Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone!

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Some Tips On Decluttering

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I have been working to clear up my office and the garage. I have become fascinated with decluttering.

During this process I found some nice articles I thought I would share...

18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess

10 Ways to Remove Clutter from Your Life

Declutter Your Life Blog


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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Get Out And VOTE!

By Flea - Be A Survivor

No I am not dead...just been busy. I figured I would give you folks a quick update on my life...First...

AMC has a new series premiering tonight called the "The Walking Dead", I have my DVR set so make sure you check it out. I watched the trailer and it seems like it will be decent.

Second...

Tomorrow is election day and you should get out there and do your civic duty...VOTE!. Whatever side you are on your opinion mean squat if you don't vote. Also if you don't vote I don't want to hear you belly aching how everything is messed up.

OK, so I have been working a lot and I am almost done with my Bachelors degree, for those of you keeping scoring a few years back I had nothing. I now have a A.A. in Information Technology and I am damn near getting my B.S. in Information Technology.

I already have a school picked out for my Masters program...looks like it will be UMBC, they have an online MIS degree that should take me going part time around 3 years to complete.

I have been traveling a lot been all over the Carolinas for work and have headed out to Ohio a few time as well. All the traveling gave me an idea for an upcoming post so hopefully I get a chance to get that put together soon.

On the prepping front I picked up a few more flashlights, you can never have enough of those, and a few cases of water to replace my aging hurricane stock which I am now drinking.

About to start Judge Andrew Napolitanos book Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History,I'll let you know how it is once I get through it.

I did pick up the Amazon Kindle 3Gand I will do a review of it soon. I like it so far, with all the traveling I do it has been a Godsend! The books are cheap and the device is impressive, the screen actually looks like paper, it is kinda freaky.

Anyhow that is my story and I am sticking to it, hopefully I will get some more posts up soon for you guys. Thanks!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ready.gov

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Received the following email and decided to share:

Greetings:

I am writing to see if I can interest your blog in a topic for September – emergency preparedness.

National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, is a national campaign during the month of September to increase emergency preparedness across the U.S. I am currently reaching out to emergency and disaster-related blogs to ask for help in encouraging Americans to take steps toward preparedness. Slightly more than half of Americans say they have taken steps toward preparedness, and your blog would be a great place to encourage the rest to get prepared.

You can find information about the Ready Campaign and National Preparedness Month at Ready.gov, and I can provide you with additional information or answer any of your questions. This is such an important, yet often forgotten task, not just during National Preparedness Month, but year-round. We would be delighted if your blog would consider supporting preparedness.

Thank you in advance for your support,

The Ready Campaign
Office of External Affairs
Federal Emergency Management Agency
npm@dhs.gov

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Blogroll Exchanges

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I get a lot of emails for this so I figured I would do something about it.

If you want to exchange links with me go ahead and add a link to my site on your blog or website. It must be on your main page don't bury it somewhere.

Send me an email and reference this post and let me know my link is up. After I check it I will happily put one up for you.

If your blog is new please actually have some material up on it before asking me...if I don't think it will be valuable to my readers, I reserve the right to refuse it (I will let you know if I do and why).

***NOTE: If you sell stuff...don't ask me about link exchanges. I will happily send you advertising rates if I think your products are worthwhile.

Thanks,
Flea

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Brewing Your Own Beer

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I recently made my first foray into the world of home brewing and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying the experience.

I decided to go with a starter kit I picked up from homebrewers.com. It came with a fermenting bucket, bottling bucket, hydrometer, siphon, racking cane, bottle brush, sanitizer and several other odds and ends.

The process was fairly simple. I used steeping grains in a big pot of water, right before the boil, I removed those and added the malt extract, dextrose and hops. Boiled the mixture for an hour.

One that was done I sanitized the fermenting bucket added the mixture I boiled (called wort) added enough cold water to bring to 5 gallons and added the yeast. I aerated the bucket, sealed the lid and added the airlock on top.

The airlock started to show visible signs of activity (C02 being released) after about 48 hours.

Once fermentation completes all I need to do is transfer the brew to the bottling bucket, add priming sugar, bottle, cap, and in two weeks I should have nicely carbonated beer. I will take some pictures when I am bottling and of the final product when carbonated and ready for consumption.

Brewing is pretty fun, pretty easy, and definitely something that will be useful after the SHTF and Budweiser doesn't exist anymore.

The homebrewers.com website has some nice videos that should peek your interest and they have pretty much all the equipment you would need, including ingredients.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Political Correctness

By Flea - Be A Survivor

This will be short and to the point.

Political correctness, I don’t even like the way the words sound as they roll off the tongue.

The country is going to hell in a hand basket and the primary reason is because of political correctness. I usually stay away from the politics stuff but if you’re conservative, trying to have a conversation these days is tough because things are “off-limits”. PC doesn’t affect the liberal community as much because that’s just the way it is…you are all adults I’ll let you stew on it.

We need to call them like we see them. Trying to pussyfoot around stuff only exacerbates a situation.

If I disagree with someone who happens to be a different color than me, that does not make me racist, no more than visiting Hawaii makes me Hawaiian. The issue today is we are so afraid to say what we are thinking because we may be branded something that we aren’t. We all know that once that genie is out of the bottle; there isn’t a way to stuff his ass back in there.

This being America we always think we can make things better by throwing money at it, the best example of that is our educational system. We throw billions at it and our kids still can’t pass basic proficiency tests. The schools in my area just reported results on performance and they missed the goals. You will be shocked to learn the goal ONLY required 58% of students to perform at a satisfactory level, and WE MISSED THAT!! I mean are you fucking kidding me? Stuff like this makes me think about home schooling if we ever have a kid.

No amount of money is going to fix this political correctness issue, people will just have to scream they are tired of the BS and say what they want. The only way to change the brainwashing we have all gone through since this crap started is to say enough is enough.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Survive Yardwork

By Flea - Be A Survivor

When doing yard work, safety should be the first thing that your routine starts with. I recently had a close call while doing the weed whacking and it just reinforced my commitment to safety going forward. I was doing some edging with the weed whacker and something shot up and hit me in the face right below the eye and actually drew blood. If this piece of debris was about an inch higher I cringe to think what could have been.

