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Title: Intro Thread
Post by: BigDanInTX on September 21, 2008, 10:51:54 PM
Hey, guys...  Figured we could use an intro thread.  Let's use this to introduce yourself if you're new and welcome those coming in.  =-]

I'm Dan and I'm a Software Developer living in Round Rock, TX.  33, Married, 2 kids (6 and 3).  I'm CHL and have some firearms experience, but no rifle experience yet (AR's almost fully built).  Still kind of new to the preparedness thing, but I have a working knowledge of what I need to get done and I'm taking weekly steps to get there.

I've been listening to Jack since around episode 10 or so.  Before listening to his prep podcasts, I was in a mad panic to "catch up", however after listening to his advice, I quickly shifted gears and am now doing a little bit each week.  I had been leery of his more political topics, but decided to give them a chance and I've been really glad I did.  So many people try to shove what they believe down other peoples' throats.  Jack doesn't do that and that helps his message even more IMO.

I'm glad all of you made it in here and I hope we can all help each other to get ready for the rough ride ahead!  =-]

EDIT: Others were talking about wife's support.  For me, she thinks I'm crazy, but she's willing to "play along".  She rolls her eyes at me when I buy something for preps, but I think she may start thinking I'm right about this stuff.  The Hurricane Ike aftermath, with my grandparents without power for 6 days may have opened her eyes to some things.  Also, her eyes used to glaze over when I mentioned economy stuff, but she's seeing enough of it in the news that she may actually be turning a corner.  That, and she didn't get upset when I bought silver without "permission".  lol

EDIT: Also, be sure to let us know if you are coming in from another survival-oriented board.  I'm coming from Zombie Squad myself.  =-]
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jeremya on September 21, 2008, 11:39:14 PM
Hey guys! I am Jeremy. I am a Development Manager in Austin, TX. ( I actually live in Cedar Park). I am 32 and married.

I am still pretty new to fire arms, but I am in the process of getting my CHL.

I am also new to Preparedness and like Dan before I found Jack's podcast I was, admittedly, paralyzed by the daunting task of starting from zero. Now I am working with my wife on a plan for 2009. I am hoping to set goals for several levels of preparedness and slowly day by day work or way towards meeting the goals. When I get my list together I will put it in a post.

Speaking of my wife she is, for the most part, on board. She agrees we should be prepared, but she's a worrier so she prefers not to think too much about "What if" scenarios. She's been a First Aid Kit nut for a long time ( I guess it goes along with the fact she is always hurting herself. ) so I am putting her in charge of the first aid kits and training.

-- Jeremy
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dreadstalker on September 22, 2008, 05:20:03 AM
Hi I have been into prepping since the id 80's and into primitive survivalism since the mid 70's.
Served with the USMC as an 0311on a mardet aboard an aircraft carrier. Good duty, it allowed me a lot of extra training and was able to do a few things that isn't exactly on the books.
Construction pays the bills around here but I consider myself to be a jack of all trades.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on September 22, 2008, 07:14:36 AM
Howdy Folks, I go by the handle of "Patriot Unknown".
 Im in my late 20's and have been into preparedness off and on since I was a teen. It's something my stepfather ( ex-Army) has burned into my brain, "Hope and pray for the best, but prepare for the worst".
My wife is about 80% on board with the "prepping" although she as accused me from time to time of "going a bit tin foil hat".
I found out about The Survival Podcast through the Hi-Point Forum . I've really enjoyed the show and it's become a staple of my daily "web surfing".
I work as a parts clerk at the local Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership.
I've been using firearms since I was old enough to pick up a .22LR, but learning something new about them every day.
My firearm interests lean toward that of AR's AKs and Mosin Nagants as well as the SKS.
In my spare time I like to shoot (of course  :) ) read, and I love music. 
Just glad to be here.




Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DrGonzo on September 22, 2008, 11:34:41 AM
Hey all, DrGonzo here from Seattle, WA.  I've been interested in preparedness from a pretty early age, starting with a long stint in the Boy Scouts.  I worked all the way up to Eagle Scout, and it set the framework for how I look at the world.  After a few years of college, I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a 0612 Field Wireman and served with Field Artillery Unit in Iraq.  I've since been running a small satellite phone distribution and billing company in Seattle, all while trying to set up a new home, with a new fiance, and a finishing up my bachelor's degree.

I've been active on the Zombie Squad boards for the last couple of years, and they have been instrumental in opening my eyes to the preparedness community, which led me to Jack and his podcast.  Personal preparedness and disaster survival has gone beyond a hobby or paranoid activity for me, I'm actually considering going into the Emergency Management field as a career.  No, I don't want to work for FEMA!

I enjoy the outdoors, skiing, shooting (mostly long guns, but I don't hunt), exploring the local music scene, reading and films.  One of the most fun activities I've been involved in is the formation of a local Zombie Squad chapter, ZSC-005 (http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewforum.php).  We've generated quite a bit of local interest, and we've been hosting meetings and events for the past few months.  It's amazing how many different types of people you meet who are interested in becoming more self-sufficient, be it the most hardcore 2nd Amendment defender, to the most die hard environmentalist.  The preparedness and disaster survival communities deal with issues that affect every person, not just supporters of a particular party, religion, or dogma. 

This is one of the main reasons that I enjoy Jack's podcasts so much, he's not a right winger or a left winger, or any of those labels we've been taught to apply to every person in America.  His point of view into what's really important in our country has made me take a harder look at my beliefs, and my view on how this country operates.  While I may not agree on every single point he makes regarding politics or our economy (it is, as he says, "one man's opinion"), he presents his opinions in such a way that you really have to take a hard look at what we're being spoon fed  by our "betters". 

Any Pacific Northwesters out there, shoot me a PM, we'll grab a beer and gripe about the world! 


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Tactical Badger on September 22, 2008, 12:21:33 PM
Hi!  I'm TB and I enjoy long walks on the beach and...oh, sorry.  Not THAT kind of intro. 


Also came over from the Zombie Squad board.

I haven't been at the whole "Preparing" thing all that long.  But, I do remember the wife and I stocking up for Y2K. 

I got really serious about it after running across the ZS board and meeting up with some really great people here in Ohio.

I've got my little 5 acre lot in the country and a healthy desire to become a LOT more self-sufficient.  The wife's on board with most everything.  Although, she doesn't quite see the need I do to spend so much money on guns. ;D

We've actually had a couple of near-misses around us that have really driven home the need to be prepared.  And like DrG, preparedness has gone way beyond a hobby and is now a lifestyle.  While, I'm not ready to make a career out of it, I did complete my county's CERT program and am active in that.

And yeah...Jack's a raving Libertarian!!!  Gotta' love that!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on September 22, 2008, 12:25:12 PM
Tactical Badger wrote:

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And yeah...Jack's a raving Libertarian!!!  Gotta' love that!

That's the best kind!!  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: spartan on September 22, 2008, 01:07:52 PM
Hello, Spartan here, another one of the crew who came over from the Zombie Squad.

I have been into preparedness since my days as a Boy Scout.  It all came together though in my early 20s, nearly a decade ago already, with a martial arts instructor who taught that being prepared for a conflict was more than just knowing how to hit the other guy, but also understanding that sometimes your best bet is to run. His ultimate goal for his students was for each of us to be able to control any situation in life so the we could mitigate the impact it would have on us. 

My take on preparedness has evolved from those simple days when I figured a few cases of MREs, a BOB, a sidearm, and a rifle would get me through the worst of it.  Now I have a lifestyle that supports preparedness in the form of a budding homestead and a network of individuals who have their own pursuits that makes them useful within my longterm planning.

I am fortunate that my wife is completely on-board with the idea and is very supportive.  Our older daughter is in because she works with horses and sees a large homestead as her best opportunity to raise and train them without having to buy her own farm. 

Though not Luddites by any stretch of the imagination, I am writing this on a modern laptop not sending it to the web through the wire as individual dots and dashed hashed out on a telegraph, we do take a position that requires minimal external energy other than food to feed us, wood to provide heat, wax to provide light, and plants and animals to give us clothing.  If the power goes off, it is of little consequence.  We live without it enough days out of the year that we need not worry when it will come back on for a while.  Eventually it will not matter if it ever does.

My current profession is what my friends and wife like to call a Foodist.  My interest is in food from the ground it grows in or grazed upon to the point that it reaches the plate ready to eat as well as the libations of beer, wine, and mead to make the meal and combine the company in a common place.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SwampMonster on September 22, 2008, 09:07:36 PM
An intro? You really want to know about me?

Lets see, I'm 32, living on the coast right in the middle of hurricane central. I have ridden out Katrina, Ivan, Cindy and, Dennis. I have learned much from each. I work for the government trying to protect the environment. I have a MS in Environmental Science and a BS in Chemistry. Mainly my work is in the swamps doing wetland mitigation and restoration projects.

My survival instinct was instilled upon me by my father, his idea of fun was to get me lost in the woods and see what happened. Kinda like the swim or die approach.  I really don't see the end of the world coming during my life, I mainly prepare for a few weeks of discomfort. I am a bug in kinda guy but have three bug out locations if needed.


My Hobbies include quail/duck/dove hunting. I will deer hunt if i need the meat. I work as a part time quail guide during he winter(lets me hunt for free).  I currently shoot NSCA(National Sporting Clays Association) and try to shoot 300-400 targets a week. Looking to take up three gun but need more practice.

I am married and she thinks I'm nuts, but has no problem having plenty to eat in the house.

Swamp
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 22, 2008, 10:50:09 PM
DeltaEchoVictor here.  DEV are the last three letters of my HAM call sign.  I'm a ZS'er as well & The SP is a regular on my Nano.   The boring specifics are 36yo male living in the Ozarks of Missouri.  Been married 12 years & the little lady is down with the preparedness sickness as well.  No kids, five furbabies.

Been hunting & fishing the hills around here since I was a little kid.  I've been doing the hunting with a recurve/longbow for the last few years.  I make my own equipment.  We do organic gardening & various other things to remain as self-sufficient as we can. 

I'm excited to see this venture get off the ground. 

Edited, 'cause I can't freakin' count.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: stevebluff on September 23, 2008, 11:45:13 AM
Steve Bluff here, 42, married, 4 kids, boy 17 in college, young lady 15 last year of secondary school, girl 4, boy 2. Live in the South of England, rural Hampshire, but originally from the Kingdom of greater Yorkshire (a northerner, that's important!)!  15 years British Army, started as a boy scout and it just went from there.  Worked in governmental, military, public safety and security comms and solutions as well a enterprise solutions,  across Europe, middle east and Africa.  Lots of friends in the the industry. Was an out doors pursuits instructor, enjoy reading, forums (do now), survival skills/prepping, off road/4x4, bushcraft, and love shooting!  Desire:  to be free from debt slavery and live as much as possible in a self reliant way, providing a healthy fulfilling life for my family and I (and get more hunting in!)

arte et marte
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Lee on September 23, 2008, 04:26:12 PM
Greetings everyone!  And a big thanks to Jack for furnishing this forum, I think it is a fantastic idea!  I listen to the podcast almost daily, and have downloaded and listened to all of the archived shows.  I think Jack is a "voice of reason" in the Patriot/Survival community.

I am 54 years old and retired....which sounds great, but I am actually busier now that I ever was during my career in public safety communications.  I live in rural, western Texas on 50 acres with my wife and two dogs.  We have 2 grown kids and 4 grandkids.  I was born and raised in far West Texas, and spent most of my working life moving East...first to the Midland/Odessa area, then to Dallas and on to Virginia, where I worked for 7 years before I retired in 2005 and made the move back to West Texas.

My wife and I have been, what you would consider "survivalists" - or at least "preppers", for years.  My dad actually got me started thinking about this stuff many years ago.  He was 14 years old in 1929 and had vivid memories of the depression.  He always told me that "it would happen again, since the government sold out to the bankers and our money was worthless paper.".  It's certainly looking like you were right again, Dad!  Our goal is to make our lives as self sufficient as possible, which is always a challenge in the area we live in; the Eastern edge of the Sonoran Desert.  While we do have plenty of relatively shallow well water, it is extremely salty and is not suitable for growing any sort of food crops.  My current project is 5000 gallons of rainwater storage collected from the roof of our 2000 sq ft barn, just so we can have a garden.

I hold an Extra Class Amateur Radio license, and worked in the two-way radio business for almost 30 years and still do quite a bit of contract work in public safety/disaster communications.  If anyone has any questions about radio communications, I can probably help you out.  I am also a certified EMT and can help out some in first aid/emergency medical topics.



Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 23, 2008, 06:38:15 PM
Welcome aboard guys! 

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on September 23, 2008, 07:59:27 PM
A special welcome to the international members like Steve Bluff!
Thanks again for the thread on UK Gun laws. I emailed that to several friends.
Very insightful!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tinfoilhat on September 23, 2008, 08:59:19 PM
Hello all,

I'm looking forward to being a part of this forum community.  My husband and I have been listening to Jack's podcasts since maybe August (?) and have caught up on just about all of them.  I appreciate Jack's passion for the community he is building and enjoy the format of the show. 

We have been working slowly towards self-sufficiency since a little over a year ago when we decided to follow Dave Ramsay's plan to get out of debt (which we're still working on, but getting there).  I've had an uneasy feeling about this fall/winter since last spring so we've spent time trying to get things in order as much as we can and just trying every day to make our lives better "if times get tough, and even if they don't."

I hope to be able to use this forum as a way to build community with like-minded people from all over, and I'm excited to see how many people are already participating.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Trusty Mutsi on September 24, 2008, 10:24:31 AM
Hi folks!

I'm Harold from Pennsylvania. I'm a graphic designer/cartoonist. I just published my first comic book, which is also a webcomic. You can see it at mimescomic.com. I've been bothered by the typical american lifestyle for years. My wife and I have been very good about staying out of debt, but I still feel we have more than we need (specifically our house may be bigger than we need, but she disagrees). I'm hoping to get a firearm for home defense soon, and will be implementing the 24 hour drill (shutting off power, throw keys in the drawer, etc..)

I think that's a good starting point for me, but I'm a bit overwhelmed on what to focus on next. Where do I buy bags of rice? Should I learn to survive in the wild? Should I buy land next? Should I find a new job that's closer to the country? How do I learn more about politics, enonomy, from an absolute beginner's point of view?

As you can see, I've got a lot going on in my head, but I want to focus on a few things at a time.

I love the site, the forum seems great, and I hope I can somehow help in the future. My only real skills I can offer is cartooning. If anyone wants to do some survival cartoons, I'd love to work on some in the future.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on September 24, 2008, 11:33:44 AM
Hello all,
 I'm Steve from San Jose, Calif, I am 43 yrs young. I found jack and his great podcasts from whenshtf.com.
 I'm a systems/network engineer (which means I am a computer/network babysitter). I've been 'prepping' for about a year now, slowly since my wife mostly ignores me on this. I want to move out to a more rural area so I can have a larger garden, raise chickens, keep bees, etc. I'm try to do a little more prepping every week.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: zula on September 25, 2008, 07:48:06 PM
Hello from Amarillo Tx. I'm ZULA
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: stevebluff on September 27, 2008, 01:19:27 PM
Hello all,
 I'm Steve from San Jose, Calif, I am 43 yrs young. I found jack and his great podcasts from whenshtf.com.
 I've been 'prepping' for about a year now, slowly since my wife mostly ignores me on this.

I know the feeling, i just keep getting those looks!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on September 27, 2008, 02:39:20 PM
Hello all,
 I'm Steve from San Jose, Calif, I am 43 yrs young. I found jack and his great podcasts from whenshtf.com.
 I've been 'prepping' for about a year now, slowly since my wife mostly ignores me on this.

I know the feeling, i just keep getting those looks!!

Women, wives especially, are good with those "Looks". They'll make you feel crazy as hell about what you're doing if you let them. I've just started ignoring my wife's "looks". Much to her frustration.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: kuzushi on September 28, 2008, 08:51:41 PM
Not sure how I found this site, but I just started listening to the podcast over the weekend. Nice job.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: javaguy on September 28, 2008, 09:07:44 PM
Hello from Minnesota!

Excellent work here - I really appreciate all of Jack's hard work to get this up and running.   This podcast has been a blessing - I will be burning copies for friends and family who don't have ipods.

I am married with 3 kids, 3 cats, I am a software developer, live rural, and got started in preparedness before y2k.  My wonderful wife is on the same page.  My brother and I challenged each other at the time to take consistent, positive steps toward being self-sufficient and prepared for whatever might come - I quickly realized there was more to it than buying an extra few cans of food at the store - although even that was better than nothing.

Over the years, we have maintained a level of preparedness, but I had begin to get careless about it.  That has all changed.

It very exciting to be part of a community of like minded folks to discuss, learn from each other regarding what works and what doesn't, and encourage one another as well.

Gotta Love Jack's rants - especially when those other drivers cause trouble  ;D
Keep up the good work
Chris
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Bighorn on October 01, 2008, 09:59:58 PM
Hey All
I am from middle Texas. 41 and married. The wife is coming around to the preparedness thing. She wasnt to gung ho at first. We put in a garden this fall. And we got a chicken coop so we will be getting chickens soon.

I know we showed up late to the dance but we are here now and ready to party.

Tony
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 01, 2008, 10:50:55 PM
Welcome aboard everybody!  Glad to see the community is growing.


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: millerized1 on October 02, 2008, 08:57:09 AM
Hi, I'm Jim and I'm an alcoholic.....ooops, sorry.  Got Tuesday and Thursday mixed up :-[

I'm in WV, where I've lived for the past 8yrs.  In 2000, picked up a small (by todays standards) home on 3ac, called it home and stayed.  I've been prepping since late 1998 when my brother asked me about Y2K.  He quit prepping in 2000, I never stopped.  Currently setting on a prepardness nest egg of about 2yrs of food/fuel/fluff just in case.  I've got it divided at about 70-30% between my place and my parents in PA. Figured either family has a chance of relocation, and I shouldn't need as much back home (farming community) as I do if I get stuck down here (extended suburbs of DC :-\). Only lacking water storage, but there's a year-round stream on the back of the property and I've got a pile of filters for my Berkey.

I'm an Engineering Technician for the FEDGOV, designing access control and monitoring systems, along with most low voltage systems you'd find in a commercial or residential environment.  I cross over the 22yr FEDGOV line in December. Wife is FEDGOV as well, same organization, same site, different building.  Sharing the ride saves gas, but I have to listen to her for 15 minutes....so there's a trade-off for the convienence ;D.

Started out as an aircraft mechanic in the Army, then helicopters, then electronics.  Military from 1983 to 1994, I've been a Facility Manager for a major defense contractor after working for 2 other acronymic FEDGOV agencies where I took care of entire building systems from plumbing to electric, HVAC to security, from parking lots to the building itself. I'm your one stop shop.

Married 10yrs :-[, 12 cats, no kids.  Hobbies include anything and everything that a set of hands can do: woodworking, welding, electronics, computers. Reloading and building AR15's lately has kept me occupied when motorcycle riding can't.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Serellan on October 02, 2008, 03:03:36 PM
Hi Guys,

I'm Christian, and I live in the Northwest.  Married with a 2 1/2 year old.  I work in software, as does my wife.  Been married 13 years now.

I'm former military, serving 4 years active duty in the USMC, then another 5 1/2 years in the Army and Air Force National Guard.

I'm an 03 FFL firearms collector, focusing on Cold War era semi autos.

I grew up in Alaska, on a mountain, so I have always been "survival minded" in the being prepared for emergencies.  I've always had a lot of survival gear to be prepped for earthquakes, floods, etc.  Recently I decided to focus on it a bit more and look at it as a hobby. I'm definetly not a "tinfoil hat brigade" member, but I am a libertarian and hate the route our country has taken both from the right and the left.  I vehemently hate the two party system (what I call the dual party system, since I consider them all the same party that manipulates people into demonizing one wing against another).

I've already posted up some equipment reviews, and I will be doing a few more as I look at different items.

I'm active on the SKSboards.com, they have a good subsection of survival oriented discussion, you guys should check it out.  Some good freedom loving guys on that board.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RedneckFur on October 02, 2008, 09:53:21 PM
Good to meet all of ya. 

I'm new here. I've been listening to the podcast for a few weeks now, uasually at work or on the road.  So far, I've enjoyed every episode and I feel that I learn a little from each one.  I'm really looking foward to making some biltong. Sounds tasty.

About myself, I'm a forest ranger who lives in a rented apartment in a small town.  I grew up on a small farm in hurricane teritory, so I'm used to making disaster preperations.  Apartment living still feels a bit strange to me.  My dream is to have a few acres for me and my life partner to enjoy and live on.  I think thats a few years down the road.  I grew up canning vegetables, gardening, and hunting in the fall.  Living in town has its perks but its not really home, if ya know what I mean.

I'm very intrested in firearm of all types.  I currently have my C&R license, and i'm working on getting my concealed cary handgun permit.  I recently finished a legal conversion of a saiga 7.62x39 carbine to an AK clone that accepts military mags.

I hope to learn alot here and mabey even share some info here and there.  I'm not new to the survival mindset, but I'm fairly new to the comunity.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: susan1957 on October 02, 2008, 10:54:38 PM
Hi everyone... I'm a 52 year old grandma from West Tennessee.  My husband and I have 3 grown children, Oldest son in the army, daughter that is housewife in Austin, and our youngest still lives at home and is starting his own business. (he's 20).  We are also raising 3 small children ages 5,6,and 8 that is my husband's great neices and nephew.  So we stay busy.    We both work for the same company that sets up and builds tradeshow exhibits all over the globe.  Work is never boring.
I've enjoyed the podcast and I started this as  Jack say's "to live a better life if things get tough and even if they don't."  Some people think I wear a tin foil hat but it's really gray hair.



Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Serellan on October 03, 2008, 12:55:32 AM
I'm Christian, and I live in the Northwest. 

Just a follow up.  Christian is my name, not my religion.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wolf on October 03, 2008, 08:54:05 AM
Hi everyone,

My name is Kevin, and I work at a military academy in North Carolina.  I've been listening to Jack's podcast only recently, since about episode # 40.

I'm new into the preparedness lifestyle and I appreciate the way Jack presents his thoughts and ideas on living a preparedness/survivalist lifestyle.  The motto of the show makes sense and is a lot more inviting as a preparedness motivator than any doom and gloom messages that I've heard.  I look forward to participating and learning as I move my family into a more secure and prepared way of life.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sassiesmom on October 03, 2008, 09:58:25 PM
Hey everyone!  I'm Cathy and I'm from central BC, Canada.  I'm married to Doug and have a 15 (almost 16) yo daughter.  We've been slowly working on getting our survival bags ready and I'm really enjoying all of the excellent information here.  Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sardog on October 05, 2008, 01:36:14 PM
Hey all ! Sardog here. Ran across the Survival Podcast by accident. My wife and I listen all the time and enjoy every episode.

I am a Wilderness and Urban SAR, HazMat, CERT and Terrorism Response instructor. I am also a 27 year veteran disaster responder. Always looking to learn something new.

Looks like a good spot for future enlightenment.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Serellan on October 07, 2008, 10:44:31 AM
Hey all ! Sardog here. Ran across the Survival Podcast by accident. My wife and I listen all the time and enjoy every episode.

I am a Wilderness and Urban SAR, HazMat, CERT and Terrorism Response instructor. I am also a 27 year veteran disaster responder. Always looking to learn something new.

Looks like a good spot for future enlightenment.

Welcome Sardog.  We could definetly use your feedback on medical related posts!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Crosstimbers on October 09, 2008, 06:15:42 PM
Hello everyone!  I"m Nancy and I'm from NE Oklahoma.  I have a husband and 4 kids, 3 grown and 1 16yr old still at home.  My husband and I are pretty much on the same page with prepping thankfully.  Anyone with reluctant wives point them my way!  I tend to focus on the home and food preps and have been going at it for a couple of years now.  I'll leave the guns and knives for you guys!   
(Avatar explanation:  I'm Eastern Orthodox and Martha of Bethany is my patron saint.)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 10, 2008, 01:18:39 AM
Welcome aboard newest folks!  Glad to see y'all found the place.  I look forward to hearing more about everyone's experiences.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on October 10, 2008, 06:14:02 AM
Welcome to the newest members! Glad to have each of you here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 423aaron on October 10, 2008, 01:44:28 PM
I have posted in several threads here before I got around to the intro, Sorry.

I am in  North Eastern TN.  I'm 36, married with 5 kids 20,8,5,3, and 5 months. (yes the ages are correct you can do the math)
I work 2 jobs.  My profession is a firearms instructor.  I teach Basic and Advanced marksmanship as well as the TN handgun carry class for ETSU.  I teach rifle marksmanship/ American history with a group called the RWVA.  The Appleseed program they have has great potential to turn the country around.
My "feed the family" job is with the USPS.  That is correct I am a postal employ who teaches others to shoot.  :o;D

My wife is definitely on board.  She is a firearms instructor as well.  She also homeschools our children and makes sure I'm going to the correct job on any given day.  My biggest difficulty with her is keeping her from panicking.  Yes, the future looks to have some bleakness in it.  We will do what we can to mitigate that. 

We can not let the fear of the present or of the future rob us of the joy of life. 

Aaron
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SueDonim on October 10, 2008, 04:24:47 PM
Hey all.

I have been listening to Jack for several weeks and finally was able to get onto the board a few days ago.  The "listen to the letters" thing wasn't working for a long time, but I finally got lucky and could register.

I am 45 yr male (despite my name.  Just say it out loud and you'll figure it out.  But since I use this on other boards, just call me Sue.  I like the anonymity.  Married with 2 teenagers and live in NC.

I started as an electrical engineer.  I was in USAF for 7 years in the space business (rockets and satellites).  Went to Business school, then the mutual fund industry in Boston.  Moved back to NC about 10 years ago only to see it had moved far left since I moved out after college.  Worked in investment management until beginning of this year.  Now, blissfully unemployed but planning on some consulting work for the future.  Debt-free, so I'm pretty comfortable.

Being from USAF, I have no practical military experience.  Just got a pistol so planning to get to range and learn to shoot (I;ve done it a few times, but certainly not proficient).

Been interested in preparedness for years, but only did a little until recently.  Being unemployed allows for more flexibility.  Wife getting more on board.  I started by emphasizing hurricane and ice-storm preparedness.  That kind of stuff she understands, and it doesn't freak out my daughter like terrorism discussions do.

I guess where I could add the most value here is in economic discussions.  As Jack says,  anything I say is not financial advice.  Consult your advisor.  Blah, blah, blah.  But I know a lot of the products and issues and can provide my perspective there.

Anyway, glad to be on board
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: A Pawn on October 10, 2008, 10:53:54 PM
DUH!! How stupid can I be. 'Intro Thread'..that means Us and not introducing the forum! No one ever called me overly bright, but I get it now.

I'm a 51 years young West Texas blue collar oilfield worker, who has been taken prisoner by a boss who hates computers and told to sit in front of one and go to work.

Darn it!

I was put onto Jack's Podcast around show 10 by someone blogging on another site. I don't remember which site, but I had been looking for a podcast who talks my language and wasn't trying to sell me something. Some of the Podcast out there are down right scary to boot. Jack has a great balance of news and how to and just plain encouragement.

He is also not afraid to speak his mind and does not try and talk above people, which I one of the best things about him.

Oh..I forgot..this is about me!

I have to say I've been prepping off and on since the Howard Ruff days of the 70's. Things were bad, but got better and I lost interest until the Y2K scare. Like a good little 'Pawn', I made plans and stockpiled equipment and supplies only to find that the world didn't end or worst..go back to the vacuum tube age!

After Y2K, I drifted off again into the latter days of the Chairman Clinton era. Getting fat and spending more money then I made..thank  you so much Visa and Discover!

In a way I was lucky. I always had this little voice in the back of my head saying No..No..NO. One day I found myself $10,000 in debt and maxing out three cards. I was wondering if I should fill out the application for a fourth card...then 9/11 came.

Like many this hit me hard. What hit me harder was that a month later you never saw another replay of the jets crashing into the buildings again. A spark went off in my head. The powers that be weren't using this to call America to arms to fight the good fight. The powers that be were only going to use it to their advantage to gain power and wealth.

I started studying and came to the conclusion that this country needed a clean slate to return to the ideal we always dreamed of and there were only three ways this could happen. At the ballot box, at the point of a gun, or raising up from the ashes of a major breakdown and rebuilding from scratch.

I hoped beyond hope for the ballot box. I gave money and showed my support for the people who I had hoped would lead us down a new and better path. I was wrong.

I looked at the gun and said 'No Way'. My country right or wrong. That is unless, the Government starts to treat me and mine like cattle. No Chip Will Ever Enter My Body. Jack is so right about that. I too have my Tin Foil Hat ready, but hopefully will never have to wear it.

That only leaves from the ashes.

I got myself out of debt...thank you Dave Ramsey. His books, workbooks and radio show gave me the strength to pay off $10,000 in 18 months. At the same time I started to build up my preps in small ways. Long Term Storage Food here. First Aid there. A many visits to gun shows in the area listening for those magic words...'No Papers'!

I collected books and information. Practices some of them and kept looking for that piece of property so far out in the boonies it would take an army to find me.

Then along came medical problems and family problems. Your know the kind I mean. Every one has the brother who never seems to make ends meet. The one who borrows and never pays back. The one who only brings his 5 kids over when he needs a loan. I dare anyone who can look kids in the face and say no. I was never so happy in my life when that brother moved to Washington state. Not that he can't 'touch' me from there, but his kids are growing up and not so cute anymore and it also seems the State of Washington has a better paying Welfare System. He has found his little piece of heaven, what good it will do him if things go bad. I try to tell him, but he doesn't listen.

Then the most amazing thing happened after he left, I had money again. No debt...no mooching brother...then I read one day about Derivatives. NOW I was worried. I knew in my heart it was only a matter of time when I would all come crashing down around our heads. I'm not as ready as I want to be, but if Silver goes up like it should, when this is all over...I'll be all right. Now...how to tell others.

Telling others is one of the best things about Jack. I can tell people his is a straight shooter without reservations. Just that he talks the talk and walks the walk. If you don't like his message or the way he says it...your free to go elsewere. No one will stop you, but please do listen. It might save your life, make it a bit easier...or if things come out okay...live a better life.

Thanks Jack....I'll be listening  8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TURNSKULL on October 10, 2008, 11:54:35 PM
Hi I'm TURNSKULL  Aka Daryl  I know Millerized in real life ( yep i claimed him ) and he is the one that really told me about this place and all those great pod casts.

I have  been of the prep mindset for most of my life but it wasn't until 4-5 years ago that i was able to start setting aside food, water, cash and guns on a regular basis.

Its good to be here hope to gain more info through the forum and pod casts.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 06 on October 13, 2008, 04:36:27 PM
Made my first reply in the "Over 200" forum-did not see this one. Nice site, am brand spanking new here but not to prepping/survival skills. Just an old "jarhead" nearing retirement age. Used to fire competition a bit in the "crotch", been married 33 yrs to the same lovely lady, was into scouting under every hat, fire/rescue as an EMT, Gideon for over 20 yrs, and have just announced my call into the gospel ministry. Am going to night school for my degree in pastoral ministries. Am an avid deer hunter and we process our own. We have chickens, nubians, ponds, and will be restocking the rabbit hutches shortly. Have taught orienteering, long term food storage, expediate shelter, foraging, and am a "gophering"/"honeydo" expert. I move houses/buildings for a living(meager after taxes/insurance/red tape costs) and help with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Teams occasionally. Please note the reply in the "200" telling about our get together the weekend of 17 Oct. if you are close to NC/SC. I see most of you are from the midwest and west. Was in Phoenix this spring for a visit-was glad to get back to "heaven"--LOL. Hope to get to know you critters as time slips by. Have a great one and thanks to my bud "puternut" for telling me about your site, wc
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on October 13, 2008, 07:27:39 PM
Welcome to the forum, 06! I'm a NC man myself.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on October 13, 2008, 09:28:38 PM
Welcome to the forum 06.  I look forward to reading what you have to offer.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on October 15, 2008, 11:37:44 PM
Hello all

Thought that I would check in,  my name is Rich, I am 52 yrs old, married and have 2 adult boys. We live with our two cats and one dog.

My wife (who is half my age) is in pre-vet school and as soon as she finishes her vet degree we are out of California. To where, I do not know.

I have checked out many other forums and this is one of the few that I have decided to join.

What I like most about this forum besides the subject matter, is the fact that I have not seen any flaming or childish behavior here. Just good

solid information, helpful attitudes, and respect for each other. Don't get me wrong, good natured bantering and a tease now and then add to the flavor of the board.

I just did not want to be a part of boards that rip their people a new one if the have a different opinion. I am here to learn and hopefully contribute to

what I consider one of the best forums out there.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 15, 2008, 11:43:19 PM
Hey TW welcome to the board & thanks for the kind words!  We look forward to your contributions.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SouthernLiving on October 16, 2008, 12:39:16 PM
Hi guys from Southern Alabama.
I've been listening to TSP since around episode 10.  I first heard about it on Frugal's.  I also commute about an hour each way for work every day - So thanks a ton Jack for making at least half of it tolerable.

I have been into prepping and homesteading for about 5 years now; my wife tolerates it more than most would but I still get those "are you nuts" looks occasionally. 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to learning and contributing where I can.

Thanks,
Jim
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on October 16, 2008, 01:06:55 PM
Hi guys from Southern Alabama.
I've been listening to TSP since around episode 10.  I first heard about it on Frugal's.  I also commute about an hour each way for work every day - So thanks a ton Jack for making at least half of it tolerable.

I have been into prepping and homesteading for about 5 years now; my wife tolerates it more than most would but I still get those "are you nuts" looks occasionally. 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to learning and contributing where I can.

Thanks,
Jim

Don't worry about the "are you nuts?" look. I still get that from my wife,and like yours, she's pretty tolerent of it all.
Just remember that when some bad does go down, they'll be glad we ignored them.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: FA220 on October 17, 2008, 04:06:35 AM
Hello all.

I'm Frank, 22 y/o college student from Missouri. I found my way to TSP through the Zombie Squad forums. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't start thinking about preparation until I saw I am Legend. ::) I had a long discussion with my girlfriend after the movie, discussing what we would do in everything from a minor local emergency to a SHTF situation. Since then I have been doing research on how we could be more prepared and found myself at ZS, I've been gathering as much information as possible and now with the help of TSP I'm sure that I will be able to live the life I want.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on October 17, 2008, 09:18:43 AM
Welcome FA220! Live, read, and learn!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mountain.sarge on October 18, 2008, 04:30:29 PM
Hello all,

My name is Clint and I am a 35 year old Army Sergeant First Class with 17 years of service. The first 4 years I served in the Marines and the rest has been in the Army.  Most of it spent as an Infantryman, but now I am a career recruiter so I will spend the last couple years of my service finding fine young Americans to become the next generation of warriors.

My interest in "prepping" comes from my grandmother, who was a teenager during the "Great Depression". She had an incredible network of friends who all grew and canned their own veggies, always sharing or trading amongest themselves. I can remember asking her why she worked so hard at in her garden and kitchen when she could get the same thing from the grocery store. She just looked me in the eyes with that grandma look and told me "You never know what tomorrow will bring."

I introduced my wife to the idea of preparedness. At first she thought I was a little crazy especially when my very first Christmas gift to her (while we were dating) included a first aid kit complete with a knife, and a bag for her to start building a bug-out bag. Well that was a while ago, and now she is in the process of getting her concealed handgun license (back home in Michigan not here in the People's Republic of New York.) She is also the one who is in charge of our food storage plan, which in all honesty is still in its infancy. 

Anyway, I am looking forward to learning some new and interesting things here and hopefully contributing where and when I can.

- Clint   
   
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 18, 2008, 04:45:31 PM
Welcome Sarge, I for one look forward to learning from your experience & thanks for your service.

Shane
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on October 19, 2008, 11:57:49 PM
Hello to all.  I am Brian, 38, from Massachusetts, which is one of the worst states in this great nation of ours.  I am a former Marine from 1990 to 1994 active duty.  I am currently a police officer in Taxachusetts so I am always willing to give legal advice if needed.  I am a instructor in many fields within the law enforcement community, such as Firearms, OC, Sig Arms armorer, Field Training Officer, CQB, SWAT, ect....  I have been listening to the show on my MP3 player during the drive to and from work since episode 11.  This show has changed my thought process completely, but I am still working on getting my wife on-board.  I am always thirsty for knowledge in all areas of self-improvement, but I am also eager to share my knowledge to those who need it legally.  Glad I am here.  Semper Fi.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on October 20, 2008, 12:30:52 AM
Welcome,

Thanks for your service.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Braden on October 21, 2008, 01:33:13 AM
Hi All,
  I Braden, 36 and live in New Zealand. I'm happy to be here among such a great bunch of people. I had been wanting to set some sort of preps for a while, but never did, that was until I got onto The Survival Podcast (listened to every one). Since then I now have a decent 72 hour pack, an idea of perhaps where Id want to go if I bug-out. Me and the Mrs have tried the garden thing, starting out in pots (capsicum / peppers and chilli). Not very successfully so far. This weekend we will be trying again in bigger pots and well see what happens. Slowly been putting a little bit away food/water wise. All of this because of Jack and his commute to work every week day.
Thanks Jack, and the rest of the users on this board - I look forward to learning a lot from you all and hopefully I can offer something along the way

  Braden
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ewok on October 21, 2008, 04:27:35 AM
   Hello,

   I'm a 29-year-old Canadian English teacher living in Poland for the last few years. I having been looking at survivalist sites of and on for years now. I have long been interested in the subject because I don't think that modern Western economies are going in the right direction (but I don't want to go off on a rant today).
   I generally feel that people should be more self-sufficient, not specifically because the world is ending, but because that is the way of life which is most conducive to freedom.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tash on October 21, 2008, 01:42:04 PM
Hey all,

Just saying hello. I'm Andrew and I'm from Northm ern Alabama. Late 20's, married with a 5 year old. Dad was in the Army and I started scouts at a young age. I guess I've always had that 'be prepared' mentality. Found this show on the S&P board over at GlockTalk and loving it every since.

-Tash
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Jeff@PrepChurch.com on October 22, 2008, 01:25:54 PM
Howdy.

My name's Jeff and I'm a recovering sheeple.  ;)

Family man. 
Live in central Oklahoma (or FAR north Texas as some of us call it).
Prepping for 9 years now. 
Experienced Wood stove installer (as well as gas and a few pellet stoves)... have been certified by www.nficertified.org though my certification has lapsed.  :(

Call me Wheatland.
 ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on October 22, 2008, 01:54:20 PM
First I would like to thank all of you who have served our country past or present, your service is appreciated.

Now a little about myself,

Single male 34 years old, I have believed in being prepared since the cub scouts. I grew up on 5 acres in rural Oregon just outside of Eugene where my older brother and I along with some of the local kids would spend our spare time hiking in the woods around our home. I currently live in the city of Eugene and hate every minute of it but it does make for a short trip to work in the morning.

Hobbies include wrenching, hammering, welding, soldering and painting  just about anything, Shooting CMP and four position small bore competition, digital photography, and riding motorcycles and ATVs on and off road.

I have worked in retail, as an auto mechanic, refueled commercial and private aircraft, built heavy equipment and after going back to school I now work for an engineering firm as a Cad Tech (Drafter).

I began a serious effort to pay off  my debts, to facilitate my escape from the city, some time before finding Jack’s podcast by accident. I found the podcast while searching for something else on iTunes. I haven’t had a car payment in several months which is saying something for me. I used to go into debt for a new car every two years, that ended about two and a half years ago. I currently have a Toyota MR2 (25-30mpg city)for my daily driver, a Ford Bronco (12-16mpg city) for towing and other duties that the little car can’t do and a Triumph Bonneville (45-52mpg mixed) for commuting and just for fun. All my vehicles are old enough or in the case of the Triumph simple enough that I can work on them myself.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Pangie on October 22, 2008, 03:20:41 PM
Tactical Badger wrote:

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And yeah...Jack's a raving Libertarian!!!  Gotta' love that!

That's the best kind!!  ;D

Is there any other kind? :)

Hi, I'm Pangie.  I'm in the upper midwest, don'chaknow, where my main natural disaster concerns are blizzards, flooding and tornadoes.  I've got a place I can go if it floods, and my condo is all second floor save my garage and shoe closet, though I am a shoe freak, so if we flood again, I am throwing as many shoes upstairs as I can before the water reaches my door!  Since my home is pretty much all second story, I do worry a bit about tornadoes at times, though they seem to stay away from my end of the state.  With enough advanced warning (like at least 10 minutes to drive somewhere) I could get somewhere in a tornado situation, too.  I actually think blizzards are a TON of fun and I guess I've always been the "bug-in" type, so that's where my focus has been for the most part.  I have enough blankets to keep the entire building warm thanks to my dearly departed grandmother, and I have a pretty decent supply of canned food.

The last couple years I've been focusing more on personal defense, taking up boxing and jogging.  I'm female and I live alone, so I'm ready to kick ass if I have to.  (And if you piss me off, I'm ready to kick ass even if I don't have to!   ;) )

I found this podcast completely by mistake.  This is not at all what I was looking for.  I searched on iTunes for any libertarian podcast, because my favorite (Jimmy Doane) does not update often enough.  I had no idea what I was in for when I first listened.  I found it massively depressing at first, but that quickly turned to inspiring, and reminded me to get my winter car kit put together before the first snow.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 22, 2008, 03:52:28 PM
Welcome aboard y'all.  Glad to have ya here!

This place is growing by leaps & bounds, that's good to see.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: freedomrik on October 22, 2008, 05:39:10 PM
welcome SueDonim. I'm from NC myself.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on October 22, 2008, 11:40:26 PM

[/quote]The last couple years I've been focusing more on personal defense, taking up boxing and jogging.  I'm female and I live alone, so I'm ready to kick ass if I have to.  (And if you piss me off, I'm ready to kick ass even if I don't have to!   ;) )
[/quote]


Welcome Pangie.  I would suggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Boxing is great to build up your cardio, but you limit yourself to a stand-up/striker attack.  At least with MMA you concentrate on all aspects of fighting from ground, striking and submissions.  I have been a fan (since UFC #1, 1993) and doing MMA for a few years when I can and it is good training, but remember that MMA has rules and the street has none.  Also, I recommend having pepper spray (OC) on you at all times.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Pangie on October 23, 2008, 12:10:17 AM

Welcome Pangie.  I would suggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Boxing is great to build up your cardio, but you limit yourself to a stand-up/striker attack.  At least with MMA you concentrate on all aspects of fighting from ground, striking and submissions.  I have been a fan (since UFC #1, 1993) and doing MMA for a few years when I can and it is good training, but remember that MMA has rules and the street has none.  Also, I recommend having pepper spray (OC) on you at all times.

Thanks for the tips.  I am a huge fan of UFC.  Unfortunately, I have bad knees (double knee surgery twice so far) so I have to be careful what I do with my legs.  I do have pepper spray, but I have to admit I'm guilty of leaving it at home more often than I should.  I always have a knife handy in my back pocket though, so it's better than nothing.  I also just ordered this:  (http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/urdefense_2023_6819120) to put on my key ring.  I initially was just ordering one for a cat-loving friend who just moved to a big city alone, but I thought I may as well get one for myself, too.  I'll post back on how I like it and if I think it's worthwhile.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AuburnFootball on October 23, 2008, 09:37:58 PM
Hi all,

My name is Richard and I recently found the podcast while browsing iTunes for some new listening material.  I live and work in the Tampa Bay area with my wife and two kids.  We are slowly building our survival resources.  Fortunately, my wife is 100% on board, so there are no conflicts there.  Eventually, we want to buy some land in northern Maine (yes, huge difference), but for now, we do the best we can with what we got.

--Richard
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on October 24, 2008, 01:25:01 AM
Hi all,

My name is Richard and I recently found the podcast while browsing iTunes for some new listening material.  I live and work in the Tampa Bay area with my wife and two kids.  We are slowly building our survival resources.  Fortunately, my wife is 100% on board, so there are no conflicts there.  Eventually, we want to buy some land in northern Maine (yes, huge difference), but for now, we do the best we can with what we got.

--Richard
I am also looking into property in Maine.  Not as a place to live, but looking into buying a survival home in the middle of nowhere in case the SHTF.  Here is a site that I that I have been using to find a nice survival retreat for me and my family, it might help.  http://www.unitedcountry.com/ (http://www.unitedcountry.com/)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AuburnFootball on October 24, 2008, 06:30:56 AM
Thanks for the link!  That site has properties I have not found on some of the other places I have looked at.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SproutRanger on October 24, 2008, 07:41:58 PM
Hey guys!
   Another NC dude. I'm in Western NC and feel like I hit gold discovering the podcast! Thanks Jack! I have so many questions that have been answered.... it is just an awsome service you are doing. To others: I probably will do alot of lerking and learning. I have always been survival minded but just in the "Rambo" sense (never put anything into practical aplication). So I have read from alot of really inteligent people on these forums and I want to thank you all. This is really awesome and I really appreciate it. I hope to have something useful to contribute but for now maybe just finishing the podcasts and reading and learning. Thanks again!
By the way, I am an Army vet: Team Spirit, Reforger, Desert NTC, and ROKA Ranger school complete. Missed out on fun and games in the mid east (87-89) RIP 3rd Cav and 2nd Infantry buds.
I am a vegetarian but not above hunting for survival or even tough times ( no ill feelings to those who aren't, my family isn't on board no problem) Anyway Hello to all!
 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Taylor3006 on October 27, 2008, 07:28:28 PM
Howdy Ya'll,

I am Taylor, a 46 year old native Texan. I am a machine operator by trade and was a HM2 in the Navy for 6 years (that's a hospitalcorpsman for you non-jarheads) and served during the first Gulf War. Before that I was a police officer in a midsized Texas city for a bit. I have been into survivalism since the early 70's and have quite a bit done in preparations. My hobbies are shooting, reloading, shooting some more, hoarding gold/silver/copper coins, putting food away like a psycotic squirrel, building the world's finest survival library, stashing medical gear and supplies, and generally pondering the TEOTWAWKI. Found Jack's podcast on iTunes when searching for something to listen to in the car during my commute into Dallas (I live in Kaufman county, SE of Dallas). Not the Walter Mitty type but do believe in a zombie apocalypse ;). Anyways Jack keep up the good work, yer great fun to listen to and even an old geezer like me can learn sumthing new from you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on October 27, 2008, 10:21:09 PM
Nice to meet you Taylor3006!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 27, 2008, 10:29:37 PM
Howdy Ya'll,

I am Taylor, a 46 year old native Texan. I am a machine operator by trade and was a HM2 in the Navy for 6 years (that's a hospitalcorpsman for you non-jarheads) and served during the first Gulf War. Before that I was a police officer in a midsized Texas city for a bit. I have been into survivalism since the early 70's and have quite a bit done in preparations. My hobbies are shooting, reloading, shooting some more, hoarding gold/silver/copper coins, putting food away like a psycotic squirrel, building the world's finest survival library, stashing medical gear and supplies, and generally pondering the TEOTWAWKI. Found Jack's podcast on iTunes when searching for something to listen to in the car during my commute into Dallas (I live in Kaufman county, SE of Dallas). Not the Walter Mitty type but do believe in a zombie apocalypse ;). Anyways Jack keep up the good work, yer great fun to listen to and even an old geezer like me can learn sumthing new from you.
Welcome aboard T3006.

Sounds like you have worlds of experience to share. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on November 01, 2008, 05:27:13 PM
Hey all!  I'm here from TMM (The Mental Militia - formerly The Claire Files), as well as several other places.  My husband (TW - or The Wilderness) is already here, and has said his hellos, so I thought I'd join in.  *waves*  Hi!

Together, my husband and I are the biggest survival nerds in California.  I swear, we keep the local army/navy stores in business with our uncontrollable desire for MORE PARACORD, and MORE thread for the awl, and more filters for the water purifier, and on and on.  We're constantly checking out how we can improve our lives while circumventing the federal/state welfare and reeducation systems that are so easy to fall into in a place like California.  (I mean, hello, I'm attending a state college right now, where everybody's interest is in expanding the government 100 fold - if not more.  Propaganda much?) 

Between the two of us, we'll be sharing recipes (we have little crock pot cookouts at our house quite often), morale boosters (I play the guitar, TW loves to create things that go boom, or thwack, or fwoosh), sciency type things (We have science Sunday whenever we can swing it - where survival methods of doing things are tested in our local, extremely windy conditions.  Also - things have a tendency to go boom on science Sunday.  I didn't used to think this was on purpose, but the glee that my husband and our dog exhibit when things DO go boom is starting to get suspicious   :-\ ).

I know that we both look forward to becoming members of the survivalpodcast family, and I hope you'll accept us and all of our .. eccentricities .. with open arms!  :-*
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MrsRustyShackleford on November 02, 2008, 09:01:03 PM
Hi, I'm Tina & I live in the MO Ozarks with my husband Shane.  He bought me a new iPod nano for our anniversary and I learned about the Survival Podcast from him!  I've been hooked for about a month and a half.  I've learned SO much and hope to learn more as I go.  I have lots of questions and hope to contribute when able.

When not prepping my husband and I enjoy spending time at the gun club shooting the AR's.  I also have 4 dogs that I enjoy spending time with & during the summer I enjoy fishing.  This year Shane's taking me deer hunting for the second time & I'm looking forward to spending time in the woods.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Slowfade on November 03, 2008, 05:16:07 AM
Hi All!

I'm from N.W. Indiana...I live with my hubby of 23 years, two (older) kids, and a great dog.
I'm at the point where it's time to do more than just think about and research this kind of thing. (time to poo or get off the pot, so to speak) Hubby really isn't into this, (but the kids are pretty helpful and supportive so far). He's a hunter, though, so he's contributing whether he realizes it or not.
I have my older daughter to thank for telling me about these podcasts. It's actually saved me a lot of trouble, time, and expense already. ...I'm looking forward to learning more. I'll try to contribute when/where I can.
Our goal long term is to move to KY. We bought some land there, and we all look forward to the time when we can build something there to live in that's paid for, no matter what the size.
Hope everyone has an awesome day!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: millerized1 on November 03, 2008, 05:44:09 AM
Hi All!

I'm from N.W. Indiana...I live with my hubby of 23 years, two (older) kids, and a great dog.
I'm at the point where it's time to do more than just think about and research this kind of thing. (time to poo or get off the pot, so to speak) Hubby really isn't into this, (but the kids are pretty helpful and supportive so far). He's a hunter, though, so he's contributing whether he realizes it or not.
I have my older daughter to thank for telling me about these podcasts. It's actually saved me a lot of trouble, time, and expense already. ...I'm looking forward to learning more. I'll try to contribute when/where I can.
Our goal long term is to move to KY. We bought some land there, and we all look forward to the time when we can build something there to live in that's paid for, no matter what the size.
Hope everyone has an awesome day!!!

Welcome Slowfade!
 You're the 400th registered member.  A milestone that was probably not even considered 3 months ago.  Your mission, should you accept it, is to bring someone on board, spread the word and above all, prepare.

Don't be afraid to ask questions, while we  sound like we have all the answers, well....uh, actually we do have all the answers, we just forgot where we put them.....

Again, WELCOME!!!!!
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Post by: Caleb on November 05, 2008, 09:12:12 AM
Hi I’m Caleb, 41 from Kentucky, former fire and sar. Jack of all trades. Been into wilderness survival for years, but recently have gotten more concerned and into preparedness. I have a better half who is right there with me working on preps. Looking to meet a few like minded folks.
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Post by: earthling? on November 05, 2008, 06:45:54 PM
Hello everyone, I'm Steven. I am 30, I live in Southern West Virginia, married, one daughter. I spent nine years in the Army(6 active, 3 National Guard) and then went to college for three years for a Major in Information Technology and Minor in Business. That got old before I could finish my degree and now I work for the railroad, and enjoy the hell out of it. I look forward to great discussions in what looks like a great online community.
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Post by: striker on November 09, 2008, 05:24:26 PM
 my name is striker and i first heard this show from a coworker around #25. I am 22 and work on oil drilling rigs as a roughneck. i live in Montana and i have been growing %20 of my own food for about the past 3 years in the form of mushrooms. well tanks to all u guys for all the great knowledge i have learned so far and i hope to become a member of this community.

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Post by: jigsaw on November 09, 2008, 07:48:22 PM
Hello everyone.  I'm Derrick, 32 y/o and live in Ohio.  I am currently not working.  My last two jobs were in the airline industry as a baggage handler and I worked for an auto finance company analyzing credit.  I was laid off from those jobs, due to high gas prices and the other due to the financial collapse.  I'm am currently attending bartending school. 

Wife is 100% on board.  She is a student and works full-time.  She will be graduating in May 2009 with 2 degrees in Accounting and Business.  We have been stocking up on food for about 1 week.  We are making a strong commitment to learn as much as we can about survival. 

I found this website through boredom on iTunes.  I purchased my iPod-touch about 4 weeks ago and just started experimenting with all of its doodads about 2 weeks ago.  Finally, I wanted to see what the podcast was all about.  And wala!  My eyes became open and I felt free.  I asked my wife if she wanted to swallow the red pill and see how deep the rabbit hole goes.  We both became free. 

When I go to the grocery store, I can't help but noticed prices keep going up and up.  I keep thinking something isn't right here!  It's like I know something going on, but what I know, I can't explain. Something is wrong with the world but I do not know what it is.  It is this feeling that has lead me to the survival podcast.  The world has pulled my eyelids shut.  The truth is I am a slave, like everyone else.  I was born it bondage. Born into a prison I cannot smell nor touch.  I listen to Jack almost every day to catch up on past episodes.  I'm finally caught up on all the episodes and decided to join the website.  I have a lot of questions.  Some answers might have been overlooked.

-I was wondering what is the best state to live in for survival for low and middle income folks?
-How to purchase farm land, mountain property?  And what to avoid/expect?
-How to survive in the city? Urban areas?
-Basement homes vs. non basement homes are there any advantages/disadvantages? (State of California doesn’t offer basements because of earthquakes) What states offer basements?
-Warmer climates vs. colder climates which makes survival the easiest?

I might have overlooked the answers to these questions but I will be searching the website also. Thanks and everyone have a great day. 


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Post by: DIM TIM on November 09, 2008, 09:54:23 PM
Hello to everyone from S.W. Ohio. I'm 49, married, and we have a son who is 8. (Yeah, I know we started late, but better late than never)
I have been listening to the podcast since episode 67. My cousin, who also preps, sent me the link. I have been listening ever since.

I especially liked the episode 69 show about getting your spouse on board. I learned a good deal of helpful info from that one for sure.
I have been doing mine for quite a while, and I know where everyone that talks about " the look" is coming from.
We got hit with the remnants of HURRICANE IKE, and were without power for three days. Some folks around our area were without for almost two weeks.

While this was a minor inconvenience for us, my wife saw the writing onthe wall so to speak, and I have not seen the look, or heard the usual tinfoil hat comments since.
As a matter of fact, she has even suggested a couple of things that would greatly help with any future events that might happen.
With what I learned from listening to the podcast, I think that I may be making progress to that end.
Of course the three days without power also made a good impact on the need to prepare for bad times.

Thanks Jack, and keep up the good work.
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Post by: awayfrmitall on November 10, 2008, 08:27:20 AM
Hi, I'm Jamie. I now reside in North Idaho but transplanted myself here from Seattle in mid June sometime.

I use to be in Mortgages for a living but about 6 months before the 1st sign of trouble I was getting sick of it and somethign told me to get out so when another opportunity arouse I jumped on it as I wrapped up my Mortgage work.... The 1st sign of trouble was when I had one of my last loans closing in December 2006 (yes 2006... this started much earlier than the press tells everyone). The lender the loan was suppose to close with on a Wednesday closed up shop with no warning on Tuesday afternoon. By the end of that December 3 more lenders were out of business.

I thank God every day that he steered me away from that mess before the majority of it happened. I am self employed and do all my work now via phone and internet.

Anyway, even watching numerous friends lose their jobs throughout 2007 in that Industry I still was just a "research prepper" reading things and reading more things but not really taking any action other than to buy extra stuff when it was on sale but that was my standard mode of operation anyway.

Finally, when the "food shortage" scare happened earlier this year with the rice is what put me into action. I re-evaluated my life and thought .. this is stupid, I am living in a city that, even though I lived here since I was a baby, I hate. You are gonna be 40 in December and you better get your butt moving in the right direction... so I did..

I made plans and moved me and the kids to North Idaho where we own property. We are renting throught this winter to make sure my ideal of country life matches reality then if all goes well AND if it is even possible to get a construction loan next year I'll build a house on our 5 acres of heaven.

Right now according to my inventory sheet we are stocked up good for 6 months if anything were to happen. I am adding a little bit extra each shopping trip and hope to expand to a years worth.

I have 3 kids, a daughter whose 11, one son who is 15 and another son whose 14 in addition we have 13 laying hens and 3 cats.

I found this podcast/forum about a month ago while browsing itunes for podcasts and typed in "survival"... it was exactly what I was looking for.

That first weekend while driving 2.5 hours south to the "big city" to get some supplies my 14 year old and I listened to many of the episodes. Then yesterday I asked my 14 year old "do you want to listed to music or the survival podcast?" He opted for the podcast and when we were driving again to do errands we listened to many more and he asked questions about what he was hearing. It's nice for him to be engaged in the subject.

Although, I don't claim to be an expert by any means I hope to be able to help newer people find information they need and be an active participant on this forum.

Thanks Jack for your time & effort and for the wonderful podcasts you produce.

Regards,
Jamie





Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on November 10, 2008, 10:30:59 PM
That's awesome Jamie, congrats on making the move.

Welcome to the boards!
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Post by: TXChikk on November 11, 2008, 04:53:32 PM
Howdy everyone, I'm a newbie here. I recently discovered The Survival Podcast through an internet search for "survival" & "survival kits" and so far this has been one of the most worthy information sites I have found.

A bit about me: I'm a 37 year old gal, from Texas :). Although thoughts of survival are not new to me in light of recent events the 'concept' has taken on a whole new meaning. I have been aware for quite some time that I need to do everything I can to 'get out of the system' but only recently have I been able to implement a plan. I believe this forum and other sources of information will be of valuable aid.

Thank you to all who have not only started this forum and the site but to all of you who willingly contribute your personal experience and knowledge for the edification of others.

I am looking forward to a mutually prosperous relationship with this forum!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on November 11, 2008, 04:57:36 PM
Welcome to the forum, TXChikk!
Glad to have you with us.  :)
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Post by: LandRaider on November 14, 2008, 03:55:15 PM
Hey folks.   

late 20's from gulf south.   

Always had the survival mentality since I was a child.   I got linked here from the SF on Arfcom.   Still lurk there.   

Just got a small BOL built... 8 acres, and 10X10 cabin with the starts of a house on it.  (ICF)  :D 
It's got an artesian well, that feeds a small creek.  Lots of wildlife.  Hogs, Deer, Squirrels, hawks....
I'm setting it up as my homestead by planting as many fruit trees as I can afford. 

Currently working on my new tractor, and keeping my eyes out for a bush hog, disc, and other implements that I can use. 

Recently made a post about good deals, and how to score them.   
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on November 14, 2008, 07:45:09 PM
Welcome Land Raider.  :)
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Post by: archer on November 15, 2008, 09:48:43 AM
Welcome Landraider! Sounds like you have a good start to a BOL. Let us know how it goes or post pictures!
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Post by: Ebbtide on November 15, 2008, 03:54:02 PM
Nice to meet ya! This is a great place. Welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Earth Monk on November 19, 2008, 08:42:19 AM
Greetings Friends,

I am Tay Ras from the State of Jefferson (also known as Southern OR / Northern CA). I have been married for a decade, have a teenage boy and a preteen girl, am active duty USAF Security Forces K9, and am prepping a homestead site in rural Klamath County Oregon just East of the Cascades for retirement. Currently, I am stationed in East Anglia, UK, but will return stateside after the New Year. Looks like I will be calling New Mexico home for a while.

I have lived all over Region 8 and can offer insight into the West Coast area for non-locals. I can also offer advice on Dog training.
Looking to become better educated as education is a life long process in my view.

I intend to revive the old ways of sustainability. Great Grandma didn't call it Survival Prep, she called it Life.

Wife is mostly on board with the concept, Kids are being educated as a way of life. All is well for this Peaceful Warrior.

To me, its as much about the journey as it is the destination. One of our rights as described in the preamble of the constitution is the 'Pursuit of Happiness', not actual happiness, but the pursuit of it...it is what you make of it!

I choose to be happy (and am prepared to be angry).

On a closing note, my handle is Earth Monk, my name is Tay Ras. I created Earth Monk because I am but a member of the Brotherhood of this planet. It is not a religious reference.

Glad to be here, thanks for the facilitation Jack.

-Ras
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on November 19, 2008, 10:07:17 AM
Welcome Earth Monk. If you don't mind, I'll pick your brain later about living in Klamath. My brother has some property up there he wants to build (more) on.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: IonicDOG on November 19, 2008, 06:54:18 PM
Hello everyone.

I'm josh. I'm 20 years old and live in Thibodaux, Louisiana. I've been listening to the show for about 2 months now and just got around to registering on the forums, gonna be browsing around and soaking up all the info that I can for a while.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: millerized1 on November 19, 2008, 07:00:00 PM
I haven't said it in a while, but Welcome, Congratulations

Welcome: To the forum
Congratulations: For becoming active and making the contributions we all know you're going to make as a member here.

Thanks for stopping by!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on November 19, 2008, 09:08:42 PM
Hello everyone.

I'm josh. I'm 20 years old and live in Thibodaux, Louisiana. I've been listening to the show for about 2 months now and just got around to registering on the forums, gonna be browsing around and soaking up all the info that I can for a while.
Welcome IonicDOG.  A youngster starting early with the survivalist mentality, good job.
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Post by: Gsdguy on November 20, 2008, 06:13:50 AM
Hi everyone,

My name is Bill. I have been listening to the podcast for about a month, and have gone back and listend to most of the older podcasts also. I really like Jack's take on modern survivalism.

I am 40, been married for 12 years. No kids, but we do have a German Shepard. I have been into prepping since the mid 80's when my uncle gave me his old copies of a magazine called American Survival Guide.

Some of my hobbies include shooting, hunting, fishing(musky fanatic), I am in a shooting league, so i shoot at least once a week. Also I have my General Ham License, and I am active with my counties local ARES and skywarn group. Also, Jack has gotten me very interested in gardening, so I am getting all the info I can about gardening in zone 4. Also i love reading apocalyptic type fiction.

I have been a long time lurker at many different survival realted boards, but this is the first one that has me interested enough to post at, so i am hoping to become and active member here.

Bill
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Post by: robt871 on November 20, 2008, 07:46:32 AM
I'm Rob, 37, minister and pizza delivery in the metro east across from st louis. found the show by accident looking for a different show on itunes, but this is a better show, more realistic and down to earth.
was a cop for 2 years in vader washington, the small town politics made me sick. moved back to the place i know. but staying out of LawEnforcement.  tactical training was good and free. ;)  been a prepper for some time, not as seriously as i am now.
my problem right now, being in a 2br is having the space to store. 
My wife isnt completly on board, but she understands.  we had a bad storm a couple of years ago, the place we lived at that time had a basement, so every time i finshed a bottle of soda, i would put water in it, put it in the basement ppl thought i was nuts.  but after the storm hit and i didnt have to go buy water. (that and the shelves at the stores were empty) there was more than enough water for 10 adults for 2 weeks, had xtra left over.  I wasnt standing at the american red cross truck for 1 gal of water every day, 3 days after the water was turned off. that felt good. 8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Earth Monk on November 20, 2008, 01:05:03 PM
Welcome Guys,
Look around and get involved! This place has a little bit for everyone...if it's not here, build it, they will come!
-Ras
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on November 20, 2008, 02:07:21 PM
Welcome newcomers, make yourselves at home.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Detrell on November 20, 2008, 06:41:26 PM
Hi all my name is Daniel, I just turned 18, I live Adelaide, South Australia, I’ve been listening scene early August. I love the show and the mind set that the community here has. I found this site thru some intense searching on the internet, great to be here and I hope to be good friend with you all.
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Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on November 20, 2008, 07:06:12 PM
Welcome to the boards y'all.  Nice to see some new folks coming aboard, especially the lurkers.  I look forward to hearing everyone's experiences & views on things so please make yourselves at home.

Hi all my name is Daniel, I just turned 18, I live Adelaide, South Australia, I’ve been listening scene early August. I love the show and the mind set that the community here has. I found this site thru some intense searching on the internet, great to be here and I hope to be good friend with you all.
Nice to see some more international folks poking their heads in as well.  Welcome Detrell!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AmadorShooter on November 24, 2008, 09:59:33 PM
Hey Everybody -

I am a 40 year old married w/3 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat, coming to my senses prepper.  I enjoyed survivalist things and I guess I was an "ant" back in the late 80's and early 90's, but then a business and family got in the way and seemed more important.  Now, in our current climate and with the direction we seem to heading, is a good time to dust off some skills. 

I feel out of touch as to where to begin again.  Is there a "beginners" section of the forum?

Great forum - I've been listening to Jack for about a month and just started lurking around here recently.  Can't wait to learn more.

AmadorShooter
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on November 24, 2008, 10:29:25 PM
Hey Everybody -

I am a 40 year old married w/3 kids, 2 dogs, and a cat, coming to my senses prepper.  I enjoyed survivalist things and I guess I was an "ant" back in the late 80's and early 90's, but then a business and family got in the way and seemed more important.  Now, in our current climate and with the direction we seem to heading, is a good time to dust off some skills. 

I feel out of touch as to where to begin again.  Is there a "beginners" section of the forum?

Great forum - I've been listening to Jack for about a month and just started lurking around here recently.  Can't wait to learn more.

AmadorShooter
Nope just jump in the water's fine!!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on November 24, 2008, 11:22:26 PM
Just watch out for Millerized, he bites.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Brian Gallimore on November 25, 2008, 09:07:50 AM
Hi everyone.  My name is Brian Gallimore, I live in Allen Texas, 35 years old, married, one kiddo who is almost 2 years old and make a living as an Electrical Engineer (mostly control systems, some power).  I'm a CHL holder, built my AR-15, used to reload my own ammo and shoot in IDPA matches, have an amateur radio license, in the process of converting an old diesel Mercedes to run on waste vegetable oil, and I'm into vegetable gardening, so I seem to fit the mold here already, although I never considered myself a "survival guy".

I started listening to the podcast last week or so.  Thanks to Jack and all the participants on this forum, there is already a great wealth of information here.  I hope the truth contained here will hopefully open the eyes of many so we can begin to correct the path we are headed down.
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Post by: Beetle on November 25, 2008, 09:26:49 AM
Welcome aboard!!!
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Post by: archer on November 25, 2008, 11:52:08 AM
Welcome aboard kb5won
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Earth Monk on November 25, 2008, 12:44:27 PM
Your welcome here.
Homesteader, Survivalist, or just plain concerned and doing something about it. Good for you.
Your welcome here.

-Ras
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Post by: rmcculloch on November 26, 2008, 11:08:49 AM
Hi there folks.  I'm Ryan, 28 years old from Southern California.  Been a firefighter/paramedic for 6 years here in S. Calif, married have 2 kids, couple dogs, and a ridiculous mortgage!!!  Totally new to this whole prepping thing, other than the 72 hours that we all should have for that "Big One" that we always here about.  I've completely jumped in and started doing lots of things that people think I'm crazy for, we even have a few chickens in our backyard!!!  I have built two raised planters and am currently growing tons of veggies, one things thats nice about our area is tomatoes are still growing here!  I love the podcast and eagerly await each new episode.  Learning something every day.  Thanks to everyone!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on November 26, 2008, 11:51:07 AM
Welcome rmcculloch! Glad to hear you've converted.. What type of chickens?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CBMS on November 26, 2008, 11:57:30 AM
Hey all, I am a Student in BC, Vancouver Island However I am a red blooded American born in Northern California. I am 22 and am not new to the survivalist movement, but rather new to this style of it.
My main interest is the tacticool rifles, and homesteading permaculture.
Thats about it,
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: rmcculloch on November 26, 2008, 12:05:54 PM
They are actually laying hens that an organic store called Trader Joes has cross bred, it's a cross between a Rhode Island Red and something else.  They are still a little young, but should be producing very soon!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on November 26, 2008, 01:07:15 PM
Welcome CBMS! Do you have any permaculture going already?
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Post by: Earth Monk on November 26, 2008, 03:43:12 PM
Welcome CBMS,
Check out the region 8 forum, NorCal is part of it.
-Ras
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Post by: AmadorShooter on November 26, 2008, 09:18:42 PM
Thanks for the welcome's everybody.  I am getting some great info already.

Will be checking out Zone 8 info - thanks Earth Monk!

Bought a little mini seed starter greenhouse at Lowes today, and some pepper, chive and other herbs.  Going to get my 8 year old son involved as well.  He is already a crack shot with his .22, now I need to get a spade into his hand!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RidgeRunner on November 27, 2008, 08:54:29 AM
Hello Name is Bob here from Maine, I am 29, do not have kids I live with my girlfriend in a house we own together.  We have two German Shepards.  I am also a general class ham, I have been a prepper/survivalist probably since I was around 12 or 13 after joining boy scouts...I took the whole be prepared thing to the max.  I would say I do not have quite the extensive stashes that some people have, but I have an extreme thirst for knowledge, I am always reading, teaching myself new things, learing, and trying out new things.  I believe that the most powerful tool we have is sitting up on our shoulders.  I make living as a FF/EMT.  I started listening to this show a month ago, I have listened to almost every episode I am probably 6 episodes behind, I've had to bump up my listening time because Jack has been doing some sweet prize giveaways and I am usually listening to them after they have already happened.  I look forward to learning more from the community.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on November 27, 2008, 09:43:52 AM
Welcome RidgeRunner!!! Glad to have you here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Honorbound on November 28, 2008, 10:29:01 AM
Greetings,  my name is Hannah and I just heard one of the podcasts.  I'm downloading several more like there's no tomorrow....(which who know's if there will be)  I really enjoyed the podcast and then found your forum. 

I've been prepping since 1998.  We try to practice self-sufficiency with a  small homestead and by homeschooling our own children.

Looking forward to reading more on the forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Earth Monk on November 29, 2008, 03:11:22 PM
Where are you located at Hannah?
Welcome, BTW.
-Ras
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: backyardgardener on November 29, 2008, 04:04:33 PM
Hi Jack - here's some fan mail for you.
I have listened to almost all of your podcasts over the past month and have started to get prepped. In fact, I had a week's worth of food stored when "disaster" struck - that is, I lost my darned debit card. It took almost a week for the bank to send me a new card and, thanks to your show teaching me how to prepare, it didn't change my life a bit!
Thanks dude.
BYG.
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Post by: mojoworkin on December 03, 2008, 08:08:46 PM
Hi All. I'm Scott and very new to the site. Also new to the podcast but it hit a chord with me. I'm 34 and have a wife and 3yr. old daughter. We have a place just north of suburban Columbus OH and I've been thinking a lot about the topics presented here. We currently have 5 acres and a pond full of fish, so in some ways I am ahead in prep, but in many other ways I am not. Gardening is not a strong point, but I have the space and the tools. (just not the know-how)I'm very prepared from a defensive standpoint, with CCW and multiple guns. I have shot skeet, trap, and sporting clays as an every weekend ritual with my family since I was about 10.

I work in the power equipment industry as a distributor service manager for Echo, Dixon, Yazoo Kees, EZ Trench, and BCS. I am very knowledgeable in the ways of John Deere, Honda, Stihl, Exmark, and a few others manufacturers. If I can be of any assistance on that end, I am very happy to help.

As far as preparedness growth, I'm very interested in learning about gardening and economics.

I look forward to learning a lot here. Thanks for having me.

Scott

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: millerized1 on December 04, 2008, 06:25:44 AM
Mojoworkin: Welcome to the fray! I hope you'll be overworked with questions during your stay here :)

For gardening, try a few "simple" books like either of the "Square Foot Gardening" books.  Simple, effective and not hugely time consuming. The V2.0 even gives you a dirt recipe, leaving out the part of making your own soil work. It's a proven method.
 A lot of information has been proposed in the Gardening and Agriculture forum http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=15.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=15.0) with a lot of experts and easily answered questions.

