Monthly Archives: April 2012
I MUSTN’T BE MYOPIC
ABOUT MY PURPOSE. I can’t just focus on cash flow and freedom from the corporate structure, because what good is that when some kind of event could very likely occur that would disrupt the other systems I am so dependent upon? http://www.timesofisrael.com/iaf-plans-for-iran-attack/ It’s stuff like this that makes me realize I need to be working on prepping for self sufficiency and independence from ALL the systems as much as I need to be working toward Liberty for the purpose of making my own decisions and living life the way I see fit. It’s not just threats from abroad either. Take a look at what those who decide what is best for us are up to:
I really don’t intend to make this blog overtly political, since I am keenly aware that it is pointless in a single party system, even If we can’t tell whether that party is the Demopublicans or the Republicrats. I want to spend my time talking about things of which I actually have a choice. So back on topic, I have to make progress in multiple areas at once that will get me closer to independence in my life, which make the process considerably slower.
With that in mind, I bought a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket with a lid and spent about $5 on a 5lb bag of sugar, a 5lb bag of flour, and a bag of organic oats (don’t remember the weight on that one). Stuck that stuff in the bucket, threw in some moisture absorbing packs from some empty vitamin bottles, sealed it up and put it in the coolest part of my garage. I also spent some time (about an hour) over the weekend working on my resume. Baby steps, that’s what this blog is all about (because that’s all I can afford).
I got my tax return and sent it immediately to pay off a credit card last week, and this week I called the credit card company and cancelled that bad boy! I am done with debt serfdom, or perhaps I should say I have no use for it. I’m not actually free from it yet. The urge to spend tax returns on non-essentials because “I deserve it” can be pretty strong, so I just sent it as soon as I got it. Like I mentioned in my blog on March 13 WORK IT OUT, there’ll be time for frivolous spending once I am free. The concept of Suburban Resilience is to be resilient; this means being able to take care of yourself so you can be free. It means being your own person and making your own decisions. That is a lasting enjoyment, whereas a new flat screen tv while I am still in debt just perpetuates the cycle.
I had a coworker suggest that they would probably pay off the card but keep the account open to help their credit rating, and as a “just in case” fallback. I must admit, I thought of that too. But all debt is cancer, and resilience means being independent from the corporate banking credit system as well. By cancelling the card I have forced my own hand, I now have one less crutch to lean on instead of achieving my goal. As for my credit rating (which isn’t very good anyway), you really only need good credit for two things: buying a home, or for business start-up costs. I am currently buying the home I live in, so why don’t I just focus on that. And if I do decide I need to buy a different house, maybe I should have enough money to use as a down payment that my credit rating doesn’t really matter. Otherwise I need to ask myself the question, “can I really afford it, or am I again becoming dependent on something that is bad for me?”
It feels good to be making progress on the road toward liberty!
I had my first “like” on one of my posts just a few posts back, it was from a fellow blogger. Maybe she did it to get me to check out her site, I don’t know, but I did check it out and saw that she is an authorized dealer of a product that I think looks pretty cool. I like it for a couple of reasons: one is because it addresses a need most of us have in our quest for resilience – home security, and the other is because it is a product that an unsupportive spouse could potentially be convinced to approve of. Here is the link to her blog: http://stealtharmour.wordpress.com/, here is a link to the main site: http://www.stealtharmour.com/ and here are a couple of thoughts on the product:
– It can be for home protection whether TSHTF or not because it could still deter/prevent break-ins – something my wife is on board with but would rather play the odds than have bars put on the windows. Bars on the windows are a little extreme anyway. Besides, even with bars the glass can still be broken.
– The main site says it has 98% UVA rejection while still allowing UVB rays in for plants.
– They can also be a preventative measure against storm and hail damage as well as break-ins. I wonder how much it would cost to replace the windows compared to applying this window treatment (I actually don’t know). Storm damage prevention would be the selling point that I would need to focus on because my spouse will never believe TS-is going to-HTF, she’ll only believe once it is actually happening. In fact, even then she may not believe it until TS-has-HTF for a while.