The most important safety item when doing almost any kind of work is safety glasses. Mine were sitting on my workbench when the incident happened, great place for them eh? Needless to say that was a wake-up call and they are on my face anytime I am using tools or doing work from here on, I promise you that.

Next item on our safety list are a pair of work gloves. These very inexpensive items will protect your hands and knuckles from getting busted (I stuck that in for Ornery Bastard). Gloves will keep your hands from getting cut, your fingernails from getting filthy and will keep items from slipping out of your hands should you be sweating (which we do a lot of in South Carolina).

Hats are important especially if you have short hair and the sun is blazing. The hat will serve multiple purposes by protecting you from the sun and sucking up sweat and keeping it from dripping into your eyes. I usually wear a military style boonie hat when I am doing yard work because it also protects my neck from the sun.

Work shoes! I caught my wife mowing the lawn in flip flops one day and I wanted to scream at her. You need to wear work shoes of some type to protect your feet and toes from flying debris. While boots may not completely protect you from the lawnmower blade while it is running unless they are steel toe, flip flops won’t do a damn thing to protect you. Proper foot wear will also keep you from twisting an ankle while you are concentrating on your work.

Lastly you really should wear jeans when doing yard work to protect your legs from the sun and all the flying debris. I am guilty of not doing this and I have the scars on my shins to prove it. The debris coming off the weed whacker is so fast that if it hits your bare legs you will bleed.

Well that is it folks these are some simple tips you should follow when you are doing yard work at your house. Your skin, feet, and eyes will thank you if you follow it. Be safe!

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Wasting Time And Procrastination

By Flea - Be A Survivor
People just love to waste time and procrastinate. Why do something now that you can pretend doesn’t exist till tomorrow? Why not spend countless hours in front of the boob tube or playing video games? The answer is simple organization and preparation. The more shit that piles up, ultimately you are that less productive as a person.

I see this at work all the time people wait until the very last minutes to get tasks accomplished and their day quickly becomes a clusterfuck of horrors. The boss gave them something a month ago that is due tomorrow and bammo…emergency happens and the time you thought you were going to use to finish the task is now gone. Guess you better go drop another 7 bucks on a latte as you are going to be working late Daniel-son.

The best thing to do at work and in life is to tackle things as you get them. You get a bill? Take 5 minutes and pay that sucker now and mail it out…don’t wait until there is a stack…mentally is less traumatic on your brain because you won’t see you bank account drop like the bomb on Nagasaki once every month. Those dribs and drabs are easier to live with (even though it is all mental). You get an email, answer it now; you get handed a task, start work on it immediately; you have a chore, do it now. You will quickly see that all of this organization and lack of procrastination will result in two magical things happening, the first being your stress level will drop tremendously, the second is you will have more free time…I guarantee it!

Beware of time wasters, the biggest being the boob tube. Now don’t get me wrong I do watch some TV but I keep to the stimulating stuff like History Channel, Discovery Science, Travel Channel, DIY, etc. Keep away from stuff that is just brain numbing, like Snoki and those asshats from Jersey Shore (makes me embarrassed to admit I grew up there). All those stupid shows should be banned as far as I am concerned. Nothing good can come of your kids seeing some illiterate, promiscuous, fucktard being handed her own clothes line and writing a book about her nonsensical life…they’ll think that is the right way to go in life. Get your kids reading as early as possible and keep them away from all the garbage on TV. Kick there asses outside once in awhile too, our kids are fat but have the strongest thumbs of any nation on the plant from playing non stop video games. Unless thumb wresting becomes and Olympic sport we are screwed.

I know you think I am full of crap but it really does work. I use this stuff at work all the time and in my personal life. Not wasting time or waiting around for a sign from God to finally start working on something will help you live a happier stress free life.

My wife and I have a lot of this stuff down to a science, I made and initial investment of time into managing our finances and now because I have everything documented and in Quicken…bills take a matter of minutes. We plan our grocery shopping and we use list to make sure we stay on target; this has helped us save money. Our preps are in order and all of my equipment is clean and ready to rock should I need it. How did I do all these? Staying organized, avoiding time wasters, and not procrastinating.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Point Shoot

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Received another interesting email and thought I would share with my readers.

"WILL YOUR 1911 END UP KILLING YOU???

Here's an new article of mine that you are welcome to use as you wish. My site is a web-a-blog collection of text, pics, papers, and etc. on Point Shooting and self defense.

Feel free to edit it.

If you use some or all of it, be shure you have a fire extinguisher close by.

My web site is www.pointshooting.com - You are welcome to copy and use most all of the info there.

Best regards,

John Veit"

Flea - So check it out and let me know what you think...

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Entitlement and Discipline

By Flea - Be A Survivor

The problem with many people today is they want things handed to them on a silver platter. Work ethic, hard work, desire, drive; whatever the heck you want to call it is seemingly gone the way of the dodo bird. People aren’t bashful about holding their hand out for a free ride even if there is a guy next to them who really needs it.

Part of the issue is parents - timeouts, therapy, “we are all winners”, no spankings, and creating new disorders to classify your little monster (and your lack of discipline and parenting skills) have gained us a generation of wussies, for lack of a better term.

We can’t all be winners…no matter hard we try. Second place is the first loser and the sooner your kid realizes that the better off they’ll be. That builds character people, drive, and ambition to win (the right way). If your kid sucks at baseball I am sure they’re good at something else. Berating your kid because he dropped a pass and is only playing football because YOU MADE him makes you look like an asshat and nothing more. Maybe your kid wants to be a boy scout or play the violin, regardless trying to live vicariously through your kid is a recipe for disaster so give it up.

Next, your kid is medically fine…he is just obnoxious because the Dr. Spock bullshit you raised him on doesn’t work. When I was young, if I back talked I got my ass whooped…something magical occurred after I got my ass whooped several times…I stopped back talking. I see kids throwing full on temper tantrums in the store that look like a rabid dog having a seizure…the mom stands there staring at the ceiling. Well guess what, you suck as a parent lady and your kid needs a beating.

The government is just like a new age parent who thinks they know best, well guess what they don’t. I personally believe that other than protecting me from the invading militaries of Mexico and Canada the government should stay the hell out of my life. I don’t think there should be unemployment benefits (look around the world there are plenty of countries that don’t have them) or social security for that matter. Live your life within your means and save money for when a bad spell hits. I guess I am just a heartless bastard.

