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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5700 on: December 11, 2012, 08:40:22 AM »
Hello All -

My Name is Lucas, from Arizona. I am 29 and fairly new to prepping, however I have been preparing form this my entire life and was unaware of it. Since I was 15 years old I have been learning specific skills and trades that would eventually help me out in life. I also have mostly stayed away from debt, but did fall victim to the housing collapse of recent years. I am always up to learn new thing and because of this I feel that I am invaluable to most. I am very family with western construction and have built a few little homes - Mostly as projects for school and work.

I currently work as a Draftsman/ Project Manager in the telecommunications Industry. I am very efficient in Autocad and other graphic and design programs. I have been in the industry for over 10 years. In my spare time I like to work with my hands. I am into building things out of metal and wood, up until a year or two ago, I was building off road trucks and pre-runners on the side.  I have since then sold my trucks and put the money aside for a better future. I am currently looking for some sustainable land in Northern Arizona.

I'm happy to be here and thank you for contributing and providing this forum for all the read and learn.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5701 on: December 11, 2012, 09:43:16 AM »
Hello People,
I signed in here after googleing Gravity Powered devices. I have a plan I am working on to use gravity to turn a 20kw generator using gravity and inertia, I know it will work and I should be able to post videos shortly.
The idea is simple, a pendulum attached to a moveable beam turns a connector rod attached to a large sprocket(4') which turns the generator shaft. I have devised a way to keep the pendulum moving.
The idea started with a duel mechanical oscillation system.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5702 on: December 11, 2012, 12:08:15 PM »
Hello from Maryland.  I stumbled upon the show about 18 months ago when I was looking for podcasts to listen to while I was at work.  Ever since then I've become more and more serious about prepping.  I only recently joined the forum after signing up for the 13skills website and wanting to be able to connect with other members.  Seems like there are some really great people on here.  Interacting with so many like minded people should be awesome.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5703 on: December 11, 2012, 01:33:30 PM »
Welcome to all new forum members.



Hello from Maryland.  I stumbled upon the show about 18 months ago when I was looking for podcasts to listen to while I was at work.  Ever since then I've become more and more serious about prepping.  I only recently joined the forum after signing up for the 13skills website and wanting to be able to connect with other members.  Seems like there are some really great people on here.  Interacting with so many like minded people should be awesome.

Howdy Neighbor from across the river

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5704 on: December 11, 2012, 05:04:17 PM »
Never got around to saying hello just jumped into asking and participating in various threads but I read a lot of the forum due to awesome ap that tells new posts with interesting topics.  Im not active on zombie squad but been there many many times mostly for classifieds and bov porn.lol.

I never considered myself a prepper but I guess have been doing similar stuff not necessarily skill based but gearing up.  I like telling myself that's a good purchase for my annual backpacking trip but can use that in shtf scenario. 

But I have been concerned for many years about the weather and economy so I kinda prepare in general.  Im 29 in security live in cali.  Hello all,  ;)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5705 on: December 11, 2012, 06:04:04 PM »
I'm a 55 YO woman in a steady relationship on 14 acres in northern NM. I've been listening to Jack's podcast now for a little over a year. I was referred to it by a friend on a gardening forum. I've been into wilderness skills (I stink, just so you know) all my life & have finally been able to realize my dream of homesteading now since '86. I've been a licensed vet tech, done adobe & stick construction, trained horses. I've had a large garden & done the Master Gardener course once for my area. I do a lot of canning, & dehydrating.

I've done the Appleseed Project, but I haven't followed up on the skills I started to learn there. Hopefully I'll get inspired to get the new .22 outfitted for my stature & get back to target practice. It's a trip to get to a gunsmith from where I live & there's always so many other demands on my attention & energy.  ::)

I'm hoping to connect w/some other folks in my area, particularly women, but not exclusively. My partner is tolerant, especially about preps for the electrical grid going down, but she's really not into the financial side of things, or the self-defense. Still, some is better than none & she's definitely into the food storage: canning & preserving.

I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5706 on: December 11, 2012, 08:16:46 PM »
Hello All -

My Name is Lucas, from Arizona. I am 29 and fairly new to prepping, however I have been preparing form this my entire life and was unaware of it. Since I was 15 years old I have been learning specific skills and trades that would eventually help me out in life. I also have mostly stayed away from debt, but did fall victim to the housing collapse of recent years. I am always up to learn new thing and because of this I feel that I am invaluable to most. I am very family with western construction and have built a few little homes - Mostly as projects for school and work.