Again, welcome "home" !
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: phil_in_cs on December 04, 2008, 06:59:49 AM
I’m new to this forum, but have been in survival mode my whole life. I’m in my mid 40’s, and was conceived during the Cuban missile crisis and grew up on the Gulf Coast, so preparedness was something my parents took very seriously. They took a big hit from Hurricane Audrey in 1957, a storm that killed over 600 in SW Louisiana and SE Texas, and that event shaped quite a bit of their thinking. Add to that I was a teen in the late 1970’s, when the Russian were invading Afghanistan, the US Economy was going to hell, and it was pretty easy to see why we joined the survivalist push back then.
These days my wife, daughter, and I are living in central Texas, in a location that gets ‘bugged out to’ whenever there is a major hurricane. We try to stay as active and outdoorsy as we can. I shoot IDPA and Service Rifle, and play bass when I can gigs: I've done over 2 dozen musicals with a local theatre company as well as some jazz and church work.

I know BigDanInTX and JeremyA from ZS; even met them for dinner when I was in in Austin once. For those that haven't met BigDanInTX, "Big" is an understatement. GiantDanInTX is much more accurate.

Dan and Jeremy have been flogging me to listen to the pod casts for 4-5 months, I guess. Oddly for someone that does computer software for a living and sits at a computer 70+ hours a week, I'm something of a neo-luddite and did't have any way to listen to them beyond sitting at the computer more hours. We traded my old car in for an older one that gets nearly 40mpg in 2007, and the current old car doesn't even have a CD player. My phone can play MP3s and I have listened to a couple that way....

My wife is fully on board with the prep lifestyle. We are working hard to make sure we're ready when TSHTF, but also to be solid if the powers that be are successful at staving it off indefinitely. I tend to be very cynical about immeadiate predictions of doom. I mentioned that I'm a second generation survivalist - my dad has books from the mid 1970's about how the crushing US debt will overwhelm the market and cause a collapse. The same authors (Gary North comes to mind) revise those books every couple years and put them out as new works, continually pushing back their estimate of when the collapse will happen. Dad's got some Krugerrands he bought in 1981 for $850+ too, so don't go telling me that's a good investment, either. 27 years later, they are back to break even...

Still, there's no getting around the issue that Social Security and Medicare are $60 Trillion under funded, and there just isn't enough money to meet those obligations. I often say about the Gary North's of the world that constantly predict the collapse in the next 18 months that they will be right at some point.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on December 04, 2008, 07:32:28 AM
Welcome hil_in_cs! Glad to have you on board!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: millerized1 on December 04, 2008, 05:20:53 PM
. I often say about the Gary North's of the world that constantly predict the collapse in the next 18 months that they will be right at some point.

Even a broken clock is right twice a day ;)  He may eventually get it right.  But, regardless of when, you'll be ready.  THATS really all that matters, right?

Welcome!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on December 04, 2008, 06:04:40 PM
I’m new to this forum, but have been in survival mode my whole life. I’m in my mid 40’s, and was conceived during the Cuban missile crisis and grew up on the Gulf Coast, so preparedness was something my parents took very seriously. They took a big hit from Hurricane Audrey in 1957, a storm that killed over 600 in SW Louisiana and SE Texas, and that event shaped quite a bit of their thinking. Add to that I was a teen in the late 1970’s, when the Russian were invading Afghanistan, the US Economy was going to hell, and it was pretty easy to see why we joined the survivalist push back then.
These days my wife, daughter, and I are living in central Texas, in a location that gets ‘bugged out to’ whenever there is a major hurricane. We try to stay as active and outdoorsy as we can. I shoot IDPA and Service Rifle, and play bass when I can gigs: I've done over 2 dozen musicals with a local theatre company as well as some jazz and church work.

I know BigDanInTX and JeremyA from ZS; even met them for dinner when I was in in Austin once. For those that haven't met BigDanInTX, "Big" is an understatement. GiantDanInTX is much more accurate.

Dan and Jeremy have been flogging me to listen to the pod casts for 4-5 months, I guess. Oddly for someone that does computer software for a living and sits at a computer 70+ hours a week, I'm something of a neo-luddite and did't have any way to listen to them beyond sitting at the computer more hours. We traded my old car in for an older one that gets nearly 40mpg in 2007, and the current old car doesn't even have a CD player. My phone can play MP3s and I have listened to a couple that way....

My wife is fully on board with the prep lifestyle. We are working hard to make sure we're ready when TSHTF, but also to be solid if the powers that be are successful at staving it off indefinitely. I tend to be very cynical about immeadiate predictions of doom. I mentioned that I'm a second generation survivalist - my dad has books from the mid 1970's about how the crushing US debt will overwhelm the market and cause a collapse. The same authors (Gary North comes to mind) revise those books every couple years and put them out as new works, continually pushing back their estimate of when the collapse will happen. Dad's got some Krugerrands he bought in 1981 for $850+ too, so don't go telling me that's a good investment, either. 27 years later, they are back to break even...

Still, there's no getting around the issue that Social Security and Medicare are $60 Trillion under funded, and there just isn't enough money to meet those obligations. I often say about the Gary North's of the world that constantly predict the collapse in the next 18 months that they will be right at some point.

It's good to have you over here.  You make a good addition to the TSP family.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Supertramp on December 04, 2008, 06:42:48 PM
hey everyone-new guy here,been lurking around for a while after finding site through the podcast.although not an american political junky or crazy big tactical gun owner (were not allowed here)i love the show and all it stands for and now am loving this forum.thx for such a vast knowledge base and from millerized-loving all the non swear swearwords.anyway i am 37 yr old father of 5 and owner of 1 choc lab avid hunter,fisherman,gardener and have been a hobby farmer and trapper. i heat and cook (in winter)with wood and have trained for 3 yrs in mma but have recently retired due to injuries(getting older) and if i don't work - we don,t eat.i am a carpenter by trade and also the caretaker of my church. my wife is a stay at home mom and a wonder in the kitchen and a creative sewer. she is a survivalist without trying to be just by the groceries she squirrels away when things go on sale .i always prided myself that i could be self sufficient but you guys have raised the bar and i look forward to learning more
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AmadorShooter on December 04, 2008, 06:59:31 PM
Glad you found us, SuperTramp!

I've got 2 chocolates as well.... and 3 kids under 8 years old.  Active in my church.

I'm pretty new here as well, but have been doing "this" off and on for a while.  I learn something here every day.  I would especially pay attention to the "What have you done today" section, as there is some great dily tidbits posted there.

I wish you well,

Chris
AmadorShooter
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fuzzykub on December 04, 2008, 07:49:46 PM
Hi Everyone.
I found the podcast almost by mistake two weeks ago and have been hooked ever since.
I'm 31, married, father of 2 with a third on the way.  Also can't forget my two labs and 2
rabbits living with us.  It was a pleasant surprise to hear Jack's views on things, and now
to know there are so many people out there just wanting to live a better, simpler life is a
relief.
I feel fortunate to know there are so many kindred spirits out there and I look forward to
learning and sharing with everyone.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: firetoad on December 04, 2008, 09:16:59 PM
Welcom fuzzykub!  Hope you enjoy!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 04, 2008, 11:29:08 PM
A round of welcomes for everybody!

Firetoad's buyin'....^^^^^
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on December 05, 2008, 10:18:59 AM
A round of welcomes for everybody!

Firetoad's buyin'....^^^^^
Yeah Firetoad!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on December 05, 2008, 10:08:14 PM
Welcome fuzzykub.  Where are you from?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mojoworkin on December 06, 2008, 08:05:47 AM
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For gardening, try a few "simple" books like either of the "Square Foot Gardening" books.  Simple, effective and not hugely time consuming. The V2.0 even gives you a dirt recipe, leaving out the part of making your own soil work. It's a proven method.

Millerized - Thank you so much for the resources. I think that now (and I guess forever) is a great time for me to research. The ground's frozen here in OH so I can't do much yet.

I forgot two other very crucial objectives of mine. We have fruit trees that I MUST learn to take care of. I am able to prune properly but I lack the knowledge of using sprays (if I must) and other ideas of how to increase production and keep the deer out. Apple, cherry, peach, and pear.

The other is pond management. I have controlled algae with Copper Sulfate in the past but I have not done anything else. The fish population is abundant and I'd like to keep it that way. (without the over use of chemicals or the popular dyes that people use to control algae)

Again, thanks for the welcome and resources. I'm already learning...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on December 06, 2008, 08:57:52 AM
I'm Heavy G from western Washington State.  In my late 30s and work a white collar job.  Fabulous wife and three kids.  Wife doesn't know a thing about my prepping.  (If you're curious why I don't let her know you can read previous postings of mine on this.) 

I grew up poor.  So I understand, unlike most of the people around me (hint, hint), that things can go bad and mean people will try to take your stuff if you can't fend them off.  I kind of live in two worlds: the nice world of white collar pleasantries (and I excel in this world) while I am simultaneously thinking about what happens if the pleasantries get stripped off because a catastrophe turns nice people ... into mean people who will try to take your stuff if you can't fend them off.

In 2008 I was noticing things like food prices going up, oil hitting new highs, and the completely disfunctional political system.  I was listening to Glenn Beck and thinking that things were no longer on the usual American path of lots of stuff and lots of opportunity.

I've always liked shooting so I was listening to a podcast from Michael Bane on guns called Down Range Radio.  In one of his podcasts in the summer of 2008 he mentioned his experiences in several riots and how nice people turned into mean people.  A light went off in my head.  Then he mentioned a book on basic survival called When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin.  I read it.  Wow.  I need to be prepared.

Then I searched the iTunes store for the word "survival."  Jack's show came up.  I listened and was hooked.

All this happened right at the time the economy started collapsing.  I remember early September 2008 when the feds took over Freddie and Fannie and then AIG.  All these "crazy" possibilities of things getting bad were unfolding right before my eyes.  This was exactly when I started listening to The Survival Podcast.  The timing was perfect and TSP made a big impression on me. 

Now I've stepped up the preps (to the extent possible when your wife doesn't know).  I have a bug out location with some food.  It's a farmer's house and he would let my family live there if SHTF.  I have plenty of good guns and know how to use them really well.  (The farmer doesn't so there's a little trade going on there.)

I can't really do a lot of things I'd like to do (like plant a garden).  My white collar suburban set up won't allow it.  Why not just move off to the hills?  I love my wife too much.  She won't go for it.  I'll take my chances fighting my way out of the suburb toward my bug out location.  Life is full of trade offs.  I'm not going to break up my family because I think there is a possibility of SHTF.  Not worth it. 

Here's the most important fact about me: I'm a Christian.  I saved that fact for last so if you're turned off by religion you wouldn't quit reading my intro thread.  I'm not preachy and people are sometimes surprised that a swearing, drinking, wild man like me would be a Christian.  I can't explain it.  But no description of Heavy G is complete without the fact of my faith.

I've learned so much from you guys at this forum.  It's nice to know there are people out there like me.   
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on December 06, 2008, 11:57:31 AM
A belated Welcome to you HeavyG!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 06, 2008, 12:42:40 PM
A belated Welcome to you HeavyG!
Ditto.

...& I'll add thanks for your contributions & thoughtful posts.  Well done all around. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Earth Monk on December 06, 2008, 06:55:23 PM
Welcome Folks,
Love that NW Native Owl Supertramp!
Congrats on 700 DEV.
-Ras
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CT9A on December 06, 2008, 07:52:12 PM
Hi everyone, I seemed to have missed this thread the few times that I've been here.  I found the podcast through other forums and have been listening over the past month or so (I'm still catching up on the back episodes).  I'm loving the environment here, seems different and friendlier (?) than some of the other survivalist forums out there. 

Anyway, fairly new to the modern prepping thing.  I've been survival minded since a kid, but didn't really start until I was out of high school and had a kid of my own.  Now I'm hoping to keep my family safe no matter what the situation.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on December 06, 2008, 07:55:42 PM
Hi everyone, I seemed to have missed this thread the few times that I've been here.  I found the podcast through other forums and have been listening over the past month or so (I'm still catching up on the back episodes).  I'm loving the environment here, seems different and friendlier (?) than some of the other survivalist forums out there. 

Anyway, fairly new to the modern prepping thing.  I've been survival minded since a kid, but didn't really start until I was out of high school and had a kid of my own.  Now I'm hoping to keep my family safe no matter what the situation.

Welcome CT9A are you related to C3PO?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 07, 2008, 05:25:10 AM
Hi everyone, I seemed to have missed this thread the few times that I've been here.  I found the podcast through other forums and have been listening over the past month or so (I'm still catching up on the back episodes).  I'm loving the environment here, seems different and friendlier (?) than some of the other survivalist forums out there. 

Anyway, fairly new to the modern prepping thing.  I've been survival minded since a kid, but didn't really start until I was out of high school and had a kid of my own.  Now I'm hoping to keep my family safe no matter what the situation.

Welcome CT9A are you related to C3PO?
Not unless C3PO was made by Mitsubishi. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Q_Dog on December 07, 2008, 08:23:25 AM
Hello friends and neighbors,

My name is Eric. I live in Eastern Pennsylvania. I'm new to the survival community and mindset and look forward to learning from Jack and the rest of the community. I am on a couple of other forums, Frugal Squirrel's, and Viking Preparedness. I found The Survival Podcast on Itunes and have learned many things from Jack. I usually listen to the show on my 25 minute drive to tae kwon-do class each Monday and Wednesday. Thanks for having on board.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on December 07, 2008, 08:55:45 AM
Q Dog:

If you're from Eastern Pennyslvania, you probably have the same accent as Jack.  I'd do my imitation of him, but there's no audio capability on a forum.

Welcome.

Heavy G
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on December 07, 2008, 06:36:04 PM
Hi everyone, I seemed to have missed this thread the few times that I've been here.  I found the podcast through other forums and have been listening over the past month or so (I'm still catching up on the back episodes).  I'm loving the environment here, seems different and friendlier (?) than some of the other survivalist forums out there. 

Anyway, fairly new to the modern prepping thing.  I've been survival minded since a kid, but didn't really start until I was out of high school and had a kid of my own.  Now I'm hoping to keep my family safe no matter what the situation.

Welcome CT9A are you related to C3PO?
Not unless C3PO was made by Mitsubishi. ;)

Had to google that one...Does Mitsubishi still make cars?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CT9A on December 07, 2008, 06:39:45 PM
Hi everyone, I seemed to have missed this thread the few times that I've been here.  I found the podcast through other forums and have been listening over the past month or so (I'm still catching up on the back episodes).  I'm loving the environment here, seems different and friendlier (?) than some of the other survivalist forums out there. 

Anyway, fairly new to the modern prepping thing.  I've been survival minded since a kid, but didn't really start until I was out of high school and had a kid of my own.  Now I'm hoping to keep my family safe no matter what the situation.

Welcome CT9A are you related to C3PO?
Not unless C3PO was made by Mitsubishi. ;)

Pretty good.  This is the last place I thought I would find someone who knew that chassis code.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Storm on December 07, 2008, 08:47:30 PM
Jake, 23, West Virginia.

Currently: In finals week, getting my C&R, CCW, attempting to get out of debt.

Not a lot to tell, I take knowledge where I can and shell it out if it's needed. I'm a proud Mountaineer and my family is the most important thing in the world and worth planning and fighting for. My pet project is to, within the next two years I hope, organize a homegrown militia (dirty word!) that will help out in the community, give survival/preparedness seminars, assist in alternative energy installations/seminars, help out the National Guard during annual flooding and generally get the word Militia undirtied.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TXChikk on December 07, 2008, 08:50:57 PM
Jake, 23, West Virginia.

Currently: In finals week, getting my C&R, CCW, attempting to get out of debt.

Not a lot to tell, I take knowledge where I can and shell it out if it's needed. I'm a proud Mountaineer and my family is the most important thing in the world and worth planning and fighting for. My pet project is to, within the next two years I hope, organize a homegrown militia (dirty word!) that will help out in the community, give survival/preparedness seminars, assist in alternative energy installations/seminars, help out the National Guard during annual flooding and generally get the word Militia undirtied.


Welcome Storm and +1 for the passion to 'un-dirty' an American asset. Become educated and then educate, I like and agree with your spirit. Good luck and enjoy the community here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on December 08, 2008, 01:25:47 AM
+1 storm welcome to the forums.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on December 08, 2008, 05:52:16 PM
Glad to see so many new members.  Welcome to all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on December 08, 2008, 06:34:44 PM
Hi everyone, I seemed to have missed this thread the few times that I've been here.  I found the podcast through other forums and have been listening over the past month or so (I'm still catching up on the back episodes).  I'm loving the environment here, seems different and friendlier (?) than some of the other survivalist forums out there. 

Welcome CT9A!  I think your observations are correct, this is a very frindly environment with some stellar information flying about! 

V/r Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fuzzykub on December 08, 2008, 08:01:06 PM
Thanks for the warm welcomes.
By the by I'm located about forty miles south of Pittsburgh
in the scenic Laurel Highlands... :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RonH2K on December 10, 2008, 08:25:56 PM
Hello, all!   8)

Ron, 40, Tallahassee, Florida.  Married with two kids.

I work in IS/Training in the healthcare field.  Awaiting the issuance of my CCW.  Recently attended Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University at church and are well into "Baby Step #2" (Still owe on my truck and the mortgage).

I was more prepared for whatever might happen, or whatever might not, when I was a teenager.  After 8 years in the Army I got more complacent instead of becoming more resolved.  Many years later, I find my preparedness sorely lacking.

I've gone back and have listened to all of the Survival Podcasts until mid-August.  All of that in the last week or two.  I hope to get current in another week or so.  Naturally, hearing all of that and realizing all I need to do is a little overwhelming.  I do realize that the "journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" and all that, though.

I'm working the finances, preparing my vehicles, putting together a good bug out bag, and hope to really prepare my home.  Living in Florida, I have the excuse of "Hurricane Preparation" to not *totally* freak out the wife.  We'll bring her on board slowly.

I look forward to learning a lot.  So be prepared for some, hopefully, thoughtful questions.  Who knows, I might even be able to eventually return the favor and help others along the way too!

 8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on December 10, 2008, 09:33:48 PM
Welcome Ron.  We are glad to have you here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Bogota on December 11, 2008, 03:13:29 PM
Hi guys,
I've been preparing to prepare since the 1980's, but for some reason I've always found a way to be unprepared. I've been listening to Jack's show for several months now.  I've found it to be the most informative show on the web, or the airwaves for that matter. I served in the 101st Airborne during the first Persian Gulf war.  I'm originally from the Texas Panhandle, but now I teach school in Bogota Colombia.  I have a wife and a daughter who's just entering the terrible two's.
I hope that I can bring a little different perspective to your discussions as I have been living in a third world country for the last eight years.  I expect that a lot of what could come to pass in the near future in the USA has already happened here and I have some experience on how to survive these types of situations.  As far as politics go the last time I voted it was for Ross Perot.  I wasn't a big supporter of Perot, but I hate political parties.  I guess you could say I'm an independent. 

Rakkasan
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on December 11, 2008, 03:32:16 PM
Welcome Bogota,

It will be interesting to know how you prepare in a country like Columbia.  Gun laws etc.

Don't worry about the terrible two's.....  Wait till their three. :o
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on December 11, 2008, 05:03:00 PM
Hi guys,
I've been preparing to prepare since the 1980's, but for some reason I've always found a way to be unprepared. I've been listening to Jack's show for several months now.  I've found it to be the most informative show on the web, or the airwaves for that matter. I served in the 101st Airborne during the first Persian Gulf war.  I'm originally from the Texas Panhandle, but now I teach school in Bogota Colombia.  I have a wife and a daughter who's just entering the terrible two's.
I hope that I can bring a little different perspective to your discussions as I have been living in a third world country for the last eight years.  I expect that a lot of what could come to pass in the near future in the USA has already happened here and I have some experience on how to survive these types of situations.  As far as politics go the last time I voted it was for Ross Perot.  I wasn't a big supporter of Perot, but I hate political parties.  I guess you could say I'm an independent. 

Rakkasan

Welcome Bogota!  I spent 5 years down in Panama and traveled extensively in C/S America and loved everybit of it.  Also Spent some time in Colombia at a Ground Base Radar Site in the middle of now where. 

Welcome!  BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TeamPrecisionIT on December 11, 2008, 05:57:40 PM
My name is Damian and I am an... wait wrong place. Anyway, I hail out of Virginia Beach and work for the Department of the Navy as a special warfare communications developer.

I am here for information as well as what you would call revolutionary purposes. Funny enough, Jack and myself share many common ideas and he gives insights to things that open the door to research. So in a sense the show is as informative as it is motivational and I think it's great that he does it as a one man operation and on his own time. In the event that he isn't and it's all a terrorist front, I will hunt him down 8) 

Anyway, thank you for the great show and I hope you keep it up for a long time!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Derek on December 11, 2008, 08:50:05 PM
My name is Derek And I have been listening for almost the whole time. I found the site by Stumble and I listened to a few shows and was hooked. Since then I have started getting my life in order and planning for the long term but I am not going all crazy I am looking at my place and how to make it work for me. Next year I will be planting a few raised beds for gardening I have a bow that I had just to tinker around with now I try to shoot every week. I am an ex-Marine but I don't have a gun. Living in Illinois you have to get a FOID card. I am getting one for myself and my wife so we can both have a gun or 2. My wife is a survivalist but doesn't call herself that. So there is my introduction.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on December 11, 2008, 09:19:25 PM
Hello and welcome TeamPrecisionIT and Derek! Sit down, kick back, and learn and help us learn
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on December 12, 2008, 07:05:17 AM
Welcome Derek.

An ex-Marine without a gun in Illinois?  Whoa.  That state's gun control laws must be pretty horrible for that to happen.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bigken on December 12, 2008, 07:30:06 AM
New guy here - Been listening for a couple months now, and like what I hear.  I've been gardening for a few years, and organic for many many years.  I'm a 50 year old Harley rider, hot-rodder, gardener, and work in engineering for a trade.
Pisses as hell for years over the confiscatory raping of the working man, whether exec. or blue-collar.  I loathe slum kings and welfare pimps.  DAMN YOU - slugs and leaches.  Don't be liieve the gov. is efficient at ANYTHING.  They do not have one ounce of business sense.
Anyway, glad to be here, and am usually too damn busy to post.......
Thanks - BigKen
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on December 12, 2008, 09:06:04 AM
I like the way your think BigKen!  Welcome!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Derek on December 12, 2008, 01:09:16 PM
Welcome Derek.

An ex-Marine without a gun in Illinois?  Whoa.  That state's gun control laws must be pretty horrible for that to happen.

Just a big hassle more then anything. First you have to get a firearms ID card which could take months to get. Then you can go out and start buying. Plus I didn't live anywhere that made owning a gun possible. Till just a few years ago I lived in apts. Also I choose to not have one because I can defend myself just fine without one. Lots of Practice at that. And I have other weapons in my house that I can use.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Zombie Axe on December 12, 2008, 07:19:42 PM
OH, here is the intro thread :o

Howdy folks from Western NC. I live at my homestead and love the farming type environment. I work in the telecom industry. It pays well and helps me to get my stuff in order. I am in my late 30's and have been prepping since the 80's. My wife homeschools and she is on the S&P train as well :)

I really enjoy gardening, beekeeping (really helps the garden produce prolifically), ham radio (extra class),fishing/hunting/camping/hiking/mountain biking, German Shepherds, electrical/electronics,firearms, DIY type stuff, blogging (when I get time) and a million other things I can not remember right now  ;D

I have really enjoyed Jack riding with me to/from/at work and dude... you got the gift of gab  :) I am currently listening to about 80+ episodes on my mp3 player and will hopefully be caught up this weekend. BTW the Systema show was VERY interesting!!!

Well enough rambling for now. Look forward to sharing what little I know and look forward to learning new things on this forum (and show).  73
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jetta2337 on December 16, 2008, 03:38:24 PM
Howdy all!
New here from Wyoming! The great desert in the Rocky Mountains!
Old ranch boy from South Dakota and starting to look for some homestead land back there. Cant grow to much here in Wyoming with the weather and lack of water. Land with water here is so expensive that the price is outrageous. So looking to go back home. Found this site looking for ideas on food storage and such. Some great freaking pod casts I have found here and already pointed many of my friends here that have the same mindset as us. Love hunting and animals but need to learn more about growing stuff. That is how I found this and why I am sticking around. Also love to know how they did it back when. Like to see how they preserved food before the fridge and freezer. Hope to see ya all around!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on December 16, 2008, 03:40:54 PM
Welcome to the forum.  Good luck on finding a homestead in south Dak.  Beautiful state BTW.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: haloblue on December 18, 2008, 12:25:35 PM
Greetings! New as well. Found the show via a thread on another board. Enjoy it immensely.

Name is Jeremy, currently residing in the northern suburbs of Atlanta.

Been of this mindset for a long, long time.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on December 18, 2008, 12:31:35 PM
Welcome haloblue! Sit back and relax and learn and share.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tash on December 18, 2008, 04:48:27 PM
Hello everyone who's new to our little, and growing, family. We're glad to have you here. Can't wait to learn from you. Welcome! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on December 19, 2008, 01:02:28 AM
Howdy y'all, welcome to the boards.

Lots of new folks joining, good to see. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on December 20, 2008, 01:46:56 AM
My name is Derek And I have been listening for almost the whole time. I found the site by Stumble and I listened to a few shows and was hooked. Since then I have started getting my life in order and planning for the long term but I am not going all crazy I am looking at my place and how to make it work for me. Next year I will be planting a few raised beds for gardening I have a bow that I had just to tinker around with now I try to shoot every week. I am an ex-Marine but I don't have a gun. Living in Illinois you have to get a FOID card. I am getting one for myself and my wife so we can both have a gun or 2. My wife is a survivalist but doesn't call herself that. So there is my introduction.
Welcome Derek, good to see another jarhead on here.  Remember their are only former Marines, not ex-Marines.  ;)  Great site here and get busy on that permit to own a firearm. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Joel on December 23, 2008, 07:00:16 PM
Figured there had to be an intro thread around here somewhere...

Hi, I'm Joel.  I live alone in the desert.  Deeply into prepping.  Actually I live with three spoiled dogs and a couple of cats, and have forged good relations with the few neighbors out here.  Heard a couple of the podcasts, and thought I'd check out the forum.  Looks like you folks have a pretty good little group forming here.  Congratulations!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on December 23, 2008, 09:57:56 PM
Welcome Joel!
I've been reading some of your blog this evening, and I have thoroughly enjoyed.
It's inciteful and very funny in parts.
You've got a gift with words, man.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Derek on December 26, 2008, 10:42:27 AM
Welcome Derek, good to see another jarhead on here.  Remember their are only former Marines, not ex-Marines.  ;)  Great site here and get busy on that permit to own a firearm. 

I am I will be sending it out on Monday. I have no real experience hunting so I asked the only person I know has done it and that is my Father-in-law. He said that we would do it once I got the weapons to go out. I also am tracking my progress on a blog it is a great tool to keep motivated and track what I have done and what I have learned.

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1704.0
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Debo on December 26, 2008, 01:00:10 PM
Hey guys.  Sorry for the delay, I just noticed the introduction thread.

I am 34, Firefighter/Paramedic in Austin Fire Department.  Right now I am doing some stuff for the military which has me stuck in NC.  My preps have been interrupted by the war on terror but I am trying to get back to it ASAP.  Hopefully I can add something to the discussion.  I sure have learned alot already.


Cheers,
Debo
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on December 27, 2008, 08:36:58 AM
Welcome Debo. 

You're lucky to live in Austin, TX.  It has three of the best things on earth: great music, great food, and outrageously beautiful women.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: homegrown on December 30, 2008, 12:35:50 PM
Hi all, I missed this section too! (I was looking for it...) I've been listening to Jack for a few months now, I am particularly interested in what he has to say about self-sufficiency gardening. Lucky me, I live with my husband and son/co-gardener in the Eastern Caribbean which has it's own challenges for certain!

I really look forward to meeting all of you-- and when it comes to gardening I am happy to lend assistance and even happier to learn. Right now I am awaiting the delivery of my Christmas Gift: a tumbling composter, built locally. I cannot wait to get it into my garden...the barrel will be green and the base brown. (You know times have changed-- when you are thinking about what color to paint you composter!)

Cheers!

Homegrown


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Greenjeans on January 09, 2009, 06:28:17 PM
Howdy, I'm Gill, from the Northwest.  Enjoy the varied topics on the podcast.  Been interested in preping since I was a kid, "Bay of Pigs" caught my attention.  Approaching 37 years as a sheep dog, but you can teach an old dog new tricks.  Look forward to chewing the fat with 'uall.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on January 09, 2009, 06:34:13 PM
Welcome Greenjeans! Great picture!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Bradley on January 09, 2009, 09:19:46 PM
Hello everyone;

I'm Brad from Wisconsin i just bought my first home on .53 of an acre and I'm trying to learn about how to be prepared when something does happen. I'm starting to do my own planing for the coming planting season. I'm 27 and a 7 year Army Reservist and a Sergeant in the Wisconsin's department of Corrections. I'm into hunting, fishing, and also really getting into the political side of things(sad as it is). I'm here to learn and help anyone out i can. thanks for having me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on January 10, 2009, 12:05:10 AM
Hello Bradley, Welcome!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: big dummy on January 11, 2009, 05:51:16 PM
Hello,

My name's Andrew, and I've been listening a few weeks, thought I'd drop on in the forum and say hi. 

My wife and I live in Columbia, MO where we've just bought a home with plenty of southern exposure and lots of room for raised beds and chickens. 
I grew up on a farm, so gardening and looking after livestock is pretty familiar to me.

My to-do list so far includes:
Preps, water and food.  - I'm starting from zero again, I got rid of my preps after my last cross-country move in 2007. 
Garden -  New house, new garden.
Firearms - I think I finally ought to quit borrowing my dad's deer rifle every year.  A Marlin 1894 would look awful nice next to my model 60. 
Bug out bag refinements - I have one rudimentary BOB, but I think I need three.  An everyday-carry version for myself and the wife, and the "Big Bug Out Bag"  that stays at the house until needed.

-Andrew
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2009, 02:03:09 PM
Welcome aboard to all the new people, glad to have you here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: johnnybgood30 on January 16, 2009, 12:49:35 AM
well I'm brad i go my johnnybgood30 every were else i have to say this is vary funny to me.i like seeing it and chatting but i live here in Oregon on the coast just me my 9yr girl and our dog.I have allways hunted and fished guns are just a part of are lives like fishing poles and gear.now out here we mostly farm milk cows.but I'm going to start a garden Ive never grown any thing before.but now I'm buying 1.5 acre on the bay so no one can build around me i have a nice pond on it and I'm working to clean it up.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on January 16, 2009, 04:36:51 AM
Welcome to the boards jbg30.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hardtack on January 17, 2009, 02:19:20 AM
Hey All,

I'm Rich, 36 years old, awesome wife and two beautiful kids. I do consulting work and travel waaaay too much, and have begun to look towards a homestead lifestyle in an effort to wean myself from the trappings of my current job to a more family friendly life. The job's not all bad, as it allows us to stay in the small town I grew up in, which wouldn't be possible if I had to find a job on the local economy. We recently purchased a 1.8 acre lot in town, complete with house, barn and a well that I've got to whip into shape. I've gutted the house to the studs and we intend on going as green as possible in the remodel, with the thought that spending the money up front will pay dividends down the road. I listen to loads of podcasts and was happy to find TSP on itunes. My wife is the real gardener, but Jack's sure making me want to get out there and make that 1.8 acres work for us!

Looking forward to hanging around the board, learning and sharing as much as I  can.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on January 17, 2009, 10:33:58 AM
Hello and welcome Hardtack!
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Post by: Jackncoke on January 17, 2009, 08:03:24 PM
Hello all. I go by Jackncoke in all the forums I post. I'm a 27 year old male, married w/ wife's 2 kids. I work for an industrial supplier which gives me access to pretty much anything I need. I've always considered myself a redneck born in the suburbs. Although I live in a sub., I'm at home in the wilderness. I've always had the mentality of a survivalist, but there's so much to learn about it! I'm working on getting my wife on board. It's taking patience on my part, but she's definitely coming around.

My goal has always been being self reliant. I know basic survival skills, worked on cars since I owned one, grew up doing construction with my dad, and my head's on straight. Although I am not content with my "stockpile", I do feel confident in being prepared mentally for anything. My goals for this year are to get in better shape, learn a few new skills, start to stockpile supplies, grow a garden, and work on getting as close to debt free as I can.

I enjoy shooting a lot. I like it because it can teach you a lot about yourself. I own a Mossberg 500 12 gauge, and a .22 lr. I've also shot 9mm, .45, .357, and AR-15. I also play airsoft with my bro in law and a few of his buds. He's former Marine, so I learn a lot from him.

I heard about Jack's podcasts from 4x4wire.com. I'm grateful for this forum, and his podcasts. He does a great job, and I really appreciate his sharing.

Oh yeah, I live in Cincinnati,OH. If you're ever in my neck of the woods, let me know and we can have a few beers or coffee.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 52Degrees on January 17, 2009, 08:18:57 PM
Imagine that...  Another 4x4Wire member 8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Tedwilto on January 20, 2009, 04:10:54 PM
Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Im 17 years old and from ontario, canada and i stumbled across this podcast and needless to say i like what jack's got to say because there is a good chance some sort of shit is going to hit the fan throughout my life. i live out in the country, enjoy hunting fishing all that fun stuff. House i live at has 40 acres of woods around it and a small lake with like 5 other houses on it. quite beatiful really. i most likely wont have a whole lot to contribute but i enjoy reading the stuff on the forums. thats about all ive got to say.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: digger on January 20, 2009, 08:24:08 PM
I don't remember how I came across TSP, but it was shortly before Christmas. I thought it was a novel idea to podcast prep topics and how-to's. Ya'll notice I said "prep".. but I still get strange looks, too.

I live about 40 miles NE of Houston, on a small homestead. We grow about 4000 SF of garden, have chickens, want to get some more rabbits. We can enough food that we seldom buy veggies. We buy our beef, pork in bulk, process our own cuts, then can & freeze it for storage. We process our own chickens to freeze & can. Tho not Mormons, I figure they have a good idea on food storage. Not to mention, the money it saves by not having to purchase vittles for months at a time. We are prepped in the other areas, also.

I owned a hot-shot trucking company for 12 years, but shut it down last year, the profit generated didn't match the aggravation anymore. So now, I sell and sometimes deliver parts for oil/gas drilling rigs. I was snowed in on the west slope near Fruita, Co for Christmas, (after delivering some parts to a downed rig) listened to several podcasts then. Liked them, and noticed the forum.

I spent 5 years in the Army, 2 US, 3 RA. Two tours in south & southeast Asia. With the pay back then, you learned to be frugal. :)  I'm sure it's the same way now.

Glad to be here, will contribute as I can.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ozzy88m on January 20, 2009, 08:55:26 PM
I am 30 years old and a single parent of an eight year old girl. I have served four years in the Oklahoma National Guard, with time in Iraq. I am new to the survival thing and the first site i looked at was www.survivaltopics.com. After listening to Jacks podcast on itunes I decided to visit the web site and I have not been able to put my ipod down. I started listening around the first week of January and i am on episode 103. I am starting to climb out a financial disaster that I put myself into, so I am not sure where to start at, any advise would be appreciated.   
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on January 20, 2009, 09:17:44 PM
Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Im 17 years old and from ontario, canada and i stumbled across this podcast and needless to say i like what jack's got to say because there is a good chance some sort of shit is going to hit the fan throughout my life. i live out in the country, enjoy hunting fishing all that fun stuff. House i live at has 40 acres of woods around it and a small lake with like 5 other houses on it. quite beatiful really. i most likely wont have a whole lot to contribute but i enjoy reading the stuff on the forums. thats about all ive got to say.

I am pretty sure you need to be 18 dude.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on January 21, 2009, 04:28:42 AM
Hey everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. Im 17 years old and from ontario, canada and i stumbled across this podcast and needless to say i like what jack's got to say because there is a good chance some sort of shit is going to hit the fan throughout my life. i live out in the country, enjoy hunting fishing all that fun stuff. House i live at has 40 acres of woods around it and a small lake with like 5 other houses on it. quite beatiful really. i most likely wont have a whole lot to contribute but i enjoy reading the stuff on the forums. thats about all ive got to say.

I am pretty sure you need to be 18 dude.
You'd be correct.  I believe firetoad has taken the appropriate measures.

Nice to have all you new folks aboard.  Welcome & make yourselves at home.  We look forward to hearing from you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fritz_monroe on January 23, 2009, 06:04:48 AM
Hello folks.  I'm new here and am trying to get caught up on the episodes.  I've only gone back to about 100 and started listening to the ones that are topics I'm really interested in, at least until I get caught up to current episode.  Unfortunately I can't listen at work since I can't bring an mp3 player into the building.

I'm in the mid-Atlantic.  I'm married with 2 kids, 5 and 10.  I'm fairly new to prepping, only started last year.  I finally took a look at society and the world in general.  That woke me up and made we discover that I was one of the sheep.  My wife is half heartedly on board with prepping.  I am not one that believes there will be a TEOTWAIKI event, but I do think that there will be increased natural disasters.  I also think that we are ripe for a pandemic or for civil unrest.

We are working to move our of our townhouse to a little more land, about 2 acres.  But the economy makes that tough.

Good show topics.  And I'll be nosing around the forums to see what's around. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on January 23, 2009, 06:09:59 AM
fritz monroe: 

Welcome aboard.  Nice to have you.  You are exactly the kind of person this forum is aimed at: a modern survivalist who's looking around and seeing you need to be more prepared for actual things that you are seeing around you.  You don't live in a bunker with crates of hand grenades. 

This forum is amazing.  I've learned a ton just poking around.  Very nice people on here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: recurve1 on January 24, 2009, 08:21:03 PM
Hello all,  I'm Shawn from Michigan.  46 years old, Electronics Engineer.  Started looking at prepping for Y2K. Looking back, I should be further along than I am.  I have tried to channel my hobbies and "leisure" time activities towards survial type projects and learning.  I have a good sized garden 90 x 130 ft.  When I "woke up" I realized that I am already living at my retreat of 5 acres of rural land, self contained well and septic system.  I'm been a ham for about 10 years and hold an Extra class licence.  I have a teenage son and I'm currently single.  I found this forum by typing "survival podcast" into google.  I really have enjoyed Jack's perspective on survivalism.  I find that for the most part his attitude about these topics mirrors mine, although,  I think he is much more motivated and type A than I am.  I've taken the Dave Ramsey course.  I'm mostly out of debt and starting to get back on my financial feet.  I don't shoot often enough and It's been a while since I broke out the archery equipment.  The pet situation finds me left with only one cat "knarl-neck".

73
KC8LGD
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on January 24, 2009, 09:09:21 PM
Welcome recurve1,
 Looks like you are very prepped w/o realizing it. Good job!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fritz_monroe on January 25, 2009, 07:19:11 AM
Welcome, Shawn.  I wish I was as far along on my preps as you are.  We are in a townhouse and need to sell before we can get to a more suitable location.  Unfortunately, in my area, I can't afford 5 acres, but I'm working on getting 2.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: shadowalker_returns on January 25, 2009, 08:07:11 AM
Hi y'all,
I'm Shadowalker. I'm an engineer by trade and have been into survival since 1976. I found the site by accident and really enjoyed listening to the podcasts. I'm ex-military and live in South Texas and am patiently awaiting the invasions of the Golden Hoard (I really like their womens and actually married one). I usually piss everybody off sooner or later so I apologize now. I think this forum is going to be a great place to hang out as from the posts I've read I'm already at home. look forward to sharing with you all.
Regards,
Shadowalker
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: PaCoTx on January 26, 2009, 09:20:29 PM
Hi Everyone,

I started listening to the Survival Podcast in late December.  I am mixing in trying to catch up on old episode's that interest me, along with current podcasts.  I currently live in Austin TX, grew up in Pennsylvania, and lived for quite a few years in CO.  I've got a wive and two kids, 4 and almost 2.  I am slowly starting to work my way into a more sustainable lifestyle.

I am enjoying the heck out of listening.  I like the focus on real issues and the fact that the topics in the podcast help make life better, regardless of what happens.  I've always had a survival mentality.  Make due with what you have.  Work hard to get the best, but don't waste excesses.  Know the land and how to live off of it.  Learn as much as you can about as many things as you can that you feel are important... Jack, thanks for addressing so many great topics and making them entertaining.  I loved hearing about Systema, and I've messed with vegetable gardening before in Austin, but gave up when a squirrel ate the lone pepper I was able to grow.  I"m back with a vengeance.

I am slowly working my family into a survivalist mentality by stressing sustainability. I grew up in rural PA, so hunting was a way of life, and gardens grew whatever you planted.   I'm trying to expose my kids to more of the outdoors, and struggling to find the right place here in TX.  In PA, I had farms out my back door, and in CO, there's a cabin that is a few miles from millions of public acres. 

I've been lurking here for a while, and starting to contribute, but just found the intro thread, so here I am.  I hope to be a good contributor.  Thanks to all who have posted.  I've learned a ton by reading already.  Thanks again to Jack for the podcast and getting this thing going.  I'll pass on this place to all the like minded folks I know.

Gregg

PS>  Thanks for the spell check button.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on January 27, 2009, 10:57:49 AM
Welcome Shadowalker and GMad!! Spread the word, bring folks in, learn and teach..
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: twk on January 28, 2009, 08:41:21 PM
Hi,

I'm 26 and married with one on the way in a couple weeks!   :D  I have my BS in Physics and working on a MS in Materials.  Currently working as an applications engineer and a manufacturer of rotary lobe blowers and superchargers.

I was raised on a farm and plan to eventually be the fourth generation on the same land if I can figure out a way to make a living at it.  I like to garden (expanding again this year), cut firewood for my parents, camp, and enjoy nature.  I'm still learning hunting and fishing as my parent had the philosophy that it was better to let hunters use the land for a portion of the meat and not have to do all the work.   :(

I started listening to the podcast about 3 months ago from a reference on Backwoodshome.  The things that I like most is that it the podcast focuses on real prepping rather than the nuclear holocaust level and the focus on frugal living.  The pyramid of possiblities concept is one that is easily overlooked.  I think it's been about a month since I joined the forum. 

I can thank Jack and the board for two important things in my life.

1.  Getting off my butt and insulating the attic.  (Based on earlier show but reinforced by 128? about life energy is traded for money making it precious.)
2.  Looking up debt snowball software.  I was beginning to think that my debt would be like an eternal flame of ****.  However, after running the numbers and a P/T job added in, CC debt will be dead in a little over two years.  All debt payed down in six!!!!  I can now see light at the end of the tunnel.   :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sschoolc on January 29, 2009, 07:53:52 AM
Hello everyone.  I am a 36 year old family man.  I live in West Virginia on 40 acres of West Virginia hills.   I love hunting, fishing, gardening and farming.   My wife home-schools our 3 children.  We are pretty unhappy with the direction the Country is headed in on almost all levels.    I am a network admin by trade but I want to be a farmer when I grow up. 8)

I heard about the podcast on another podcast called Geek Farm Life.    I absolutely love the Survival Podcast and hope that Jack doesn't burn himself out and let it die like so many other good podcasts have done over the years.

I'm currently trying to catch up on the podcast and also the forums.   This is a great source of information and its wonderfull to find out that there are  so many other like-minded people in the country.   If you watch mainstream media it seems that our kind are extinct!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TXChikk on January 29, 2009, 08:00:54 AM
I absolutely love the Survival Podcast and hope that Jack doesn't burn himself out and let it die like so many other good podcasts have done over the years.

I concur.

Welcome sschoolc!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fritz_monroe on January 29, 2009, 08:37:20 AM
Welcome folks.  I'm  impressed with the number of people signing up this week.

sschoolc, thanks for mentioning that podcast, I'm going to take a look at that one also since it's on something that I've recently become interested in.  I'm hoping that when we sell, the place we want is still available and I'll be able to put some of this info to work.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mbarnatl on January 31, 2009, 02:03:09 PM
Hello everyone,

     I live in the NE Georgia Mountains. I am a 45 year old single father raising two daughters full time. Served in the Army four years active and two years reserve.

I was taught when I was young on prepping for disasters from my parents. I mainly prep for local and regional natural disasters. I have lived in several states and countries that has allowed me to experience alot of different types of disaster prepping. I have been in several tornadoes, ice storms, blackouts, blizzards, unemployment, hurricanes and the last couple of years in a drought situation. I also am into wilderness survival because we do alot of geocaching, camping and hiking.

I found Jack's podcast last week by accident when I was playing with my new Google G1 cell phone. I am really glad to have found this forum and his podcast. I also have a 40 mile commute to and from work, so this gives me something to listen to. I am half way through his podcasts so far. I also hope that he keeps the podcast going for a long time.

I hope to learn from other members here and as well to help others. Knowledge to me is the most important part of preparing.

Thanks for letting me into your community,
                                                               mbarnatl
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on January 31, 2009, 05:57:09 PM
Welcome mbarnatl.  We're a friendly bunch and teach each other tons of stuff.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: vicious on February 02, 2009, 08:43:39 AM
Hi All, I'm Jimmy. I'm a transplant to Oklahoma from Northern VA. We had enough of the city life, and my wife is from the next town over, so it was a no brainer to move here and get back to living a more family oriented lifestyle.

I'm 32, married to a spectacular woman, and have two kids who I think are spoiled but are good none the less. I'm an IT guy, and was raised in the city, but we're really making a go of our new "homestead".

Living in NOVA during the 9-11-2001 tragedies caused me to begin thinking about preps, and really led me to become the main organizer for our extended family. It was, what I would consider, a futile effort to protect my immediate family. It was a great exercise, but I am glad we never had to put it into place. Our move from NOVA caused a huge change in our preps and thoughts about preps. I never realized how different prepping to stay home was from prepping to "bug out". We're working on rebuilding our stocks around staying home, and more so preparing sustainable food sources for the family.

One major thing I have found with my desire to prepare is that it gets me spending much more time with my wife and kids in a more intimate setting, and it allows me to really get to know them outside of what they watch on TV and listen to on the radio. When you're hiking for a day, you have to either converse or be silent, and I like to talk.

I caught Jack's podcast around episode 85 and have been listening to them ever since. I'm a tried and true lurker, but I plan on joining in more often.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on February 02, 2009, 11:07:50 AM
Welcome Jim(vicious)!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 02, 2009, 07:50:04 PM
To all the n00bs, WELCOME!  :)  Glad you're here, and hope you join in as often as you desire to!   ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Rosesandtea on February 04, 2009, 09:11:26 AM
Hi,
I live in England although I'm from OK.  Have been here about 19 years this time around (had one year of uni here).  I'm a homeschooling mom to 5 ages nearly-18 down to 6.  My husband is a scientist (physicist).  We have 4 backyard chickens (down from nine, lost some recently  :( ) and one feisty chameleon  ::).  We go to a Grace Baptist church.

I am here because I'm interested in preparing for possible problems of any sort, although my preps will be very small potatoes to some here.  I have a bunch of TSP podcasts on my mp3 player, and in fact am about to fix myself some tea and go listen to some while I grade some schoolwork. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on February 04, 2009, 02:01:55 PM
Welcome to the forums rosesandtea. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Rosesandtea on February 05, 2009, 04:13:22 AM
Thank you 19kilo.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on February 05, 2009, 06:00:45 AM
Thank you 19kilo.

You can call me Will.


Especially for some lemon meringue.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 05, 2009, 11:31:41 AM
Welcome Roseandtea!!  That meringue looks ambrosial!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Rosesandtea on February 05, 2009, 04:37:45 PM
Thanks for the welcomes.  :)  Come by for some pie any time.   Or cookies.  Since I can't easily have a gun over here I have decided on using cooking as a defense method.   Invite the robbers to eat pie!  Or a nice bacon sandwich - their arteries will clog and they will be slowed down.   Either way, I plan to feed them so many goodies that they sink into an over-satisfied stupefied and somnolent state, passed out around the table. 

That's when I cosh them over the head with the rolling pin I had stuffed up my ruffly apron.

 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TXChikk on February 05, 2009, 06:55:30 PM
Thanks for the welcomes.  :)  Come by for some pie any time.   Or cookies.  Since I can't easily have a gun over here I have decided on using cooking as a defense method.   Invite the robbers to eat pie!  Or a nice bacon sandwich - their arteries will clog and they will be slowed down.   Either way, I plan to feed them so many goodies that they sink into an over-satisfied stupefied and somnolent state, passed out around the table. 

That's when I cosh them over the head with the rolling pin I had stuffed up my ruffly apron.

 

LMAOOOOOOO!!!!!    :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on February 06, 2009, 12:34:44 PM
Talk about
That's when I cosh them over the head with the rolling pin I had stuffed up my ruffly apron.

Talk about a killer baker...


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chrismoore46 on February 08, 2009, 06:46:17 PM
Name's Chris, if you can't tell I'm in the Army. Always been more of a take care of myself kind of guy. I think I learned that from working on my grandparents ranches and farms growing up in the summers. I'm 26 with a wonderful wife and 15 month old daughter that I'm just getting to know. She was born right before I deployed to Iraq for 14 months...

While in Iraq I had a few life changing events that really made me realize what is important in life and I started reading blogs and found backwoods home magazine. When I got home I found out about this crazy thing called a podcast where people do talk shows that you can download.  :o  So I searched for libertarian (found Chris Future) and backwoods home (found TSP). And I'm off like a shot, I'm working my way backwards and am down to around episode 85 right now and can't get enough.

As far as where I am in prepping... I own a lot of guns and use them regularly (CHL, hunting, defense training, etc). I hunt, as you can see that Scimitar Oryx is going to put about 300lbs of meet in our freezer for this year!! I've never planted anything in my life but am trying to get up to speed on that. And I've started buying extra rice and beans and canned foods when we go grocery shopping. My wife is coming around to the idea but isn't real thrilled about the idea of living on acreage while I'm in Iraq or Afg. next time and we currently live in military housing on post so we don't want to plant a garden in the ground here. But you have to start somewhere right?

Looking forward to learning from you all, but probably won't be able to contribute much unless it's about guns, hunting, or self defense...
Overall just happy to be alive and back home with my family right now.

-LT Chris
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on February 08, 2009, 11:23:06 PM
Thank you 19kilo.

You can call me Will.


Especially for some lemon meringue.

Welcome Roseandtea!!  That meringue looks ambrosial!


Suck ups...

I hate lemon meringue, but welcome anyway! ;D

Welcome to everybody else that's new also.  Glad to have you all here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on February 09, 2009, 01:38:19 AM
Thank you 19kilo.

You can call me Will.


Especially for some lemon meringue.

Welcome Roseandtea!!  That meringue looks ambrosial!


Suck ups...

I hate lemon meringue, but welcome anyway! ;D

Welcome to everybody else that's new also.  Glad to have you all here.

I love lemon meringue and a Good Coshing from ruffly apron wearers  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on February 09, 2009, 08:24:27 AM

I hunt, as you can see that Scimitar Oryx is going to put about 300lbs of meet in our freezer for this year!!


Lt. Chris:

If I get a hankerin' for oryx burgers, I'm heading to your bug out location.  With your consent, of course, lest I get some 5.56 my way.  Welcome to forum.  Lots of great information and people here. 

Heavy G
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on February 09, 2009, 03:55:49 PM
Welcome LT.   ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Michael Masse on February 09, 2009, 04:03:26 PM
Welcome Chris.  I've only been a part of the survival podcast for a little over a month but learning quite a bit.  Hope all goes well with you while you are overseas.  Thanks for your service.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chrismoore46 on February 09, 2009, 07:27:34 PM
Thanks everyone. I'd be glad to have you over for some Oryx burgers.

One thing I forgot to mention for those like Jarhead out there, I was enlisted before I came over to the dark side.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Rosesandtea on February 11, 2009, 08:28:30 AM
I had to look up scimitar oryx!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on February 11, 2009, 10:46:02 AM
Thanks everyone. I'd be glad to have you over for some Oryx burgers.

One thing I forgot to mention for those like Jarhead out there, I was enlisted before I came over to the dark side.

We like you better now that we know.   ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: PBRstreetgang on February 16, 2009, 10:50:05 PM
Sorry I managed to sneak in 14 posts before noticing this thread - name's Bob and I've been listening to Jack when he started last summer.  I had been searching for a good preparedness-centered podcast and came across his on iTunes about a week after he started; so it's nice to be part of something from the beginning.

I'm a small business owner serving the defense industry, with headquarters just outside of Denver, CO.  Did five years in the Army as an Armor officer (M1A1D tank Platoon Leader, Company XO, and Battalion S-2), then left for 'greener' pastures in the defense industry.  I've been on my own for almost four years now and while the hours are long, the work is very rewarding.

Living in CO we enjoy spending as much time as possible in the outdoors (winter and summer) and have a small cabin about two hours' drive from downtown Denver.  I feel we're on our way with physical, mental, and financial preparedness, but not there yet - these forums are a wealth of info and I appreciate everyone's contributions.  Would be interested in any regional meetups (even if it's one night a month to get together, drink beer, and solve the problems of the world), and could help in coordinating one as my job permits me to.

Thanks again for all your insights.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on February 16, 2009, 11:33:08 PM
Welcome PBRstreetgang!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fatchumang on February 17, 2009, 02:41:04 AM
Hey,
  I'm Brendan Frazier, aka Fatchumang.  I'm a glass blower at Simon Pearce in Quechee VT.  I live with my girl friend Beth and new pup Huck Ellbury Finn, Finn for short, in a small apartment in New Hampshire. (Actually it's just over the border in Vermont, across the street from work, but I choose to believe I'm still in New Hampshire.)  I love this stuff, being out side, gardening, fishing, hiking, guns, fires, all the "Hick" stuff in general.  Started sailing a lot more last summer.  My parents bought a 25' Macgreggor a couple of years ago and started sailing it off the coast of Rye NH last summer. Can't wait for the warm weather to come back...  Beth and I are trying to buy our first house, and have our eye on one, two houses down from my parents.  It has a built if green house, and a two car garage I could use as my work shop, (I'm trying to set up my own shop to do some more glass work on the side along with building kayaks, and any other projects)  Best of all my parents have a lot of land, woods, and equipment. So moving back closer to them would back our combined efforts much easier than they are right now.
  I started listening to TSP about a month ago while I work and pretty much got completely caught up in about two weeks.  Now I gotta wait for my one show a day fix. I am currently THE night shift, so I sit in the basement and make wine glasses by my self waiting for customers to come in. Which has been pretty infrequent all winter.  But that's alright because I have to take off my i-pod when they do.  Now I just sit on this forum when I get home.  I can't wait to get a house and a little room so I can start prepping properly.  Anyway glad to be here but I should probably go to bed.

Peace Out 8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wookie in the forest on February 18, 2009, 09:03:28 AM
Time for me to stop lurking on the forums and introduce myself and the family. My name is Dave and my nickname of wookie is derived from my furry nature. I have two wooklets, a wife ( from Alaska)  and hee parents that live with me as live-in baby sitters and bandwidth killers. As for location we have ten mostly wooded acres here in Quinlan TX which is near Greenville. We are starting two small gardens, a compost pile, a worm compost area/structure and we are planning to plant some fruit trees. Other plans include a pond and some lawnmowers that are edible, although the wife doesn't like the idea of getting to "know" your food.

As for my background I am disabled (10%) Army vet that has been out since 1997. I also grew up on a small farm and spent time all over this great land of ours. Ernie the residential grandfather and mr. Fix it is medically retired due to a broken back that occured in Alaska while he was working as a Paramedic.

Future projects are making beer, wine and bee keeping.

Kind of a bland intro but I am trying to break a lurking habit!

Dave b
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on February 18, 2009, 10:48:53 AM
Welcome Wookie!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: spooky-1 on February 18, 2009, 02:35:34 PM
Hey all, I too managed to sneak in a few postings before my intro thread. My name is Bobby, 35 years old, newly married, no kids, I am an officer in the USAF and am stationed in New Mexico (just bagged my first Orxy Lt Chris!). Since childhood I had always been fascinated with "living off the land" (too many Rambo/Red Dawn movies) and not until I joined the USAF (9+ years ago) did I move from the mindset of just surviving long enough to be found to more long term "on my own" type of survival. I am a hunter and like most of you ( I assume) have lots of meat in the freezer, I do have the aircrew survival training offered by the USAF which teaches you to escape and evade but they do not teach the farming/livestock/gardening aspect of survival. This is what I am interested in, I promised my wife that if she married me and globetrotted her way around the globe by my side, we would retire in southern Illinois. Lucky for me the area where she wants to retire in is in a rural community and offers LOTS of land at cheap prices, we are looking at buying land now and sitting on it until we retire (10 years or so) listening to Jack and following all the postings on the forum has really helped me decide what type of land to buy. I thank all of you for the help. My plan right now is to retire from the USAF and own several acres with livestock and some kind of crop to harvest season by season. Nothing too big just enough to feed the family and trade with other locals.  So keep those postings coming and I hope to one day meet many of you at a regional gathering.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on February 18, 2009, 05:25:38 PM
Welcome Spooky!  Are you at Kirtland? I was stationed at Kirtland AFB back in 99-02.  NCOIC Military Working Dog Section of 377th SFS.  Sounds like you have a good plan to work with though Ill. has some pretty restrictive gun laws for my taste.  Good to have you on board.

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BigDaddy_Dano on February 19, 2009, 11:06:22 AM
Hey Just wanted to intro myself and family Dano from Wyoming just found the podcast on itunes couple of days ago downloaded all of them and caught up to date listening while i drive my Big truck around the US mostly 11 western absolutlely love the fact that this is available to everyone to help spread the message and education!!!!!! 8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on February 19, 2009, 11:53:11 AM
Welcome everybody, nice to see lots of new folks coming aboard.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BigDanInTX on February 19, 2009, 12:08:40 PM
Indeed!  Tell your friends, tell your neighbors...  If you need any of "the kool-aid", just contact an admin or moderator.  ;-]

All kidding aside, welcome to the fold and we really do hope you guys can learn something here.  I know I have.  Everyone has something to contribute, so don't be shy about jumping in.  =-]
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: spooky-1 on February 19, 2009, 12:43:38 PM
Berserker Prime,

I am at KAFB, just arrived and i love it, lots of great hunting and the job is great. I am hooping by the time I retire, the gun laws will have changed, if not then I'll have to think of something else.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on February 19, 2009, 12:59:55 PM
Berserker Prime,

I am at KAFB, just arrived and i love it, lots of great hunting and the job is great. I am hooping by the time I retire, the gun laws will have changed, if not then I'll have to think of something else.
I don't miss the NM politics, but to miss the food!  I have folks ship me up a bushel of Hatch green chilies once a year and couldn't live with out them.  Old Town has some great food and there are some really good wineries in the area for day trips....good luck!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chrismoore46 on February 20, 2009, 07:12:24 AM
Spooky:

Congrats on the Oryx, that was the most rewarding hunt I've ever been on, just got my meat in the freezer yesterday. Dried oryx sausage is awesome.

Are you in some way affiliated with the spooky I always loved talking to on the radio in Iraq when bad guys needed gettin'?

-LT
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: spooky-1 on February 20, 2009, 08:46:50 AM
Het LT, I may be that same aircraft that helped you out, you never know. I've had my share of time in the desert a few times but in the air, we are so far a way  from the action, not sure who I've crossed paths.

As far as the Oryx, it was for me too, the best hunt I've ever been on. Going to try and qualify for another one this year (and every year after that for that matter) so I'll See how it goes, the one I bagged yielded about 200 lbs of meat and you are right the sausage is fantastic!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ArmyMom on February 21, 2009, 09:24:03 PM
Hello, I'm LT Chris' Mom.  Chris introduced me to this site and I have only listened to the last two podcasts.  I'm here to learn all I can, this is all really new to me.  I've got a long way to go.

Our daughter lives in Montana with her husband and two beautiful children.  And Chris who is in the army and is stationed at Ft. Stewart Georgia, with his wife and our newest granddaughter and another one on the way!  My husband and I and our two dogs live in Kyle,Texas.  We used to own a ranch with cattle, Boer goats and chickens; oh how I wish we had that back now.  It was the perfect setup; if we had only known then what we know now.  As they say, hind sight is always 20/20.  But, we will move forward from here.  We live in a subdivision with a teeny tiny backyard.  I don't have a clue how to prepare in this situation.

Like I said, I've got a lot to learn!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: firetoad on February 21, 2009, 09:37:00 PM
Welcome Armymom!  You and LT are not the first family here.  There are a number of husbands/wives and some mothers/sons/daughters as well.  So, I think you will fit in just fine. 

As far as prepping in a subdivision style back yard, check these out:

Google Jules Dervaes and watch his YouTube videos

Check out this post - http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=2375.0

Check out this episode - http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/revolution-with-a-garden-trowel

Again, welcome to another family and enjoy!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ArmyMom on February 21, 2009, 09:43:49 PM
Thank you Firetoad!  And thank you for the links.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: longrifle on February 22, 2009, 10:19:34 AM
Hello All,

I'm not sure how I missed that there was an intro thread. I have been trolloing around the forum for several months now dropping my two cents in every now and then. So, an intro... 33 yrs old, 15 yrs in the army(parachute rigger, forward observer, infantryman). I'm on my 3rd deployment in the sunny middle east. I'm not sure how I found Jack's podcast but have been listening since about Aug. last year. didnt get on the forum until I deployed here in oct. Love the podcast, only bad thing is i cant download it here(internet is too slow), so I have to be content with the forum.

I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, call Wyoming home now, and will be going back there when I get out. My preps aren't where I'd like them to be, but not much I can do about it right now. Though my mother probably wonders what all those heavy boxes are that the mailman brings to her door and she has to drag into my storage shed ;D

I've learned alot already from the forum and I hope to continue. I hope to contribute more than I have previously. Thanks
longrifle
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fritz_monroe on February 22, 2009, 10:41:05 AM
Welcome.  Glad you are managing to do some prepping, even while deployed.

As for the podcast, drop me a PM, I can send off a CD with some of them if you like.  As long as Jack doesn't mind.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on February 23, 2009, 10:12:10 AM
Welcome LtChris and LtChris's Mom! Read on and learn!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: evilphish on February 25, 2009, 04:55:30 AM
Well here is my intro.  I'm 28 live in Niles MI, (just north of Notre dame) and I work in Elkhart IN.  I have been married for a little over 3 years and have a 14 month old son. 

I work in the IT field and have for over a decade.  In this area I live with the threat of job loss every day and that’s part of why I’m looking at a community like this.  Combine that with some recent events on the national and local level.  We have had a murder and an armed robbery within walking distance of my house in the past few weeks.  This stuff just didn’t happen before here and I am not to proud to admit it’s got me a little scared.

So I’m here to learn about being prepped from you guys.  And hopefully I’ll be able to contribute back
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on February 25, 2009, 05:40:07 AM
Well here is my intro.  I'm 28 live in Niles MI, (just north of Notre dame) and I work in Elkhart IN.  I have been married for a little over 3 years and have a 14 month old son. 

I work in the IT field and have for over a decade.  In this area I live with the threat of job loss every day and that’s part of why I’m looking at a community like this.  Combine that with some recent events on the national and local level.  We have had a murder and an armed robbery within walking distance of my house in the past few weeks.  This stuff just didn’t happen before here and I am not to proud to admit it’s got me a little scared.

So I’m here to learn about being prepped from you guys.  And hopefully I’ll be able to contribute back



Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: millerized1 on February 25, 2009, 06:04:38 AM
Yeah, Welcome.  I've been neglecting my "Hey, hi, how ya doin', come on in, welcome, take your shoes off and stay awhile" duties.

So, that said: "Hey, hi, how ya doin', come on in, welcome, take your shoes off and stay awhile"

You've made an important step in your life, congrats on that.  Listen, learn, ask, share, learn more, act.
Welcome to the zoo!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on February 26, 2009, 01:40:03 AM
Well here is my intro.  I'm 28 live in Niles MI, (just north of Notre dame) and I work in Elkhart IN.  I have been married for a little over 3 years and have a 14 month old son. 

I work in the IT field and have for over a decade.  In this area I live with the threat of job loss every day and that’s part of why I’m looking at a community like this.  Combine that with some recent events on the national and local level.  We have had a murder and an armed robbery within walking distance of my house in the past few weeks.  This stuff just didn’t happen before here and I am not to proud to admit it’s got me a little scared.

So I’m here to learn about being prepped from you guys.  And hopefully I’ll be able to contribute back

Welcome aboard to a great forum and of course the greatest podcast ever.  A lot of information here to get prepped and become a better modern day survivalist.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SwampMonster on February 27, 2009, 10:26:06 PM
Welcome all that I have not said welcome too
I'm kinda slow and a man of few words.

Chuck
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on February 28, 2009, 03:25:07 AM
Oh man... I should have posted here first... I'm a husband and a father of 2 girls...  I live in Los Angeles.  I have always had a thing for not following the masses and always looking to be in a preventive/prepared state for me and my family. 

I stumbles on this site when looking for a blog/podcast on frugal living/surviving Los Angeles.   There is none and that will be a project of mine in the future.  But in looking I found what has become a life changing and very addictive website. ;D ;D ;D

First real big epiphany was when I quickly sold my first property in December of 2005 when DataQuick reported that the notices of default in California rose for the first time in years...   And that's when I made the call to my agent.  I was not going to buy but rent...  But since a has a good job, I purchased again.  And I did the whole fixed for 30 years I can pay my mortgage with my income type bit until....   The black hole in the job market started to get bigger and bigger.  And you can guess where that went...

The next one was when LA mayor Villarigosa was running for office and some of his people out in the streets automatically thought that I was going to vote for him because I/he was Hispanic...   Hell No!  Same thing happened were I used to live...  And that's when it hit me,  we are thought of as stupid idiots!  Human Cattle and the like....  That, according to politicians, I belonged to the "Hispanic Vote" because of the color of my skin!  They forgot one flaw in there public education system...  (Now, not every 3rd grader pics up on this.)  During "Black History Month"  I learned what Martin Luther King meant when he said "NOT BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN, BUT THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER".  And that went hand in hand with the way I was raised. 
And it has been an ongoing war for the minds of America ever since.....

My church/pastor only fuels the way I feel as a survivalist.  Our church has an annual 4 day camping trip.  And one of the reasons it is held, aside from the spiritual benefit, is so that everyone gets a feel for camping and the outdoors.  Because of that some members not only have tents, and the like.  But are also taking up hunting and fishing as well.

So that is a little about what causes a guy that grew up in Watts California to think the way he does.
I love my country and I know of no place else.

Cheers. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on February 28, 2009, 09:23:23 AM
...So that is a little about what causes a guy that grew up in Watts California to think the way he does.
I love my country and I know of no place else.

Cheers. ;)

You grew up in Watts?  That's a far more terrifying jungle to live in than any other I can imagine.  Congratulations on surviving it, and overcoming it! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on February 28, 2009, 10:22:19 AM
Yes ma'am. 
From the early 80's all the way till 1996...  Had to move (Thank God Almighty!).  At least I was able to experience a diffrent/better high school during my Senior year (Class of 1997  BGHS)

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on February 28, 2009, 08:40:00 PM
Welcome Gas-Mask!
A Katrina sized earthquake? That would hit both of us in Calif. I'm in the Bay Area.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 01, 2009, 12:43:37 AM
Bay area huh?  Wait... which bay area?  Near Palos Verdes or Near San Francisco?  I get the mixed up always...   Oh well, you know,  California is "earthquake country".... ;D

Some buddies from SE Texas says they will take on Hurricanes and tornadoes any day over a shaker...

Oh well...  Shake, Rattle n' Roll!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Jackalope on March 01, 2009, 01:07:01 AM
New guy in Seattle. Moderately prepped, securely employed, 50 years old, I belong to many forums. This one is pretty well developed. I'm sure I can learn a thing or two here. I know a thing or two about guns and bicycles, having worked in retail for both industries. Glad to help if you have a question.

Jack
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on March 01, 2009, 07:09:38 AM

New guy in Seattle.


Jack:

Great to have you.  We need some backup here in this state run by total goofballs.

Be sure and check out the Washington state thread:

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=658.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=658.0)

and the general Region 8 topics with lots of good threads:

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=46.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=46.0)

We're a friendly bunch.  We are the modern survivalists from all walks of life and all colors, religions, political backgrounds, genders, etc.  We are the "survivalist next door"--the totally normal person on your street who you had no idea was prepped. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Maitreya on March 01, 2009, 10:21:06 AM
Hi, new guy in Honolulu, 39, I work for a small art restoration firm cleverly concealed in the vertical residential ghetto of St. Louis Heights.  I have a background in theoretical artificial intelligence, corporate software, cabinetmaking and sales of Chinese,  Japanese, and Southeast Asian art.   I killed my knees with 20 years of Ashihara, TKD and GJJ, so my bugout bag is now a limparoundathome bag.  Someone on lifeaftertheoilcrash spoke of this forum highly, and you had me at the bugout bag contents photos.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ColdHaven on March 01, 2009, 10:26:00 AM
Welcome to the forum Maitreya. I am glad you have found an interest here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on March 01, 2009, 08:54:51 PM
Bay area huh?  Wait... which bay area?  Near Palos Verdes or Near San Francisco?  I get the mixed up always...   Oh well, you know,  California is "earthquake country".... ;D

Some buddies from SE Texas says they will take on Hurricanes and tornadoes any day over a shaker...

Oh well...  Shake, Rattle n' Roll!
San Jose, so SF Bay Area.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on March 01, 2009, 10:03:08 PM
My name is Bill Dudek, upstate NY, [not, I repeat, NOT from New York City]. Plenty of mountains and lakes up here, wish I was on one, but I'm stuck in suburbania. 59 years old, married 20 years (this time); 3 teenage girls. Pharmacist by trade, been behind a prescription counter since I was 16. Currently at the VA, delivering healthcare to Amreica's finest. I do, however, have no problem with taking down Big Pharma, seeing as how prescription drugs and the ignorant people who prescribe them were contributory, and to a large extent, causatory in the deaths of my mother and my first wife. The last 15 years or so have been devoted to the study of the natural stuff and nutrition.

Got involved in prepping via the financial aspect of it; started socking away silver and gold a year and a half ago. I came across the podcast while searching itunes, and have previously subscribed to Big John Lipscomb - www.donttreadonme.tv  I really like his stuff, but, he is kind of out there fullbore with the homesteading thing, which represents a bit too big of a jump, even for the average survivalist (whoever that might be!) So, I think I'm kind of in the same groove as HeavyG in many respects, from what I've read of his intro.

Focus right now:
1. weapons (recently grabbed a 10/22, with a Saiga-12, AK, and probably a 308 bolt action soon to follow, unless the freaks in the District of Criminals, or in Albany have their way!!!) I'll worry about handguns later, but probably will go with a nice little 38, and then a bigger cannon 45 or a 9
2. starting some seed; haven't gardened much in years, but it's in my blood [my grandfather came over from Poland and started a dairy farm in 1929, depression or no!]
3. food storage
4. sharing this message with other folks--there are actually a number of guys ready to do "something" in my church [yup, I'm one of those Christians; and I won't be apologizing for it, either].

This podcast, I believe, is THE one that can help most people in most ways, since it is so practical and covers so many things. I can very easily direct someone to the ABC thread, or the XYZ show.

suggested topics- [I know there is a better place to post them, but will leave that to those who are in the know on this posting stuff]

Hey-I'd love to learn more about aquaculture; getting the fish and plants to help feed each other-sounds brilliant. But, how do I do it up here in the cold?

Also, one I'd like to see is "What will you do on the other side?" In other words, the collapse, small, large or catastrophic, has come. Many if not most jobs may not even exist. How will you begin again, with some sort of business? For example, in my area, I may end up developing some sort of business in the natural healthcare field; herbals, medicinal plants, vitamins, alternative therapies. What can YOU do that people will need? Welding? carpentry?

OK, that's enough already. Glad to be part of all this and hooked up with all you. And, Jack-keep talking!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on March 01, 2009, 11:29:28 PM
Welcome dudekrtr seems like you will fit right in.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 02, 2009, 12:22:48 AM
Welcome dudekrtr...  I think that your knowledge will come in handy...  Especially for people that buy their medicine south/north of the border. ;)   Or not....


