Wednesday, October 2, 2013

high noon part 2


HIGH NOON PART 2

We all know going shopping for last minute, post collapse supplies is a really bad idea.  Really bad.  Scratching your private areas with a cheese grater bad.  But uninvited family shows up.  Or, you read voices of reason in the wilderness for years, granted that they were spot on correct, and still failed to have enough storage foods in the house ( even though they only cost $9 per person per month plus storage container cost ).  Then, when reality hits in the form of economic collapse or solar flare you suddenly realize in a scant three months the wife and dog will be fighting over the marrow in your bones ( in my upcoming “novel”-if it will even deserve such a moniker- the hero’s need to stock up more food so they can score some female companionship out in the boonies.  Don’t judge them! I’ll be re-posting the original two chapters this week and chapter three this weekend.  The title is the snazzy “Locos Gringos And An Apocalypse” ).  You panic and opine that chancing crowds of fellow idiots now is preferable to dying in a few months.  At least now you have  better odds of survival.

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Since this, along with most other things preparedness, isn’t rocket science but just common sense ( and to think I get paid to point this crap out to fellow malcontents ), the first order of business is to not friggin follow the crowds!  Stay away from the grocery stores and stay away from the gun shops.  Now, the grocery stores make sense.  Every swinging dingus out there will be-line for China Mart and Kroeger’s.   Don’t be an ass and follow the lemmings.  The gun store, while nice and safe inside as polite gentlemen with shotguns keep order, is a cornucopia of guns WITH NO AMMO.  Nowadays,  any place that stocks ammo will be out two minutes after the balloon goes up because their stocks are so darn low.  And the smart ones will wait outside the gun shop to ambush those who just shopped.  With your prior planning you know where the wholesale food warehouses open to the public are.  And, your primary target, where the feed stores are.  There will be some competition from ranchers, but most folks only buy wheat for their chickens if at all ( chickens can care for themselves, it will be reasoned ).  This will be one of the initial overlooked items ( just research how much will be in stock ).  Do NOT go to ethnic stores.  Yes, they have nice big bags of beans and rice.  And they will be mobbed by their regular customers. 

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One potential source might be dollar stores.  They carry rice and noodles and batteries.  But don’t get greedy.  Make your one score at the restaurant supply or feed store and just go home already.  The dollar store is in case the other two don’t pan out ( and will yield far less ).  I’d expect, given competition, inventories and time constraints that you might get another six months of food.  At most a year if just wheat.  Weigh that against the risks.

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10 comments:

  1. Wall-Mart has slashed orders for the 3rd and 4th quarters due to the fact that they can't sell the crap they already have.Ouch.
    Heinz(t) has laid off 1/3 of their workers. Merry Christmas.

    For encouragement: WWII vets triumph.
    http://twitchy.com/2013/10/02/youll-love-the-trophy-world-war-ii-vets-took-home-from-the-government-shutdown-blockade-pic/

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    1. No one eats Heinz 57 on their road kill? Things are tough.

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  2. Just picked up another 300 lbs. of Hard Red today Jimbo. No fool here, and you know how hard it is to get wheat in Floriduh !
    Hot damn, do this mean I get laid more often after SHTF cuz I gots loads of wheat ?
    She-it I'd better get another thousand or so ha ha....

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  3. Feed stores near me (Near being within 15 miles) don't carry wheat unless you special order it. I'd be able to get whole corn, I suppose.

    Restaurant supply stores don't carry much that isn't frozen or refrigerated, because most restaurants don't have cooks doing cooking, just re-heating frozen foods (I'm a grill and prep cook myself).

    It may be better in most other areas - certainly I could get wheat at farm stores in the dang DC suburbs, but not out here near the Druid Dude!

    I'd have to hit the Dollar Store, or maybe the drug store across from the supermarket while all others are fighting at the supermarket.

    Blech.

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    1. It doesn't sound like it would be worth your while to go shopping at all.

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  4. The feed stores are a good one for another reason- in addition to a few sensible preppers getting last minuet supplies there you are also likely to have - guess who- intelegent farmers looking to make certain they have feed for their animals! what a great contact to befreind on the eve of TEOTWAWKI ! especially if they have seen you around there before and you mention needing to find work after the disaster(lots of farms have more work than hands, and you obviously know _something_ about farming or animals to be in a feed store). The feed store visit can pay off in lots of ways. Also if you can get to a grainery you can get a LOT of grain, storage might be an issue, but you can just make the poorly stored stuff first to be eaten or traded away for other foods or goods. Imagine carting a wheelbarrow full of grain to the flea market and getting - well - what ever item there you want, even those diamond studded hubcaps and the cadilac to go with it. People who are hungry enought will sell their spouses, their virtue, their very souls, for enough meals to fill the hole in their stomachs. WW2 the MIL ate potatoes that were more rotted than not, and her mother traded for things 'not discussed' to get them. (of course that desperation also makes them DANGEROUS so take care).

    -Grey

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    1. Course, I can't imagine, in our current culture, famine and peaceful trading going together.

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  5. good article, but c'mon, Heinz 57 ? that stuff sucks

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  6. Above suggestions are good one. Depending on circumstance certain types of clothing/cloth stores might be open if your looking for a grab and go situation.

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    1. A lot, like clothing, won't be considered life and death items, not right away. You are much safer at those places, granted.

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