Saturday, November 21, 2009

Guest Post: Crazy Joe - Real Military Surplus

By Crazy Joe - Be A Survivor

I remember those tales back in high school about guys who could get used Army surplus motorcycles for 50 dollars. They were always "in a crate" and ready to go. At age 16 what a dream come true that would have been. Well in this day and age as costs rise along with taxation it is great to know and find out it does exist and can be done.

Over the past 12 years I have several friends who have gotten the 2 1/2 ton army truck "DUECE AND A HALF" in running condition for under 1000 dollars while some had to bid as high as 5,000 dollars. One friend just got one 4 months ago from a guy up the road who purchased it from this site but did not have the time to restore it properly. My friend paid a little over the 4000 dollars the man paid. It is in the process of getting sand blasted now and will get the olive drab paint job when done.

The diesel engine is in great shape and ready for this - it has only 17,000 original miles. I went over the engine top to bottom and was impressed. All the tires are in excellent shape. The worst part about it is the condition of the seat covers. I have another friend who recently bid on 2 "dueces" and lost but he is getting ready to try again. This web site is the official government contracted company in charge of selling all military surplus.

At present there is a not to old Jeep Cherokee Laredo, located at Fort Meade - Maryland, which would be a real steal at 800 dollars. No matter what your interest from welding equipment to cars, trucks, clothing, boots, you know what the military has and they are selling it. I know of no other place where a pallet of woodland camo field jackets can be had for 150 dollars.

I have read all the pages in regards to signing up for the auctions. There is plenty to read and taking your time with the procedures will save you grief. There is a hotline for help. Should you be the winning bidder you must have proper identification to get access to the military posts or national guard/reserve armories to pick up your gear - this can include vehicle insurance card, valid drivers license and the forms from the site regarding your lot number and items being picked up. Being in South Jersey I have been watching Fort Dix and Maguire Air Force Base along with the surplus storage facility up north by Fort Monmouth.

Across the river in Pennsylvania there are a number of national guard armories selling off equipment and vehicles which are not far from me. Here is the link should you be interested in at least surfing through it. If you yourself or you and your friends could use a 1 1/2 ton trailer and a deuce and a half to tow it then this is the place to find them. And when 2 or more "chip in" the cost becomes even less. Networking and sharing hands down benefits all. Just to spend a little time surfing this site, I am sure, will whet anyone's appetite. Good hunting.

Crazy Joe in South Jersey

Here is the link: Government Surplus Auctions at Government Liquidation

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Equipment Review: Cuisinart Bread Maker

By Flea - Be A Survivor

The wife and I recently treated ourselves to the Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Makerso we can stop buying bread from the store. Anyone who has lived up north and moved down south knows the bread situation is dire (except for biscuits of course). I haven't had decent bread since I left NJ.

We purchased the bread maker and set out immediately to put it to use. Below is a picture of the bread maker and the the resulting 1 lb loaf of white bread we made. It was hands down some of the best bread I have had in a long time. My biggest regret is not listening to my wife and getting this thing sooner!





We put all the required ingredients into the mixing bowl placed in in the bread maker. We selected 1 lb loaf, white bread and medium crust and let her rip. I was totally a skeptic as I watched the paddle beat the dough into submission for 30 minutes. The next three cycles were rise with a short knead thrown in. The machine beeped and paused alerting us to remove the paddle before that last rise and bake cycles.

I removed the paddle pressed continue and 1 hour and 40 minutes later there was a beautiful loaf of bread in the machine. The total time elapsed was 3 hours from start to finish with our only interaction being to remove the paddle.

We let the bread cool and then cut some slices to try with butter, they were outstanding to say the least.

Here are some stats on the machine:

* Programmable bread machine with convection fan adjusts speed and timing for foolproof results
* 16 preset menu options including Low Carb, Gluten-Free, and Artisan Dough settings
* 3 crust colors and 3 loaf sizes; over 100 bread, dough, sweet cake, and jam combinations
* Audible tone indicates when to add mix-ins; 12-hour delay-start timer; power-failure backup
* Measures 18 by 12-1/5 by 14-7/8 inches; 3-year limited warranty

I have to say it was some of the best money I have spent. We tend to stay with Kitchen-Aid and Cuisinart because we have had great success with durability with those brands. I am a firm believer that if I am going to drop money on something buying quality once makes perfect sense even if it costs more.

This thing even makes jam! The wife and I do that the old fashion way but I may just give it a try if the results are half as good as they were with the bread I will be impressed.

To say I recommend this product would be an understatement.

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

What Is Your EDC?

By Flea - Be A Survivor

People should put some thought into what their EDC is (Everyday Carry) and I am not talking firearms. If a firearm is a part of your EDC then fine, not everyone has the luxury due to varying laws across the nation.

My everyday carry consists of a knife, micro light, keys, cell phone, wallet and hat. My truck is loaded down with a hell of a lot more than that but that is the subject of another post to come soon.

The knife is a Victorinox Swiss Army Rucksackand I swap that with a Benchmade Griptillianonce in awhile to change things up a bit. The Rucksack is great because of the various tools available in it including the bottle opener, saw and blade (among other things). I did reviews of the Rucksack and Griptillian that you can read if interested. Carrying a knife is just habit for me, I was a boy scout and have always had a pocket knife on me in one form or another since I was a youngster. The uses for the knife are obvious so I won't belabor the usefulness of carrying one with you at all times (where allowed by law).

The Micro-Lightis one of the small ones you squeeze that goes right on your key chain. It is ridiculously bright for it's size and is great anytime some light is needed such as in a parking lot at night or the movie theater. Having a light on you at all times can get unpractical unless you go with something small like a microlight.

The key chain carries all of my keys which I keep to an absolute minimum. I have my car key, my wife's car key and the house key...that is it. Nothing is more annoying or LOUD (sometimes you want stealth!!!) than carrying a HUGE key chain with keys on it that you cannot even remember what they are for. If for no other reason you should have your keys with you at all times as a weapon of last resort. Jamming a key in someone's eye will do in a pinch, especially for the ladies who may have an attacker who is physically stronger than they are.

The cell phone (fully charged - don't leave the house unless it is FULLY charged) is for communication purposes. Ladies, once again I am going to single you out, DO NOT LEAVE your house alone without a cell phone! If you breakdown somewhere you will thank me...

My wallet obviously holds my cash, ID and credit card (I have only 1 and you should too!!!). Men should only carry their wallet in the front pocket unless the back pocket buttons. You are less prone to a pick pocket if he can't see the ridiculous outline of a wallet on your ass (because he won't know where to go for) and secondly because you will most likely feel someone reaching into the front of your pants! Well, let's hope :)

I always bring a hat with me everywhere even if I don't always where it. It is great for helping with sweat, protecting your head from the elements, keeping the sun out of your eyes, etc. The old saying goes if your feet are cold put a hat on and it is 100% true, you lose a tremendous amount of body heat through your head.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Survival Links: Urbanspoon.com

By Flea - Be A Survivor

RangerSquirrel turned me onto this site in one of our many email exchanges. Urbanspoon.com is a great site where you can find the best places to eat in your area complete with user reviews from the average joe (all for free).

I found a place near us that makes the best burgers I have ever had. I am constantly finding new great little local places that have great food to support. I am a big believer in supporting mom and pop operations over the national type chain restaurants.

Check out Urbanspoon.com today!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Quote Of The Day

By Flea - Be A Survivor

"Good distraction frees us from emotional pain. Bad distraction gives you a mouth full of whizz."

- Tugginmypudha, teacher of his holiness the Guru Pitka

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