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« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2008, 10:58:25 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!
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« Reply #31 on: October 05, 2008, 02:36:14 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.
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« Reply #32 on: October 07, 2008, 11:44:31 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!
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #33 on: October 09, 2008, 07:15:42 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!   
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« Reply #34 on: October 10, 2008, 02:18:39 AM »
Welcome aboard newest folks!  Glad to see y'all found the place.  I look forward to hearing more about everyone's experiences.
We live, my dear soul, in an age of trial.  What will be the consequences, I know not.
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2008, 07:14:02 AM »
Welcome to the newest members! Glad to have each of you here.
 
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« Reply #36 on: October 10, 2008, 02:44:28 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. 

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« Reply #37 on: October 10, 2008, 05:24:47 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

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« Reply #38 on: October 10, 2008, 11:53:54 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)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2008, 12:54:35 AM »
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

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« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2008, 05:36:27 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

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« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2008, 08:27:39 PM »
Welcome to the forum, 06! I'm a NC man myself.  ;D
 
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« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2008, 10:28:38 PM »
Welcome to the forum 06.  I look forward to reading what you have to offer.
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« Reply #43 on: October 16, 2008, 12:37:44 AM »
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.


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« Reply #44 on: October 16, 2008, 12:43:19 AM »
Hey TW welcome to the board & thanks for the kind words!  We look forward to your contributions.
We live, my dear soul, in an age of trial.  What will be the consequences, I know not.
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« Reply #45 on: October 16, 2008, 01:39:16 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

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« Reply #46 on: October 16, 2008, 02:06:55 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.
 
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« Reply #47 on: October 17, 2008, 05:06:35 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.

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« Reply #48 on: October 17, 2008, 10:18:43 AM »
Welcome FA220! Live, read, and learn!


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« Reply #49 on: October 18, 2008, 05:30:29 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   
   

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« Reply #50 on: October 18, 2008, 05:45:31 PM »
Welcome Sarge, I for one look forward to learning from your experience & thanks for your service.

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« Reply #51 on: October 20, 2008, 12:57:49 AM »
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.
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« Reply #52 on: October 20, 2008, 01:30:52 AM »
Welcome,

Thanks for your service.
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« Reply #53 on: October 21, 2008, 02:33:13 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

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« Reply #54 on: October 21, 2008, 05:27:35 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.

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« Reply #55 on: October 21, 2008, 02:42:04 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

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« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2008, 02:25:54 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.
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« Reply #57 on: October 22, 2008, 02:54:20 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.
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« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2008, 04:20:41 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.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2008, 04:52:28 PM »
Welcome aboard y'all.  Glad to have ya here!

This place is growing by leaps & bounds, that's good to see.
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Heavy G was right. All the threads back here do end up as gay porn.  :o
See...
Okay, just so it is noted, Doc is the one who started the gay porn on this thread.  ;D