All these handouts reduce the will of people to work hard. Back in the day…yeah they worked hard before all this new deal BS. Your ancestors all worked their asses off to make ends meet. Now we sit around and call sending a few resumes on Monster.com a job search (oh I worked hard honey I sent out three resumes today). Listen you take what you can get, if I lost my job as a IT person and couldn’t get another one…I would work first shift at McDonalds and second shift at Burger King if I had to, in order to support my family. It isn’t my fault you are paying $500 a month for a car and $2500 a month for a house you can’t afford.

The point is people; time and time again it has been proven that hard work WILL get you somewhere, it may take a while but if you are persistent you will be successful. Failing is part of living, if we take that away from our kids we take away a fundamental building block of character and this country is doomed. I want to see every one of you make it, be all you can be, and have the life you want but I expect all of you to work for it. I am sure my readers all have earned everything they have as you guys know this stuff, but we do the get occasional new person here, so I got to say it. :)

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Friday, July 30, 2010

OPSEC Refresher

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I have written about OPSEC in the past but some people are truly dim when it comes to protecting their shit. What I am talking about isn’t necessarily goods like food, guns, and gear. I am talking about your identity.

People will sign up for the stupidest stuff to get a free tee shirt, coupon, or some other worthless piece of hermit crab crap. If someone wants information from you in return for some trinket, tell them to hit the highway. Nothing is worth giving up information about yourself that could possibly be used for nefarious purposes. Keep your information close to the cuff and only use it when absolutely necessary.

The less information out there in out there in the wild about you, the better it is for you. A fun exercise is to go to Umbrella Corp…err uh I mean Google and type in your full name and see what interesting tidbits pop up. Hopefully not a whole hell of a lot because once the genie is out of the bottle there ain’t much you can do about it.

One of the first things you need to do is if you have a Facebook page keep that set to private and “Friends Only” don’t allow those bastards to publicly index your page. God I hate Facebook but how the else I am supposed to see pictures of the people I love doing stupid stuff. Not to mention the family arguments and knock down drag out fights I get to witness played out for all your friends to see…those are priceless. Better yet don’t have a Facebook page under your real name…or at all for that matter.

Eliminate as much physical mail as possible from being delivered to your address. There are even organizations out there that can help get you off marketer’s lists, just make sure you use the reputable ones (it should be FREE). Those pesky meth heads love driving around and stealing mail from mailboxes, especially outgoing mail so they can wash your checks (look it up) and fund their Dexter’s Laboratory of horrors. They are like roaches, in fact there will probably only be roaches and meth heads left after the big one hits.

Speaking of paying your bills online (well how the hell else you gonna protect yourself from the aforementioned meth heads?) Get yourself 3 programs for your computer: antivirus software, a firewall, and a good spyware program, all can be had for free “just Google it” (GOD I hate the F’in phrase). The main thing is to stay away from the porn sites….yeah I know none of you do that but in case we get a new person here I have to say it. They are a cesspool of malware, viruses, and other stuff that even a shot of penicillin won’t cure.

Don’t pay for shit online with your debit card. The big difference between a credit card and a debit card is the money comes right out of the bank with a debit card. If there is an issue and you get charged $2,000 instead of $20.00 because some dipshit missed a decimal then guess what?...your screwed. SURE you’ll eventually get your money back but do you really have an extra $1820 lying around??? So between the meth heads cashing your checks and the porn site charging you $2000 instead of $20.00 you can see how this can quickly spiral out of control.

And for crying out loud do not sign up for those bullshit services like LifeLock. Todd Davis, yeah the dumbass with his SSN# on the side of the truck…well what they don’t tell you is his identity has been stolen at least 13 times already (Google it). All the stuff “they do” for you, you can do yourself (namely place a freeze on your credit by calling the credit reporting agencies).

The main thing people is to just be careful, don’t do anything stupid and if something seems too good to be true than it most likely is, period.

This discussion is to be continued…I could tell you when but then I would have to kill you.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quote Of The Day

By Flea - Be A Survivor

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on."

- Robert Frost

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Positive Mental Outlook

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I laugh everytime I see the Geico commercial below. The reason being we have become a nation of fat and depressed losers. I laugh at the commercial because what R. Lee screams at the guy, that is what I want to scream at people sometimes.



Sure there are people out there with true medical issues and my heart goes out to all of you, but let's face it folks...there ain't THAT many people out there that need to be medicated. The pharma companies and doctors are doping us up faster than a crack head who just hit the lottery. They can't wait to give you a pill to help you handle all that stress that is going to make your brain explode.

Me? I call stress having to go out and find your next meal or figure out how not to get eaten by things higher on the food chain than you. Not getting into the school I want, being able to go on vacation, or having to actually work for a living...that is nothing (ask the people looking for jobs, they know...and I mean REALLY looking, not that half hearted bullshit to keep the wife off your back and the unemployment office happy).

I think it was Josey Wales (great movie BTW) who said "Dying's easy for men like you and me; it's living that's hard..." Living is tough, suck it up and get on with it and don't make excuses for your inadequacies and you'll do fine. Work hard and most of all always keep a positive mental outlook. It could always be worse trust me; just when you think you are down, the old man upstairs plants one square in the wedding tackle to show you who is in charge. The only thing you can do is roll with it and say it will get better to yourself.

I know, you think I am full of crap, it is a proven fact that people fighting things like cancer can increase their odds by maintaining a positive outlook and a fighting attitude. I mean if you call it quits you might as well jump in the hole and throw the first shovel full of dirt on yourself to save everyone the trouble.

Letting crap roll off your back is a skill I have mastered, ask my wife. I don't let shit bother me, I keep it real and tell people to go scratch when it is called for, otherwise I mind my own damn business and get on with my life.

That is part of the problem, we get way too involved in everyone else's business. Worry about yourself and when you are in a ZEN like state (never gonna happen), then you can stick that thing between your eyes and mouth in other folks affairs. And for cryin out loud stop giving advice to people who never listen to it anyway...another pet peeve. If they don't do what you suggest and they screw themselves so be it (you would think they would listen to after that but they never do).

Maintain a positive outlook and you will be rewarded. You will find you are happier, healthier, and ready to face new challenges with renewed vigor.

You don't have to listen to me though, I am sure your doctor can prescribe something to you to take that edge off...ya jackwagon ;)

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Money, Money, Money....MONEY.

