Monday, December 2, 2013

friends in small places

FRIENDS IN SMALL PLACES

Before we start today, a short word or two. First, in case I forget I want to offer profuse and heartfelt thanks to the loyal minions who recently made cash contributions. This allowed me to buy the thumb drives needed for the “book on disc” pilot program. The test case has been mailed, and I’ll let you all know how it goes and if we will progress. I’m still leery, as word at the post office is the only way to avoid machine handling is to box up an item. Bubble wrap envelopes, as well as the postage, is dear enough. If I get reports of damage it won’t be feasible to continue. In that case I’ll just third party CD burn it as I did with the Bison Blog collection ( not to be confused with the earlier Bison Newsletter collection ). On another note, more thanks to the Kindle loaner on the Max Velocity book. I loved the collapse set up-the first 3%. All in all I managed to read a quarter of it, then I couldn’t go on any longer. It wasn’t as bad as “gurgling monkey balls”. It was more just like “I can’t take anymore military worship/emulation”. If you want that, and don’t mind a textbook disguised poorly as fiction ( I know, I know, I’m throwing stones in glass houses with my polemics disguised as fiction- but at least mine doesn’t cost you anything financially ), then you will like this. I’m just so grateful to have saved $9.

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A minion asked about the complexities of living in small spaces, such as a travel trailer/underground super secret global headquarters lair. We have talked about this before. First, it is imperative that all, and I mean ALL but immediate use extra items be stored elsewhere. You will need to be hoping back and forth several times a day for supplies. I know, I know, it is considered normal to heat and cool all your processions. To sometimes include the car ( “I won’t be freezing as I’m scraping the fecal stains from your shorts for laundry! Heat the garage!” ). I’m sure that strategy will work pretty good for you once you are unemployed and oil is at $500 a barrel. My storage spaces cost more than my living space ( not including the original large trailer we lived in exclusively for four and a half years ), although they also served other purposes in the past. The Hippie Bread Van cost $800 ( the owner was jettisoning everything to go live down in Mexico ) with about another $600 in mechanical bills. But it served as my Carson City getaway, as well as getting extra supplies up to Elko. It now serves as storage. Yes, a lot of junk like 10 cent paperback books ( both post-apoc reading and then TP ) and dry beans I stored in free coffee cans rather than bucket them ( space wasters ). But also a lot of extra essentials such as wool clothing. If I paid to get the vehicle back up and running ( which I won’t ) I’d spend almost as much as the original purchase getting a replacement storage unit.

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My cheap junk trailer is also junk filled, but also containing thousands in new reference books. It too is essential for keeping clutter out of the two prime living areas ( underground for dark/cold living, above in the big trailer for lounging and getting some sun to avoid cabin fever ). And with all that, there is still the attitude adjustment. You must be able to bite your tongue, suppress rage, and constantly remind yourself it isn’t the other persons fault you must wait your turn to walk or use an area. You can’t live in small spaces if you hate each other-simple as that ( a consideration given short shift in official fallout shelters beyond prohibiting weapons ). Another reason to trade up on wives now, if desired. Most likely, you will be trading down on shelter, going to earth sheltered whole or in part, in all but the best climates to compensate for a dearth of heating fuel ( even a mass die-off still leaves too many people with too little firewood ).

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16 comments:

  1. Actually, it was "flaming monkey balls", but whatever.

    What I found objectionable was the unstated opinion that civvies/non-mil were useless, or in the one or two places that We The Unwashed got mentioned, their efforts were downplayed/dismissed. I don't remember which book it was (you'd think that Doomer Porn was a major literary genre) but there was a scene where an old man tied himself up in a tree to do some sniping. Yeah, he didn't survive the chapter, but it did point out that such a thing was possible (and perhaps necessary).

    And one of the latest blog posts, Mr. Velocity takes a swipe at "selfish preppers", so fuck him with a cactus. Sideways.

    And let me once again bend your ear about Prvi Partizan .303British: These are by far the best cases out there right now. And the loaded stuff goes for ~$15 per box of 20, empty cases are about $60/100 off of GunBroker (including the insane shipping charge).

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    1. Usually you do need to repeat to me several times-too much stimuli for me. I made a note, will check them out. Thanks

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  2. Lord Bison of the Great Basin and King of Coiffure;

    Great Post about doing serious thinking concerning serious planning into the storage priority of personal possessions and why Climate Controlled storage should only be for immediate use items (With the caveat of the necessity of certain items that need to be stored between a certain threshold, such as propellent or packaged ammunition.) as opposed to having everything stored climate controlled. Again citing you as inspiration, since you mentioned this very same subject two-and-a-half years ago, I began doing the same, in an attempt to cut down on utility bills. As of Today; sometimes it works and sometimes it don't, but then here in the desert Southwest we have a climate of extremes (much like Elko except in the opposite direction).

