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by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:21 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k

I've heard good things about carrots (surprisingly fresh and sweet), and great things about parsnips (they get way sweeter) that are left under a blanket of snow in the ground all winter. But snow is not a particular climatic hazard of my AO, so I can't help you there. I'm about --> <-- this close t...
by Real_Ale_Act
Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Advice for a first-time homebuyer
Replies: 74
Views: 2799

Re: Advice for a first-time homebuyer

On HOA's: I had many of the same prejudices that other posters have expressed, but I wound up buying in an unincorporated rural area, with HOA dues of $30/year. The dues go to cutting the tall grass in the empty lots (which will be there basically forever because there's a sewer/septic moratorium in...
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Guy From Denmark
Replies: 10
Views: 175

Re: New Guy From Denmark

Hello and welcome from California. :D
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k

Thanks for the tip on the chickens. I wouldn't want them eating my greens either. Do you think it would be worthwhile to let one or 2 of them into the fenced garden area (uh...once I put up the fence) while I'm in there weeding or futzing about? Would it be enough time for them to eat some bugs but ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: How To: Making an A-frame Trellis (pics included)
Replies: 8
Views: 2089

Re: How To: Making an A-frame Trellis (pics included)

Methinks I could use that design but with bigger openings for the raspberries... :D
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: zeroHouse
Replies: 25
Views: 1840

Re: zeroHouse

OK--I'm the designer of the zeroHouse and came across your site when Google Analytics told me there was a spike in activity from this forum... To clear up a few misconceptions-- <snip> Thanks! Thank you for dropping by to speak for yourself. :) You'll find this forum can sometimes ask extremely poi...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Chemical blaze in The Netherlands; oh look! Smoke!
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: Chemical blaze in The Netherlands; oh look! Smoke!

So I'm just going to have to make some changes to the whole preplist, I guess. Never thought I'd be adding 'foul wind' to the preplist. Oh well.. Clearly, chili and beans do not make up the percentage of your canned and dried food preps that they do ours. :lol: ah hahahha hahaha :lol: QOTD Lynixan:...
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: SD zombie fan
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: SD zombie fan

At the moment, yes, if you are willing to define local as "within state lines". :P
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: SD zombie fan
Replies: 9
Views: 170

Re: SD zombie fan

Howdy and welcome from Gold Country. :)
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: A few wild game recipes/tips.
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: A few wild game recipes/tips.

Thanks, Meat! Those look both easy and tasty. :D
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Mojave Desert
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Mojave Desert

Welcome from Gold Country...we're rainier, higher, and colder than y...oh wait. *checks topo map*...we're rainier and colder than...oh wait. *checks weather*... hm.

Well, we're further north anyway. :mrgreen:

Welcome!
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Feul Efficiency in a BOV
Replies: 28
Views: 1425

Re: Feul Efficiency in a BOV

Not all of us can afford a dedicated BOV and a separate DD so we have to compromise with one vehicle. Like everything else efficiency is a compromise, you can go with the gallon per mile non practical military vehicle or the super efficient small car that has no capability or somewhere in the middl...
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I'm not feeling the whole Global Warming thing right now...
Replies: 69
Views: 3246

Re: I'm not feeling the whole Global Warming thing right now

My electricity bill went from $78 in october, to $180 in november, to $479 the most recent bill. :shock: I just bought the house last Memorial Day, so I didn't really know what to expect as winter hit. I obviously have some big projects that need to be done...replacing the forced-air ducts, which ar...
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k

Yes!! :lol:

In 6 months, I will be feeding beer-marinated slugs to my chickens (like they were those little chocolate booze bottles you always see around the holidays), while enjoying fresh, slug-free strawberries from my garden.

Awesome! 8)
by Real_Ale_Act
Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Feul Efficiency in a BOV
Replies: 28
Views: 1425

Re: Feul Efficiency in a BOV

mad scientist wrote: I wonder if fuel economy, or total range, is a more important factor for a BOV? We are talking about a BOV not an everyday drive, to some it might be the same but that's not really the point of the thread Maybe not. But my vehicle choices, and those of most others IRL, are not ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k

I have it in mind to bribe a friend's 8 yr old son as spring comes on to help me with weeds and sundry pestpicking. Also I figure, once I get chickens I can with perfectly good conscience cackle with glee as I throw my hapless victims from the intruding army of slugs, caterpillars, and my old nemesi...
by Real_Ale_Act
Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:11 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Feul Efficiency in a BOV
Replies: 28
Views: 1425

Re: Feul Efficiency in a BOV

Realistically, fuel economy is important even in everyday life, for a car you use primarily for transportation. I suppose there are plenty of folks on the forum that have spare, purpose-use vehicles: mudders, tow or camper pickups, etc. But it seems likely that at least some of us have only got the ...
by Real_Ale_Act
Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k

I think when I saw the beer trick it was done with pottery or glass jars. Happy enough to be wrong on that. Me too, some sort of bell shaped jug, IIRC, but then I think I recall being told later that the vessel didn't matter. I'll might try it with wide mouth mason jars - those being what I have ar...
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

the Fall/Winter Garden, what I've learned so far (no 56k)

These pictures were all taken today, December 31, 2010. It was 26F when I checked the deck thermometer at about 6, and when we left for errands at 9 there was still ice on the road in the wet spots. http://i680.photobucket.com/albums/vv163/Real_Ale_Act/Pix080810012.jpg To start things out, I live in...
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:44 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Self-watering 5-gal bucket growing containers
Replies: 38
Views: 9861

Re: Self-watering 5-gal bucket growing containers

The only place I've seen this technique _not work_ was on a surfboard that was anchored and tied in the space between the dock and the bow of my friend's 47' (or so) ketch. In a sortuva foggy coolish location. On salt water. :lol:
by Real_Ale_Act
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:21 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: My "Ultimate" Altoids Tin Version 2.1! NEW and IMPROVED!
Replies: 75
Views: 23225

Re: My "Ultimate" Altoids Tin Version 2.1! NEW and IMPROVED!

It looks a little bigger, but more conformable. It's still pocketable? (You do pocket carry it, right?)
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Have you saved a life?
Replies: 174
Views: 9292

Re: Have you saved a life?

I'm told I did once... A friend was overdosed on ketamine...they call it a k-hole? (I've tried a few things, but I never did ketamine myself, I've got experience giving it to pets as anaesthetic and was not and am not interested in it recreationally.) She tells me that the care I gave at that time s...
by Real_Ale_Act
Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: The Only Time I've Ever Spent to Save
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: The Only Time I've Ever Spent to Save

Congrats, but seriously dude that looks like a total chick car. :lol: I resemble that remark! :lol: :wink: If I had my druthers (and a much shorter commute), I'd have bought the '56 5-window GMC that my neighbor's selling and repowered it with the big V-8 from the wreckedbody F-150 Eddie Bauer that...
by Real_Ale_Act
Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: The Only Time I've Ever Spent to Save
Replies: 9
Views: 723

Re: The Only Time I've Ever Spent to Save

Thanks for the kind words guys; I think the car is ugly too, but I figure I'm driving in the only spot where I don't have to actually look at it. :D. I may do some mods to it, but they'll be in service of fuel economy rather than style or noise and smoke (don't get me wrong - I'm all for noise and s...

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