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Hell, I wish we had more, we all do. The sad fact is that people, even in these uncertain economic times, haven't fully learned the lesson they need to just yet. Sure personal savings has gone up but people just don't get it...I see stores packed with people buying all kinds of useless shit to fill up their McMansions with (those that haven't been kicked out on their rears that is).

My wife are I financially in a good place, thank the Lord, but we are because we save money religiously (wow two references to religion in one sentence, not bad).

Sure we have a boat and some luxuries but we saved money and paid CASH for them. If you took the two incomes my wife and I make and called them 100%, we put 30% of that right into retirement savings (doesn't have to be the stock market). So say for arguments sake (and easy math) we made $100,000 total as a couple per year, we are putting $30,000 away right off the top every year.

That doesn't include the emergency fund or the normal savings account into which we probably put another 30% of our income. This is the money we use to pay for new brakes on the car, buy our little boat, etc.

We put even more away after we pay the bills (of which there are few). We have the utilities which come in every month and the mortgage...that is it. How do we do this? We don't buy shit unless we can pay for it!

My wife decided to go back to school and get her MBA (Master's of Business Administration), no sweat we have the money to pay the tuition in savings. You can make decisions like that much easier when you take the financial uncertainty out of them.

The problem lies with people who maintain a lifestyle that keeps them on the brink. Sure your friend makes $120,000 a year but those two Mercedes, a huge house, designer clothes, eating out every night, 120" Plasma TV that massages you while whispering how good looking you are in your ear cost MONEY. So your friend who could be living a VERY NICE debt free life...chooses (YES CHOOSES) to live paycheck to paycheck. Then cries when Umbrella Corp lays him off and he has to figure out how to pay for all this shit on the 99 weeks of unemployment our dear leader has made sure we all get. In case you don't know max unemployment in SC is around $380 bucks a week.

People need to stop with the bullshit excuses and take responsibility for the fact that they can't balance a checkbook, make prudent financial decisions, or manage money to save their lives.

There is hope, there are several good books out there. Read them and learn how to get your life back under control. You'll be much happier and probably live longer as well.

Some books I recommend:
Debt-Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free (Debt-Proof Living (Paperback))

Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SHTF Fiction

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Received an interesting email and thought I would share...

Hi there dear webmaster!

I wrote a story on my blog and I thought it might be something you or your readers would be interested in taking a look at. It's my first ever SHTF story, so I'm kind of excited and trying to get the word out. I have dropped by your site for survival info, so I thought I'd drop you a link so you could see what you think!

http://www.shteconomy.com/2010/05/14/work-of-fiction-eu-trip-part-1/

Thanks,
CSM

Flea - Check it out and let me know if it's any good!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

How To Repair Gelcoat On A Boat

By Flea - Be A Survivor

OK, so being a new boat owner and also being a newbie Captain, this is something I had to learn to do already...

I had my trailer too deep in water and came in a bit too fast, the result, chipped gelcoat (don't ask). Fortunately, it is pretty easy to repair yourself, especially if your boat is white and no color matching is involved.





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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guest Post: Jesse - Repair, Reuse, Recycle

By Jesse – Repair Launch

The big R’s (repair, reuse, recycle, repurpose) have been tossed around for reasons of necessity, money, guilt and that ‘feel good’ vibe people get when they feel trendy yet responsible. Much if it is just talk, as few people come close to practicing what they preach.

Why does this happen? It is mostly laziness. Not just physically but mentally. We have been trained to want what is new and flashy. Throwing something away and buying something new may be viewed as easier, or at least a process we are all familiar with. Converging forces are beginning to change our common reality.

There is a growing awareness that reusing your old stuff is not just environmentally friendly but it also saves money. Or even better, trading in your old junk can get you some money. In particular popular items like iPhone repair have proven that broken pieces and parts don’t need to result in a permanent loss of functionality and value. The less popular the device, the less amount of information you can find online regarding DIY solutions.

Let’s backtrack a little though, back to an article by the editor around these parts, who poured his thoughts here. The point that really drove home was that you can make your waste work for you.

From pop cans to shower curtains, there are ways to get cash or more productivity out of your stuff.

The other big thing is buying quality rather than a name, buy something you have done research on and have found viable repair options for, should you have bought it. There are a variety repair services on street corners, just waiting to be found. There are many recycling centers ignored. If you start looking around, savings will follow.

Roll Back Them Prices

Saving money and getting money back does not always mean you are saving in the long run. Buying crap for $300 and then getting $50 for it 2 years later is not saving anything. Instead, it’s a really bad investment. Truly saving money is buying a quality item, getting a ton of use that leads to productivity and/or entertainment, then when something breaks, paying a little money to have it fixed and life goes as normal. Computers, phones, and video game systems should last over 5 years. Even if you feel it is outdated, someone else will find great use for it. And somebody else will make money off of it.

Follow the Money trail

An iPhone screen repair can cost under $30. A screen repair for blackberry’s and other models can cost even less. A dirty trackball, the cause a new phone buy for most, can cost even less than the screen repairs. My friend repaired an iPhone for another friend and that’s when my awareness began. It really made me consider what the heck has been happening to all of the old games, TVs and other ‘necessities’ bought for no real good reason other than instant gratification.

The upside of a planet dwindling in resources and a country spiraling in debt is that it is forcing people to remember a time when they valued their things. Because of this, along with necessity, people want to keep their broken items around longer and they want people to fix it cheap. Other self-sustainers decide they can do it themselves, which is the best way to insure something gets done if you are short on funds.

The fact is that there is a bunch of junk in this world and while there are some huge waste companies already profiting a grass roots level on many levels is forming. Electronic waste (ewaste) is the fasting growing sector for a reason: people have been buying a ton of electronics gimmicks with a 2 year life span. Those products have value to them, even when not functionable. With less than 5% of cell phones and computers disposed properly (make up over 70% of toxic waste) it is no wonder that with a little more public awareness growth potential is endless.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boat...It Begins

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Well I ended up biting the bullet and buying a new boat, the used boat deal fell through and I was worried about an engine with no warranty. I ended up getting a Palm Beach 161 center console fishing boat. I had it out the very first day I picked it up and of course DNR pulls us over to do a safety check.

