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The scenery hasn't changed

The pertinent chronology out of the way first:

101 days since I have left the property and been on a supply run.

315 days  since arrival at this location;  also corresponds with my last day off.

Vela Von at 11 months -

Vela Von at 11 months –

I had best intentions to go get groceries last week; honest.  My fill-in girl was otherwise engaged working out of a 12hr shack at two different locations. She is like me – you work as hard as you can when there is work to be had.  According to her, the coming week may be just as limited so I have moved on to Plan B which is the Plan B fill-in girl.   The Puckerbrush Grapevine says my Plan B girl is working all week as well so we are making do as best we can.  You gotta risk it to get the biscuit, right?

Y’all know I pretty much bailed on Shiny Shoe World back around the turn of the century.   Even so, it wasn’t until about 2008 when I started to shun The Hive.  The Hive Mentality has come up again lately  with some flurry of ‘welfare’ calls and emails.  Some are genuinely concerned my health is suffering, some are worried that I have finally gone full hermit and may be irretrievable and some are quick to admonish sayin’ ‘it just ain’t natural!!’   So I reply in all earnestness and let one and all know that things are muy bueno in my life and then I ask them why the concern because I already pretty much know the answer but I just need to double check my thinkin’.

First off,  most of my Inquisitors do *not* believe I am OK and the bedrock of their curiosity is tryin’ to figure out if they are watching some sort of personal train wreck  unfold before their very eyes.  Everybody loves a damn good train wreck ya know; it is only human nature.  ‘Cept it ain’t a train wreck and The Hive is not smart enough to realize it.  The Hive has been conditioned to not behave in such haphazard fashion as I am doin’ just now.  Just like we have been conditioned to believe what media feeds us;  just like we have been conditioned to believe what the GOV tells us,  just like we relinquish our personal freedom one iota at a time and justify it as being necessary for the greater good of The Hive.  It as funny as hell (to me) to hear the disdain and disapproval in their voices because underneath it all I can sense some fear.  Folks are scairt of what they do not understand and so far  I don’t feel like a Witch at a Salem Trial – not just yet anyway.

Let’s do a quote from another heretic just for the hell of it……….

“You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice.” -Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957

Saw this week the GOV now employs more people than are involved in manufacturing something nationwide.   Just sayin’…………

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NO Princess Palace on station. Late summer 2016

NO Princess Palace on station. Late summer 2016

From my point of view,  the last 101 days have been a grand experience/experiment.  I have gained confidence that I can get by for months on end with very little outside assistance and I have rotated out most of my old goods in the NO Princess Palace.  The supplies were not limitless and I am gettin’ down to the short rows now.

This past week I fetched my emergency bag out of the Big Ass Suburban.  You got an emergency bag in your vehicle right?  Some call it a Get Home Bag, some call it a Bug Out bag but regardless of nomenclature; the purpose is the same.   Me keepin’ some supplies in a vehicle goes all the way back to my earliest truck drivin’ days back in the mid 70’s.   Back then, before the cell phones and coast to coast interstates, you never knew when you might be broke down on the side of a lonely road, caught in a blizzard or stranded in traffic.  I kept some vienna sausages, potted meat, saltine crackers  and canned Pepsi in the sidebox of the old cabover International.  Hell, that was even before bottled water!!

The emergency bag is a bit more capable these days.  Part of the contents are several days worth of Mountain House freeze dried food in their Pro-pak configuration.  The pouches have been compressed to take up the very smallest space possible so I am able to keep several days food at the ready.  All I gotta do is heat up ’bout a cup of water, pour it in the pouch and then seal it all up for about 8-9 minutes.  Shoot, you can eat it right outta the pouch if you are a mind to.  Just make sure you stir it up damn good after you pour the water in.

Mountain House Pro-Pak

Mountain House Pro-Pak

The Mountain House product has a 30 year shelf life and I gotta tell ya I have a goodly amount of the #10 cans laid back.  Storage instructions tell me to keep it in a cool,dry place.  Of course that ain’t happening with the pouches in the emergency bag in the Suburban.  That rascal sets out in the sun day after day and I could not even begin to guess how hot it gets in there when the outside temp is 115 degrees.  I am betting it is close to 200 for sure!

