Tuesday, May 21, 2013

moving again


MOVING AGAIN

No, I’m not moving again.  Just another article on moving, again.  After a minion chastised me in the comments section, I realized my writing Friday on moving was incomplete.  Okay, it was badly phrased, if that is what you were waiting to hear.  I should have been talking about how the expense of moving was one more reason moving didn’t work for me personally.  Yes, I wrote some time ago that anyone can move to junk land very cheaply if they so wished.  I didn’t mean to counteract that advice Friday.  As I said before, it isn’t moving yourself across the country that is expensive, it is moving all your crap.  And more often than not, your crap ain’t worth the cost of moving it.  When I said it would take two or three grand to move I meant of course moving all my crap.  I wasn’t clear about that, hence the irritable minion comment, whose wraith I obviously deserved for my poor expression.  I really don’t mind being held to task for mistakes.  If you believe yourself invincible you can easily just dig your hole deeper and deeper until you can’t extract yourself, compounding your mistakes and endangering people.  I gave up my initial life plans of being a cop after finally bleatingly realizing I didn’t have the temperament for it.  I didn’t want to kill myself, nor others.  The same goes for any advice I give out here.  I’ll admit to stupid conclusions.  My ego is less important than my life ( and to a much lesser extent, yours ).

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If I thought that our only problem was going to be an economic collapse, Friday’s scenario would be desirable.  Move to the deep South, buy junk land cheap and grow most of my own food.  Even if I didn’t want to buy more land, I still have my lot east of Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.  I wouldn’t find work there, as the reason the land was so cheap in 2005 was because the unemployment rate was double the national average.  Well, perhaps I could.  I could go to work here for Wal-Mart or Family Dollar and then put in for an opening back in Texas and wait for a transfer ( even as an old guy I could work circles around the young bucks and be a desirable employee.  Plus, I could live on part time ).  But either way, working or not, I would be okay there.  It is a double mobile home lot ( this just in: I was talking to a gal at one of my donor stores and she said that this year a new tax goes into effect.  They tax your land-now double compared to a few years ago- and now a special fee on the mobiles ) so I’d have room for intensive planting and chickens.  The wife would be happy with the heat ( I’m told low blood pressure folks like cold weather and high blood pressure prefer heat.  I might have low blood pressure and the wife the opposite ).

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However, my job doesn’t merely entail trying to keep the wife happy, but also safe.  She might not admit it, but she likes my money ( she is still a cheap to keep wife, only using a third of my take home pay ).  And having an income does help with medical expenses and such.  But more importantly, we are now out of higher population densities and that will help somewhat keeping us safe in the assured future die-off/collapse ( it WILL happen, the question is when ).  If I moved, I would be sixty miles away from about a million very angry ghetto dwellers.  You can’t buy enough ammunition for that kind of mob.  Even if I moved elsewhere in the South, population surrounds you everywhere.  Yes, Elko has too many folks, and no, I won’t survive them unless some move away before the gasoline supply dries up ( or the TSA roadblocks go up ), but at least I have a 250-300 mile buffer of desolate wasteland keeping out any more people ( most of which is waterless ) right where I am.  I can’t as easily grow food here, nor survive the winters as easily ( they are much more comfortable underground of course ), but it is a much better place to survive a die-off.  Surviving the economic collapse, not so much.  But since I can’t time them, I can’t have a home in both places and transition from one to another ( not that there would even be any transportation to do so ).

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Yesterday the wife called Greyhound to get a bus ticket price for visiting Kansas family this summer.  Last year it cost me $420.  By buying early, $180.  And that is round trip.  So, if you plan ahead and only plan on moving yourself, you could conceivably move across the country for around $200.  If you moved in a few months, you could beat winter and build a nice little cabin for a few hundred bucks ( when I say little, I’m talking 8 foot to a side cabin ).  Rather than spending $100 for a tent that wouldn’t last too long.  Of course, moving 3k miles to a retreat is a bit more complicated than that.  You’ll need to buy more grain, guns and ammo.  You can always ship the guns to yourself, of course, but wheat isn’t generally worth the shipping expense.  I myself could sell my arsenal and rebuy.  I paid $500 for my Enfield arsenal, and the ammo at 30 cents a round.  Call it $1200.  Right now I could resell that, assuming a buyer, at $4k.  If I was moving to a swamp I’d only need a shotgun and a carbine round single shot, for about half that cost total.  I could move just on the arsenal profit ( and pay off some of the land ).  It is still cheap as hell to move your body, then resupply yourself locally.  Time is running out to take advantage on the last of the oil, both in subsidized moving costs and subsidized food.  Don’t take too long.

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10 comments:

  1. To locate the junk land near Gun Barrel City, Texas: On Texas highway map from Dallas, TX east on 175 to Kemp, Texas. At Kemp south on 274 to intersection with 334 at Seven Points which is about 5 miles west of Gun Barrel City.

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    1. Anyone wanna be ghetto bait? You can fish right up to the end. Still for sale.

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  2. i bet you take the short bus when you move

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    1. Only if that is the lowest priced fare.

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  3. Have you ever pondered the notion you have already dug your grave, all you need now is to fill it in on yourself? Having a shitty day, don't take it personal.

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    1. The goal when young is to prep for being old. Now I don't have to dig anymore ( including that grave ). :)

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  4. Nightshift here.....the Peeno post got some response but you covered a couple topics. Good Post for a cheesy name.

    Moving. Still got my acreage here in south MS. Elevation 150+ feet so hurricanes are no problem. Got firewood forever. Surface water that will be dammed up.....springs.

    Sell your Enfields, bring SKS. I got you covered if need be. I'll put you in an SKS and a pump Shotty....or better. About 15 miles to work though. Dont worry, its all down hill.

    Definitely a little bit of heaven with deer, wild hogs, even bobcats and bears although I havent seen a bear yet. Coyotes to but havent had issues with them. And We got casinos for the old lady and I have a buddy that is making some homemade alcohol fuel if you get me...lol.

    Come on Jim, we will fix you up. The south east ain't so bad. Hot in the summer but mild winters. Build you a solar shack.

    Anyway, If you don't move quick I will be forced to move in those college coeds.....oh the agony....

    Aside from the humor aspect of this comment, I am in a decent area. Armed neighbors that don't take any crap. Goats and chickens all over the "hill". Not a bad place.

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    1. Every spot has problems, but as long as you have less there than most places it can be heavan. You've done good for yourself. Stay safe.

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  5. ( this just in: I was talking to a gal at one of my donor stores and she said that this year a new tax goes into effect. They tax your land-now double compared to a few years ago- and now a special fee on the mobiles )

    AGH!!! THIS IS ELKO?! THE HORROR....

    Seriously, they could raise the fee for ALL vehicle tags instead. Been there, done that in FLA.

    Oh, a cheap 2 bedroom apt in central FL is $800, bullet holes included. Nice places to raise a family are around $1200.

    Thank god I'm slumming in one of the few trailor parks left. Only $355 a month, water included.

    How much you pay in property tax a year, Jim? :p

    PS I was reading your ORGANIZED past Friday Fundies and saw you pitching the Texas land. Just curious... about the quit claim jumping title process in Texas! :p!

    Gil

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    1. FL used to be a lot more reasonable. I blame the Gott Damn Yankees and the geriatrics. Usually one and the same.

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