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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by NT2C » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm

Bought a new-to-me refurbished laptop. While it isn't part of what most people would consider "normal" prepping, for me having a working computer is vital. Even without internet connectivity it can occupy my "down" time and keep me entertained. With the wife and I planning on living out of a travel trailer for up to a few months in the near future while or new place gets delivered and setup (and while we move cross country), having a good working laptop is an important prep item for me. My regular PC will be packed away in its Pelican shipping case aboard the moving truck, my widescreen monitors will be similarly tucked safely away, my 4TB NAS will be powered down and stored, it will just be me, my phone, and my laptop for entertainment (plus a wife and 4 crazy cats but that's a different kind of entertainment), even our books will all be packed away, and my 10-year-old 17" Gateway laptop running Win 7 or my 20+ year-old 12" Toughbook running Win 10, or my wife's old Dell 14" running who knows what (I'm probably going to wipe it and make it a Linux machine), none of those will be quite enough to entertain my geek inner core. Therefore, I just plunked down a few hundred bucks for a nice AMD Ryzen 5 powered machine with a 1TB drive and 32GB memory. It should suffice. :mrgreen:
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:50 pm

NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
Bought a new-to-me refurbished laptop. While it isn't part of what most people would consider "normal" prepping, for me having a working computer is vital. Even without internet connectivity it can occupy my "down" time and keep me entertained. With the wife and I planning on living out of a travel trailer for up to a few months in the near future while or new place gets delivered and setup (and while we move cross country), having a good working laptop is an important prep item for me. My regular PC will be packed away in its Pelican shipping case aboard the moving truck, my widescreen monitors will be similarly tucked safely away, my 4TB NAS will be powered down and stored, it will just be me, my phone, and my laptop for entertainment (plus a wife and 4 crazy cats but that's a different kind of entertainment), even our books will all be packed away, and my 10-year-old 17" Gateway laptop running Win 7 or my 20+ year-old 12" Toughbook running Win 10, or my wife's old Dell 14" running who knows what (I'm probably going to wipe it and make it a Linux machine), none of those will be quite enough to entertain my geek inner core. Therefore, I just plunked down a few hundred bucks for a nice AMD Ryzen 5 powered machine with a 1TB drive and 32GB memory. It should suffice. :mrgreen
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by NT2C » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:12 pm

MPMalloy wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:50 pm
NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
Bought a new-to-me refurbished laptop. While it isn't part of what most people would consider "normal" prepping, for me having a working computer is vital. Even without internet connectivity it can occupy my "down" time and keep me entertained. With the wife and I planning on living out of a travel trailer for up to a few months in the near future while or new place gets delivered and setup (and while we move cross country), having a good working laptop is an important prep item for me. My regular PC will be packed away in its Pelican shipping case aboard the moving truck, my widescreen monitors will be similarly tucked safely away, my 4TB NAS will be powered down and stored, it will just be me, my phone, and my laptop for entertainment (plus a wife and 4 crazy cats but that's a different kind of entertainment), even our books will all be packed away, and my 10-year-old 17" Gateway laptop running Win 7 or my 20+ year-old 12" Toughbook running Win 10, or my wife's old Dell 14" running who knows what (I'm probably going to wipe it and make it a Linux machine), none of those will be quite enough to entertain my geek inner core. Therefore, I just plunked down a few hundred bucks for a nice AMD Ryzen 5 powered machine with a 1TB drive and 32GB memory. It should suffice. :mrgreen
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They still have plenty left if you want one. Mine was just a little over $400
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:24 pm

NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:12 pm
MPMalloy wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:50 pm
NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
Bought a new-to-me refurbished laptop. While it isn't part of what most people would consider "normal" prepping, for me having a working computer is vital. Even without internet connectivity it can occupy my "down" time and keep me entertained. With the wife and I planning on living out of a travel trailer for up to a few months in the near future while or new place gets delivered and setup (and while we move cross country), having a good working laptop is an important prep item for me. My regular PC will be packed away in its Pelican shipping case aboard the moving truck, my widescreen monitors will be similarly tucked safely away, my 4TB NAS will be powered down and stored, it will just be me, my phone, and my laptop for entertainment (plus a wife and 4 crazy cats but that's a different kind of entertainment), even our books will all be packed away, and my 10-year-old 17" Gateway laptop running Win 7 or my 20+ year-old 12" Toughbook running Win 10, or my wife's old Dell 14" running who knows what (I'm probably going to wipe it and make it a Linux machine), none of those will be quite enough to entertain my geek inner core. Therefore, I just plunked down a few hundred bucks for a nice AMD Ryzen 5 powered machine with a 1TB drive and 32GB memory. It should suffice. :mrgreen
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They still have plenty left if you want one. Mine was just a little over $400
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by boskone » Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:25 am

NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
With the wife and I planning on living out of a travel trailer for up to a few months in the near future while or new place gets delivered and setup (and while we move cross country), having a good working laptop is an important prep item for me. My regular PC will be packed away in its Pelican shipping case aboard the moving truck, my widescreen monitors will be similarly tucked safely away, ...
I hope to be in a similar situation. Whatever trailer I get will have an office space (either pull a superfluous dinette in favor of a desk, or if I find the right deal might get a bunkhouse and use the bunk area as an office), so I built my system into a drawer and found a monitor mount I can bolt through a table top.

Food for thought.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by SCBrian » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:34 pm

NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
<SNIP>, even our books will all be packed away,<SNIP>
earlier generation kindles are available cheap and can store a veritable library of books...
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by NT2C » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:38 pm

SCBrian wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:34 pm
NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
<SNIP>, even our books will all be packed away,<SNIP>
earlier generation kindles are available cheap and can store a veritable library of books...
I have several that were gifts. The only problem is I can't read text from them for more than 10-15 minutes or I get a migraine that will disable me for a day or more. Found this out the hard way.
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by SCBrian » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:05 pm

NT2C wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:38 pm
SCBrian wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:34 pm
NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
<SNIP>, even our books will all be packed away,<SNIP>
earlier generation kindles are available cheap and can store a veritable library of books...
I have several that were gifts. The only problem is I can't read text from them for more than 10-15 minutes or I get a migraine that will disable me for a day or more. Found this out the hard way.
The paperwhites (Backlit) ones are supposed to be good about not inducing migraines, but was just a thought to help. For me, reading is like meditation. :)
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:51 pm

SCBrian wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:05 pm
For me, reading is like meditation. :)
I can't remember the last time I could enjoy a good long read. :? :(

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:28 pm

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by 91Eunozs » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:30 am

Like many here (I hope anyway), picked up another couple boxes of disposable N95 masks to keep in the vehicle kits.

Also picked up a cheap hooded tyvek suit for every family member that compresses down to ~ 6”x6” to throw in each vehicle too. Not a bio suit by any means, but cheap insurance.
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by 91Eunozs » Sat Jan 25, 2020 11:38 am

SCBrian wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:05 pm
NT2C wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:38 pm
SCBrian wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:34 pm
NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
<SNIP>, even our books will all be packed away,<SNIP>
earlier generation kindles are available cheap and can store a veritable library of books...
I have several that were gifts. The only problem is I can't read text from them for more than 10-15 minutes or I get a migraine that will disable me for a day or more. Found this out the hard way.
The paperwhites (Backlit) ones are supposed to be good about not inducing migraines, but was just a thought to help. For me, reading is like meditation. :)

I hated the backlit Kindles, and always used a reading light...Until they stopped making the unlit versions. Took a chance, and was very pleasantly surprised that I love the paper white version.

I had a gen 1 ... well three of them actually; kept buying refurbished ones as mine broke because I didn’t want to give up the unlit screen. My “new” one is a gen 10. :lol:
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:45 pm

I did minor increases to my medical preps. I am also getting out more and meeting new people. I'll be looking at a 3X Vortex later.