Specifically they checked for:
- Wearable life vests (1 for each occupant)
- Horn (I had an air horn and a whistle attached to each life jacket so I was good)
- Fire extinguisher (1 type B1) (must be in the green)
- Checked my paperwork since I don't have the registration numbers yet

That was all they asked for, additionally I had:
- 1 throwable flotation device
- VHF hand-held radio
- Knife
- Leather gloves
- Mini tool kit (like the kind you would throw in the back of your car)
- Lots of extra rope
- They didn't check for but you should have an anchor (I did)
- Flares (for signaling)
- Flashlight (water-proof, floating)
- Did I mention lots of extra rope
- Map of the area

Make sure to keep the basics required by your state and the coast guard on board, they could save your life. Most boat dealers throw in a coast guard kit when you buy a new boat, ours also threw in a safety class. The wife and I are registered for the class and will be taking it in the next few weeks.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Contest At The Survivalist Blog

By Flea - Be A Survivor

M.D. Creekmore over at the The Survivalist Blog – a survival blog dedicated to helping others prepare for and survive disaster – with articles on bug out bag contents, survival knife choices and a wealth of other survival information is giving away a Go Berky Water Filler System (a $139.00 value)! To enter, you just have to post about it on your blog. This is my entry. Visit The Survivalist Blog for the details.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Aye Matey...(To Be Continued)

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Well I be joining those of you who be the seafarin' type matey.

Yes I bought a used boat. More info to come as well as pictures...hopefully I don't submerge my truck at the boat ramp ;)

Without giving away too much it is a 16.5 foot skiff.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Guest Post: Blindsquirl - Clean Water

By Blindsquirl

The McNett Aquamira Frontier Pro water filter is available for about $20. It’s rated by the manufacturer to filter greater than 99.9% of Cryptosporidium and Giardia from up to 50 gallons of water. It attaches directly to a variety of hydration systems and standard water containers with 28mm threads. It comes with a few accessories including a draw tube and 4 replacement prefilters. The draw tube allows you to use the filter with common water or soda bottles. Simply attach the tube to the intake side of the filter, insert it into the bottle, screw it on and suck on the bite valve end.


If you figure a gallon of water per person, per day (that’s a minimum); one of these filters should provide clean drinking water for a month and a half of constant use. That’s pretty good for $20. Plus, with the 28mm threads mentioned earlier, the Frontier Pro can easily be turned into a gravity filter to provide water without pumping (or sucking).

Here’s the cheapest way I’ve found to do it.

You’ll need the following:

Two empty 2 liter beverage bottles (I used sparkling water; I didn’t need to wash them after emptying them.)

Something to punch holes with (I used a 1/8” paper punch.)

Two pieces of Duct Tape, each approximately 2” long (Gorilla Tape is a brand I highly recommend).

Approximately 18” of paracord, fish line or whatever you have that can be used as a handle.

Some #4 cone-type coffee filters.

A piece of Latex tubing (a.k.a. surgical tubing) for connecting to a hydration bladder or beverage bottle. (You might be able to get by without this but latex tubing is pretty handy to have anyway.)

Remove the labels and caps and cut the bottoms off of the 2 liter bottles and put these in your “I’ll find a use for that someday” pile.

Fold a piece duct tape over the edge created by cutting the bottom off of one of the 2 liter bottles. Fold the other piece of duct tape over the edge directly across from the first piece. This reinforces the plastic so the handle doesn’t tear out when you fill it with water.

Now punch 2 holes, approximately ¼” down from the edge and as close to directly across from each other as you can. This is where you’ll attach the cord for hanging the filter. Using a hole punch makes a clean hole, sharp edges give a tear somewhere to propagate from. In a pinch, you can heat the end of a nail in a fire or with a lighter and push it through the plastic.

Tie one end of the cord through each hole, creating a loop/handle that the bottle can hang from with the cap end pointing down.

At this point, I also punched corresponding holes in one of the bottoms removed earlier. I threaded the handle/loop through the bottom so it could be used as a loose fitting cover for the reservoir, helping to keep debris from falling into it when filtering water.


Insert one paper coffee filter into the now handled bottle and push it down into the neck of the bottle. This will become your disposable/replaceable prefilter and should buy you some more use from your Frontier Pro.

Slide the second bottle (without the loop) into the bottle containing the coffee filter and push it down as far as you can, without poking a hole in or tearing the coffee filter.

Screw the Frontier Pro water filter onto the exposed threads of the lower bottle.

You can remove the bite valve from the end of the Frontier Pro by simply pulling it off. Once that’s out of the way, attach the hose from your hydration bladder to the fitting on the Frontier Pro that was exposed by removing the bite valve. The hose from my 10 year old Platypus bag didn’t fit snugly enough to stay in place on the bite valve end but the draw tube that came with the Frontier Pro did. I simply inserted that into the bite valve fitting and used a short piece of surgical tubing to jump between that and the hose from my Platy Bag (I had to pull the bite valve off of the Platy Bag too).

Platypus Bags are an inexpensive alternative to other name brand Hydration packs. But, in the spirit of doing things on a budget, you can also use empty plastic beverage bottles to filter water into. Simply attach one end of the Latex tubing to the Bite Valve end of the Frontier Pro water filter and let the other end hang down into the beverage bottle. If you’re careful, you can hang the filter with only the draw tube inserted into your filtered water container.


For filling the reservoir, I took another 2 liter bottle and cut the bottom off of it. I use that to scoop water from whatever source I want to filter and dump it into the hanging system. If you hang it about shoulder high and there isn’t a lot of crud in the water you’re filtering, it’ll filter 2 liters pretty quickly (with no pumping or sucking). The coffee filter prevents a lot of crap from getting to the Frontier Pro, theoretically increasing its service life. When it’s time to replace the coffee filter, simply pull the two 2 liter bottles apart and replace the dirty one with a new one. Coffee filters are inexpensive enough that you can replace them every time if you like.

This allows you to filter water while still being able to do something else. Just pour the water into the two liter bottle and let it filter into whatever container you want to use.

My “belt and suspenders” philosophy also has me treat the resulting filtered water with iodine, just in case.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-iodine.html) “Iodine can be used as an antimicrobial agent for the emergency purification of water. Tablets and solutions are commercially available. Effects generally occur within 15 minutes.”