Now at least for stuff that out there that not even you might take? ???
Welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Michael Masse on March 02, 2009, 10:34:02 AM
dudekrtr

welcome on board from over here in the Puget Sound area.  Great to have another brother.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: canyonvr on March 02, 2009, 11:20:02 AM
Hi all! 

I'm Chas and I'm a dentist living in Forty Fort, PA.  40, Married, 1 boy (2yrs).

I have always been interested in survivalism for as long as I can remember.  But I REALLY started preparing and looking seriously about 2 years ago when my wife got pregnant and realized I was going to be a parent.

I don't have any hand guns (and haven't shot a rifle since boy scouts!) but am ready to jump in if/when the new president starts any new hand gun restrictions.  I really want an AR15 and am currently learning more about them.  My wife and I do have C2 Tasers w/ laser sights (her's is pink).

I found this site looking for podcasts for a road trip I took a while back.  Google is my friend!

My wife (and a lot of my friends) think I'm nuts but they tolerate me and my ideas.

I am not fond of the outdoors.  Can't stand camping.  Would rather stay in a decent hotel on vacation than in a tent.  Love the internet and my computer. 

But I do understand the need for the knowledge in case the time comes.

Just looking to learn and converse with like minded individuals!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: gigaJack on March 02, 2009, 11:26:27 AM
Welcome Chas,

I have a question about dentists. Do patients need to lookout for dentists like we lookout for car mechanics? Until recently, I have felt my mechanics have loaded up the bill with items that really don't need to be fixed. Have you noticed in your fields that dentist say "that needs a filling or it will become a problem" and not been altogether truthful?

gigaJack
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MightyRunt on March 02, 2009, 11:41:34 AM
Good looking site here! I'm a 58 year old woman and long time prepper. My husband and I built our retreat in the central Colorado mountains and have been living off grid  and off road for 12 years now. We had livestock for 7 years(until the fun ran out) and learned a ton about self-sufficiency. This year's learning adventure is figuring out how to garden in decomposed granite. Don't think the 8x15 greenhouse will suffice.  I belong to several survival/freedom/preparedness forums and just can't seem to get enough. Lots of reading to do here. Thanks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on March 02, 2009, 11:42:41 AM
Welcome all.


We now have a doctor a dentist and pharmacist.  Sounds like the beginning of a joke.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: canyonvr on March 02, 2009, 01:42:56 PM
Welcome Chas,

I have a question about dentists. Do patients need to lookout for dentists like we lookout for car mechanics? Until recently, I have felt my mechanics have loaded up the bill with items that really don't need to be fixed. Have you noticed in your fields that dentist say "that needs a filling or it will become a problem" and not been altogether truthful?

gigaJack


I'd love to tell you that you don't have to worry about any dentist...I'd like to think that everyone in my profession is above board.  But just like with your mechanic you have to trust who you are going to.

Dentistry is not an exact science and even if you went to two different truthful and ethical dentists you may get very different treatment plans based on their own professional philosophy.  For example, some dentists will want to aggressively treat all decay.  Some will see small decay and just recommend to watch it (and wait to do anything until it gets bigger).  As an example, I had a patient that was just out of college and starting s new career.  Like most people that age she hadn't been to a dentist in a while.  If you looked at her teeth visually you would think there were no problems.  But on the radiographs (xrays) there were a lot of cavities.  I told her about ALL the cavities but prioritized what should be done asap and what we could hold off on for the moment.  There was still going to be a hefty bill.  Her father got all pissed at me and made her go to another dentist.  He told her about the same cavities but insisted they all be done asap...pushing the bill way above mine.  She came back to me.  We did the bigger cavities.  The next year she got insurance and we took care of the rest.

I use some of the more modern diagnostic tools to detect dental disease including digital radiographs, inter-oral camera and lasers.  I like to explain where any work needs to be done and show as much "evidence" as I can. 

Trust is the key though.  It is VERY easy for me to tell a patient what he needs done when he is in pain.  They KNOW something needs to be done.  It is much more difficult for me to tell a patient that thinks he is healthy that he has a crapload of work that needs to be done and it's going to cost a ton of money.  Most dental disease is painless.

Again it all comes down to trust.  Go to someone that has a good reputation.  Ask someone from your community that you already trust who to go to.  Word of mouth is the best way to find a quality dentist.  (and yet I still advertise in the radio, TV, phonebook and newspapers!!!!)
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Post by: gigaJack on March 02, 2009, 02:12:53 PM
Thanks Chas...

gigaJack
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Post by: archer on March 02, 2009, 02:40:41 PM
Welcome MightyRunt! Read on, learn, and help us learn from your experiences!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on March 02, 2009, 04:28:02 PM
Welcome to all the new folks.

Welcome all.


We now have a doctor a dentist and pharmacist.  Sounds like the beginning of a joke.

Don't forget about Lawyerman!  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 02, 2009, 11:22:55 PM
doctor, dentist, and a pharmacist?  No joke...  creepy rather... Sounds like "Lights Out" is coming alive... Can someone say "twilight zone"?.... :o
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AKS on March 03, 2009, 10:38:35 AM
Hello all,
Name is Dave.  Live in CA with my wife and 2 kids.  Came to "surviavalism" through the Boy Scouts- Eagle Scout- and living on a farm.  For most who grew up in a rural environment, survival is more like everyday life, so that's how I move forward.  Right now we are in the semi-suburbs, but have enough land for some yard birds and a nice garden.  After high school spent a while in the US Army as 11B.  Since then I have been building my stocks and trying to stay ahead of the curve.  Here in CA earthquakes have been the main reason for being prepped, but now with the economy coming down around us, there is a new found excitement in the area of survivalism.  That's probably why buying ammo is so difficult these days.... ;)
Just recently found Jack's podcasts, and have enjoyed his take on things. Glad to be here and looking forward to shariung and learning what I can.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on March 04, 2009, 12:11:24 AM
Welcome AKS.

Hadn't heard the term yard birds in a while.  Thought it was a southern thing.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AKS on March 04, 2009, 10:40:16 AM
Welcome AKS.

Hadn't heard the term yard birds in a while.  Thought it was a southern thing.
Thanks! Glad to be here.  Always looking for more info.
Not sure about that.  We always knew them as yard birds, and I'm 5th generation CA?
And I'll be nice and not make any 19 series jokes ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fnord on March 04, 2009, 10:32:46 PM
Thought I'd drop in and say hello.  I've been listening for the past week or so, but I'm quickly making my way through the first podcasts.  I really like the fact that the advice offered is grounded in reality, and is practical. 

32 year old single male; software developer.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on March 04, 2009, 10:55:16 PM
Welcome everybody.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: emarellano on March 05, 2009, 09:34:35 AM
Good Morning, Afternoon and Evening,

My name is Evan and I have been listening to the Survival Podcast for a month or two now. I am just here to introduce myself and start going through the forum. I am not your typical survivalist and would like to learn more. Anyways just stopping by to say "Hi".

Evan
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on March 05, 2009, 09:57:28 AM
Welcome Evan. Sit down, read and learn.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on March 05, 2009, 03:36:06 PM

I am not your typical survivalist and would like to learn more. Anyways just stopping by to say "Hi".


Typical Survivalist?  Broad brush brother..........

Berserker Prime

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: emarellano on March 05, 2009, 04:13:05 PM
I am not sure what I meant by "Typical Survivalist".
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 19kilo on March 06, 2009, 06:29:39 AM
Don't worry,  I don't think there is a "typical" survivalist.

Welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Heavy G on March 06, 2009, 08:56:38 AM
(This thread has been selected as a “best of” thread by Heavy G.  You can search for “best of” threads by using that term in the search mode.  Everyone on the forum is encouraged to reply to a post they think is “best of” worthy so we can all search for them.  For more information on the “best of” thing, see  http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0  (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0))
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on March 06, 2009, 07:59:33 PM
I am not sure what I meant by "Typical Survivalist".

Welcome!  There are all types in this forum with the most common thread of prepping for just about any eventuality.  You will find it all here even if you haven't thought of it yet! :)

Berserker Prime
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Post by: ColdHaven on March 07, 2009, 02:18:25 PM
Welcome to the forums emarellano. You will meet as varied of people here as anywhere, which really speaks for the nation as a whole, and are anything but typical! :) Hope you enjoy your time here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LGM30 on March 12, 2009, 03:51:50 PM
Hello everyone, I'm Jonathan from Michigan.  I've been listening since about episode 25.  Checked out the forums in beta, but never bothered with them too much.  I'm impressed with how they've grown.  Lots of content and camaraderie.  I'm an electrical engineer by day, and math tutor, doll fixer, skinned knee medic by night.  I spent 4 years in North Dakota baby sitting Minuteman III silos.  So remember "The cold war didn't just end, it was won."
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on March 12, 2009, 09:08:17 PM
Hello everyone, I'm Jonathan from Michigan.  I've been listening since about episode 25.  Checked out the forums in beta, but never bothered with them too much.  I'm impressed with how they've grown.  Lots of content and camaraderie.  I'm an electrical engineer by day, and math tutor, doll fixer, skinned knee medic by night.  I spent 4 years in North Dakota baby sitting Minuteman III silos.  So remember "The cold war didn't just end, it was won."

Me too.  742 MS Lima/Nov/Kilo........
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LGM30 on March 13, 2009, 08:47:52 AM
742 was out of Minot right?  I was in FMT/TTB in the 321 FMMS at Grand Forks.  Good to hear from another Missileer!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dirttime Dude on March 15, 2009, 07:54:23 PM
 Hello to all... I am Dirttime Dude... Dude McLean , I live in SoCa... I am a former U.S Marine, All my kids are grown up and gone. I have grand kids.
 I am a writer for Wilderness Way magazine where Im a field editor and photog as well.
 I have studied , participated in and lived survival for over 50 years. My kids were raised to be self reliant. And they are.
 I learned many skills from my Dad and his goofy friends, read, loners in the woods.
  Since the late 70s. I have consulted with familys, groups, churches, and others on and about survival.

 I had a great career in the music biz as well. I was a record producer and a music publisher for a really long time.
 I have worked with many of the top acts from the 60s until right now.

 Being in the music biz gave lots of free time to be in the bush. Im a hunter, fisherman, trapper, solo camping nut. I have been solo for over 90 days at a time.
 Lots of solo treks for a 4 days, 2 weeks, 30 days, etc...
 I have had gardens for 35 years. I like square foot and raised beds.
 I  may know some of you from other forums.
 
 I am a partner in "Dirttime" with Alan Halcon and Christopher Nyerges.

 Great to be here. Hope to learn from you and perhaps I can add to the mix as well.
 Oh, and Im too immature to be this old.

 Dude...check yer6
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fngrlickingood on March 15, 2009, 07:59:44 PM
Hello, like many of you I am a little newer to the whole survivalism thing. I have really enjoyed listening to Jack's podcasts and reading through the forum. You are all a great group of people and I really like knowing that me and my husband aren't the only people that feel this way!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: resist on March 15, 2009, 09:31:32 PM
Hey everybody, new here and to the podcast. I just want to thank Jack for his very sound and reasonable views on prepping. The podcast seems so professionally put together, it's hard to believe he is driving to work. I also want to add how much I appreciate the information found on this forum. I am 36, a heavy truck mechanic, and trying to catch up on my preps. I have a long ways to go, but I'll get there. Well anyway, I hope I can provide at least a little help here and there to those of you that have helped me to slow down and look at the big picture. 
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Post by: rustyknife on March 15, 2009, 10:05:33 PM
Hy everyone I'm Rustyknife. I have 12 years in Lawenforcement, 9 as a Firefighter. Did some time in Deep Recon and have been interested in survival all my life. My wife and I live in eastern Oregon where we are getting ready for whatever. I grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation in SE Montana and my wife was raised on ranches in southern Idaho. I currently work as a Owner/Operator truck driver running 6 or 7 NW states. For those new members  the Survival Podcast is by far the best group of people and the best source of good information that you will find. Alot to learn here but with the help of this group you will do fine.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on March 16, 2009, 05:05:14 AM
wELCOMe ;D
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Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on March 17, 2009, 04:32:44 AM
Welcome everybody.

Can't wait to learn from, & hear about everyone's varied experiences.
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Post by: oregoncactus on March 19, 2009, 11:22:45 AM
Hello all,

I am a stay-at-home mom in my 40s to two great kids, 14 and 9.  Before I "retired" to raise my family, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineer for a defense contractor that made avionics systems. 

Found this great podcast through a google search after deciding I couldn't ignore the warning bells my gut has been sending me.  I am working my way through the podcasts and working every day to prepare.  I have always been a bargain shopper, but now I am turning my attention to how I can build preps for the lowest cost using the grocery store w/ coupons, CVS with the ECB program and coupons, Walgreens and its rebate program w/ coupons, and any other store that will give me the items I need for the cheapest cost.

I also am taking some protection courses and am studying for the Technician ticket so I can become a HAM.  I feel a sense of urgency to prepare, but know I can only get there one step at a time. 

Thanks for all the great advice on this forum!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TXChikk on March 19, 2009, 02:18:39 PM
Welcome oregoncactus, glad to have you. :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on March 19, 2009, 05:35:47 PM

Found this great podcast through a google search after deciding I couldn't ignore the warning bells my gut has been sending me. 


oregoncactus:

Welcome.  You mention warning bells in your gut.  You might find this thread interesting: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3325.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3325.0).  It's on the Ladies Survivor page.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: oregoncactus on March 19, 2009, 09:02:27 PM
Thanks for the link, Heavy G.  It is nice to know I am not alone.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Lordfud13 on March 21, 2009, 09:45:10 PM
Hello all.  My name is Tom and I have been trying to get back into the gardening and some of the self-sufficiency items.  My father taught me that the only one you can ever truly count on to take care of you is you.  I'm over 50 and work as an electronics tech.  I am going to school for paralegal, talk about a change.  I started to listen to the podcast about a week ago in sequence.   
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ReluctantWarrior on March 22, 2009, 08:34:53 AM
Hey, everyone-

     New to the forum, but been listening since early fall.  My name is Ash and I'm a husband and father of two from the Cincinnati area.  I've been a pastor and worship leader for three years, and was a full time touring musician for six years before that.  I was also a passifist until a year and a half ago.  Not exactly the 'survivalist' profile.  I think that's dandy because not having been raised with self-sufficiency values I have the good fortune of being confident in what I have learned and come to believe as almost everything was taken on with the heart of a skeptic.  So, now that I'm here, where can I help?

Thanks!

Ash 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on March 22, 2009, 08:59:26 AM

I was also a passifist until a year and a half ago.  Not exactly the 'survivalist' profile. 


You are exactly the kind of person we call a "modern survivalist."  It isn't about guns and conspiracy theories.  (Although I have plenty of the first thing and things are so obvious and in the open that you don't need the second thing.)

You'll find self-described hippies on this forum.  We have people of every race, etc.  We're basically libertarians and don't care about things that divide us like race or whatever.

Welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fritz_monroe on March 22, 2009, 09:37:17 AM
Welcome.  I've only been here for a couple months, but I've found that this is not the typical survivalist board. The only thing that separates us is geography.  We have all realised, or begun to realise, that the things like race, political parties, etc. exist, but our differences are played up by TPTB and mainstream media to keep us divided.

As for where you can help, just poke around the forums and you will find opportunities.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ReluctantWarrior on March 23, 2009, 09:41:31 AM
Thanks for the kind welcome, guys.  Yeah, I'm a former hippie.  ;)  Still a vegetarian, though.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: firefly on March 26, 2009, 08:09:49 PM
Hello all,

I’m 27 and live about an hour west of DC, and I work in the biotech field. Growing up here always got me to think what would happen if some nuclear attack were to occur. 9/11 Y2K, hurricane Katrina, knowing the realities of global pandemic, a bunch of zombie movies, and whatever scenarios my fertile mind could conceive, got me to make my own bug-out bag, before I even knew what a bug-out bag was, I called it my emergency bag.  But it was searching for survival skills on itunes that introduced me to the show some time last September; it has definitely been a catalyst. 

Right now I’m trying to finish paying off my car, and student loans, before I begin any extensive prepping.  I’m giving some basic container gardening a try by growing strawberries and slowly building up a month’s supply of non-perishable food.  I’m trying to encourage my parents who live an hour west of me to put their 10 acres to use and start some raised garden beds. 

Thanks to Jack and to the members of this forum, it’s all great stuff.  Thank you. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: angryamerican on April 09, 2009, 08:20:35 AM
I never know what to say on these intro things, so here it goes any way.

They call me angryamerican.  I have two kids.  a son and a daughter  two dogs and two cats.  I am the team leader of a CNC laser cutting department and I also run a survival website.

I also run a side line business repairing and upgrading computers.  I am using the profit from that to build my own CNC router table, which should be done next week.  Its for the sole purpose of not only adding to my survival skill set but selling the products to add to my finical freedom. 

I have been into survival and prepping all my life.  only difference is we just called it living.  Well that in a very brief nutshell is me.  Cant Waite to read more and listen to more podcast. 

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on April 09, 2009, 12:19:24 PM
welcome  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MarTac on April 10, 2009, 07:59:42 AM
Hi Folks,

I found the pod cast and forum through a link over at John Willis's Original SOE site, and have only been able to listen to one podcast so far, but it was GREAT!

I am part of a family business located in north Texas, near Dallas. We are knife makers focussing primarily on tactical and survival style blades. We are Martin Knives.  As you can guess by the vocation, we have been into prepping for a while and I have been a student of wilderness survival skills for many years. Love the outdoors.

Prior to knifemaking I spent 14 years running a guided horseback operation in south Texas. I am thankful for this experience as it taught me much about livestock and "alternative" transportation.

I also grew up in south Texas, and I think this really reinforced my preparedness mind set. I have done numerous evacuations for hurricanes and in Sep. 2001 experinced the Port Isabel/South Padre Island bridge collapse up close. Participating in the recovery efforts and then dealing with the aftermath logistical issues. Saw a lot of good and bad from that tradgedy, and learned a lot.

In my daily work I have the pleasure of talking with many preparedness minded folks and have seen an amazing surge in their numbers in recent months. Because of this, we have started to branch out from just knives and get into other items we feel would be helpful. Small projects that focus on helping  manage those short term emergencies.

Sorry about the long intro. I am excited to be here, and hope to get to meet some other members in person sometime.

Thanks for such a great place.



Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on April 10, 2009, 08:57:36 AM
Welcome, MarTec.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on April 11, 2009, 12:19:30 AM
I never know what to say on these intro things, so here it goes any way.

They call me angryamerican.  I have two kids.  a son and a daughter  two dogs and two cats.  I am the team leader of a CNC laser cutting department and I also run a survival website.


Welcome angryamerican, you should fit in nicely here. How about a link to your website so we can check it out?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: angryamerican on April 11, 2009, 09:00:07 AM
Welcome angryamerican, you should fit in nicely here. How about a link to your website so we can check it out?

I will be happy to once I ask permission.  Don't want to step on any toes.  I am enjoying the podcast and site way to much to get banned.  I will seek permission latter today.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on April 11, 2009, 09:38:27 AM
You don't need special permission.  Blanket permission has already been given.  There is a thread for putting links to your own blog, etc, here: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=4.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=4.0)

And like TW said, WELCOME!!!  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on April 11, 2009, 10:21:53 AM
I will be happy to once I ask permission.  Don't want to step on any toes.  I am enjoying the podcast and site way to much to get banned.  I will seek permission latter today.
Post your link.

In fact, why don't you add it to your signature in your profile.  That way whenever you post it'll follow you around the boards.

There, now you have permission. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: angryamerican on April 11, 2009, 10:42:02 AM
Well thanks.  the site is http://www.simplesurvival.us  I also as suggested put the link in my signature.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goober Pyle on April 11, 2009, 11:34:01 AM
Howdy - been listening to the show since last September or so.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on April 11, 2009, 11:47:30 AM
Dark here!  I would like to thank everyone for ALL the information and opinions on this forum.  I have been seriously prepping for about 8 years now. But I  have always camped a lot, so had a leg up on some of my fellow preppers when it came to gear.  Working on getting that 360 day mark with food storage now.

Up here in NE Ohio and have the wife and two babies to prep for in both financial and survival aspects.  It has been much easier to do with the help of this forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on April 11, 2009, 12:35:03 PM
Welcome goober!

And darkwinter, while you've been here a while now, welcome to you too!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on April 11, 2009, 01:07:13 PM
Yeah, I have been here a little while, but it has taken a WHILE to get through all these threads!  - Thanks for the welcome.!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: perfect hick on April 13, 2009, 07:22:03 PM
New here.  Love the podcasts. 

Grew up in Potter County Pa on a farm.  Joined the USMC and stayed in for 6.  I've done a lot in my life since then.

 Indipendant/ holistic/ sustainable/ intelligent living has been a lifestyle of my family for as long as my Grandmother can remember (she's 90).

Glad to be here,

PH

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on April 13, 2009, 08:15:14 PM
Welcome, PH!  Marines (and all other military) are ALWAYS doubly welcome here, far as I'm concerned.  Thank you for protecting me and my family for the 6 years that you served.  We appreciate it.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DragonSoldier on April 13, 2009, 09:26:56 PM
I said hey in my Region Board, but found this. I currently live in Upper Middle TN close to Ft Campbell. I came from Hinesville GA, near Savannah. I am here permanently. I've lived in SC for 12 years, and the Detroit and Flint Michigan area for a total of 32 years, and had and apartment in Nashville for five years, but lived elsewhere mostly. Hope I can learn a lot and contribute.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on April 13, 2009, 09:28:32 PM
'sup dragonsoldier! :)  Welcome home.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on April 13, 2009, 11:00:24 PM
Hey everybody.

Glad to have you on board, welcome to the....madness?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on April 18, 2009, 08:07:44 PM
Welcome to all of our newest members.
Glad to have you here!  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sandman on April 20, 2009, 03:33:57 AM
Howdy! New to the podcasts & the forum here. Great Stuff! I'm from Texas and enjoy camping & other outdoors activities. I look forward to getting in on some good threads & maybe some camp-outs too.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on April 20, 2009, 06:20:18 AM
Welcome Sandman.

Who is that in your avatar, just for curiousity's sake?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sandman on April 20, 2009, 12:00:49 PM
Welcome Sandman.

Who is that in your avatar, just for curiousity's sake?
Why it's Michael Chertoff, one of Skynet's T-800 series prototypes, now obsolete and replaced with the JN Series 888.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: New Englander on April 21, 2009, 03:23:33 PM
Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself.   I am an admin on another forum where we go over survival plans for the tough times ahead but is not nearly as large as this one.  I am very interested in learning more about survival and have listened to the radio show for several weeks now.  Browsing around the forum I see there is a ton of useful information and learning here.

I work as a senior HVAC service technician and am going to attend part time night school at U Mass to study Mechanical engineering.  Sometimes I wonder at the thought of attending school in the middle of an economic crisis but I am paying for classes up front with no loans or debt.  I figure if we come out of the crisis, fine, but if the economy collapses it was fun trying.

My interests are wilderness backpacking, fishing, archery, and hunting.  I have backpacked Alaska, Yosemite, Arizona, Colorado, as well as around New England.

I am what you would refer to as a tin foil hat wearer and believe that the process of bringing down America's sovereignty and merging us under the control of world government is happening incrementally and steadily, which is my motivation for survival prep.

Looking forward to learning as much as I can.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on April 21, 2009, 03:27:32 PM
Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself.   I am an admin on another forum where we go over survival plans for the tough times ahead but is not nearly as large as this one.  I am very interested in learning more about survival and have listened to the radio show for several weeks now.  Browsing around the forum I see there is a ton of useful information and learning here.

I work as a senior HVAC service technician and am going to attend part time night school at U Mass to study Mechanical engineering.  Sometimes I wonder at the thought of attending school in the middle of an economic crisis but I am paying for classes up front with no loans or debt.  I figure if we come out of the crisis, fine, but if the economy collapses it was fun trying.

My interests are wilderness backpacking, fishing, archery, and hunting.  I have backpacked Alaska, Yosemite, Arizona, Colorado, as well as around New England.

I am what you would refer to as a tin foil hat wearer and believe that the process of bringing down America's sovereignty and merging us under the control of world government is happening incrementally and steadily, which is my motivation for survival prep.

Looking forward to learning as much as I can.

Welcome New Englander.  I'm sure you've seen the tin foil hat board.  You'll probably enjoy the heck out of it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: PeteG on April 22, 2009, 05:08:22 AM
Hello, Just a short post to introduce myself...
My wife & I live out on MD's eastern shore, downwind of pretty much everything...We both want to move to a better location one day, but for now we are here.

Watching the way things are going we have kind of ended up with a survivalist mentality, not on purpose or maybe it was, different areas of our lives all went a certain direction: getting out of debt, gardening & hunting to supply as much food as we can, putting back some food and ammo, etc. Then just stumbled across the podcast and it all seemed to make sense.

So here we are.....

Pete
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on April 22, 2009, 07:43:03 AM

Watching the way things are going we have kind of ended up with a survivalist mentality, not on purpose or maybe it was, different areas of our lives all went a certain direction: getting out of debt, gardening & hunting to supply as much food as we can, putting back some food and ammo, etc. Then just stumbled across the podcast and it all seemed to make sense.

So here we are.....


Pete: 

You are exactly the typical person here.  Normal, not living in a bunker.  Reducing debt, gardening, hunting, and getting some defensive tools together.  All these things will make your life better even if nothing bad happens, which is why Jack says "if times get tough, or even if they don't." 

Welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Muddyboots on April 22, 2009, 08:01:16 PM
Thanks to the guidance of Heavy G. I'm putting this in the right place...this time!

Hello everyone!

I'm Muddyboots. Some of you know me from another board. I recently spent sixteen hours driving around in region 2, listening to The Survival Podcast. That was 20-some episodes. I'm hooked. I agree with a lot Jack is saying and understand the reasons behind most of what I don't agree with. The thing I like Most is the style. Works for me.

I'm one of the Instructors who will be at Dirttime 09 this august. I'll be doing a work shop and discussion on "The Tarp" which is going to cover a lot more than the name suggests. I come from the world of Mountaineering, Guiding and Rescue, I've worn a few other hats over the years as well.

I'm new so I'm going to hang back and get to know the board and it's people.

Cheers!

Muddyboots

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on April 22, 2009, 10:00:30 PM
Welcome Muddyboots, your experience is going to be very welcome here.

I look forward to meeting you at Dirt Time 09

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on April 22, 2009, 10:59:23 PM
I'm one of the Instructors who will be at Dirttime 09 this august. I'll be doing a work shop and discussion on "The Tarp" which is going to cover a lot more than the name suggests. I come from the world of Mountaineering, Guiding and Rescue, I've worn a few other hats over the years as well.

How neat!  Lookin' forward to meeting you! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Michael Masse on April 23, 2009, 11:14:31 AM
Welcome Muddyboots,

Your avatar suggests you don't mind getting dirty.  That is pretty good in my book. 

Looking forward to your input.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Muddyboots on April 25, 2009, 06:39:34 PM
Thanks all! Looking forward to meeting everyone either here or at DT09!

Muddyboots
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on April 25, 2009, 06:50:37 PM
I just realized I never added to this....

Hi! I'm Derek from Kennedale, TX. I am a computer service technician, not one of those damn geek squad guys I know what I'm doing, I never though about stocking up on anything like this. I was one of those guys and still partly am that thinks as long as I have my guns, and I have many, I will be fine. I am now planning on starting a garden in roughly 2 days... I travel everywhere and have seen much of this great country. Texas is of course the best place to be but the other places aint too bad, except for Boston which are the rudest damn people I have ever met. I'm always here for whoever needs me, all you gotta do is ask!!

 8)There now yall know what I want yall to know about me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on April 26, 2009, 11:59:35 AM
dhallftworth:

Welcome.  Your avatar picture is the embodiment of "Don't Mess With Texas."
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Einherjar on April 27, 2009, 08:50:47 PM
Hello all,

Been listening to TSP for about 3 weeks now. LOVE IT! It rocks.  Just wanted to say hello to all of you.
About me:
I am a crimefighter at heart and by trade.  I have been into survivalism since I was 10 years old.  I love turning people on to new things and offering information on the topics that I am knowledgeable about. My fields of knowledge are as follows:
-Cutlery (knives, swords, axes etc etc.) I used to own a cutlery business and have been a custom/production knife collector for over 20 years.
-Martial arts and real no nonsense physical combat and tactics (There is a huge difference). Been training in hand to hand combat since the age of 7.
-Fishing-Largemouth Bass(strictly catch and release). Been fishing since the age of 4. All I fish for is Largemouth Bass.
-Throwing weapons- Knives, Tomahawks, Shuriken, you name it.
-Yo-Yo's. Could talk for hours. I have a collection of over 40 yo yo's all modern and made from some high-tech stuff, Aircraft aluminum, Titanium, some painted,some anodized, laser etched etc etc. An amazing hobby that most people don't know too much about.
-Cigars. The good stuff.
-Popeye The Sailor Man. Created in 1929 by Elzie Crisler Segar.  We owe a lot to this icon, including the creation of 2 words in the English language.  The character was revolutionary and so was the man who created him.
-Classic and modern cartoons.
-The Occult.
-Norse Mythology.

I am looking forward to spending some time on these forums, when im not busy with my other hobbies...lol
Please feel free to message me on anything that you would like to discuss.  I would love to engage in some good conversation.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jarhead on April 27, 2009, 10:06:20 PM
Welcome Einherjar.   ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on April 27, 2009, 10:19:52 PM
welcome young ant...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Michael Masse on April 28, 2009, 02:28:19 PM
Einherjar, welcome aboard.  This is a wonderful forum sounds like you will be a great asset. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Einherjar on April 29, 2009, 09:51:25 AM
Thanks for the warm welcome and the kind words.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: pchambers on April 29, 2009, 11:25:10 PM
I found the podcast last year, lost it through a change in laptops and have refound it! Boy! Don't you all have a plethora of information (and acrynms) crammed into this place.  I'm just going to jump right in.  I don't know much at all about getting prepared, shooting or caring for a gun or most of the stuff here, but I must have been flirting around this idea without knowing it for a while.

My husband and I live in GA in a suburban subdivision. I homeschool our three boys, grow a garden and have some hens in the backyard. We don't hunt, but I'll buy an abandoned deer from the processors every chance I get. Any vacations we take consist of camping, so I have lots of gear in that respect.

Now that I'm here, I find myself thinking...ah...this is what I'm looking for.  I'm sure I'll be asking lots of naive questions, so just bare with me please.  Two to start off with -

Absolute beginner strategy? Where to get started?

And what does BUG OUT/BUG IN mean???

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on April 29, 2009, 11:41:55 PM

My husband and I live in GA in a suburban subdivision. I homeschool our three boys, grow a garden and have some hens in the backyard. We don't hunt, but I'll buy an abandoned deer from the processors every chance I get. Any vacations we take consist of camping, so I have lots of gear in that respect.

Now that I'm here, I find myself thinking...ah...this is what I'm looking for.  I'm sure I'll be asking lots of naive questions, so just bare with me please.  Two to start off with -

Absolute beginner strategy? Where to get started?

And what does BUG OUT/BUG IN mean???

Welcome home pchambers , you will fit right in

Sounds like you are already started, you are better prepared than most people.

start by reading older posts and use the search function to find what you are interested in, then just jump in and comment or ask questions.
 
There are no stupid questions here, so ask away

Bug Out means leaving your residence in case of disaster and going somewhere else, Bug In means riding out the disaster at home using your preps.

The Wilderness




Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on April 29, 2009, 11:43:07 PM
I found the podcast last year, lost it through a change in laptops and have refound it! Boy! Don't you all have a plethora of information (and acrynms) crammed into this place.  I'm just going to jump right in.  I don't know much at all about getting prepared, shooting or caring for a gun or most of the stuff here, but I must have been flirting around this idea without knowing it for a while.

My husband and I live in GA in a suburban subdivision. I homeschool our three boys, grow a garden and have some hens in the backyard. We don't hunt, but I'll buy an abandoned deer from the processors every chance I get. Any vacations we take consist of camping, so I have lots of gear in that respect.

Now that I'm here, I find myself thinking...ah...this is what I'm looking for.  I'm sure I'll be asking lots of naive questions, so just bare with me please.  Two to start off with -

Absolute beginner strategy? Where to get started?

And what does BUG OUT/BUG IN mean???


Welcome.

Bug Out = To leave your home base or normal area of operation.  This could be for a short period or for a longer period & it's usually because you need to leave for safety reasons.

Bug In = To shelter in place.  Usually in one's home.  Doing this necessitates having enough supplies to stay in or at your home base & being able to live comfortably & without want for an extended or possibly indefinite length of time.

For basic food & water storage resources check out The Repository (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=50.0).

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Absolute beginner strategy? Where to get started?
Most folks begin by laying in extra food, water & household supplies.  The Food Preps Boards (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?board=57.0) are a good place for a beginner to begin.  Pretty much every answer you can ask about storing food can be answered there.  If you need to search for something in particular, try the Search Function (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?action=search2) by entering the key words you'd like to search for.

Anything else, just ask. ;)

***ETA***
Dang it TW, you beat me to the post button. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: pchambers on April 30, 2009, 08:33:04 AM
Thanks for the welcome guys!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on April 30, 2009, 10:23:31 AM
pchambers (and others who are new here):

In addition to the Repository, you might search for the term "Best of."  I tagged the especially good threads--the ones chock full of info--by posting with that term in it.  You can find them with the search feature.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on April 30, 2009, 11:15:24 AM
pchambers (and others who are new here):

In addition to the Repository, you might search for the term "Best of."  I tagged the especially good threads--the ones chock full of info--by posting with that term in it.  You can find them with the search feature.


Dang H G, I forget about the Best Of stuff too. 

pchambers..
It will probably narrow the search results to enter the specific topic you're searching for after you enter Best Of : for example Best Of + Food Storage.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: pchambers on April 30, 2009, 11:25:18 AM
awesome... thanks so much for the info. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on April 30, 2009, 06:00:57 PM
One other thing I would do is go back and download all the old podcasts, then work your way through listening to them. It took me a couple of months, but I've heard them all. They work real well for me in the car, so I can input some good stuff during the commute. The only downside is not being able to take notes, for example, on particular ways to plant. But, I can always go back and do that at another time.

There may seem to be a little repetition, but I know I often need to hear things a couple of times before they sink in, just ask my darling wife.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Rom on May 01, 2009, 12:42:52 PM
A few posts in already, but I just found this thread. Name's Rom. I've been a very basic prepper for a while now. Just hit that stage in life with the house and family, and a career with some spare cash, so I have really started to take the survival/self reliance thing seriously. I grew up in SW Washington, and now I live in beautiful North Idaho (God's Country as my mother refers to it), and I am a Firefighter/EMT for the city I live in. I've been married for just over 2 years now, and we just had our first son, Jack, last October. Best accident ever! I have a background in hunting and country living, and a decent comprehension of firearms. I am looking forward to learning from this community. Thanks in advance.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on May 01, 2009, 12:49:14 PM
Welcome!!! glad to have you...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Maddog on May 02, 2009, 12:23:36 PM
Dan Maddalena (1957)
ThreeAcre Farm - Lewisville, TX (Republic Of)
Horses, goats (Boer), garden. Soon to have chickens, rabbits, quail (again).
Married (2nd), two daughters (29, 10)
Italian/cowboy/farmer/telecommunications
Preferred lover: 1911 Officers Model
I've been reconnoitering this site since 03/23/09. What has drawn me to participate is the fact that all opinions are welcome here. The good, bad, ugly, or opposite view. I like the freedom to disagree, as long as  protocols are observered. However, I'll tell you up front, I won't observe these procalls. Bitch slap me if you must, but please don't ban me. I'll play as nice as I have to to stay here. You will find I have a "Deadwood" vocabulary, but will do ANYTHING to preserve what was established in 1776. My dream: to have Jack call me out because of a controversial statement I have made.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on May 02, 2009, 12:37:45 PM
Dan Maddalena (1957)
ThreeAcre Farm - Lewisville, TX (Republic Of)
Horses, goats (Boer), garden. Soon to have chickens, rabbits, quail (again).
Married (2nd), two daughters (29, 10)
Italian/cowboy/farmer/telecommunications
Preferred lover: 1911 Officers Model
I've been reconnoitering this site since 03/23/09. What has drawn me to participate is the fact that all opinions are welcome here. The good, bad, ugly, or opposite view. I like the freedom to disagree, as long as  protocols are observered. However, I'll tell you up front, I won't observe these procalls. Bitch slap me if you must, but please don't ban me. I'll play as nice as I have to to stay here. You will find I have a "Deadwood" vocabulary, but will do ANYTHING to preserve what was established in 1776. My dream: to have Jack call me out because of a controversial statement I have made.

Proud to have another Texan!! Welcome
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sylvan on May 02, 2009, 08:29:03 PM
Greetings everyone!  I go by sylvan.  I am a married, 30 yo male from Middle Tennessee.  No kids, yet!  We've got a fur kid named Layla, she is a lab mix.  Since I was a kid, I've always loved the outdoors.  Living in Tennessee and Texas, it's hard not to.  Even though college is taking up a lot of my free time, I still love to hike and camp when I get a chance.  I also love a good rabbit or squirrel hunt from time to time.  I also enjoy target shooting with rifles and pistols.

Recent world events really got me to think of what-ifs and securing my family's well being.  I started buying and reading books which are helpful, but they are not a replacement for a good community.

A buddy told me about Jack's podcast and all I can say is ....Thank God for Jack.  Sir, you are doing a great and wonderful service and I thank you.  I am very eager to learn and apply the knowledge.

I am also eager to get to know and learn from the wonderful folks of this forum.  It would really be great to network with other folks from Tennessee and set up and attend some activities or workshops.  I prefer to learn hands-on if I can. 

Thanks again! 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 02, 2009, 09:19:24 PM

I am also eager to get to know and learn from the wonderful folks of this forum. 


sylvan and other new folks:

I tagged the best threads--the ones with the most concise and helpful info on a variety of topics--by putting the term "best of" in them.  So you can search for that term and you'll run into them.

Also, there's a category called the Repository that is ... a repository.

Welcome, y'all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: cchase on May 06, 2009, 12:04:07 PM
Hi guys my name is Chris im new here to tsp and im really enjoying it. I live in The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia in Orange County I have a wife and two young sons my oldest 2yrs old my youngest is 7 mos. I am a former marine and consider myself strong and resourceful but since having afamily things in my life have really been put into perspective. ive come to the realization that as a family we are dependent and not ready for anything except for maybe a night time robbery attempt. this makes me nauseous to think how sheep like i have allowed us to become because i dont consider myself to be that kind of person. i guess with all that said i want to start prepping, I am going to start a garden here soon and I am going to put together my bugout bag and one for each members of the family, I have been working on my debt. so ive taken some good steps, my question to you guys iswhat do you think is most important to prioritize where should i start, there is just so much info that ifeel like my head is spinning. so what do you guys think

i would really apprecite any and all of your perspectives and advice Thanks! also i apologize for the lack of punctuation and spelling iam writing this on myphone
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 06, 2009, 12:14:36 PM
CChase!  WELCOME!!!

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I live in The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia in Orange County...

You're in one of the few BIG conservative strong holds in So. Cal!  The Wilderness and I live over in the Fontana/Norco area.  You're in good company - there are quite a few Californians here.  Have you considered coming to Dirt Time in August?  I'm not sure if there are any spaces left, but just in case, you should check it out here: http://www.dirttime.com/ (http://www.dirttime.com/) - it's over in San Bernardino, and it's a week long survivalfest of sorts.  Jack will be teaching there, and Ron Hood will be there, and there will be communications classes, and bowyer classes, and gourd making classes, and a ton more classes, and great food, and even better company, and so on and so forth.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on May 06, 2009, 12:19:04 PM
Hi guys my name is Chris im new here to tsp and im really enjoying it. I live in The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia in Orange County I have a wife and two young sons my oldest 2yrs old my youngest is 7 mos. I am a former marine and consider myself strong and resourceful but since having afamily things in my life have really been put into perspective. ive come to the realization that as a family we are dependent and not ready for anything except for maybe a night time robbery attempt. this makes me nauseous to think how sheep like i have allowed us to become because i dont consider myself to be that kind of person. i guess with all that said i want to start prepping, I am going to start a garden here soon and I am going to put together my bugout bag and one for each members of the family, I have been working on my debt. so ive taken some good steps, my question to you guys iswhat do you think is most important to prioritize where should i start, there is just so much info that ifeel like my head is spinning. so what do you guys think

i would really apprecite any and all of your perspectives and advice Thanks! also i apologize for the lack of punctuation and spelling iam writing this on myphone

Welcome... Being a marine I bet u are prepared for alot more than just a robbery... My dad is a marine and could find his way through any situation... But I understand what your saying about prepping... 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Harold J. Forbes on May 06, 2009, 02:18:12 PM
I've been on here for a couple of months but have never done the intro thing, so here goes...

I go by the handle BillyOceansEleven, and I am a 30 year old native of Louisiana living in economic exile in Houston, TX. I work as an accountant for a large oil and gas exploration company (we love the earth so much we penetrate it, as Stephen Colbert once said) and previously worked as an auditor/management consultant. I'm married with 18 month old twins and one more on the way.

My first real introduction to survivalist philosophies came when I was converted to the LDS Church (the Mormons) about 7 years ago. As many of you know, the LDS Church stresses preparedness in the form of food storage and 72-hour kits (bug-out bags for all you non-LDS folk). I would moderately stockpile items before that for economic reasons (i.e., stocking up on items when I found a really good deal), but this was the first I put it in the context of preparedness.

I really started taking this more seriously several months ago when all of this bailout nonsense started in Washington. I've always been concerned with the national debt, but the rate at which we are adding to that debt really makes me believe we are in for a major league SHTF situation. As such, I've been looking into how to make my family more self-sufficient and how to avoid the crime and other issues that are sure to arise as we race towards the bottom. I found TSP via a link somehwhere else when I was surfing the web for suburban survalism info.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 06, 2009, 02:40:20 PM
BillyOceansEleven:

You sound like a normal American.  How could you be a "survivalist"?

Welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: cchase on May 06, 2009, 02:47:03 PM
Welcome... Being a marine I bet u are prepared for alot more than just a robbery... My dad is a marine and could find his way through any situation... But I understand what your saying about prepping... 

Thank you and yes I am confident that I can handle whatever life throws my way, but I just want to be in the best possible position for my family. Right now, I know we dont have a enough food storage, we do not have a plan, if we had to leave our house in 10 minutes we couldnt do it, hell we can hardly get everyone out of the house to go to the store in an hour, haha.  Just general lack of prep all around. So were gonna work on it, by the way I saqw your garden looks great how is it coming
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on May 06, 2009, 02:59:00 PM
yea... well the weather has been keeping me from getting the seeds in the ground.. But I'm getting all of my seeds in the ground today. I've gotta take some good pics with my camera instead of my phone..
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 08, 2009, 10:23:07 PM
Okay, here is the thread that I was too dumb to find.


I've been a lurker on multiple survival forums for years now. I rarely posted comments on them because, as the saying goes, you learn more from listening (reading) than you do by talking (writing). Besides that, I've witnessed many well meaning noobs finally post a question or comment only to suffer a serious flaming from the "veteran" posters. As if having only a few posts or weeks on a forum means you were born yesterday and have nothing of value to contribute. I joined three weeks ago, read for a few days, subscibed to Jack's podcasts, listened to a few, and immediately joined the Member Support Brigade to get them all. I'm here until someone kicks me out and I've never been kicked out of anything. I want to thank Jack and all the moderators for running a well-disciplined forum that doesn't treat new guys and infrequent posters as children. No one ever treated me that way, but only because I didn't post my opinion.

  On this forum, I plan to contribute. Why? Because everybody seems receptive and, having learned a lot from them already, I feel I should return the favor with my humble 2 cents worth occassionally.

I don't claim to be an expert on anything, but I have above-average experience in a few subjects. Some highlights;

I retired from the U.S. Army in 1995. I was a paratrooper recon/LRRP's type for most of my career but, in the Army's infinite wisdom, was assigned as a Platoon Sergeant of a Bradley equipped Scout Platoon with the 3rd ACR in Desert Storm. Jack, I got my JOTC patch in Panama in 1982...remember Black Palm?

Spent seven years with the Knoxville Police Dept in TN. Was also a SWAT team member and instructor for various Officer Survival subjects and Driving.

Tactics Instructor with DOE. Teaching Federal Nuclear Weapons Couriers to protect their precious cargo.

Three years in Iraq with Blackwater. Six months in Fallujah as a driver/team member on a Convoy Escort gig protecting EODT folks while they spun up their own security.
The remainder of the time was on the DSS contract protecting diplomats in and around Baghdad. I rose to the point where I was a member of the Ambassadors Protective Detail for Negroponte (see avatar) and in charge of the entire 67 man detail under Ambassador Khalilzad. Eventually I reached a point where I felt like I was pushing my luck, so I returned stateside to Moyock NC and taught Firearms, Motorcade, PSD, High Performance Driving, Land Nav, etc at Blackwater's Training Center.

Including my time with Blackwater, I have been an Independent Contractor for over six years in both operational assignments and instructor gigs. I still live in East TN and travel to the work I do, sometimes for weeks or months on end.

I am the luckiest guy in the world when it comes to having jobs that were interesting.

One other thing that has not been lucky (unless you consider the fact that I'm still alive being lucky). I have been in deadly force situations where I shot and killed or injured the other guy as a;
a. Civilian (home invasion 1985 - Mossberg 20 ga)
b. Soldier (1991 Bradley 25mm, TOW, 7.62 coax, and 5.56 M16A2)
c. Police Officer (2001 Glock 17)
d. Contractor (2004 no comment)

I hope that anyone who hopes to get into a deadly force situation realizes that it is just that...deadly. Someone usually loses and there are no do overs. I will be happy if I never have to deal with that again. Nor should my children.

I am so glad to finally have a forum that I can read and become a contributing member of. I believe Jack is right when he talks about being prepared for probabilities that are local or regional. I still prep for the zombies and pray that they are vegetarians when they do come.  

I'm also writing a survival novel and, being about half done with it, wondered if posting it somewhere on this forum would be okay. In this case, flaming would be acceptable as that is what I seek to improve it.

I do have one question for Jack. With me being, on average, 500 miles away from my family I wonder how to create a bugout plan that works for me. Our BOL is approx 150 miles east of my wife/kids and 350 west of me (crow flies). While I do have my provisions mostly pre-packed at the home, I can't pre-stock the BOL right now because of security concerns. Should I look at getting my hardy, but far over-tasked spouse, to pack the utility trailer to the 4runner, strap in the 4 remaing in-house kids, and negotiate whatever obstacles to meet me at the BOL? Or should I have her bug in until I , and my truck, can get home to help? I realize that this question is situationally dependent, but are there any rules of thumb that you know of?

Sorry for the long post. Thanks!

Goatdog
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dhallftworth on May 08, 2009, 10:28:19 PM
We welcome you and home to learn from your experience...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on May 10, 2009, 01:44:06 AM
Welcome! 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mtforge on May 11, 2009, 10:31:11 PM
I'm Mark from NE Indiana. I was a welder then went into industrial maintenance and ended up (so far) a full time blacksmith. No horseshoeing. My wife and I haven't been what I would call survivalist but we have tended to live frugally. We have four kids, the youngest just out of college.My wife stayed home with them( a full time job) instead of working outside the home. Being a farmer's daughter she would almost always have a garden. About 16 years ago we bought a house in 6 acres of woods. We've planted fruit trees, established a garden, burn wood for heat(last year only $100 for propane), built a blacksmith shop, do our own canning and butchering (when I get a deer). I like the attitude here that you should not just store up for when times get tough but but to live it day to day if they don't.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on May 12, 2009, 09:45:37 AM
Welcome MTForge!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Petrograde on May 14, 2009, 12:50:01 AM
Hello, I'm Tom. 35 y/o father of 2 crazy little preschoolers and happily married for 8 years. We live in Dallas, Texas. I am a Libertarian that wandered in from Lew Rockwell.com

I spent the better part of 10 years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter mechanic.  I worked over in the sandbox as a civilian contractor doing the same thing I did in the Army, except I got paid a hell of a lot more. I currently work for a major 'copter manufacturer as an Inspector.

I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio. But I am most definitely a Texan now! I love the climate,.. and more importantly,..  the attitude. The majority of my family & friends in Ohio are rabid Kool-aid drinking liberals, and that seems to be the norm there now. So, thank God that I ended up here.

I just found this site last night. I downloaded a bunch of podcasts and listened to them at work tonight. (I work 3pm - midnite)  I started with yesterday's and worked my way back. All I can say is: ................ FINALLY! I've been looking for something like this for some time now. Common sense with a healthy dose of pragmatism, and Jack is a Libertarian to boot!

I'm a noob. so I'll be soaking this stuff up! ...and thanks to Dave Ramsey I'm very nearly debt free, so I'll have the resources to devote to prepping.

Thanks again Jack!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 14, 2009, 08:35:18 AM
Welcome Petrograde.  I'm especially glad to see Lew Rockwell listeners are coming over.  I bet quite a few TSP listeners are now subscribers to Lew's podcast as well.  That's what I did.

As Jack said, if you start prepping and understanding the lifestyle and reasons for it, you'll be a libertarian.  Happened to me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 21, 2009, 10:05:03 AM
Hey everyone,
I also came in from Lew Rockwell.
I downloaded about 160 or 170 of Jack's podcasts and went through them one right after the next. Very informative.

I'm a big ugly hairy biker that's about half a century old.
Married 30 years to the same wonderful woman.
We raised 3 kids, all adults now.

We are currently living in western Ohio with plans on a move to our property in northern Arkansas in the next 5-7 years.

I've lived a fairly diverse life with a lot of variety of location and vocation.
For a living, I've done everything from collecting scrap metal and panning for gold in the Mojave Desert to working advanced engineering in the aerospace/defense industry on both coasts and here in flyover country. I've worked for one-horse farmers in the San Joaquin Valley hand picking weeds in cotton fields and I've worked for NASA in high rise office buildings discussing supersonic flight and noise restrictions.

I spend quite a bit of time reading.
Here is my reading list from 2008 and 2009:

Completed;
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray N. Rothbard
The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
The Case Against the Fed by Murray N. Rothbard
Revolution: A Manifesto by Ron Paul
Gold, Peace, and Prosperity by Ron Paul
Mises and Austrian Economics: A Personal View by Ron Paul
Speaking of Liberty by Llewellyn H. Rockwell
Middle-of-the-Road Policy Leads to Socialism by Ludwig von Mises
The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de la Boetie
What is Libertarianism by Stefan Molyneux
Everyday Anarchy by Stefan Molyneux
Practical Anarchy by Stefan Molyneux

Incomplete;
Conceived in Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard (Huge four volume set)


Somehow I also have time to garden.
Currently I have grapes, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, native black walnuts, onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, corn, egg plants, and a variety of herbs.

Some people have called me "mean".
When people get to know me they realize that I just don't have the time or the patience for nonsense and I have no tolerance for fools.
So maybe I am mean.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 21, 2009, 10:50:53 AM
Welcome Hare!  :)  Anarchists are definitely welcome here.

Mean is fine, as long as you remain civil.  This board, more than any I've ever been a part of, has people from all sides of the political spectrum.  Try to keep politics where they belong (in the political section of the board) and try to remember that people will come around, but only if they feel safe while considering it.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on May 21, 2009, 11:04:29 AM
Welcome Hare of Caerbannog!!! Nee!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 21, 2009, 12:12:34 PM
Welcome Hare of Caerbannog!!! Nee!!

LOL
I see I'm not alone.
Now where's that shrubbery?



Not to worry Sister Wolf.
I generally don't try to convince anyone of anything they don't already want to know and I'm usually the first to point out that a conversation is over when people start getting uppity.
John Wayne said it like this, "I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on May 21, 2009, 12:34:53 PM
I see I'm not alone.
Now where's that shrubbery?
Next to the English Sparrow...

I generally don't try to convince anyone of anything they don't already want to know and I'm usually the first to point out that a conversation is over when people start getting uppity.
John Wayne said it like this, "I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."
A good philosophy to follow in life. More ppl need to do so.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 21, 2009, 01:05:28 PM
Not to worry Sister Wolf.
I generally don't try to convince anyone of anything they don't already want to know and I'm usually the first to point out that a conversation is over when people start getting uppity.

Eventually I will learn how to do that too (I am not good at it quite yet).  I hope you like it here.  It is a pretty awesome board, and it is chalk full of people wo know their stuff.  Also, you are not alone in your philosophy here.  You will find good company with PColtraine, chris, nickytheheel and several others.  So welcome!

Modified for spelling, because it's hard to spell and use grammar correctly from a dang phone.  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bushidorobb on May 21, 2009, 01:10:04 PM
Archer, you sir have quoted one of my favorite movies!!!!  +1
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on May 21, 2009, 06:20:25 PM
Some people have called me "mean".
When people get to know me they realize that I just don't have the time or the patience for nonsense and I have no tolerance for fools.
So maybe I am mean.

Whoa! I thought this post about me!  ??? Whew- nope- I'm stuck in NY.

And this last part! You analyzed me quite well, Bro!

My desktop:
(http://tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:yz6z2z1yFC5QuM:http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/desktop_diversions/images/dilbert_demons_800x600.jpg)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 21, 2009, 06:53:31 PM
Whoa! I thought this post about me!  ??? Whew- nope- I'm stuck in NY.

And this last part! You analyzed me quite well, Bro!

My desktop:
(http://tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:yz6z2z1yFC5QuM:http://www.dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/desktop_diversions/images/dilbert_demons_800x600.jpg)

LOL
I like your Dilber toon
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 21, 2009, 07:22:24 PM
Hare of Caerbannog:

Welcome.  I must suggest that you head over to the thread on User Names and tell us how yours came about.  Here's the link: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=5527.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=5527.0)

I suspect a good story would come of it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 21, 2009, 08:33:14 PM
Will do Heavy G
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Storm on May 21, 2009, 10:19:28 PM
I'm back.

I've been gone for...well, for a long time. Just been so busy with everything, and lost touch with many of the forums I used to frequent (constantly). I'm hoping to start hitting them all again at least once a day, maybe when I get home from my new part-time job (4p-1a).

So, I just wanted to say hello to the new guys and nice to be back to the old.

I hope everyone is doing well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on May 21, 2009, 11:12:06 PM
Welcome back Storm!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 22, 2009, 09:11:15 AM
Storm:

Nice to see you found a job.  PM me about it if you'd like.

There are TONS of new people here; we're at 2200 forum members and were probably at about 800 when you were last here.

The new people are contributing lots.  Jack is a movie star now ... well, he was on Lew Rockwell and that's close in our world.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: “Mark” on May 22, 2009, 11:50:45 AM
I suppose I should introduce myself before I end up with a quadruple digit post count :D

I'm Mark, and I'm currently living in Toronto. I'm currently working as a website developer (back-end stuff, mostly PHP, but a bit of everything).

I want to move out to the Crowsnest area of Alberta, where the weather is awesome and the scenery beautiful. I'm hoping to do that in a year or two.

I'm a new survivalist, but I'm eating it up. It's just so right to me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 22, 2009, 01:59:42 PM

I'm a new survivalist, but I'm eating it up. It's just so right to me.


On one of the episodes, Jack talked about that "little voice" in you that says prepping is something you need to do.  That really spoke to me, because I've had that "little voice" for some time.

Sounds like you do too.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: “Mark” on May 22, 2009, 02:30:30 PM
On one of the episodes, Jack talked about that "little voice" in you that says prepping is something you need to do.  That really spoke to me, because I've had that "little voice" for some time.

Sounds like you do too.

I've always been fairly independent in the mind, but I've never really lived that way.

I've become a true believer in freedom, and am so thankful I live in a free country. Not a day goes by where I don't appreciate it more. I spent a lot of time finding my calling in life, wandering around aimlessly in life, but I've found it over time: the thing that fires me up  more than anything is freedom. At first I thought it was all about having the ability to vote, but I know now it's about economic and individual liberty. In the words of Lew Rockwell, it's not right versus left, it's the state versus you.

It's time to live what I believe. And not to preach, but it's time to enlighten others when their minds are open.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on May 22, 2009, 05:01:06 PM
I've always been fairly independent in the mind, but I've never really lived that way.

I've become a true believer in freedom, and am so thankful I live in a free country. Not a day goes by where I don't appreciate it more. I spent a lot of time finding my calling in life, wandering around aimlessly in life, but I've found it over time: the thing that fires me up  more than anything is freedom. At first I thought it was all about having the ability to vote, but I know now it's about economic and individual liberty. In the words of Lew Rockwell, it's not right versus left, it's the state versus you.

It's time to live what I believe. And not to preach, but it's time to enlighten others when their minds are open.

+1 MR, very well said!

You're germinating the seeds of freedom planted in your soul by God himself. (anyone offended-so be it)

May we always preach freedom, and, when necessary, use words.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on May 23, 2009, 02:23:18 PM
I wanted to get this thread to the (many, many) new people on the forum and thought the Intro Thread would be the place to do it.

If you're new and want to soak in as much information as possible, you might want to take advantage of the "best of" threads.  As the name implies, they are the best and most informative threads.  There are about 50 of them in most of the categories. 

You can search for "best of" and they all come up.

If you want more info on the "best of" threads, you can go here in The Repository: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 23, 2009, 02:32:49 PM
To further the recommendation - Those "best of" threads really are the best of the best on the forum.  GREAT stuff.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: JNeuser on May 24, 2009, 02:09:04 PM
Hello all,

My name is Jon. I'm a thirty year old, happily married, father of three(5yo, 3yo and 2 week old). Currently I'm Mr.Mom, the wife is a RN. Been survival minded for about ten years or so now, the wife is completely on board with prepping. I've been listening to TSP for the last couple months now and have been really enjoying it so I decided to join the forum too. I've been on several different S&P forums for a few years(currently a moderator over at whenshtf.com) but have grown tired of the paranoid tinfoil hat crowd that seems to accompany most of them. I've come to the conclusion that I would rather spend my time here. Looking forward to being an active member.


Cheers,
Jon

 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 24, 2009, 06:31:15 PM
Welcome JNeuser
I hope you can feel at home here.
I've found some real good people here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SuperUltraJulie on May 24, 2009, 07:06:23 PM
I missed this! (Saw one in the Ladies Area...& was wondering where the general one was :D )

I'm Julie.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York...Now living in Northern Virginia & loving it.

I married a Southerner who recently retired from the USMC...22 years. I served ~ 10 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman myself.

We have an 8 year old boy.

I am very interested in Survivalism...I feel like something major may happen - not sure what or why...but it's been on my mind lately.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 24, 2009, 10:00:36 PM
Hi Julie

I enjoy the forum and learn a lot from it. Being in Northern VA, you should consider your bugout plan after your basic preps (food, water, etc). Unless you are west of say, Purcellville or Middleburg, you may be in too populated an area to comfortably sit out a really bad SHTF scenario. Of course, you being from Brooklyn, probably seems less so. I'd also say that having a former Marine husband and Corpsman skills gives you a leg up on survival.

Welcome!
Goatdog
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on May 24, 2009, 10:08:10 PM
I missed this! (Saw one in the Ladies Area...& was wondering where the general one was :D )

I'm Julie.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York...Now living in Northern Virginia & loving it.

I married a Southerner who recently retired from the USMC...22 years. I served ~ 10 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman myself.

We have an 8 year old boy.

I am very interested in Survivalism...I feel like something major may happen - not sure what or why...but it's been on my mind lately.

Welcome Julie. I think that you will fit right in here.

Thank you for your service and also give your husband my thanks. Encourage him to get involved in the forum if you can, I am sure that he has a lot of knowledge and skills to contribute.

My wife is on the forum (Sister Wolf) and it is a good thing for us to participate in together.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Angie on May 25, 2009, 09:58:12 AM
My name is Angie.  I'm a retired registered nurse. I've been married for 33 years, and spend my time between my home in Panama City, Florida and my other home in Hunstville, Al.  Panama City is my real home, but Huntsville provides a nice living.  So I like them both. 

I woke up a few months ago believing I had somehow landed in the 'Twilight Zone'.  Everything I always believed to be right, was suddenly wrong, and everything I always believed to be wrong, was suddenly right.  That when I became very interested in survival.  I always believed the U.S. Constitution would always protect me.  Now, I realize there are people who want to destroy it. 

I began acquiring long term storage food, learning how to correctly package it from YouTube.  I purchased a gun for the first time in my life and an currently taking lessons.   Guess I need to stock pile ammo. 

I'll admit to a small amount of fear in participating in this blog and similar ones, in watching numerous YouTube videos on the topic and in demonstrating at 'tea parties'.  Hopefully, Sec. Polatano is not considering me to be a 'domestic terrorist'. 

Looking forward to learning from all of you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 25, 2009, 10:04:55 AM
Welcome Angie
  I graduated from S.R. Butler High School there in Huntsville a very long time ago when my father was assigned to Redstone Arsenal. It was a new school back then.

Your priorities sound about right. Food and water first. Defensive weapon(s) somewhere in the top five.
 
My home is in East TN. I am only there about one week out of five but if I bugout via the TN river for some reason you might see me floating by in Huntsville. ;D

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on May 25, 2009, 10:07:05 AM
Welcome, Angie, you are among friends.

We all know you're not a terrorist  ;) and of course, neither are any of us.

Also, we hope to learn from you. As an RN, I'm sure you will be contributing.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SuperUltraJulie on May 25, 2009, 11:09:46 AM
Welcome Angie! I look forward to reading your contributions since you're an RN.

Thx for the warm welcome everyone!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 25, 2009, 01:10:57 PM
Welcome Julie
Great to have you here.
And I second the request to get your husband on the boards.

Also, Welcome Angie.
Like everyone has said so far, having an RN on the site is a real plus.
I look forward to reading your posts and hope I can learn from you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SuperUltraJulie on May 25, 2009, 01:17:19 PM
Thanks again for the warm welcome...:)

Unfortunately, my husband doesn't have time for social forums @ the moment. He's really busy - working on his Master's, so you'll have to make do with me for now.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on May 25, 2009, 01:36:38 PM
I'll admit to a small amount of fear in participating in this blog and similar ones, in watching numerous YouTube videos on the topic and in demonstrating at 'tea parties'.  Hopefully, Sec. Polatano is not considering me to be a 'domestic terrorist'. 

Looking forward to learning from all of you.
[/quote]

Angie, you've already made "The List".  Fortunately you are in very good company with some very smart folks with some great ideas, moral support, and generally just good people!    Unfortunately by DHS standards, I've made more than a few lists as well as a the good folks of this forum.  Welcome!

Same to you SUJ!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fred_47460 on May 26, 2009, 04:38:38 PM
Hi Gang

I'm Fred, I'll be 50 next February, married with one son who just graduated from high school and starts at Purdue University this fall. I'm an industrial electrician....more along the lines of industrial control systems than wiring. I'm an extra class ham radio operator and I generally like tinkering with computers. I've been a prepper for a couple decades now....but I really screwed up BIG TIME 4 years ago when I sold our log cabin on 20 acres and moved into town!! We recently moved back out of town but not to a very good location for raising food.....lands all up and down...and completely covered with trees. With my son starting college I'm pretty financially locked up for a while and can't do much more prepping. I "may" put this place up for sale next spring....we've got a little equity....enough to buy some land and put up a little shack (If I can get my wife to go along). I found TSP through the "Backwoods Home Magazine" forum. I've been a listener for only about 2 weeks although I've downloaded and listened to pretty much everything as far back as Itunes goes....I think Feb 2009 is as far back as it goes.

I am a Christian (Although I'm not sure GOD would be real thrilled to claim me) and I think the "End Times" are coming.....so I guess that makes me a whack-o right wing christian gun nut survivalist. Oh well, who the hell wants to "fit in" anyway.....especially if fitting in means doing as others do. We don't attend church because we're not to thrilled with the "sing hymns on Sunday, screw you on Monday" crowd.

I can't hit shit with a sidearm (although I have several), but I'm okay with a rifle. I've got a little pump action 22 rifle with an el-cheapo scope that I can pick which eye socket I want to hit from 50 yards.

As per my login ID....my name is Fred and I'm in zip code 47460.
As per my "avatar"....that is a painting by Red Skelton...and it pretty much shows my nature. Happy...even elated with the World as GOD made it.....somewhat sad to watch it crash and burn because of the actions of stupid and mean people.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 26, 2009, 04:48:18 PM
Welcome Fred!
We're practically neighbors. I'm in western OH
Plus we're almost the same age.
Don't give up on the hilly wooded land. Check out Jack's pod casts on permaculture.
You may be surprised at how much good food can be produced by what almost looks like a forest.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Chemsoldier on May 26, 2009, 05:21:00 PM
Howdi;

I am US Army, I live in Kansas and am married with a daughter.  I have been interested in Survivalism for years and have only gotten off my lazy keister in the last 12 months.  Found this place through the podcast of course and and found it through one of the newspaper articles Jack was in.  I am fortunate I have a wife who is onboard with the preparedness thing.

Thanks for the gardening emphasis Jack.  We got a garden out this spring and are enjoying it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 26, 2009, 05:25:27 PM
Howdi;

I am US Army, I live in Kansas and am married with a daughter.  I have been interested in Survivalism for years and have only gotten off my lazy keister in the last 12 months.  Found this place through the podcast of course and and found it through one of the newspaper articles Jack was in.  I am fortunate I have a wife who is onboard with the preparedness thing.

Thanks for the gardening emphasis Jack.  We got a garden out this spring and are enjoying it.

Welcome chemsoldier!!! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 26, 2009, 06:18:03 PM
Howdi;

I am US Army, I live in Kansas and am married with a daughter.  I have been interested in Survivalism for years and have only gotten off my lazy keister in the last 12 months.  Found this place through the podcast of course and and found it through one of the newspaper articles Jack was in.  I am fortunate I have a wife who is onboard with the preparedness thing.

Thanks for the gardening emphasis Jack.  We got a garden out this spring and are enjoying it.

Hi ChemSoldier and welcome!
 I spent a tour at Fort Riley...are you stationed there or Leavenworth? 1st Aviation Batt (Attack Helo Company) and 2/16th Infantry Scout Platoon. WAY BACK in the 80's.

This is a good forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on May 26, 2009, 11:33:17 PM
Welcome Fred and Chemsoldier!

Fred-agree with HOC-hang in there with the land you have. You may be amazed at what you can do with it. Check out Jack's permaculture stuff and some of the shows from Big John Lipscomb on http://www.gcnlive.com/programs/dontTreadOnMe/ on how to put together a homestead in the sticks. He can be a little over the top, but he's a lot of fun, too.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dwkreis on May 27, 2009, 08:53:10 AM
Hey all,

I realized that I've been on here for awhile and have not introduced myself, sorry bout that.

I'm married to a great woman for almost 20 years now with three great kid's from fifteen down to three years old (she was our post deployment baby!). I'm active duty Army, still have a few more years till retirement. After that we are off to our land in MO that we almost have paid off, YAY!

I have always had a survival mindset since my youth.  Do you remember the TV movie from the early 80's called The Day After? After seeing it I realized that how fragile our "normal" life really is and I guess that I have been prepping in one way or another ever since.

There is a wealth of information on this forum and some great personalities, I look forward to learning from all of you.


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on May 27, 2009, 11:45:56 AM
Welcome DW, and I remember 'The Day After'.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: USA83 on May 27, 2009, 04:57:42 PM
Well hello, I figured I best Introduce myself, before I get myself in trouble and you guys don't even know who to blame! Lol.

My name is Butch, Im married to a beautiful women and I have been interested in Survivalism for my entire life (we don't call it survivalism, we call it life.) I just recently heard about Jacks Podcast and after listening for about a week I realized that YES, I do get more than $.25 an episode. So I signed up and became a member here. Not really to be a member of a forum but to help support someone who  puts common sense out on the airwaves (not technically, I know.) My grandfather told me when I was young that you have to encourage a flame in order to make it grow. And putting up a little money seems like an easy way to make a mentality and an ideal grow. Besides that I have already learned more in a month for his previous podcast than I have in the last 2 years.

My job is my avatar. Enough said. Go Army.
 
Thank You guys I look forward to learning and growing. Hopefully I can bring some good information to the table so the learning isn't just one sided.

Thanks
Butch
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 27, 2009, 05:12:09 PM
USA83
Welcome Butch.
I'm sure you'll fit right in here.
The more medical knowledge we have on the thread the better.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on May 27, 2009, 09:16:56 PM
Hello all,

I'm a newcomer to the forum as well. I, too, have found the members to be both welcoming and polite (even with disagreements of opinion). Thank you all very much.

My husband and I have been married almost 27 years and have two boys ages 8 and 10 (late start... ) He has been in the military the entire time -- and is still in, which has caused us a bit of consternation with the changes we see on the horizon. The problem is that we never know from one year to the next how much longer we'll be living anywhere. We are at our fourth base in the last 5 1/2 years. Putting down roots and starting the basis for a permaculture is tricky in our situation.

I come from a large family, learned a lot about making do and being frugal as a kid... I'm an engineer by education, but have been staying home and homeschooling our kids since they came along. I am prepping by learning more about food preservation (I already did canning and freezing) through dehydrating. It isn't quite as easy as Tammy on Dehydrate2Store makes it look :)  We also have a very respectable set of raised gardens in the back yard this year that are starting to produce.

I also quilt, knit, sew, and generally like most homemaking crafts.

My husband has long been a militaria collector and a gun enthusiast. We are probably a rarity in that we have a fully functional M-20 armored personnel carrier in our garage (lol).

My forum name is the same that I use on other forums that are not at all related to survival... I am an absolute nut about Gregorian chant. I direct a schola here in Ft. Worth for our parish and am trying to teach others the (nearly) lost art of reading from the medieval notation and singing for the liturgy.

I have already learned a great deal from the members and from Jack's podcasts. I've shared the site with several other friends already. I can only imagine how much work it takes to prepare for the podcasts and am wondering if some of us might share the burden of doing some of the research for topics and lessen the load for Jack.

Thanks everyone!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 27, 2009, 09:42:24 PM

My husband has long been a militaria collector and a gun enthusiast. We are probably a rarity in that we have a fully functional M-20 armored personnel carrier in our garage (lol).


http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/item.php?product-id=32556

Please tell me you have the Browning .50 caliber M2 HB Machine Gun to mount on the ring!

Our Regimental Colonel (3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment 'Brave Rifles") used to parade around in an M8 Greyhound, really cool looking vehicle.

Welcome!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dwkreis on May 28, 2009, 08:05:53 AM
http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/item.php?product-id=32556

Please tell me you have the Browning .50 caliber M2 HB Machine Gun to mount on the ring!

Our Regimental Colonel (3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment 'Brave Rifles") used to parade around in an M8 Greyhound, really cool looking vehicle.

Welcome!

As of 98 they still had it. Although it has a new engine, from a junked m998 if I remember correctly. I left the cav in early 02 so I don't know if they took it with them when the cav moved back to TX. I hope they did though at least it gave us something cool to look a when stuck out on the parade field ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 28, 2009, 09:41:53 AM
Cool!

I last saw in in 1991 at Ft Bliss when we returned from Desert Storm. Our reward? We got to stand in the hot Texas sun for hours and bask in our glory!

The Army...gotta love it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ITS Tactical on May 28, 2009, 10:47:05 AM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Bryan, and I've been listening to Jack's Podcasts for about 6 months now and absolutely love what he's doing for the community! I'm a former Navy guy who does Web design now since I got out back in '05. I recently started a Web site with some active duty Spec Ops buddies called ITS Tactical http://www.itstactical.com (http://www.itstactical.com).

I thought I'd join to see if I could help contribute to a great group of like-minded individuals.

Thanks for having me,
Bryan
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on May 28, 2009, 11:12:40 AM
Welcome ITS Tactical/Bryan
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on May 28, 2009, 01:18:02 PM
Welcome ITS Tactical

Look forward to what you have to say.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Klapton on May 28, 2009, 01:23:22 PM
Herro.  I found this place through a couple of other liberty/preparedness-related forums.  I hope to learn some new things, find some useful information, and engage in some intelligent discussion.  A few people here probably know me from some other places.  I'll try to behave myself, lol.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on May 28, 2009, 01:24:19 PM
Herro.  I found this place through a couple of other liberty/preparedness-related forums.  I hope to learn some new things, find some useful information, and engage in some intelligent discussion.  A few people here probably know me from some other places.  I'll try to behave myself, lol.

Welcome, Klapton.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 28, 2009, 07:00:00 PM
Welcome ITS Tactical! Were you on the Teams?


Welcome Klapton. Lots of good stuff/people here.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dwkreis on May 28, 2009, 08:24:34 PM
Cool!

I last saw in in 1991 at Ft Bliss when we returned from Desert Storm. Our reward? We got to stand in the hot Texas sun for hours and bask in our glory!

The Army...gotta love it.

Brave Rifles...why kill when you can overkill
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ITS Tactical on May 29, 2009, 12:16:39 PM
Goatdog62,

I wasn't in the Teams. I made it to the tail end of 2nd Phase during BUD/s, got injured on a Drager dive in the Pacific and had complications which forced me into being medically retired from the Navy. I've got quite a few good team guy buddies who contribute to the ITS site, as well as other dudes doing good stuff in the Navy.

Were you in the service?

Cheers,
Bryan


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on May 29, 2009, 07:19:01 PM
Goatdog62,

I wasn't in the Teams. I made it to the tail end of 2nd Phase during BUD/s, got injured on a Drager dive in the Pacific and had complications which forced me into being medically retired from the Navy. I've got quite a few good team guy buddies who contribute to the ITS site, as well as other dudes doing good stuff in the Navy.

Were you in the service?

Cheers,
Bryan


I hope you have recovered well from your injuries. I'm retired Army. Knew a lot of Team guys from my Blackwater time. I did check out the site. The lockpicking threads are something I am into.
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Post by: TTex on May 30, 2009, 03:58:50 AM
I'm with you Pete
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Post by: ITS Tactical on May 31, 2009, 08:27:40 PM
Goatdog62,

I did recover and recently got my Master Diver's certification from PADI so diving is all good, thanks for the well wishes. Good to hear you did some Blackwater time, hope you enjoyed it.
I'm glad you like the lockpicking threads, stay tuned for more!

Bryan
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Post by: Goatdog62 on May 31, 2009, 08:30:01 PM
Congrats on the PADI cert. I haven't been diving in almost two years. I need to round up the kids and go again.
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Post by: Joliet Johnny on May 31, 2009, 11:26:48 PM
Hi my name is John and I'm 28. I found this in Zune marketplace during a random search for podcasts that sounded interesting. Before this show I guess I was trying to prep but I had no order to it. My wife still isn't 100% on board but she will come around (that's why I married her) I hope I can add to the conversation in a positive way.
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Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on May 31, 2009, 11:37:30 PM
Welcome Joliet Johnny
Nice to have you aboard.
I think you'll find a lot of good folks here.
Its a good place to learn and share.
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Post by: Heavy G on June 01, 2009, 07:11:58 AM

My wife still isn't 100% on board but she will come around (that's why I married her) I hope I can add to the conversation in a positive way.


Welcome Joilet Johnny. 

I've got the same wife issue.  You might consider reading the thread "Flip That Spouse" which is at http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.0).

You'll like this place.
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Post by: WoG on June 03, 2009, 09:31:39 AM
Great site!  Wondered over here from the Zombie Hunters community.  Love the podcasts, interested in checking out these forums!

Thanks,
Jesse
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 03, 2009, 01:03:47 PM
WoG
Glad to hear from you. Enjoy the forum like you do the Podcasts, I do.

Goatdog
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Post by: Artos on June 03, 2009, 01:11:32 PM
Hey all, just thought I ought to introduce myself.  Found the podcast over on Ron Hood's site and thus found this forum.  I'm currently in Southern Diyala, Iraq.  Took command of an armor company on the 19th.  We are part of TF 3-66 Armor, 172nd IN BDE out of Grafenwoehr, Germany.  This is my 2nd trip to the rodeo, last time I was platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, Regimental Reconnaissance Troop, 278th ACR out of the TN ANG.  Decided, with over 10 years active service now, what the heck, this is what I love doing.

Hoping to retire within a couple hundred miles of Chattanooga on 20-30 acres and devote my energy to turning it into a permaculture haven...but that's still a few years away.  I have to be in language school in Monterey by Aug  2010 to learn Pashtu.  Ill be in South Asia the rest of my career...dragging the family along to sunny places like Pakistan, India and Burma.

Anyway, looks like LOTS of great info here, hope I can contribute.

Later

Black Jack 6
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Post by: dudekrtr on June 03, 2009, 01:16:28 PM
Welcome Cpt Caveman! May you and yours be richly blessed for all your efforts and sacrifices.
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 03, 2009, 01:20:19 PM
Hey all, just thought I ought to introduce myself.  Found the podcast over on Ron Hood's site and thus found this forum.  I'm currently in Southern Diyala, Iraq.  Took command of an armor company on the 19th.  We are part of TF 3-66 Armor, 172nd IN BDE out of Grafenwoehr, Germany.  This is my 2nd trip to the rodeo, last time I was platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, Regimental Reconnaissance Troop, 278th ACR out of the TN ANG.  Decided, with over 10 years active service now, what the heck, this is what I love doing.

Hoping to retire within a couple hundred miles of Chattanooga on 20-30 acres and devote my energy to turning it into a permaculture haven...but that's still a few years away.  I have to be in language school in Monterey by Aug  2010 to learn Pashtu.  Ill be in South Asia the rest of my career...dragging the family along to sunny places like Pakistan, India and Burma.

Anyway, looks like LOTS of great info here, hope I can contribute.

Later

Black Jack 6

A Garry Owen salute to you Captain!

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Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 03, 2009, 01:51:41 PM
Hey CPT CAVEMAN
I know we already talked on other threads, but I wanted to ring in with a big welcome and thanks for your service.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Klapton on June 03, 2009, 01:56:03 PM
A Garry Owen salute to you Captain!

http://listeninglab.stantons.com/item.php?stno=162673
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 03, 2009, 02:02:04 PM
http://listeninglab.stantons.com/item.php?stno=162673


I haven't heard the Garry Owen played in years. Thanks and +1 Klapton.
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Post by: Klapton on June 03, 2009, 02:23:09 PM
I haven't heard the Garry Owen played in years. Thanks and +1 Klapton.

As an Army Bandsman, I've played it at least a thousand times, lol.  When I was on active duty, we always had memorized the CG's and CSM's favorite marches.  Our brown-nosing readiness level was excellent, lol.  I forget which CSM it was, but for one of them it was Garry Owen.  Among some of the others were Ballad of the Green Berets, Texas Hill Country, Yellow Ribbon, and I forget what else.

I'd post some of the words we made up for these songs, but I'd get yelled at by the mods again, lol.
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 03, 2009, 03:19:08 PM
As an Army Bandsman, I've played it at least a thousand times, lol.  When I was on active duty, we always had memorized the CG's and CSM's favorite marches.  Our brown-nosing readiness level was excellent, lol.  I forget which CSM it was, but for one of them it was Garry Owen.  Among some of the others were Ballad of the Green Berets, Texas Hill Country, Yellow Ribbon, and I forget what else.

I'd post some of the words we made up for these songs, but I'd get yelled at by the mods again, lol.


Oh, we had our own words too! I'd better refrain from posting them too.

Did you ever play a Cavalry tune that had the lines "Allons, Allons, the mighty cavalry" somewhere in it?
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Post by: Klapton on June 03, 2009, 03:58:22 PM
Oh, we had our own words too! I'd better refrain from posting them too.

Did you ever play a Cavalry tune that had the lines "Allons, Allons, the mighty cavalry" somewhere in it?

Nope.  Doesn't ring a bell.

I found this:  http://altissimodistribution.com/songs-of-the-soldier_track13.php

Of course, I've played Sousa's "Black Horse Troop" a bazillion times:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S435ay0MqTc
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 03, 2009, 04:04:53 PM
Nope.  Doesn't ring a bell.

I found this:  http://altissimodistribution.com/songs-of-the-soldier_track13.php

Of course, I've played Sousa's "Black Horse Troop" a bazillion times:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S435ay0MqTc


I remember that one too!
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Post by: Artos on June 03, 2009, 09:56:41 PM
My current boss has spent a LOT of time in Germany and we had to play der Panzerlied during the interlude at our change of command.   That and a reading of "Fiddler's Green"

Great stuff!

Thanks for the welcome guys, trust me, its great to finally find a job I love!
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Post by: Jason from PA on June 03, 2009, 10:38:14 PM
Greetings...

My name is Jason, I have a small 2nd Amendment/Gun blog.  I'm a Connecticut Yankee in William Penn's Court. Having moved to York county area back in 2006 after marrying a beautiful Pennsylvanian gal.

Anyways, my desire is to have myself a little farmette and a fairly sustainable lifestyle.   Found out about this show via listening to a number of podcasts over at Gun Rights Radio Network.  Listened to a number of the gardening and permaculture episodes. Really dig those as it's an area I know very little about. I need a sign that reads "I KILL PLANTS!"

*LOL*

Was a little hesitant about a survivalist podcast, as that area is so full of wackos.  But the third episode I listened too was the one on conspiracy theories. And it assured me that you're on a straight and level road.

So cheers, to many more listens...

- N.U.G.U.N.

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Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 04, 2009, 07:24:41 AM
Welcome abord N.U.G.U.N.
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Post by: romeo hotel on June 04, 2009, 08:49:13 AM
Thought I'd introduce myself as well. I am new to the forum, and have been listening to the podcasts for about a month or so.  I am a former Army intel guy (insert jokes here...) who now works in Information Security.  I am new to this stuff, so I have a big list of things to work through and learn.

I recently started a Web site with some active duty Spec Ops buddies called ITS Tactical http://www.itstactical.com (http://www.itstactical.com).
  I met Kevin Mitnick last year at a local university and he gave us one of these business cards. Great idea. http://www.itstactical.com/2009/06/04/backup-lock-pick-set/ (http://www.itstactical.com/2009/06/04/backup-lock-pick-set/)
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Post by: Sandman on June 04, 2009, 01:08:38 PM
Hi Everyone,

My name is Bryan, and I've been listening to Jack's Podcasts for about 6 months now and absolutely love what he's doing for the community! I'm a former Navy guy who does Web design now since I got out back in '05. I recently started a Web site with some active duty Spec Ops buddies called ITS Tactical http://www.itstactical.com (http://www.itstactical.com).

I thought I'd join to see if I could help contribute to a great group of like-minded individuals.

Thanks for having me,
Bryan
Welcome Bryan, It's good to have you here.

Good job with the ITS Tactical site.
I especially like Neil Strauss' TOP TEN MYTHS OF EMERGENCY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS.
I'm going to check your sight out further when my boss isn't around...

- Sandman
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Post by: Sheila on June 07, 2009, 07:59:12 PM
Hi all. I discovered the podcast from Lew Rockwell's interview with Jack, been hooked ever since. I lurked here for about a week then decided to join. I'm in the early stages of prepping and I've learned so much from the podcasts and this forum. I hope to be able to give back as a learn during my journey.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 07, 2009, 08:05:19 PM
Welcome Sheila!
I'm here because of Lew Rockwell also!
Glad to have you aboard!
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 07, 2009, 08:07:17 PM
Hi Sheila!

Enjoy the site, I do ;D
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Post by: “Mark” on June 07, 2009, 08:17:56 PM
Hi all. I discovered the podcast from Lew Rockwell's interview with Jack, been hooked ever since. I lurked here for about a week then decided to join. I'm in the early stages of prepping and I've learned so much from the podcasts and this forum. I hope to be able to give back as a learn during my journey.

It's addictive. That's how I found the show. And look at my post count.
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Post by: The Wilderness on June 07, 2009, 09:13:32 PM
Hi all. I discovered the podcast from Lew Rockwell's interview with Jack, been hooked ever since. I lurked here for about a week then decided to join. I'm in the early stages of prepping and I've learned so much from the podcasts and this forum. I hope to be able to give back as a learn during my journey.

Welcome Sheila, i am glad that you are learning from the podcasts and forum. The best advice that I can give you is to jump right in, ask questions, search the forum for specific questions you have, chances are that someone has posted about or asked the same question before.

Do not be afraid or shy to post, you may be in the early stages of your prepping, but what you learn may be of value to someone else here, so please post about your experience's and what you have learned. You would be surprised how many things people who are new to prepping have taught the old timers.

The Wilderness
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Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on June 08, 2009, 12:18:49 AM
Welcome to the boards new folks. 

Well met.
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Post by: Heavy G on June 08, 2009, 07:28:13 AM

I'm in the early stages of prepping and I've learned so much from the podcasts and this forum.


Sheila (and everyone else) might consider looking at the "Best Of" posts.  Best of food storage, gardening, survival planning, guns, etc. 

It's a great way to get going.  Just search for "Best Of" and they'll pop right up.
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Post by: ORherbalmed on June 09, 2009, 04:06:32 PM
Hello

My name is Joe, I'm located in green and lush Portland, Oregon.  I have been a listener of the show for about 6 months now.  I have been into emergency preparedness for about two years now.  Most of my experience comes from my Grand Parents were were raised with large family's out on farms in the Midwest.  I have been into herbal and home remedies since I was a child.  I have kept my own herb garden for home use and friends for years.

I love to garden and grow food.  I have been growing a large amount of my own food off and on for about 6 years now.

By day I'm a software developer for large chip company.

By night I'm a bouncer and security professional.

Not sure what more I should post here but hello every one.  The forums here have opened my eyes to allot of holes in my own prep and bug out plans.
Thanks to every one for being so welcoming and willing to help others.

Joe
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 09, 2009, 06:01:35 PM
Welcome Joe!

Looks like you have a grat headstart on most of the unwashed masses.

Goatdog
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Post by: TexDaddy on June 11, 2009, 05:53:58 PM
Hello everyone,

I live near that fellow, Jack, in North Texas.  I am married and have four boys.  Two on their own, and two still at home.

My wife and I became concerned about the way things are going last October.  That is when we began serious prepping.  Since then we have stocked piled about a years worth of many of the things we need.  It seems as if there is always something else we should cover.  I am pleased to say we finally have our bug out location.

I have been listening to the podcast since February.  It has been very helpful.  I have been lurking on the fringes of the forum for several weeks now.  I have gleaned a ton of useful information from the forum.  Thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge and experiences.
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Post by: Goatdog62 on June 11, 2009, 05:55:19 PM
Hello TexDaddy!

Glad to have you.
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Post by: The Wilderness on June 11, 2009, 06:25:09 PM

I have been listening to the podcast since February.  It has been very helpful.  I have been lurking on the fringes of the forum for several weeks now.  I have gleaned a ton of useful information from the forum.  Thanks to all of you for sharing your knowledge and experiences.

Welcome TexDaddy, glad that you decided to jump in and post.

Continue telling us about your progress.

The Wilderness
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Post by: Sandman on June 11, 2009, 08:52:31 PM
Howdy, TexDaddy! Glad you could make it. Another N.Texan here.  ;)
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Post by: thephilosiraptor on June 11, 2009, 10:32:52 PM
Hi everyone!  I've been listing to the show since mid-October but am just now finding time to participate in the forum.  I'm a high school teacher in Tucson, and I have the privilege to teach math and economics to the youngsters.  I do my best to give them the information, especially in economics class, that most of us probably agree is the cause of all the trouble we're facing financially in this country, though I do try to do it in a way where they can make their own decisions.  I just try to make sure they're getting the side most students don't get in a high school econ class.

Other than that, I'm a single dude hanging out, trying to get rid of my student loans and do some prepping at the same time.  I love the outdoors, and try to go backpacking as often as I can. (The Grand Canyon is the most amazing place on earth).  If anyone is from southern AZ and would like to go shooting or camping, let me know.  (I've also already posted that in the AZ thread for Region 8, special thanks to Sister Wolf for pointing me this direction).

Finally, (I hope this is allowed, sorry if it's not, please don't kick me off the forum!) I have just started a blog called retakeyourfreedom.com (http://retakeyourfreedom.com).  In it I discuss my focus from my Bachelor's degree, the philosophy of Individual Sovereignty.  I hope some of you might have some interest, so please check it out if you do.  I'm just getting it started, so there's not much to look at yet.  Thanks for visiting if you do, and sorry(!!) if posting my blog isn't allowed.  I promise I'm not trying to spam.
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Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on June 11, 2009, 10:36:03 PM
Quote
Thanks for visiting if you do, and sorry(!!) if posting my blog isn't allowed.  I promise I'm not trying to spam.
Welcome aboard & it's cool to post a blog link.

I'll check it out.
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Post by: Sister Wolf on June 11, 2009, 10:43:29 PM
Finally, (I hope this is allowed, sorry if it's not, please don't kick me off the forum!) I have just started a blog called retakeyourfreedom.com (http://retakeyourfreedom.com).  In it I discuss my focus from my Bachelor's degree, the philosophy of Individual Sovereignty.  I hope some of you might have some interest, so please check it out if you do.  I'm just getting it started, so there's not much to look at yet.  Thanks for visiting if you do, and sorry(!!) if posting my blog isn't allowed.  I promise I'm not trying to spam.

>:(  THAT'S IT.  I'M KICKING HIM OFF THE FORUM!  ;)  Just kiddin', philosiraptor.  Do yourself a favor, and also post that awesome link in your profile (there's a place for a personal link).  That way anybody who misses it here can find it in the future!  ;D

PS - welcome!  I think you'll like it here! :)
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Post by: archer on June 12, 2009, 01:54:57 PM
Hi everyone!  I've been listing to the show since mid-October but am just now finding time to participate in the forum.  I'm a high school teacher in Tucson, and I have the privilege to teach math and economics to the youngsters.  I do my best to give them the
Wicked avatar picture.
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Post by: thephilosiraptor on June 12, 2009, 02:14:39 PM
Wicked avatar picture.

Thanks Archer.  :)
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Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 12, 2009, 02:45:41 PM
Hey thephilosiraptor
I like your Robert Heinlein quote.
It reminds me of what Tim Wilson says, "I don't need to know everything about any one thing. But I want to know at least two things about every single thing."

Anyway, welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: thephilosiraptor on June 12, 2009, 03:27:56 PM
Hey thephilosiraptor
I like your Robert Heinlein quote.
It reminds me of what Tim Wilson says, "I don't need to know everything about any one thing. But I want to know at least two things about every single thing."

Anyway, welcome aboard.

Thanks Hare of Caerbannog.  I've never heard that one before, but it fits in just as well.  I think all of us in this community strive to be jack-of-all-trades, master of one (or more).  Over-specialization is one of the things that has gotten us into the mess the country is in in the first place.  Thanks for the welcome!  I look forward to learning more from you all.
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Post by: “Mark” on June 12, 2009, 05:58:00 PM
Thanks Hare of Caerbannog.  I've never heard that one before, but it fits in just as well.  I think all of us in this community strive to be jack-of-all-trades, master of one (or more).  Over-specialization is one of the things that has gotten us into the mess the country is in in the first place.  Thanks for the welcome!  I look forward to learning more from you all.

I think mastering one or two things is very important -- as long as you don't neglect the basics. It's amazing how many people can't mend clothing, for instance.

Nice philosiraptor avatar :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sandman on June 13, 2009, 10:56:21 PM
I've always said that preparedness people need to specialize in at least one useful skill to the level of being able to earn a living from it, and to be able and willing to effectively teach it as an expert to others, and perhaps even write a book about it.

Then it's necessary to know at least a little general knowledge about most other things.

As the .mil says, "train the trainers", so that they will be able and willing to go out and train others themselves, perpetuating the cycle of knowledge through the generations.

And then cross-train everyone. Get your specialists together and have them cross train each other and everyone to at least a base level of proficiency in many varied and useful skills.

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Post by: dudekrtr on June 13, 2009, 11:54:37 PM
I've always said that preparedness people need to specialize in at least one useful skill to the level of being able to earn a living from it, and to be able and willing to effectively teach it as an expert to others, and perhaps even write a book about it.

Then it's necessary to know at least a little general knowledge about most other things.

As the .mil says, "train the trainers", so that they will be able and willing to go out and train others themselves, perpetuating the cycle of knowledge through the generations.

And then cross-train everyone. Get your specialists together and have them cross train each other and everyone to at least a base level of proficiency in many varied and useful skills.



Absolutely! One of our Pastor's favorite expressions has always been, "Simplify and intensify". Stop trying to do everything under the sun; home in on an area that gets your adrenalin going and go after it. General knowledge is fine, but you've got to go with your strengths.

Then, I like to watch for the light to come on in someone else and pour some gas on their flame. Pretty much sums up the verse in my tag below. [see, the mil didn't actually think that one up, it was this dude Paul, writing to the youngster, Tim, that he was training a couple thousand years ago] :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: uurys on June 17, 2009, 07:46:42 AM
Howdy All.

I put the cart before the horse and started a thread yesterday before I made a proper introduction.
One of our friendly moderators suggested I do so; so here goes...

I live in Texas. I am a father of two, husband to one. I am a hunter, a shooter, a RKBA advocate and a libertarian. I have always been interested in survivalism but this year I have gotten serious about prepping. I am just starting out and I'm enjoying all that I am learning here and on Jack's podcast.

Right now we are working to eradicate our debt (shouldn't take too long). Then we will move into full prep mode, stocking food, water, fuel. I am also preparing to move to a more affordable home and have begun the search for a BOL.

I am interested in learning more about gardening, permaculture, home brewing, wine making, alternative energy, sustainable living. I have also recently started looking into organic building materials such as cob.

My two year goals are: Have my home and my BOL prepped with shelter, food, water and the means to protect them. Have my debt reduced to just mortgages on my home and BOL. Create and or utilize sustainable food and water methods. financial investments and alternative energy sources.

I am sure there is much the community here can teach me to help me achieve my goals. In return I will do what I can when I can to help all of you achieve yours.

Cheers,
uurys

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 17, 2009, 08:47:02 AM
Welcome aboard uurys
Don't worry too much about your first post.
I ran in here with guns blazing but as soon as I understood the tone of the board, I was made to feel right at home.
There's a lot of good people here and tons of experience and info.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on June 17, 2009, 01:12:00 PM
Hang in there Uurys, it only gets better.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on June 17, 2009, 04:00:47 PM
Welcome aboard uurys. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: urban_dweller on June 20, 2009, 01:28:01 PM
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

This is my first post to introduce myself to the forum.  I began listening to the survival podcast on episode 6 when I stumbled across it doing a google search.  I don't consider ever having adopted a prepper's life style since I grew up in a household with 2 fridges and a stocked pantry.  Having enough food for several months was just the logical thing to do.  Guns were never taboo and never really discussed at the dinner table --in the same way the a hoe or shovel are never discussed either.  I learned to shoot at 6 years of age with a Marlin 22-rifle.  As I got older I moved on to other calibers and firearms.

Since I began listening to TSP I've gotten off my butt and planted a veggie garden in 3 raised beds: 4 X 8, 5 X 4, 4 X 8.  The garden looks like an capital H.  I also planted an apple tree, orange tree, black berry tree, pluot tree, fig bush, grapevine, a strawberry bush and a cherry bush.  I also took the CERT classes for my city and a first aid class.  On my to do list are a CPR class and a more in-depth first aid class.

I hope to keep learning from this forum and contribute to it as well.



 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on June 20, 2009, 02:23:50 PM
Welcome urban_dweller.

It sounds like you have more than just a great start.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 20, 2009, 03:02:53 PM
Welcome abord, urban_dweller 

Looks like you'll fit right in.
 :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: thorquest on June 21, 2009, 08:31:24 AM
Hello friends.  I came across the podcast while reading in the news about some guy who was a modern survivalist and so I did a google search and here I am.  I'm a beginner so to speak but having retired after 20 years in the Air Force, I am used to preparing for adversity and dealing with the unknown.  I also did a lot of camping when I was a kid and learned many outdoor skills in the scouts etc.  I live in an urban apartment so can't do much gardening but my dream is to have some land where I can eventually do so.  I have it all mapped out with fuel, water, and food storage, security, guard dogs, generators and self sufficiency in mind.  My real interest in survivalism started in the Philippines when I dreamt of having some land with an air strip, a speedboat, and road access to escape real fast if the shit hit the fan.  For now I'm preparing for the two most likely disasters which are losing my job and hurricanes which both are very real threats and through which I've had experience with in the last few years here in Florida.  I survived the eruption of Mt Pinatubo in 1991 and that was the closest thing to the end of the world scenario as I think most anyone could have.  I no longer take electricity and clean running water.  I finally paid off my back taxes this year which was haunting me and making life difficult and I plan to take care of my other debt and credit problems this year and buy a house.  I record my own music and am working on a song called False Dawn which didn't start out as being survival related but the more I think about it, it really is.  I'll be happy to share it with you when it's done.

Cheers
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on June 21, 2009, 09:17:19 AM
Welcome thorquest (& everyone else).

Glad you've found us & I look forward to hearing from you. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on June 21, 2009, 11:34:32 PM
Welcome all!  I hope you find this site as helpful as I have!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RomeoBravo on June 22, 2009, 07:27:53 PM
I absolutely LOVE the show, Jack.  This is what i've been looking for.  Keep up the great work and thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I know there are a lot of us out there who need this type of information and support.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: punkin on June 22, 2009, 07:30:34 PM
Hi guys and gals.  My name is Mike and Im from Milton WV.  Im 29 and Im a mechanic for a Natural Gas company.  My cousin turned me on to the podcast about 3 weeks ago.  After hearing the first 2, I was hooked.  I do a alot of hunting and fishing here in the mountain state as well as alot of camping with my wife and daughter.  This site has alot of useful information about stuff that really appeals to me.  I can see this place is going to be a place to spend alot of time and learn alot of useful stuff
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 22, 2009, 07:32:55 PM
Welcome to our two newest members!!!!

This place can be addicting, but it's well worth your time.  Glad you found us, and welcome home.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Paine on June 25, 2009, 02:16:10 AM
Hello to all. Very excited to have found you all (thank you Jack) and can hardly wait to learn how to transform myself and my family from grasshoppers to ants. I am a 30+ year transplant from So. Calif. to the beautiful State of Washington. I am a husband, father of 4, and grandfather of 1. I work for a local Aerospace & Defense contractor. As a child I went from cub scout through boy scouts and into explorer scouts. We had gardens and fruit trees growing-up, but thought of it as a "chore". I ignored all the survival/self-sufficient knowledge I learned as a youngster from my 20's through my mid-30's. Sometime around the turn of the century, the lightbulb came back on and I've been slowly but steadily increasing our stores ever since. While I do have long-term storage, I was not going about this in the proper "needs based" fashion. I cannot express how lucky I feel to have found The Survival Podcast, SMB, and this forum. My tires have stopped "spinning" in the mud and I have managed to drop it in 4 low. I've got about 60 podcasts under my belt, all the videos at SMB (which have led me to numerous others) and my 6 raised-beds are doing pretty good for my first shot. Not to mention I now know why the 200 apples on one of my trees never got any bigger than 50 cent pieces. More is not always better. ( I now have about 80 apples on that tree) I now have a direction in which to head with a favorable outcome. I am looking forward to meeting you all and learning from you too. Of course if I have anything to offer I will be more than happy to do so. See you on the forum.      ~Paine~
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on June 25, 2009, 03:49:07 AM
Hi Paine!

Enjoy the Forums.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: summer98 on June 25, 2009, 06:03:47 AM
Hi all! My name is Rebecca. I'm a writer and a soapmaker from Alabama. I live with my fiance and assorted four-legged children. I found the Suvival Podcast a couple of months ago and I enjoy it tremondously. Thanks, Jack, for everything you do.

Neither of us has ever been real hard-core survivalists but we're getting more into it. I have always stored some food, but I'm trying to expand our stores to 6 months to a year. The stored food saved me last year when I got laid off. I didn't have to go to the store at all for 6 weeks -and that was to get to dog food. I still haven't found another decent job, and am currently working part time and trying to expand the soap business and my writing career. My first novel just came out.

Thanks again, and I look forward to talking with everyone on the boards.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on June 25, 2009, 06:26:15 AM
Welcome aboard summer98
I hope your novel and your soap business take off and do better that you could dream.
There's some great people on this board so I'm sure you'll enjoy it here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sandman on June 25, 2009, 09:05:35 AM
Welcome, summer98. I'm glad you could join us.
Good luck with your job hunt & your other endeavors.
There's lots of good info on this site for anyone who wants to explore.

Cheers!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 25, 2009, 02:26:16 PM
Hi all! My name is Rebecca. I'm a writer and a soapmaker from Alabama. I live with my fiance and assorted four-legged children. I found the Suvival Podcast a couple of months ago and I enjoy it tremondously. Thanks, Jack, for everything you do.

Neither of us has ever been real hard-core survivalists but we're getting more into it. I have always stored some food, but I'm trying to expand our stores to 6 months to a year. The stored food saved me last year when I got laid off. I didn't have to go to the store at all for 6 weeks -and that was to get to dog food. I still haven't found another decent job, and am currently working part time and trying to expand the soap business and my writing career. My first novel just came out.

Thanks again, and I look forward to talking with everyone on the boards.

Welcome Rebecca!  What's the name of your novel, and where can we find it?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: summer98 on June 25, 2009, 04:12:28 PM
Thanks for the words of welcome, all!
Sisterwolf, the novel is named Walk-About and you can find it on Amazon, at Books-a-million, B&N, etc. It's a post-apocalyptic tale with a woman as the main character.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on June 25, 2009, 07:33:08 PM
Thanks for the words of welcome, all!
Sisterwolf, the novel is named Walk-About and you can find it on Amazon, at Books-a-million, B&N, etc. It's a post-apocalyptic tale with a woman as the main character.

Nice.  I'll put it on order at my barnes & noble so that it will be waiting for me behind the counter when I go there next.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on June 26, 2009, 02:30:26 AM
Welcome Summer98!  I see that your book recieved very good reviews and can't wait to get ahold of it.  As you are a part of this forum now, it's time to brief you about the rule about autographing a copy for all folks named Berserker Prime (it's in the fine print, I wouldn't stear you wrong!)  ;)

Welcome to you and hope you stick around for a while!

Berserker Prime

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Roundup on June 26, 2009, 04:25:46 PM
Hello all,

I joined TSP forum a few days ago.  I introduced myself to Region 8.  I just found this Intro Thread today so I decided to post here as well.  Everyone I've met has been really cool. 

I have been listening to TSP for about 2 months now.  It has opened my eyes.  I have now begun my transition to change our lifestyle.  I was born and raised in Los Angeles and married to a wonderful woman who has been extremely supportive of what I want to do and TSP.  For a living, I make maps.  I used to work for a land survey and engineering company but one day decided to go off on my own.  I started my own business and have been providing Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Land Surveying, and Cartography services throughout California for 4.5 years now.   I like what I do and business has been pretty good.  I'm sort of a computer geek and have built all my computers and network in my office.  As for prepping, I have done nothing.  My wife and I are slowly but surely beginning to remedy that.  My wife loves gardening as a hobby and I have been learning from her and are trying to expand we do.  We live in an urban apartment in L. A. but Jack's podcast and this forum has given us many ideas that we are going to implement.  I'm hear to meet good people and learn from them.   ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on June 26, 2009, 04:34:25 PM
Welcome Roundup.  Lots of good people here and lots of good information to be had.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SDumkey on July 03, 2009, 06:16:55 PM
I just joined a couple days ago and I am new to TSP.  I am currently serving overseas in Iraq and that is how I found out about the podcast as I was reading the Stars & Stripes newspaper a couple months ago that we get here and read the article about the podcast.  Apologies for being late as my work schedule was busy, but now has calmed down quite a bit and most of my off time I spend talking to my wife and kids on instant messenger.  Been listening for the last couple days and I am enjoying everything that I am hearing. 

Thankyou
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on July 03, 2009, 06:27:31 PM
Welcome to all the new folks!
Welcome SDumkey and thanks for your service.
There are several active duties on the forum and quite a number of veterans as well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on July 03, 2009, 09:22:36 PM
Appreciate your service SDumkey!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sandman on July 05, 2009, 01:14:25 AM
Welcome aboard, SDumkey! Lots of good resources and good people here.

Stay alert!, stay alive!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chase on July 07, 2009, 05:32:43 PM
Hey all ~

Hope this is the right thread to introduce myself. Just joined the forum and wanted to say howdy.

I'm from Texas and now reside in Maryland. . . this looks like a really cool forum and it's nice to know I'm not the only one in survivalist mode. :)

I look forward to getting involved in the discussions and learning as much as I can. . . .

Ya'll have a good evening
Chase
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fred_47460 on July 07, 2009, 05:35:52 PM
Welcome to the forum Chase. This is an awesome forum.....I hope you enjoy. However...this forum is loaded with Texans.....you may get some razzin' for moving to Maryland!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chase on July 07, 2009, 05:43:28 PM
LOL!

No worries - it couldn't be any more razzin' than I get from my parents (who are still in Texas). :D

I am a Texan at heart and will always be ~ really want to move back and set up a ranch down there at some point. Maybe one day. . . .

Thanks for the welcome! 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on July 08, 2009, 09:46:18 PM
I just joined a couple days ago and I am new to TSP.  I am currently serving overseas in Iraq and that is how I found out about the podcast as I was reading the Stars & Stripes newspaper a couple months ago that we get here and read the article about the podcast.  Apologies for being late as my work schedule was busy, but now has calmed down quite a bit and most of my off time I spend talking to my wife and kids on instant messenger.  Been listening for the last couple days and I am enjoying everything that I am hearing. 

Thankyou

Good old Stars and Stripes!  Great paper and glad to hear they talked about Jack's podcast! 

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Korb on July 10, 2009, 09:33:23 AM
Hey all, I currently live in North Central Arkansas.  I did a small stint in the military and one tour in Iraq.  I'm going back to school in the fall to work towards a career I enjoy.  I'm currently looking to buy ~20 acres or so to build a house on in the future.  I've just been listening to the show a couple months and I'm trying my best to listen to the new shows and work my way through the older ones.  I  really like everything I've heard so far and can't wait for more.   Looking forward to being active on the boards and learning as much as I can.  Thanks!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sandman on July 10, 2009, 10:28:56 AM
Hey all, I currently live in North Central Arkansas.  I did a small stint in the military and one tour in Iraq.  I'm going back to school in the fall to work towards a career I enjoy.  I'm currently looking to buy ~20 acres or so to build a house on in the future.  I've just been listening to the show a couple months and I'm trying my best to listen to the new shows and work my way through the older ones.  I  really like everything I've heard so far and can't wait for more.   Looking forward to being active on the boards and learning as much as I can.  Thanks!!!
Welcome aboard, Korb!

Glad to have you!

Good luck with your land shopping!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on July 10, 2009, 10:58:52 AM
Welcome aboard Korb .
My bug-out location is right in your area, which is way too far from my area. :D
Anyway, thanks for your service and welcome home.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on July 10, 2009, 10:35:32 PM
Welcome aboard Korb .
My bug-out location is right in your area, which is way too far from my area. :D
Anyway, thanks for your service and welcome home.

Hi Korb. Thanks for your service.

Arkansas is okay in my book (not quite like TN though :D). I did some work for DOE at Ft Chaffee (near Fort Smith).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Korb on July 11, 2009, 12:36:42 AM
Hi Korb. Thanks for your service.

Arkansas is okay in my book (not quite like TN though :D). I did some work for DOE at Ft Chaffee (near Fort Smith).

I've been to Chaffee many times, hopefully never have to go back.  Not very much to do there. 

Thanks for all the warm welcomes.

Hare of Caerbannog, Thats cool I love the area I live in, right in the middle of two lakes.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: homesteader on July 11, 2009, 01:28:56 AM
Hello folks!
I just found this, so sorry to not introduce myself before now!  I'm a  34 yr old married stay-at-home homeschooling mom of 2 girls in the Northwest.  We have a .3 acre in a rural (in the loosest sense of the word) area.  I was discouraged about how little land we had to work with until Jack posted the link of the family in  Ca that was growing a massive garden on 1/10 of an acre.  I am most content now (although hoping for more land someday).  I keep busy with kids, garden, chickens, and food storage preps.  Four years ago I had this unshakable urge to prepare even though I didn't know what I was preparing for.  Now we know.  :)

Anyway, Good to meet all you folks!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on July 11, 2009, 02:19:09 AM
welcome homesteader, good to have you join us

You will like it here.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on July 12, 2009, 01:12:01 AM
Hello folks!
I just found this, so sorry to not introduce myself before now!  I'm a  34 yr old married stay-at-home homeschooling mom of 2 girls in the Northwest.  We have a .3 acre in a rural (in the loosest sense of the word) area.  I was discouraged about how little land we had to work with until Jack posted the link of the family in  Ca that was growing a massive garden on 1/10 of an acre.  I am most content now (although hoping for more land someday).  I keep busy with kids, garden, chickens, and food storage preps.  Four years ago I had this unshakable urge to prepare even though I didn't know what I was preparing for.  Now we know.  :)

Anyway, Good to meet all you folks!

Welcome aboard Homesteader.  :)

Look back for episode 186 http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/life-long-lessons-from-the-garden (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/life-long-lessons-from-the-garden) and use it to help teach those girls; it's a great one.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: flashcard on July 14, 2009, 09:09:55 AM
Wow, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by this forum.  I've been trying to peruse Heavy G's "Best of's" to get a good start, and hope to keep up with some of the latest threads too.

I'm not one for disclosing very much personal information in public forums, but some of my main interests (in no particular order) are:

permaculture
fibre (knitting, spinning, clothes-making, felting)
perennial gardens/food forests
food preservation
bee keeping

A few other fairly general details: I'm in Canada, have some wilderness first aid skills, no gun, and I like garlic.

A little about my politics, for anyone who's interested:

I'm a little shy to admit that I lean left politically, as it seems that it may not be the prevailing sentiment here.  I joined the forum though, because of one of Jack's podcasts that talked about the commonalities between the "progressive (er...socialist?)" and "libertarian" perspectives.  I may have more libertarian in me than I knew - I don't believe in anything like socialism on a large scale.  I think people should "do it (all) for themselves" and not rely on the government, but I do worry about people who simply can't, and I don't think the job should be left to charity/church or (increasingly) corporations.  I know, I know, bleeding heart, right?

I also worry that, as a result of so much individual egoism, corruption and greed - broader goals like "preserving our own damn species through environmental management" wouldn't stand a chance without some overseeing body/committee.  That said, I have no faith that "my" (Canada's) government is in any way willing to properly pursue very many actual, useful goals because they simply are not politically-popular.  Instead, they resort to meddling in things that are none of their damn business.

I'm not a nationalist, nor am I very patriotic - I'd be very happy to do away with national boundaries altogether.  I know there are a lot of people in this forum who have some connection to the/a military, and I mean no disrespect to you - but there is no way I would ever "die for my country". 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on July 14, 2009, 09:24:34 AM
Welcome Flashcard!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: monger20 on July 15, 2009, 02:14:27 PM
Jack I feel like I can talk to you like a friend although I have never communicated with you. I have been a listener for over 4 months but have been a micro-preper for all of my adult life. Forum, I am looking forward to getting involved. I find great joy in living a better life with all of you.

Since TSP I find myself running permaculture & situational awareness theories through my head. Its awsome. Especialy since my lovley new bride (June 20, 2009) is onboard with everything. Our second year garden is rocking for 6,800 ft elevation in the Colorado Rockies. A short growing season is a small sacrifice for a constant supply of elk meat. We just received a vacuum sealer, dehydrator is on the way & the guns are locked up & placed ; ) safely......... Bring it!
 

P.S.

Ron Payl & Guns Kick Ass
Member Support Brigade - I'll c u soon
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on July 15, 2009, 02:18:16 PM
Welcome to all the new folks.
flashcard I like the monkey!
monger20 Congrats on the wedding!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Old_Grey_Mare on July 15, 2009, 07:08:11 PM
Hi Everyone,

I have been listening to Jack for a couple of months now and have most of the episodes under my belt. I have been living that better life for three years. My hubby and I dropped out of the rat race and moved to our BOL then and have been spending our time planting fruit trees and bushes, and nut trees and bushes, and strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, asparagus, grapes, rhubarb and things like that. We are in zone 3/4 in Montana at 5500' so our growing season is extremely short here. We built an 18' (Growing Spaces) growing dome which has saved my gardening bacon this year.  We had three inches of snow on the 7th and 8th of June so the garden couldn't get planted until after that. I did pick my first tomato out of the growing dome today though!!!

I have rabbits but my favorite thing is my chickens.  I have 25 laying hens and two roosters. I incubated eggs for the first time this spring and raised 23 chicks. I have a hen who hatched out three chicks too. I sold some of the pullets and I sell eggs every week.

We live on a ranch that my hubby's grandparents homesteaded and where he was raised. He left here in order to make a living and our dream was always to be able to come back here to live. We were able to do it by doing many of the things Jack talks about. We paid off our house in the other state where we lived and then just kept making the payments to ourselves. With that savings we were able to build our house and some of the infrastructure here. Then we sold our house there and moved here with the cash from the house. Unfortunately it went too fast so now he does some contracting work for his old job from time to time. But our expenses here are very low so we can live on a lot less than we used to need. Our biggest expense is health insurance. We heat with wood that we can cut on our place.

We have a good neighborhood here of people that are used to doing things for themselves. Sometimes we get snowed in for a couple of weeks at a time here so everyone is pretty used to keeping stocked up for those times.

Enough for now. Nice to meet everyone.

Mary


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on July 15, 2009, 09:48:06 PM
Welcome aboard OldGreyMare! I'm sure you will pick up a bunch of info here from these great people, but, there's no teacher like experience, and I think your experiences will benefit us all, too. Looking forward to whatever you'd like to share!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on July 16, 2009, 12:00:21 PM
Welcome to the boards Mary.

I look forward to hearing your experiences.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: owl_shadow@yahoo.com on July 16, 2009, 02:14:21 PM
This is my first attempt at posting on the site, I hope I'm doing it right...

My name is Shannon.  I live outside of the SF bay area, Ca.  I live on 100 acres of land, my house is off the grid.  We use solar and propane.  I work on the property full time and my wife makes the hour long commute to her job in town.  I have been interested in wilderness survival since I was 15 and have, thanks to Jack's refreshing take on survivalism, just began to prep.  It feels wonderful.  My wife, after hearing about the podcast and its values has enthusistically jumped on the bandwagon, and were beginning to store food.  I am a "recovering liberal loon".  But fortunately, my past has left me with a good sense of living off the land.
Looking forward to the forums.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on July 16, 2009, 03:10:02 PM
This is my first attempt at posting on the site, I hope I'm doing it right...

My name is Shannon.  I live outside of the SF bay area, Ca.  I live on 100 acres of land, my house is off the grid.  We use solar and propane.  I work on the property full time and my wife makes the hour long commute to her job in town.  I have been interested in wilderness survival since I was 15 and have, thanks to Jack's refreshing take on survivalism, just began to prep.  It feels wonderful.  My wife, after hearing about the podcast and its values has enthusistically jumped on the bandwagon, and were beginning to store food.  I am a "recovering liberal loon".  But fortunately, my past has left me with a good sense of living off the land.
Looking forward to the forums.
Welcome Shannon! Sit back and browser around if you want. Lots to read and learn. I'm in the Bay Area myself.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on July 16, 2009, 07:04:33 PM

A few other fairly general details: I'm in Canada, have some wilderness first aid skills, no gun, and I like garlic.

A little about my politics, for anyone who's interested:

I'm a little shy to admit that I lean left politically, as it seems that it may not be the prevailing sentiment here.  I joined the forum though, because of one of Jack's podcasts that talked about the commonalities between the "progressive (er...socialist?)" and "libertarian" perspectives.  I may have more libertarian in me than I knew - I don't believe in anything like socialism on a large scale.  I think people should "do it (all) for themselves" and not rely on the government, but I do worry about people who simply can't, and I don't think the job should be left to charity/church or (increasingly) corporations.  I know, I know, bleeding heart, right?

I also worry that, as a result of so much individual egoism, corruption and greed - broader goals like "preserving our own damn species through environmental management" wouldn't stand a chance without some overseeing body/committee.  That said, I have no faith that "my" (Canada's) government is in any way willing to properly pursue very many actual, useful goals because they simply are not politically-popular.  Instead, they resort to meddling in things that are none of their damn business.

I'm not a nationalist, nor am I very patriotic - I'd be very happy to do away with national boundaries altogether.  I know there are a lot of people in this forum who have some connection to the/a military, and I mean no disrespect to you - but there is no way I would ever "die for my country". 

Well maybe the garlic will take the place of a gun if you eat enough :D

There's room for every political affilication here.

Welcome.

BP     
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bartsdad on July 17, 2009, 01:42:36 AM
Greetings to All,

I've been here for a little while now and need to become part of the community.

I'm a husband and father in my late 30's. We live on 8 acres of my Grandfathers original 80 acre homestead about 40 miles out of the Twin Cities in MN.

I went to school for Electronics ,but now have a career as a 2nd generation Diesel Mechanic. I've done odd jobs over the years to get to today. My most rewarding had to be being a guide in the BWCAW for 2 summers. MN is a great outdoors man's playground.

I've always had the "prepper" mentality, but am really acting on it as of late. I see the need to turn the Home into a Homestead.

I like to hunt, fish and camp, but who here doesn't? I enjoy NASCAR as my mindless escape. I love to cook and am looking forward to getting into canning.

I see a lot of good people here and hope to contribute to help us all "Live a better life".

Another day,another $0.35 after taxes..

Chris in MN
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on July 18, 2009, 02:07:34 PM
bartsdad:

Welcome, welcome, welcome.

Glad you plunged into the forum.  You'll like us.

Sounds like a country boy in MN can survive (to sorta quote Hank Jr.).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: offgridmontana on July 19, 2009, 12:16:05 AM
Howdy I 'm Chad in Blue Cloud, Helena, Montana! http://offgridmontana.com (http://offgridmontana.com)

I find the Survival Podcast more chill than Infowars, but regardless listen to about 80% of Alex Jones and ignore the rest. I find the 45 minute podcast just enough. Compared with listening to four hours of Alex Jones talk like the world is ending.

(http://www.offgridmontana.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/webchadpic.jpg)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on July 19, 2009, 07:45:32 AM
Hey offgridmontana
Nice shirt!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LGM30 on July 19, 2009, 09:09:49 AM
Howdy I 'm Chad in Blue Cloud, Helena, Montana! http://offgridmontana.com (http://offgridmontana.com)

Welcome Chad!
Looks like you are just setting up shop in Montana if I read between the line correctly.  20% unemployment in Washington.  That's steep.
Good Luck!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Cooter Brown on July 19, 2009, 11:25:28 AM
Hi all,

As they say on talk radio; long time listener - first time caller. I've been listening to the podcast on and off since show #8 and found the forum last fall.

Being a natural skeptic and having been burned by start-ups before, I decided to give this thing a year before jumping in with both feet. One of three things was bound to happen; 1)TSP would turn out to be a flash in the pan (after all, who can do maintain this kind of motivation on a daily basis), 2) It would become a huge success and Jack would become an insufferable martinet, or 3) it would become an actual success and maintain all the qualities that got it that way in the first place. Well, it seems (happily) that Jack has bucked the odds and taken TSP to the third outcome! :) (way to go man!)

That being said, I grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks (where this stuff was called "life"), played a little bit with some boys from Benning back in the day, but then got "successful" and proceeded to go to sleep for 20 years. Currently in exile in the wrong part of New England, I hope to go back south in the next year or so; Arkansas (maybe), or Texas (more likely).

By circumstance and inclination, I am currently more of a Beans & Bullets guy, but if things work out I'll find use for all the archived homesteading stuff before too many more years go by.

Semper Vig
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on July 19, 2009, 11:31:23 AM
Welcome to the boards CB.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: offgridmontana on July 19, 2009, 03:39:34 PM
Welcome Chad!
Looks like you are just setting up shop in Montana if I read between the line correctly.  20% unemployment in Washington.  That's steep.
Good Luck!

My family has had this land for the past 30 years, and I visited for the first time last year. However it's near a National Guard training base, and only 15 miles to Helena - not exactly bug out, but we are within walking distance of the Helena National Forest. I'm looking into purchasing bug out land further out, like 35-80 miles from a town. :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Cooter Brown on July 20, 2009, 06:29:22 AM
Thanks, DEV
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: minimalist on July 20, 2009, 03:23:37 PM
I've been posting for about a week but I haven't introduced myself.

I started listening to TSP last fall, and got away from it for a while because combined with current events, the subject matter was depressing me. I've recently started listening again. I think this forum has been a great outlet for me; it is great to be able to talk about these matters in the company of other like-minded individuals. I also appreciate the evenhanded way preparedness and survivalist topics are discussed here; some popular blogs on the subject strike me as a bit *too* militant. I think the philosophy of using preparedness to enrich your life is a much better approach than letting it take over.

I was attending school in New Orleans when Katrina happened, and although my wife and I evacuated ahead of time, we only took a few days worth of clothing and quickly realized we were refugees, although our experience was tempered by the charity and kindness of friends, family, and strangers. We went back several times and saw the worst of the damage and reconstruction, and eventually returned for good (well, for the duration of my tenure in school) a few months later. I won't pretend that the lessons of Katrina are unique to my situation, but experiencing it firsthand certainly hammered those lessons home to me. I see the world through rose-colored glasses, and I see society as a much more fragile thing.

Last summer was the first time I took any steps to prep for something more than a minor disaster. I sensed that some bad-things were coming down the financial pipeline, and I talked with my wife about it and purchased in bulk some staple foods. At the time, I wondered if I was being overly paranoid but in retrospect, I don't regret it at all. Over the past two years or so, my wife and I have been experimenting with container gardening on our apartment balcony; now we are close to closing on our first home and we are looking forward to being able to plant a garden and some permaculture, and so I look forward to being able to participate in those topics in the coming days.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on July 20, 2009, 04:25:14 PM
minimalist:

Right on.  You're exactly the kind of person who is so common here at TSP.  I'm the same: I want to know how to survive various things, but I'm not a wacko.  There's an uneasiness with being on a "survivalist forum"; I know I felt that way.  But after a while you'll see how much amazing (and sane) information we have here.

Welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeonFreshwater on July 22, 2009, 09:07:22 AM
 I am Deon, down here in SEMO...was raised right on this land, poor as dirt. Hunting, fishing and raising a garden.  Eventually struck out on my own and lived in L.A. for a good long time, became one of the city girls I'd always seen on TV, (or something.) Now I am back here and can't remember half the stuff I grew up with, so relearning.
Got a few sq. ft. garden beds going, though as far as I can tell it's not going to do much. We had a REALLY wet spring and the roots on things like radishes and carrots just didn't seem to take. So, I guess I'll just add the seeds to the stash I have going.
For those in this area, I guess you know that these past two years have been proof positive that one should have at least a couple of weeks worth of some kind of alternative heat, water and food on hand. The ice storms have been vicious. And yeah, there were lot's of guys around just helping out and not particularily waiting around for the city to get it done. Overall services held up well through some really thick ice covered in snow covered in ice and snowed over again. Even though I grew up here, I hadn't seen anything that bad before.
I'm right down on the river, (well on a good sized hill a few blocks from the river) so, so far so good. I'm looking to find out more about how to claim that water if SHTF because I can walk down there with buckets but it's so damned polluted I am not sure what all I'd have to do to make it safe to even so much as bathe in. It's really past due for people to wise up on what really is valuable and essential in life.
Glad to be here, wow this forum is HUGE! My first post was a repost, so I don't know if I should even mention my next missive which was about a Missouri car dealer that's giving away AK47's with every new pick-up truck purchase, haha.
I found out about this podcast from a friend in NY. Some really good practical advise to be had around here.
I find it astounding how peoples attitude toward me has changed with my location. I guess I am now officially a "dangerous redneck" haha. And you know what, that's fine with me. I don't mess with anyone that doesn't start the crap first, and this redneck attitude served me quite well in the city.
Though I must say, my husband is from the UK and the culture shock took him a while to get over, seems about all they know over there about this part of the country is the movie "Deliverance." Wow.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on July 22, 2009, 01:16:08 PM
Welcome DeonFreshwater.

I, too, am relearning things from my rural upbringing on this amazingly informative forum.

Be sure and post a lot.  You learn more by posting because you have to think about things when you're posting.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ncjeeper on July 25, 2009, 08:14:44 PM
Hey everyone!
Found Jack and the survival podcast while looking for preparedness supplies.
Now about me..........I grow up in a major city but found playing in the woods as a kid was more fun then being the popular neighborhod kid. I even carried a bug out kit back then. Made it out of and old sucrets metal box and kept it in my back pocket. If I remember right it contained a razor blade, a few band aids, a fishing line and a hook, a couple of bullion cubes, a mirror and maybe a coupleof more things but I can't remember. Got my Eagle Scout just before I turned 18. Went to college and got my BS degree. Graduated and thanks to Ronald Reagan and Reganomics (another ass clown Jack would say!) I couldn't find a white collar job using my engineering degree. I got into law enforcement and will have my 20 years on next month. Now I'm enjoying all the shared information on the forum. :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: smuggler344 on July 26, 2009, 02:21:24 PM
Hi everyone!

I have posted a few times but just now found this thread.  I have been listening to Jack's podcast since last Fall.  I really enjoy his topics and have learned so much. 

About me:  I'm a married 36 year old Mom to two girls.  Grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (the NE 3 counties, for those of you not from there).  DH is from Alabama.  We live just outside of KCMO now.  Hubbie and I are both Army Intel vets from the early/mid 90s.  Now we both push paper for Uncle Sam (it pays the bills).  My Dad grew up mega-poor in a mega-poor area of SEMO during and after the Depression, so I learned a lot just listening to him and my Grandma, who didn't get electricity or running water until 1965.

About a year and a half ago I started seriously paying attention to the impending financial storm, and realized we needed to get our act together.  I've spent countless hours researching preparedness over the past year, and slowly implemented our plan and built up our stocks.  Last spring we had very little money, spent every last penny we had moving here from Vermont, so we could only scrape by on bits and pieces.  One week last year we only had $41 for groceries.   Now, our car is paid off, credit card is paid off, canceled and cut up, we have at least 6 months of good food and household goods put up, an emergency fund, bug out bags, and two kids who know why the grasshopper and the ant story is so important.  Thanks Jack!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on July 26, 2009, 02:34:07 PM
Welcome ncjeeper and smuggler344.  Nice to see you involved in the forums.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on July 26, 2009, 04:44:51 PM
Nice to see all the new folks!  Welcome!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on July 26, 2009, 10:14:52 PM
Welcome Deon & smuggler (& anyone I may have missed).

Well met.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Matt66 on July 27, 2009, 08:20:26 AM
Hi All,

Matt here from Dayton, OH.  37 years old, married with no kids.  I’m a police officer (15 yrs) and my wife is a retired deputy sheriff.  My wife and I have been prepping for about the last year and a half and are progressively getting more and more into it.  My mom and step dad are even starting to show interest!  Our current preps include:

- 2 to 3 months worth of food stored and always adding more
- 110 gallons of stored water
- his, hers and pet BOB’s
- his and hers firearms
- evac lists and plans
- both involved with HAM radio for emergency comms
- back-up generator and fuel

On the food prep side of things, our family has started a “family garden” on my parents land.  We started the garden last year and suffered quite a bit of loss to insects, animals, etc.  This year we took lessons learned from last year and the garden is thriving!  The ladies of the family are really the brains of the operation, I just do what I’m told and say, “Yes dear” or “Yes mom”.   ;)  My wife calls me the “king of watering” because that’s really all they want me doing!  My wife started a blog about the garden and updates it each week with pics and happenings.  (See Link Below)  We of course would love any comments or suggestions!  My wife has taken up canning, freezing, dehydrating and preserving in general to keep us in good food all year long! 

I personally work on the safety and security aspects for the family.  I’m a firearms instructor with my police department and train quite a bit in firearms and tactics.  I also shoot USPSA and multi-gun matches.  I’ve taken steps to better secure our home and make it a “less desirable” target for thieves, looting hordes, zombies, vampires, vicious dogs, etc.  On the topic of dogs, we have four mangy ones!

As far as what we do for fun (other than shooting).  We LOVE baseball!  As far as I’m concerned, all other sports on TV are just passing the time until the next April rolls around and baseball starts again!  And which team is our favorite you might ask …… DETROIT TIGERS BABY!!!!!!

As far as Jack’s site and podcast …. I can’t honestly remember where I read or heard about them but I found them about a week ago and got hooked!  Jack and I seem to be, fundamentally, alike in most ways and I’ve gained a great deal of knowledge in the 10-15 podcasts I’ve listened to so far.  Looking forward to hearing the rest and all the ones in the future.  I’m also looking forward to reading and learning here on the forum and hopefully making some new friends!  Take care and stay safe!

Regards,
Matt

PS:  My wife joined the forum too; she’ll be posting as “MrsBarber”.


http://mcgathagarden.blogspot.com/ (http://mcgathagarden.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on July 27, 2009, 05:16:44 PM
Welcome Matt & the Mrs! You really seem to have your act together. With your background, we look forward to your input and your wife's garden blog. Baseball is probably going to be a good way to help put things back together after TSHTF!  ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Matt66 on July 27, 2009, 06:22:22 PM
Thanks dude!  It's good be here.

Regards,
Matt
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fontaine on July 27, 2009, 09:38:33 PM
Hey there I'm new, I've been listening to the survival podcast for a while now and decided to join the forum.  Although I don't agree with everything Jack Spirko says in the podcasts, it's always an interesting show and I respect him for putting it together.  I'm in my early 20's and the recent advice to young people episode made me feel thankfull for being debt free at this point in my life.  So I appreciate that episode in particular.

Also I hope to hear more commentary from Jack about that show The Colony, I enjoyed his thoughts on the first episode and am interested in what he'll have to say about future episodes.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on July 27, 2009, 11:31:37 PM
Welcome Matt and Fontaine!

Sounds like you both will be a great fit in this forum!  Your both off to a great start and look forward to your inputs. 

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Zef_66 on July 28, 2009, 06:22:41 AM
Hey guys,

New to TSP and this forum, so this is my first post. I was turned to TSP by my buddy in CO while I was visiting a week or two ago. But I am not really new to the idea of preparedness. To start, I am 27, live in central PA, married, no kids. And for years growing up, we would always try to have extra food on hand in case of bad weather or whatever. We had a good sized garden to keep food costs low and would dry and can food to supply us through the winter. I guess it was a part of living in the country and trying as best as possible to live off the land. In addition, growing up I was actively involved in Boy Scouts and have always tried to live by their motto of "Be Prepared". So after getting married and moving out from the parents house, I have always tried to keep up these methods. And the wife is usually on board with me. While she might not have undertaken some of them herself, she is fine with keeping additional supplies of food on hand. We just need to get in a good habit of rotating it and making sure we keep good tabs on the levels. And next year we plan to start out own garden and continue to can more and more each year. While we both come from similar backgrounds, we are now trying to find what ways best work for us to do these things.

So all in all, I am glad to have joined the forum and hope to learn a lot. And hopefully I can share some of my views on things as well.

Derek
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on July 28, 2009, 06:36:36 AM
Welcome Matt, Fontaine and Zef and the others that I missed. Jump right on in.

TW

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on July 28, 2009, 02:42:53 PM
Welcome to the boards folks.

Glad to have y'all here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on July 28, 2009, 03:58:01 PM
For all of you new guys and gals, be sure and consider posting about how you picked your user name and what your avatar means.  There are usually some good stories behind names and avatars.

Those threads are (user name): http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=5527.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=5527.0)

and (avatar): http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1340.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1340.0)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on July 28, 2009, 05:18:21 PM
Heavy G suggested I post on the Intro Thread so here I am. I'm a senior citizen and can't get around too well anymore. There so much in my head of what many people always considered useless info saying "that's the way ya'll did things in the old days". Maybe, just maybe, now it's not considered so useless. 

I'm the oldest of 7 kids. Growing up in a large family with parents who lived through the Depression, we were taught how to save and not waste. I've heard too many stories of how my parents would walk the train tracks with an old wagon picking up pieces of coal to heat their houses. Living in the city, they scrounged through the garbage behind grocery stores looking for vegetables and fruit they could take home, cut away the bad and cook the good.

I've been in SC for 10 yrs but am originally from TN where I spent most of my working years in the typesetting/printing business. There's a DH, son, daughter and grandkids ranging in age from 10-21. And yeah, you guessed it, the little one plays soccer therefore my name Soccer Grannie.

I enjoy cooking, sewing, quilting and being a pack rat. Taking nothing and making it into something useful gives me a great deal of satisfaction. These things were learned from greatgrandparents and grandparents. Although they would keep us kids busy helping them with breaking beans, shelling peas, etc., we sat at their feet and listened to their stories and oh so many wise sayings.

As the grandparents passed on, I inherited lots of their old kitchen items, wash boards, etc. Nobody else wanted them b/c they'd never use them. LOL The joke just might be on them.  :o

Presently, my son and I are really the only ones in the family interested in this site and this kind of information. We're working on the others to get their heads out of the sand. Since I'm home all day, I'm constantly searching the web for info I'm interested in and once in a while my son gives me an assignment to search for something he's interested in. I can thank him for getting me involved with The Survival Podcast.

Back in the early to mid 70s I helped typeset the 1st published edition of Carla Emory's Encyclopedia of Country Living. I have to admit we laughed and said "who will ever use all the junk" ... I'm not laughing now.

Jack does a great job with the Podcasts and there's a lifetime of information on the forum. I will be posting recipes, tips and more so-called useless information. And you better believe I'll be asking questions, too.

Heavy G may be sorry now that he asked me post here, I can tell tales all day long. I'll leave you with this one from my grandpa. If you can't play checkers and win, you'll never make anything of yourself. You always have to figure out if you make this move, they're gonna make that move. A little food for thought.

Well, enough about me and my ramblings ... I feel welcome here already. Great bunch of people.  :)

 

 

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fred_47460 on July 28, 2009, 05:59:08 PM
Grannie...I am seriously looking forward to your posts!! Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on July 28, 2009, 06:04:49 PM
Grannie, do please share. I think you have much to offer here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CGFxColoneill on July 28, 2009, 09:03:22 PM
Hey everyone

I am a 20 y/o engineering student, I stumbled on to TSP a bit over a month ago and I have listened to about 70 episodes or so
I am enjoying what I have heard so far and it is making me realize how much I dont know.  I heard someone say once that learning to fly the space shuttle is like trying to drink out of a full flow fire hose and get all the water, I am feeling much the same so far with all the information that is on the podcast and all the windows it opens up, also the stuff on the forums.

I have had the thought process of being ready for stuff for a while from talking with my dad about events and how they might play out etc, but it has been mental exercises rather than actually getting ready for those things which is better than nothing but not as good as it could be

cant think of anything else to put in this post here right now, I will probably be asking alot of questions, but as one of my teachers says "there are no stupid questions, only exceptionally inquisitive idiots" I will try not to be one of those anyhow when I am asking  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on July 28, 2009, 09:30:24 PM

Heavy G may be sorry now that he asked me post here, I can tell tales all day long.


soccer grannie:

I am very glad of what I've unleashed.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Zef_66 on July 29, 2009, 06:52:16 AM
Back in the early to mid 70s I helped typeset the 1st published edition of Carla Emory's Encyclopedia of Country Living. I have to admit we laughed and said "who will ever use all the junk" ... I'm not laughing now.

soccer grannie,

Glad to have you aboard. As for the section I quoted, I find this particularly interesting because of my family interest in printing. While I am a Manufacturing Engineer now, my father was a public school printing teacher, so I spent a lot of my youth running presses and learning that trade. And through my schooling, I worked a lot for various printing companies in town. And as it is now, my brother and uncle still work for a local printer. So it is great to hear someone that knows the typesetting skills and worked in the old time printing industry. And while my father is just recently retired, when he did teach, he always made his first year students do a short lesson on type setting. They hated it, but he felt it was necessary for them to know where the trade has come from, as well as where it was going. Not sure if the new teacher will continue that lesson or not, but there are still cases and cases of type still.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Taltoz on July 29, 2009, 01:43:19 PM
Hello all. My name is Jason and I am a 30 years old. I have been married for 12 years and we have two kids. I north Florida native who relocated to western Kentucky about 2 years ago. I am a network administrator for a small consulting company here.

I am fairly new to prepping but we have always tried to be as self sufficient as possible. We are finishing up the process of building our house on a small family farm that we run with my wife's parents and siblings. We try to grow and store as much produce as we can and we also raise chickens (layers and broilers) along with cows, sheep, and goats. Oh and we also have more horses than we should.

I am looking forward to participating in this forum and learning from all of you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on July 30, 2009, 12:38:04 AM
Welcome All!

Soccer Grannie, I just recieved my copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living last week on the advise of Sister Wolf and was not disappointed!  It's very cool to have you aboard! 

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: phuttan on July 30, 2009, 10:23:48 AM
Hi. I'm Pat Huttanus. I live in the Philadelphia area. I've been prep minded for a long time. Unfortunately, I'm very well prepped at present. I've hunted and fished when younger. I've worked farms, construction, Army, butchering/meat cutting, warehousing, etc. So I have a good base of useful skills.
I was always the guy with a huge pantry that could make anything taste good. Neighbors used to come to our house when they smelled my cooking. They always wanted a taste but didn't want to know what is was. You could never be sure what meat was getting spiced and turned into biscuit gravy.
I was injured several years ago and I'm still trying to get my prep and body back where they should be.
I found Jack's podcast a week or so back. Listening to him and browsing the forum have motivated me to get back where I should be prep and fitness wise. I'm going to put some raised beds in the back yard and work more on overall fitness for a start. My progress may be slow because of stuctural and pain issues. But I'll stumbling in the right direction again.
I want to thank Jack for a motivating show and I should be a supporting member within the next few weeks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on July 30, 2009, 12:25:30 PM
Hi. I'm Pat Huttanus. I live in the Philadelphia area. I've been prep minded for a long time. Unfortunately, I'm very well prepped at present. I've hunted and fished when younger. I've worked farms, construction, Army, butchering/meat cutting, warehousing, etc. So I have a good base of useful skills.
I was always the guy with a huge pantry that could make anything taste good. Neighbors used to come to our house when they smelled my cooking. They always wanted a taste but didn't want to know what is was. You could never be sure what meat was getting spiced and turned into biscuit gravy.
I was injured several years ago and I'm still trying to get my prep and body back where they should be.
I found Jack's podcast a week or so back. Listening to him and browsing the forum have motivated me to get back where I should be prep and fitness wise. I'm going to put some raised beds in the back yard and work more on overall fitness for a start. My progress may be slow because of stuctural and pain issues. But I'll stumbling in the right direction again.
I want to thank Jack for a motivating show and I should be a supporting member within the next few weeks.
Welcome to the board Pat, & welcome back to the preparedness fold.  Sounds like you have lots of useful skills already.  Don't be afraid to share with the less experienced here, they could use your guidance.  I saw your post on butchering BTW, solid advice.  Thanks for sharing it. ;)

Best wishes to your continued recovery.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on July 30, 2009, 08:07:43 PM
Welcome Phuttan!  Won't you be my neighbor? ;D

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: phuttan on July 31, 2009, 06:00:39 PM
Thanks for the welcome. Hopefully, I'll be checking the forum daily and I'll try to weigh-in when I think that I can help.
I don't have random meat coming into the house much these days, but my kids have been bugging to spend more time in the kitchen.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: johnlebris on August 01, 2009, 02:45:44 PM
Hey y'all,

First of all, thanks Jack for the great podcasts. I've been listening for the past few months. They are wonderful.

I'm yet another Texan, 42, married and no kids from Houston. I was born and lived up until 11 years old near Manhattan. My dad transferred to here and now I consider Houston home. I've spent many years living through flooding, hurricanes, and tornadoes. I also had the privilege and good fortune to spend my summers at my family's farmhouse in a remote part of Spain. I learned about gardening from my grandpa and a local gentleman named Pedro. We raised vegetables, roses, and a bunch of other plants.

I went to UT-Austin, married a wonderful lady, and then enlisted in the Navy. I served eight years. I was a Cryptologic Technician, Interpretive (Russian). (Army equivalent is a 98G.) I did a lot of odd things, some of which I can talk about, some I can't. I've spent some time on ships and subs, and on chemical depots and biological weapons research/production facilities.

I realized that I was a libertarian when I read Free to Choose by Milton Friedman and How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years by Howard J. ruff as a kid. I also learned the value of preparing from the second book and the value of taking predictions of doom with a grain of salt.

So you can see why The survival Podcast resonates with me.

I've always had extra food around the house, flashlights, batteries, etc. I've made it a habit to have at least a half tank of gas in my car during hurricane season. I had never sat down though and made a list of how many flashlights and how many batteries I have. I've started doing that kind of thing now. We got really lucky with all the storms we had in the past. I think I've been relying too much on general preparing and luck. I found this podcast and forum out of a desire to learn more.

I also recently watched the TV program Jericho online and that has made me mentally raise the bar on how prepared I want to be. We bought a house with a big yard and I always meant to start gardening again and never did. Jack discussing gardening has made me want to start, but I think I should start small.

The wife is on-board, although she likes to joke about my "militia compound supplies." We both like to live with as little debt as possible and have spent a lot of time building investments and cash reserves in our personal and business life. (We own a small business and I work in the oil business.) As long as I keep my preparing spending sensible, we have no conflict.

This has been such a valuable set of resources for me I just wanted to say thank you to everyone and introduce myself.

I hope I can repay the forum with some contributions in areas where I have some knowledge.

Also, this is weird, but in the past few weeks I have been diagnosed with tinnitus, permanent ringing in the ears. One thing that drowns it out well is the podcast. If everyone suffers with this condition they'll understand what a relief it is to mask the sound for a while.

Finally, please excuse me using a pseudonym on the forum. I'm usually one to be direct and transparent, but here for a while I'd like to be private.

Cheers,
John Lebris (taken from the name of my favorite writer Jean Louis de Lebris "Jack" Kerouac, pictured)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on August 01, 2009, 04:30:59 PM
Welcome to the forum John. We can always use more Texans on the list. Quite a few of us here actually. And by the way, TexDaddy is not my real name either. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 01, 2009, 08:49:16 PM
Welcome John Lebris.  You'll fit in just fine here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gunslinger57k on August 01, 2009, 11:36:53 PM
 Hey,
  I been listening to the show for awhile just never had a chance to drop by and register for the forum. I enjoy listening to every new episode most of the time while Im on lunch at work or relaxing at home. I'm kinda been into the whole preparedness thing for a while, I have always had and interest in wilderness survival. I am a registered merit badge councilor for the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. I'm also the Scoutmaster of Troop 187.  I also run a small blog just something to entertain myself and a couple of buddies who check it out occasionally ill include a banner and link below. I have a couple other hobbies and interests too but thats all for now.



http://survivorman57k.blogspot.com/ (http://survivorman57k.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 02, 2009, 12:02:32 AM
Welcome johnlebris and Gunslinger!  We welcome your wisdom and camaraderie.

BTW johnlebris, do you know that if AK was cut in half, TX would be the 3rd biggest state? ;D

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: johnlebris on August 02, 2009, 06:02:55 AM
BTW johnlebris, do you know that if AK was cut in half, TX would be the 3rd biggest state? ;D
Thanks for the welcome! I've always wanted to visit Alaska. BTW, if you take away the federal lands in both states, we get pretty close as far as "states" go. http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/ (http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/)  8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 02, 2009, 12:11:24 PM
Thanks for the welcome! I've always wanted to visit Alaska. BTW, if you take away the federal lands in both states, we get pretty close as far as "states" go. http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/ (http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/)  8)

Well played! :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on August 02, 2009, 01:31:27 PM
Thanks for the welcome! I've always wanted to visit Alaska. BTW, if you take away the federal lands in both states, we get pretty close as far as "states" go. http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/ (http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/291-federal-lands-in-the-us/)  8)
Thanks John. Kept me from having to do it. btw, Berserker Prime is still a pretty good guy. He has given us a lot of good info here. When he is not showing brag pictures of how many fish he can catch with a net, that is. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 02, 2009, 11:50:55 PM
It was a proud moment, thanks for cutting me slack! ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Raoul Duke on August 03, 2009, 01:09:03 PM
My name is Nathaniel and I live in what I refer to as the “reasonable half” of a most unreasonable state…yup, Massachusetts. (And yes, I am a masshole- go SOX!)

But despite the B hat and the erratic driving skills, I’m a relaxed sorta guy. I own a marcomm firm that eats up much of my days. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time wandering around in the woods with my black dog Blue. I write for various publications, Blog, play the guitar and enjoy things that go bang…like guns. In fact, while I have little debt, I also have little else in the way of possessions besides guns, guitars and some clothing.