The Mountain House stuff has been sittin’ in the truck for 2 years straight now and I figgered it was time to rotate those pouches out for some fresh.   Bein’ a fairly fearless fella,  I decided to taste test the old goods to see if they were even close to edible.  I was completely pleased to discover all the pouches were still edible and actually downright tasty!  This is some more kinda tough food I tell ya!

I have purchased most of my Mountain House from Nitro Pak over the years.  They generally have decent prices, pack the goods well and ship fast.  I just got a new order in from them this week to replenish my emergency bag and Nitro Pak was right on point as usual.  Good folks!

Just so’s ya know, I am not tied up with Nitro Pak in any fashion and I make nothin’ off of any referrals to their website.  That ain’t the case with me ‘n’ Amazon.  Every time you click on one of my Amazon links like the one at the top of the page, I make a few cents if you buy somethin’.  It ain’t much and it don’t cost you anything extra but it does add up over the course of a year. I can’t tell ya how much I appreciate it!

I have a blog I read regular that I have enjoyed plenty over the years and he is an Amazon Affiliate as well.  I copied his Amazon link to my menu bar in Firefox and I click the link to go to Amazon whether I am just browsin’ or if I intend to buy something.   It has just become second nature to access Amazon in that fashion and I am sure he appreciates it.  Little enough for me to do as a way of showing my support for his efforts.

Adios y’all!

End Note: Comin’ to me by Cody Canada and The Departed from their HippieLovePunk cd.   The Texas Music Scene is a TV show not missed at mi casa.  Check this video for a healthy dose of Red Dirt Music.

 

 

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11 comments to The scenery hasn’t changed

  • Joel

    You certainly sound happy. Good on ya!

    As for Ayn Rand, here’s my favorite review, courtesy of that notorious commie-hunter, Whittaker Chambers and published in Wm F. Buckley Jr’s journal, National Review:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/213298/big-sister-watching-you-whittaker-chambers

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    • Andy

      I like the Rand book because it has a pirate in it Joel.

      “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain

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      • Joel

        “Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. And remember that your sole purpose in life is to serve a warning to others.”

        ~Les Barker

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        • Andy

          “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.” – Gen. James Mattis

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  • Joel

    “Saw this week the GOV now employs more people than are involved in manufacturing something nationwide. Just sayin’…………”

    Those government employees you’re referring to include your kids, right?

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    • Andy

      The numbers exclude non-civilian military Joel

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      • Joel

        So it is equally true ± non-civilian military.

        My point is that all military personnel are government employees.

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        • Andy

          Certainly. And my point was the the pendulum has swung.

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          • Joel

            Important to distinguish between US manufacturing and US manufacturing jobs. US manufacturing output is up, but the number of people required to make that stuff in the US is declining.

            http://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Is-US-Manufacturing-Really-in-Decline?gko=109de

            That’s only going to continue as low skill jobs continue to be replaced by robots. It has less to do with growth in government jobs (which have anyway been declining faster under Obama than private sector jobs) than in the shift in the nature of work. We still make lots of valuable stuff in America, we just do it with fewer people, which means it’s cheaper for you.

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          • Andy

            Joel,
            I quit believing in GOV statistical reporting some time back. Seems if the result doesn’t jive with the party line, the reporters just change the tabulations until they do.

            I believe what I see with my own eyes – a deepening recession, people without jobs and a vanishing middle class.

            I don’t know about you but I can and do pay more (if necessary) for Made In America at every opportunity.

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          • Joel

            “I don’t know about you but I can and do pay more (if necessary) for Made In America at every opportunity.”

            If we both died tomorrow, Andy, it would have not an atom of effect on the US economy.

            If you want to understand why most Americans prefer cheaper over tribal affinity, ask them.

            I’ll be willing to bet you $100 that most Americans will tell you their first loyalty is to themselves and their kin, and what that means is that they’re looking to save a dime.

            Want to shut down undocumented immigration? Arrest and incarcerate everyone who saves money by using undocumented labor. That means employers. That means consumers. Na gon happen.

            In the 21st century, the realities are (1) markets are global, (2) robots are taking menial jobs that used to be done by people and will only continue to do so, (3) the real job creators are the workers who spend their income on goods and services, and (4) the worst thing that happened to American workers without college degrees is the decline of unions.

            Fact.

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