the longest-surviving government, then at least one of the few oldest. ”

    Compared to the Zhao dynasty in China? The tsarist monarchy in Russia? The British monarchy? The Ottoman Empire?

    In reality, Don, the US is quite young in historical terms.

    “Also, so far every fiat money has ultimately gone to zero, with the exception of the latest ones that haven’t reached it yet.”

    To paraphrase, every fiat money has gone to zero except the ones that haven’t.

    Yes, Don, nothing is eternal. Every star, like our sun, has ultimately burned itself out, except for the ones that haven’t yet.

    The gold standard was terrible for the US economy, imposing avoidable recessions. While moving off the gold standard didn’t prevent recession, history shows that they have been fewer since the gold standard was abandoned. Meanwhile, the US dollar is still the world’s reserve currency. You may think it is nearly worthless, but the rest of the world disagrees.

    “BTW for the past ten years, gold, guns, and ammo have done great, financially. ”

    Actually, gold has declined dramatically since the peak of the recent gold bubble. As for guns and ammo, go for it. Just be sure you sell them when their values peak, or else they are worthless as investments.

    There are some hopeful data to consider as well, Don. I’m not investing in the idea that the US is going away any time soon. But then, I’m pretty conservative when it comes to investing in the future. YMMV.

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  • joel

    Here’s a little reality check on gold as an investment, written by a guy who actually has a pretty good track record:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/business/project_syndicate/2013/06/gold_bubble_paranoid_investors_pushed_gold_to_1_900_an_ounce_in_2011_but.html

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    • Andrew

      That is a really good article and even I could understand it from a financial standpoint. However, since it was written in June the interest rate has been inexorably climbing which is a harbinger to more inflation. Precious metals to me have always been a way to preserve financial value when the dollar is worth less every year.

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      • joel

        Here’s an article from August. Posted by Fox, the “gold standard” for truth and honesty.

        Of course, my problem is I don’t give a damn about tobacco prices or pickup trucks, so I’m not interested in inflated prices for these dispensable commodities:

        http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/17/core-wholesale-inflation-up-most-in-6-months/

        But who knows; maybe the TEAsheeple will cause a temporary crisis over the phony “debt ceiling” in the next few weeks and that will cause a temporary spike in gold. If so, that would be a great time to sell!

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        • Andrew

          My reference point was the rate on 10 year treasury bonds.

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          • joel

            Heh. Well, yes, as a holder of a number of zero coupon bonds, I’m well aware of the bond sales vs earning rates. Hardly a harbinger of hyperinflation, Andy. Inflation is bound to rise a bit as the economy continues to improve. It couldn’t go much lower without becoming deflation.

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          • Andrew

            Joel,

            I never mentioned hyperinflation

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  • Don M

    Andy, I noticed on a forum, Atwood makes an 18K BTU AC:
    http://www.atwoodmobile.com/air-conditioners/rv-air-conditioners.asp

    Don’t know if it would be worth the bother and expense of trading out your 15K unit, but it’s something.

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