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by Dark Cloud
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: When Good Plans Go Bad - Epic Garden Fail
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Re: When Good Plans Go Bad - Epic Garden Fail

"Hey, you're young and swingin', No time to think about tomorrow But there ain't no way to deny it Some day, you're gonna buy it. Plan today, Go for a Ferryman Tomorrow! Ferryman, Ferryman, he's the man with the plot, the man with the plan! Ferryman, Ferryman, He's the mortician man who loves you! ...
by Dark Cloud
Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: So I may have convinced my family to prep a little to well.
Replies: 29
Views: 2019

Re: So I may have convinced my family to prep a little to well.

KnightoftheRoc wrote:
Dark Cloud wrote: >snip<
I don't know how well this approach works, though. To my knowledge, he has four cans of creamed corn and just bought an S&W MP15 with an EOTECH sight and a thousand rounds.

Sigh.
And, probably not a single can opener.
PRobably not.
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: When Good Plans Go Bad - Epic Garden Fail
Replies: 17
Views: 1473

Re: When Good Plans Go Bad - Epic Garden Fail

When I expanded my tiny 4x8 semi raised bed into three 4x12 beds made of 2x8 lumber, I had gathered enough free mulch (the highway department had cleaned up some roadsides and mulched up all their debris , giving it away to anyone who could haul it off) and free horse manure (my neighbor is a cowboy...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Learning Preparedness Skills in an Urban Area
Replies: 14
Views: 917

Re: Learning Preparedness Skills in an Urban Area

Does your town ahve a library? READ READ READ. It's a good place to start, it's free and it doesn't take up any space. Check out which skills you want to learn then pursue them. I started getting sreious about preps in an apartment. In fact it's one of the reasons I wanted to buy a house - to have e...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: PAW, SHTF, TEOTWAWKI, WTF?
Replies: 24
Views: 1320

Re: PAW, SHTF, TEOTWAWKI, WTF?

Most boards have a level of navel gazing and "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin" no matter what the general subject matter of the board is. One simplly has to take that in stride. Some of the most common assumptions that people make are 1) They will surely survive the actual event itse...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:25 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Food Supply: Supermarket Options?
Replies: 28
Views: 2177

Re: Food Supply: Supermarket Options?

+ 1 on...well.. everything. I started about two years ago when I read about floods in the midwest and turmoil in Asia and how that woudl all snowball into high food prices at the market. I went and bought thirty pounds of dried beans and rice to go with it. I still have most of it, except for a bag ...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:10 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: So I may have convinced my family to prep a little to well.
Replies: 29
Views: 2019

Re: So I may have convinced my family to prep a little to well.

I have a relative in another state who is in the same shape. He likes the guns. Don"t get me wrong, I love the guns too. But he has a baby daughter and a wife and a mortgage. He asks me what kind of gun to buy, which is good, because I ask him "what are you going to use it for?". His answer is vague...
by Dark Cloud
Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Hi Point Compact 9mm purchase
Replies: 29
Views: 2075

Hi Point Compact 9mm purchase

I'm on a budget. Enough said? No? Okay, here goes. For the past year or so I have been saving nickels dimes and Five dollar bills to sue toward the purchase of a handgun. Mrs. Dark Cloud owns a Jennings .22lr I call the Noisy Cricket. she can hit a face sized target at 20 feet, but she'd have to do ...
by Dark Cloud
Wed Jul 07, 2010 7:11 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: One and Run.....choices of just one firearm and caliber
Replies: 82
Views: 3840

Re: One and Run.....choices of just one firearm and caliber

I'll play. I'm tepmted to take only a 1911 .45 thinking that if it's as bad as all that, I will need to move quickly. I can always pick up an ar or ak or 870 left over on "the battlefield" since, you know, there are always mounds of pristine gunslying around after every engagement. Seriously, my fir...
by Dark Cloud
Tue Jul 06, 2010 9:34 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Fruit Trees This Year
Replies: 56
Views: 3974

Re: Fruit Trees This Year

I have two concord grapevines heavily laden with grapes. The season started off wet then turned dry. If it comes a sudden downpour just before harvest, they'll do what they did two years ago and burst with the onrush of new rain after so long without, so I've been watering them a bit, not too much. ...
by Dark Cloud
Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Cheap way to keep the critters out of your garden
Replies: 28
Views: 2383

Re: Cheap way to keep the critters out of your garden

I put cat hair brushed out of the couch all aroung the garden. Seems to do the trick, but I was less cheap this year than last and put up a 24 inch plaxtic rabbit fence all around my reaised beds. I did nothing for the unprotected tilled patch, however, and the rabbits have not bothered me a bit thi...
by Dark Cloud
Mon Jul 05, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8272

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

NoAm I 'd love to see the garden once the weeds/grass starts to come in to see how well the cardboard acts as deterrant. My bourd patch is overgrown. Makes me not believe I spent days tilling it all iup.