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Post by darmstrong » Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:18 pm

I packed up a couple of molle bags that attach to my dogs vest: leash and collapsible bowl. These used to sit in my BOB as the pets would be coming with me if we had to leave. Now german shepherd can start to carry her own stuff in an emergency. I need to add doo doo bags to the packs as well, just because SHTF doesn't mean we need to act uncivilized. ;)
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by woodsghost » Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:04 pm

Yesterday I went for a 4 mile walk. 57 minutes. 35 lbs on my back. Ice was treacherous. On a program to get weights up and get distance up. Just in case bugging out needs to be on foot. Hopefully that never happens. :)
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Sat Jan 25, 2020 10:19 pm

I called around, I drove around, I sold muh Eagles. One shop (reseller) came the closest. I took an 18% haircut. fuk. I did a couple of more errands, came back, & PaleFace is, like, 90% better. He still goes in to get some shots. I am exiting 7.62x39 so I can go all-in on my 5.56x45. I'll try the GS tomorrow sporting an N95.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by boskone » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:21 pm

Minor thing, but I snagged a Carhartt fleece shirt-jacket and a lightweight balaclava at Academy. Jacket was 65% off (woo!), so about $30 out the door. Balaclava was full price, but only $15 anyway.

It doesn't get terribly cold down here, so I think the two will cover anything I'm likely to run into. I have some insulated undies for somewhat colder weather. If I head back up to Abilene--where it gets markedly colder--I have a couple nice heavy jackets/light coats (I'm not sure where the difference lies) there.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:58 pm

I picked up the Vortex Spitfire 3X like I planned. Somehow a Mr. buddy & 2 .30 cal ammo cans made it in the trunk. I got groceries. All the places I checked were out of surg masks. All surg masks, not the one that start w/N or P. I didn't see any gloves. I shared that YT channel. No apparent concern from those folks. I didn't make to the GS, but I'm not concerned.

Shopping for small, basic travel trailers.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by boskone » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:36 pm

MPMalloy wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:58 pm
I picked up the Vortex Spitfire 3X like I planned. Somehow a Mr. buddy & 2 .30 cal ammo cans made it in the trunk. I got groceries. All the places I checked were out of surg masks. All surg masks, not the one that start w/N or P. I didn't see any gloves. I shared that YT channel. No apparent concern from those folks. I didn't make to the GS, but I'm not concerned.

Shopping for small, basic travel trailers.
If you don't want a bunch of space, the "fiberglass egg" type (Casita, Scamp, Escape, some others I can't remember) are well-regarded for durability and low weight.

Forest River R-pods or Rockwood Geo Pros might be another option.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by NT2C » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:04 pm

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Shopping for small, basic travel trailers.
Gander Outdoors has a good selection of new & used, at least in my AO they do. You might also consider building your own, starting from a small utility trailer. You can special order one with insulation from most manufacturers (I recommend Diamond) and go from there. I have a 16' V nose that I customized for radio work using E-tracks to support a folding/removable workbench and a sleeping/sitting bench on the other side. I plan to add some windows in the future but for now I have a portable a/c unit that exhausts outside through a 6" hose. Keeps a nice flow of air in through the roof vent and dumping the heat and humidity outside.
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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by MPMalloy » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:13 pm

NT2C wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:04 pm
MPMalloy wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:58 pm
Shopping for small, basic travel trailers.
Gander Outdoors has a good selection of new & used, at least in my AO they do. You might also consider building your own, starting from a small utility trailer. You can special order one with insulation from most manufacturers (I recommend Diamond) and go from there. I have a 16' V nose that I customized for radio work using E-tracks to support a folding/removable workbench and a sleeping/sitting bench on the other side. I plan to add some windows in the future but for now I have a portable a/c unit that exhausts outside through a 6" hose. Keeps a nice flow of air in through the roof vent and dumping the heat and humidity outside.
Max towing weight for my vehicle is no more than 1000 lbs. I really don't know what to do at this point.

I found the last box of masks & the last box of gloves in my size. The both were "hiding" behind things on the bottom shelf.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by boskone » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:40 pm

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Max towing weight for my vehicle is no more than 1000 lbs. I really don't know what to do at this point.
1k lbs? Sounds like teardrop range, esp. if a lighter-weight frame is used and either aluminum struts or monocoque construction.

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Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Post by NT2C » Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:26 pm

MPMalloy wrote:
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Max towing weight for my vehicle is no more than 1000 lbs. I really don't know what to do at this point.
You could try posting this in Transportation as its own thread. :wink:
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