One form of commercially available Iodine for water purification is Polar Pure (available from http://www.campingsurvival.com/ for about $10.00). “It will destroy water-borne pathogens including Giardia cysts and microorganisms that pass through filters when used as directed. One bottle will treat up to 2000 gallons.” The bottle has a dosage chart on it and the cap is used for measuring and decanting the solution. It is a self contained package that also has an indefinite shelf life.

While Iodine can leave an “objectionable” taste in the water, Vitamin C helps to neutralize the taste.

Electro Mix by Alacer is an electrolyte replacement powder that doesn’t contain the sugars that most sports drinks do. By combining one packet of Electro Mix with one packet of another Alacer product; Emergen-C, in 1 liter of water, you can replace important electrolytes and get 1000 mg of vitamin C all at once. Both products come in 36 packet boxes. I’ve found Electro Mix at health food stores and I’ve purchased Emergen-C at Walmart for as little as $9.00 a box.

I highly recommend using both of these mixes. They’re inexpensive and provide nutritional supplements that most people can probably benefit from anyway.

Check out my web site for more info on being self sufficient.

http://www.blindsquirl.com/

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Equipment Review: Thermos Travel Mug

By Flea - Be A Survivor

There have been many times that I was excited to read about or see a product and utterly disappointed when I pulled the trigger. This my friends was NOT one of those times.

I travel A LOT, to say that would be an understatement, and most of my travel is driving all over North and South Carolina. I was sick and tired of crappy travel mugs that do a shitty job of keeping coffee hot and an even shittier job of keeping coffee off my pants and shirt.


Enter the Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug,
so simple and elegant and so utterly NON-disappointing. The mug is built like a tank...I mean that literally, it weighs a decent amount empty but feels like pure quality. The top SCREWS on which is nice and there is a lever that activates the rubber membrane and allows liquid out through one of the slits in the top.

When you fill it with hot liquid you will hear an audible pop when you move the lever from closed to open the first time (by the way OPEN and CLOSED are clearly visible based on the position of the lever so there will be no mistakes or spills).

In the closed position you can turn the mug upside down and shake it and no liquid will spill out...NONE.

The mug is easy to disassemble and clean so no worries there. It is really a mini vacuum bottle I guess but it really is one of the coolest products I have bought in a long time. I have placed hot coffee in the mug and drank it 6 or 7 hours later and it was still hot.

Thermos did a REALLY nice job on this one and it will be the last travel mug I buy for a LONG TIME.

Thermos Stainless King 16-Ounce Leak-Proof Travel Mug, Midnight Blue

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Magellan 1470 , Magellan Stinks!

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I have pretty much come to the conclusion that most GPS's are garbage. I have owned three in my life and all three at one time or another had a major malfunction that could not be recovered from and required me calling the suits at the company to get a replacement.

Tale of two customer services: One of the first GPS systems I had for my car was a TOM TOM ONE. Almost immediately the system white screened meaning I would turn it one and be greeted with a white screen and nothing else. It could not be saved or was a brick as some would say.

I called TOM TOM and they were great. They over-nighted me a new GPS and included a return shipping label to send the old unit back in. I still have this unit in my wife's car and it has been solid since it was replaced a few years ago.

Admittedly the TOM TOM is nice but is a rather entry level GPS. I do a boatload of traveling and figured I would invest in a better one for myself. I selected a Magellan Roadmate 1470. I love the GPS. I have had it for about 45 days when surprise, surprise...white screen. I was in the middle of a trip (luckily I always print paper directions, just in case) and all of the sudden the lady stopped talking to me. The screen went white and stayed that way despite all my reset attempts.

I call Magellan today, they say no problem we will replace it for you, I say great! They say ship the defective one back (I have to pay for shipping and it needs to be UPS or FEDEX!!!) and when we get it we will ship a new one in 7-10 business days...SAY WHAT???? You lost me their my fine Canadian friend...I have to pay to ship this piece of shit back to you and THEN when you get around to it, you'll ship me a new one???? What kind of garbage is that!

Well needless to say I DO NOT RECOMMEND you buy a Magellan, even though I did like the product when it worked because they don't have a friggin clue what real customer service is...

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Guest Post: Ranger Squirrel - Two Often Overlooked Aspects of Prepping and Survival

By Ranger Squirrel - Ranger Squirrel's Ramblings

The prepper/survivalist community tends to repeat itself. We hear lots of talk about preps for food storage, fuel, water, knives, guns, wild edibles, hunting, fishing, trapping, shelter building, firemaking, water purification, bugging out, bugging in, and bugging sideways … okay I made that last one up. But there are two preps we hear mentioned only rarely.

#1 - Skills
The bottom line is that even the greatest piece of gear, the nicest rifle, coolest pack, niftiest widget or gadgetiest gadget is essentially useless without the skills to use it. Moreover, a lack of skill can destroy top-notch equipment faster than you can believe. A fine axe in the hands of an amateur for example, will quickly become a dull and chipped axe.

This concept first hit home for me several years ago when a friend and I struggled to get a fire lit for twenty minutes on our first backcountry outing. This despite having lighters, matches, and ferro rods and years of experience lighting fires in fireplaces. We lacked the skills to properly prepare tinder from wilderness materials, find dry wood, and build a fire lay. The skills you need depend on your environment, but there is a base set of skills that every prepper/survivalist should have. In the wilderness, these skills are known as Bushcraft and include things like firemaking, hunting, carving, shelter building and land navigation. In the preparedness world though, I haven’t come across a term, so I’ll just call it Prepcraft. Here are the skills that leap to mind in no particular order (feel free to add your own in the comments section) – and no, I don’t claim to have all of these.

Basic/common Plumbing Repairs
Basic Electrical Wiring
Basic Auto Repair
Basic Small Engine Repair
Basic Woodworking
Basic Welding
Cooking (over coals, fire, grill, and stove)
Sewing
Hunting/Fishing
Dehydrating
Canning (water bath and pressure)
Gardening
Food Storage Principles
Water Purification
Foraging
Marksmanship
Self-Defense
First Aid (conventional and herbal)

In addition, you should acquire and maintain a library of books filled with skills. Fiction is fun to read, but it will only rarely save your life.