Of course, mulching it with seed-laden hay was not the smartest idea I ever had...
by Dark Cloud
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: when SHTF seems like an improvement...
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: when SHTF seems like an improvement...

Excellent post with good advice. I had a foster kid who we got from a mental institution. He described conditions very much like yours My wife and I had several foster kids (one at a time) in our home for about twelve years. It is a difficult and thankless task; you have my respect for providing a ...
by Dark Cloud
Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: $2500 for a Primitive BOL
Replies: 88
Views: 12993

Re: $2500 for a Primitive BOL

A quick google says 10lbs of corn (plus malt + honey etc) can yield 5 gallons of 7% alcohol. That's a beer strength, and would take a lot distillation to get to proper whiskey. Math would say to the 7% (14 proof) to 80 proof you'd need to reduce the volume of water by 5.7 times. 5 gallons = 640oz /...
by Dark Cloud
Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: when SHTF seems like an improvement...
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: when SHTF seems like an improvement...

Running the risk of violating the ZS "No Religion" clause, "There but for the grace of God go I". There are some of us, I have to assume, who are not in the same position I am in - three bad decisions from prison or homelessness. I had a foster kid who we got from a mental institution. He described ...
by Dark Cloud
Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8272

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

Half of my seeds were from 2005. That might have something to do with it.
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:24 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?
Replies: 99
Views: 4054

Re: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?

[quote="fourway Your subtext, that the world is divided into rugged individualists who never had anything handed to them, guys who stand on their own two feet and take matters into their own hands when the chips are down vs. pampered, lily-livered little pukes, soft and bloated from suckling at the ...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010
Replies: 207
Views: 8272

Re: How Does Your Garden Grow? 2010

One of my sunflowers s about 8 feet tall and has a big flower on it. Some of the others are almost as big. I have one birdhouse gourd and need to manually pollinate the rest of my flowers some night this week. I have taken one yellow squash so far with another on the way and I have four spaghetti sq...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:47 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?
Replies: 99
Views: 4054

Re: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?

Mountain Rooster wrote:Image
Ok. Nevermind what I just said. This settles it in my mind!
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:45 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?
Replies: 99
Views: 4054

Re: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?

Just to be sure about what's going on here, we're arguing whether or not carrying a sidearm is A) better than a cellphone because it can only do one thing, but that one thing is oh so indispensible (when you need a gun, you need it now) B) not as good as a cellphone because phones are multi use (you...
by Dark Cloud
Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?
Replies: 99
Views: 4054

Re: Mall Ninja Home Invasion?

I'm with Finch on this one. Can't get a cell signal where I live, and even if I could call the cops there's no guarantee they'd even show up. LEOs have no obligation to answer a callout, and I'm not standing around with my dick in my hand waiting for them to show up. Best course of action? I'd list...
by Dark Cloud
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:50 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: $2500 for a Primitive BOL
Replies: 88
Views: 12993

Re: $2500 for a Primitive BOL

I'd go native. The Cherokee got along just fine for a long long time in the hills around where I live. Bark wigwams would probably be the best way to go, but I'd substitute mats of woven cattail since it is plentiful. I am also assuming a sufficient supply of water on the property, a creek or spring...
by Dark Cloud
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:09 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: I owe the guy from Alone in the Wild an apology
Replies: 34
Views: 4222

Re: I owe the guy from Alone in the Wild an apology

I read a story, related by a 19th century mountain man about a Crow squaw who survived alone for a year in enemy territory (she was Crow, so everybody was an enemy, it seeems) with nothing but a buckskin dress and a flint knife. Obviously, she already had the necessary skillset to deal with fire mak...
by Dark Cloud
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:36 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: I owe the guy from Alone in the Wild an apology
Replies: 34
Views: 4222

Re: I owe the guy from Alone in the Wild an apology

All the comments on how you personally would have reacted or prepareed, etc, think of it this way - what if you had a guy like this in your group? What if he was reasonably fit and probably should have been able to do better (in your estimation) but for whatever reason, just started bellyaching abou...

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