Friday, January 28, 2011

What a year

This last year has flown by. Between everything going on with the news (has anyone else noticed that the world is on fire?), my job and the baby (who's already almost a year old! Didn't I just bring her home from the hospital?!) I'm still having trouble figuring out where the time is going. Maybe I'm just getting old. I hate to think about how fast it will go when I'm 50. Anyway, despite everything else that's been going on I've still been prepping. I also need to improve in some areas.

I admit that I need to spend a lot more time at the range. Ever since the price of ammo skyrocketed I pretty much quit going. A couple hundred rounds every few months just isn't enough to stay proficient. Have you noticed that I don't talk about guns much, anymore? I also need to work out more. I wake up. Go to work. Come home. I have the kid handed to me by the wife when I walk in because "she's been watching her all day". It's not an environment that's conducive to a regular workout schedule. I'm still eating well, though, so at least I'm not getting fat(ter).

So what have I been focusing on? Food is always the most important aspect of a preparedness plan as far as I'm concerned. I just make sure that the pantry is stocked, the spice rack is full and I'm always trying new recipes. I'm not really sure if I've got the venerable year's supply but I'm close enough that it doesn't concern me too much. I just make sure that I'm constantly adding to it. I always buy extra non perishables when I go to the store and then I make it a point to use them when I'm cooking.

I've also been working on my credit. Five years ago I thought that credit cards were the devil and that if you couldn't pay cash for it then you shouldn't buy it. Since then I've learned that if you're responsible with credit it's an extremely valuable tool that can help with preps and life in general immensely. It's not free. It can get you into trouble. It can also be extremely beneficial. Just don't abuse it.

All is well on the precious metals front (for me). In fact, I feel good enough about what I've got stashed that I'm going to start investing in *gasp* the stock market. I opened up a brokerage account that I'll be throwing a few bucks here and there into. There's no minimum balance and the price per trade is really good so I don't plan to lose too much. Ever since silver touched $30 I just decided to back off. While I'm fully convinced that silver will hit $100 easily if the economy does collapse I'm not sure that it will go much past $30 if the powers that be manage to reign things in. Either way, we'll have time to react if we keep watching things closely. Pay attention to the news and you should be able to predict what's going to happen in the precious metals markets.

So what are my plans for the near future? I've seen a few pieces of gear that I'd like to try out. I also need to get crackin on making more beer. I haven't done that in a few months. Keeping my job and taking care of my family are my top priorities, though. When I get the cash I want to buy a chunk of land in the boonies. Besides that I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing. It's worked well enough so far.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A couple of months off is all it takes.....

I take a couple of months off and I don't even make it into the top 50 survival blogs. Sheesh...everybody's a critic. Was it something I said? While I'm disappointed I can't really say that I'm surprised. It doesn't matter what you've done on the internet over the last few years. What matters is frequency and consistency. People care about what you did two seconds ago. Two weeks ago? That's REALLY old news. If you don't keep people interested then their attention is quickly diverted. I've started several posts in the last couple of months but I just never seem to get around to finishing them. Then when I get time to sit down and finish them off they already seem outdated or I'm just not that interested in the topic anymore. I think that the biggest downer is that I keep seeing a lot of what I've been talking about actually appearing in the mainstream media. Why bother repeating stuff?

It's not like everything is right there spelled out in a single article but I'm a big picture kind of guy. After I read the paper everything tends to come together. The individual stories don't really matter to me. It's amazing, though, how a snippet here pertains to a snippet there. Maybe I'm just a crazy busy body but I think I'd rather figure out what's going on for myself than have someone tell me what's going on.