    Needless to mention two absolute facts stand out in this article: One; people don't need as much living space as they think they are entitled and Two; don't spend the scarce resources on storing items that don't need climate controlled storage.
    Keep keeping it real James!

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    1. Canned Chili needs climate control. Frozen and then thawed, it taste like dog food

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  3. Yes Mr. Dakin:
    The secrets of trailer living (and uses) are very common and not secrets at all.

    Raised and living in trailers gave me an advantage over the people that the only way of living for them is a McMansion. They just wont hack it.

    We are mortgage free while they have monthly payments and large utility bills.

    We have freedom to move our residence while they are stuck competing with the Jones.

    We don't have two tons of expensive furniture We just have a couple of hundred invested in very common items for the trailer.

    While they have electrical fixtures, we just have a couple of light bulbs to replace for less than a dollar.

    We don't have to have expensive clothing to keep appearances in the neighbourhood, just plain every day use jeans and t shirt will do.

    Hell !! We are richer than they are. While they are aging faster because their way of living, we are living longer and very likely look a lot younger than they are.

    bruce.

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  4. People often asked what it was like living aboard a thirty foot sail boat with my wife and dog for seven years. Wanting to know if that lifestyle was for them....
    My common response: You and your wife move into your bathroom at your current house and use it as the total living space for thirty days. If you survive those thirty days without killing each other, then the sailing life is for you to enjoy ! Otherwise don't even think about it !

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  5. Great posts the past couple of days Lord Bison.

    VLAD, great info on hemp. I knew some of its value but you added greatly to my knowledge. Thank you sir.

    Living in a small space? Since my divorce my son and I live in a 1120 sq. ft. single-wide mobile trailer home. It seems huge. Yes if you have a bunch of kids more than 3 bedrooms would be nice but come on, do you really need 2000 sq. ft. No. We use the small bedroom for storage and have alot of room left. Yes I have a large shed for all the extra bulky stuff but am contemplating a small one room efficiency type apartment thing in the extra space in the shed for future residents. Don't know how many will show if tshtf but want privacy. If I ever get to where I can build a brick house it will be smaller than the trailer. With attic space, storage is easier.

    I am concerned with the direction this country is going and I am holding off building at least until I see who our next president is. Michelle or Hillary. Not much of a choice.

    I just started another job today. Still got my FT security gig, side lawn business, and now work at a pawn/gun shop. Trying to get out of debt and build a pad. Bought some more silver and will buy more. Any non essential money is saved or spent on prep related items. Trying to get ahead of the game and since the divorce I can do what I want.

    Tighten the belts now folks. Most here know it but you need to live it. I am building a bug out silver/cash fun in case I need to leave the ponderosa. My land is the only thing I am not paying off early. Don't need a ton off equity if I end up giving it back.

    Storage....I bought a 14x20 shed with a loft 4 years ago for about $5,500. Not a true frugal move but I'm learning. Could not build for much less at the time for a quality building with loft space. I have since bought a metal Lowes shed for $500 that is 12x14 that is cheap but junkie storage. That is for the 4 wheeler and mowers. If I build on my land next door I will build a pole barn for about $5 a sq foot.

    Yes this rambled a bit but wanted to get a few thoughts out there in case it helps someone.

    Jim, I'm still waiting on my team bison shirt. WTH?

    Nightshift

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    1. You know how expensive Chinese shipping is now. I'm waiting for a full container of shirts to reduce transportation cost. I should have gone to Mexico, like all the produce buyers.

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  6. Just a couple of quick questions.......

    Do you use and store both white and red wheat?
    Any comments on use or taste for either?
    How much do you pay for a 50 pound bag in your area?

    Thanks

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    1. White is a bit of a lighter test, but red is better protein and suppossedly stores better. I buy whichever the feed store has- don't always have a choice. But I take red if available. Elko ain't cheap on much, not even junk land. A bag is around $16.

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  7. I'm living in a very small(by local standards, 1000 sq ft) paid for house. Well insulated with windows that open in summer. All my junk is outside in cheap storage buildings. Never thougnt heating or cooling junk was a good idea.

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    1. Today's article probably doesn't apply to you either, then.

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  8. How clean is the wheat from the feed store? The bag I just got is as dirty as what I had the farmer that farms my property gave me. If it is always this dirty how do you clean it?

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    1. A bit of crap in the wheat is fine. It either gets ground up or you throw it in the air and the wind scoops it up and away. There is always a corn kernal or two also. I don't sweat it.

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