So if your greatest challenge in becoming resilient is an unsupportive spouse and you are not that challenged monetarily, then this could be an easy way to start showing your spouse the advantages of prepping and being prepared for the unexpected. That’s what being resilient is all about. You could even stage an attempted break-in or vandalism on your own place to push her in the direction of the going along with the purchase… Just sayin…
PARDON THE MESS
I find myself in a rather strange situation making this post, as I never really expected people to actually read this blog – especially this soon. I’m glad you are, don’t get me wrong, I just never took the prospect too seriously. After all, who’d want to read the rants of just some average dude? I’m not an expert of any kind. I’m just your typical disgruntled cubicle clone who is fed up with the avarice, materialism, me-first consumption, and self absorbed consumerism that has become so commonplace in our society, as well as with the blatant
disregard disdain for accountability, ethics, morality, personal responsibility, consequences for actions, creation rather than consumption, etc. that is the inevitable result. As far as mindset goes, society is becoming the Borg. But I digress…
So since I now know that I have a reader base, I feel I should mention that you may notice this blog looking different from time to time as you check in to see what’s new. I need to ask y’all to bear with me as I play around with the look of my site until I find the format that is truly me. The content won’t change, since it is merely a record of my daily journey toward a more sustainable and resilient lifestyle that will eventually (God willing) culminate in personal freedom and liberty. As you know from my last post I can’t truly dedicate any serious blocks of time to work that out, I just have to try it piecemeal for all to see until I finally get it right, and who knows how long that could take. Nonetheless, I shall persevere!
I haven’t written in a while for a couple of reasons: one I just haven’t been that inspired, probably because I am exhausted and life/work has been quite demanding; and two I can only do it when my wife isn’t around because she hates me blogging as much as she hates my truck.
Just for clarification, I paid $1500 for my truck and have since put about another $1500 in it. So overall I have spent $3000 on a truck with a full (8 foot) bed, a manual transmission and an inline six engine. The thing is practically a tractor. It is a power house beast that’ll last forever. She hates it because it is ugly, and thinks I should have used the money to apply toward a credit card. If you ask me the truck is well on its way to paying for itself. We have used it many times for things like hauling stuff to the dump, bringing home the television armoire she bought used (no delivery option and it wouldn’t fit in anything but the truck due to its size and weight – it couldn’t be laid on its side without risking structural integrity), and bringing home a pallet of sod. I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking to use the neighbor’s minivan to fill with sod.
So back to my original point, I have to post in secret unless I want to deal with a bunch of attitude. She thinks that it is time that could be better spent finding another job in fortune 500 CorpAmerika. She just won’t accept that my blog serves any kind of purpose other than wasting my time. She thinks it’s about as useful as watching reruns of “Friends”, so I must get up early enough to do my posts by 6:30 AM. Like I say in my tag line, “…No Money, No Time, and An Unsupportive Spouse.” Thing is, I may one day want to create a blog that generates revenue because I am a huge believer in multiple revenue streams. In fact, that is a concept I am teaching my kids because that may be the only way many in their generation will be able to do more than just scrape buy. Redundancy implies resilience. This blog is a perfect training ground for that.
Another thing is: the more people I can show how to get on the road to liberty and resilience, the less power the current centralized systems have. Options are power, and the larger the community the more power it has. Many people look at what others are doing and have accomplished and feel like it is out of reach for them to do that. This blog shows them the baby steps that I am taking are steps almost anyone can take. That gives people hope and direction, which then brings them into the resilience community. But we must take action as individuals in order for the community to be viable. For me right now, if my job goes away, I am dead in the water. I have nothing in place to mitigate that catastrophe so I would be nothing more than a burden in that community, which by definition would mean I am not part of that community at all. I am still completely dependent upon the corporate payroll system and the just-in-time grocery system to meet my needs. That must change. I must get back up systems in place – and so must you!
- Took my youngest with me to buy some more raw milk from a local farm. [Supporting local community, supporting small farming, improving health through quality food. Also showing by example the importance of buying local and natural]
“If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” – Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement.