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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #360 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.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #361 on: May 06, 2009, 02:40:20 PM »
BillyOceansEleven:

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

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #362 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

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #363 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..

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #364 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!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #365 on: May 08, 2009, 10:28:19 PM »
We welcome you and home to learn from your experience...

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #366 on: May 10, 2009, 01:44:06 AM »
Welcome! 

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« Reply #367 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.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #368 on: May 12, 2009, 09:45:37 AM »
Welcome MTForge!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #369 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!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #370 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.

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« Reply #371 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.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #372 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.  :)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #373 on: May 21, 2009, 11:04:29 AM »
Welcome Hare of Caerbannog!!! Nee!!

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« Reply #374 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."

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« Reply #375 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.

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« Reply #376 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
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #377 on: May 21, 2009, 01:10:04 PM »
Archer, you sir have quoted one of my favorite movies!!!!  +1

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« Reply #378 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!

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« Reply #379 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:


LOL
I like your Dilber toon

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« Reply #380 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

I suspect a good story would come of it.

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« Reply #381 on: May 21, 2009, 08:33:14 PM »
Will do Heavy G

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« Reply #382 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.

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« Reply #383 on: May 21, 2009, 11:12:06 PM »
Welcome back Storm!

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« Reply #384 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.

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« Reply #385 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.

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« Reply #386 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.

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« Reply #387 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.

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« Reply #388 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.

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« Reply #389 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