As far as preps I have extensive BOB plans and actually, I just finished an article that I’ll post as soon as I get the feel for things around here. I have a fair amount of equipment but I am way behind on the food preps. In fact, that’s one of the things I plan to rectify with your (collective) help and suggestions.

Thanks for reading! I look forward to getting to know you all in the coming months.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on August 03, 2009, 01:20:44 PM
Welcome Hunter… Errr… Umm… Raoul.  ;)

I look forward to reading your BOB plans.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Raoul Duke on August 03, 2009, 03:15:06 PM
Thanks Dan. I noticed there's a Dr. Gonzo here allready but as I use Raoul Duke across a few forums for the sake of consistency so...

Best Regards,

Nathaniel
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 03, 2009, 04:28:39 PM
Welcome, Raoul!  More than a few of us are big fans of Mr. Thompson, so you're in good company.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: GreatScot! on August 03, 2009, 08:10:18 PM
Hi group, Len here from North Central Indiana, 20 minutes from Lake Michigan. I found TSPC on Lew Rockwell. After waking up a year or so ago, and after reading and listening to so much stuff, (Austrian Economics makes my head hurt), it was refreshing to find someone with a balanced view that I could relate to. Jack is gifted with the ability to teach us how to actually DO something on a daily basis that improves our lives, rather than just screaming at the Denizens of Mordor on the Potomac.
 My wife and I are empty nesters and enjoying it. I like my firearms, ( I'm a Berretta Junkie), gardening,and fishing. I'm a classically trained violinist, proficient in the use of explosives, (the copper mining kind), I enjoy a good 15 year single malt, fragrant tobacco, and I read the good Book and Reformed/Calvinist Theology. My wife is on board with our preps, has her own firearms and knows how to use them. We have a long way to go, but by working and storing a little each day we will reach our goal of "turning our house into a homestead"
I'm very new at forums and will stumble around abit I'm sure. I look forward to meeting you all. Thanks, Len

ps Thanks Jack!

also learned a new word today...Ass Clown... helps to build the vocabulary!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 03, 2009, 08:54:32 PM
Great Scot!!!  ;D  welcome, Len.  :)  I'm fairly sure you'll love it here.  :)

also learned a new word today...Ass Clown... helps to build the vocabulary!

It is a fantastic word, and will make others around you giggle with appreciation.  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 03, 2009, 09:16:26 PM
Welcome to the boards y'all. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on August 04, 2009, 11:08:02 AM
Hi all,

As they say on talk radio; long time listener - first time caller. I've been listening to the podcast on and off since show #8 and found the forum last fall.

Being a natural skeptic and having been burned by start-ups before, I decided to give this thing a year before jumping in with both feet. One of three things was bound to happen; 1)TSP would turn out to be a flash in the pan (after all, who can do maintain this kind of motivation on a daily basis), 2) It would become a huge success and Jack would become an insufferable martinet, or 3) it would become an actual success and maintain all the qualities that got it that way in the first place. Well, it seems (happily) that Jack has bucked the odds and taken TSP to the third outcome! :) (way to go man!)

That being said, I grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks (where this stuff was called "life"), played a little bit with some boys from Benning back in the day, but then got "successful" and proceeded to go to sleep for 20 years. Currently in exile in the wrong part of New England, I hope to go back south in the next year or so; Arkansas (maybe), or Texas (more likely).

By circumstance and inclination, I am currently more of a Beans & Bullets guy, but if things work out I'll find use for all the archived homesteading stuff before too many more years go by.

Semper Vig

So you're the infamous Cooter Brown. When I first started cop work in TN I had a witness describe the suspect as "he was drunker than Cooter Brown." I was like "Who the hell is Cooter Brown? Eventually I realized that this guy was everywhere. I wish I could have arrested him as was forever hearing "he had a gun bigger than Cooter Browns' or " he beat his wife worse than Cooter Brown"

You should turn yourself in Cooter, you have warrants all over Tennessee. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Cooter Brown on August 04, 2009, 12:21:23 PM
"he was drunker than Cooter Brown."

That's where I came by the name back in the day  :) No comment on the other two slanderous misuses of a fine name!

CB
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 04, 2009, 02:06:44 PM
In Appalachia the sir name Brown is common.
And Cooter is like Bud or Skeeter or June Bug.
So Cooter Brown is basicly the John Smith of Appalachia and I would assume its leached into most Red Neck areas (Redneckia).
 ;D
Up in the more northern areas of Appalachia, Schneider seems to replace Brown as the point of the joke.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Raoul Duke on August 04, 2009, 08:53:19 PM
Learn something new every day...huh, interesting. Thanks for the tidbit and thanks for the welcome. I'm not surprised to hear that there are more than a few fans of the good doctor in these circles. The man loved freedom, firearms, and creativity. That's the better part of our stock and trade here right?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: WorstCaseScenario on August 04, 2009, 09:11:18 PM
Hello to all my fellow survivors... My name is Paul and I currently reside in Northwest Indiana, but am about to relocate to Northwest Arkansas. 

I am a Former US Marine (1990-1994).  Currently I am a Security Consultant (for the past 15 years).   I travel all over the world for my clients, but mostly CONUS.  I have been into preparedness since I was a young boy growing up in South Louisiana.  I really got back into it after I completed S.E.R.E. School in California.  Out of all the training I have acquired over the years, that is the only certificate I have framed and on display.  My favorite preparedness book is "Dare To Prepare" by Stan and Holly Deyo.  I really like "The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency" by John Seymour also. 

I have responded to several disasters over the years, and have seen first hand why it is good to be prepared.  I have seen all the shelves in Walmart and Home Depot empty with no chance of resupply for quite awhile.  I have heard the sob stories and seen the crying of the men and women who wished they had prepared to take care of their family in a situation like that.  I have been warning people for years and years not to be dependent on the "Just In Time" delivery system we have grown accustomed to in the US. 

Well, I guess that is enough about me for now.  I look forward to trading ideas with like-minded survivors. 

Paul
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 04, 2009, 10:07:40 PM
welcome worstcasescenario.  goatdog62 is/was a SERE instructor i think
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 04, 2009, 11:47:56 PM
Welcome Paul.

I look forward to learning from you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on August 05, 2009, 12:08:06 AM
welcome worstcasescenario.  goatdog62 is/was a SERE instructor i think

I teach it a few times a year for a few weeks a pop. One of my favorites. Really big on the Houdini stuff now also (escaping from confinement, defeating restraints, lockpicking, vehicle commandeering, etc). The rest of the year is mundane tactics, firearms, explosives, protection, high performance driving/carfighting, survival, navigation, etc. For excitement i take on short gigs overseas.

I've always enjoyed my work :).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SvrWx on August 05, 2009, 11:11:55 AM
Hello All!! I am new to this concept...well at least in action.  I have always wanted to know more of what was involved in the survival mentality...knowing how to take care of ones self and family...grow food, etc.  I have taken some actions, I am storing food...slowly...and we have also set up rain barrels to harvest rain coming off our roof.  Little things.  It's a shame that I live in a subdivision with a HOA, but we are making due with what we can.  But our soil is horrible (Sod on top of sand) so we have a raised bed with plans for more.  We are getting there. 

Enjoy the podcast and the forum. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tutorchelle on August 05, 2009, 01:12:08 PM
Hi, I'm Chelle and I just joined the forum, as well as the TSP Brigade today, both of which I have been wanting to do for quite a while. I'm a Navy veteran, and I first discovered the podcast while getting tired of some other ones on iTunes that only bred fear and never really made my husband and me feel like we were capable of doing much to help ourselves prepare for emergencies, big or little.

Jack's podcasts were something I could actually listen to with my husband and we have started prepping more, beans and rice, gardening, little things. Plus we can start teaching his young kids things as well, so that when they return to their mother's for the school year, they will retain what they know, as well as the things she has taught them (we do not agree with everything they do up there, but at least she teaches them basic life skills and she grew up out in the country and has taught them a few things that most kids these days don't seem to know, so that is good).

Growing up in the city like I did up in Michigan I felt like I missed out on so much. I am glad to be down in Alabama for the past decade or so, and hope to meet like-minded people in my region; I can't offer much in the way of help right now, but I'm a good typist and tutor, offer online assistance with any newbies if you are new to the web (though I don't know if there are too many of those left), and have such other skills that aren't too handy in the survival realm, but were good when I was in the "real world of work," lol. I'm basically a homebody these days and am happy to be a stepmother and a helper to my husband, especially when it comes to these things.

Most of the people I have met that are into these things are on Facebook and other such sites, and it feels too impersonal. I like the atmosphere of the podcast, and of this forum. I know I'm really going to like it here :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 05, 2009, 05:03:36 PM
Welcome SvrWx!  I'd call you SW, but that name's already taken. ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Bfblair on August 05, 2009, 05:53:32 PM


     Hey there folks.   Let me start off by saying I came across TSP in April of this year and was hooked from the start.   I wanted to take a moment of your time today and hopefully give a little something back to show my appreciation for the knowledge and plain common sense I've garnered as a listener.

     I think I'm a fairly typical 30 something male living in America today and like many here the troubles in the economy were a bit of an eye opener for me.   Doing it justice I would call it the second most significant incident of my lifetime.   The first was September 11th,  that terrible day hit me in a way I'm sure many of you wouldn't relate too and might even despise.   It was the first time in my life I could honestly say that I felt patriotism.   I really hadn't ever needed it before.   I took many things for granted and grew up not trusting the government.   I hate politics and considered the US the best at playing a filthy disgusting game.   Folks what I didn't realize is that I was throwing the baby out with the bathwater.    Today being a patriot to me is about what I can do to make myself a better American.   Not just what can I get out of America.    I wanted to share that with you.

    Moving on though the economy woke me up in a different way.    I was a total grasshopper.   Living check to check and keeping up with the Jones' seemed more like just being normal than the insanity it appears to me today.   Once a good portion of my 401k was gone I had to give some serious thought to just where I was really at and more importantly just where the hell was I trying to get too.    My life plan up to that point consisted pretty much of working until I could retire then dying before the money ran out.   Sustainability wasn't really in the picture.

     Sustainability is the most important concept I've taken from TSP.   The guidance and direction I've gotten from the show, the forum members, and all of the supporters has been key in helping to shape myself into a healthy functioning ant.    I want to thank you Jack and everyone else for that.   Keep up the good work.   

   Bryan in Indy.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 05, 2009, 06:11:38 PM
Welcome Bryan!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 05, 2009, 06:14:02 PM
Welcome Bryan. you gonna love it here buddy
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 05, 2009, 09:31:35 PM
Welcome Bryan
We're almost neighbors. I'm in western Ohio.
I listen to WFBQ/Q95 out of Indy all the time but that's likely too much old folk music for your taste.
Anyway, welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Bfblair on August 06, 2009, 09:57:24 AM
Welcome Bryan
We're almost neighbors. I'm in western Ohio.
I listen to WFBQ/Q95 out of Indy all the time but that's likely too much old folk music for your taste.
Anyway, welcome to the forum.

    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.    Don't listen to the radio much but anymore but when I do it's often Q95.   I'm a big fan of Zappa and Hendrix and many more who might be considered before my time.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 07, 2009, 08:46:38 AM
Cooter:  great suggestion on The Front Door as a central and visible place for people to introduce themselves.  Mods listen.

Now everyone who hasn't previously introduced tjemselves should definitely do so.  We're a fun bunch.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LICountryBoy on August 07, 2009, 09:03:01 AM
Hello everybody,
I don't think I've introduced myself, formerly anyway. If I have, ignore this post.

I'm Joe, yes a very uncommon name, and I hail from the North Shore of Long Island (sounds kind of exotic, don't it?)


Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Northplow on August 07, 2009, 10:46:43 AM
Hi. Northplow from Sweden. Have been listening to the show for quite some time. Interesting topics to be discussed.
I guess there are som fundamental differences between the US and Sweden, but the basic message would be the same.

Been reading a few different threads here on the forum and will try to participate on the discussions, but i feel that my vocabulare is a little limited. But, you never know......

Some personal info. 40 years old, married, two kids. Farmer on the side and aircraft technichian as a proffession. 30 years+ of wilderness experience and quite handy in general terms.
Been a prepper as long as i can remember, but havent had a real word to lead against to describe my "condition".

Well, thats me. Nice to meet you all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Korb on August 07, 2009, 10:54:14 AM
My name is Brock, I've been listening to the show for a little while and been on the boards but I never posted in the Intro thread.  I live in Arkansas and love it here.  Doing my best to save up to get some land outside of town to build a house on. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2009, 11:17:43 AM
Welcome Northplow and Brock.

Northplow, don’t let concern over your vocabulary hold you back. This is a community full of wonderful people who are happy to help and besides your doing great so far.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 07, 2009, 01:33:29 PM
Welcome Northplow and Brock.

Northplow, don’t let concern over your vocabulary hold you back. This is a community full of wonderful people who are happy to help and besides your doing great so far.


welcome everyone. i live in Louisiana and my vocabulary is terrible. I've found that Swedes and such have better and broader use of the English vocabulary
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on August 07, 2009, 02:17:11 PM
Hi. Northplow from Sweden.

Welcome, Northplow!

One of my favorite possessions is one of your Mausers, vintage 1904  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 07, 2009, 03:07:02 PM
Quote
i live in Louisiana and my vocabulary is terrible.
....your spelling sucks too. ;D

Oh, & welcome to the board everyone.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 07, 2009, 03:38:06 PM
....your spelling sucks too. ;D

Oh, & welcome to the board everyone.

DEV! you know i can't even spell my own name buddy! makes me more cuddly
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 07, 2009, 08:16:26 PM
That was freakin FUNNY DEV :D!  And yes LS, my speling suks too ;D!

Welcome all! 

Northblow, what airframe are you working with? 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LGM30 on August 07, 2009, 08:29:49 PM
Welcome Northplow!

I'm wondering what your perception of the average Sweede is when it comes to prepping.  Is the average over there a grasshopper, ostrich, sheep, or ant?

Thanks and welcome!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: UncleJoe on August 07, 2009, 08:49:24 PM
Greetings from Pa.
I found you through LewRockwell.com. I poked around here for a couple hours last night and felt the time was very well spent. A lot of good people, informed, knowledgeable, and humor thrown in to keep things light when it's appropriate.
My wife and I live on 12 acres in SC Pa. with our 22 year old son and 20 year old daughter who are rarely here. We keep 4 horses, 3 donkeys, 9 goats, 35 chickens, 6 dogs, and 5 barn cats.
Two years ago we began to realize that the economy was headed south and the possibility of a very loooong winter was looming. In the spring of "07" I planted about a 1000 sq ft garden. It's grown to about 5000 since then. We learned to can and dehydrate our excess produce and our food stores are growing, but with the growing season we've had this year, we've been set back a bit. Although I believe we are way ahead of the majority of the sheeple in this crumbling country.
I'm here to share what we know and learn what we don't.  Joe  
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Texasbound on August 07, 2009, 08:51:51 PM
Welcome Joe ;D

Make sure to check out the podcasts.  Great listening.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 07, 2009, 09:09:18 PM
welcome Joe! i second on listening to the podcasts. very good ideas flow from the speakers of my computer from hence forth jack spirko's tongue....or something like that.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: khristopher23 on August 07, 2009, 09:59:22 PM
Welcome Joe,it sure sounds like we could learn a lot from you, especially in the animal care department! I hope we can return the favor.

Quote
I poked around here for a couple hours last night and felt the time was very well spent. A lot of good people, informed, knowledgeable, and humor thrown in to keep things light when it's appropriate.

Yeah, that's one thing we keep pretty well covered, the humor that is, ;D  No, seriously, there are some excellent members on here, and we're glad you joined us.

                                                                                             -Chris
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: UncleJoe on August 07, 2009, 10:20:54 PM
Thanks all. Don't even know where to look for the podcast. I grew up before the techno era started so it takes me awhile to figure these things out.  ::)  I'm still looking around and trying to figure out how to load pics.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: khristopher23 on August 07, 2009, 10:29:05 PM
Joe, there is a link up towards the top right for the podcast,but it does change to a link for the member support brigade every time you refresh,or click on something different, but here is a link:

http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/ (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/)

And here is a link to a thread that tells how to post the pics:

http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=756.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=756.0)

If you need any more help on it, just let us know.

                                                                -Chris

Edit:
That link for the pics has a couple of ways to do it, but I go through photobucket to upload my pics.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: UncleJoe on August 07, 2009, 10:38:48 PM
I don't have a photobucket so I'll look into one of the other ways. But for now - it's time for a 6-7 hr nap. Thanks for the tips.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Johnny Swampwalker on August 07, 2009, 11:31:25 PM
Greetings All,

My name is Dale, and I hail from northern Canada. I'm 42, just celebrated my 19th wedding anniversary, and have 2 beautiful daughters. I'm an electronic technologist working in communications, and work in many remote locations (sometimes staying in world-class northern pike and lake trout fishing lodges).

I've been interested in survivalism since the 80s, but most information was on wilderness survival, which is fine in my locale. But this tends to only focus on the short-term. I came across TSP about November, downloading about 12 episodes. I instantly connected with what he was saying; a holistic long-term approach that wasn't the 'bunker-in-the-bush', cut-off from society approach as fringe survivalism is portrayed. He's logical and methodical, backs up his findings, and loves to attack conventional media dogma. His rants remind me a lot of myself. I like it.

I quickly realized I had to start back at episode 1 and work forward. I'm currently on the 1st anniversary show. I confess I've been 'lurking' through the forum for a while, but I hope to contribute something to the great community all of you have built here.

Cheers, and keep up the great work.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on August 07, 2009, 11:37:24 PM
Welcome to the forum!  And I hope you had a wonderful anniversary!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 08, 2009, 01:16:02 AM
Welcome JohnySwamp and UncleJoe! 

It's always a great day when experienced folks join the club that can lend some sage advice. 

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: m3lvin on August 08, 2009, 03:17:34 AM
Hi everybody,

My name is Mel. I'm 24 and grew up in the Greater New Orleans area (Metairie, if you're wondering).  I've lived in a few places, having spent three of my four years of college in South Bend, Indiana at the University of Notre Dame and the other one in Athens, Greece.  I'm now living and working in Thailand as an English teacher.  My intro to The Survival Podcast also came from Lew Rockwell.  The timing was almost perfect because I had just come off of what I look back on as a very excessive overdose of Alex Jones.  Jack, I'm glad to say that you've helped me immensely in prying off the old tinfoil hat and getting my ass in gear to start dealing with what is really relevant.  As far as actual prepping is concerned, my recent globe-trotting has kept me from doing anything serious in the long term, but I'm really looking forward to getting back home and putting some of the info I've gathered to good use.  Of course, I miss my guns, too!  Nice to meet all of you and thanks for all of the help!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 08, 2009, 03:24:57 AM
Welcome to the boards Mel.  Glad you found us & I look forward to hearing about your travels. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 08, 2009, 08:59:01 AM
hey mel! welcome! now when you get back are  you going to be coming back to NO? Louisiana needs all the active members we can get! i live up the bayou in Thibodaux area. what brought you to Thailand?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: kiteflyer on August 08, 2009, 09:23:52 AM

 Hello,

      I am a middle age male that can see a coming chaos and came here to learn and hopefully contribute my limited knowledge to this forum.I don't know if being old and gray is going to have a place in Our new world but what the hell you got to try and do what you must to survive.My biggest problem will be after water, food and shelter is medical knowledge and herbs in treating health conditions. I have found red reisihi mushrooms is a good start for me in this direction. I Thank the mods and owners of this website for being concern about humanity in general.

                                                                                          kiteflyer
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 08, 2009, 10:16:42 AM
Welcome  kiteflyer
There's a few of us here in various stages of gray so you should feel right at home.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: theberkeyguy on August 08, 2009, 10:17:11 AM
We are new advertisers here on the podcast, and are glad to support the podcast.  

We sell the Berkey light water filters, and have done so for over 4 years now.  We help people get better prepared when it comes to having clean water not only daily, but in an emergency.  We use the berkey products and love helping others get more prepared.

Welcome to all here,

Jeff
theberkeyguy

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 08, 2009, 10:21:04 AM
Big welcome to Berkey as a sponsor and to you, Jeff!
Hopefully lots of people will buy Berkey light water filters and have a better life if times get tough or even if they don't.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 08, 2009, 10:31:46 AM
theberkeyguy:

The mods check out potential advertisers pretty thoroughly and you guys passed the test.  TSP advertisers are a good bunch of people.

OK, now back to the topic at hand: Intros.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Menhir on August 08, 2009, 11:37:03 AM
Hello all,

I’m from France, married, two kids, living near Paris. I found Jack and his great Survival Podcast about one year ago from gunrights podcasts such as Eric Shelton Handgun podcast. Jack said in one of his last shows that there was an international forum. So I decided to subscribe to share some info and learn from other survivalists.

I’m a manager in a European computing services company, with US investors. I would like to move out to a more rural area in the center of France and be more self sufficient. All what Jack says in his podcast is great value.

My wife comes from Hungary, many Hungarian people immigrated after the soviet occupation so we have friends in Germany, Belgium and in the Netherlands as well.

I am a law abiding citizen and legal gun owner – which takes lots of patience and paperwork here, target shooter and reloader, my favourite calibers are .45ACP and 45Colt for handguns and 8x57JS and 30-30 for rifle (all easy to reload). I like hunting too, and touring with my loaded bike as well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 08, 2009, 12:36:11 PM
Wow, another international brother!  Welcome, Menhir!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Morning Sunshine on August 08, 2009, 01:23:23 PM
Hello all,

I’m from France, married, two kids, living near Paris. I found Jack and his great Survival Podcast about one year ago from gunrights podcasts such as Eric Shelton Handgun podcast. Jack said in one of his last shows that there was an international forum. So I decided to subscribe to share some info and learn from other survivalists.

I’m a manager in a European computing services company, with US investors. I would like to move out to a more rural area in the center of France and be more self sufficient. All what Jack says in his podcast is great value.

My wife comes from Hungary, many Hungarian people immigrated after the soviet occupation so we have friends in Germany, Belgium and in the Netherlands as well.

I am a law abiding citizen and legal gun owner – which takes lots of patience and paperwork here, target shooter and reloader, my favourite calibers are .45ACP and 45Colt for handguns and 8x57JS and 30-30 for rifle (all easy to reload). I like hunting too, and touring with my loaded bike as well.


bonjour, et bienvenue au The Survival Podcast, ou Le Podcast d'Survie ou peut-etre votre L'Académie française a une autre phrase!  n'importe de quoi - BIENVENUE!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 08, 2009, 01:46:23 PM
We are new advertisers here on the podcast, and are glad to support the podcast.  

We sell the Berkey light water filters, and have done so for over 4 years now.  We help people get better prepared when it comes to having clean water not only daily, but in an emergency.  We use the berkey products and love helping others get more prepared.

Welcome to all here,

Jeff
theberkeyguy

Welcome Jeff, and thanks for sponsoring TSP!  We love Berkey products!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 08, 2009, 01:52:44 PM
Hello,

      I am a middle age male that can see a coming chaos and came here to learn and hopefully contribute my limited knowledge to this forum.I don't know if being old and gray is going to have a place in Our new world but what the hell you got to try and do what you must to survive.My biggest problem will be after water, food and shelter is medical knowledge and herbs in treating health conditions. I have found red reisihi mushrooms is a good start for me in this direction. I Thank the mods and owners of this website for being concern about humanity in general.

                                                                                          kiteflyer

If Old and grey was a disqualifier, the forum would be halved at least!  Your life experience will add plenty to the TSP forum so welcome! 

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 08, 2009, 02:01:05 PM
Hello all,

I’m from France, married, two kids, living near Paris. I found Jack and his great Survival Podcast about one year ago from gunrights podcasts such as Eric Shelton Handgun podcast. Jack said in one of his last shows that there was an international forum. So I decided to subscribe to share some info and learn from other survivalists.

I am a law abiding citizen and legal gun owner – which takes lots of patience and paperwork here, target shooter and reloader, my favourite calibers are .45ACP and 45Colt for handguns and 8x57JS and 30-30 for rifle (all easy to reload). I like hunting too, and touring with my loaded bike as well.

Welcome Menhir!  Say, when I was coming through Paris in 07, I left my wallet in Charles DeGaul airport security screening area.  If you ever meet Berserker Prime running around Paris, HE'S AN IMPOSTER!  There can be only one Berserker Prime ;D

I'd like to hear your experiences with the truck strikes and civil unrest that France has had over the last few years and if you and your family prep for these events.  
BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AutumnWolf on August 08, 2009, 06:15:10 PM
Hey Y'all  ..I am single lady who happen to stumble upon the Ant and Grasshopper story on YouTube.. I have been the grasshopper for so long and now would like to become an lady ant..I have lived my 37 yrs depending on the grocery stores for my food and would like to be able to provide food for myself..
I have lived in the midwest all my life and would like to buy land for a BOL in the Northeast part of Tennessee...
If anyone lives in that area I would love to hear about some of the area to look at and areas to keep away from..
I work in the casino industry and plan to stay here as long as I can but really tired of the midwest cold winters..
Hope to meet lots of new friends and even maybe Jack someday..
AutumnWolf
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RIGHTGONE on August 08, 2009, 08:55:28 PM
Hi everyone I have just recently joined and have been lurking for awhile. I
am also under the same name on other boards but I'm trying to
find a consistent source of information and to contribute to as well.
I have been listing to the PODCAST for about a month now and have found them to be full of
good info. Thanks for letting me in..  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 08, 2009, 09:08:12 PM
Welcome to Autumn Wolf & RightGone!

Autumn - you should consider coming to Dirt Time in 2010 in Wyoming.  I'd bet that Jack will probably be making an appearance (though, no promises of course).

Right Gone - I've noticed a LOT of new lurkers.  Glad you decided to make the jump and start posting!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: otowner98 on August 08, 2009, 09:12:40 PM
Hello,

     I'm a 29 year old male, married with a 14 month old little boy, and number two due in early March.  We live in North Central Illinois in a small, rural subdivision (it is a HOA, and I can make Jack look like a fan of them).  I found the podcast around March of last year - Jack was featured in a newspaper article that ended up everywhere, might have gotten it through Lew Rockwell.  I've owned guns since I got my Mosin as a wedding gift, and have been in charge of our garden for a couple of years, but beyond that, no experience with Prepping or Survivalism.  I'm learning more everyday, and after reading "Lights Out", I hope I never really "need" it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Pukwudji on August 09, 2009, 04:08:12 AM
Hi all;
  I"m Brian and I live near Portland in Oregon.  I am 39 and have recently (in the last cople of years) started getting into the preparedness scene.  Have a small battery of firearms (could use a couple more), but not nearly enough ammo (ammo is non-existant still unless you get there the day of delivery).  I'm slowly collecting items for my go-bag and have a plan to get out of town into a more rural location in about 4 years (assuming the property values start going back up).  It took a while but the wife is just beyond the rolling her eyes at me stage and is actually getting on board with getting more self-sufficient and being more prepared.  I've even gotten her to start scanning in her photo albums so we can put those on a thumb drive to keep in the go bags.

Greetings from Oregon,
Brian
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 09, 2009, 07:45:21 AM
otowner98 and Pukwudji:

Welcome.  You'll get a ton out of this forum and the podcasts.  Poke around the Around the Campfire section for boards like "What's Your Job" and the regional boards to let people around Illinois and Oregon know you're around.

Then post lots.  I find that I learn lots by posting and no one gets mean with replies (if they do, let a mod know).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on August 09, 2009, 05:27:24 PM
Hi all;
  I"m Brian and I live near Portland in Oregon.  I am 39 and have recently (in the last cople of years) started getting into the preparedness scene.  Have a small battery of firearms (could use a couple more), but not nearly enough ammo (ammo is non-existant still unless you get there the day of delivery).  I'm slowly collecting items for my go-bag and have a plan to get out of town into a more rural location in about 4 years (assuming the property values start going back up).  It took a while but the wife is just beyond the rolling her eyes at me stage and is actually getting on board with getting more self-sufficient and being more prepared.  I've even gotten her to start scanning in her photo albums so we can put those on a thumb drive to keep in the go bags.

Greetings from Oregon,
Brian

    Welcome aboard!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 09, 2009, 06:51:23 PM
Welcome everyone.
Great to see all the new faces.
Well...
I can't actually see your faces... But you get it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Klonus on August 09, 2009, 07:27:08 PM
Hey all!  I saw this thread and thought I would introduce myself.  I have been listening to the podcast since january.  I grew up in the country where we hunted, fished, had gardens, and even raised animals.  We lived next to a woods so I spent most of my summers playing in the woods.  When I was 17 I enlisted in the marines and spent the next few years in the infantry.  After deciding to get back to civilian life, I moved to the city and got my degree in mechanical and architectural design. I am currently an electrical designer but I have experience with HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and process design.  I plan on getting more experience designing solar systems.  Being that I am living in a city with my wife (total city girl, lol) it has been hard to incorporate alot of the preparations.  Some of my other interests including flying (single engine planes currently) running, biking, and martial arts. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: theberkeyguy on August 09, 2009, 11:41:59 PM
Thanks to everyone who gave us a warm welcome and for your kind words about berkey's.  The last 4 years of selling the berkey systems have been incredible years of helping others, and we really enjoy it.

theberkeyguy
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 10, 2009, 12:16:41 AM
Welcome, Klonus!  Make yerself at home.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Northplow on August 10, 2009, 03:16:51 AM
Thanx to all of you.
LGM30. I'm currently working on the Sikorsky s76 c+. Nice little aircraft. But i'm also certefied on the Boeing 737, Beech 200/b200 and the Dolphin.

The prepping communitys in scandinavia is steadely growing. The last 30 years peoples in scandinavia has been relying more and more on the goverment and all different types of wellfare programs. The result is that allmost all of the population under 40 dont know how to take care of them self. I guess there are not a big different between scandinavia and US on that issue. Righ now we are experiencing a decline of tax incom i the system. This results in redused capacity and quality on health care, schools and all the other traditional govermental run institutions.
But, as I said, prepping is growing. The movement is still "young" in it's mind, so there is an wide spread focus on what survivalist and prepping really is. Sombody focus on wilderness survival, other on peak oil and PAW. I guess the most off us, even inside the prepping/survivalist cummunity, is so "spoild" by having all sorts of benefits that it is hard to see outside the box, to see that it is possible that the goverment wont or can't take care of the people during and after a crisis.

Another differenceis that in scandinavia we have stricter rules concerning carrying weapon, so the focus on firearms is not at all a hot topic. We concentrate more on self sufficiency and building a system (personal / local and national) with more redundance towords crises of different kinds.


The bad side of the development in  society is a growing govermental control of everything you do or think. It is just the same trend as all over the world right now.

My personal goal is to be so self sufficient and prepped in all way that im capable to support my family with food, shelter and safety if the world changes to the worse. That does mean that i'm not planniing to be totaly self sufficien at the moment, but I will have the possibilityes i"if times get tough".
I live on a farm with 97 hectar (400 acres i think) so i have plenty of space to grow and live.
I'm learning to farm with horses, learning to preserve food, growing food, building wooden structures, forestrywork, blacksmithing and so on. I'm working my butt of to pay the morgage on the farm, we have all paid for cars and no other financial obligations then the farm (who actually pays for it self by selling timber, but somone must cut the timber, and thats me...)
I have always been a prepper, but its just the resent years I have had the possibility to actually live it out in the full.

Well, the conclution must be that 75% of the people is sheep. To bad isn't it?

Best regards to you all.
From Sweden and Norway: Nothplow.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on August 10, 2009, 07:22:40 AM
Great to hear about your situation in Sweden and Norway, Northplow... I visited Gothenberg about 10 years ago (when I worked for a Volvo Truck subsidiary) and had the chance to make a short trip to a friend's cottage away from the city (I suppose you would say it was in the fjords?). What a beautiful country... and how wonderful to have 400 acres for your family!

Thanks for sharing... hope to hear more from you and how things are progressing in your country.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dr Falken on August 10, 2009, 08:50:56 AM
Good Day to all.  I thought I'd introduce myself, I'm a 40 year old male, transplant from Northern Illinois to God's Country, Southern Indiana!  I've a LTCH, just took a Defensive Pistol class last week, been shooting some USPSA.  Me and the wife have 6 acres outside of town on a southern exposure.  Heard about the Jack's pod cast off of Indiana Gun Owners Forum, were I spend way too much time.  I've started doing some preps and hope to continue...we're better off them some but have a way to go, so I look forward to what I can learn and contribute to this forum!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Menhir on August 10, 2009, 01:02:34 PM

Thank you all for the warm welcome

Morning Sunshine, je vois qu’on peut parler un peu français ici, merci, c’est fantastique..

BerserkerPrime, sorry for your wallet, thank you for your warm welcome, congratulation for having survived the strikes and the CDG airport..

As far as my family prep after the last civil unrest in the Saint-Denis district, it gave me a good excuse to my wife to buy another gun!! ;D a short barrel IJ43 BAÏKAL shotgun, which I consider as one of the best home defense gun in a liberal anti-gun urban area like ours..this may be debated though with my fellow international TSP listeners in a next topic I would like to post soon...OK? Besides that, my wife and my kids took me more seriously when I was talking about home invasion plan, avoidance or awareness at school and in the everyday life, they also stopped calling me a paranoic..

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on August 10, 2009, 03:17:18 PM
I just recently discovered this thread and Jack with his podcasts. I am a 32 year old single mom worried about the future of our country for the sake of my son. I was recently introduced to the concept of "survival" and being self sufficient. I would like to learn what I can about planning this, and how it can be done with a single mom's income with no experience with guns, hunting, or raising animals, and some of the ideas with alternate forms of energy and homesteading, although gardening is something I am an old hat at. I just started listening to Jack today and have already decided I like him. Thanks for talking with us Jack.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: eno on August 10, 2009, 04:47:16 PM
Hi! I've been listening to the podcast for about 3 months now, and finally decided to join the forum. I'm a 44 yo single mom as well. I live in North Carolina, in a condo. Now that my kid is in college, I can start hunting for a homestead without worrying about schools.

I grew up in the country with parents who were prepared for the little things - short power outages, hurricanes, and such - and could handle most situations. I started prepping seriously over the past year, primarily because of the economic uncertainties. I started reading some different things about personal finance, which led to the Mises Institute ideas about economics, and from there to the modern preppers' space. I really like Jack's practical advice; a couple of years ago, the only "preppers" I knew of were either tinfoil hats or criminals :).

I have many of the usual goals for self-sufficiency, and several of the basics are checked off, but the next steps - gardening, solar energy, etc. -  really depend on having a homestead. When I lived on some land, I always had a garden, but that's been years ago now. Time to get back to it!

I look forward to learning more from yall!
Terri
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 10, 2009, 04:50:51 PM
WELCOME TO EVERYONE!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ncjeeper on August 10, 2009, 05:52:31 PM
Welcome ENO. Good to have another north carolinian in the house.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LGM30 on August 10, 2009, 06:56:14 PM
Thanks for the update Northplow.  Sounds like you're in the same shape we are over here.
Keep fighting the good fight!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Kiko ninau on August 10, 2009, 09:07:56 PM
Hello. Just another intro post... I've been a long-time lurker on this and similar forums. I began listening to this podcast during its first week when it was brought to my attention on either ETS or Zombie Squad. (Don't hold the ZS thing against me!  ;D) I found Spirko's message and common sense approach a breath of fresh air - the podcast started at a time when I was increasingly uncomfortable with some parts of the survival world, at least the online portion of it. Like I said, I'm a long-time lurker. I don't expect that I have much to contribute, but want to have a login in case there's something I can contribute to. With the way some things are going in this world, I certainly can't go wrong by opening some lines of communication with other folks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Himarker on August 10, 2009, 10:37:35 PM
Just started lurking on the forums after I recently began listening to the podcast.  I am a 32 year old LEO in Alaska.  Started learning and doing a lot of prepping since I became aware of how bad the economy actually was last year.  Glad to be on the forums and happy to answer any questions people have about Alaska, not sure if there are many Alaska folks on the forum.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 10, 2009, 11:15:19 PM
Wow!  Lots of new folks checking in, that's great. ;D

Welcome to everyone & it's good to see others waking up & signing on to self-preparedness.  I'm proud of you all & look forward to hearing your various experiences.  It's good to have you all on board.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Greenthumbelina on August 11, 2009, 09:54:47 AM
Well, what can I say. This site beats the crap out of Myspace.

I was fortunate enough to be raised to some extent as a 'prepper', my parents being sort of back-to-the-land folks. We were also very poor so learned to make do with what was available.

I am looking forward to meeting many of the like minded people I am guessing are a part of this forum. I don't know what 'region' I am in, but I hope there is a get together here soon.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 11, 2009, 09:58:41 AM
Just started lurking on the forums after I recently began listening to the podcast.  I am a 32 year old LEO in Alaska.  Started learning and doing a lot of prepping since I became aware of how bad the economy actually was last year.  Glad to be on the forums and happy to answer any questions people have about Alaska, not sure if there are many Alaska folks on the forum.


Welcome Himarker!  We are out numbered, but never out classed :D!  Check out region 8 (I think).  We look forward to your inputs.  Check out Heavy G's 'Best Of' thread if you get a chance.  

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on August 11, 2009, 10:07:09 AM
Off topic a bit but what's the link to Heavy G's "Best Of"? I haven't had any luck finding the thread.  ???
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: N5DWI on August 11, 2009, 11:23:10 AM
You wanna know about ME?

Well, I'm 67 y.o. and have been a survivalist since my mid twenties.  I've never NEEDED any of this stuff, and, actuarially speaking, likely never will.  But who knows?  The way things are going, it may very soon be VERY needed.

The Old Mother Earth News in the Sixties is what got me started. They used to be very good, but although the quality has slipped off a lot, they're still useful in some areas

I've got my Bug Out Location pretty well set up.  It's virtually inaccessible to anyone who doesn't know it's there.  I think (hope) it's not even too obvious from the air.

After 40 years of this stuff, I thought I knew it all.  Then I stumbled across the Survival Podcast and discovered that there were still large gaps in my knowledge, training and thinking.  I realize that I have a lot left to learn.  In fact, the more I learn, the more I realize just how deficient I am.

Many thanks, Jack, for getting this whole thing off the ground.

John, N5DWI (good on QRZ.COM)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on August 11, 2009, 08:26:54 PM
Off topic a bit but what's the link to Heavy G's "Best Of"? I haven't had any luck finding the thread.  ???


Right here:
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3423.0)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 11, 2009, 08:30:42 PM

Glad to be on the forums and happy to answer any questions people have about Alaska, not sure if there are many Alaska folks on the forum.


We have several Alaskans.  Berserker Prime is one. 

Check out the regional boards; Alaska is in Region Eight I want to say. 

And to everyone else: welcome big time.  It's so cool to have you here. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on August 11, 2009, 11:03:19 PM
Wow, lots of new folks checking in. Greetings everyone.

Greetings from Oregon,
Brian

Glad to see another Oregonian on here. Welcome from down here in Eugene.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ZUPIII on August 12, 2009, 08:15:46 AM
Hi, my name is Joe and I'm from NW Missouri. Started listening to TSP in June of this year because I happened to find myself driving a 50+ mile commute everyday (Shawnee, KS to St. Joe) and I needed something new on my iPod. WOW. Great show, so perfect for where I'm at in my life right now. We just bought our first house, and after living in apartments & rentals for the last 15 years, the freedom and peace of mind is amazing. I have made some impressive little gardens on patio decks at our last few places of residence, and now I have some real dirt of my own! Can't wait to get the house painted so I can concentrate on the making the yard productive.

I've got a couple of firearms, but have put off getting my Conceal Carry until I establish residence in Missouri because I just couldn't afford to pay for it twice. I love fishing and bird hunting but I may go for deer rifle season this year because I would like to get some experience field dressing etc.

Professionally, I work with dogs and cats so if you need any training advice I'm always willing to help. I have mostly worked with rehabbing troubled dogs/cats and more recently puppies and basic obedience.

Joe Z
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: carpus on August 12, 2009, 12:29:39 PM
Hello everyone. I'm Tim from Central Illinois. Just recently started listening to TSP. I went to a small town highschool, enlisted in the Marine Corps, and started working in Corrections after that. I've been frequenting "survival" boards since '01. Hope to learn something soon (I'm sure that wont be a problem)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Nirgal on August 12, 2009, 12:43:18 PM
Good evening from Airstrip One, AKA United Kingdom.

I'm male, late 30s and been slowly becoming more educated in this subject matter for probably about a year.

I came across TSP last week and frankly I'm very impressed and potentially hooked.



*Just to declare my interests* I am moderator on a newly established U.K. orientated site for Survival and Preparedness. We are not exclusive to U.K. members. I decided to join up here because a) I think the podcasts are very informative b) Forming links and exchanging information is (IMO) a good thing. I'm not here to stir, ruffle, or poach. Only to learn.

Hope that's okay.

Nirgal.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on August 12, 2009, 01:51:49 PM
Good evening from Airstrip One, AKA United Kingdom.

I'm male, late 30s and been slowly becoming more educated in this subject matter for probably about a year.

I came across TSP last week and frankly I'm very impressed and potentially hooked.



*Just to declare my interests* I am moderator on a newly established U.K. orientated site for Survival and Preparedness. We are not exclusive to U.K. members. I decided to join up here because a) I think the podcasts are very informative b) Forming links and exchanging information is (IMO) a good thing. I'm not here to stir, ruffle, or poach. Only to learn.




Hope that's okay.

Nirgal.


Welcome Nirgal!

Glad to have you here. Why don't you post a link to the forum that you moderate, maybe we can learn something form it. Forming links and exchanging information is what this forum is all about.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BIG-TARGET on August 12, 2009, 03:40:40 PM
Greeting from Cherry Hill, NJ!!

My name is Bryan Lee Sammis, know by many as "BIG-TARGET"!!
I am one of Hood's Woods' Hoodlums, SOSAKonline.com , Multitool. org, and the Jerzee Devilz.

It took a while, but I'm finally out of debt, and trying to rebuild my survival/preparedness skills/resources! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 12, 2009, 05:26:33 PM
Welcome Big-Target and everyone else.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: like_a_hurricane on August 12, 2009, 06:29:58 PM
Hello everyone. New to the forum, but I've been listening for about ten months or so. Living in Houston and prepping the best I can.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: azjake on August 12, 2009, 07:28:51 PM
Hi,
I Jake from Arizona,  I started listening to the podcast Monday and have got through about ten older podcasts.  I look forward to learning as much as possible from everyone here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 12, 2009, 07:41:54 PM
A big HI and Welcome to all the new people.
azjake and like_a_hurricane and all the others, welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: EMS_Hepcat on August 12, 2009, 08:00:46 PM
Salutations one and all.  I have been listening to TSP for about five months now and took Jack's advice to join the forum as an international member.  I reside in coastal British Columbia Canada and have been into Survival and prepping since I was a high school student who was woken up by the bangs of Mount Saint Hellen's blowing out.  I am a First Aid Instructor and Safety consultant and my interests are Martial arts (FMA/Silat and knife fighting), Hiking, boating and studying history.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on August 12, 2009, 08:38:31 PM
Hey from Houston.  I live north of Galveston Island in a suburb of Houston.  I have a husband and two teens.   We lost our house with IKE and moved to higher ground this spring.  After replacing as much as we could, I started collecting again. 
I started collecting evacuation supplies several years before IKE hit.  It sure made a difference having a large supply of food and a cook stove in the back of the car.  Since then I have gone into high gear collecting food, info books, basic tools that are not electric, canning supplies, and such.  My family still think I am over planning, but I really feel we are better off now.  My husband's employer is in bankruptcy and shutting down his refinery... so they can build a huge complex in Saudi Arabia, so I feel the need to live frugally now and not wait for the job to end.  Well that's a short story of my life.  I am really enjoying the  podcast and forum. Thanks so much for the support you guys give every day!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 13, 2009, 12:04:34 AM
Welcome to all of our new members!  Sarahluker, I'm sure sorry to hear about the down-turn in your life.  And I'm damn glad you're on the forum to share some first hand insight with us.  EMS_hepcat - WELCOME!  :)  everybody else - SUPER DUPER WELCOME!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Trace B on August 13, 2009, 02:46:12 AM
   Hey from the Great State of Jefferson. I'm a Fire engine captain for the "Green Gestapo"(The United States Forest service). Been around the country a few times myself, I can just about sing Johnny Cash's "I've been everywhere man" and be telling the truth. Took about a ten year drunk and threw myself into "The nervous hospital" and ditched the booze. Got an i-pod for festivus that year and discovered the podcast on i-tunes. Used to be living paycheck to cash advance, now relatively debt free from about $20,000 to actually having part of my paycheck auto deposited into a savings account, and no credit cards active. Thanks to Jack and all y'all on this here forum.
Trace  Seiad Valley CA.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Seizonsha on August 13, 2009, 07:46:57 AM
Hello.  Been lurking for a few days, listening to Jack's podcast for about a week.  I'm frantically trying to catch up, but I just don't know if that will be entirely possible.  He's got a wealth of knowledge, and I thought he was a great resource until I came here.  Man, it's just page after page after page of really useful information, isn't it?  Definitely more than a lot of other similar forums I've seen before.  This is clearly a dedicated group, and I'm happy to have found you.

I'm in San Antonio, TX with a husband and two small children.  I have not begun prepping in any way, and I'm a little apprehensive to begin because I have a track record of getting really, really "into" an idea and then kind of petering out.  But emergency preparedness is a) something I've always been concerned about, and b) really, really important.  So I'm going to take it slow and try not to go overboard.  My goal is to begin building our preparations by theme.  In San Antonio, flood is a pretty serious threat in the winter when it gets really rainy, especially in our part of town.  So I'm going to start there.  Power outages, food shortages, protection against stagnant water and all its dangers, etc.

Because of my utter lack of experience with this, I may still kind of hang back quietly for a while and continue to absorb.  I just thought I'd go ahead and make my presence known.  :)  Thanks for being here doing what you do.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: nano. on August 13, 2009, 08:44:28 AM
better late then never...

I'm Craig... I go by the handle "nanodec" on a few other forums... I'm 29 living with my fiance' in the Burlington are of Vermont.

I'm originally from CA, moved here in '86. Have a BOL (mom's house) located on 10 acres in the northeast part of the state. Since I was a kid, I've always been able to enjoy the woods so I couldn't imagine living anywhere else!

I got my rude-awakening (like many) on 9/11. That was a surreal day for me since I didn't know wtf was going to happen in the coming days. I remember driving home (after we closed work) and hearing on the radio just as I pulled into my driveway of where I was living that the pentagon had gotten hit... at that moment I thought it was WWIII. I went inside and packed up a rudimentary BOB, loaded my shotgun and headed to my mom's house... in route I called my sis to get her ass up north (she was two hrs away)... that was the start.

After things started to unhinge with economic situation we had last year and watching Katrina on TV and online, I began reading up on concealed carry firearms to get some ideas of what I wanted (VT doesn't require a permit!!) and on one forum or another came across a link for the podcast (can't remember which one).

It opened my eyes to prepping and what it really meant. Becoming more self-reliant and not needing or requiring help from .gov to help get us through things. Self-reliance always has made sense to me. My parents grew up during the depression, so I fully understood and knew what they went through during those times just to survive (which I'm thankful for).

So fast forward to today... started a garden (first in many years since I was a kid) and it's doing pretty good... taking baby steps to make myself more self-reliant for food and providing for myself and my family. My fiance' isn't really on-board but she understands that I believe in it and accepts it and me. (I just hope there doesn't come a day when those preps will REALLY be needed.)

I'd love to meet up with local Vermont preppers to shoot the breeze over a couple of cold ones and exchange ideas on different skill & prep topics...

Lastly, from the short time I've been on here, and through the AWESOME people on here, I've learned so much that countless thanks are in order.. I only hope I'll have the chance to meet some of the great folks on here someday!

That's it for me...  ;D

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: prkchp76 on August 13, 2009, 08:55:53 AM
evrybody calls me porkchop been doing this since bout 95 live in the south did my jaunt in the squid ops division live in the south love huntin fishing campin self/family preservation and this good ole USA which is in dire need of everyones help
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on August 13, 2009, 11:58:21 AM
Hey from Houston.  I live north of Galveston Island in a suburb of Houston.  I have a husband and two teens.   We lost our house with IKE and moved to higher ground this spring.  After replacing as much as we could, I started collecting again. 
I started collecting evacuation supplies several years before IKE hit.  It sure made a difference having a large supply of food and a cook stove in the back of the car.  Since then I have gone into high gear collecting food, info books, basic tools that are not electric, canning supplies, and such.  My family still think I am over planning, but I really feel we are better off now.  My husband's employer is in bankruptcy and shutting down his refinery... so they can build a huge complex in Saudi Arabia, so I feel the need to live frugally now and not wait for the job to end.  Well that's a short story of my life.  I am really enjoying the  podcast and forum. Thanks so much for the support you guys give every day!

OMG... an oil refinery shutting down in Houston in bankruptcy... so sorry to hear that is in your future... glad to have you on the forum and wish you the best! [I am really curious about this... can't understand why/how that would be happening... I had heard that the nation's fuel supply/output was largely a function of the capacity of the existing refineries and that no new ones were being allowed to come in... how one of these could be going into bankruptcy is amazing to me]
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bart11 on August 13, 2009, 03:07:02 PM
Hey gang!

My name is Bart and I have lived in Colorado for nearly eight years.  I work in the media (yeah with a bunch of commie libs, but also many fine shooters and hunters) and have been going to graduate school for the past three years.

I heard about this podcast from Eric Shelton's handgun podcast and quickly became hooked.  In times of crisis, I am glad that I live in "the country" and have some land as well as access to water and game should times get REALLY bad!  Though I hate yard work and gardening, I know that it is something I should learn how to do for the future. 

I have been hunting and shooting for most of my life (I was actually conceived the day my dad beat an Olympic trap shooter at a match in Washington State).  I love shooting as does my girlfriend but with grad school, I have not had any time for it.  Now that I am finishing school, I am hoping to get back to some long neglected activities and have an elk tag for this Fall.  Can't wait!

When I lived and worked in Hollywood, friends thought I was crazy when I told them about my earthquake kit that I had for bugging-out after "the big one" hit.  Well, during the Northridge quake, I was out of my apartment building with all the gear and clothes (and protection) that I would need to survive until I could hike North for pick-up by family.  I had the last laugh!  Same with the L.A. Riots a few years before.  So I am looking to learn things that I can apply to surviving and thriving where I live through whatever crisis comes about.

Thanks

Bart11
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on August 13, 2009, 05:01:16 PM
Welcome Bart11! Sit back, read, and join in.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on August 13, 2009, 05:52:44 PM
Appreciate all the welcomes and concern.  We are going to do great whatever happens.  This forum will help with it's ideas and support.  The refinery is Lyondell-basell.  They have closed several refineries in our area with the intention of taking the business to Saudi Arabia.  We are hoping this one refinery site may be bought by an american group as it is now owned by the dutch.  They don't care whether it's in the US or Saudi Arabia, they just care about the money.  If the refinery doesnt sell LB plans to raze it.  They dont want the competition.  Lovely group.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarakg on August 13, 2009, 08:24:51 PM
Hi everyone-

My name is Sara and I'm in NW Colorado.  I'm planning on moving to Indiana next spring, and currently work at an environmental lab.  My boyfriend and I currently live in an 800 sq. ft. condo with way too many dogs and cats that we could buy for $398,000, but we decided we want to get somewhere with a growing season longer than 30 days where we can actually own some land.

I'm pretty new at this being prepared stuff as a lifestyle, but have always been the one who is ready for anything.  Ideally, we would like to make enough money to pay off our mortgage, pay property taxes, and spend the rest on fun stuff!  Oh, yeah, and all those other taxes.  We have every intention of becoming nearly entirely self-sufficient.  We are both Libertarians, so we really look forward to the liberty that would give us.  In the meantime though, our preparation is limited by space and money-you wouldn't believe our rent if I told you-so we have been mostly stocking up on skills and information.  I am very excited to finally join the forum-I usually listen on my ipod at work where Fox News and Breitbart are blocked as pornography, and every car in the parking lot still proudly sports an Obama sticker...and they are all foreign.

So, long story short, I am pretty excited to get to Indiana, start my garden and greenhouse, and get out from under the government's power over me and take that back into my own life.  And excited to learn everything from all of you!

Thanks so much in advance for all of your help and advice,

Sara
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 13, 2009, 08:37:34 PM
Welcome Sara!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: alexan on August 14, 2009, 12:02:29 AM
Hello all my name is Joe  I'm from Eastern Washington. Don't have alot to say about myself other than I'm here to learn.
Thanks
Joe
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 14, 2009, 01:17:04 AM
Welcome one and all! 

SaraKG, I grew up in Grand Lake CO, graduated Loveland HS and still have family in Ft. Collins.  Great place to grow up, but the CO taxes are out of control.  Good luck on your move!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tim.vic.au on August 14, 2009, 10:13:55 PM
Hello everybody,

My family and I live in Victoria (south eastern Australia), and are fairly new to the survivalist movement.

I have been listening to TSP for about 6 months now, but started at episode 100. Although I have not joined the forum until now, just by listening to TSP, I already feel part of this community.

See you all on the boards!

Tim
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 14, 2009, 10:18:01 PM
Welcome Tim!  Since you haven't checked out any of the earlier episodes yet, I suggest you see the "must listen podcasts" thread on the front porch board.  There are some fantastic episodes that you've missed!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Brandy R on August 15, 2009, 11:22:53 AM
Good Day from Northern California home of the Hippies...LOL.

Just a bit about myself, I am 37 married with 3 great teenagers.  I am a registered democrat, loved the liberal life, now not so sure.  I am still hanging tight to some of my beilefs but am finding it hard to do so.  Found this site on Facebook, started listening to some of the podcasts and am finding myself with a lot of questions and views I am having to consider.  I find myself very worried about where my country seems to be dragging it's people and am becoming very frustrated with the apathy of most of the population.

Anyway, very happy I found this place and am learning alot about taking care of my family if the sh*t hits the fan or even if it doesn't..LOL 

Brandy R
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 15, 2009, 12:12:29 PM
Wooooow, you're considering a big life change, Brandy!  Good for you for keeping an open mind!  Thanks for joining, and enjoy yourself!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on August 15, 2009, 01:42:22 PM
Wow so many new people!!! That rocks...Welcome all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on August 15, 2009, 05:03:44 PM
Hi everyone-

My name is Sara and I'm in NW Colorado.  I'm planning on moving to Indiana next spring, and currently work at an environmental lab.  My boyfriend and I currently live in an 800 sq. ft. condo with way too many dogs and cats that we could buy for $398,000, but we decided we want to get somewhere with a growing season longer than 30 days where we can actually own some land.

I'm pretty new at this being prepared stuff as a lifestyle, but have always been the one who is ready for anything.  Ideally, we would like to make enough money to pay off our mortgage, pay property taxes, and spend the rest on fun stuff!  Oh, yeah, and all those other taxes.  We have every intention of becoming nearly entirely self-sufficient.  We are both Libertarians, so we really look forward to the liberty that would give us.  In the meantime though, our preparation is limited by space and money-you wouldn't believe our rent if I told you-so we have been mostly stocking up on skills and information.  I am very excited to finally join the forum-I usually listen on my ipod at work where Fox News and Breitbart are blocked as pornography, and every car in the parking lot still proudly sports an Obama sticker...and they are all foreign.

So, long story short, I am pretty excited to get to Indiana, start my garden and greenhouse, and get out from under the government's power over me and take that back into my own life.  And excited to learn everything from all of you!

Thanks so much in advance for all of your help and advice,

Sara

Hi Sara... sounds like you are on the right track... we lived in central Indiana (Kokomo) for about 4 years and really liked it. Loved the four seasons, the wonderful summer produce, friendly neighbors... Even if you don't have lots of room to store things and know you are planning to move, there is so much you can do with the right mindset... if you can keep yourself as close to debt-free as possible, you'll already be miles ahead of most folks!

Best of luck to you... and welcome!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MontanaBound on August 15, 2009, 10:57:25 PM
Hello from Northern California,
I thought I would quit lurking and introduce myself, I currently own a home in Yuba City CA, work in the San Luis Obispo area were I rent a little apartment and live on the weekdays. I make the drive home to Yuba City every weekend so I have 10 hours a week to listen to Jacks Podcasts. Why do I work so far from where I live you may be asking yourselves? Well the job pays well so I have been able to save money towards my ultimate goal, move my family back to my home state of Montana!
I love Jacks common sense approach towards survivalism and how he removes himself from the wacko's who hide in the hills waiting for doomsday to come. What I really like about his approach is how one can remove himself from government dependency, imagine how great this country could once again be if everyone followed Jacks approach!!
I'm telling everyone I know about this site and hopefully together we can grow government smaller!!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 16, 2009, 12:01:18 AM
welcome, montanabound!!!! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: eric89 on August 16, 2009, 02:01:46 AM
Hi,

My name is eric.  I am currently attending college in Texas, just getting my feet wet into survivalism/prepping.  Ancestors were western North Carolina mountaineers who helped found Western Carolina in Cullowhee, so learning about how they lived off the land has been my revival over the past 6 or so months.  Hopefully once I get out of school I'll be able to dive much deeper.

Hope to learn information from this board, but right now is off to listen to Jack's podcast about young survivalists. Cheers!

-Eric
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MontanaBound on August 16, 2009, 09:10:54 AM
Thanks for the welcome SW! It looks like I joined a bit too late to find out about DT09, I guess I'll have to wait for another time to meet my newly found TSP brethren!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ncjeeper on August 16, 2009, 10:44:18 AM
Hi,

My name is eric.  I am currently attending college in Texas, just getting my feet wet into survivalism/prepping.  Ancestors were western North Carolina mountaineers who helped found Western Carolina in Cullowhee, so learning about how they lived off the land has been my revival over the past 6 or so months.  Hopefully once I get out of school I'll be able to dive much deeper.

Hope to learn information from this board, but right now is off to listen to Jack's podcast about young survivalists. Cheers!

-Eric

Welcome Eric.

I went to Western from 1983-88. Great place back then.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Wicked Libertarian on August 16, 2009, 02:48:21 PM
Hi Everyone,

 My name is Rob and I'm living in East Central Indiana. I'd consider myself more of a homesteader than a survivalist even though the two have huge overlapping likenesses.

 I've been a hobby gardener for a few years but now I'm more into what I call "production gardening", trying to up the percentage of food that I provide for my family. My garden is only 25X50 right now (funny; my coworkers and friends don't understand why anyone would need a garden that big...lol), I'll soon be adding countless raised beds, fruit trees, grapes, berries, chickens, and an aquaponics system to our one acre lot. We have 4 beehives, a pear tree, a cherry tree (that needs a pollinating cohort), 6 varieties of hops, and a huge black walnut tree.

 As you can tell from my screen name I'm a libertarian. I'm not a card carrying member and probably never will be considering the party's abandonment of it's core philosophies. Watching Bob Barr's shenanigans during the campaign was embarrassing! 

 I hope to acquire some friends here both online and geographically. Support is always a huge help!!
Thanks everyone, especially you Jack!

Rob aka Wicked Libertarian
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 16, 2009, 03:47:16 PM
Welcome everyone!

There are so many of you guys and gals joining (YEAH!) that we can't say welcome to each of you.

But we think it every single time we read a new intro posting.

You'll love it here.  No hassles, no crazies, no crap.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: khristopher23 on August 16, 2009, 06:01:52 PM
Quote
no crazies


 ??? What? I resemble that remark, thank you very much  ;D

Welcome Wicked Libertarian , Montanabound , and Eric.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 16, 2009, 06:16:34 PM
Thanks for the welcome SW! It looks like I joined a bit too late to find out about DT09, I guess I'll have to wait for another time to meet my newly found TSP brethren!

DT10 will be in wyoming (just a quick jaunt east and a little north for you!), and we'll be going to that one too.  Check it out when we update the DT website (check it RIGHT AFTER the end of August) to get yourself a spot.  ;D !
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MontanaBound on August 16, 2009, 06:36:40 PM
I'll for sure check out DT10, thanks for the info, and thanks everyone again for the welcome.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: WVSanta on August 18, 2009, 04:27:10 AM
Hello from the mountains of West Virginia
Been living a life always trying to stock up on things for winter because my work always slowed. I have never had time for the computer until recently. I was told about this by a friend so here I am. I am a licensed Ham Radio operator and you will probably find me in that section the most. I do believe we can help the world be a better place by helping to teach people to be better prepared. I have been a heavy equipment operator most of my life but also spent many years doing aerial and underground construction for the cable TV and telephone systems.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on August 18, 2009, 07:34:20 AM
Welcome to all the newbies from another newbie!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: rmarrs on August 18, 2009, 10:22:59 AM
Hello,

I'm Ryan, I live in SE Michigan and work in Detroit.  I try to learn a new skill, or do something out of the ordinary every day.  I started listening to the show a couple weeks ago, and am almost caught up with the shows (I think I have 10 left).  My drive to and from work allows me the opportunity to listen, along with my job. 

I like to be self-sufficient, but I'm not a prepper.  I just paid off my smallest credit card in an attempt to get past consumer debt using the snowball method.  I enjoy survivalist shows, including The Colony (even if they act like morons).

I have a BOL, which is a about 100 acres, family owned, and very primitive.  I just recently purchased a camper for the property, and have been spending lots of time engineering things for the property, including a lean-to shelter for the wood, a septic system, a hand-pump well, a battery bank for power, etc.  I will eventually purchase land into the collective, but right now I'm focused on debt relief. 

I've got my first child on the way and we're due February 25th.  I imagine this is going to put a damper on all my fantastic plans, but we're very excited and eager to raise a family.  Down the road, when I can afford to move, I plan to raise chickens and possibly goats, but where I live now, it wouldn't be possible. 

I've posted my home-brew septic system in the project how-to forum, so feel free to check it out, make suggestions (it's already buried, so don't be offended if I don't modify it right now... :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Magnm38 on August 18, 2009, 02:53:30 PM
Hi how's it going everyone? I like the idea of a call sign, so I'll go with that for now. It's Magnm38. I'm actually not new the the forum here. Got on a few months ago, but kind of fell off the board for a little bit.

I originally made a post showing my BOB at the time. Though most of the stuff shown there is still with me, I have diversified the bag I use now, and sort of split it into 2. Now I have an external frame pack that can hold up to 4900 cu cm, or so. It holds most of the stuff show there pretty good, but there's not much room for anything else. Trying to cut things down a bit and leave some things out so I can fit more in there, like warm clothes and what not. Also, after rethinking the system, I think what that big frame pack may end up being used for is a big bag to throw everything into a car or something like that, and not necessarily something to lug through the backwoods getting the heck out of dodge. It is pretty heavy, and I like the idea of traveling light, so I can bolt if need be. So now I have a nice military-like backpack and a matching messenger bag to go with it. That will likely be what I use now. Then I can pick and choose what I take from the big bag. I'll likely post pictures of the stuff later. Anyway, for anyone who wants to know, that's the system as it stands now.

Well I just wanted to make a post on here to properly introduce myself, since I don't think I did before. I plan on being a regular on the forum here as much as I can from now on. I happened to find Jack's podcast by just doing a search on itunes one day. I've really gotten into this whole idea of survivalism and how it applies to every aspect of your life. I originally was interested in just outdoor and wilderness survival mentalities, but with the help of Jack and others, I have realized that there is so much more to true survivalism than just in the great outdoors. So now I have decided to live my life with this stuff in mind. I have to say, so far, there are no draw backs, some buddies and I have a ball with it, and I just truly love it!! Since I'm out of school now, I plan to make some long-term investments in some land, a truck, most likely a camper or sorts, as well as all kinds of preps that everyone here talks about. Being out of school, I have to worry about paying off my student debt soon, so that will be my main focus for getting out of debt. But still would like to make these investments sooner than later if possible. For now though, it's the bags, tools, stocking up on storable foods, water, and the constant vigilance on what's happening in the world. This is the status quo for now.

I'd love to make connections with like-minded people on here to learn new ideas, contribute some of my own, and even establish a network of friends in the survival and prep world. I have a couple friends now that are minded in this stuff, or at least some parts of it. But more is better. Anyway, thanks again for everything you do, Jack, you're a true leader in this old, but also very new way of thinking, and you're definitely making more leaders in your stead.

Magnm38
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hye on August 18, 2009, 08:17:03 PM
Hello everyone,

I've been listening to Jack for close to six months now and although I have not joined the forum (until now), I have been taking heed to the survival philosophies he espouses.  Some things I have done are:

- Building a square foot garden
- composting
- built a pantry and stored several months of food for my family
- stocked up on my ammo
- paid off the remainder of my mortgage

...some future plans are:

- purchasing a pressure pot for canning
- bow hunting

...One thing I'm thinking about trying, but I'm not so sure I have the stomach for:  Eating squirrel!

...long term plans

- Solar panels on the house
- building/buying and maintaining a chicken coop.

Wish me luck!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: zombie_hunter on August 18, 2009, 09:00:17 PM
greeting fellow podcast listeners!

my name is dan and i live in the People's Republic of Kalifornia.  preparedness is a must in the concrete jungle and i'm taking steps to become more prepared.  the podcast has challenged me quite a bit and i recently started a small garden on my patio.  i'm also working on storing up food and water as well as being a more education in case times get tough or even if they don't :) 

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: red-rider on August 19, 2009, 03:43:38 AM
Hello everyone!

Just saying Hi!

I have been interested in survival stuff since I saw how unprepared the folk down in LA were for Katrina.  I am enjoying catching up on the podcasts, and really like the permaculture stuff more than I expected too.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on August 19, 2009, 10:58:13 AM
Welcome red-rider, hye, and zombie hunter, magnm38,  and rmarrs. Sit back, learn, and help us learn when you can.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: KC8SON on August 19, 2009, 03:09:46 PM
Hi everyone,

Guess I should throw out an intro since I'm presenting at the Region 6 get together.

Originally from MN, travelled to Chicago, IL; Charlotte, NC and then Columbus, OH before coming back home.  Used to be interested in prepping back in the late 70's and early 80's.  Got married and had my focus changed.  Got divorced a couple years ago and changed my focus back. 

Some of the skills I've developed over the last couple of years include:
Ham radio - I have my General License.
Medical - I teach for the Red Cross (CPR, First Aid and Wilderness First Aid) and got my EMT Dec 07 and my WEMT Mar 09.
Wilderness - got my Search and Rescue Tech from NASAR and apprentice instructor.
CERT instructor  (Community Emeregency Response Team)

Skills I'm working on:
Hunting - both archery and firearm.
Fishing - I think this is one that I'm ALWAYS gonna be working on.
Gardening - challenged by my current lack of space.
IDPA - always wanted to do this and finally getting to the point of being able to pull it off.

Guess that's about it.  Looking forward to meeting people in Iowa next month.

de KC8SON
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: edppcli on August 19, 2009, 03:57:10 PM
Hi All
Just wanted to introduce myself, been around at a few of the other boards (same username) but stumbled across Jacks podcasts and thought I would like to check out the forums. For those that don't know me I'm a Canuck, ex Army on the prep path since pre Y2K presently working on my doomstead while keeping one foot in the 9-5 world.
Cheers
Ed
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bski213 on August 19, 2009, 06:09:18 PM
Hello,

I am Brian, found the show interesting, so I decided to start participating in the forum. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mecha_buddha on August 19, 2009, 08:50:53 PM
Hey everyone.  The podcast was recommended to me an I have been listing to it for a little while.  I'm in Canada, and really interested in Permaculture (less of the hippy aspect more of the useful aspect). the goal is to get a little tract of land and start tinkering.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: danguyer81 on August 19, 2009, 11:24:23 PM
Hello All,

My name is Dan. I am a happily married hard-working 28 year old. I live in North Idaho About an hour south of Coeur D' Alene and an hour west of Montana. I have been listening to the podcast for about six months now. I am a full-time student and a full-time employee so I have not really taken the time to get to know you all in the past. Jack keeps talking about this forum so much I figured it was time to join the family. I am not over-familiar with forum type discussions but I figured this is a good place to start. I am a former infantryman but I have since let a lot of those skills become rusty. I am fascinated by independent thinking and independent living. This community combines those two things in a meaningful way. I planted my first garden in late spring and it is a small disaster but I already learned a lot. Before I used to think gardening was for retirees...Jack has turned my viewpoint on that 180 degrees.

My dream is a paid for house on paid for land that COULD be completely self-sustainable but WILL NOT be out of choice (I still like watching football and buying beer at the store).


Thanks for having me

P.S. Anyone else had a chance to watch "Special Ops Mission" on the Military Channel? If not...check it out...great show.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Justinicus on August 20, 2009, 05:07:35 AM
Howdy folks! I've been listening to TSP for a couple months now, and finally got around to joining up.  My name is Justin, and I live in the DC suburbs, so it's a challenging transition to make when your yard receives no direct sun, property values are psychotic, etc.  I figured this was the place to come for more information and inspiration!

-Justin
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 20, 2009, 05:48:06 AM
Welcome KC8SON, edppcli, bski213, mecha_buddha, danguyer81, and Justinicus.

You have such different backgrounds and situations but one thing in common: living a better life, if times get tough or even if they don't.

I'm not a forum kind of guy.  This is the only forum I really am active on.  Most forums seems a little weird to me and seem to exist for the enjoyment of a few people on them.

Not this one.  We love hearing from everyone because the main goal of is to share information.  There is nothing you can't learn here.  I have learned so much.   

The more you post, the more you learn.  Trust me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 983tzero on August 21, 2009, 11:23:55 AM
Hello everyone,

My name is Trevor and my family and I are starting out preppers. Started listening to Jack on his second day of broadcasting. I was in the US ARMY 3RD ID, I served one tour in iraq, I speak several foriegn langauges, always looking for new friends so please contact me! Thanks and God Bless
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: duradster on August 21, 2009, 12:40:57 PM
Hello,

My name is Rich.  I am from the four corners in Colorado.  Been listening to and enjoying the show for about 9 months.  Because of the TSP, this is our first year to have a garden and I'm eating home grown tomatoes, cucumbers and jalapeños on my salad today.

Thanks,
Rich
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Texasbound on August 21, 2009, 02:17:21 PM
Hello,

My name is Rich.  I am from the four corners in Colorado.  Been listening to and enjoying the show for about 9 months.  Because of the TSP, this is our first year to have a garden and I'm eating home grown tomatoes, cucumbers and jalapeños on my salad today.

Thanks,
Rich

Welcome Rich,

I'm on the NM side, but same area.  PM me and we can get together sometime.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: duradster on August 21, 2009, 05:40:56 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Trevor and my family and I are starting out preppers. Started listening to Jack on his second day of broadcasting. I was in the US ARMY 3RD ID, I served one tour in iraq, I speak several foriegn langauges, always looking for new friends so please contact me! Thanks and God Bless

Hey Trevor,

Thanks for your service.  I truly appreciate it!  We had a vacation in Venice FL in early summer right down the road from you.  Beautiful area. Spent a lot of time driving back and forth from Busch Gardens and going to North Jetty beach.  Talked the wife into going to the original Hooters too.

Well, I guess we are the newbies here.  :)

cya,
Rich
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on August 21, 2009, 06:13:05 PM
Welcome 983tzero, duradster, et al!


Talked the wife into going to the original Hooters too.

Awesome! Should be a cinch getting her to go along with prepping; maybe you can give the rest of us some pointers!  ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: duradster on August 21, 2009, 06:58:26 PM
Welcome 983tzero, duradster, et al!


Awesome! Should be a cinch getting her to go along with prepping; maybe you can give the rest of us some pointers!  ;)

Well,  getcha two teen boys,  it's amazing the number of "arguments for" going to Hooters that they can come up with.  :P
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on August 21, 2009, 07:44:10 PM
Well,  getcha two teen boys,  it's amazing the number of "arguments for" going to Hooters that they can come up with.  :P

Well, I've got all girls, so I'm SOL on that one  :(
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: volwest on August 22, 2009, 01:57:16 PM
Hello...

A friend guided me to this place.

I am an urbanite...and i mostly wander in realms such as psychology, philosophy, ethnology, metaphysics or anything having to do with the discovery of the laws that govern our behaviors.