#2 – Physical Fitness

When I had the opportunity to pal around with Green Deane one day last year, he was joking with me about a trip he made to a local outdoor sports store – something like Bass Pro Shop or Gander Mountain – it was the start of a big sale and he arrived before it opened. He commented about the other customers who were waiting, mostly hunters and fishermen who looked as if they hadn’t gotten up off of a couch in years. Meanwhile, Deane is a skinny, bookish looking sort of guy. The “couchdoorsmen” stood around smoking while he walked around the store and found several dozen wild edibles. They probably thought he was weird, but really, who is the true outdoorsman in this scenario?

It’s true that body fat has been referred to, correctly, as survival muscle. It’s easy for our body to burn and it gives us necessary calories in a low-food situation. It can and will keep us alive temporarily in dire circumstances. It’s also true that an excess of fat can keep you from catching food and is usually an indicator of poor health overall. Survival situations are hard on the whole body. Having all the best gear, preps, and all the skills in the world won’t help you live through a heart attack.

Being physically fit helps the body to use calories more efficiently, regulate body temperature, and stave off infection and illness. It also means you are physically able to do more.

The good news is that these two preps complement each other. If you have good skills and good physical fitness, you need less gear and can move further and faster (or get more done while staying put as the case may be). The other good news is that both of these things can be developed or acquired for free or at very low cost.

Public libraries, YouTube, and the internet can help you learn just about any skill you could ever need.

For physical fitness – forget the stupid gym. Pushups, crunches, squats, and jogging are free and good enough for this country’s soldiers, why not you?.

Ranger Squirrel

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Book Review: The New Frugality

By Flea - Be A Survivor


Today I am reviewing The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live BetterI recently finished reading this book while on the ridiculous world tour of business trips I have been forced to take part in for the last month. The book peaked my interest in the typical fashion, even though I consider myself very good with money and quite the cheapo, I am still always looking for someone who does it better, even if I just pick up the odd idea or two.

I am already a person who saves, thinks, and plans when it comes to my money. I have always been frugal and I reuse what I can in most cases. This book is quite different, it provides a more historical perspective of how we got where we are and where the key tenets of the "The New Frugality" come from.

The key philosophy of the book is the "margin of safety", everything should be done with respect to that safety net. You should not take a loan, buy a house, pay for college, or invest for that matter unless there is some margin of safety in case things go horribly wrong. Most people fail miserably in this regard. They do things like take out loans when they need them to pay for groceries rather than to do something like fund an idea or a new business. Take no money you aren't prepared to lose is the mantra (or pay back). This is of course sometimes easier said than done.

The author does manage to mention global warming/climate change, or what ever they are calling it these days a few times in the book and it is quite clear he has drunk the kool-aid in that respect, but it does not detract from the solid financial message presented in the book.

The book drives home key points such as making frugality a habit, getting so used to looking for the cheaper way to do things that it is programmed into the very fabric of your being. This is not a book about collecting aluminum cans or reusing Zip-lock bags so if you are looking for that type of information look at some of the other books I have reviewed as there are several that present it quite nicely.

This book is about how to make yourself financially successful based on some simple rules that we as human beings seem to fail at whenever we are given a choice. Think before acting, provide for a margin of safety, and analyze before spending. The perfect example is: paying to go to the expensive four year university - attending it all four (or five years) to earn the elusive sheepskin. Many community colleges have matriculation agreements with these universities. You can attend the community college for two years at a tenth of the cost and transfer to the four year university for your last two years and get THE SAME DIPLOMA as you would have attending it for all four years.

Yes a margin a safety...think about that. Learn to recognize and plan for it, it can be your financial salvation.

The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Betteris a good book you should all read (especially if you like some history thrown in).

...that is all.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

The Squirrel Has Been Busy...

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Hey - I just wanted to let you know that Ranger Squirrel's Ramblings has been moved to rangersquirrel.com/blog. Would you mind updating the link from your page if you have one?

If you don't see your own site on my blogroll, trust me, it's there...I just have it set to only show 10 links at a time and it randomizes which ones display everytime the page refreshes.

It's also been given a complete remodel, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks!

Ranger Squirrel

Friday, February 19, 2010

Quote Of The Day

By Flea - Be A Survivor

"It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future."

-Yogi Berra (God, what a national treasure)

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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Survivalist Blog

By Flea - Be A Survivor

MD was kind enough to throw up a link to me so I wanted to return the favor. Plus he is a prolific writer and gets tons of information out there for readers.

The Survivalist Blog

I on the other hand have been a lazy, lazy boy. I will get back into the groove I promise.

Also check out one of the more talented "writers" I have the pleasure of knowing and that is Ranger Squirrel.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Book Bonanza

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I am a big proponent of reading, almost everything I know I have picked up from reading books. I never really had anyone that could show me anything. My dad was a great father but wasn't really particularly great at anything. He gave me attention, love and advice when needed which is more than some folks get. My grandfather was hard man who showed little emotion and even less interest in me. I never met my fathers dad as he split when my dad was 17. So I never had anyone take me out back and show me how to fix the car, build anything or any of that kind of stuff.

Don't cry for me Argentina because things have worked out just fine. I am what Mayberry would call a "resourceful feller". I got that way by reading a shit load of stuff about a shit load of things. The one thing reading did for me was get me a good career. I only just graduated from college but have made quite a nice 14 year (and counting) career in IT by reading, studying, and getting vendor certifications in a crap load of stuff.

I have always been good with money but people laugh when they talk to me because I am so cheap when it come to certain stuff. I learned many techniques on being said tightwad by, you guessed it, reading. There are a ton of book on that subject in particular and I have a few more on the way that I just ordered. I will try and review them for you guys when I finally get to read them. One book I can recommend if you are in debt is Debt-Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free (Debt-Proof Living (Paperback)),it is a great book and changed my life when I read it about 5 years ago. I was hardly in substantial debt but I did have some, it provided some basic guidance on how to move forward and get out of a hole.

I will give a whirl at fixing most things before I break down and call a professional but I also know when I am out of my league. Reading opens a lot of doors, even if it just peaks your interest, it may direct you towards a path where more substantial learning can occur. It all starts though when doing that initial research in the form of reading.

There is nothing better than cracking open a book on a subject you are interested in learning about and digesting the first few chapters. It is almost like a flood of information has been released and to use a common analogy you almost feel like you are drinking from a fire hose. The key is to slow down and approach everything with the expectation you are not and may never be an expert in that given subject BUT knowledge is indeed power.

I feel a bit guilty because I have a bunch of books calling me to read them but I have been so busy. No excuse I need to get back to basics and dedicate some time each day to reading. IT IS that important. You do the same.

