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Abandoned places and long term disasters

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 27, 2011 Comments Off

Abandoned places after shtfLets say that some kind of long term SHTF happens, like what happened in 1348 with the black death. Large areas are depopulated, nobody is around to maintain roads, nobody is around to keep the trees cut back, or do maintenance on buildings. What can we expect? In an effort to what what will happen to our infrastructure, my wife went driving around to look at abandoned sawmills and abandoned sawmill towns.

The first example I looked at was a sawmill that was abandoned in the 1930s or 1940s. All that remains is a couple of walls, the foundations, and some motor mounts where the saw motors were bolted down. If it was not made of cement or steel, its long gone. But even then, the steel is starting to rust away. Nothing of wood is visible above the layers of leaves and pine straw.

While walking around the remains of the sawmill, I can not help but think about the people that worked there. Did they have the same worries that we do today, did they worry about paying the house note, did they worry about their kids, and what about the politics at the time. In the 1920, I can just imagine some of the discussions about the new income tax the government was putting into place.




Stockpiling seeds for SHTF

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 24, 2011 0 Comments

SHTF Survival GardenLets say that the world goes to crap tomorrow. Some kind of long term SHTF situation has happened – plague, meteor, massive climate change,,,,, what does your SHTF seed stockpile look like this very second? If you walked to where your seeds are stored, pulled out the container, would you be happy, or disappointed?

I have decided to divide my SHTF seed stockpile between my home and my bug out location. the mindset being, lets say that my family and I have to Bug Out and we do not have time to grab the primary seed stockpile, we have a backup. With a variety of seeds stored in each location, if we forget the main seeds, we have the backups.

Some considerations – seeds that grow quick like Radishes, plants that have protein like pinto beans, plants that do not need to be cooked like Squash and Zucchini, cold weather crops like turnip greens, plants that can be dried and stored easily like peas, beans and corn.

Examples of my SHTF survival seed stocks:

Corn:
G-90 – Hybrid sweet corn
Truckers Favorite – Open pollinated field corn
Yellow Dent – Open pollinated field corn

Peas and Beans:
Roma II – snap bean
Texas purple hull pink eye
Mississippi purple hull pink eye
Purple hull pink eye BVR – the BVR stands for virus resistant. If you see some BVR peas, pick them up.
Contender bush bean
Blue lake bush bean
Pinto beans – One thing to take into consideration is pinto beans, which are high in protein. So if there is no meat, pinto beans can be eaten.

I prefer bush beans over climbing beans – its just personal preference.




Fitness update March 23 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 23, 2011 Comments Off

survivalistAfter doing a few 2 hour workouts last week, I decided to slack up a little bit this week. Instead of trying to do 2 hours every night, I think I will do what ever I feel like doing – but still pushing it a little bit.

Tonights movie was Minority Report, released in 2002 Minority Report stars Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max von Sydow. Minority report is about 3 people that can see the future and when murders are going to be committed. Tom Cruise is framed for a murder he did not commit.

Wednesday weigh-in: 192 pounds. Target weight, anything less then 170. It looks like I gained 2 pounds since last week – which really pisses me off.

Workout totals:
8,191 steps
70:05 minutes
520 calories
4.131 miles
215 pushups
300 deltoids with 25 pound weight
Total workout time – about 95 minutes




Faecbook needs a Do Not Recommend button

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 22, 2011 Comments Off

survivalistWhile reading an article on Health.com about the 12 vaccines your child needs, I wished that Facebook had a “Do Not Recommend” button. The article listed Chicken Pox as a needed vaccine. Its at that time the article lost all credibility. Even though there was a Facebook Recommend button, I wished there was a “Do Not Recommend” button.

Who in their right mind list chicken pox along with Hepatitis and Polio? Does chicken pox cause life long suffering? No, its a simple virus that kids used to get on a regular basis. The chicken pox vaccine is nothing more then a convince drug. Instead of researchers spending time on HIV or Cancer, their wasting time researching a common childhood disease.

Let the kids get sick, let their bodies develop a strong immune system, and they will probably be better off later in life.

Some buttons I wished Facebook had:




Fitness update March 21 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 21, 2011 Comments Off

survivalistWhy do I feel bad after a long workout? Even through the next day I just feel like something is not right. I can not explain in “exact” detail, but something is not right.

To change up my workout, I have been putting on a movie, and doing a mix of cardio and strength training for the length of the movie. This means the workout last anywhere from 90 – 120 minutes.

For an example, 1 of my workouts last week included:

5.5 miles on treadmill
about 170 pushups
about 500 – 550 crunches,,,,,

On average I am doing 4.5 – 5.5 miles on the treadmill 3 – 4 times a week, along with everything else.

After a workout last week I waited about an hour, then ate a meal. After eating a meal after my workout I felt much better the next day. I do not know if I am sweating out too many minerals, or something else.

The goal is to be able to do a 12 mile hiking trip in around 8 – 10 hours, carrying a backpack, and in varying terrain. We have rolling hills were I go hiking, and no trails. I figure I need some kind of training that builds strength and endurance.




Want to win some survival gear

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 17, 2011 Comments Off

Prizes include: Brand new copy of “Dare To Prepare” hot of the press from author Holly Deyo New – Two Princeton Tec lights clip on lights New – Coleman Snap lights two packages, (4 snap lights total each a different color) New – 30 foot roll of 30lb test Tyger Leader (Tie-able stainless steel leader  [ Read More ]




First Aid Kit, Fishing Supplies and Propane

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 17, 2011 0 Comments

Survival Gear - First Aid Kit, Fishing Supplies and PropaneOver the past few weeks we have been talking about spreading your survival gear purchases out over an extended period of time. Instead of dropping several hundred dollars at once, spend $20 here, $30 there, and after a few weeks you and your family will have a nice stockpile of survival gear.

In this article, lets talk about first aid kits, fishing supplies and propane.

First Aid Kits – Almost always a good investment, especially if their on sale. A couple of weeks ago a local big-box-mart had a coleman first Aid kit on sale for something like 10% or 15% off. So I thought why not, we can use a first aid kit in our camping box anyway. So this kit was bought just to take on camping trips with the family.

First aid kits are one of those things that are often overlooked and neglected until their needed. And then its “oh crap” I forgot to put <insert needed item here> in the kit, what are we going to do now?

Propane – is one of the few survival gear supplies that last forever. As long as the bottles are not stored in a wet location where they can rust, or where the bottles can be damaged, everything should be good. I like propane because the bottles can be stored at the camp, and when I need them they are there. Its not like gasoline that goes bad over time, or needs some kind of special treatment to preserve the quality.

Propane also has a wide variety of uses – lanterns, propane stoves, single burner camp stoves and space heaters for a few examples. Propane provides the small comforts of life that everyone likes – warmth, light and hot meals.





Fitness update March 16 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 16, 2011 Comments Off

My back was so sore last night that I was barely able to sleep, I just could not get comfortable. Due to the lack of sleep last night, I seriously thought about not doing my workout tonight. But I know that missing one night is the first step towards failure. Tonights movie was A Knights  [ Read More ]




Fitness update March 15 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 15, 2011 Comments Off

Since yesterdays movie was Spider-Man, I figured todays movie should be Spider-man 2. Released in 2004, Spider-man 2 introduces Doctor Octopus (Doc Ock) to the Mavrel universe. I was kinda surprised when Doc Ock sinks into the water at the end of the movie. If the producers kill off all of Spider-Mans arch enemies, who  [ Read More ]




Fitness update March 14 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 14, 2011 Comments Off

Monday night movie and workout: Movie: Spider-Man – released in 2002, starring Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Cliff Robertson, Rosemary Harris and J. K. Simmons. I thought the first movie of the Spider-man series held pretty true to the comic book. 10,712 steps – per treadmill display 5.021 miles – per treadmill  [ Read More ]




Springfield announces new XD line of pistols

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 11, 2011 Comments Off

The following part of a is a press release that I received from Springfield: Three years ago, Springfield released its newest member of the XD® family of pistols, the XD(M)™, at the NRA Annual Meetings in Phoenix, AZ. The .40CAL and 9MM were the first to be released. Most recently the 3.8 model was introduced  [ Read More ]




Fitness update March 9 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 9, 2011 Comments Off

survivalistFitness update for March 9, 2011

Breakfast:
Kashi chewy trail mix granola bar – 140 calories
Banana
Monster low-carb drink

Lunch:
Sonic foot long chili dog with jalapeno peppers – 830 calories and 1,980mg of sodium
Sonic medium tots – 330 calories and 720mg of sodium
large un-sweet iced tea

Calories after lunch and breakfast – 1160
Sodium intake after lunch and breakfast – 2,405mg

Holy crap, I did not realize a sonic foot long chili dog had so much sodium in it. My personal target for sodium intake is more like 1,500mg for a whole day, not in 1 meal.