Having said that, i was also in the Marine Corps, and therefore developed a strong interest in relations to military tactics, weapons and logistics.

I have been reading the forum and listening to the podcast for some time now, and found myself liking the discussions and the general direction taking place here.

Thank you.
volwest

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Cooter Brown on August 22, 2009, 02:44:35 PM
Welcome vol  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: monger20 on August 22, 2009, 04:22:22 PM
Nice to have you volwest. I'm sure you have plenty of subjects to observe  the natural laws that govern people in LA. What will that place b like if SHTF?

I'm curious, what's the l.a.m.b. acronym?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wyomiles on August 22, 2009, 04:57:48 PM
Hello all, great stuff on this forum !

I spend most of my online time ( which is more and more limited) at the Free State Wyoming forum and The Mental Militia forum. I hope to spend some more time here as I have a lot to learn. 
I have been a gardener my whole life, grew things in some very harsh conditions in Wyoming.
Grew up hunting, fishing and camping so feel pretty comfortable in the great out doors.
Married with two kids, one in college one a senior in high school.
Living in a suburb of Denver and cannot wait to get out of here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 22, 2009, 09:33:56 PM
I like your avatar wyomiles
A man, his dog, and his rifle.
That rocks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Texasbound on August 23, 2009, 08:04:12 AM
I like your avatar wyomiles
A man, his dog, and his rifle.
That rocks.

Ummmm.... ever see Old Yeller   :-\
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: volwest on August 23, 2009, 09:56:27 AM
Nice to have you volwest. I'm sure you have plenty of subjects to observe  the natural laws that govern people in LA. What will that place b like if SHTF?

I'm curious, what's the l.a.m.b. acronym?

Thank you for the welcome...

The laws that govern people in LA, are the same than those that govern people in Dublin, Madrid, Hong Kong or New Delhi...same inheritance. If the SHTF in LA, the re-action would be as predicted..."run for your life", or "fight for your life".

losangelesmilitiaband

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wyomiles on August 23, 2009, 10:51:39 AM
Thanks Hare, but I guess the picture is a little missleading. This was taken on a fishing trip so I am holding a fishing pole. I do carry a pistol however, ( to fight my way back to the mosin ) hope that still rocks!  ;)

I also forgot to mention that I have spent my life as an operator in many different industries. I have made everything from fertilizer to baking soda.
The last four years have been spent in biofuels turning coal and wood chips into fuels like ethanol and alcohol. So I have experience with gasification on a large scale.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bub on August 24, 2009, 12:36:32 AM
Hi, all. I got directed here by the podcast and my interest in prepping. Since listening to the podcast (I found the podcast a few months ago and have worked my way from Ep #1 up to the current episodes), I've changed my viewpoint somewhat and now see the wisdom of a sustainable approach to survivalism.

As for myself, I am a full-time Police Officer in the city I live in in NE Ohio and have been doing this since 1991. I'm married with 2 daughters, ages 5 and 9. My wife is slowly coming around but still throws around some comments like "You're paranoid" and the like. I know a lot about guns, ammo and some tactical stuff but, like a lot of others, only got into survivalism after realizing that you can't eat guns and bullets and that food would be a LOT more important in most situations than, say, an AK and 10,000 rds of ammo. I'm learning a lot and hope to be able to learn more as I go.

Jack, thanks for the podcast, the forum and all the rest. GREAT STUFF!

Bub
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Emma on August 24, 2009, 07:16:12 AM
Hi all. I've been listening to the podcast now and then for about two weeks, just catching up on the topics I found most interesting and Jack's nagging about "international" listeners joining finally got to me.

I'm Emma. I live in Scania (Sweden), though I'm moving to Brittany (France) in the near future with Mr. Emma and the Canine.

I came to survivalism kind of by accident, really. I'm very big on self-sufficiency and I went out and got basic gun and butchering training as part of a hunting license because I figured that if I eat meat (although very rarely) I should be able to kill and prepare it. I did self-defence training in secondary school as part of physical education and I'd been half-heartedly talking about taking it back up for a while when my husband suddenly got very interested in the whole idea of personal safety. Then, as we've been watching personal integrity and privacy take a giant nose-dive lately, we've been talking about freedom on an international scale.. and well, you can see where this is going, I'm suddenly using the same vocabulary ("survivalism" :o) to describe my interests as the gun-nut tinfoil hat folks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 24, 2009, 07:24:04 AM
Welcome bub and Emma:

You (and all the other new people here) are exactly the "normal" people who have concerns about the current state of things that make up this forum.  I wouldn't be here if this was Weirdoville.  Niether would you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: firetoad on August 24, 2009, 08:36:48 AM
Quote
Watch out here on your interests you listed. A lot of people won't understand your insights and will feel threaten by it, at least that's the way I took it so far here.Go to Tin Foil Section if you post something  along these lines you listed,some here cannot understand Esoteric knowledge.It's like any other skill it takes time to master.When you walk in the Maze of life some find hidden treasures put there that only some can find.It's ashame but true. Welcome to the forum however and do your best and forget about the critics here.

                                                       kiteflyer

This belongs in PM, not in this thread.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 24, 2009, 09:41:16 AM
I concur with Firetoad. If you don't like how this board is run, or how people recieve your posts, then there's an easy solution.
Find a board that does.
You want to continue , you can do like Firetoad said and take it to PM, but you will not continue posting this in the middle of the intro thread.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: kiteflyer on August 24, 2009, 09:59:30 AM

   What is PM? Post is deleted

         kiteflyer

I concur with Firetoad. If you don't like how this board is run, or how people recieve your posts, then there's an easy solution.
Find a board that does.
You want to continue , you can do like Firetoad said and take it to PM, but you will not continue posting this in the middle of the intro thread.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on August 24, 2009, 10:02:05 AM
"PM" is personal message.  It's the email-like feature on the forum for contacting a member personally instead of on a thread.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jakematic on August 24, 2009, 12:34:22 PM
Hi folks-

I'm new to the forum but have been listening to TSP for about 5 months now.

The timing of finding the podcast couldn't have been better. Over the last year I've been working on my preps which all got started with a TACDA article on 72 hour kits. Jack has great information and there is a ton more to find here.

North Carolina has been my home for the last 15 years but grew up farming, and in retrospect homesteading, in Central NY. In 2004 my jobs was eliminated and my first personal disaster happened. After 19 months out of work, losing everything and living off of savings I am happily back on my feet. After finding work I eliminated $40K in debt in just two years. It was lean times but sure was worth it. As of 1 September my last payment goes out and it's time to say goodbye to the debt prison.

My focus now is to continue to live below my means, and save like a madman to get out of this apartment and onto a small farm or decent sized property away from the city. TSP has been the catalyst for focusing my plan and moving the timeline up.

-Jake

p.s. - Had an epiphany during a TSP episode and thought "Holy crap! Jack is right. I am a Libertarian and just now realized it."
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ncjeeper on August 24, 2009, 01:52:57 PM
Welcome jakematic. Good to have another NC'er here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: johndayton on August 25, 2009, 10:13:22 AM
So I have been lurking for a long time now and i feel like i should start getting more involved.

I am 28 and work for a hearing aid company in dayton, oh

I have recently purchased a home and need alot of help with gardening.  I want to start growing something but my entire lot (1/3 and acre) is covered with very large trees which produce nothing. 

My goals that I have already begun trying to reach are pulling some of the small usless items out of my yard and hopfully i will be putting something in which does something for me starting next year. 

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Texasbound on August 25, 2009, 11:31:47 AM

My goals that I have already begun trying to reach are pulling some of the small usless items out of my yard and hopfully i will be putting something in which does something for me starting next year. 


Sounds like a good start.  I would suggest starting with a small plot and growing somethings that you will definitely use.  Then expand as time goes on.  Keep it simple and it will make it easier and more fun.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: johndayton on August 25, 2009, 11:38:18 AM
I have a small area picked out even though it will need alot of work.  My problem is that even in this area it will only recieve about half a days worth of sun.  Any thoughts on what I should plant there?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Texasbound on August 25, 2009, 05:27:03 PM
I'd personally pick something that you will definitely use, and is easy to grow.  A few such would be beans, tomatoes, zuchinni, squash, cucumbers, onions, etc.  Make a list of what you will use or regularly purchase, then see what will grow in your climate considering sunshine, temperatures and water.  Pick something that should grow easily and well, then over time expand to items that will take a little more work and care.  Back when I started, I went with lots of tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and bell peppers.  Made a bunch of salsa and spaghetti sauce with those.  You might also consider some areas where you could plant berries or fruit trees in place of some of the other plants you have.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: pug-shadow on August 25, 2009, 06:46:36 PM
Hi All,

My name is Jon.

I have been listening to the podcast for a couple of weeks now.
I started at the oldest, and am catching up to current.  :)

I live in the DFW area over on the Fort Worth side.

I work in information technology, but I do like to garden.
I used to live in Iowa and so my Gardening style was pretty lazy, as stuff there just grows and you spend most of the time weeding.
My gardens here in TX have not done so well..  :(

Anyway, I thought I would say hello.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: steeltownknight on August 26, 2009, 09:37:51 AM
Hello TSP !    Steeltownknight here-

Long time listener of the Survival podcast.  First day as a member on the Forums.

I Live In Hamilton Ontario Canada 40 single Male .  Not to far from the northern woods where I love to fish,hunt,hike. Sometimes I go just by myself  with minimal supplies.   

When  I am Not in the outdoors.    I am an Actor in Movies and Television.  Having some Firearms experience comes in handy when You're e always playing a bad guy !  :)


The site looks great.  Just learning to navigate it so bear with me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 26, 2009, 09:40:26 AM
Hello TSP !    Steeltownknight here-

Long time listener of the Survival podcast.  First day as a member on the Forums.

I Live In Hamilton Ontario Canada 40 single Male .  Not to far from the northern woods where I love to fish,hunt,hike. Sometimes I go just by myself  with minimal supplies.   

When  I am Not in the outdoors.    I am an Actor in Movies and Television.  Having some Firearms experience comes in handy when You're e always playing a bad guy !  :)


The site looks great.  Just learning to navigate it so bear with me.
Welcome to the forum!
Have you been in anything that we might have seen?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ray Peterson on August 26, 2009, 09:54:51 AM
Hey from the eastern Oklahoma / Fort Smith, AR area. I was just introduces to the podcast a few weeks ago & loved it. I've just gotten into prepping in the last year & had been really disappointed with "survivalist media." It's a great relief to listen to someone in the prepper/survivalist genre who isn't insane. I honestly believe that some of these guys are chomping at the bit for the day when they get to have a shootout with the government or some "hoard of bandits." This podcast & forum have been really educational for me. I really enjoy digging around the forum for nuggets of information on different topics.

I guess I just wanted to express how much I enjoy & appreciate the podcast & forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: steeltownknight on August 26, 2009, 10:43:15 AM

 I have been an Actor for about 12 years now.  You may notice me here and there in the first x-men movie. that was filmed in and around my city.  I was a stand in for Wolverine. I can be seen as an extra many times in it.   If you are in the Military/CIA/FBI ETC.  You may have seen me in those computer simulated  training programs. (Big screen -Light gun)   That's me with the hostage or that's me who looks like I am handing you my I.D but I really have a gun....
I am in the Latest George Romero Zombie flick (Island of the dead)  Where 2 rival Irish families battle each other and the undead.  I play James O' Flynn .  They may have cut out my speaking part but I do yell real loud when my brain gets eaten  !

I'm liking this TSP   so far !
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on August 26, 2009, 10:49:59 AM
We'll have to go looking for you now.  ;D
Glad you like the podcast and the forum.
Hope you'll stick around for a long time.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: patrat on August 26, 2009, 11:35:40 AM
My name is Patrick. I found the podcast by a direct search. This sort of stuff has interested me since adolescence, and I picked up most of the tenets on my own, but this show helps bring topics together.

A few years back I realized I was playing lots of video games playing a "badass" multi skilled individual, and realized it would be more practical to instead turn that time into becoming the badass myself.

 Since then, I have started martial arts, become a firearm enthusiast, started gardening, learned basic medical skills, and built a small level of supplies. I already had hands on contruction and maintenance, financial discipline, and instinctual food storage.

I live in Northern Colorado, and work as a mechanical engineer doing machine design.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LICountryBoy on August 26, 2009, 11:42:32 AM
Hey steeltownknight,

Big Romero fan, I am jealous.

I plan on seeing that as soon as it hits my area, assuming it does. They sometimes put his stuff out limited release but I am sure that
it will at least play in the city.
I'll look for ya.


Welcome.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 26, 2009, 02:48:22 PM
Welcome to the boards new folks!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: monger20 on August 26, 2009, 02:49:55 PM
Welcome all new members - its crazy how diverse we are.

patrat - always nice to have another CO member, hoping for a CO get together soon.  
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: agricola on August 26, 2009, 04:35:47 PM
Hello all

I discovered the podcast a little while ago and decided to join the forum. I  live in Frisco Texas. I'm an artist by trade, I drew my farmer avatar, you can see my stuff at www.mscottsart.com (http://www.mscottsart.com). I love to create things and build things with my own to hands, I guess that's why I became an artist.

 Anyway, I'm a self sufficiency enthusiast, and I try to grow as much food as I can on my tiny rented property, but shade and soil born pathogens are socking it to me.  I've been into permaculture principals for a while too, its amazing stuff.  My wife and I like the simple life and don't buy into the spend mania that most of our consumer minded neighbors seem to appeal too.  Eventually we want to have a small homestead and have a nice little farm with some animals. For now were doing everything we can.  
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on August 26, 2009, 05:33:05 PM
Welcome to the board!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Ryguy abides on August 27, 2009, 09:43:56 AM
Hello All,
  My name is Ryan. I have been listening to The Survival Podcast for about two months now. Since I was a young turd I have been inclined to survival philosophy without having a means to do so or knowing that it was an actual philosophy. Unfortunately, for the past number of years I have been stuck in a grasshopper mode and am now working towards an ant mentality. The podcast has started a major fire under my mental butt but I still have not jumped on board with physical preparations. But, I'm starting now and look forward to being an active and contributing member. I will likely be a sponge in the beginning because I have a lot to learn and little teach at this point. I am 31, married, originally from Minnesota and have recently moved to Northern Virginia. My wife and I have taken over a business and I find myself with means and the mentality to hopefully be a success in modern survivalism. Glad to be here, and thanks to others for being here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AdamElk on August 27, 2009, 04:42:04 PM
I forgot to do this part...

Greetings from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  I started listening in March after receiving my first IPod.  I've since listened to every episode ever recorded and found wisdom in them all.  I'm a lawyer, building contractor, husband, father, and veteran.  Slowly, I've gotten up to speed with my preps.  I'm doing ok on my gardening, food storage, debt reduction, and home improvements, but I have no firearms or other means of defense.  I have a backup foul mouth and rolling pin if necessary.

I do have a Concealed Carry Permit and will join a gun club shortly.  Sadly, nobody in my family is too enthusiastic about my future cache of weapons.  I'll do it anyway, knowing I've pledged to defend my family at all costs and I won't be caught defenseless.

See you all on the boards, particularly Region 1, Massachusetts.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tywebb on August 27, 2009, 08:29:10 PM
Hi folks...Been listening to the podcast for about 2 months and put many away on my 3 hours of travel each day.  The trips go by quickly as I am glued to it and others- mainly on the the Gun Rights Radio Network- Practical Defense (Alex Haddox), Proarms (Massad Ayoob ) and Handgun Podcast (Eric Shelton).  I applied for my CC permit 2 months ago and it will probably be a while as LA and other states have had a huge influx of permit apps. I continue to train with an instructor with my Glock 23 and try to learn as much as I can about the responsibility and legality of carry and lethal force.  I think we have a huge responsibility so we can be safe and also so we can teach others about our gun rights.  My wife has been surprisingly cool about the 2 handguns and shotgun; of course I gave her some time and told her the her blessing was important.  Last Saturday she took a CC permit class along with my Mom and a few other females. 

I am an Eagle Scout and always like to be prepared...although that I have been a sheep for a while with regards to real SHTF scenarios.  Growing up in New Orleans, I guess I was lucky to survive unscathed after going to many bars in not so great neighborhoods...and drinking.  I am now more aware than ever and make sure my wife is also.  The Practical Defense podcast is great for that.

I survived Hurricane Katrina when we evac'ed, but my house was not so lucky.  In fact 4 years from this moment (Aug 27th) we had already left. K hit on Aug 29th.  That bug out was a wake up call- when ran out of gas in Jackson, MS and also felt like a target since everyone evac'ing had their prized material valuables- any jerk with a gun could hurt us and made bank.  Now I have said gun and always extra fuel on hand, among other supplies.

I have few cool projects I am working on- a chicken tractor to house 3 hens that I will get in 10 days (eggs).  I am composting and eventually want to see if I can survive without trash pick up by recycling, reusing, composting, burning (all cool in my area) and the parish dump for other stuff. We'll see.   I will harvest rain soon for watering and eventually emergency drinking water back up.  Lastly, I want to start square foot gardening.  I limit TV, so I find time to do these things- trying to get my family involved too.

I know I will learn a great deal on this forum and hope I can give back also.  If you are still reading this long post- Thanks!

Good to meet you all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on August 27, 2009, 08:44:23 PM
Hi folks.

Welcome to the boards!  Looking forward to hearin' everyone's stories.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: PreparedCitizen on August 27, 2009, 11:18:30 PM
Greetings. I have been a prepper for about 18 months now. Been poking around listening to Jack's podcasts, decided to join the forums and participate in discussions.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MB4wd on August 28, 2009, 01:10:28 AM
Greetings all,   

       Matt here, I'm chemical plant operator living on the upper Texas coast.  I ran across TSP while researching how I could have improved my post-hurricane experience.  Before that, I had never heard of the "prepper" movement, and like most, considered survivalists the crazies in the woods with the tin foil hats.  I have come to understand that I have been a prepper for a long time, and didn't even know it. 


        I have been listening to Jack now for about three months now, and have enjoyed every bit of knowledge he dumps while grinding out his commute.  I have been lurking on the forums now for a while, and finally decided to join the party.  I am making steps to become more self reliant, and become more of a producer and less of a consumer, so I will likely be picking the minds of the forum members here when I hit a snag I can't work through.  I only hope I can contribute something to this party.

         Matt
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on August 28, 2009, 11:20:56 AM
Welcome Matt.  My husband is an Polyethylene operator in the Houston area.  I hear a lot of people denigrate Houston, but there are some great places to live in this area if you don't mind the hurricanes.  Good to have you in the forum.  By the way, please go to the explain your avatar in "around the campfire".  I'd like to hear the story. There is also a Region five section you can check out. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ancienthacker on August 28, 2009, 03:39:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm Al from the once great state of Illinois. Came to TSP from the Handgun Podcast a few weeks ago and have come to the conclusion that I'm a semi-prepper. My doesn't realize that she is too!

In real life I'm in IT for a research facility managing authentication systems. Spare time fun includes playing with computers, some gaming, shooting, wood working, and gardening. Sadly, as I've learned recently, it's been mostly ornamental. One of my winter projects will be to figure out how to integrate some vegetables into my gardens.

I'll be in sponge mode most of the time and will do my best to not ask any stupid questions. Looking forward to learning a lot.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: H2Oman on August 28, 2009, 05:22:56 PM
Hi! My name is Roman, and I'm from western Massachusetts. I found the podcast a year ago, and am now a huge fan. I especially love the wealth of practical advice, and the wide range of subjects discussed. It's refreshing to find a philosophy similar to my own, where the truth gets the respect it deserves. I have a few philosophical disagreements with some of Jack's views, but I agree with what he's saying 95% percent of the time. I'm looking forward to meeting you all and having a great time here on the forums!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chadwantstolearn on August 28, 2009, 08:35:39 PM
Hello all!,

My name is Chad, I’m 34 and work as a Fraud Analyst monitoring Credit and Debit cards for fraud. I’m from and live in Wisconsin, one of two states without concealed carry and as you can imagine I'm pretty unhappy about it. I just recently began listening to the survival podcast and I’m working my way backwards through them all.

I’m starting from a point of having a pretty large self-imposed disadvantage on becoming prepared. Growing up I had many chances to learn to hunt, fish, trap, work with wood, mechanical, and all forms of electrical from my father and squandered them. I thought I knew better and instead Skateboarded, Snowboarded, rode BMX and Motocross, played in rock bands and partied through my teens and into my 20’s. All of this I regret tremendously as my father is now in his mid 60’s and wants nothing to do with any outdoors activities any longer.

I served in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, but wound up screwing that up as well, over a girl of course. I live with this shame every day and look for ways to atone whenever I get a chance. Not one minute of the day goes by that I do not wish I could take it back. 

I currently live in a debt snowball that I have created for myself, and this is where I start over.  Listening to Jack’s recent podcast on debt is what solidified my resolve to change my life once and for all and turn things around.  I dedicate myself to listening to any advice from forum members with an open mind and desire to improve my life, and my family’s lives, and my neighbors. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan Forrester on August 28, 2009, 09:20:40 PM
Hi

Daniel from north Florida.  I’ve had an interest in survivalism since somewhere around 9/11 but haven’t been able to do much about it up until a couple months ago being in college.  Well I’m finally done with school and for the first time in my life have a little spare time as well as some money (and a lot of student loans). 

A friend turned me on to this podcast about 6 months ago but I’m just now planning on becoming active on the forum.   

Dan
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2009, 10:21:02 PM
Welcome everyone!

Dang, if we get anymore Dans on here we’ll have to start our own section of the forum.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Urban Medic on August 28, 2009, 11:42:56 PM
Hey All.  I'm a long time planner, much newer preper.  I started listening to the Podcast on and off about a year ago.  I have since planted a garden in my front yard that I can actually eat food out of!  Crazy for me.  I'm a former FF and trying to get back into USAR.  And I'm looking to meet like minded folks so here I am.  Oh, I met noobsurvialist at Dirt Time '09.

Thanks,
Danny
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on August 28, 2009, 11:59:37 PM
Welcome All! 

BadgerStateChad, you are in good company as we are (at least I am) chased by our demons.  Sounds like you've got your priorities in order and now just need to realize them.

Good luck one and all! 

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wayoutwest on August 29, 2009, 01:57:05 PM
Well my first post, have been wanting to get ready incase "something" happens but never started and could not get my wife to believe that something will happen....after some snow storms last winter shut my wife in the house for several days with the power off and on and off and on, she started to get it some.....after reading "Patriots" and starting to listen to the podcast I decided to get things together.....

Got a lot of homework todo
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mxitman on August 29, 2009, 01:57:43 PM
Just did my first post on here and figured I'd better introduce myself. I currently live in the Burbs of North Seattle, Married with no Kids yet, working off our student loan debt but luckily for us have no consumer debt. We try to buy with cash whenever possible and were looking at getting a BOL in the next 2-3 years, currently looking but haven't found the right deal yet.

Just found this site about 3 weeks ago through a post on Northwest Firearms and have been hooked since, have downloaded about 170 of the podcast so far and have listened to close to 100+ and I love it. We recently went on a road trip and I had my wife listen to a few as well and she's really getting into it as well, we now have a good plan set and I feel much more comfortable talking to her about situations...

Thanks so much Jack for a doing such a great job, plan on joining the members support real soon!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: e551st on August 29, 2009, 02:35:31 PM
Intro- I was directed to the site by my brother 2 weeks ago, and have been downloading the SPC to my ipod since. growing up in a Hurricane zone I have been a modest prep-er up until the latest BS with our government actions, i.e. Bail Outs, Cap and Trade, Health Care reform...

So, I decided to join the forum and obtain valuable insight from knowledgeable members here that are like minded.

I've lived all over the U.S., Born-Yosemite and ended up at the Outer Banks of North Carolina courtesy of the National Park Service and my father's career.

Currently living in Virginia and preparing for hard times even if it never happens.

Cheers,

Ed
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on August 29, 2009, 02:51:25 PM
So many new people.
Welcome to all.

Its so nice to know that you aren't "The voice of one crying in the wilderness" as I felt I was this time last year.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: No One of Consequence on August 29, 2009, 11:22:37 PM
Hello. I’m Jim, a fairly regular (early 40’s, unmarried, professional) guy currently in Southern California. I discovered TSP somewhere around #40, and appreciate a place with quality information and minimal shouting.

The “Prepper” label would probably fit, but I’m not really into labels. A volatile job market (Film & TV) was enough to make me an opportunity buyer, natural and other disasters just reinforce and expand on a good idea. ‘Been asking “what if” since childhood. I’m a general-purpose tinkerer, comfortable with projects like cars, solar, and woodworking - kinda’ weak on comms and food production, but working to change that.

Not much of a political agenda, beyond the Jeffersonian concept of “the problems of too much liberty are preferable to the problems of not enough of it”. ‘Guess I’m a libertarian with a small “l” – grrrrr, there goes another label.

Not completely socially incompetent, but think Mark Twain got it right when suggesting we use our ears and mouths in the same proportion that nature gave ‘em to us.

Not looking for trouble, but mistreat my friends, an animal, or a lady at your own risk.

Hey, once you get past the Earthquakes, Fires, Floods, Pestilence, and Civil Unrest, LA’s a pretty nice place to live. Oh, I forgot Traffic, Taxes, Panhandlers, Potholes, Gangs, Graffiti, and expensive Just-About-Everything…what am I still doing here?

I’ll add what I can, when I can. Thanks to those who have added quite a lot already. And a thank you to Sister Wolf & The Wilderness for being so hospitable to a complete stranger at Dirttime.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on August 30, 2009, 01:37:14 AM
Welcome all, we have been offline for about a week and its great to see so many new members here when we returned.

No One of Consequence, it was our pleasure, DT09 was a blast.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 30, 2009, 01:40:23 AM
NOOC - GREAT to meet you at DT09.  I'm thrilled that you're on the forum now.  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: patrick_b on August 30, 2009, 08:23:24 AM
Morning folks. New guy around here. Started listening to TSP in recent months after reading Forstchen's, "One Second After." I've always enjoyed PAW fiction but Forstchen's book was really eye opening. Took a work of fiction to open my eyes!

I recently started to research the personal prep world and found TSP and have really enjoyed it. I'm just getting started down this road and am trying to avoid some of the pitfalls like buying a bunch of stuff right off the bat. I'd like to learn a bit first.

To date, I've stocked up on additional 5 Gal water bottles and my wife has started to buy some bulk non-perishables as she sees items on sale. I've always been a flashlight junky so I probably have a half dozen or so modern LED lights (Fenix, SF & Olight) but I stocked up on CR123's and AA's to run them. I've started to put together a couple of BOB's with FAK's, clothing and other essentials for the family (tough to plan clothes for a 3 & 6 yr old. They grow out of stuff so damn quickly! I travel for business just about weekly, so that throws a bit of a curve into my preps as well. Lastly, I've slowly been buying extra ammo.

Anyway, look forward to learning and eventually participating. Thanks for offering such a great resource!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Tiretool on August 30, 2009, 10:04:02 PM
Howdy all,
Tiretool here. My name is Curtis I'm a registered nurse living in SE Oklahoma father of 1 great daughter.  ;D
I've been a "I got that around here someplace just in case " prepper most of my life. Now I'm trying to get it organized , prepped, and sustainable for the long haul. I think this site community is the place to help learn how to do that.
Hats off to Jack and all the great folks keeping this site running!

Tiretool
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: minimalist on August 31, 2009, 08:57:51 AM
Tywebb,

Welcome to the forum! I was living in New Orleans a few years ago (attending grad school at Loyola) and had to evac for Hurricane Katrina too. It has been weird the past few days, thinking back to that hectic and scary week. Katrina was a wake up call for me too.

Hi folks...Been listening to the podcast for about 2 months and put many away on my 3 hours of travel each day.  The trips go by quickly as I am glued to it and others- mainly on the the Gun Rights Radio Network- Practical Defense (Alex Haddox), Proarms (Massad Ayoob ) and Handgun Podcast (Eric Shelton).  I applied for my CC permit 2 months ago and it will probably be a while as LA and other states have had a huge influx of permit apps. I continue to train with an instructor with my Glock 23 and try to learn as much as I can about the responsibility and legality of carry and lethal force.  I think we have a huge responsibility so we can be safe and also so we can teach others about our gun rights.  My wife has been surprisingly cool about the 2 handguns and shotgun; of course I gave her some time and told her the her blessing was important.  Last Saturday she took a CC permit class along with my Mom and a few other females. 

I am an Eagle Scout and always like to be prepared...although that I have been a sheep for a while with regards to real SHTF scenarios.  Growing up in New Orleans, I guess I was lucky to survive unscathed after going to many bars in not so great neighborhoods...and drinking.  I am now more aware than ever and make sure my wife is also.  The Practical Defense podcast is great for that.

I survived Hurricane Katrina when we evac'ed, but my house was not so lucky.  In fact 4 years from this moment (Aug 27th) we had already left. K hit on Aug 29th.  That bug out was a wake up call- when ran out of gas in Jackson, MS and also felt like a target since everyone evac'ing had their prized material valuables- any jerk with a gun could hurt us and made bank.  Now I have said gun and always extra fuel on hand, among other supplies.

I have few cool projects I am working on- a chicken tractor to house 3 hens that I will get in 10 days (eggs).  I am composting and eventually want to see if I can survive without trash pick up by recycling, reusing, composting, burning (all cool in my area) and the parish dump for other stuff. We'll see.   I will harvest rain soon for watering and eventually emergency drinking water back up.  Lastly, I want to start square foot gardening.  I limit TV, so I find time to do these things- trying to get my family involved too.

I know I will learn a great deal on this forum and hope I can give back also.  If you are still reading this long post- Thanks!

Good to meet you all.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: John McCann on August 31, 2009, 03:56:09 PM
Just checking in as normally required by a new member.  New to this forum... so letting everyone know I'm here.  I'm from the northeast and have an interest in survival techniques and kits.  Hope to learn new things.

Coyote Spirit 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on August 31, 2009, 08:13:30 PM
welcome everyone! hope you find it very lovely here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on August 31, 2009, 09:16:49 PM
Just checking in as normally required by a new member.  New to this forum... so letting everyone know I'm here.  I'm from the northeast and have an interest in survival techniques and kits.  Hope to learn new things.

Coyote Spirit 

People you need to know a lot more about Coyote Spirit, he is not new to survival at all, this is John McCann the author of  Build the Perfect Survival Kit (http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/Books,%20Survival%20Books,%20Survival%20Kit%20Books.htm). The only book published exclusively about survival kits. His website is Survival Resources (http://www.bepreparedtosurvive.com/index.html). John was one of the instructors at DT09 and Sis and I spent a fair amount of time with John and his wife Denise. Not only do they sell survival gear they have an Outdoor Skills School that they run together. They are very good people and will be getting all of my business in the future. John is obsessed with the quality of his products and the satisfaction of his customers. His business philosophy is exactly what members of this forum would expect from a company. I cannot say enough good things about these people. I urge all of you to check out John's website and send as much business his way as possible. 

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on August 31, 2009, 10:31:20 PM
Hi Coyote Spirit!   :-*  Miss you!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: John McCann on September 01, 2009, 08:46:44 AM
The Wise Wizard is being too kind.  I'm just a countryboy trying to do good.  But... The Wise Wizard and Sister Wolf (AKA: Beer Babe) are the best.  They have become friends of the heart in a very short time.  We will miss them.

Coyote Spirit
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dion on September 01, 2009, 09:57:41 AM
hi,

i came from Poland, Central - East Europe. i'm nearly 30 years old student living in capital city - Warsaw, interested in global issues like peak oil, financial crisis, overpopulation, global warming, deforestation etc which implicate my interest in financial self-defence and survivalism. been listening to the TSP for about 1 month.

dion

ps. sorry for my English, it's not my native language  ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on September 01, 2009, 10:11:46 AM
Welcome Dion. I think your English is just fine. Glad to have you join us.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on September 01, 2009, 10:27:38 AM

i came from Poland


Thank you for Solidarnosc.  The Poles greatly helped bring down communism in the 1980s.  Thank you.

Welcome to the forum. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexPrep on September 01, 2009, 01:59:22 PM
Been listening for about 8 months now, finally decided to join another forum.  Howdy from H-town.  8)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on September 01, 2009, 02:33:25 PM
Welcome from another houstonian! 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: IdahoJohn on September 01, 2009, 05:19:28 PM
Hopefully I'm doing this thing right.  I'm not much for forums, but I figure this one is well worth my time.  I'm a student at Idaho State.  Hopefully I'll be heading up to Moscow Idaho in a year for grad school.  My wife and I have been prepping now for about two years as much as a couple students can.  I've been listening to the show for about month.  I look forward to getting to know everyone on here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 01, 2009, 05:32:06 PM
Welcome Idaho John!  You're right - this forum is WELL worth your time.  :)  Tell your wife to join the forum as well - we don't bite too hard, and we need all the ladies we can get!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on September 01, 2009, 06:30:30 PM
Welcome Dion! I'm sure you will do well; it is in our Polish makeup to overcome. My grandparents came over and started a dairy farm in 1929 (the year of the crash and following depression).

We look forward to what you have to say.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ExpatBen on September 01, 2009, 08:51:56 PM
Hello,

I'm new here.  I've been listening to The Survival Pod Cast for about 3 weeks and really enjoy it.  I love the idea of being prepared and self sufficient, during good or bad times.  When I lived in California I had a couple days worth of food and water and a simple plan to leave the city with ammo and guns.

Now I live in Texas and would like to have a better plan, and the threat of storms is more real.  In LA it was just riots, and it would be over in a day at most.  Here it could be weeks without any help.  I don't mind, and enjoy the challenge. 

I'm really looking forward to learning more and starting some water reclaiming stuff and small gardens right here in the middle of Shertz/Cibolo urban area.

Later,
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Flyerman on September 01, 2009, 08:58:44 PM
hello fellow preparers/hunters/gatherers


very new to the whole 'awakened' lifestyle. been educating myself on all the different areas of preparing, or as many as i can, with a 2 yr old and 6 week old, thank God i have a great wife! anyway, we live in Central Texas, so anyone who knows of a survival group that meets out here, please let me know, as i can sure use some help and advice on all my questions. if you belong to one, i could be persuaded to give you some excellent homebrew in trade!


i have my first question in the primitive skills section,anyone who knows the answer, please help. ty
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gray Ghost on September 01, 2009, 09:21:56 PM
Howdy guys and gals...

I'm Aaron (aka Gray Ghost). I am a business owner in Houston, TX. 34, live with girlfriend, no kids... that I am aware of. I'm a CHL holder with a fair amount of firearms experience whether it's handguns, shotguns, or rifles. All tactical unfortunately. Trying to find ways to balance that with hunting knowledge. I am about 6 months into learning about preparedness. It all started with a random book from my favor author and a CERT course. For the last 6 months or so I have been working through a long list of acquiring knowledge and skills on an almost daily basis. It has been a fun journey that has really opened my eyes to a lot of things I used to take for granted and never stopped to really think about.

A friend I met through another forum on this topic introduced me to The Survival Podcast. I have been listening to the PodCast for about two weeks now trying to play catchup. So far I really like it and feel that it has given me a more productive direction in my preparedness.

Jack, thanks for taking the time out of your life to pull together not only the great Podcasts, but also this site and forum. I know how much work it can all be.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: compconsultant on September 01, 2009, 09:29:48 PM
Hello, I've been listening for about the last month.  I started at the beginning.  I am at episode 56.  I'm from Minnesota.  I'm married with two children a boy 4 and a girl 6.  We home school.  I've become a hardcore libertarian, not like Jack's fake libertarianism  ;D.   

I'm a banker by trade.  It's time to get prepared. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 01, 2009, 10:32:21 PM
Great to "see" all you new folks!  Can't wait to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Welcome!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 01, 2009, 11:07:47 PM
LOTS of newbies today!  WELCOME to all of you!!!!!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RexFelix on September 02, 2009, 12:35:52 AM
Greetings All, Im a veteran of DS / DS and a firm believer in preparing for whats coming. Finally at a point where I can do it and want to do it right. So investing BOL and resource stocking and Off the Grid power options. So any pointing in the general direction will be greatly appreciated :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dion on September 02, 2009, 06:08:50 AM
Thank you for Solidarnosc.  The Poles greatly helped bring down communism in the 1980s.  Thank you.
Welcome to the forum. 
i'm too young to be a recipient of these words but it's nice to see that Americans are interested in this subject. You have to know that it wasn't first time when the Poles fight with commies. if You're focused on this case please read an article at Wikipedia called Polish–Soviet War 1920 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish%E2%80%93Soviet_War). You can also look to the history of polish-russian conflicts at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Polish_War). btw. did You know that
Quote from: Wikipedia
last known anticommunism partisan was killed in an ambush as late as 1963, almost 20 years after the Soviet take-over of Poland.
these people are called "Cursed soldiers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cursed_soldiers)" and probably no one heard nothing about them outside my country. many Poles doesnt heard nothing about them.

but the most important thing in this moment is the point of beging of WWII. i know that for the American people this war begins on 12/7/1941 but, from the global point of view, it was initiated by German Nazist aggresion on Poland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Poland_%281939%29). They launched the War on 09/01/1939 and, a few days later, on 09/17/1939 Soviet Union stabs the Poles in the back by invaded us from other side (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_invasion_of_Poland_%281939%29). Poles celebrate 70th anniversary of these events now.

sorry for this monologue but here, in Poland, we heard sometimes about the articles in american magazines with sentences like "polish concentration camps". please, read the informations from the hyperlinks above and think who was a victim and who was a slaughter.

ps. worth to know that we've an event called "Warsaw Uprising (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising)" - a scream for freedom on August-September 1944. between 150,000 and 200,000 civilians was killed by Nazists (about 16,000 Polish insurgents was killed) and Soviet Army standed across the Vistula River and do - nothing. my city was destroyed in 80% and new buildings stand on dead bodies - literally.

Quote from: dudekrtr
Welcome Dion! I'm sure you will do well; it is in our Polish makeup to over come. My grandparents came over and started a dairy farm in 1929 (the year of the crash and following depression).
We look forward to what you have to say.
ok - one question - could You explain me sentence "Polish makeup to over come"? i think that it's some kind of pharasal verb that i don't know.

my grandfather comes to PL from USA as a child so he's got american citizenship. unfortunately, my family fail and i don't inherit citizenship (we've a 'law of blood' not a 'law of soil' so it was possible). but i feel 25% American ;)

i don't know what You're looking for, i think it's a lot of differences between Your style of life and my style of life so my advices will not work in US (for example - did You heard about pickled cabbage? You've polish ancestors so You can heard but i think that many other users of this forum will say 'bleh, how can You eat that') . also, i'm not a highly skilled man. my style of life is correlate to TSP style. live frugal (not cheap), no debt, have some food for unexpected cases, stay prepare. i live in the center of the biggest city in this country so i don't have many possibilites (like garage to store food). ups, i forget that the biggest polish city is Chicago ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 02, 2009, 09:51:19 AM
i'm too young to be a recipient of these words but it's nice to see that Americans are interested in this subject.

You're a pole, right?  I'm guessing that the thank you was more to your country (with you as our ambassador) than anything else.  And I echo it.  Thank you.

And yes, we Americans are interested in any country that is doing or has done good things.  ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 02, 2009, 09:53:42 AM
Greetings All, Im a veteran of DS / DS and a firm believer in preparing for whats coming. Finally at a point where I can do it and want to do it right. So investing BOL and resource stocking and Off the Grid power options. So any pointing in the general direction will be greatly appreciated :)

Welcome RexFelix!!!!  Is "DS / DS" Desert Storms one and two?  Are you Army, Marine, Navy, Airforce or Alphabet?

In any case, thank you VERY much for your service.  *big hug*  WilderWolf (my hubby and I) have a hell of a lot of respect for those who put their lives in harm's way for us.  If you ever make it to our neck of the woods, the drinks are on us.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hunter5117 on September 02, 2009, 10:34:58 AM
Figured I'd do the intro thing. Wife and I are confirmed preppers for about 5-6 years. Been bug-inners until this past spring when we purchased a 32 acre heavily wooded property (aka BOL)  about 2 hours from where we live (mid-West metropolitan area) and have been planning our eventual retirement to that location. We are into home-cookiing and baking from scratch, hunting and shooting (not so much the wife although she can shoot and handle a gun well enough to defend herself), camping, fishing and most other outdoor activities. Now that we have the room we will be starting a garden next year at the BOL. I already hang out at a couple of the other survival forums and am looking forward to taking part in this one as well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 02, 2009, 10:43:12 AM
Welcome, Hunter!  Here at Sietch WilderWolf, we do scratch baking too.  Lots of fresh bread here (and we have the bellies to prove it!) :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Laiph on September 02, 2009, 07:14:14 PM
Hi - I've been listening to TSP for about 6 months.  I'm a mom, wife & general surgeon.  We relocated to north Louisiana from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  I've always been prepared for storms but wanted to take my preps up a notch & found Jack's podcast on iTunes.  My husband is somewhat skeptical about my new "hobby" but coming around a little as he's watched our debt getting eliminated (lol).  My dad (retired military, fisherman, hunter) couldn't be happier that I'm finally interested in learning to shoot.  Really looking forward to getting involved with the forums.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on September 02, 2009, 09:46:48 PM
WELCOME TO THE FORUM LAIPH! Come post on the Louisiana thread in region 5!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on September 03, 2009, 06:37:53 AM
Laiph:

Welcome.  We have several medical professionals on the forum.  We really count on you guys (which means men and women here on the West Coast) to help us with information on medical things.  Of course, we like your thoughts on all topics.  But most of us know tons about gardening, guns, etc.--but medical is a big hole in our knowledge bases.

It's a two-way street.  You'll learn a ton from us.  We're a fun bunch of non-wackos so learning here is easy.  I've learned so much here without even trying.  Great knowledge just soaks into you from this forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wyrdone on September 03, 2009, 11:50:56 AM
Hello all,  Im a prepper here in VA, caught the TSP online one day and really found it a great tool thus far. Jack has ignited alot of ideas off iin head and has me wanting to try some new things to help make my situation at home better for myself and my family. After listening to the podcast for acouple of months I decided to check out the forum. Im looking forward to learning from you all. I will bring to the table whatever I can when I feel like Ive got a good grasp of the material here on the forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 03, 2009, 11:59:14 AM
Wyrdrone!  WELCOME!  Glad you could join us!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on September 03, 2009, 12:21:32 PM
Hi - I've been listening to TSP for about 6 months.  I'm a mom, wife & general surgeon.  We relocated to north Louisiana from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  I've always been prepared for storms but wanted to take my preps up a notch & found Jack's podcast on iTunes.  My husband is somewhat skeptical about my new "hobby" but coming around a little as he's watched our debt getting eliminated (lol).  My dad (retired military, fisherman, hunter) couldn't be happier that I'm finally interested in learning to shoot.  Really looking forward to getting involved with the forums.

We 'floated' up to the S'port area after Katrina, too... just moved to TX last summer. We have many friends (and at least one TSP forum member friend) who are still over there. Glad to have you on the forum!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Preppernation on September 03, 2009, 05:44:13 PM
Hello everybody,

I'm just getting started on the forum. As they say "Long time listener, first time caller"... or I should say long time lurker, first time poster! Anyway, hello and I'm looking forward to getting to everyone!

Prepper
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bubtech on September 03, 2009, 05:54:42 PM
Hi,
Brian here, near the Rockford metroplex in Northern IL.
Wife 2 kids, preps are under the family radar as best as possible but I have a months worth at most times.
Most of my things are "camping quality" as leaving the house with a 2 kids under 6 would be difficult at best.  No real retreat other than plenty of family in a "normal" 1-3 hour radius, and if things got really bad and we had the gas to make it, we could probably squat on a ranch in Montana that a relative owns.

That is about the worst of it.
Brian
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: PeerGynt on September 03, 2009, 07:01:51 PM
Hi!

My name is Greg and I live out in Phoenix. I started listening to the podcast from the beginning about a month ago. I'm only up to about 75 so it'll still be a while til I am current.

I just recently got interested in the survival mentality and preparedness and I'm starting to take the first steps towards bringing down my dept and getting some food stores and skills in place.

I'm also new guns and farming so I'm eager to learn about those topics as well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 03, 2009, 08:46:46 PM
Welcome Preppernation, bubtech and PeerGynt!  Sounds like you all came to the right place! 

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MikeBoxwell on September 04, 2009, 01:33:27 PM
My name is Michael Boxwell and I found this forum as one other forum member wrote a review of one of my books, The Solar Electricity Handbook, on this site.

I'm not here to blatantly advertise my book, however. I've been looking around the site and I like what I see. Congratulations to everyone for making a great little community here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: outoforder2day on September 04, 2009, 01:57:56 PM
Hi All,
I'm a typical mid 20's prepper based out of New York City who's heart is upstate in the woods. My interests include camping, hunting/marksmanship, computers, carpentry, theater, and just about everything else you could imagine. I'm a Chapter officer with Zombie Squad (http://zombiehunters.org/) Chapter 007 (http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=75) and have been active there for about a year and a half now. I also volunteer with the local Red Cross as part of their field communications unit (Ham operator for 5+ years). So... that's about it for me. Hope I can contribute here.
-D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on September 04, 2009, 02:01:35 PM
Welcome MikeBoxwell . Thanks for writing the book. Now I need to go back and read the review.. I think I missed it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 04, 2009, 03:09:12 PM
Hi All,
I'm a typical mid 20's prepper based out of New York City who's heart is upstate in the woods. My interests include camping, hunting/marksmanship, computers, carpentry, theater, and just about everything else you could imagine. I'm a Chapter officer with Zombie Squad (http://zombiehunters.org/) Chapter 007 (http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=75) and have been active there for about a year and a half now. I also volunteer with the local Red Cross as part of their field communications unit (Ham operator for 5+ years). So... that's about it for me. Hope I can contribute here.
-D

Out Of Order - you sound like you're gonna fit RIGHT in here!  Welcome to the pod!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: firemann816 on September 04, 2009, 07:02:20 PM
Hello All
I;m firemann816 -
I live in the Southeast and am new to survival & prep.

Professionally I am in I.T. but I change careers every 10 years or so.
I was a FF/EMT with an agency in Brevard County FL from 89 to 97 and volunteering for two years prior.
Was the time of my life and we did the
'hope for the best, prep for the worst' thing there.

I come from the foil hat / anti-NWO / 9/11 truth crowd.
I felt like since you believe all this stuff is coming down and it is being done by collusion,
what are you going to do about it?

Survival / prep / self-reliance.
'there seems to be a glitch in The Matrix'
I want to be ready & protect those I can.

All the best to everyone here, and thanks Jack for a great show -
I download and write it to a memory stick and listen in my car on my commutes & drives.

I'm interested first in
precious metals, solar and learning food production & storage.

Regards,
firemann816
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on September 04, 2009, 07:48:50 PM
Welcome firemann816
Quote
precious metals, solar and learning food production & storage.
We have some really good threads on this stuff.
Also, if you haven't done it yet, check out Ready Made Resources.
http://readymaderesources.com/ (http://readymaderesources.com/)
They have a free downloadable catalog that has tons of info on solar. Great stuff and great info.


Also for all the other new people, I want to welcome you.
There's way to many to name, but welcome to all.
It warms my heart to see so many people taking an active interest in their future.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CdnGuy on September 04, 2009, 07:56:24 PM
Hello there! I stumbled on to TheSurvivalPodcast through iTunes Store and I AM HOOKED! Well, I wasn't completely hooked until I heard Jack talk about Permaculture. I studied permaculture about 10 years ago and was convinced that this is one of those ideas that could change the world for the better. Survivalist, voluntary simplicity, gourmand, farmer, I don't care what your genre is. Permaculture is something everyone should be doing in some way. Thanks Jack.

I'm also a contributing writer for the Canadian Preppers Network and hope to get something going on podcast wise, targeting Canadians, in the very near future.

Glad to be here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 04, 2009, 08:07:00 PM
Welcome everybody.

CdnGuy, if you get that podcast going make sure to post a link so we can check it out. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: texasrugger on September 04, 2009, 08:51:25 PM
Hey everyone!  My name is Jeremy, I'm 33 and I live in La Marque, TX.  Just this side of the mainland from Galveston Island.  Been listening to The Survival Podcast for awhile, but upon becoming a father just 2 months ago, have finally started to do something and not just listen anymore.  Been reading alot of books about permaculture and have gotten the wife involved in buying more food when we go to the store in order to start having some supply on hand.  I've outfitted both cars with 72 hour kits.  Stuff I should have done before, but at least I'm finally getting it done. 
   My major area of concern is firearms.  I must say that I'm pretty ignorant about the whole.  I'm working on that though.  A friend from work's husband is what some call a 'gun nut' and we're going to start going to the shooting range he is a member of every Sunday to help me get better acquainted with handguns and rifles. 
    In other words.  Be patient with me.  I've listened to alot of podcasts and read alot of books, but have almost zero practical experience and will probably have more questions than answers.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 04, 2009, 09:06:50 PM
Hey everyone!  My name is Jeremy, I'm 33 and I live in La Marque, TX.  Just this side of the mainland from Galveston Island.  Been listening to The Survival Podcast for awhile, but upon becoming a father just 2 months ago, have finally started to do something and not just listen anymore.  Been reading alot of books about permaculture and have gotten the wife involved in buying more food when we go to the store in order to start having some supply on hand.  I've outfitted both cars with 72 hour kits.  Stuff I should have done before, but at least I'm finally getting it done.  
   My major area of concern is firearms.  I must say that I'm pretty ignorant about the whole.  I'm working on that though.  A friend from work's husband is what some call a 'gun nut' and we're going to start going to the shooting range he is a member of every Sunday to help me get better acquainted with handguns and rifles.  
    In other words.  Be patient with me.  I've listened to alot of podcasts and read alot of books, but have almost zero practical experience and will probably have more questions than answers.
Glad you're here Jeremy.  Welcome to the forums, & I'm sure you'll find plenty of folks who are eager to help out.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 04, 2009, 09:14:12 PM
Hey everyone!  My name is Jeremy, I'm 33 and I live in La Marque, TX.  Just this side of the mainland from Galveston Island.  Been listening to The Survival Podcast for awhile, but upon becoming a father just 2 months ago, have finally started to do something and not just listen anymore.  Been reading alot of books about permaculture and have gotten the wife involved in buying more food when we go to the store in order to start having some supply on hand.  I've outfitted both cars with 72 hour kits.  Stuff I should have done before, but at least I'm finally getting it done. 
   My major area of concern is firearms.  I must say that I'm pretty ignorant about the whole.  I'm working on that though.  A friend from work's husband is what some call a 'gun nut' and we're going to start going to the shooting range he is a member of every Sunday to help me get better acquainted with handguns and rifles. 
    In other words.  Be patient with me.  I've listened to alot of podcasts and read alot of books, but have almost zero practical experience and will probably have more questions than answers.

Excellent!  Welcome to the forum, Jeremy!  Questions are MOST welcome here!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Locomoco on September 05, 2009, 02:12:45 AM
Hi Everybody,

I'm Mel from Seattle.  I grew up in Hawaii and still consider myself an island boy at heart.  I've been lurking for several weeks now as a guest to this forum and like what I see!  I started getting into the prepping mentality thru EDC'ing and I look forward to learning more from all the great people here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hawaii Guy on September 05, 2009, 03:48:39 AM
Hello all! I am also a new member from Hawaii! :)

I have been listening to Jacks pod cast for several months now and love what i hear. I am not new to be somewhat preppared but wanting to learn more from you guys and being a true survivalist.

appreciate all useful info and hope to contribute.

Aloha!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hawaii Guy on September 05, 2009, 03:50:06 AM
Hey locomoco what island from???
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on September 05, 2009, 07:33:35 AM
Welcome to all the new folks. There is a lot of good information and great people here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Mastoo on September 05, 2009, 08:05:07 AM
Hey people.  New member, long time listener here in Missouri.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on September 05, 2009, 08:05:11 AM

My major area of concern is firearms.  I must say that I'm pretty ignorant about the whole.  I'm working on that though. 


You've come to the right place.  We have a great thread from whatzhizname (that's his user name) on firearms 101.  It's here:  http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=4704.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=4704.0)

No one here is that "gun store guy" who mocks you for asking questions about guns or acts all knowledgeable just to be a jerk.  A good chunk of the people on the forum are new to guns; we love that and try to help by giving out some good info.

There are plenty of threads on the Firearms board like "Getting my first gun-what should I get?" and that kind of thing.  We even have the boards broken down to handguns, rifles, etc.

I encourage you and everyone else needing info on this topic to get a free, non-jerky, and trustworthy education here on TSP.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Locomoco on September 05, 2009, 01:03:19 PM
Hey locomoco what island from???

Howzit Hawaii Guy,

I'm from Oahu.  Kalihi Valley!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on September 05, 2009, 01:10:52 PM
Hey people.  New member, long time listener here in Missouri.

I love your avatar!
What a Good Dog!
(because there is no Bad Dog) ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: PeggyMD on September 05, 2009, 05:19:40 PM
Dear All,

I’m been listening to The Survival Podcast for about the past month. I am Baby Boomer prepper, single woman, late 50‘s with three daughters, ages 23, 20 and 19, and a family practice physician in solo practice in Maine.  Three years ago I realized I could never fulfill my dream and retire in my current home due to annual property taxes of almost $6000 (and it is too huge with a large lawn) and started to look for a more economical community.  After finding five acres of hilltop privacy, complete with farm fields, only 30 minutes from my office, I explored energy efficiency for building a new home to further minimize economic needs during a potential Social Security less future. 

In January I googled “survival” and found Survival Blog, now my usual daily reading after news in Drudge Report.   My previous focus had been political, starting after 9/11, but after the 11/08 election, I became nervous about our country’s future.  In early August, after another evening of net search, I found The Survival Podcast.  Great site!  The grasshopper and the ant is much saner than the all guns and ammo approach, and I hope to become more involved in networking.

Preps in 2009:  got my first handgun, took two intro courses, and now belong to the local shooting range; have pulled out my pressure cooker canner from the 1970’s and canned lots of meat, and a few fruits and veggies; got and learned to use a dehydrator; have 1 ½ years of stored canned and dried food; tapped my maple trees and now have a year or more supply of maple syrup after boiling in my kitchen until the wallpaper rippled multiple times; have experimented with lots of veggie gardening (after many years of flowers and landscaping, and indoor African violets on every window sill), and plan a root cellar in the basement sand pit left 13 years ago for a bathroom we never got around to installing, when we built this house…until I move to the hilltop.

Enough for now.

PeggyMD
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ncjeeper on September 05, 2009, 05:28:50 PM
WOW
A whole bunch of new members. Welcome all and jump right in.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 05, 2009, 05:42:25 PM
Welcome all!

PeggyMD, Your input would be very much appreciated!  Please stop by the Medical thread during your travels and feel free to contribute your expertice.  We have a lot of medics/EMTs, but I think you may be our first Doctor! ;D.  We also have a dentist (AKDentist) that sets us straight on dental issues. 

I hope you find this a sane and helpful site! 

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 918victor on September 05, 2009, 05:53:21 PM
Howdy All!

New member from Dirttime 09. I met a lot of great people from the pod cast there so I thought I would drop in and say hello.  I dont know most of your screen names so feel free to PM me. It might take me a while to put the name w/ the face. I was the one with the Ridgeback.

I live in Norcal and have a small tree care business. My interest generally fall under the catagories of freedom and adventure.  I like fishing, building, fishing, gardening, fishing, hunting, shooting, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, freediving, foraging. I like learning new things, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Nice to meet you all

Matt

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Mastoo on September 05, 2009, 06:23:29 PM
I love your avatar!
What a Good Dog!
(because there is no Bad Dog) ;D

yeah, she poses well.  Nice bunny but is it singing or screaming?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 05, 2009, 06:45:13 PM
Howdy All!

New member from Dirttime 09. I met a lot of great people from the pod cast there so I thought I would drop in and say hello.  I dont know most of your screen names so feel free to PM me. It might take me a while to put the name w/ the face. I was the one with the Ridgeback.

I live in Norcal and have a small tree care business. My interest generally fall under the catagories of freedom and adventure.  I like fishing, building, fishing, gardening, fishing, hunting, shooting, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, freediving, foraging. I like learning new things, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Nice to meet you all

Matt


So, I hear ya like fishing....;D

Welcome to the forums everyone.

PeggyMD it sounds like you've jumped in with both feet.  Good for you!  Make sure you keep us updated on your progress & struggles.  We like to offer encouragement around here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 05, 2009, 07:16:25 PM
Howdy All!

New member from Dirttime 09. I met a lot of great people from the pod cast there so I thought I would drop in and say hello.  I dont know most of your screen names so feel free to PM me. It might take me a while to put the name w/ the face. I was the one with the Ridgeback.

I live in Norcal and have a small tree care business. My interest generally fall under the catagories of freedom and adventure.  I like fishing, building, fishing, gardening, fishing, hunting, shooting, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, freediving, foraging. I like learning new things, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Nice to meet you all

Matt

Aarrrrrr!!!!  North Western Seamen unite!  west-siiiiiiide!!!!

Welcome, Matt!  I was the one with the scrappy ridgeback mix who wanted to fight with your Ridgeback.  Welcome to the Pod!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 05, 2009, 07:17:45 PM
PS - That abalone looks delicious, Matt.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ironhead on September 05, 2009, 09:58:48 PM
Hi everyone.

My name is Chris. I was lucky enough to be number 3000 to join this forum!

I'm 38 yrs old and live in Arlington, Texas - just a couple of miles from Jack. (We don't know each other and we've never met).

My wife and I have been prepping by getting out of debt, stocking up and working to become self sufficient for a few years now but TSP is inspiring us to really get focused and be more creative. I lurked here a while before joining and I've learned a lot from you folks. Thank you very much. Now that I've joined I'm looking forward to asking some questions and hopefully making a contribution.

I'm especially interested in face-to-face networking in this region. Hit me up!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on September 05, 2009, 10:12:27 PM
Welcome Chris!  You are going to love the forum!  It is great to have you here and congrates on the 3K it is great to see new members.

We look forward to hearing from you
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 05, 2009, 11:09:07 PM
Ironhead, what the heck took you so long to introduce yourself!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on September 05, 2009, 11:23:40 PM
Howdy All!

New member from Dirttime 09. I met a lot of great people from the pod cast there so I thought I would drop in and say hello.  I dont know most of your screen names so feel free to PM me. It might take me a while to put the name w/ the face. I was the one with the Ridgeback.

I live in Norcal and have a small tree care business. My interest generally fall under the catagories of freedom and adventure.  I like fishing, building, fishing, gardening, fishing, hunting, shooting, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, freediving, foraging. I like learning new things, seeing new places and meeting new people.

Nice to meet you all

Matt


Welcome Matt, I am glad you decided to join us.

The Wilderness



Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ragnar on September 06, 2009, 12:23:25 AM
well I have posted her a couple of time but don't think I have ever posted in the intro section so figured it was about time.

I live in North West AR (home of Wal-mart, JB hunt and tyson) I have been living here for about 3 years, grew up on the east coast (NC/VA and a little time in Atlanta). I have be competitively shooting for about 5 years, do my own reloading and I am General Class Ham radio operator. I actually got started in Ham radio when I was in college and working at a Boy Scout camp in the summer. Actually there was a few time where my radio was the only link into town (when a big storm came by) But then college .... girls....beer and the radio was put the side for a while. but I am back active for the last few years.

I think I have always been a preparer. I remember watching "The Day After" as a little Kid and then it did not help that I though the legend of Boggy creek was real ( made camping a bit more interesting). I can actually remember a little about the gas shortage in the 70's though I was quite young. I think these events  helped shape me into my way of thinking. Growing up I was active in Scouts, which was one of the best experiences in my life. I was lucky that I belonged to a troop that liked to camp. Each summer we would go for at least a week if not two on a long excursion.

I have really enjoyed this forum (read more than post) and listening to the Podcast. It surprised me how interested in gardening  I got this summer, even though I started out slow this year I have learned a lot.

just glad to find a place with like minded folk in an environment where we are all wanting to learn more and more
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Mako on September 06, 2009, 07:59:47 AM
Mako here.  Some a ya' know me.  Good to be here.

Mako
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: pacman on September 06, 2009, 09:27:11 AM
Looking forward to being part of an active forum, retired Law enforcemnet form south florida. Now headed to southern Ky where I recently purchased 10 acres adjacent to the Daniel Boone Nat Forest. The property has a natural spring and I am starting with 32 foot solar powered travel trailer. Hopefully a small farming operation. I am enjoying the information I am gleaming from the pocast. i hope to add to and learn more everyday.



thanks
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: outdoorman63 on September 06, 2009, 11:41:47 AM
Just wanted to drop in and say Hi to all, I have been reading and listening for sometime but hardly ever post, just enjoying all the info, thanks to everyone.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 06, 2009, 11:42:22 AM
Mako here.  Some a ya' know me.  Good to be here.

Mako

Mako from DT09?  Welcome!!!!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 06, 2009, 11:43:28 AM
BIG welcome to pacman and outdoorman and ALL of the rest of you newbs!  :)  Thanks for taking the jump and starting to contribute to the board!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Mako on September 06, 2009, 01:41:18 PM
Mako from DT09?  Welcome!!!!!!

Aye, one and the same.  I recognize your face and name, but I don't think we were ever introduced.  You heard about it via TSP I'm assuming?

Mako
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: csteigerwald on September 06, 2009, 02:18:33 PM
Hi...I'm from south Alabama...just heard about his site on another forum...I look forward to learning a lot and getting to know some of you!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 06, 2009, 02:44:09 PM
Aye, one and the same.  I recognize your face and name, but I don't think we were ever introduced.  You heard about it via TSP I'm assuming?

Mako

No, I heard about it on the Hoodlums forum from Alan and Dude.  I am their web-mistress.  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Recycler4570 on September 06, 2009, 06:52:56 PM
Howdy!
I registered a while back, but after Dirttime  and meeting Jack, TW & Sisterwolf (and probably a few more of you) I figured I'd introduce myself. I live in western Wyoming, am into weapons of all types, (any Riddle Of Steel attendees out there?) handloading, general survival, although I'm somewhat weak on primative skills. I've been prepping in an unsophisticated way for a long time but am getting more organized.
I'm looking forward to learning a lot here.

Hi Mako and any other Hoodlums here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 06, 2009, 06:56:52 PM
Welcome, Recycler!  It's awesome to see such a big crossover lately!  Coyote Spirit is here, MuddyBoots is here, 918victor is here, Mako is here, Dude and Alan, Cpt. Caveman, and Master Guns are here.  LOTS of hoodlums! :)  It's Awesome! ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Recycler4570 on September 06, 2009, 07:17:11 PM
Good to know so much info is being shared and that there is such a crossover of talented people. I heard about TSP on Hoodlums.
I just wish I had more time to read all the threads on both forums!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RUReady on September 07, 2009, 12:29:23 AM
  Found the podcast from a post on AR15.com. Been listening to Jack for most of the year and learned allot about prepping. Even started a square foot garden that I'm eating from now.
Have always been a prepper, but Jack has really help me with a more rounded approach, thanks.

   My name is Dave and 56yrs young. I have a mechanic repair business and live and work at home by myself. Have worked for myself for over 11years by doing fair and honest work. My advertising is word of mouth only. Can fix almost anything. Hobbies are shooting(3gun,600yd HP,IPSC, tactical, practical and sniper matches) started and ran the local 3gun and varmint matches, fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling, camping in remote areas, white water rafting and dirt bike riding. Do all of my own gun work and reloading. NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and have a CHL. My health is slowing me down some, but I'm still having fun.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on September 07, 2009, 01:06:05 AM
Welcome to all of the new members!

it is good to see the forum growing like it is.

TW

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on September 07, 2009, 08:15:51 AM
welcome everyone! glad to see more people
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Withorwithout on September 07, 2009, 12:41:06 PM
New member from south Louisiana here.

Have been downloading the podcast for a while now and am just now making an effort to listen to them all.  Thought I'd give the forum a whirl hoping for something different than what is found on most other S&P boards.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 07, 2009, 01:11:13 PM
If you want somethin' different, you definitely got it.  :)

Hey Lou - lookit!  Another new lou member!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Herbal Prepper on September 07, 2009, 01:51:46 PM
Hi, I'm Cat.  I've been listening to the podcast for a while, maybe about just under a year.  My husband (Eddie) and I came to survivalism and preparedness kind of in a round about way.  I had a Massage Therapy/health & wellness practice, and through my studies became very concerned over the chemicals in our food and personal care products.  This ramped up quite a bit when pregnant with my first child, and my research began to expand to the politics behind the agriculture, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries.  Of course, that led to looking at other areas of corruption in our various systems, and so on and so forth.  At the same time, our state (MA) has become frighteningly regulated, so sad for the birthplace of the American Revolution.  Eddie and I ultimately got to the point where we said, there has to be a better way.  Eventually, through networking on the internet (mostly Yahoo groups), I began reading and talking with others about self-reliance, survivalism, preparedness, etc.  We've secured 23 acres in Maine, and are making headway building a cabin on the property (couple more trips should do it). 

Looking forward to meeting like minded folks here.

Cat
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 07, 2009, 02:07:08 PM
Wow, Cat, you're kicking some serious bum up there in the North East.  Good for you, and welcome to the forum! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Herbal Prepper on September 07, 2009, 02:36:21 PM
Wow, Cat, you're kicking some serious bum up there in the North East.  Good for you, and welcome to the forum! :)

Thanks, I forgot to mention that Eddie is a beekeeper.  If anyone is thinking about keeping bees- do it.  It's a great way to make part-time or full-time income (honey & wax sales, polination services, etc.), and honey has so many practical uses beyond sweetening tea.  You can use it to treat wounds, acne, preserve food, bake, and more.  Plus, you can make candles, lip balm, and lotions from the wax.  Of course, your garden will produce more food than you thought possible from having the extra polinators around.

Cat
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 07, 2009, 02:45:01 PM
We have a couple of beekepers on the board.  One is Archer, he is an admin here, and he's the king bee.  :D  My husband (The Wilderness here on the board) and I have a friend who keeps bees just a couple of miles from us, and we are looking forward to keeping bees reasonably soon too (not here, probably, but within the next 5 years).  You guys are going to offer us a PLETHORA of information here, and we all look forward to it!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: savageknives on September 07, 2009, 04:08:24 PM
hey folks. my name is michael. im in abilene, tx. only a few short hours from where jack is. im 18 and have been listening in for a few months now. im at junior college for this year and next then ill go somewhere else for god knows what kind of degree. im an apprentice level blacksmith and bladesmith. making knives being my #1 hobby and hopefully one day profession. if anyone happens to be near me shoot me an email at measley010@sbcglobal.net.  thanks for being so inviting everyone.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 07, 2009, 04:27:36 PM
Hey Michael!  Welcome to the forum!!!!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: evilphish on September 07, 2009, 04:45:17 PM
savage, you should head over to the blade forum here and post some pics of your work.  we would all love to see it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wyochrissy on September 07, 2009, 05:23:40 PM
Howdy!
I registered a while back, but after Dirttime  and meeting Jack, TW & Sisterwolf (and probably a few more of you) I figured I'd introduce myself. I live in western Wyoming, am into weapons of all types, (any Riddle Of Steel attendees out there?) handloading, general survival, although I'm somewhat weak on primitive skills. I've been prepping in an unsophisticated way for a long time but am getting more organized.
I'm looking forward to learning a lot here.

Hi Mako and any other Hoodlums here!

Hey Recycler - Noticed you're from Wyoming!  Sweet!  There's only a few of us here.  Be sure to check out the Region 7 forums, which has a Wyoming thread - they'd love to hear from you there!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on September 07, 2009, 07:05:12 PM
Welcome to all the new comers!! I'm interested in hearing your husbands and your experiences with bees Cat.
Sounds like you are learning a very great skill Savageknives!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: stjohn45 on September 07, 2009, 07:07:10 PM
Hi,
I've been lurking for several months so figured it was time for an introduction. My name is Steve. I'm a Field Technician for a telephone company. I'm 45, and have been married for 19 years. My kids are 18 and 15, boy and girl. I've been prepping for about three years but had an interest for awhile.

I served in the US Army for 8 years as a 54B Chemical Operations Specialist. Stationed in Hawaii for 4 years with 25th ID, 2 years in New York with 10th Mountain and 2 with 101st Airborne here in Ky where I currently reside. Have an interest in outdoors, hunting and shooting. Recently joined GSSF, NRA member and scheduled to attend Glock Armorers School in October 2009 and Sig Armorers School in Feb 2010. That's pretty much it in a nutshell.  I am going to take the time to check out the podcasts, forums and go from there. Thanks for having me!

Steve
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Withorwithout on September 07, 2009, 09:08:07 PM
If you want somethin' different, you definitely got it.  :)

Hey Lou - lookit!  Another new lou member!

Thanks for the welcome!

Just a cursory viewing and I think I'm gonna like this place.  Lots of good info and seems to be a good crowd.

A little more about me:

38 year old male, married, father of 2 young girls

Started prepping about 2 years ago.  Having my first child had a real effect on me.......the idea of not being able to feed her, having my family left vulnerable and dependent on government assistance during times of disaster, etc.  Even though I have a long way to go, it simply amazes me how so many people refuse prep. 

Top of the ole threat matrix is hurricanes as I live south of I-10.  I'm more of a prepper at this point than working toward self-sufficiency, but am slowly moving in that direction. 

My plan is to mine information from the forum but, truth be told, I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut and will likely waste bandwidth by replying and perhaps even starting a thread or two.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 07, 2009, 09:57:25 PM
Thanks for the welcome!

Most welcome, sir.

Quote
Just a cursory viewing and I think I'm gonna like this place.  Lots of good info and seems to be a good crowd.

Very, very, very good crowd.  A few nutjobs, but they made us all "moderators" and "admin" so that you could tell us apart from the normal folk.

Quote
My plan is to mine information from the forum but, truth be told, I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut and will likely waste bandwidth by replying and perhaps even starting a thread or two.

Yup, you're gonna fit riiiiiight in.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: savageknives on September 07, 2009, 11:10:48 PM
evilphish, if i ever produce something worth taking a picture of yall will be the first to see. i did finish a few flint strikers today and they throw some sparks. i was happy with those for sure.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on September 07, 2009, 11:43:41 PM
savageknives,

I would really like to get into blacksmithing. It has always fascinated me. My grandfather was a blacksmith. I have his apprentice book, printed in 1908. The color plates showing what color the iron is at different temperatures is hand painted. Even book publishers couldn't print color then.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Pitaprez on September 08, 2009, 02:04:47 AM
Hello to all  I found the TSP by listening to Eric Shelton at the Handgun Podcast.  I downloaded about 25 or so episodes and started to listen.  I have been poking around the forums a little and decided it was time to join.  From my poking around it looks like y'all are a bunch of good folks who have a lot of knowledge so I hope you don't mind if I pick a few brains before I start giving my two cents on stuff. 
I live in Southern AZ but am not a original native.  I grew up on a farm in Michigan but the winters got to be too much for me.  I am looking forward to getting to know people here and maybe even meet up with some folks from SoAZ. 
Have a great week to everyone and catch you later.
HJP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: savageknives on September 08, 2009, 10:18:52 AM
hey tex, if your anywhere close to abilene or end up close to here for some reason email me. im very much an amateur but id love to show you anything i know.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 08, 2009, 11:27:56 AM
Hello to all  I found the TSP by listening to Eric Shelton at the Handgun Podcast.  I downloaded about 25 or so episodes and started to listen.  I have been poking around the forums a little and decided it was time to join.  From my poking around it looks like y'all are a bunch of good folks who have a lot of knowledge so I hope you don't mind if I pick a few brains before I start giving my two cents on stuff. 
I live in Southern AZ but am not a original native.  I grew up on a farm in Michigan but the winters got to be too much for me.  I am looking forward to getting to know people here and maybe even meet up with some folks from SoAZ. 
Have a great week to everyone and catch you later.
HJP

Awesome!  Welcome to the forum!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ayla on September 08, 2009, 01:06:30 PM
Hi I'm Ayla.  I've been studying permaculture design and hopefully will be finishing my certification this year.  I'm not an experienced gardener, or gun handler or survivalist but I'm learning a lot of Jack's shows.  I just started listening a few weeks ago during long drives.  I've also be studying and working with several groups to educate people about, and who are getting involved with complementary currency, permaculture, gift economies, yard sharing, neighborhood cooperatives, CSA's, really free markets, clothing swaps, food not lawns, eco-villages, holistic health and other related topics.  We believe that if people work together cooperatively, we'll be safer and live better lives than if try to survive individually and fight one another for resources.   I'm not sure if I have my family on board yet.

I look forward to learning and sharing and making some new friends here.

Cheers,
Ayla
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 08, 2009, 04:23:49 PM
Welcome Ayla!  It sounds like you're already working toward a better tomorrow!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Parabarbarian on September 08, 2009, 09:41:04 PM
This seems to be the place for introductions so here goes.

I've been a Systems and Network Engineer since 1997.  I'm currently working for a small local company.  Before that I worked Aerospace for about 13 years. Most of that time was in Quality Engineering because of my background in ultrasonic and fluorescent dye penetrant.  Before that I was a dishwasher and auto mechanic.  I've also done some real time programming

I started "prepping" back when it was variously called "civil defense", "civil preparedness" or sometimes just "common sense".  I grew up raising chickens, growing a fairly large garden every year and tending a small orchard of various fruit trees.  My family only did organic gardening so I know what it means to load, haul in, and spread several pickup truckload of cow s**t.  I didn't do much of the canning but I did learn how to make a fair apricot wine.

The lean years of getting through college the first time around reinforced a vague desire to be ready for anything from a four hour power outage to Betelgeuse finishing its collapse to a supernova.  The preparation and the attitudes it promoted helped a lot when Aerospace went to crap in California and I went back to school for a second degree.

I have some experience with firearms but I'd be considered a "gun nut" only by the ignorant.  I hunted for several years -- mostly deer and wild pig -- but not much lately.  I still have the rifles and I practice regularly.  I did buy a couple of 223 carbines for the womenfolk but they lost interest so I'll probably sell them.

Other than that, lets see... I've helped dig a couple of wells and I have a passing familiarity with steam power plants.  I can do simple stuff on a lathe or milling machine but I'm sure as sin no machinist.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hawaii Guy on September 09, 2009, 03:13:23 AM
I love your avatar!
What a Good Dog!
(because there is no Bad Dog) ;D

Awwright locomoco from Kalihi... Good to hear from you braddah hows seattle???
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Soapy on September 09, 2009, 08:23:31 AM
Hello from Atlantic Canada,
I've been listening to Jack since Jan. '09. The survival podcast was one of the hits while googling preparedness. I posted in the ladies forum yesterday, and Sister Wolf suggested I introduce myself here too.

My husband (Reno-man) and I have been putting lots of energy and $$ into renovating an old farmhouse for the last 3 years, but we haven't taken the time to put in much of a garden (just onions and squash this year) or livestock yet. 

On our first homestead I learned the basics of soap making, milking goats, raising chickens and meat rabbits, squarefoot gardening and living without running water or indoor plumbing which is my least fond memory. Well...now that I think about it, killing the rabbits by hand with a hammer and sharp knife isn't such a great memory either. I really need to take the firearm safety course so we can own a firearm!

Aside from our day jobs as fabric store employee and Stationary Engineer, I teach hand and machine sewing to children in my home studio, and Reno-man takes on electronic fix-it jobs. I mean, he will resume doing so as soon as his new workroom is complete.

Anyway, it's been a few years since we homesteaded. I'm rusty, and may not have much to offer for a while, but am really looking forward to being part of this great community.

Soapy

PS. Are there any other Bluenosers on the forum?

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 09, 2009, 11:34:49 AM
Welcome to our new folks!!!!!!! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: papaswamp on September 09, 2009, 11:39:35 AM
Hey all from NE Florida! Hope all is well, look forward to learning much and hopefully contributing something.

-T
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: slippy on September 09, 2009, 12:49:55 PM
Noob from the People's Republic of Maryland checking here.
I am 36 with 2 children.  For work I am education administrator and owner of a child care business.

I have always been interested in prepping but was feeling a bit like a nut case.  Friends and family call me paranoid and insist there is a pill out there with my name on it.

However, I made the decision to come out in the open after Katrina.  I watched in awe as people made no effort to improve their situation knowing full well the impending doom that was heading their way.  As we all saw neither God nor government came to the rescue.  We are on our own & self-reliance will be the savior at the end of the day.

I must admit I am feeling a bit overwhelmed because there is so much to know.  I found this podcast in my search for knowledge.  Needless to say, I find it comforting that there are like-minded people out there.  I will most likely have many questions please be patient ( I will be sure to search the threads before asking  ;) )

My wife says that my problem is I do not trust anyone....I tell her her problem is she trusts anyone.
We recently purchased property in WVa and will be building in the coming months.  The Mrs. and kids call it a vacation home but to me it is our BOL.  Looking forward to spending lots of time learning and eventually contributing.

Respectfully,
Slippy
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 09, 2009, 12:55:34 PM
Welcome, Slippy! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Leucaena on September 09, 2009, 02:04:02 PM
Market Gardener, free-market anarchist, and permaculture enthusiast from deep south Texas, checking in. Howdy.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on September 09, 2009, 02:33:27 PM
Hello and Howdy to all the newcomers! Sit back, learn and help us all learn.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Augerus on September 09, 2009, 09:25:55 PM
I served in both the US Air Force and US Army as an EOD technician. Among much other training, I did jungle survival training in the Philippines and was an early user/tester of the Barrett .50 cal M82. I also had the opportunity to qualify with Bundeswher weapons in Germany (the MG3 really rips-out the rounds in a hurry). My favorite will always be the M2 .50 cal machine gun. I got out of the military after playing in the sandbox and cleaning up some of the mess we made in Desert Storm. Between military stints I worked corporate security for a bit in Arkansas.

I then went to school (on my own nickel) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree while remodeling a broken-down house I was living in (profits from which paid-off most of my college debt), and working full-time in a pawn shop. 

As an engineer, I've worked mostly in aviation doing system integration design for military aircraft and also worked for a bit designing and supporting the installation of security systems for the US Customs and US military bases. I've done remote solar/wind power design and performance testing of remote-operated security cameras and related systems. I'm the kind of person who would rather learn how to do something myself than pay someone else to do it.

I've been a 'prepper' of some capacity since I was a kid of about 9 years. Knowing how fragile the technology we depend on is; it amazes me how well we can keep it going in the USA.

Right now I live in northern Alabama and I'm searching for a nice bit of land in Tennessee to start a homestead and chuck the corporate life. (For me, Dilbert is not a comic strip; it's a documentary.)

Let the ladies know that I'm middle-aged (46) from the mid-west and available!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on September 09, 2009, 10:45:37 PM
Welcome to all the new members. Good to see you here.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: EatLedBich on September 10, 2009, 09:52:55 AM
Another newby to the forum. I hope you don't find my user id inappropiate. It's sort of a premonition (and a joke-i think). I'm a Software Engineerd in the Corvallis, Oregon or "Or-E-Gun" to you East Coast folks. 3 kids, wife, dog and like many of you, have felt the average American lifestyle doesn't feel right or sustainable. I'm 100% on board with the philosophies of this survivalism movement and have made a lot of personal progress in my own little slice of suburbia. I've ramped up my efforts since I found you folks which was in April or May of this year. This podcast/site/forum has really helped me with prioritizing.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 10, 2009, 10:55:03 AM
Welcome to the forum, ELB!  ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: EagleNewB1984 on September 10, 2009, 02:00:35 PM
Hello all, I am a professional geek and currently reside in one of the larger cities in Kentucky.  I guess you could say that I have had prepper tendencies throughout most of my life.  I found this show a couple of weeks ago and have been steadily going through all the podcasts.  I've never really thought about survival as a way of life.  It was always that the excrement was about to spray so I need to prepare for it.  So far I've always been wrong.  It makes a hell of a lot more sense to me to look at it as wrestling back my independence.  As of right now I am about 1% down the road to where I'd like to be.  I grow herbs and peppers in the few square feet of sunlight I have. I always have a small bug out kit (food, shelter, water) in the car and a pack at the house. This is also my backpacking gear so It's always rotated and ready to go.  I'm looking forward to educating myself and hopefully having something to contribute. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 10, 2009, 02:10:27 PM
Yay!  New geeks!  What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Welcome, Eagle!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: evilphish on September 10, 2009, 03:00:28 PM
Quote
What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

42
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 10, 2009, 03:01:43 PM
42

I was asking the EAGLE!  NOT the fish!  :D  ;)

Damn babblefish always giving the answer to everything.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LICountryBoy on September 10, 2009, 04:16:58 PM
42

But what's the question?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 10, 2009, 04:53:40 PM
But what's the question?

Not even the universe's largest super computer can figure that one out.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on September 10, 2009, 05:23:09 PM
I was asking the EAGLE!  NOT the fish!  :D  ;)
Damn babblefish always giving the answer to everything.

That's it's job... Make things known..

But what's the question?
The Ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

Not even the universe's largest super computer can figure that one out.
That's the answer, not the question.

Geek score +1...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on September 10, 2009, 05:40:11 PM
I defer the answer to the question to the learned Professor Irwin Corey:

Professor Irwin Corey at the Cutting Room NYC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxtN0xxzfsw#normal)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: EagleNewB1984 on September 10, 2009, 06:02:21 PM
Alright, fine.  The definition of geek for me is I am the entire IT department for my company and all of it's subsidiaries.  I do desktop support and repairs, Server Admin, DB admin, Network Admin, VOIP admin (phones), Alarm system/card access system (building security), product development and anything else that talks in bits and bytes.  Professional geek is a lot easier to type and doesn't sound so pretentious.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ECACE on September 10, 2009, 08:22:35 PM
Hey all, been lurking around the forum for a couple months and posted a couple times, but never properly introduced myself.
Name is Eric, ECACE is just my initials forward then backwards.  I see I am amongst other geeks.  That is a good thing.

I am a father of two, daughter just turned 9, and my son is 2.  They are probably the main reason I got back into the prepping mentality.
Like many others, I was brought up with the "Prepping" mindset, it was just the way we lived.  We always went camping as kids too.
We couldn't afford to go on a vacation somewhere special, but we didn't know any better.  My mom taught us all to camp and how to take care of things.
We also grew up doing gardening.  That was how many of our summers were spent.  Someone let our family use about 1/4 an acre to garden on.
And again, like many others, life happened, and I got away from it all.  After being married and getting a house and... you know how it goes.
Now I am getting back into gardening!  I had a fresh tomato when I got home from work tonight!  Good way to end a long day!

I've got much further to go though.  One point that Jack pointed out in the probability matrix was if something happened to me would be more likely than the regional or global. 
That has been something bugging the living daylights out of me.  Wondering what would happen with my wife and kids if something happened to me.
So hearing him talk about it was the final straw and I am happy to say I got one of the things off my list...Life Insurance.
I just needed to get off my but and do it!  So that it one thing down.  A second thing I now have is my solar oven.
I had wanted one for the longest time, and after a series of very good circumstances, I got a Global Sun Oven basically for free!
So I am enjoying learning to cook with it, and if things go bad, then I will have another way to cook for my family.

I am also building up my food storage in bins in the basement.  And already we have had a handful of times where we are making diner and realize we are out of something.
And sure enough, we had it in the storage.  So, go down to the basement, finish diner, then next time we go to the store, we pick up extra of what we used.  It just makes sense, doesn't it?
Lastly, I have picked up Mels new sq foot gardening book, and will try SQG next year for the first time.  I have always done rows or sections of a flat garden.
After reading the first couple chapters, I am hyped!  Being in Wisconsin, I need any extra gardening season I can get, and it looks like that will work.

Very wordy, I know, just my intro as I don't get to post too often, I do a lot more reading instead.  Last thing, occupation is an Electrical Engineer, and am also a Amateur Radio Op (KA9ZYU).

Great to meet you all, and hope to post more often.

E
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 10, 2009, 08:40:43 PM
Welcome Eric and all you other sickos that want to improve your lives and conditions! ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darth Tater on September 11, 2009, 02:02:26 AM
Hey guys.  I'm new to TSP, and was directed here by a friend.  The podcasts are a tremendous resource, and I'm learning quite a bit. 

I work overseas, and have horrible DL speeds, so this will hopefully be another good source to keep learning, when I can't get the podcasts. 

I feel more than adequately prepared on the home and family defense fronts.  I've been working on prepping with food storage and short term supplies.  I'm looking forward to learning more about alternative energy sources, gardening, permaculture, and the like, with an eye towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Darth Tater
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Flite on September 11, 2009, 02:45:21 AM
Hi guys, Jack's podcast has made its way down as far as New Zealand. I'm 33, married with two children (and one more on the way). I'm a financial planner who moved as many of my clients as would listen out of stocks in early 2007, and I'm considered a little wierd by my colleagues as I often include gold and silver in my recommendations (seems to be a good move so far ...).

Still fairly new at this prepper thing but it all makes good sense to me ...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on September 11, 2009, 06:08:17 AM
Wow, a wise man.  Welcome. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: badger on September 11, 2009, 06:42:15 AM
Howdy,

I'm 'Badger' since I'm following TSP from Central Wisconsin.  I'm married with two small children . . .  I found the show after searching iTunes for 'heirloom gardening'.  I've always been into prepping but now that I've learned a bit about organizing the process I will say that I feel better about where we are at as a family.  I work as a manager in a grocery store and can attest to how quickly the shelves will run dry if there is ever a hiccup in distribution.  Jack's advice to store extra food, and store the things you'd eat anyway are words to live by.

Keep up the great work, I love the show and will be joining MSB very soon.

-Badger
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on September 11, 2009, 08:06:55 AM

I work as a manager in a grocery store and can attest to how quickly the shelves will run dry if there is ever a hiccup in distribution. 


Thanks, badger.  You've inspired me even more to kick food storage into higher gear. Welcome.

Speaking of welcomes, I must admit that all you great new people have overwhelmed us mods.  We used to be able to say "hi" to every new person on the Intro Thread.  We still do for many.  But there are just too danged many of you.  Good!  We love all you new people and truly look forward to learning from you and sharing knowledge.  So consider every single one of you thanked for joining and warmly welcomed.  Every single new Intro Thread post makes me happy.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 11, 2009, 12:27:47 PM
Welcome aboard the SS TSP Darth Tater (kickass callsign!), Badger, and Flite!

Darth Tater, after spending 15 months in Turkey, I can understand slow DSL speeds! :-\  Hope you can get what you need from the TSP!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Gas-Mask on September 12, 2009, 05:46:12 PM
Thanks, badger.  You've inspired me even more to kick food storage into higher gear. Welcome.

Speaking of welcomes, I must admit that all you great new people have overwhelmed us mods.  We used to be able to say "hi" to every new person on the Intro Thread.  We still do for many.  But there are just too danged many of you.  Good!  We love all you new people and truly look forward to learning from you and sharing knowledge.  So consider every single one of you thanked for joining and warmly welcomed.  Every single new Intro Thread post makes me happy.


LOL!!!!  I remember when I started listening to Jack back when His show was like a little over 2 months old.....LOL!    I also remember being able to go throught the forums with ease and able to keep up with the Survival Podcast Forum times......   And now, I'm worried because I just cant keep up. :D   
Guess that is actually a good thing...  Welcome..... ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: JohnnyUtah on September 12, 2009, 05:53:22 PM
Wanted to introduce myself and say, What a great resource.   I found TSD while looking up some food prep info. 

I am a 35 yo RN in an ER, married with 2 little ones.  Never really thought about finding like minded folks on the interwebs, but I'm glad I did. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Doc K on September 12, 2009, 07:44:12 PM
Greetings all!

Found TSP a few months ago.  Almost caught up with all the podcasts starting from #1.

Me: Mid 30's.  Married.  2 little boys.  Active duty United States Air Force physician.  Grew up in South FL and lived through many hurricanes.  Always had a preparedness mindset, but had very little direction and almost no guidance.  In my early 20's, I moved to the Mid-South of the U.S.  Started my own business, taught myself to fish and hunt and garden.  Decided to go back to school and became a physician on the military's dime. 

My wife is partially on board... honestly, she keeps my feet on the ground.  She grew up in South FL too, so she sees where I am coming from.  Since having our two little boys, my wife is becoming more and more of an ant.

Our preps are in the early stages.  I have read and read for many years about a lot of the topics on the forums here, but have had little opportunity, courage, and motivation to put it into practice.  I have just started to apply the knowledge I have gained over the years, mostly from the prompting by Jack.  I am just starting to formulate my 5 year plan to get outa dodge and start my homestead.

It has been so refreshing to find TSP.  I finally can put in to words what I have felt for a long time: I have been an ant, surrounded and distracted by grasshoppers for too long!  I am not the only ant out there!  Thank the Lord! 

I hope to learn a lot here, and maybe I can share some knowledge when and if I can.

See ya around!

Doc K
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on September 12, 2009, 07:50:39 PM
hey, a doctor! You could come in handy. Welcome Doc K!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on September 12, 2009, 09:49:07 PM
welcome everyone! glad to have ya'll apart of the community! glad we have a doctor. W00T! now we can ask him all our awkward questions instead of Jack or Sister Wolf. :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Mastoo on September 13, 2009, 06:48:49 AM
Hi guys, Jack's podcast has made its way down as far as New Zealand. I'm 33, married with two children (and one more on the way). I'm a financial planner who moved as many of my clients as would listen out of stocks in early 2007, and I'm considered a little wierd by my colleagues as I often include gold and silver in my recommendations (seems to be a good move so far ...).

hmmm, invest in something besides paper - how odd, hehehe
Welcome to the forum.  It will be interesting to see a New Zealand perspective sprinkled around the topics.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on September 13, 2009, 10:01:25 AM
welcome to all the new folks. Jump right in.


The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: RobUSA on September 13, 2009, 12:11:46 PM
Hello everyone My name Is Rob I reside in southern Oklahoma and I have been into being prepared for a while I was a boy scout may have started then but I know these days that it is very much needed and I look forward to learning from everyone and bringing whatever I can to the table would love to know what zone I'm in so we can have a dirt time around here, love the Pod Cast think its great anyone in my area give me a shout, I have a group of friends that I have gotten into preparedness and my boss is already a member here


WE WILL SURVIVE WHATEVER IS THROWN AT US
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on September 13, 2009, 01:44:28 PM
Welcome Rob!!! Awesome all these new peeps.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on September 13, 2009, 01:49:04 PM
welcome Rob. glad to here you have a good support group in prepping. it can be rough if you're all alone. :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on September 13, 2009, 08:40:22 PM
Hi Y'all (We don't really say Y'all here in Colorado but it fit!)  My name is Barb and yes I live in Colorful Colorado.  I am married to my best friend (together 33 years) and we love TSP and feel like we finally met some folks with like minded ideas. I have been canning this week - and am up to 90 lbs. (yes that is pounds) of green beans I have canned and there is more to pick.  Garden has been awesome in spite of being hailed out earlier this summer. Weather is cooling and hopefully the tomatoes will turn before it's too cold.  Enjoy reading all the posts and especially enjoy the kindness I see from the mods (Sister Wolf and others).  You all seem like great people and hope to get to know you more.  I saw where there may be a Dirt Time 10 and we hope to attend this one.  I love the post where you are asked, "what have you done to prep this week?" It's a great reminder no matter how far you think you are there is always more you can do. I will try to remember that later this week when I am canning more green beans.  Have a blessed day.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 13, 2009, 09:03:14 PM
Welcome to the boards everybody.

I look forward to reading your experiences.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 13, 2009, 09:11:08 PM
Enjoy reading all the posts and especially enjoy the kindness I see from the mods (Sister Wolf and others).  You all seem like great people and hope to get to know you more.  I saw where there may be a Dirt Time 10 and we hope to attend this one.  I love the post where you are asked, "what have you done to prep this week?" It's a great reminder no matter how far you think you are there is always more you can do. I will try to remember that later this week when I am canning more green beans.  Have a blessed day.

Hey TBM!  Kindness from me?  I'm sure there is a lot of snickering going on in the background with that statement.  Careful with that - you'll have me wrapped around your finger if you keep bein' nice to me.  ;)

Seriously, you have stumbled upon the best group of survivalists that exists on the internet, and you (and your best friend!) are most welcome here in our little "pod".

Much love and big warm fuzzy hugs from me and my polar bear (that'd be "The Wilderness" here on the forum),

Sis
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 14, 2009, 08:42:57 AM
Welcome TBM!  Glad to have you and your's aboard!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ebonearth on September 14, 2009, 01:44:13 PM
I agree with the rest of the mods, growing by leaps and bounds means trying to catch everyone to say hello and welcome gets harder and harder. Welcome all you new folk!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: tdavis on September 14, 2009, 03:20:46 PM
hey guys this is Tyson out of Idaho started listening at episode 203 and thought I should introduce myself. I was looking for wilderness survival, found this podcast and fell in love keep up the great work Jack.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 14, 2009, 05:06:18 PM
Welcome to the pod, Tyson!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Kayzonara on September 15, 2009, 05:29:21 AM
Good morning,
   Hmmm, where to begin?
   I'm a married, homeschooling mom.  New to TSP (just started listening last week) and prepping. 
   Although my grandmother could grow and can food and make clothing, the art was largely lost in my family.  I got into gardening a few years ago, just a few edibles in pots on the patio.  I can sew a bit, can't can at all.
   I'm here to learn all I can and help others if possible.  I have wanted to increase my gardening/sewing skills and learn to can for awhile now, but the possibility of very hard times ahead lends a new urgency.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 15, 2009, 08:14:47 AM
Welcome Kayzonara!  I love the fact that your homeschooling and as far as canning etc, you'll find tons of resources here!  BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on September 15, 2009, 08:50:25 AM
I add my welcome too Kayzonara.  I am a canner and love it.  I think it's too cool to take whatever was grown in our garden, wash it and stick it in a jar and can it.  I don't worry about refrigeration or freezers going down and if need be you can open it and eat straight from the jar.  PLUS you have the control of what you put in there - no additives, no chemicals just wholesome food.  Good luck - if you have questions fire away! TBM
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: clockworkowl on September 15, 2009, 07:51:30 PM
Wow what a resource this site is! I'm a 38 year old auditor with a wife and kid who is sick and tired of being fed up with the bozos in Washington. I's so sick of arguing politics, I could yack.

I finally decided to spend my time and energy on something I can actually do something about. I am starting a garden based on the square foot method and Jack's advice. I am also working on some other basic preps based upon the guidance I've found on this site.

I hope to contribute here when I have a chance.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: lhunt on September 15, 2009, 09:28:54 PM
I am a web designer, guitarist, fisher, beginner hunter, beginner prepper, Dave Ramsey veteran and an ordinary average guy.

My brother in law told me about the podcast at Christmas 08. I have been listening since. I haven't done nearly as much as I need to and as much as many of you have. I am however debt free, although we are getting ready to upgrade the house and will take on a small mortgage to do so. I have been learning a lot, as is there is a lot to learn.

Something about this podcast and what Dave Ramsey preaches speaks to me. I had a great respect for my grandparents and how they lived. I think a lot of that way of thinking and living has been lost on modern society. I want to be more like them.

I anticipate my commutes everyday so I can listen to the latest episode of TSP. I am just now venturing into the forum. I know there is a wealth of information here. I thought I would introduce myself. Next stop, the bugout bag threads!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 15, 2009, 09:30:13 PM
Wow what a resource this site is! I'm a 38 year old auditor with a wife and kid who is sick and tired of being fed up with the bozos in Washington. I's so sick of arguing politics, I could yack.

I finally decided to spend my time and energy on something I can actually do something about. I am starting a garden based on the square foot method and Jack's advice. I am also working on some other basic preps based upon the guidance I've found on this site.

I hope to contribute here when I have a chance.

Welcome Clockwork!  :)  I'm glad that you're spending your time and energy on positive change.  Good for you, and welcome to the pod.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 15, 2009, 09:31:21 PM
I am a web designer, guitarist, fisher, beginner hunter, beginner prepper, Dave Ramsey veteran and an ordinary average guy.

Hey!  I'm a web designer and guitarist too!  :)  And we're all "fellow babies" (as my friend Vec is fond of saying) when it comes to prepping.  So don't feel too bad.  ;)

Welcome to the forum, lhunt! ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: lhunt on September 16, 2009, 04:58:25 AM
Hey!  I'm a web designer and guitarist too!  :) 

Thanks Sister Wolf! It seems there are a lot of web people on here. I saw your photo of you and your guitar. Very cool. What acoustic is that?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Scipio on September 16, 2009, 03:49:26 PM
Hello all.  I have the distinct pleasure of being the newest forum member, for at least what... 5 seconds.

I only discovered the podcast about two weeks ago, but am making a helluva effort to catch up.  Very refreshing to hear someone explain the thoughts that have been pinging around in my head for years.

My grandparents raised me in North Dakota with good depression era values and strong work ethic.  For them, all this 'prepper' stuff was just a way of life.  They had gardens and canned the produce.  They raised cattle for beef and milk.  Hunting is something we did for meat, not for the pleasure of killing.  They worked hard every day of their life.  My greatest dream is to instill in my two young boys the lessons they taught me by example.

I served 8 years active Army (am still in the Reserves) and a veteran of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. 

My upbringing in North Dakota and my military experienced shaped me into who I am and instilled the belief that I have to prepared to rely on my own hard work to get by.

I'm 39 years old and I live in Maryland (Abingdon).  I like it out here much more than I thought I would, but I feel awfully cut off from the soil and nature.  Our garden is fine, but you can't live too long on tomatoes alone.  My wife is 50% on board with the prepper mentality, as long as I don't refer to it as such.  She knows I grew up with a well stocked pantry and root cellar, and that I never feel comfortable without a good amount stored up.

I'm very excited to have found like minded people out there.  Good to meet you all!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: monkeyboyf on September 16, 2009, 06:17:25 PM
Welcome, Scipio and all you new members.  Glad to have you on board.  Jump right in. :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 16, 2009, 06:27:15 PM
Scipio, I had the pleasure of serving 3 years in Minot ND and hated every second of it (no mountains)!  That being said, it is a great state as far as prepparedness goes.  Now that I'm older and wiser, ND/SD area would be one of my choices for settling down and setting up a homestead.  Welcome aboard and look forward to your contributions!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: azjake on September 16, 2009, 07:13:17 PM
Welcome everyone!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: chileverde on September 16, 2009, 08:02:49 PM
Greetings.  I am a father of two girls,6 and 9. I am a LEO in S.AZ.  I have been listening to TSP for some time now, usually while on patrol.  The postcast is great. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on September 16, 2009, 08:46:55 PM
Greetings.  I am a father of two girls,6 and 9. I am a LEO in S.AZ.  I have been listening to TSP for some time now, usually while on patrol.  The postcast is great. 

Welcome aboard! Girls are great , I have 3 of them, all a bit older than yours. Be ready to start losing your hair in about 5-6 years  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: hd45hunt on September 17, 2009, 07:31:04 AM
Howdy all  I am a LEO in south NY near CT border.  Recently finished listening to all of Jack's podcasts (some at work ;)) and am just so glad that I have found a place where I don't feel alone.  I remember I first found a magazine called "Practical Survival" sometime around 1990-1991 and fell in love with what they put out: self-reliance.  I'm also a longtime Backwoods Home subscriber.  After my Army days, I kind of drifted back into "modern thinking" (sounds nasty typing it).  Let's just say I have a new spark in me.  My plan is to reduce the debt load (Thank You Jack for calling a spade a spade) and head south, TN-KY?? (before NY bleeds my dry), build my own 'stead and within 5-10 yrs, work because I choose to (I'm 38 now).  The few people I have shared this with think I'm crazy: give up my retirement, move to the sticks and build a house(underground anyone???).  You try to explain, but you can tell within a couple of minutes, they just don't get it.  I guess I'll close with "If I'm crazy, I've found the asylum and I feel right at home." ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on September 17, 2009, 07:33:28 AM
Welcome brother!  You sound like you will fit in just fine. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LICountryBoy on September 17, 2009, 07:59:09 AM
The few people I have shared this with think I'm crazy:

This isn't nessecarily a bad thing, is it?

Welcome aboard from a fellow New Yorker!

Asylum, no. Nut House Maybe. But nuts are tasty and full of nutrition.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: swoods on September 17, 2009, 10:12:23 AM
Welcome. This forum is great and much learnin' and teachin' can be had by all.  :) I've spent way too much time and have become addicted to logging in to see what I may have missed whilst I slept!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: drthumbs on September 17, 2009, 10:27:06 AM
Greeting all

I thought I would introduce myself.  I am a 36 year old paramedic. I live in NE Texas with my wife and two young sons.  I have been involved with wilderness survival skills and training for about 20 years ans over the last four or five I ave moved that mindset to my everyday live and have began “preping”

At work I am a member of a disaster response deployment team.  We can be sent where in the US, but  during my involvement in the team most of our responses have been hurricane related on the gulf coast of LA and TX.  I have seen first hand those that neglect to prepare themselves and there family for an obvious threat, let alone the not so obvious ones.

I am by no means prepared, but I am working on it.

I learned about the survival podcast over at Ron Hoods forum (the Hoodlums). Someone mentioned it after DT09 so I thought that I would come by and check it out and see if it is worth my time. I have listened to only 6 or 7 of the latest podcast and so far it seems to be worth the investment of time. 

I have not explored the forum yet, but plan to get on that soon, perhaps I may have something useful to add
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: firetoad on September 17, 2009, 10:45:28 AM
It has been a while since I have said it, so here goes...

Welcome to all of the new members!  Kick back, relax, read, enjoy, share your wisdom and knowledge and drink a little coffee (or kool-aid or tea or whatever your pleasure ;) ).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Whatatata on September 17, 2009, 02:34:28 PM
Hey all,

VERY new to survivalism, but my interest has always been there.  I was always just never really thinking about these sort of issues, mainly cause nobody I know really gives a damn about them at all.  Heck, I never even thought that there would be a whole culture based on survivalism...  I found out about this podcast and forum just randomly by searching for podcasts about, "survival" on the net, and the Suvival Podcast showed up in the results.

I took a listen, and was hooked IMMEDIATELY by Jack's amazing insight and approach.  His thought process seems so honed and thought out, and he seems to be able to say with ease about every topic he covers, really making things interesting to listen to.  

I have been listening to the podcast every day at work, where I am a lowly drafter for an engineering firm, and the nature of my work, I am able to listen with ease while working.  

I have a bachelors in painting (art), and an associates in film and video production with one documentary under my belt.  I settled into my job for money reasons and my unwillingness to move to LA to persue the movie industry, yet I still want to make films, but where I live (Harrisburg, PA), I have to be all DIY with it.

I am also probably the only member of this forum who is a part time club DJ and promoter, as I am INSANE about electronic music in general--mostly drum and bass, dubstep, minimal techno and house music being my favs. Lot of good that will do when the sh*t hits the fan right? LOL

I feel I am a Libertarian by nature, yet very torn on many issues.  I have a hard time deciding on who is right on SOOOO many matters, especially since many of friends tend to be liberal in nature, (for instance my girlfriend), and I really suck at any sort of problem solving especially with people being involved.  Trying to get me to explain anything is hard as I am not good with words.  I hear both sides of an arguement and they both sound right to me, I can't decide half the time.  Though if you look at the core beliefs about being libertarian, I am right there.  

I have a bit of credit card debt, almost 3500$, which now that I have bought my first house in the suburbs, I feel that I can now pay this off, cause I HAVE to.  I feel I have to change my way of life, and have started that by buying the house, which was a STEAL in this market, I got lucky on so many levels with this purchase.  I hope maybe 5 - 10 years down the road to sell it and get a more rural location, but for now, I have a small backyard which I plan to utilize for a garden (another thing I know NOTHING about, and I hope you guys can help me).  I also would like to look into buying a gun for home defense, but again, I know NOTHING about it, and am willing to learn.  I have shot guns before, but only a few times.  Also interested in learning about solar power, etc.  I hope to become a contributing member, so Hello everyone!!!

edit: Whatatata is a character from an old movie I shot in my youth, kind of an inside joke with me and my friends.

 

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on September 17, 2009, 05:27:36 PM
Trying to get me to explain anything is hard as I am not good with words.  

Welcome aboard Whatatata,
BTW , I think you did a great job of explaining yourself; this was a clear concise post. Keep exploring the forum for what you need , and go over some of the older shows, too. You simply cannot put a price on the wealth of information here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Saint on September 17, 2009, 09:06:49 PM
Team - my bad, should have done this (introduction) first.
I'm Kevin (go by Saint),41, married with my first offspring inbound around Turkey Day!
Born, raised and now live in NY after a 20 year period away at college and the military (no longer a "New Yawkah" since I lost my accent in the USAF and my attitude while living in FL). Currently a flight test engineer for a large defense contractor and still in the air guard.
Interestingly, I'm in charge of the "Future Council" and "Threat Matrix" at work - defining emerging threats and weapon system improvements to counter them and I'm the training and Stan/Eval dude in my guard unit - so well before I found you all, Jack's podcast or this movement in general, I've been "focused" on some level of prep, prediction and training...cosmic.
I just finished Krepenevich's book "7 Deadly Scenarios" and it reinforced the need for this mindset. Looking forward to re-reading 1984 and the Pig Farm - if for no other reason than to marvel at Orwell's insight.
All that said - wow, the learning curve has been huge - fun, but huge!
Saint
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: awouldbehipster on September 17, 2009, 09:40:43 PM
Hello everyone,

My name is Jackson, and I'm new to this community. I'm a 26 year old 'would be hipster' guy living in Portland, OR with my lovely wife and two cats. I'm just getting in to this modern survivalism/prepper thing, so I'm sure I have a lot to learn from all of you.

Portland is incredibly progressive/liberal, so I often feel like a stranger in a strange land. Being that I am a libertarian, I was drawn to this site after listening to one of Jack's interviews on the LewRockwell.com podcast.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!

~Jackson
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ultraist on September 17, 2009, 10:11:28 PM
Hi Everyone.

Nice to meet you all.

Back when I was a wee lad, all I wanted to do was draw comics.  That may not seem to have anything in common with Survivalism on the surface, but it was that desire to make a comic that ultimately lead me here to The Survival Podcast Forum.

Back in 1986, what I did was took a look at what the newspaper guys were doing through syndication, thinking that was the path I should follow, and contacted King Features Syndicate, who promptly sent me a submissions package.  Reading the fine print, even at twelve years of age, my intuition knew that forfeiting ownership of my intellectual property to a syndicate was not a wise course of action.  I didn't want to spend my life working on something that would ultimately be owned by someone else.  There had to be an alternative, and that was when I discovered self-publishing.  This was a way I could create my own work, build my own brand, and control my own future.

But life has a way of veering you off course...

Over the next few decades, I got caught up in life's undertow.  I went to college for animation, then got seduced by the flash of computer animation, and feature films, and low six figure salaries, all the while thinking "if I just earn enough to take some time off, maybe I can work on making a comic"...  Meanwhile life continued to happen.  I moved from Toronto, to Honolulu, to Montreal, to Berkeley... and back to Toronto.  Every step of the way, my wife moved with me, and our family continued to grow.  Soon we bought the house in the GTA suburbs, and locked ourselves into the "death-grip" of a mortgage.  All the while thinking... "if I work just a little more... maybe I can save enough to take some time off and make a comic".  But expenses kept rising, and the wages in animation started to slide.  My creative energy, my temporal currency, was being sucked away.  Every bit of labor became for a fiat paycheck that vanished into thin air.  More and more was demanded, longer hours, more commuting, more overtime, with nothing to show for it... something had to give.

This year, the family and I took a hard look at what we wanted in life, and realized this wasn't it.  So we started making changes. 

The first change was taking a lower paying job to work from home.  Now I suddenly have ability to spend more time with my beautiful wife and 4 wonderful children, as well as a little extra time to actually draw my own projects.

Phase 2 of this operation is bugging out to a Northern Homestead.  As I mentioned elsewhere on these boards, we're thinking North East of Toronto, (possibly the Muskoka region).

The idea is to get out of the suburbs and on to some acreage.  Cut the mortgage in half (or more).  Finding ways to become as self-sufficient as possible to free up the time and money to make those comics I had been wanting to make all those decades ago.

Which brings me here, to The Survival Podcast.

As I was finishing up my latest comic, I was looking for something to entertain/educate while I inked my final pages.  A friend from Freedom Force International passed me a link to the show, and it resonated with me.  I've been listening ever since.  Now (as time permits) I hope to sift through these forums to see if I can't find some ways to live that better life.


My name is Mike Kitchen.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on September 18, 2009, 05:57:33 AM
Welcome to all our new folks! Glad you could join us.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ultraist on September 18, 2009, 07:10:05 AM

As I mentioned elsewhere on these boards, we're thinking North East of Toronto, (possibly the Muskoka region).

That should read North WEST of Toronto...

... gonna have to get used to not being able to edit posts!

Mike.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Eluin on September 18, 2009, 11:58:14 AM
Hi all,

I'm a 34yo Truck Driver/Dispatcher in Colorado & very new to prepping. I found out about the show through an interview Jack did with Lew Rockwell & became hooked. 
I've driven in all lower 48 states, some of Canada, & now I've settled down in Colorado. Where from here I go in my prepping is still a bit vague to me, but I have nearly 45 days worth of food in my apartment, but not much else as yet. I spent too many years living from moment to moment w/o paying any real attention or even buying things for a home life & now I have a ton of catching up to do for myself  :-\ .

That being said, the show is great, & I look forward to being a part of your great community!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: s_gorilla45 on September 18, 2009, 12:33:45 PM
Hello to everyone!  Matt here. 

I'm a 32 yr old sales associate from Phoenix, AZ.  I grew up on a rural western Nebraska farm and meandered my way to the desert southwest 7 years ago.  I've been an advocate for preparedness lifestyle since moving away from the farm and realizing how unable "city folk" could cope with minor, let alone major, disruption of their daily lives.  I was used to having months worth of food in the house simply because it was unusual to go to the grocery store more than once per month.  It was strange to me to watch my now x-wife's family buy groceries for one or two meals at a time.  I tend to keep at least six months of nonperishable on hand at any given time and have been extending that recently.  I have also started a container garden on my rather small patio (condo).

Water is a major factor here and have just over 50 gallons stored.  This is my most pressing issue but I've simply run out of space in my condo for more.  Water filtration and treatment methods are a priority among my preps. 

I guess I can be lumped in with the gun nut crowd.   ;)  I practice regularly with both my handgun as well as with my rifles.  I try to get in at least one USPSA handgun match every month and would shoot much more if possible.  I reload to keep cost to a minimum and to provide myself with match quality ammunition for my rifles.  I grew up hunting and fishing though I haven't been doing much of either for the last few years. 

Thanks to everyone that makes this such a great forum and though I probably won't be a regular contributor, I will try to help out whenever I can. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: inara5681 on September 18, 2009, 03:55:12 PM
first post.. been prepping for a while Katrina was the eye opener for me.. but not real intensely. turned the corner spring of 08 when we had local flooding in our community and observed first hand how inadequately people are prepared for emergencies.. love and the posts been lurking for a while..
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on September 18, 2009, 07:48:01 PM
Too many new people to say "hi" to all of you ... but "hi!"  We're so happy you're here. 

This is the place to learn and have fun.  No jerks (if so, tell us mods).  No crazies (well, not too many).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Vinny T. Firefly on September 18, 2009, 08:10:23 PM
Hey, Everyone! I'm Vince. I'm living in Northern Indiana and probably moving to Kentucky in about a month. I don't know the zones yet but, I'm still learning. I've been listening to Jack for about a year now and I've been into "prepping" since I was kid. Unfortunately, I didn't really *do* anything about it. So, I guess I'm a late bloomer. I'm slowly bringing my girl on board. Not, with the generals but the specifics. She doesn't want to know. She says,"that's why she keeps me around."
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on September 18, 2009, 08:12:25 PM
Welcome Vinny, glad to have you on the forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Rand McNally on September 18, 2009, 11:29:14 PM
I will get the statistical stuff out of the way first. I am 36 year old male living in Manitoba. I am married and have one child.

I stumbled on the podcast about 6 months ago and have been generally impressed by Jack's clear thinking and sensible approach to prepping.

By way of background, I have spend time working in international development, academics and the military, plus a couple other things for a bit. From my time overseas with both the military and working in international development, I have developed an appreciation for how fragile the systems of support are, and how many things could interfere with them.  I also got to see how little we need to be comfortable and happy, and that community often matters more than stuff.  I have been prepping in a haphazard way since my 20s, and have felt for quite awhile that there is something wrong with modern society.  Listening to Jack has helped give me more focus on what I need to do. Compared to many of you I am just a beginner, when it comes to this stuff. While I feel pretty comfortable with my wildness survival skills, I realize that I need to learn a lot about gardening, canning and some of the more domestic skills.

I have rambled long enough, I think I will shut up and learn for a bit.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: A Pawn on September 19, 2009, 04:45:43 AM
I will get the statistical stuff out of the way first. I am 36 year old male living in Manitoba. I am married and have one child.

I stumbled on the podcast about 6 months ago and have been generally impressed by Jack's clear thinking and sensible approach to prepping.

By way of background, I have spend time working in international development, academics and the military, plus a couple other things for a bit. From my time overseas with both the military and working in international development, I have developed an appreciation for how fragile the systems of support are, and how many things could interfere with them.  I also got to see how little we need to be comfortable and happy, and that community often matters more than stuff.  I have been prepping in a haphazard way since my 20s, and have felt for quite awhile that there is something wrong with modern society.  Listening to Jack has helped give me more focus on what I need to do. Compared to many of you I am just a beginner, when it comes to this stuff. While I feel pretty comfortable with my wildness survival skills, I realize that I need to learn a lot about gardening, canning and some of the more domestic skills.

I have rambled long enough, I think I will shut up and learn for a bit.




Welcome Rand...with a name like that I bet you never get lost!...  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: NFlaGator on September 19, 2009, 11:18:29 AM
Greetings all,
Enjoying the site.  Found it by accident (looking for the book - How to survive the collapse of civilization - still looking by the way, lol).

Hubby & I are in north Florida as the name implies.  Moved up from the Tampa Bay area in 2005 to escape the rat race, to open rural space, (nice little 4 acres, 15 miles from coastline). All the kids, 3 mine, 5 his, all grown, last one left for college this year.
 
I work remote for a software company.  Hubby is self employed Jack of all trades - master of all. (What a catch!) ;)
Stocked & prepped for various disaster scenarios, could survive most for at least a month.  Always room for improvement.
Frequent the Talley gun shows, (can you ever have enough?).

Getting ready for a little vacation in the RV at the end of the month.
Hope to learn a bit and share a bit.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Granny Miller on September 19, 2009, 05:37:31 PM
Hi all  :)
I'm an old, grouchy burned out blogger.

I've been living a life of deliberate self reliance in rural Pennsylvania for a really long time.
I think I have probably just about seen and done it all.

Well maybe not.

I had too much common sense to raise alpacas, ostriches or live in a teepee  :D
when I had my big chance.

My main purpose for visiting this forum is to be of assistance to the young 'uns & pass on information that was freely given to me many, many years ago.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on September 19, 2009, 06:00:20 PM
Hi all  :)
I'm an old, grouchy burned out blogger.

I've been living a life of deliberate self reliance in rural Pennsylvania for a really long time.
I think I have probably just about seen and done it all.

Well maybe not.

I had too much common sense to raise alpacas, ostriches or live in a teepee  :D
when I had my big chance.

My main purpose for visiting this forum is to be of assistance to the young 'uns & pass on information that was freely given to me many, many years ago.

That's awesome, Granny! Cuz' we are one HONGRY bunch of young'uns!  :-*
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on September 19, 2009, 06:57:57 PM
Granny, It looks as though you can by your avatar.  Hope to pick your brain a bit as I am just starting to can.  Welcome to the group.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Dadgumit on September 20, 2009, 11:14:21 AM
Howdy all. New to the podcast, new to the forums, new to the discipline. I started making a BOB (didn't know to call it that at the time) and started googling to figure out what to put in it, and here I am. Really excited about learning, I feel like the survivalist/self sufficiency idea has been floating around in my head without a name for a long time.

I am still reading a lot and kind of looking at where to begin etc... but really appreciate the perspective I am getting from the 'cast.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Mom of 7 on September 20, 2009, 11:42:35 AM
I'm new here too!  I have 7 children ages 18, 11, 10, 9, 8, 6 and 4.  Four boys, three girls.  I found Jack's podcast doing a search on iTunes and I've been hooked ever since.  We are involved in Boy Scouts (my 18 y/o earned his Eagle Scout earlier this year) and we love the primitive living skills. 

We lived thru Katrina in rural Mississippi and were 10 days without electricity and 11 without running water, 2 months without landlines!  It was a nightmare and I often joke that I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of it!  I was nursing a 6 week old baby and was constantly worried about Dehydration!  NEVER AGAIN I say!  Everything Jack says has hit home with me like a resonating GONG! 

We have been planting useful trees, square foot gardening, started building breeder rabbit cages, have a chicken coop and greenhouse in the making!  I live in a community that is a farming community however not very self- reliant when it comes to emergencies.  Katrina was a real hardship. I listen to the podcasts and can't wait to hear the first 200 after I join the Brigade! 

Jack, keep up the most excellent work you do and I say "hats off" to the moderators!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 20, 2009, 12:06:29 PM
Holy cow, Mo7! Lots of babes.  :)

I don't think it's a joke that you might have been a bit traumatized by Katrina.  It was a heck of an event.


To ALL of the new people: Thank you so much for joining our forum, and we sincerely look forward to getting to know you all better!  73s and 88s to you all!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: vgun on September 20, 2009, 02:31:37 PM
I all--Found this site via another forum. Did some lurking for awhile and this looks like a great site.
 I'm 59 years old.
I've been into situational awareness for as long as I can remember--I was born in Camden NJ ;D
I started carrying an EDC/GHB back in the 70's.
I was never really prepped the way I am now but I've always been prepped to some degree.
Back a few years ago, while surfing the web I found some stuff on survival and joined a couple forums and that's when I realized that other folks did this too.
Cool --I'm not a wierdo (of course that can be opened for debate) ;D
Looking forward to learning some stuff here and giving input when I feel that I have something to offer.
Thanks for the great site
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 20, 2009, 02:38:31 PM
Welcome All!  Hope you find this forum as inciteful and helpful as I do.

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: evliath on September 20, 2009, 03:42:59 PM
Greetings ya'll,

I discovered the podcast after hearing about it from the self-sufficient homestead crew, and I downloaded every available ITunes episode before I headed over for a long business trip to the UK.  I've listened to at least 30 of them, and it's killing me to be here in the UK and not able to actually DO anything in my yard.

Right before my trip I had already selected a 15 acre wooded lot about a half-hour east of our favorite host's bug-out location, and now I want it even more but I can't see the darn thing until next week when I'm back.  UGH!!!

Anyway, now that I'm registered I'll be searching the forum on ideas for partially clearing the forest in small chunks as I want to terraform it over the next few years before we move out there.

Fortunately for me, my wife had already adopted several permaculture principles without realizing what she was doing--our garden now has lots of various plants in it, and she's been pressing me to dig up the azaleas and move them somewhere else so she can plant useful things.  Very nice.

I'll be joining the brigade when I'm back in the good ol' USA.  Man I miss the place.

Thanks for the awesome podcast.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: spencerz on September 20, 2009, 05:11:28 PM
Hello all,

I have been listening to Jack's podcasts for a couple of weeks now and he definitely makes me want to be prepared for whatever may happen in my family's life.  I am a Software Developer in the Piedmont Triad Area of North Carolina.  I am going to night school to get my MBA as well.  Also, my life is about ready change from a family of 2 to a family of 3 as my wife was due with our first child (a boy) 2 days ago!  Maybe it's some sort of paternal instinct or something, but I feel like I need to get more prepared and all.

I guess I will have to search the forum's for some advice on how to convince my wife that I'm not a little bit crazy for wanting to store up some food and water.  I brought it up once and didn't get such a good response.

Anyways, I hope to stay active here with the group.  And thanks to Jack for the excellent podcast.  I hope that you can turn the site/podcast into a sole source of income for your family.  I think you deserve it for how much you have given to the community.

Sincerely,
Spencer
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Post by: Sister Wolf on September 20, 2009, 05:18:05 PM
Welcome guys!  :)
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Post by: swirb on September 20, 2009, 06:40:23 PM
Howdy Folks been listening to the podcast for a few weeks it is nice to find a balance between people who live in complete denial that we live in a plastic illusion and those who arehidden in a bunker waiting armageddon
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Post by: KYdoomer on September 20, 2009, 06:51:24 PM
Hi all, been listening to Jack since basically the beginning and lurking here for a while.

By profession, I'm an automotive worker (Quality Manager).  Its pretty obvious from my screen name where I live. 

I've been gardening ever since I've had a home of my own and was raised on a polyculture farm.  I've been a hunter, fisher and shooter just by proxy of where I grew up.  I've got a month or two of food, ammo, etc. on hand and am gathering more at every chance. 

I've not really done much noteworthy to contribute to the movement of Modern Survival except that I have an article on fishing for food that is slated to be published in Backwoods Home.

Nice to meet yall.
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Post by: Goatdog62 on September 20, 2009, 08:28:05 PM
Hi all, been listening to Jack since basically the beginning and lurking here for a while.

By profession, I'm an automotive worker (Quality Manager).  Its pretty obvious from my screen name where I live. 

I've been gardening ever since I've had a home of my own and was raised on a polyculture farm.  I've been a hunter, fisher and shooter just by proxy of where I grew up.  I've got a month or two of food, ammo, etc. on hand and am gathering more at every chance. 

I've not really done much noteworthy to contribute to the movement of Modern Survival except that I have an article on fishing for food that is slated to be published in Backwoods Home.

Nice to meet yall.

That article is something I'd like to read. Welcome KYdoomer.
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Post by: Greywolf27 on September 20, 2009, 08:52:14 PM
First post for me  ;D

My name is Chad,  I live in southern California... very long growing season :), 31 years old.

I have been listening to Jack for about 5  months now.  I found the TSP while looking for a podcasts from conservative minded hosts.  I chose TSP because of the avatar I saw attached, the wolf by the streams edge.  I tend not to frequent too many forums, busy with life, work, and what I have always done (though at the time I didn't know exactly what it was) prepping/survival minded living.

I work for a manufacturer based in southern Cali.  Sales,

I have been working my own garden for about 4 years now.  Much of which, due to space constraints, has been in barrels and pots around the pool.  I actually started ripping up portions of the lawn (before I heard Jack talk about removing the non productive grass :P ) last year for more room.


*** Never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom ***

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Post by: Mortie on September 20, 2009, 10:30:04 PM
Hi, I go by Mortie, and I'm an under-employed writer and editor in the Denver, CO area.

My wife and I have always lived a simple lifestyle compared to most, and we come by the prepping mentality naturally. We had to look out for the needs of the tenants in an apartment building we used to manage in 1999. It was a good dry run for thinking through many issues, and we are glad now for the experience we gained.

I would love to connect with other preppers in my area.
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Post by: beagle on September 21, 2009, 06:13:32 AM
first post to the forum, although i've listened to about 90% of shows.  figured it was time to chime in and add another listener from michigan to the list!!  the areas i want to learn about the most are gardening (bought the square foot book-waiting for spring to start) , food preps (storage / dehydrate), and debt reduction (the hardest one!!)   the semi wake-up call for me was the power outage a few years ago, the fact that we barely had any food in the fridge, and a half a tank of gas with about $20.00 cash. 

I look forward to learning alot here!!  and hopefully giving more than i receive!!

-Beagle
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Post by: Heavy G on September 21, 2009, 07:33:46 AM

I guess I will have to search the forum's for some advice on how to convince my wife that I'm not a little bit crazy for wanting to store up some food and water.  I brought it up once and didn't get such a good response.


spencerz: The thread Flip That Spouse is what you're looking for.  It's here: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.0)
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Post by: KYdoomer on September 21, 2009, 09:53:18 AM
That article is something I'd like to read. Welcome KYdoomer.

Thanks!

I'll see if I can send you a copy tonight.

J
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Post by: Top Ward on September 21, 2009, 11:58:23 AM
Hi All,
I'm Pete and I'm a long time lurker...first time poster. Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself. I've been a "prepper" since my teenage years, ever since I saw "The Omega Man" on an afternoon movie matinee (for the younger folks that would be "I Am Legend" without computer graphics). I'm good to go with my wilderness skills, but as the years go by I've realized that going for a walkabout after a SHTF event wouldn't be practical. So, I started thinking towards "bugging in" before knowing there was a term for it. After listening to some of the podcasts I've realized I have a LOT to learn about gardening and canning/preserving. I'm planning for my first garden in years for next spring (I HATE weeding, after 22yrs in the military my knees aren't what they used to be). Looking to install a wood stove this fall/winter as time and expenses allow.
What I'm bringing to the group is a little ;) experience with firearms and other things that go boom. I'm a contract engineer (non-degreed, I worked my way up from starting as a meter reader) for electric utilities. Done a little dog training, sailing, DIY stuff around the house and I've been active with scouting in the past.
I still need to flip my spouse as she thinks I'm suffering from heavy metal poisoning from wearing my tin foil hat so much lately, but I looking forward to learning and sharing with you all.
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Post by: Valleymom on September 21, 2009, 12:30:32 PM
Hello!  I just stumbled onto this forum while researching how to get started with food storage. We can and freeze, but I want to do more to be self sufficient.  It looks like a great site and I'm excited to start reading all this info!

I'm in WA, homeschooling mom of 5 kids, and looking forward to learning from you all!

Andrea
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Post by: Sister Wolf on September 21, 2009, 01:15:13 PM
BIG welcome to Pete and Andrea!  Look forward to hearing more from both of you!!! :)
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Post by: HOUNDDOG on September 21, 2009, 02:10:18 PM
Hey everyone. I'm new here. Great place. I'm from So. Il. Five miles off of Rt.13. Ready and waiting. Been into preparedness going on 20 years now.  ;D
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Post by: dudekrtr on September 21, 2009, 04:16:18 PM
Hello!  I just stumbled onto this forum while researching how to get started with food storage. We can and freeze, but I want to do more to be self sufficient.  It looks like a great site and I'm excited to start reading all this info!

I'm in WA, homeschooling mom of 5 kids, and looking forward to learning from you all!

Andrea

A hearty welcome to you, Andrea; WOW! 5 schooled at home! Bless you, my child!  :D
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Post by: sclindah on September 21, 2009, 06:56:19 PM
Hi, my husband and I are from the Upstate area of SC.  We live in at the end of a subdivision on an acre lot.  We have been preppers for several years but never really called ourselves this until listening to Jack! 

We have always believed in food storage and being self-sufficient and prepared for whatever may come.  We feel that is the most important insurance we can have.  We believe in being out of debt and are currently debt free.  We have had a garden and in our young marriage and poverty days we canned all fruits and vegetables and that is basically what we ate!   We have gottne more affluent  but still had a garden but as our children left home, had kind of had smaller gardens and put the canning jars and canners away!  That was until last summer before the meltdown.  We felt that we needed to get back at it and then the meltdown happened!  Boy am I glad we are out of debt and have our house paid off!  But we still have talked a lot of what we need to do so we can be more self-sufficient.  We have doubled the size of our garden.  We currently put everything into raised beds.  We have 15 beds of vegetables and 12 beds of berries.  This past spring, we picked 28 gallons of strawberries and have enjoyed some of our raspberries this summer for the first time.  We have grape vines and about 15 fruit trees.  We need to learn how to take better care of our trees for more yield but have started getting a little fruit. 

We decided this summer to start a greenhouse and so my hubbie is in the middle of building a 16 x 20 foot greenhouse. Our backyard is on a hill so we had a lot of dirt work done to make a level place and also terraced an area for another 12 raised beds for next year. 

We had a great garden this year and are still having a lot!  We had many bushels of tomatoes, green beans, squash, both winter and summer, just dug up 2 bushels of sweet potatoes today, cucumbers, peppers gallore, eggplant, and currently have some broccoli starting to head up and a lot of lettuces and cole types of crops!  We love how we are eating well and know where our food comes from! 

I've done a ton of canning meats and other new things this year including various pickles, bean salad, butter, and even some pineapple zucchini!  It's great to know othes feel as we do about being prepared for no matter what comes so we are not afraid but ready!

We don't have a bug out place but feel this is our place and as we retire in the next five years, we will be prepared to take care of ourselves.

I'm glad to be here!  I'd post some garden pics but I'm not sure how to do that yet!
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Post by: sarahluker on September 21, 2009, 06:59:22 PM
Wow!   Welcome.  There are alot of us who would love to have an acre lot.  You are very blessed to have the land and a spouse who is working along side of you.  Hope to learn from your experiences.
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Post by: soccer grannie on September 21, 2009, 09:06:09 PM
Welcome sclindah. We're in the CSRA and we're hoping to have a Meet & Greet in Columbia soon.
 
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Post by: Arcticman on September 22, 2009, 05:30:33 AM
Hello from Anchorage Alaska. I am 50 years old married man with three kids (grown) and seven grandkids. I was in the Army for six years and been in security and law enforcement since 1978. My wife and I both have our BOB in our cars and been in the prep mode for about 10 years. Always looking for new information and contacts. Just found this sight tonight. Working on the kids to get them more ready should the SHTF. Its a slow process but we have  family plan at least. Which by the way is a living document changing as we get older and the grandkids change schools etc.
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Post by: HOUNDDOG on September 22, 2009, 07:39:26 AM
Hello from Anchorage Alaska. I am 50 years old married man with three kids (grown) and seven grandkids. I was in the Army for six years and been in security and law enforcement since 1978. My wife and I both have our BOB in our cars and been in the prep mode for about 10 years. Always looking for new information and contacts. Just found this sight tonight. Working on the kids to get them more ready should the SHTF. Its a slow process but we have  family plan at least. Which by the way is a living document changing as we get older and the grandkids change schools etc.
Hey Arcticman. Welcome. I signed up yesterday. I was born in Anchorage 53 years ago. Back then it was a territory. Ft. Richardson is actually my place of birth. My father was in the army at the time. Stay cool. Peace.
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Post by: wrj0 on September 22, 2009, 11:11:56 AM
Greetings, All.

Just joined the forum but have been lurking for a while and have listened to the first 50 or so podcasts, along with those from the last couple of months.  Lots of terrific info – thanks.  Currently living/working in the Raleigh, NC area; also do some occasional work on a BOL in the much less populated NW corner of the state.
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Post by: gfmun on September 22, 2009, 03:32:31 PM
Hello everybody from Granbury, Texas.  My name is George and I am mostly retired, but my wife still works full time.  Hurricanes Katrina and Rita really gave us a wake up call to do something, and start doing it now.  We have some food and water stored, maybe a months worth and we will be starting a small garden in the spring.  We will probably " Bug In " rather than Bug Out, but we do have plans in case and are ready to go if we have to.  Finding the podcast and the forums are a great help, and we appreciate you.


George
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Post by: dallasfromdallas on September 22, 2009, 05:25:23 PM
Hi, Everybody --

I figure it's time for me to introduce myself.  My name is Dallas and I am a TSP junky.  I grew up in rural southern OK, spending a great deal of that youth on my grandmother's small-scale rabbit and chicken farm.  Naturally I spent a lot of time working in the one acre garden as well as maintaining and butchering the meat animals.  I also grew up doing a lot of small game hunting with my father and grandfather, both avid hunters and bird dog trainers at the time.  Being in the outdoors was THE way of life. 

I ventured away from this lifestyle when I went to college.  A liberal environment will suck the Southern soul out of the most avid country boy on occasion.  Fast forward to three years ago...teaching at a very liberal university in Seattle, I realized that I missed my roots.  So, I planted a SF garden.  A few months later I built a chicken coop and raised four layers, five minutes north of downtown Seattle. 

Since I've always been into firearms, I was a regular on AR15.com.  As an aversion to the drama that exists there on occasion, I ventured into the Survival forum and became heavily involved in preparedness.  Shortly after TSP started someone made me hip to it and I forgot about it for several months.  However, as a result of Arfcom's survival forum, I came across "Lights Out" by Halffast (David Crawford).  I loved it.  After reading it, I heard that someone was putting together an audio version.  Once again, I came across TSP.  I listened to one of the podcasts while cleaning house one day and I was hooked.  Needless to say, TSP has had a serious impact on my life. 

I have since taken a "break" from academia and am in the process of opening my own business in Houston.  I look forward to, hopefully, connecting with like-minded individuals in the Houston area and region five in general.  I have been reading a lot of the forum as of late and am incredibly impressed with the amount of knowledge that is being exchanged here.  So, with my life story in check, I thank you all for the contributions you have made and continue to make.  And, I thank Jack for being the catalyst that has spurred the growth of this group.  My quality of life continues to improve every day and TSP is a major impetus in that growth.
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Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 22, 2009, 06:22:54 PM
Welcome to the boards everyone!
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Post by: ubergeek on September 22, 2009, 07:56:53 PM
Hello all...Brian here. I'm new to the forum but have been listening to TSP for quite some time. I've been into this lifestyle for some time, have a great wife who is fully on board and helps anyway she can.

I'm in the process of moving from a more prepper centric philosophy to one of more self sufficiency. I think I'll eventually end up down the middle some where.

Not much to know about me really, I'm a computer geek and currently in IT sales selling storage, more from a technical perspective than a sales one. I'm really into riding motorcycles, mostly dirt bikes, my wife and 3 kids ride as well and I also ride a big adventure bike. We're also very into camping, shooting, bow and gun hunting, reloading, 4x4's and I just passed my Ham radio Technician this past weekend. We're learning to garden and have a small one going out back producing some staples, but we definitely have a lot to learn there.

I'm really on a mission to eliminate all of my debt as soon as possible as I've finally realized it's a cancer. Much like smoking cigarette's it's not easy, you need to go cold turkey but it can be done.

I'm slowly getting my extended family on board.

Anyway, that's all there is know about me. Looking forward to meeting and talking with all of you.

-Brian
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Post by: slamfire69 on September 22, 2009, 08:47:09 PM
Hey my name is tony. I’ve been into survival for as long as I can remember.  I have just recently started ramping up my food storage program. I am stocking up for 7 people so it’s taking me a little longer than I want. I have taken firearms classes at Tactical Response (fighting rifle and fighting pistol) and Trident Concepts (Combative Carbine). I have also taken the basic scout class from Onpoint Tactical. I found one acre of land in SW Wyoming around where I live and am building a Earthbag/Papercrete  house. Im not an earth hugger but building this way is cheap. I pretty much finished my root cellar this summer. I built the cellar out of railroad ties. Right now I have a well. I have to use solar and wind power. There is no other power source. In the weapons and ammo department I am pretty well set. I was well ahead of the curve on the ammo and gun buying spree. This is my third year of gardening. I have yet started to can my own food.
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Post by: Maverick68 on September 22, 2009, 09:43:48 PM
Hi.
Live outside of Minneapolis.  Just got interested in these topics with the recent economic/political items going on. 

Living out on a hobby farm and starting to put the pieces together. 

Love all the topics.
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Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 22, 2009, 10:05:51 PM
Welcome All! 
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Post by: Seth on September 23, 2009, 07:55:08 AM
Hi, I'm new to the forum, but I have been listening to the podcast since...about 125 I think...still trying to catch up.  I live in the Richmond area and I'm still trying to become a better American every day.  Thanks for all your help Jack!
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Post by: Morning Sunshine on September 23, 2009, 08:05:27 AM
I think I already posted on the intro thread, but I wanted to have the #1000 post, so here I am  ;D

I am a mommy in northern Utah, and have had a prepper mindset for a very long time.  thought it was homesteading, but now I know it is prepper.  thanks Jack for guiding me in my journey!
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Post by: TwoBluesMama on September 23, 2009, 08:43:36 AM
Morning Sunshine

Okay with your forum name and the quote " "Life isn't about trying to survive the storm; but about learning to dance in the rain" you sound like my kind of people.  Life can be short so we need to enjoy and live it fully while here.  Thanks for the smile. TBM
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Post by: Valleymom on September 23, 2009, 10:07:04 AM
A hearty welcome to you, Andrea; WOW! 5 schooled at home! Bless you, my child!  :D

Ha ha, thanks! I need it! ;D  ;D
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Post by: dep190 on September 23, 2009, 11:21:50 AM
Good afternoon i am new to the spc forum! I am a recently retired from the public safety field.
and am beginning my next careers. ;D i have been listening to the forum for several months.  have a great day
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Post by: Figurecarver on September 24, 2009, 02:17:34 AM
Hello,

My name is Sig. I dabble in primitive technology.
I am also a ham (AC6JC).
I'm an instructor at both Rabbitstick and Wintercount and the last 2 Dirttimes.

Thanks
Sig
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Post by: roof_top_eagle on September 24, 2009, 11:51:42 AM
Hey all  :)

I am new here, been listening to Jack for about 2 weeks now.  I love his point of view and frankly I loved the smack in the face he gave me in podcast #239.  I'm 24 years old and I was sitting at a tim hortons early this morning ticked off because my truck (crappy old 89 ford ranger) crapped out last night at 2330hrs on my way to my job as a security guard and I had to walk to work at midnight. 

I'm totally pumped by that podcast and I'm really working on my world view and the way I look at life.

A few things I'm thinking of is taking the advice of buying an RV and get into a good trailer park.  I think I'd feel so much more at home than in this apartment.  Do that while saving for a house and start building a homestead.

I think Jack saved me from falling into total crap and debt!

Oh and BTW I'm in Southern Ontario Canada.

Frazer
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Post by: Imperial Goat on September 24, 2009, 04:40:34 PM
Howdy,

Imperial Goat, here.  I'm known on other boards as SASGlock2, but I am phasing all my prep and liberty surfing to the new name.

41, married, no kids, live on 2 acres in a rural area near a pretty good size city in Virginia.

Been prepping off and on since I was a kid, used to get Tappan's Survival Guns from the library frequently as a middle schooler.
Got SOF and American Survival Guide throughout the early 80's (recently found all my old ASGs in my Dad's attic! ;D)  Watched Red Dawn over and over.  Had a BOB and a couple of guns stashed under my bed through HS.

Served 6 years in USMCR as artilleryman, combat vet of Desert Storm.  Have nearly 25 years of combined law enforcement and security management experience, currently security director for a large urban school district.  Actively involved in emergency management for the city as well.

Prepped heavily for Y2K, lived with 3 other dudes in a rented farmhouse way out in the country on 300 acres backing up to a military base.  We could have lived pretty comfortably if the SHTF then.  Drifted away for several years, but now, with a wife and home and responsibilites, have been back in for several years.

Well armed, reload on a Dillon 550, currently have about 2-3 months of food and dry goods, working on a garden for next year.  Neighbors have a great garden and chickens, we have a good mutual aid network up.  Have several other close and long-term friends who are also into prepping.

I've got a lot of experience, but no where near as much as some folks.  I love to share my knowledge when I have it, and gain others' knowledge when they want to share.

I hit survival blog daily, and just started with TSP (I have a one hour commute and listen on teh IPOD) - I'm a regular on Practical Preps and Homesteading Today.  I subscribe to Mother Earth News (great articles on being self sufficient - don't care for their politics) and Backwoods Home.

That just about covers it!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on September 24, 2009, 05:36:44 PM
Uh oh...another Goat.

Hope this one's house trained. ;D

Look forward to hearin' your perspective on things Imperial Goat.  It sounds like you have lots to offer, welcome to the boards. ;)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 24, 2009, 06:29:03 PM
Hello,

My name is Sig. I dabble in primitive technology.
I am also a ham (AC6JC).
I'm an instructor at both Rabbitstick and Wintercount and the last 2 Dirttimes.

Thanks
Sig

SIIIIGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Sig is an awesome guy.  AWESOME.  Thanks for comin' on over, sig!  Look forward to seeing you around.

Welcome to the new goat, and to Frazer!
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Post by: buddha on September 24, 2009, 10:58:32 PM
Hey ya'll,

Thought I'd introduce myself.  I'm 35, married, 2 toddlers.  Live in a small town... really a farming community, but we're in a subdivision with 1.2 acres in SE NC.  Been interested in preparedness most of my life... I was a Boy Scout afterall.  Current interest is in developing my house into more of a homestead by way of gardening first, followed by canning, storing, etc.  I've been listening to the podcast for a good while now, and have learned a lot.  Hope to learn more here.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on September 24, 2009, 11:32:08 PM
Welcome to the forum, buddha! :)
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Post by: rowdy on September 25, 2009, 05:43:25 PM
Hi.  My name is Bobby.  52, We live in the Texas panhandle.  Found TSP on itunes.  Growing up on a farm we always had big gardens and kept lots of food on hand.  We were pretty self sufficient.  Leaving the farm and taking a desk job made us soft.  We raised three boys.  Unfortunately they know very little about prepping.  It is never too late to learn so we are planning on encouraging them and teaching them the skills that they need to be prepared.   I am sure we will be looking for help here on the forum to fill in the gaps.  We have enjoyed TSP and have enjoyed reading this forum.   Thanks for the info Jack and the members on this forum.
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Post by: TexDaddy on September 25, 2009, 05:46:42 PM
Hi.  My name is Bobby.  52, We live in the Texas panhandle. 
Welcome to the forum rowdy! I grew up in Hockley County. In the DFW area now. Great to have you aboard.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: lzhome on September 25, 2009, 07:45:32 PM
Hello all from the Florida Panhandle. I'm a systems engineer but only recently got my first Ipod; found The Survival Podcast and the rest is history.

I live on 6 acres in a rural area not far from Pensacola, FL and have been preping since moving here 16 years ago and going throught two hurrricanes the first year. We garden, dehydrate, can and have recently put in a lot of fruit trees. We're on our third generation of raising German Shepherd Dogs and are really in love with these guys. They are german working bloodline and not the AKC show breed which is quite different.

I have built many websites and several web forums including Florida Shooters Network (http://www.floridashootersnetwork.com/phpbb3/index.php) which I'm still an Administrator. I don't have a lot of time for web surfing but it looks like TSP Forum will be one of my favorites.

Since we are rural now we don't have a bug out location however we have a 35' motorhome with a 75 gallon fuel tank if we ever need to leave Dodge.

Oh, did I mention that I shoot SASS? My handle is FloraBama Kid! YeeHaw.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Imperial Goat on September 26, 2009, 06:08:08 AM


Oh, did I mention that I shoot SASS? My handle is FloraBama Kid! YeeHaw.



Howdy!  I'm Cousin Wilfred
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Commissioner on September 26, 2009, 07:07:29 AM
I've been listening for awhile and just signed on to the Forum.  In the industry I work I see how quickly necessities will deplete if systems break down; that realization started my search for information to take care of my family.  Vitals: married to high-school sweetheart for eighteen years, two pre-teen children, former Air Force, former self-employed, took corporate job partially for stock options immediately before the decline began.  My crystal ball still isn't repaired.  It's good to find the forum and I'm looking forward to learning more as my plans come together.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 26, 2009, 08:10:49 AM
Welcome Commish, LZ, and Rowdy!  Great to have you all aboard!  Commissioner, I'd like to hear more on your take of system vulnerabilities.  Maybe as you get settled in, you can start a thread on the subject?

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on September 26, 2009, 08:53:11 AM
Uh oh...another Goat.

Hope this one's house trained. ;D

Look forward to hearin' your perspective on things Imperial Goat.  It sounds like you have lots to offer, welcome to the boards. ;)

I just hope he doesn't smoke take this stuff, like that OTHER goat:

 ;)

(http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/ihealthtree_2074_153404981)
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Post by: TRobertFox on September 26, 2009, 05:54:53 PM
Greetings!
I am relatively new to forums and to TSP. Minnesota is where I claim stake and really love it here. I served in the US Army Airborne Infantry, yeah, my recruiter lied to me too. I have always had the mind of a survivalist and grew up in the cold war so that says a lot too. I too have fallen asleep since the late 80's and one thing this whole Obama presidency has done for me is waking me up. I have to dig out of the hole and revive the American dream in my life. TSP is going to be a part of that. Am looking forward to learning from you all and making some friendships. Peace. TRF
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Amyglyn on September 26, 2009, 10:57:51 PM
Heya,

I'm Amyglyn, I live in Portland Oregon. I have only heard a few TSP episodes, but have really enjoyed what I have heard. What brought me here is my partner is an avid listener and is winning me over to this side of things, tho i can't say i am resisting the change, as it all makes sense to me.