BTW I picked up a CASE (12) of Rayovac Industrial Flashlights (the kind that use 2 D batteries) for about 30 bucks on eBay, about $2.50 a piece...not too bad. The deals are there, but as they used to in Hill Street Blues, "Be careful out there."

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Some Random Thoughts And Updates...

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Sorry I have been quiet, we had to make an unexpected trip to NJ because of a death in the family on my wife's side. I have also been extremely busy with work, I recently joined the ranks of middle management and I now have about 20 people I have to babysit on a daily basis. Truth be told I have a pretty good crew of IT folks but it is amazing how many fires you need to fight on a daily basis as a manager. That is no excuse of course for not communicating with the loyal folks who follow this blog!

I have been prepping a bit, I recently put up some shelves in our pantry so we could utilize the area better for storage. I now have all my cases of MRE's in an area where I can actually get to them. All in all I can't believe I waited as long as I did to finally put shelves in that closet.

I went on eBay and went on a bit of a buying spree I purchased a Cold Steel Machete, some jumper cables, and a boatload of flashlights. I really learned my lesson when the house was hit by lightning, having a nice LARGE torch is a great thing when the power is out. I did have one plus several smaller flashlights but I quickly realized that three large torches would have been great to have.

We have a few new advertisers here on the blog and I wanted to point them out if you haven't already noticed their banners on the side bar. The first is SunFlowerAmmo.com and the second is ReadyMadeResources.com. These are regular Joe's running these businesses, not huge corporations, so if you want to keep the money in prepper hands show them some love and use them to buy the stuff you are going to buy anyway.

The wife and I have been really been getting into couponing. She is amazing and recently bought $180 of groceries and only paid $90 bucks! Not bad for a beginner. Our best score has been spending $27 and saving $48 at Publix which astounded me to cut the bill by almost 2/3's just blew my mind. I am thinking of having Mrs. Flea do a post on couponing and some of the resources she has identified on the web to help save money when shopping for groceries.

...that is all.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Equipment Review: Stanley 1.1 QT Vacuum Bottle (Thermos)

By Flea - Be A Survivor



Few things have been around as long as the Stanley Classic Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle,in fact a variation of this bottle has been around for over 90 years. That right there should tell you something about this product, it is extremely popular and it works. Several companies have had the right to manufacture this particular design of vacuum bottle, the latest being PMI.

The design is strange as it is an inner and outter bottle separated by a vacuum and the bottle is insulated with ground charcoal dust. It is basically the same design from 90 years ago because it works.

Anyone who has any issues with this not keeping beverages hot or cold is either not following the instructions or has a defective bottle (which could happen if the vacuum were somehow compromised). The directions are simple: before filling the bottle with a HOT beverage fill it with boiling water and let it sit for 30 minutes or so, this will prevent the bottle from becoming a heat sink when you pour in your HOT beverage (which would make it get cold very quickly). If you want to place a cold beverage in it I would stick in in the freezer till it is completely cold before filling.

When the directions are followed I have easily had this keep a beverage HOT for 8-12 hours and still be WARM as long as 16 hours later. Follow the directions and you will be able to duplicate my experience with the product.

I have 2 of these and have had my oldest one for about 5 years or so, I just recently picked up the second one because the wife and I do long cars trips and coffee is not an option for us to go without.

I can recommend anyone who needs a beverage container to pick up one of these timeless classics, you can even get some vintage ones on eBay for a reasonable price if you spend some time doing some research. Go out an get your Stanley Classic Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottletoday!

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Well I figured it was time for one of those fun type, learn about me posts that I toss out there every once in blue moon. I figured I will share some more of my favorite stuff with you guys so you get of flavor of the craziness that makes up the very fiber of my being.

You may think I am insane but I really do enjoy cleaning stuff. My wife things I am mentally defective in this regard.

I am a Sherlock Holmes fanatic. I have pipes from the UK, books out the wahzoo, Holmes and Watson bookends, every Basil Rathebone movie & Jeremy Brett episode on VHS (working on DVD), had a Sherlock related website for years and recently saw the Robert Downey movie and loved it (Jude Law was a great Watson).

I have a touch of OCD. I frequently check and recheck things like locking door and shutting off appliances to the utter amazement and amusement of my wife.

I have tickets to see "The Bold & Fresh" tour (Beck & O'reilley).

I read Consumer Reports and Make magazine whenever I am at Barnes and Noble sipping coffee.

Speaking of coffee I drink a lot of it.

My garage is so organized even the power companies meter reading guy shook his head to indicate I am a mental patient.

A few of my favorite actors are: Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Edward Norton.

My favorite actress is Helen Bonham Carter.

My favorite flavor of ice cream is vanilla.

Fold or crinkle? - I am a crinkler.

My favorite animal is the pig because it is utterly DELICIOUS.

I have not yet begun to procrastinate!

My favorite teams: NY Giants (and they do suck), Carolina Hurricanes, NY Yankees.

My childhood hero was Danny Dunn (fictional character).

The country I would most like to visit is the UK, specifically the city of London.

I am back going to gym and it feels good, get off your ass and exercise a bit.

I try to go to church every Sunday but sometimes I don't quite make it.

Favorite childhood game was "Manhunt".

I have no idea how to play Texas Hold'em correctly, I also have no idea how to play craps even though it is the best odds in the casino.

I know how to swim.

I cannot solve the Rubik's cube (although I have wasted countless hours trying).

I still have my TRS-80 Color Computer 2 and my Commodore 64 packed away in boxes in my attic.

I was a complete nerd growing up.

The sport I excel at is roller hockey. I was very good although I don't play as much as I used to.

I can play the bass guitar.

For the most part I really do believe many people in this country aren't very bright or they just don't give a shit (probably the latter)...it is certainly one or the other. The readers of this blog are of course an exception to that observation, you are all very intelligent and good looking as well.

...that is all.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Quote Of The Day

By Flea - Be A Survivor

"Hillary Clinton has been cheated on more than a blind woman playing Scrabble with a bunch of Gypsies."

- Dennis Miller

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Free Survival eBook!

By Flea - Be A Survivor

M.D. Creekmore wanted me to let you know about his new (and free) ebook “It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” - download it, read it, share it – did I mention that it's FREE? And don't forget to visit his survival blog to say thank you...

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