Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flu-View

By Flea - Be A Survivor

While I still stay this whole H1N1 thing is a crock of shit, I did find a pretty neat website that shows the "hotspots" in the country. It is updated on a weekly basis...

The media would love for you to panic but like I have said before the regular flu kills 250,000 people in the world every year...so wake me up when there is a real emergency.

Flu-View Website

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quote Of The Day

By Flea - Be A Survivor

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."

- Harry S. Truman

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Some More Link Love

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Received the following:

"Hello,

Just wanted to let you know that I added your website to our list of survival blogs and websites. It’s listed at http://offgridsurvival.com/survivalwebsites/

If you would like to link back to me my site is at http://offgridsurvival.com

If not don’t worry love the site and was glad to add it to the list. Hope the link helps you get some more readers!

Robert Richardson
Off Grid Survival"

Seems like a good list of links he has there so check them out!

...that is all.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness

By Flea - Be A Survivor

This post doesn’t have a hell of a lot to do with survival but I feel it is important nonetheless. Personal pride in your hygiene and your surroundings should be high on your list of priorities. In my previous life I worked in an occupation that took me to people’s homes and I was dumbfounded to say the least at some of the conditions people CHOOSE to live in.

People, no one is saying that if you can only afford a 1 bedroom apartment on the wrong side of the tracks there is something wrong with that…but for the love of God can you keep the place clean? This whole conversation came about because of my little experience “riding the lightning”. The contractor who came to do the work said several times to me, “It is obvious you take care of your property.”

I finally asked him what made it so obvious. He said my lawn and landscaping were neatly manicured, my house was clean and well maintained, and the fact that I took an obvious interest in what they were doing and how they were repairing things gave it away. He told me that as a contractor he has seen some houses that you would be amazed people live in.

You can still take pride in your appearance and surroundings even if you don’t have a lot of money. In fact money has nothing to do with it, laziness and indifference do.

People who take time to clean and groom themselves, wear clean clothes, and keep their living space clean and organized are far more likely to get respect from people than the richest slob. There is no excuse to walk around stinking and wearing dirty clothes. Looking neat and clean will get you further with people every time.

I used to work as a security guard in my younger days and there was a gentleman who was an absolute pig; his teeth were yellow and rotted, his clothes were stained, his hair was greasy, and he was a slob when it came to the desk we shared. When he would leave I actually went around disinfecting things like the phone and the desk to get his stink off of it. I actually had to wipe flakes of his skin off the desk because he was so dirty his skin would slough off.

People need to take pride in their appearance and respect others when it comes to shared work areas. Keeping a neat and tidy residence will give you a feeling of peace and well being. Keeping a neat and tidy appearance will cause people to “want” to be around you instead of avoiding you like the plague.

This should be obvious but here we go:
Take a shower or bath at least every other day (and USE SOAP).
Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
Trim your fingernails.
Shave regularly (guys with beards - trim and neaten any growth)
Comb your hair.
Wear clean clothes every day.
Keep your house neat and organized.
If you have animals clean MORE often.
Vacuum or mop floors at least once a week.
Dust at least once every week or two.
Paint every 5 years. You can extend this if you don’t smoke inside and you occasionally wipe the walls down with a damp rag.
Clean the bathrooms in your house at least every few days.
Clean your windows thoroughly at least twice a year.
Check the refrigerator every two weeks for forgotten science experiments.
If you have a dog give them a bath at least once every two months (I have seen folks with dogs who stink so bad I wanted to puke after I pet it).
Don’t leave mounds of dishes in the sink.
Mow your lawn/weed whack/and EDGE if you have a yard
And for the love of Pete, use a deodorant!

...that is all.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Rest In Peace

I just heard the horrible news that JWR's (Survivalblog) wife Linda passed away after a long struggle with illness.

JWR has been a giant in the survival world, keep him and his family in your prayers during this difficult time.

God bless you in your time of mourning JWR!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flying Solo And Yearly Chores

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Yes I have been busy and I apologize for not posting as frequently as I used to. I am flying solo this week as the wife is away visiting family so like a typically guy I have been eating badly, bathing infrequently and staying up late watching "Lockup: Raw". There is something strangely fascinating about watching the intricacies of prison life...I am addicted to that show and it drives the wife crazy.

But "HA!" she isn't here so Lockup and frozen pizza it is!

I have been doing some of my yearly chores around the house such as power washing the house, re-mulching the flower beds, cleaning the garage out and clearing out my now defunct vegetable garden.

The yearly chores are all important and sometimes forgotten. If you have a wood fence you should clean and seal it. If you have thatch in your grass, de-thatch. If items outside need a coat of paint get out there an get to work.

You will probably laugh at this but nothing makes a house look like shit more than a leaning rusted out mailbox. I live in a recently built development and I see this all the time. Once a year I take the mailbox off the post and give the post a good coat of spray paint to keep it looking fresh. I use a flat black spray paint made for all surfaces.

I then clean the mailbox (which is glossy black) with some soapy water, dry it off and give it a coat of wax with a regular old car wax (paste). When the wax has set I buff the mailbox with a clean rag and then reinstall the mailbox on the post. The mailbox looks as good as the day they installed it, people actually notice and ask why mine looks new and theirs looks like shit. It is called maintenance my friend!

Soon I will be mowing my grass for the last time this season and I will prepare the mower for winter by draining the fluids. When next season starts I will put a new spark plug in, new air filter, fresh gas and oil and SHARPEN the blade. This is something you should do on a regular basis. The filter and plug may not need to be changed but at least check them. This is how you keep things running smoothly and make them last.

Almost all the stuff I have is several years old and stills works just fine because I keep the stuff clean and well maintained. If you do the same your stuff will last.

...that is all.

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