So ya, lady prepper in training i guess :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: WVHunter on September 27, 2009, 06:13:17 AM
Hello everyone,

I am 30 years old and live in good ol' West "by God" 'Virginia.  My wife spent 8 years in the Army as an MP, so naturally she is on board with the gun thing but, other than that, she doesn't see the importance of being prepared.  Although I think she is coming around.
I am glad to finally join the forum.  I, like most out there, had been doing a lot of these "prepper" things for most of my life, but I thought I was just one of a few.
I started out listening to the podcast about a year ago but just never took the time to join.  It's nice to find a group of like minded people.
I've read many great posts over the past year and am thankful for all the insight I've gained from everyone.  Maybe now I pass on some of my own info (for what it's worth!).
Looking foward to becoming part of what I think is the best survival board out there.
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Post by: badseed on September 27, 2009, 07:03:34 PM
Well since this forum is so well controlled I guess it would be nice of me to play along with the introductions...

I'm 24 and came to listen to Jack through lewrockwell.com which I'm sure we all know and love; I found Lew's site after listening to him interviewed and speak his mind on the Alex Jones Show. Most of my experience comes from an interest in primitive skills and primitive living. I once tried to convince a girlfriend to live primitively in the forests of Hawaii with me for a while, I lost the girlfriend and tried the primitive living anyway with little (read zero) success except for the lessons I learned about preparing for such undertakings. I've studied with Tom Brown Jr. at the Tracker School and now I realize the importance of dirt time for those skills.

I used to desire to forsake this society and go it alone into the wilderness, I was very radical in my youthful exuberance for primitive skills, but now I see that there is no way back from whence we came since life and the great wheel of the universe drives us forward not backward. I have come to see Jack's point of view about survivalism being about making your life better now and I haven't heard him say this but I think we all agree that living life "plugged in" to this matrix-like grid robs from us a piece of what it means to be human and that primitive skills, self-sufficiency, prepping and liberty are really all a way to take back our birthright.

I live in Sacramento, CA and welcome (more like beg) for people even hours away to contact me so we can share experiences face to face.



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Post by: mactexas on September 28, 2009, 09:55:03 AM
Hello, my name is Mac and I live in Ft worth, Tx. Back in the late 70's I became interested in self sufficency, may have had something to do with the President and the economic problems of that time. When things got better, Ronald Reagan thank you, I was busy making a living and raisiing a family. Never lost sight of self sufficency.

Retired at age 55 and now living the retired life. One year ago I woke up and realized history repeats itself. We now have Jimmy Carter on steroids in the Presidents office. I have my gold, guns, and food stashed so I am ready for whatever may happen.

Enjoy the Survival podcast and I have learned a lot from Jack. Do not have a garden and to tell the truth it does not interest me but my wife likes to grow things so she will be the gardner.

I have a get home bag in my car and my bug out location is my home. Do not plan to leave no matter what happens. I have a natural gas generator to power the house so unless they cut off the natural gas I am set.

Enjoy the forum, probably will not post much.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Beetle on September 28, 2009, 10:32:10 AM
Welcome all!!!! Enjoy the forum, post away and PM any of the Moderators if you need anything.

MOD team (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=7863.0)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CountryRootsCityJob on September 28, 2009, 11:17:07 AM
Well I just realized this was here... I guess I'm not very good at following the social protocol of internet forums... so I'm a bit late...

ANYWHO- I'm 26 male, married, and renting.  My degree is in Mechanical engineering, but about a month back I got laid off... defense work as a contractor isn't the most stable route to go >:(  The week before the the 2008 elections, my wife and I went to Wally world and bought a few hundred in food... I was afraid of what might happen being stuck in the city and hearing rumors of riots if the current president didn't get elected... before that I was like Jerry in conspiracy theory... whenever I saw a survival book at a book store, I had to buy it!  Then I'd go home and study it.  I honestly felt a little weird, but couldn't really help it  ;D

I stumbled upon the podcast shortly after receiving an I-pod for Christmas and love it!  When I find a job and get the slush fund back in place, I'd love to join the TSP Support Member Brigade, but for now it'll have to wait. 

My wife came from a crazy prepared family, so she's good to go on the survival deal... and now that I lost my job, we're both glad that we've done as much as we have in the past 6months!  Our two little tomato plants in front of our apartment are doing quite well!  I plan on going deer hunting for the first time in October to take another step towards learning how to live off the land.

If anybody in KY ever want's to share ideas, I'm game!
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Post by: kripton on September 28, 2009, 03:29:27 PM
Hello, I have been a listener for several months and decited i needed to get on the forum.

I am 25, just married in June 2009 and currently unemployed. My wife and I has had a preper mindset and just didnt know it. We are trying to find ways to save and be prepaired for the future every day.

I Graduated from Purdue with my BS in MET (Mechinacal Engineering Technology) in December 2008, got layed off of my job in March 2009, and Married in June 2009. Last month was the first time i did any canning. I was more than supprised that there is nothing to it.

We are currently living with my parents (which is tuff). But planning on building on family land if i can get a job in the area. When building we are going to plan in some self sufficiant theorys for immediate use and future additions.

Daniel (Kripton)
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Post by: RatioNeiL on September 28, 2009, 06:09:54 PM
Here we go!  I Just thought I’d come out from behind the safety of my computer screen to say Hi to all the forum members and Hi to Jack.  I’ll add a BIG thanks to that hi too because the Podcasts and this site are inspirational to say the least.

I’m 36 and from the UK, London originally but I now reside in the slightly quieter Manchester.  Over the last year I’ve listened, learned and enjoyed sooo much from TSP its scary.  I’ve always had a little itch that I couldn’t scratch….I kinda knew what it was but I had no direction at all!  No real forces training and stuff like that but I’m an out door man to a degree.  I also feel that society these days is getting more superficial and realisms going out of the window.  I really wouldn’t like to see what would happen If Times Got Tough, but I think we all know though.
Things are very different in the UK you don’t really talk about preparedness survivalism and liberty even though these subjects are very relative, I hope we start. 

So all in all I’m making the most of the wisdom and honesty shown by Jack.  I honestly feel lucky to have found Jack and TSP.

Here’s to you Jack and all the TSP Mods n Members.

Oh yea, episode 285…the bread’s fantastic!  Now what about that wine…….;-)

Cheers All, Neil.

P.S. Yea, the UK members need to get a bit more active.  We’ve got a lot of notes to swap an a lot of prepin to do!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Outdoorsben on September 28, 2009, 06:14:43 PM
Hey Folks,

My name is Ben I live in Mass and i'm a new member here. I do a lot of hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, camping, etc... hence the name outdoorsben lol. I'm 26 years old with what I believe is a firm starting point in modern survivalism. I currently have all the skills needed to do my outdoor hobbies and financially I've put myself on a good track. My girlfriend and I live ALMOST debt free. She is 100% debt free and I just bought a truck last year so I've got that debt. No credit cards, house is paid off, etc... Basically I'm here to get ideas and start things I haven't thought of and expand on things I have started.

P.S. I hate this state with a passion and as soon as I find a BOL that meets my needs I will be moving there. BOL would ideally be in the white mountains region and up of NH.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Balaam on September 28, 2009, 08:03:31 PM
Hello everyone!

My name is Jason, and I am excited to join in this amazing community.

I began listening to the podcast about two months ago after searching out new podcasts for my commute (1.25 hours each way, 5x a week). I have to say that several podcasts, including this one, have woke me up.

I just recently got my concealed weapons permit, purchased my first firearm, built my first bug-out bag, became debt-free (except the house), built up supplies... a good start but a long way to go! My next goal is to get a garden going, and to find a good bug-out location up in the mountains somewhere. I grew up backpacking and camping in Arizona, so I know how to rough it there, but I am in Georgia now so the environment is very, very different.

Anyway, excited to learn, grow, and share with everyone!

-----
Jason
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Martin Blank on September 28, 2009, 08:08:51 PM
Hello everyone,
 
   I am a retired Army guy, my wife and I live in western Washington. I Found TSP on iTunes and really liked it. I suppose I have been a prepper for a while but have not approached the matter with a coherent plan until now, and calling our plan coherent at this point is a bit of a stretch. However it is getting less murky by the day.

   Fortunately my wife is on board with the prepping mindset. She has always pointed out to me that throughout history those who have lived in cities during upheaval have fared much worse than those in the country. And by extension she means produce their own food and enjoy a bit of splendid isolation (I know, I know you gotta network). Presently we are set to bug-in, once we are debt free the big move will happen.

   I thought I knew a lot about prepping, after listening to the show and reading the forum I realized many planning shortcomings and a few strengths.

I look forward to exchanging ideas and learning from all of you.
   
      
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on September 29, 2009, 12:00:35 AM
Hello and welcome to all the new comers!!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on September 29, 2009, 07:57:21 AM
As the Archer says, Welcome one and all! 

Berserker Prime
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Post by: ryanag on September 29, 2009, 08:05:33 AM
Howdy everyone from Houston!  My name's Ryan and I've been a faithful listener of the podcast for about half a year now.  I've done quite a lot since then including making BOBs for my wife and myself, preparing for emergencies that we experience in Houston---->Hurricanes, starting to have reserve food stores.  I'm going to post a question in the Gardening forum if anyone can help.  I've been considering making a patio garden.  Thanks to all that make this forum great.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: oboecop on September 29, 2009, 08:05:50 AM
My turn.

Hey There. Name is Chris, and i started listening about Ep 247, through there are plenty of eps since then I srtill need to listen to. Foudn the podcast kind fo on accident. I was looking for a podcast dealing with post-apocalyptic pop culture/fiction/etc but has been very happy to have had this accident.

I'm 41, married happily with 4 kids, living in Iowa and really want to live more independantly. Nice thing is, my wife is on that same bandwagon. We're finalyl in a position where we can start taking back some control of the things in our lives in relation to money and where we want to be in our lives.

I have to say this podcast has changed my thinking on some matters, and that's a good thing.

Glad to be here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: WestTx753 on September 29, 2009, 10:57:08 AM
Hello form West By God. Just trying to learn what is needed to make sure the family is taken care of no matter what the need.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: embsupafly on September 29, 2009, 11:33:15 AM
Hello,

My name is Eric but will be going by embsupafly as a forum handle. I've been listening to TSP for about 6 months now. Have been researching and prepping for economic and political uncertanties for about 2+ years now.

Love the show, hope to be part of the forum community here. I have been participating for a couple of years at the Kitco forums under the same handle.

Thanks,

Eric
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Hare of Caerbannog on September 29, 2009, 01:27:08 PM
So many new people!
Welcome to all of you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LICountryBoy on September 29, 2009, 01:41:58 PM
Hello,

My name is Eric but will be going by embsupafly as a forum handle. I've been listening to TSP for about 6 months now. Have been researching and prepping for economic and political uncertanties for about 2+ years now.

Love the show, hope to be part of the forum community here. I have been participating for a couple of years at the Kitco forums under the same handle.

Thanks,

Eric

Since Hare didn't pick up on it, I'll have to ask.

It's not Eric the half a bee by chance?

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Phreethinker on September 30, 2009, 02:51:47 AM
Hello all, my name is Liam, i am irish but living in NZ, i'm 34 and not married and no kids.

I discovered this podcast yesterday and it completely blew my mind, not because i disagree, but because this is the first time in my life i found someone who agrees with me! so i have listened to about a dozen episodes already and spent half the day downloading the complete collection. I have used up all my broadband allocation for this month but it seems more then worth it.

So firstly i would like to thank Jack for doing this, isnt technology wonderful, i still cant believe he does it in his car! In one day he has focused my mind completely, i now know what i need to do, exactly. So i dont know if this is government sponsored or part of some political group or other, but i simply dont care, this is one of the most authentic and genuine things i have ever come across in my life, almost everything Jack says has the beautiful ring of truth.

So thank you extremely from the bottom of my heart everyone involved with this podcast and website i really mean that, i'm not scared anymore and maybe for the first time in my life i know what it means to be a man. 

Hopefully i will get to post here some more and learn some stuff and maybe even give soemthing back to you guys if i have any info worthwhile.

Cheers....or slainte (health) as we say back home in Ireland
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on September 30, 2009, 10:31:52 AM
Hello all, my name is Liam, i am irish but living in NZ...


Any impact on you folks in NZ with the tsunami? Thanks for the aid your country provided to the American Samoans...
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Post by: SaltyHobbit on September 30, 2009, 05:59:34 PM
How's everyone doing?

I'm Daniel and from Atlantic Beach Fl. I'm not married, but will hopefully be engaged soon and no kids. Been in the Army now for a little over 6 years. Started off up at Ft Bragg NC as a line medic in the 82nd ABN. Now I work in the ER at FT Stewart GA.

I guess I have always been a prepper but never payed much attention to it until listening to the podcast, which I stumbled across on accident. Needless to say there is a lot to learn and after reading some of the posts on the forum before joining, there is a lot of people with a vast amount of knowledge to teach.

I'm almost 29 and for the first time have started turning back to my roots that I had seen growing up watching my family grow gardens and fruit trees, fishing and hunting.

I won't tie up anymore of y'alls time with this but I look forward to learning from any of y'all that are willing to teach and hopefully I could teach something myself.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on September 30, 2009, 08:14:58 PM
Welcome, welcome, welcome.

You'll love it here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Stinger570 on October 01, 2009, 06:51:22 AM
Greetings from NEPA (northeast pa).

   Enjoying the podcast for a little while now. Taking from it what I can. New to the forum. Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dflem62 on October 01, 2009, 09:30:13 AM
Hi everyone, I've been listening to the podcast for a few months now, I'm 24 year old guy from Montana.  Right now I'm trying to work on creating some sort of permaculture system at my house and one acre lot I have recently purchased.  I look forward to getting involved in the forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: woodsman on October 01, 2009, 01:43:29 PM
Well, let's see...

Just found the forums today.  Read through some of the content, listened to a few podcasts (good stuff!) and then registered.

54, divorced, daughter just moved out for college and now live in a very quiet home. ;)

My handle is woodsman, but my skill set is rusty.  Being a single parent has a way of eating up spare time.  Ex-Boy Scout who understands the motto, but getting very serious about preparing for emergencies.  The ice storms in the Kentucky/Indiana areas last winter besides the whole Katrina thing really opened my eyes (not that the election had much to do with it either ::))

Working on updating firearm skills and working the kinks out of the old body, which doesn't work the way it did 25 years ago.

Look forward to talking with you!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: lobsterboy on October 01, 2009, 04:53:24 PM
Good Morning! Sean P Murphy, I live in Arizona, no there are no lobsters, I grew up on the Florida Gulf Coast. I am 39, married, one son(19) married,one son(17) and daughter(14) at home. Navy for 10 years, own a computer repair business and am feed up with the man. I am here to learn all I can about being independent. When I stumbled across TSP, I was in a blind rage,but now, solace, because I have an inkling of a plan now after listening to the podcast and reading the posts.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 01, 2009, 05:40:22 PM
Welcome one and all!  I hope you find the forum as helpful as I do!

BerskerPrime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: teleman on October 01, 2009, 06:51:47 PM
Hi all,
  been listening to the podcast for a while, decided to check out the forum.
in central PA, currently increasing my food stores...
-t
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: r00tbeer on October 01, 2009, 10:59:46 PM
Hi, my name is Matt.  I live in the Chicago suburbs and have been listening to the podcast for a couple months and am also a supporting member.  I found it by browsing itunes.  I'm 32 and I have been interested in preparedness stuff for years, although I never really did anything about it besides buy some silver coins and a pistol around 2002 or so.  I work a desk job in IT for an internet website.

I have for a long time wanted to own a cabin or farm somewhere in the countryside.  I grew up in Pennsylvania and really like the outdoors (which is quite strange for a person in my area in Chicago).  I am not really sure how I am going to go about owning a place in the country that since I still have a full-time job in the city.  I do find Jack's podcasts to be very informative though and am still trying to decide the best place to buy some land.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Chug A Lug on October 02, 2009, 02:16:16 PM
Hi, I'm Kevin in Jacksonville, FL.

I started reading the about modern survivalism a few months ago and got really interested.  I wanted to see if there was a podcast on the subject and searched on iTunes and found this and got hooked.  I've been listening to the archives and have been trying to get caught up.  Listened to about 30 or 40 episodes so far.

I'm thirty-one, former Marine (machinegunner), and am currently a firefighter/paramedic. I have a wife and a 1 yo girl and another girl due to be born in about a month. 

Right now we are on one income so I'm happy when I can rub two nickels together at the end of the month (which is rare) so spending money right now for me isn't much of an option so I am trying just to get into the survival mindset and acquire as much knowledge that I can for free.  Which I can, thanks to Jack. 

I enjoy the show and hope to be able to enjoy and learn from the the forums as well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Sage of Monticello on October 02, 2009, 05:39:51 PM
Greetings everyone,

Live in the Southwest. Started prepping thanks to Jack and his podcasts. Late in the game to prepping, married, and we are prepared but not as much as we would like to be. I tend to lean towards the tin foil hat people, as Jack stated it is beneficial to keep tabs on what happening. I reload with a hand press all my six shooters ammo. Have about 3 months food storage, building it up every few weeks. 

Been looking to acquire a BOL, but not until February. Hopefully, nothing happens until then....LOL.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on October 02, 2009, 05:41:14 PM
Welcome to the forum Gunslinger!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: oneshot1kl0975 on October 02, 2009, 09:03:03 PM
Not sure if i got this right, trying to introduce myself.

Im in Montana, looking for a group of people prety much like you guys. i have been in the Prepairedness boat for about a year now
and slill feel like a milllion miles out. so much stuff so little time. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: monger20 on October 02, 2009, 09:14:31 PM
New guys with guns - looks like you'll fir right in.

Welcome Gunslinger & oneshot1kl0975
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: otierney on October 03, 2009, 12:51:03 PM
Hi all - I just posted a question in the gardening forum and it was suggested that I go introduce myself. I assume that they meant here.

So...Name is Owen, 38, married 16 years (wife is also 38), twin boys, 7. Used bookseller by trade for 18 years (online only these days, but had a shop for 16 years). Wife starts nursing school in January. We live in Centennial, CO (southern suburbs of Denver). Started listening to TSP about 6 months ago.

We've been preppers of a sort for a long time, at least by TSP's definitions - no debt except a mortgage, gardening, reasonably well stocked pantry, gun owners, pretty frugal. Not a whole hell of a lot of direction to it, even now, but working toward it. I would love to keep bees and chickens, but that may be difficult given the neighborhood, even though I know most of the ones on our street.

Would love to meet up with some of the Denver area TSP folks.

Thanks and take care,
O
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ltlewis15 on October 03, 2009, 02:36:55 PM
Hello everyone, My name is Luke. I live in NEMO, Callao Missouri. I currently Drive a truck for a living out of Kansas City and listen to jack as I drive. My brother and I are saving up to buy our own land in rural Missouri. When we do I will be making my homestead there from scratch and love to learn all the great Ideas everyone has to share. I drive through DFW all the time in my 18 wheeler so I hope I have never been responsible for any of the jack auto rants. Thanks
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Iraq/AfghanVet on October 03, 2009, 03:50:10 PM
Hello all I am from Northern Minnesota, married, have an 8 year old son and a 14 year old stepdaughter.  I work full time for the National Guard and have been deployed in Desert Storm, OIF, and OEF. 

I am close to retirement and have recently started to get interested in prepping, my bigest concern since I feel it's the most likely for my area is loss of services during the winter.  Where I live the winters are harsh and the temperature can get down to -40 plus.  Loss of electrical service during that type of weather could be deadly.

I look forward to learning the basics from those of you that are more experienced than me.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on October 03, 2009, 06:45:03 PM
Welcome I/A vet and happy prepping. Lots of vets and retirees here.

Goatdog
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on October 04, 2009, 06:52:48 AM

... Wife starts nursing school in January. We live in Centennial, CO (southern suburbs of Denver)...

Would love to meet up with some of the Denver area TSP folks.


I have a younger sister who lives in Centennial (along with her family)... wish I could say they are preppers and get you linked up, but she's not quite on board yet. She is also a nurse... married to a pharmacist :) At least they have professions that will most likely always be needed, right?

I'll keep at her... maybe she'll come along eventually.

Welcome to the forum and best of luck to you on your prepping.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: otierney on October 04, 2009, 03:59:10 PM
She is also a nurse... married to a pharmacist :) At least they have professions that will most likely always be needed, right?

I'll keep at her... maybe she'll come along eventually.

Welcome to the forum and best of luck to you on your prepping.

That's certainly the hope. I'm afraid that the world has little use for booksellers like me anymore. :(

Thanks for the welcome! Take care,
O
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sir. Vive on October 04, 2009, 05:43:15 PM
(I posted this same reply in the region section that im in as well sorry for the repost but i thought it should be in both places)

Hi all! I'm a new listener and a new forum member this is my first post but Ive been into survival and emergency prep for some time now.  I currently live in Maryland and work in DC.  I just wanted to say hi to everyone because Jack makes the forum out to seem like a friendly place and the meet and greets that seem to happen would be something nice to do to pass the time.  Any questions you have about me id love to talk to as many as i can.  I'm most interested in chatting about bug out bags and gear and emergency vehicle prep.  I'm also in the market for some firearms (legally of course I'm working on getting my ffl and i can conceal carry anywhere i like) so id like to talk about some options with anyone.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ian Adams on October 05, 2009, 01:21:44 PM
Hello Everyone.  Just thought that I would take a moment and introduce myself.  My name is Ian, I am 39, married, one son.  I live in southern kalifornia, though hopefully not for much longer.  I work as an automotive technician, have also been a Harley mechanic, paramedic, newspaper production manager, corporate security, and spent some time in the Army in the 80's and 90's(5th ID, 2nd AD, JSOC, 7th SFG).

I am an avid martial artist. I study, or have studied, Shotokan Karate, Bujinkan Budo taijutsu, Krav Maga, Aikido, and misc. combatives.  I am heavily into primitive living skills, and am starting to pursue sustainable living and homesteading in preparation for moving somewhere where my family and I can live a more rural lifestyle hopefully off the grid.  I enjoy camping, backpacking (esp. on the PCT), fishing, sailing, and reading anything that I can get my hands on.  Bit of a computer geek, I love Linux. 

So much more, but reading about myself is putting me to sleep.  I look forward to learning and meeting people on these forums.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on October 05, 2009, 02:31:45 PM
Welcome all.  This place is the real deal.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sten on October 05, 2009, 05:00:40 PM
Hello everyone,  I am from Kansas City with a wife and two kids.  Very interested in learning more about preparedness.  I have been listening to Jack since the early days when he used the two dollar microphone.  Love the show and it's wide assortment of topics.  I have finally decided to get involved in the forum and see what it is all about.  Some of my goals are to learn and learn and learn some more about staying prepared.  I am also looking forward to meeting people near where I live that have similar goals.

See you later.
Sten
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Darkwinter on October 05, 2009, 05:10:51 PM
Glad to see you have made it to the forum Sten!!! Welcome, we are glad you came.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on October 05, 2009, 05:44:11 PM
welcome to all the new folks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: offgridmontana on October 05, 2009, 09:07:45 PM
Howdy ya all! 

I'm up on top of the hill of my gulch on 31 arces in Montana. We live outside of Helena, Montana and have a view of the "city".  However there are many looking for real estate to make an off grid location close to their city jobs. Me, I'm looking for a two acre bug out location far from a small town: Lincoln, Montana. I want a piece of property with BLM and Forest Service surrounding for a bug out location - this is just prep practice for really living off grid. Check my progress at http://offgridmontana.com (http://offgridmontana.com) .
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Manayunker on October 06, 2009, 01:54:34 PM
Hello fellow preppers!

My name is Andrew and I live in NE Philadelphia.  My wife and I are on the hunt for a new house a little farther out in the suburbs.  And especially now since we just found out we're pregnant! :o  Living in Philly isn't so bad but my survival instinct is telling me to bug in or bug out much further out.  I'm a graphic designer and I'm 35 years old.  I've been listening to Jack for the last 4 months or so and I love the program.  I listen on my daily commute from Philadelphia to Conshohocken, PA.

I've currently got about 3 months of food supply and some bottled water but I'm looking for a recommended water filter.  I'm also looking for a recommendation on a reliable and easy-to-use generator. (at least 3500 watts/4-cycle).  Also, if you know of any local survival camps or stores in the Philadelphia area, I'd appreciate the feedback.

My best to you all!!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on October 06, 2009, 03:56:28 PM
That's certainly the hope. I'm afraid that the world has little use for booksellers like me anymore. :(
Oh yes we do. Electronics are OK when everything is running smoothly, but when things start to fall apart, books will be the best way to pass on knowledge.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Lost_Airplane on October 06, 2009, 04:07:07 PM
Hello.  I"m Jeff from St. Louis.  I'm a police officer for a local community college, and a security officer for a private high school.  My wife Christy and I have embraced prepping together (a relief to have her on board!) and so far have begun storing food, dehydrating a bunch of stuff all the time, and we bought our future bug-out location last May.  I anticipate being a leader in my neighborhood in case of a crisis, so we also have a GMRS base station set up at the house for community communications in case the phones are out.....in the meantime, it's like the old days when I had a CB base station in my kitchen before cell phones!  I'm a ham radio operator as well, but have become a bit dormant there......equipment is too pricy for me.  I am the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) coordinator for my police department, recently finished the training, so I hope to educate and inspire a new group of people to become prepared for disasters big or small. 

Our next project:  BILTONG!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Ivan on October 06, 2009, 08:02:12 PM
Hello everybody, I have been listening to the podcast for almost a year now, I just never got on the website or forum, so I am finally taking that step.

My name is Ivan, I live in Tacoma, WA (moved here from Sequim for a job).  I work for Tacoma Power as an Electrical Trainee.  I have been in the Army National Guard for just over six years now, and have deployed to Iraq once.  I am married, and have two dogs; a boxer, and a border collie mix.  My dad has always talked about preparedness, survival stuff, and civil unrest, but I haven't yet been able to convince him to listen to a podcast.  Anyways, the whole topic is very interesting to me and I am pumped to learn some more and become more prepared myself. 

Look forward to meeting you all,
Ivan
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: delta69alpha on October 07, 2009, 10:23:03 AM
Hello everyone.
Delta69Alpha here .
Been watching and listening on and off for a bit now. Figured i'd finally sign up and hang out for a bit.
Just your avg guy thats  into being prepared and meeting others like myself.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Evil von Scarry on October 07, 2009, 11:42:46 AM
Hello everyone.
Just started listening to the show about a month ago.
Liked what I heard, heard about the forum and figured
I'd see what was going on and pitch in where I could.

Cheers, EvS
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 07, 2009, 12:45:44 PM
Holy moly, welcome to all of our newcomers!!!!!!!!

Evil, is your vampire wearing a tutu?

Ivan, your pic reminds me (for some reason) of the book "catch-22".  Cracked me up when i saw it.  ;D

Thanks for joining the forum, guys!  :)  Yer gonna like it here!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: steve in aiken on October 07, 2009, 12:51:15 PM
Hello all ;)
I am kind of new to the prepper world. I have been on the  road for some time now, you know garden, milk cow, chicken and such. Still working the 40 hour work week as well. Just wanted to say hello, Gadget and soccer mom sorry i haven't been active on the forum, i am new to this portion of the TSP site.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: soccer grannie on October 07, 2009, 01:04:45 PM
Steve in Aiken: Glad to see you here. We're in the planning stages of an Aiken area get together soon.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Evil von Scarry on October 07, 2009, 01:36:08 PM
Holy moly, welcome to all of our newcomers!!!!!!!!

Evil, is your vampire wearing a tutu?

LOL, no its Bela Lagosi he's wearing a cape its just a bad pic with the Igor looking guy in the suit ;D
thanks for the welcome
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on October 07, 2009, 02:59:31 PM
It is really great to see all the new TSP members. It seems to be exponential now. Welcome all!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: CR Williams on October 07, 2009, 03:06:12 PM
Uhm, hi.

Not much to say about me. I have a day job as a professional geek. In another guise, I am a forum moderator on the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) forum, and I write for them from time to time; I should have something appearing on their website this week, in fact.   :)  I read a lot. I have cats. Not sure what else to say. I appreciate the chance to exchange information here, but mostly to learn things. That's it.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 07, 2009, 07:54:54 PM
Welcome All!  Look forward to hearing from all of you!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: drthtater on October 07, 2009, 07:57:42 PM
Hey people.

New member from NC

Found the site via a podcast, and I like what I see so far :)

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on October 07, 2009, 11:10:12 PM
Welcome to all the new folks, pull up a stump and enjoy.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 07, 2009, 11:56:09 PM
LOL, no its Bela Lagosi he's wearing a cape its just a bad pic with the Igor looking guy in the suit ;D
thanks for the welcome

You're welcome for my welcome (or something)!  :D

I swear bela lagosi looks like he is wearing a tutu.  It makes me want to make a vampire tutu costume.  ;D

In all seriousness, now that you've pointed out that it's a cape, it's totally obvious.  I'm such a dork.  :D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Carl2 on October 08, 2009, 05:58:16 AM
Hello.  I've lurked but not taken the time to check in.  I've believed in preparedness since Boy Scouts, a long time ago.  There are some areas of expertise I can share.  Best wishes to all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 08, 2009, 07:33:20 AM
Awesome!  Thanks for taking the leap and deciding to start posting!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dementeddigital on October 08, 2009, 07:40:32 AM
I've been lurking here for a while, and I figured that I'd at least introduce myself.

I'm interested in learning more about gardening and permaculture (when my work schedule permits).  I'm not a stranger to preparedness, but I'm still learning.  I'd consider myself early in the process, though.

My background is in electronic design.  I'm somewhat active in ham radio, though not as much as I'd like.

I also want to say thanks for a great forum and podcast!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dementeddigital on October 08, 2009, 07:41:57 AM
Oops!

I should have posted this in the intro thread.

Sorry about that...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Roswell on October 08, 2009, 07:48:16 AM
I merged it for you dementeddigital. 

Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on October 08, 2009, 10:39:25 AM
Oh yes we do. Electronics are OK when everything is running smoothly, but when things start to fall apart, books will be the best way to pass on knowledge.

Exactly! How's your inventory on preparedness books?  lol.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SigMan34 on October 08, 2009, 10:40:28 AM
Hello Everyone,

A real greenhorn here, but at the ripe ol' age of 62, I'm ready to learn and act on it. Better late than never?  :D

I'm an avid believer in and defender of our Second Amendment rights; been a CPL-holder going on 3 years now. An avid listener to Jack's podcasts, I'm now planning my new Square Foot Garden and placed my first order for silver rounds just this week. Small beginnings, but step-by-step we'll get there.

Fantastic forum with tons of info here. Thanks for letting me join in.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on October 08, 2009, 11:08:04 AM
Welcome Sigman!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on October 08, 2009, 02:27:37 PM
Exactly! How's your inventory on preparedness books?  lol.
Just 6-8 books right now.... Should start a poll on that...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 08, 2009, 06:29:17 PM
Hi all.

Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LEO on October 08, 2009, 07:50:39 PM
Hello to all members. Leo is my name and prepping is my game.  I'm retired from the US Army and get up each morning with nothing to do and don't get it all done by night time. My wife and I are living in Yuba City, Northern California. Have been prepping for about a year or so. Planted our first raised beds 3x3 with 4ft legs for elevation and tried SFG with limited success. My Zucchini and Summer Squash dominated most of the beds. I like to shoot straight and often. Like to fish as often as possible. We have food stored enough for 60 days and working on more at every time we shop. I listen to Jack's podcast every day and I'm looking forward to looking into all the threads. Nice to meet you guys and gals.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: alw357 on October 08, 2009, 07:56:43 PM
Hello All,
I am knew to the Survival Podcast. I like what I see so far. I am here to learn what I can about being prepared. I am a former Infantry Officer, LEO, and I like being outdoors.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: jasperg357 on October 08, 2009, 09:01:42 PM
Hello,
 My name is Calvin and I am from NE Ga. new to the website but I have been semi-prepping for about a year. Figured it was about time to get serious about prepping are to stick my head back in the sand one are the other.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on October 08, 2009, 09:05:29 PM
Welcome to all of the new folks. So many new people everyday! Thanks for joining in. Everyone knows something we all need too.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ssolo_99 on October 08, 2009, 09:36:26 PM
hi all.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: SparkyT on October 09, 2009, 06:31:46 AM
Howdy all!  I'm a Mainer that has been infected by the prepping bug!  Discovered the podcast back in July, and started at episode 1.  As of yesterday, I'm completely caught up (minus a handful of shows that were pertinent to 'current' events last year).  I don't have broadband at home, so I listen at work, but now that I'll only have one show a day :(, I can spare a few moments during my day to swing in a say hi!  Glad to be amongst a group of like-minded folks, and looking forward to learning together. :)

Travis
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mamabear on October 09, 2009, 07:47:58 AM
Welcome Sparky and ssolo! There is a lot here to learn, so put on your thinking caps!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Kagetsu on October 09, 2009, 09:08:02 AM
I'm a gun freedom fan in Maryland,,,  :P yea, my bad luck to be in a gun control world as bad as DC or New York.

I started planning living in the woods eating roots and ground hogs with my M-16. I don't like being wet cold or skinning my own food. Meh. I still like the idea of wild food, but would miss sushi and BBQ too much long term.

I read up on self sufficient homesteading. I'm just not a farmer, though I like smoked ham and tractors.  :-*

Now that I'm "older", I'm looking to be like "Californian's". Ready with work gloves and training to help dig others out of the rubble, rather than "New Orleanians"  fighting as gangs while "authorities" strip citizens of guns then are unable to help the victims they create, and waiting for the Democrats to feed me till the forms are processed to build me a new subsidized house.

The closest I came to a refugee camp was the tent city at the Oshkosh EAA airshow.  
 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AkronHef on October 09, 2009, 11:01:39 AM
Hello fellow TSP fans

I'm Hef, I have been listening to Jack for about 6 months, I absolutely love the show. I listen to it every night at work on my ipod.

Here in Northeastern Ohio my wife and I have a 2yr old little boy and a little girl due December 10th or so.  I have been a preparedness minded person most of my life. I grew up camping, backpacking, fishing, shooting, all of the great activities one can enjoy near trees or water. My wife is not really on board but I am working slowly on her. Wether she is really aware of it or not I have built our pantry up past the 30 day mark, keep extra fuel, other heat sources, and documentation/BOBs.

I am very glad that this show is out there and bringing wonderful info to all of us. Thank you to Jack, the Mods, the advertisers, and all involved.
Hef
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 09, 2009, 11:34:07 AM
Big welcomes to Kagetsu (your post made me giggle :D ) and to Hef (nice name, there, darlin' ;D ).  Welcome to our little pod!  Okay... not so little, is it?  Kinda huge.  Welcome anyhow.  Take a look around, and jump right in anywhere you want!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Arioch_Montaskew on October 09, 2009, 12:56:40 PM
Hi everyone.  I'm from Central Texas, North Austin really, and have lived here most of my life.  I've been an avid fan of survival studies since my boy scout years.

I'm interested in homesteading, rammed earth and strawbale construction, solar power, and rainwater collection.  I've been working in both the high tech sector and solar/rainwater systems for the last few years.

I'm currently looking for some recreational "get away" land out in the country a bit, as well as stocking up on long term food storage.

I'm working on a project right now that is a stand alone product that will collect and filter water, generate both ac and dc power, and both water and grow a ton of plants.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: MToons on October 09, 2009, 02:56:40 PM
Hey everyone..new listener from Ohio.  Hope to get to know some of you guys in time!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: archer on October 09, 2009, 04:35:05 PM
Welcome to all the new people! Sit back, relax, read, learn and help teach!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: KatieH on October 09, 2009, 06:52:23 PM
Hey ya'll. I'm Katie, I'm 19 years old and I'm from New Zealand. I starting learning about preparedness a few years ago but have just started to get really into it. I'm not sure how I started since it's not a normal thing that a teenage girl gets into but I LOVE it! I'm planning on volunteering for Civil Defence next year and also to join the Reserve Army over here to get practical experience.  Anyway! I just started listening to the podcast and I love it. Also love reading all the forum posts. Nice to meet everyone :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 09, 2009, 07:32:32 PM
Hey ya'll. I'm Katie, I'm 19 years old and I'm from New Zealand. I starting learning about preparedness a few years ago but have just started to get really into it. I'm not sure how I started since it's not a normal thing that a teenage girl gets into but I LOVE it! I'm planning on volunteering for Civil Defence next year and also to join the Reserve Army over here to get practical experience.  Anyway! I just started listening to the podcast and I love it. Also love reading all the forum posts. Nice to meet everyone :)

Hey Katie!  My best friend is over there in kiwi land, studying genetics at Massey!  So I have a biiiiiig soft spot for New Zealand.  Welcome to the forum, darlin'!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: bsmith_shoot on October 09, 2009, 08:03:41 PM
Hey folks, I love the podcast, and am glad I finally made the jump to the forum. I'm 29 years old with a wife(thats expecting a little boy) and a three year old little boy that makes life worth preparing for. I am a carpenter by trade, and I love my job. My father, and myself, raise about an acre of garden every year. My mother, father,and myself, preserve and can enough food every year to feed a small army. It's always been this way for us, it just came natural for me. I have spent a few years in law enforcement and corrections, and am running for sheriff in the next election. I spent some time in volunteer fire and rescue. I love to hunt and fish, and am one of those guys that believe if you need food, no matter if it's season or not, then take the animal and feed your family. I am here to learn, and if I can be of any help, then I will do anything I can. Please contact me with any questions or comments you might have. Thanks for having me.
B.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: wolfracer on October 09, 2009, 08:33:08 PM
Hello everyone!

   I just found this forum thru a link to the podcats, this place looks like it has a lot of info. I am 50 years old , and married. My wife and I have  been preppers since our home was destroyed by tornado in 1991. We live in the flinthills of Kansas, and enjoy hunting ,fishing and camping. My latest hobby might be of interests to some on here, Aquaponics. I have a system that has been in operation for over 6 months and is doing quite well.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 09, 2009, 08:54:08 PM
Welcome bsmith!

And welcome to the new wolf!!  Someday we wolves will take over the world.  And it will be good.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Skald on October 09, 2009, 11:50:17 PM
Hi,

I'm Brian in Jacksonville, Florida and found out about this podcast and site from a friend.

I'm 35 yrs old. my marital status is very much up in the air right now (not sure if wife is going to divorce me or not), no kids.  I am currently disabled due to lots of orthopedic propblems growing up and then compounded when I entered the culinary field.  Right now finishing up my English Degree and hope to enter Law School, though not sure if I will practice law or not (but would like to choice to or not).

I am an avid hunter and fisherman, I was into scouting when growing up and that is where my survivalist mentality was born.  As far as firearms go I do not claim to be an expert but I do and try and research such things heavily.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 10, 2009, 12:13:41 AM
As far as firearms go I do not claim to be an expert but I do and try and research such things heavily.

Welcome Skald!  Have you ever considered taking any classes in firearms?  Like from Tactical Response?  I think they do stuff out close to you somewhere.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Skald on October 10, 2009, 07:22:15 AM
I have taken some basic pistol classes, but as far as advanced classes go, I have a lot of things that are higher priority than training (getting out of debt, finishing college, getting a small garden going etc).   I am on fixed income (disabled but working to re-enter workforce) so I have to really prioritize what I do/buy. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Son_of_the_Republic on October 10, 2009, 08:12:37 AM
Howdy.

 My wife and I are moving to the Buffalo area of West NY from Ireland in a few weeks.My wife and I are totally into the preparedness mind set and we plan to get busy on this front immediatly.Lots of work ahead.Love the survival podcast and have been listening for a little while now.Not much in the way of firearms going on in Irleand other than .22 sport rifles so this is an area of major ignorance for me that I need to build on asap.I will be looking to undergo training so if any knows of anyone in the Buffalo region that teaches firearms proficiency, please let me know.Also looking to build a greenhouse so if anyone in Buffalo or the surrounding area can make recommendations please let me know.

I am a digital artist by trade,mostly TV and film work and I'm hoping to work from home as much as possible.Wife is totally on Board with everything by the way.She is a Buffalo Lass in fact.

Looking forward to becoming informed and educated.

Sonny
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on October 10, 2009, 08:36:55 AM
Welcome Sonny!

Good to have another from the northeast. I assume your wife has prepared you for the snow.  :)



 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Son_of_the_Republic on October 10, 2009, 08:41:45 AM
Oh,indeed.I have already suffereda Buffalo winter. Coldest I ever experienced and I have been skiing in the Alps!. Just got a lovely new sheepskin hat in anticipation.Gotta buy some new gloves though.I had an awesome pair of motor cycle gloves that were great but can't for the life of me recall where I left em down.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Skald on October 10, 2009, 08:48:13 AM
Welcome Sonny!

As far as firearms training, best to join a club and ask around.

Now as firearms laws, I do remember that NY has some strict laws and has the AWB (no 'evil' features).   I am on a forum that is for firearms enthusiasts .   Northeast Shooters (http://"http://northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/index.php"), and they do have a forum area specifically for NY Gun (http://"http://northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=84") laws and you can post your question there.  

The best advice I can give for states like MA, NY, NJ etc is to talk with a lawyer to make sure you don't accidentally break any laws (example for MA is if you have a 'post ban' magazine that is greater than 10 rnds it is $10,000 fine and up to 10 yrs in prison, and the kicker is sometimes you can't even tell the yr. of manufacture).

Also, for a rugged type of jacket, I highly recommend Carhart.  I live in FL but I have kept my 2 Carhart jackets just in case.  You pay for them but they do last a decent amount of time (it took me 3 yrs to break in the jacket so its comfortable).
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Son_of_the_Republic on October 10, 2009, 08:55:29 AM
Welcome Sonny!

As far as firearms training, best to join a club and ask around.

Now as firearms laws, I do remember that NY has some strict laws and has the AWB (no 'evil' features).   I am on a forum that is for firearms enthusiasts .   Northeast Shooters (http://"http://northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/index.php"), and they do have a forum area specifically for NY Gun (http://"http://northeastshooters.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=84") laws and you can post your question there.  

The best advice I can give for states like MA, NY, NJ etc is to talk with a lawyer to make sure you don't accidentally break any laws (example for MA is if you have a 'post ban' magazine that is greater than 10 rnds it is $10,000 fine and up to 10 yrs in prison, and the kicker is sometimes you can't even tell the yr. of manufacture).

Also, for a rugged type of jacket, I highly recommend Carhart.  I live in FL but I have kept my 2 Carhart jackets just in case.  You pay for them but they do last a decent amount of time (it took me 3 yrs to break in the jacket so its comfortable).


Thanks for the tips.I'll check out that forum!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Joe D. on October 10, 2009, 09:26:49 AM
... My wife and I are moving to the Buffalo area of West NY from Ireland in a few weeks....
Sonny, not only welcome to the forum but as a lifelong (and current) WNYorker welcome to B-Lo.

My wife and I live in one of Buffalo's quaint suburbs and are both librarians by trade though I dabble in almost anything.  If you got any specific questions maybe we can help.  Only problem is, and I mention this straight up, I am what you could call a suburban recluse.  Though I go out a ton, I do keep pretty much to myself when it comes to close contact with people--just to let you know.  8)  Being kinda out there politically, a novice prepper, a supporter of the entheogenic community, a conspiracy follower (What conspiracy? We all know we are being lied to.), a full fledged tin foil hat wearing new ager and well, it's best to keep a low profile.  ;)

Maybe we'll talk soon, feel free to drop me a private email here on the forum if you want.

Joe D.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Son_of_the_Republic on October 10, 2009, 09:52:51 AM
Sonny, not only welcome to the forum but as a lifelong (and current) WNYorker welcome to B-Lo.

My wife and I live in one of Buffalo's quaint suburbs and are both librarians by trade though I dabble in almost anything.  If you got any specific questions maybe we can help.  Only problem is, and I mention this straight up, I am what you could call a suburban recluse.  Though I go out a ton, I do keep pretty much to myself when it comes to close contact with people--just to let you know.  8)  Being kinda out there politically, a novice prepper, a supporter of the entheogenic community, a conspiracy follower (What conspiracy? We all know we are being lied to.), a full fledged tin foil hat wearing new ager and well, it's best to keep a low profile.  ;)

Maybe we'll talk soon, feel free to drop me a private email here on the forum if you want.

Joe D.

we  shall be out in the south towns ourselves.Have had enough of city/suburban life myself.I enjoy a good ol conspiracy but my spirituality is more of the intellectual/theological kind rather than herbal  :).I Follow the masonic/marxist takeover of the RC Church with great interest but thats neither here no there all though some might say the 1917 miracle and revelations at Fatima,Portugal will have a major part to play in the life of the average preperation exponent eventually.My wife used to be a librarian out west coincidentally.Politically I watch everything but support very little of it.Non partisan is the word.If I think of anything I need to know locally I won't hesitate to ask.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Greatswampa on October 10, 2009, 10:13:41 AM
Hi,
My wife and I live in Northern Vermont, where we have a small homestead we built out of the woods.  We lived 10+ years off the grid before giving in and connecting to power when it went nearby the house.
We try to garden in our short growing season and we dehydrate and can our own food and herbs.
We are also striving to be debt free soon.
We love listening to Jack's podcast. We're both on board with prepping and look forward to trading info with like minded individuals on the forum.

Greatswampa  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on October 10, 2009, 10:22:08 AM
Hi,
My wife and I live in Northern Vermont, where we have a small homestead we built out of the woods.  We lived 10+ years off the grid before giving in and connecting to power when it went nearby the house.
We try to garden in our short growing season and we dehydrate and can our own food and herbs.
We are also striving to be debt free soon.
We love listening to Jack's podcast. We're both on board with prepping and look forward to trading info with like minded individuals on the forum.

Greatswampa  :)


Welcome aboard, Greatswampa! I've been up your way many times. Beautiful country!

I strongly suspect we can all learn a lot from you, especially those of us in that same short growing season.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Greatswampa on October 10, 2009, 10:39:36 AM
Welcome aboard, Greatswampa! I've been up your way many times. Beautiful country!

I strongly suspect we can all learn a lot from you, especially those of us in that same short growing season.

Thanks for the welcome, dudekrtr. Look forward to talking with 'ya
 :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: AlexSSP on October 10, 2009, 07:48:11 PM
Hi, my name is Alex, I'm the author and producer of Socialism Survival Podcast and whatever you'll find on socialismsurvival.com. Born in the Ukraine, live now in Florida. I found TSP in the beginning of Summer 2009 and stick since then. Being a musician I had a studio equipment for years, lately just seating in the boxes. I want to thank Jack for challenging message about someone doing something like starting podcast. Back in the Ukraine we were in a deep survival mode and I'm learning a lot from Jack how to apply the same things like gardening and other here in America. All the best and thanks to Jack and everyone who's involved in keeping this forum where I also found many useful info! :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: coreisall on October 10, 2009, 08:24:05 PM
Heyo, hiyo, yo!
I'm Jed.  I actually came across this forum and the podcast as well from a meetup group I'm a member of, but haven't ever actually gone to any of the meetups...  Go figure.  Kinda busy a lot.  If any of ya are here, sorry, guys.  I'll show up some day.  I'm kinda lazy about going to stuff to do stuff, yeah.  That and I'm not real highly motivated to talk to new people outside of my work.  At least, not without a screen.  Antisocial nerd, you get the idea, whatever.

OK, rambling again.   Anyway....
I work in the automotive aftermarket industry.  I sell car parts for a widely recognized and highly reputable corporate/franchised chain.  That said, I'm already giving away more details about my life than I typically care to.  If anybody happens to recognize me somehow from any other forums, I'd prefer y'all just keep it to yourselves.  I doubt anybody does, but hey, it's a smaller world than we sometimes realize.
I live in usually quiet neighborhood in south Murderapolis in a tiny ass little "efficiency" apartment that I pay entirely too much for.  Life circumstances at the moment sort of have me hung up here. Working on changing that a bit at a time, though.  Tough to do when you're techinically below "poverty level income" whatever the hell that is.  All I know is that I'm broke a lot partially because I suck with money and partially because I don't really bring in all that much with this whole "legit job" thing.  Kinda new to that whole scene still.  Risk factors and my dumbass falling in love with the woman I'd like to be with the rest of my life have kinda gently nudged, with a swift kick in the ass, my path to one where I'm trying things a bit different now.  Oh, yeah, and the part about pissing off sherrif john brown, so to speak.
Whatever, it's all good.  But it could be better, still.  And I'm learning from this podcast, and others in this and other on/offline communities how to make that happen. 
But I digress...  Where was I?  Sorry, folks, I do this sometimes.  Ok, a lot.  Hope y'all can bear with me and not get too irritated.  I'll try to keep it to a minimum in the forums.
Oh, yeah, me...  Intro.  Right.   I'm 26.  Getting married soon.  Don't even have a car anymore.  I rent the place I live.  I have the option (and have gone with it for a little less than a year now) to do some smaller indoor growing.  Mostly a learning experience so far.  In soil.  Peppers, and a few other items I've been able to get the landlord to OK for my use of the little strips of side and patches of front and back "yard" that we have here.
I also have a pretty healthy interest (though my fiance may disagree)  in firearms and all that comes along with that.  If anybody else from Minnesota has any pointers or experience they'd like to share on the CCW topic, I'd be more than happy to listen.  I've heard rumors about the CCW permit becoming history soon.  I'll look around here and see if anybody has posted anything already.
I had a bunch more to say about myself to introduce me to you, but I see I'm rambling again.  Sorry.  I'm just gonna stop here.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 11, 2009, 01:34:44 AM
Welcome all you new folks!

AlexSSP, you may just be our first official, no-kidding, bonafide Ukrainian!  I hope all of you find what your looking for!

Berserker Prime
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on October 11, 2009, 07:18:55 AM

Not much in the way of firearms going on in Irleand other than .22 sport rifles so this is an area of major ignorance for me that I need to build on asap.


A great resource for an overview of guns is Whatzhizname's thread: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=4704.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=4704.0)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dantad on October 11, 2009, 09:59:07 AM
I have been listening to Jack since around eps 80 now finely joining the forum.

I am former military- 27 years in Navy –Submarines-.  Retired in 96.  I am 58 and live in the far west suburbs of Chicago.  I am pretty good with guns just don’t get to shoot much. 

The wife in not in to preps or saving so that is an up hill battle.

Started a square foot garden this year with 2 squares.  Production was not as hoped.  The weather was not good to use this year.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on October 11, 2009, 10:48:08 AM

The wife in not in to preps or saving so that is an up hill battle.


You might benefit from the thread Flip That Spouse: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=3239.0)

Thank you for your service in the Silent Service. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: 2alphadd on October 11, 2009, 11:38:59 AM
Hello all,
My name's Todd from north east Indiana. I'm new to the prepping world and discovered the podcast while looking up information on dehydrating my own food for backpacking. I'm an avid hunter and white water kayaker and general outdoor enthusiast and being prepared is all part of that lifestyle so most of the information makes a lot of sense. Through the podcast I'm starting my education and going to the next level. Thank you all that make this all possible.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: beagle76 on October 11, 2009, 04:19:51 PM
My wife and I are from central Massachusetts. My wife came across the Survival Podcasts while looking for information about dehydrating vegetables. I came across this forum trying to figure out the context of the podcasts. We have been preparing for the unknown for several years now and are stepping up our learning about selfsuffiincy recently. Our activities in trying to be sustainable in our present home seem is adequate for an incident of short duration, but in the event of extended civil disorder, we would be in trouble. We are looking to relocate to a more .... sustainable area some time in the next few years to homestead. We have been listening to some of the podcasts with great interest and are still trying to figure things out.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TwoBluesMama on October 11, 2009, 04:41:40 PM
My wife and I are from central Massachusetts. My wife came across the Survival Podcasts while looking for information about dehydrating vegetables. I came across this forum trying to figure out the context of the podcasts. We have been preparing for the unknown for several years now and are stepping up our learning about selfsuffiincy recently. Our activities in trying to be sustainable in our present home seem is adequate for an incident of short duration, but in the event of extended civil disorder, we would be in trouble. We are looking to relocate to a more .... sustainable area some time in the next few years to homestead. We have been listening to some of the podcasts with great interest and are still trying to figure things out.

Dear Beagle - Welcome aboard!  I just love folks with dog names - ummm, not sure why though (oh maybe see pic at left) and there seems to have been a bunch of them lately.  You are in the right place to learn a ton of things and share some too! Wishing you the best in you new endeavor. TBM 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Traveling_Dani on October 11, 2009, 07:12:22 PM
I'm Dani, 21 from Iowa. I'm a current student studying social work/international relations focusing on conflict resolution and human rights/womens rights. When I was 18 I began traveling the U.S. working with a team of volunteers on various community improvement projects/disaster relief projects. I loved traveling, living in precarious and uncertain conditions on limited means. I just recently started working towards Preparedness and reaching out, gathering resources and information. The internet is an amazing tool and has such a wealth of information! I'm a newbie in the truest sense.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on October 11, 2009, 08:04:44 PM
Hi Dani. Iowa is region 6 I believe and they are very active in meeting. Spent a significant time in the western part of your state back in the 80's (Council Bluffs, Red Oak, Audobon, etc). Good people out there and lots of corn too! Watched a tornado skip along for a few miles in Montgomery County...wicked sight.

Hope you get all your questions answered and we hope you stay with us.

Goatdog
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 11, 2009, 08:04:53 PM
Glad to have you abourd DanTad and Dani!  Hang in there DanTad, a lot of us were where you are now so you are among friends!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Steve W on October 11, 2009, 08:23:18 PM

A quick hello from a fairly new forum member, though I've listen to Jack's Podcast for a while.

Army Vet working Construction Management.  Family of teenagers who keep us very busy.  Living on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan. 

Have a wide range of interests, keep an Amateur Radio Blog going, and try to do as much instructing as possible for others.

Have had the chance to work a bit overseas, and accumulated some sheepskin (Business, Computers and Production... couple sheepskins ending in an MBA), non-current Private Pilot (SEL/SES/MEL), NRA Instructor and ARRL Instructor.

Spend some time performing on large saxophones with various Big Bands and Wind Ensembles.  Have a vintage style Saxophone Quartet I lead.

It is a very good group here and can say I already appreciate the information & camaraderie on off at this forum!

Cheers,

Steve
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: KatieH on October 11, 2009, 09:07:48 PM
Hey Katie!  My best friend is over there in kiwi land, studying genetics at Massey!  So I have a biiiiiig soft spot for New Zealand.  Welcome to the forum, darlin'!

Oh oh really?! Is she in Palmerston North? I'm studying at Massey too!! Go Massey lol! Thanks for the welcome Sister Wolf!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Sister Wolf on October 11, 2009, 10:44:28 PM
Oh oh really?! Is she in Palmerston North? I'm studying at Massey too!! Go Massey lol! Thanks for the welcome Sister Wolf!

Yay Massey!  I'll PM you with her info.  Maybe you two will hit it off!  :)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Fat_Man on October 12, 2009, 04:18:50 AM
Hello Everyone. I'm Doug from Texas and I am very new to Prepping. My wife and I  started about three months ago and we had wish we started sooner. Not much into guns. I will kill to protect but I would rather "stay under the radar".  We have a BOL but we would rather weather the storm in place and keep our mouths shut so the neighbors don't know what we have.  We began with buying an Excalibur dehydrator and are working on getting a year's worth of food. Living in Texas means long hot, humid weather. Not the best environment for storing food and water. Getting a Berkey Water filtration system seemed easier for me than getting a whole lot of water barrels. But I am thinking maybe just one barrel. Finding good vacuum bags and Mylar bags is my biggest challenge. I've watched all the deydrated2store videos I could find, but I still need help. I lurk on all sorts of blogs. This forum is the best as far as quality of responses and the knowledge of the participants. I have learned so much through the advice given on this site. The family on both sides think we are crazy. I think they are crazy for NOT preparing. Who could look at what is going on around us not think something bad is going to happen...2 wars going on at the same time and an economy that seems to be getting worse, not better, AND the price of gold sky rocketing? What prudent person wouldn't be prepping. I just hope I started in time...
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on October 12, 2009, 06:36:57 AM
Welcome everyone.  Doug, from what area of Texas are you?  We are Houston suburbanites and there are quite a few from our state on the forum.  Alot of people from many states on the forum have great experience and are willing to share.  So I hope you all enjoy the forum.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Heavy G on October 12, 2009, 06:56:20 AM

We have a BOL but we would rather weather the storm in place and keep our mouths shut so the neighbors don't know what we have. 


Fat_Man: 

Welcome (and welcome to all the other new people).

There's a good thread on this topic called Who Knows About Your Preps http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1257.0 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=1257.0)

I, too, am on the secretive end of the spectrum on prepping.  But I live in Sheepleville, in Commie County, in the State of Government Worship.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: homeshow on October 12, 2009, 11:37:36 AM
i moved from trenton, ga. to Sale Creek, tn after my home purchase fell thru due to a failed plumbing inspection that was 3 months after HUD's inspection (word of warning don't trust government home inspection contractors do it yourself or hire someone else)  the wedding is still on  ;D  and i will be gearing up for more soap production soon.  presently staying with my future in-laws.  when we told her parents we were going to have to rent.  paying first, last, security, and pet fees will keep us from having a down payment for the home for at least a year they said "he can stay here until you get your house"  my in-laws are a gift from God!  hope everyone here is well and i'll try to get onto the forum at least once a week.  if you want please pray for our new contract on a different house in Graysville, tn.

thanks and God bless,
homeshow
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: madcap1one on October 12, 2009, 11:46:41 AM
Welcome back!!!

While I have high hopes for your new new home, a failure to close on the other due to inspectors warning you of future problems is a great problem to have! Good for you on getting your own inspection done! Good for your inlaws being fantastic new family. Good for us that you have rejoined our little community.

You have my prayers, and for whatever purpose you would like them - but heck, one house vs another, not such an important thing when you have great family, health, friends, etc!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: fritz_monroe on October 12, 2009, 11:55:14 AM
Hope your new contract goes through without a hitch.  I know how stressful buying a house can be.  We settled in June, but not before 4 other scheduled settlements.  The last fall though of the settlement, all our stuff was on a moving truck and we had nothing left in the house we were in.  We even had to buy new toothbrushes since EVERYTHING was packed.  Talk about stress.

But things work out for the best in the end.  I'm a firm believer in things happening for a reason.  You and I may never discover the reason for things like this, but there is a divine plan.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: sarahluker on October 12, 2009, 12:24:27 PM
Good luck with the house!  A word of wisdom if you don't mind.  While you live with your future in-laws, go out of your way to help with basic and big chores around the house.  Don't argue around them because she's their little girl for life, buy groceries and treat her mom like a queen and dad like the king of the house.  Do these things with lots of respect and they'll love you for life. 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Goatdog62 on October 12, 2009, 12:36:21 PM
Homeshow! Welcome back buddy. I was missing you like the dog misses his...well, never mind. But I was missing you!

Welcome to TN. No state income tax! You can go without shoes! We have fainting goats!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ebonearth on October 12, 2009, 12:49:50 PM
Welcome back homeshow! You are not alone with the home stress. In a situation similar to Fritz' we closed at the end of April from an accepted offer that was accepted back in December. After waiting for the government to get off their keester FOUR times (January, twice in February then once in March) and dumping about 3K into repairs on the property before it was ours we packed everything and called in all our moving karma and got ready for the move... which they postponed again. Facing the possibility of living in a van (we had already given notice at the old rented place) or having a 2hr commute every morning we moved in anyway and squatted for almost six weeks before the house was finally ours. I would never advise anyone do that, just saying that you are blessed to have such supportive family!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: daemonpi on October 12, 2009, 01:16:09 PM
Howdy, I'm Durham

I'm new to most everything involved in "Survivalism".  I spent most of my life either overseas or stupid, so not much real accumulated knowledge, though I that is changing.  I heard about the podcast through The Handgun Podcast, gave it a try and got hooked.  I am a college student (Civil Engineering) in the Fargo, ND area.  I am currently trying to convince the wife to become debt free, and how to become debt free.  I have one 3 yr old girl and one on the way.  So it will be an uphill battle the whole way.  Hope to learn a lot, and will probably not say much fro a long time.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: madcap1one on October 12, 2009, 01:28:11 PM
squatted for almost six weeks

WOW - they sell stuff for that, or you could just increase your fiber intake...

Ok Ok that was horrid, but I couldn't help myself. Someone get me more coffee, I am going both cross eyed and insane staring at account TPS reports all day today!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: TexDaddy on October 12, 2009, 01:41:24 PM
homeshow! Great to have you back! I have missed you too, but of course, not as much as Goatdog has.

Pay attention to what sarahl said. It will pay off big time.

Hope all goes well for you. Set backs can propel us forward, like drawing back on a bow.

When is the big day, by the way?
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Lanakia on October 12, 2009, 03:27:41 PM
Aloha, Just started with this forum, looking forward to learning and helping. Hope I can find some people in my area. Most of the guys I've seen on forums don't live in the same eco zone and have different backgrounds. Should be fun.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Cwlftmfw on October 12, 2009, 05:59:57 PM
Alcon,

New guy from the great panhandle state right above my second favorite state (that's Oklahoma and Texas, in case I lost anyone). Just woke up to the idea that being upset with how our modern world uses and abuses our resources wasn't enough - i need to prepare and learn to sustain for me and my loved ones should some idiot get any big ideas, or should mother earth decide she's had enough. Happy to be here and would love to meet up with some fellow resourceful-bound folks should i get the chance. That's all, carry on.

Ps, to the mod's, creator(s), contributors, and local subject matter experts - i'm extremely thankful to have found this site and want to state upfront that i am thoroughly grateful for all that you provide to us newbies. I'm going to take a look around and hope to be so in love that i join the Member Support Brigade soon. Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: homeshow on October 12, 2009, 10:03:37 PM
sarahl has good advice.  but i'm allready doing all that including turning their seperate small manufactured building into a "bungalo' as susan calls it.  i supply the labor and knowledge, brother in law helps and susan and i get a bungalo until the house is ready.  in laws get a small rental to rent out for outages and a great guest cabin.  i have been buying groceries and helping with the chores a little (which is a super lot compared to father in law and brother in law.)  God is awesome!  he gave me this great set of inlaws and a woman who would "live in a tent in someone's back yard. as long as they are not shooting at us."  that is what susan said when the first house fell thru.  the new house is a manufactured 3B 2 bath with sitting and living roooms.  fireplace walk in master closet, garden tub n seperate master shower.  and 7 acres about an hour from down town chattanooga, tn.  it's a great place to make into a self sufficient BOL.  an acre wide and 7 acres long between a cemetary and a full 1/4 goat ranch and hay field.  so many ideas.  so much stress.  and a woman who wants to do all of it with me.  God is awesome! even if this one fails too.

thanks all for the support.  Goat doggie is not scarry he's just creepy.  but in a good way.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Orionblade on October 13, 2009, 01:36:00 AM
Orion here, 27, blacksmith by night, legal practice by day, and design and process consultant whenever the work gets around to me.

And no, it's not just a moniker, I was named after the constellation.  8)

Long story short, I got into prepping somewhere between beekeeping and blacksmithing when I realized that "all I really need is a 3 axis mill and a welder, and I can build...anything!"

I grew up working on a model T ford with my grandfather, and wound up with a 1939 buick around senior year of high school. I live on the same property I was raised, and my folks are still next door, about 5.5 acres in the middle of suburban Virginia, close enough to the bay to hear the waves from one of three beaches.

I'm not a tinfoil hatter, but I do listen to them since they tend to crystallize around the small things, it makes them a bit easier to notice, which leads me to my biggest prep issue currently: A real pandemic.

Based on my background in biotech, it seems reasonable that the current swine flu, with high incidence and low mortality, provides a priming of the population with genetic material which can later recombine in a myriad of ways with other influenza subtypes, with predictably chaotic results. Further, a high incidence, high morbidity, low mortality infection can provide a significant drag on the workforce, compounding an employment crunch, and causing fluctuations in availability of food and utilities. So, I'm focusing on a fall/winter garden, and planning now for a tilapia based aquaponics system, with the possible inclusion of channel catfish in a separate loop, to be added much later, if at all. This, combined with a non-heat-pump based hydrothermal A/C system and a waste oil system on the home, should provide me with all the food and comfort I need, at minimal cost, and at the same time provide me with entertainment (Catch your own dinner parties anyone?) and increased quality of life, whether the feces hits the ventilateur or not.

Hopefully that schpeil gives you a bit of a look at how my particular chunk of gray matter processes things without getting too detailed for an intro ;-)

Take care, and keep up the good work, thanks to everyone for being part of what seems to be an amazing community!

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: mich@el on October 13, 2009, 02:48:53 AM
Hi,

I posted my hello in the international thread as I live in OZ, check it out here... http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=735.msg109113#msg109113 (http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=735.msg109113#msg109113)
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: thechadders on October 13, 2009, 10:15:47 AM
Just a friendly hello from a new member! 

Name is Chad and I was introduced to this site and the TSP by one of my coworkers and member on this site.

I am 19 and am currently going to school and working part time so i have my hands full right now.

TSP is great and has given me a new perspective on life!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: LvsChant on October 13, 2009, 12:15:58 PM
Welcome to all you new folks! We are glad to have you.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: allbad on October 13, 2009, 06:18:23 PM
Hello from Austin,  Just heard Jack on freedom watch and that brought me to the podcasts.  After listening to 10+ podcasts, this is my new home.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 13, 2009, 10:06:42 PM
Welcome to the boards folks.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: The Wilderness on October 14, 2009, 12:02:59 AM
Welcome to all the new folks. This is a great place, you will like it here.

The Wilderness
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Seppuku on October 14, 2009, 09:59:24 AM
Hello Everyone from Atlanta.
I've been listening to Jack since the beginning of the year, but this is my first post.  Trying to get more involved in the community.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: conan on October 14, 2009, 10:31:52 AM
Hello from Dallas. I started listening a few weeks ago and have been reading the board for a while, but I had a few questions and thought I would get involved.

I am married in my late 20's with 2 kids and am trying to get preped for life while trying to keep my wife from freaking out about stuff. (her dad likes to panic)

 
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on October 14, 2009, 10:35:50 AM
Awesome to see you back, Man!
We're all still here and still crazy and creepy.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: NoLastStops on October 14, 2009, 12:15:15 PM
Hello Everyone

I've thought about this kind of thing for a long time, but I am finally starting to do something about it. It's going to be a long process, but I am going to be getting my preperations in order be ready should the worst happen.

I'm a very handy person, good with a lot of tools, a hard worker and intelligent. What I recently realized is, that most of my skills are "Jack of All Trades, Master of One" The one being industrial automation, which may not be all that usefull if TSHTF, at least not in the immeadiate aftermath anyway. Aside from that, I am looking to increase my skills with the everyday skills that may be needed. Welding is near the top of the list.

My wife and I are like minded, so I have a great person to share with and help each other get prepared. I've been a tool junkie for a long time, so I have quite an assortment. I also have some good self/home defence weapons and a decent supply of ammunition.

I'm looking forward to this (not that I am looking forward to or wanting TEOTWAWKI) and hope to meet and make friends with others in my area.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Orionblade on October 15, 2009, 08:09:19 PM
Hey, don't sweat the industrial automation thing - there's a bazillion things you can do with an arduino or a PIC microcontroller to make life easier. If you can program a chip and you know how to use tools, then you can probbably figure out many real world problems that would leave quite a few people thoroughly stumped.

If you get a chance to check out The Colony, Mike C was an engineer @ IBM iirc, and he came up with just about all the key technology advances that kept the whole group drinking, bathing, and electrified, and eventually driving!

As you move along in your preps you'll find out how many things you already know that can help, and how many things you REALLY need to learn.

Keep the faith,
Orion
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: BerserkerPrime on October 15, 2009, 08:32:49 PM
Welcome all you crazy new folks!  Hope you find what your looking for here!

BP
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: grog on October 16, 2009, 12:32:10 PM
Hi there, my handle is The Grog from the comic strip BC, short, not too brilliant at times, but gets through things well enough.

I am new here and look forward to learning and sharing what I may know to help others as every one helps every one.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Patriot:Ex Machina on October 16, 2009, 04:46:12 PM
Welcome to all of you new folks.  ;D
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: spatin on October 16, 2009, 11:01:56 PM
I guess this is where I chime in.  Sidney here.  Let's see, what can I say about myself?  I have always had the mindset of a prepper, but just never did it.  Now at 60 yrs I am thinking about retiring and finding my retreat to be self-sufficient and to have that place I always wanted to have but never did.  I am an attorney (lawyer to some folks) in Colorado Springs, originally from south Louisiana.  I'm as Cajun as they come, but living in the swamp with the bugs and snakes never appealed to me.  Here in the Springs I have learned a lot about prep things, but just haven't made the jump.  I hope to do that in the next year.  We like the idea of being close within an hour or so of the ocean to the east, not interested in the west side at all.  Looking at some stuff in the Carolinas but no decision yet.  I would like to settle in amongst a community of survivalists, if such a thing exists.  Does anyone have any idea of where would be a good place to look for a retreat location with the requisite land for livestock and farming, and among good folk who like the survivalist ideas?
Sidney
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Shadowstealth on October 16, 2009, 11:26:14 PM
Hey, guys and gals! my name is Dave im 26 y/old and live here in Pittsburgh PA. I just recently found this site as i was looking up m14 mags for sale.... and some how I landed on here. I have been scanning threw the site for over an hour now and decided to sign up. Hopefully Ill be able to learn a bit and share any info I may have for you guys.

Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: dudekrtr on October 16, 2009, 11:36:40 PM
I guess this is where I chime in.  Sidney here.  Let's see, what can I say about myself?  I have always had the mindset of a prepper, but just never did it.  Now at 60 yrs I am thinking about retiring and finding my retreat to be self-sufficient and to have that place I always wanted to have but never did.  I am an attorney (lawyer to some folks) in Colorado Springs, originally from south Louisiana.  I'm as Cajun as they come, but living in the swamp with the bugs and snakes never appealed to me.  Here in the Springs I have learned a lot about prep things, but just haven't made the jump.  I hope to do that in the next year.  We like the idea of being close within an hour or so of the ocean to the east, not interested in the west side at all.  Looking at some stuff in the Carolinas but no decision yet.  I would like to settle in amongst a community of survivalists, if such a thing exists.  Does anyone have any idea of where would be a good place to look for a retreat location with the requisite land for livestock and farming, and among good folk who like the survivalist ideas?
Sidney

Welcome aboard, Sidney!

If I was to make the jump, it would be to New Hampshire. Check out The Free State Project http://freestateproject.org/ (http://freestateproject.org/) One of our own forum members, liftsboxes, is directly involved with that organization. I have a friend who moved over this past spring and loves it. No income tax is one big draw.

That being said, I've seen the Blue Ridge Mountains and wouldn't mind living there. Summers are about the same as here in NY, but winters are milder.
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: ironfish on October 17, 2009, 10:06:39 AM
Hi All,
I'm going by Ironfish (Ken), I live outside Wooster,Ohio. I'm 60yrs young. I've been a prepper/survivalist since the late '70's. I was a bricklayer for 20yrs. Having to prep to make it through the winters.
 Starting off as a hobby and feeling that I needed a trade that was depression proof, I started blacksmithing (30 yrs ago). I've been full time for 20 yrs. I've always believed you should have a job 20 years, then out, starting something else so not to get bored.
 I'm now starting my retirement business in aquaponics (Ironfish Aquaponics). I'm figuring about two more years before I can go full time. Again, looking for a depression proof business (people have to eat!).
 I'm also interested in appropriate technology,solar and wind power, permaculture and organic gardening. I started listening to Jack about a year ago. I found him running pretty parallel with my ideas.
 
Have a good day!
Ironfish
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: DeltaEchoVictor on October 17, 2009, 11:28:49 PM
That's awesome Ken.  Sounds like you have lots of skills.

Welcome everybody!
Title: Re: Intro Thread
Post by: Tommk9 on October 18, 2009, 12:48:59 AM
How's it going all?  Tommk9 here.  39 yoa.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  Prior K-9 handler.  Former Paratrooper, 13F Forward Observer, currently 1SG in the California Army National Guard.  Served in Persian Gulf War, LA Riots, Northridge Earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina.  12 more drills and I retire.  Work for the "G" on the civilian side.  Married with no crumb snatchers.  I have extensive firearms/tactical training and experience.  I wouldn't say I'm new to th