Sonic is off the menu from now on.

Wednesday workout:
Treadmill 3.5 degree incline for 10 minutes at 2.5 – 3.0 mph
8 – 50 pound curls
30 crunches with 8 pound ball
Treadmill 10.0 degree incline for 5 minutes at 2.6 mph
8 – 50 pound curls
30 crunches with 8 pound ball
Treadmill 3.5 degree incline for 5 minutes at 3.0 mph
8 – 50 pound curls
30 crunches with 8 pound ball
Treadmill 10.0 degree incline for 5 minutes at 2.7 mph
8 – 50 pound curls
30 crunches with 8 pound ball
Treadmill 3.5 degree incline for 5 minutes at 3.2 mph
8 – 50 pound curls
30 crunches with 8 pound ball
Treadmill 10.0 degree incline at 2.7 mph




Survival Gear Salt Flashlights and Seeds

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 8, 2011 Comments Off

buying shtf survival gearA couple of weeks ago I posted a video on youtube talking about spreading your survival gear purchases out over time. Instead of forking out $400, $500 or even $600 at a time, just spend $40, $50 or $60 at a time. After a few trips to the store, your probably going to be surprised at the amount of gear that can be stockpiled.

A couple of weeks ago my kids and I went to the camp for 2 days. While we were there we decided to walk around the property at night. The following is what I like to call the “can opener” effect – its were you get so involved with the bigger things that you overlook the small stuff.

During the rush to get packed, all three of us forgot to grab a good flashlight. After looking through the flashlights that we have stockpiled at the camp, I realized that we had several hand crank flashlights, but no good quality LED flashlights. Hand crank lights are fine for inside the house, but when you need to secure the property, you need a good quality light. The only good quality light my kids and I had was the Surefire 6PX Tactical on my Ar-15. My daughter and my son were able to find some cheap led lights that were barley bright enough to see the ground. We walked around the property, looked at some stuff and then went back to the trailer. While my kids and I were walking around in the middle of the night, I made up my mind that some good LED lights would be in my next purchase.

Purchases for March 6 2011 include:

6 – 1 pound 10 ounce containers of salt
100 rounds Winchester 9mm 115grain round nose
4 pack energizer AAA Lithium batteries
1 – Coleman 90 lumen LED flashlight
1 pound regular pinto beans (for the garden)
1 pound yellow dent field corn (for the garden)
$1 worth giant noble spinach (for the garden)
20 pounds seed potatoes – hopefully to get planted next week




Worried about a food crisis in 2011

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 4, 2011 Comments Off

snap beans potatoes survival gardenAre you Worried about a food crisis in 2011? I am.

Price of gas has gone up almost 50 cents in the last 2 weeks, and is currently sitting in the $3.47 a gallon range. A couple of years ago when gas touched $3 a gallon, fertilizer for growing food went to $22 – $23 for a 50 pound bag.

The higher cost for fertilizer and fuel pushed food prices up. As the price of fuel came down, the price of food came down.

But now, instead of the price of fuel slowly creeping up, its skyrocketed through the roof. Overnight prices go up 5 – 7 cents. The cost of fuel will sooner or later be passed down to the consumer.

Now that people are talking about shortages of Mountain House #10 cans, panic buying might kick in, and we might be looking at even more food shortages.

A couple of days ago a buddy of mine and I were talking about the current shortages in freeze dried and dehydrated foods. My buddy has the opinion that the current shortages are caused from last years food crops being depleted. That once the crops from 2011 are harvested, that the shortages will fade away.

Lets say for a minute that my buddy is right. Last years crops are depleted, we have nothing in reserves, and once this years crops are harvested everything will be ok. If this theory is correct, we are just 1 season from starvation.




Recall Joe Deshotel

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 1, 2011 Comments Off

From the local Beaumont news, it appears that Joe Deshotel supports a state income tax for Texas. Its time to stand up to tax happy politicians – when its time to reelect Joe Deshotel, say no to a state income tax and vote for whoever is running against Joe Deshotel. The people have to draw  [ Read More ]