I currently work as a Draftsman/ Project Manager in the telecommunications Industry. I am very efficient in Autocad and other graphic and design programs. I have been in the industry for over 10 years. In my spare time I like to work with my hands. I am into building things out of metal and wood, up until a year or two ago, I was building off road trucks and pre-runners on the side.  I have since then sold my trucks and put the money aside for a better future. I am currently looking for some sustainable land in Northern Arizona.

I'm happy to be here and thank you for contributing and providing this forum for all the read and learn.

welcome to the forum lucas!

are you currently in northern AZ? i'm near tucson and i ask because i'm always looking to meet fellow TSPers and preppers.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5707 on: December 12, 2012, 08:50:10 AM »
Hi all, my name is Lucas and i am 29, single with no children. I have been listening to tsp since about episode 650 and was instantly hooked. I found TSP when I was unemployed and it really changed my life, Jack has one amazing gift. I now own one small business and am currently looking to segway out of it and open another. I really don't know If I would have been able to get where I am without TSP. Thanks to Jack and everyone else who puts time in here, you are really appreciated

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5708 on: December 12, 2012, 09:06:20 AM »
Hello everyone! I am new here. My name is Shirley and I live in NC. I am married and have 2 sons age 6 and 7 and I am an older mother, 49 exactly. I am currently retired and stay at home and take care of my family.

There have been a lot of things that I have been noticing lately and I have been praying and reading the Bible and I just feel that it's time for me to get ahead and start planning for my family. I feel that we are all going to be going through some very bad time with our country and economy. I have talked to friends and family about this and the need that we all have to start getting ready in some way or form to at least help us be prepared for whatever can hit us. Most of my feedback is that people think I am crazy, stupid, and just ignore what I have to say. Figures...

I have talked to my husband about this and he gets so angry at me. It's like I am just acting crazy and nothing in the world is ever going to happen and we are all going to be safe and sound and no worries at all. So if my husband won't open his eyes to what I feel can happen, I will just have to carry on and try to get us ready on my own in some form or fashion. As far as survival skills, I have NONE. And I really don't know how to do many things but I can organize and prepare so maybe that will count for something.

I also think about if something happens and it may be hard for us to get back to our safe place. For me, I am always around home, my kids are at school but my husband is usually gone from home working and he's not close by so it could take him some time to get home if he needed to.

I hope to make some friendships on here and learn from others. I doubt I have much anyone could learn from me but I'm here and I am in the process of prepping.

I look forward to hearing from everyone!!

Shirley

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5709 on: December 12, 2012, 09:13:54 AM »
Welcome, Shirley, I have a very unsupportive spouse as well, it can be hard! I also have two kids, ages almost 5 and 7. Stay strong and do lots of research, start with an emergency 72-hour kit first and build from there.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5710 on: December 12, 2012, 10:07:12 AM »
Hey folks, Just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I've been listening to the podcast for just a little over a year and have slowly begun to get our house in order. I'm married and have four awesome children- my reason for being better prepared is pretty much summed up with that. I have a lot to learn but I've been a lifetime learner. If you ask me what I do, my response is usually, "What do you need done?" For the majority of the past decade I have been a finish carpenter by trade. In the course of that there has been a good bit of everything else lumped in there. I've hung around all sorts of projects. When the market crashed the majority of our builders folded and so I've moved a little farther down the road. I realized that I need to do something that would help build toward the future that we see coming. I took a huge pay cut but I'm learning a lot on a small farm focused on better than organic practices. It has been a lot of hard work but the knowledge and wisdom gained has been immense. WE are working slowly but surely to become better prepared to face the days ahead. I'm still noob so please be patient if I ask dumb questions. Talk to you all soon.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5711 on: December 12, 2012, 01:13:23 PM »
Hello! I joined for the 13skill challenge, just recently started listening to the podcast after hearing so many of the YouTube channels I subscribe to reccomend and reference Jack. I'm an army airborne infantry OIF 07, OEF 09 veteran (C co, 3/509 INF, 4/25 ABN in Fort Richardson, Alaska). I'm living in Anchorage with my wife and stepson.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5712 on: December 12, 2012, 08:34:42 PM »
Hello! I joined for the 13skill challenge, just recently started listening to the podcast after hearing so many of the YouTube channels I subscribe to reccomend and reference Jack. I'm an army airborne infantry OIF 07, OEF 09 veteran (C co, 3/509 INF, 4/25 ABN in Fort Richardson, Alaska). I'm living in Anchorage with my wife and stepson.

welcome! and THANK YOU for your service to our country.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5713 on: December 12, 2012, 09:47:17 PM »
If this is when I introduce myself, I just joined. My name is Derek and I live North of Boston. I came by this forum via google searches. I was looking up EDC bags, BOb bags.... Came across some great post from members here.

Thanks,
Derek (Drummerboy)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5714 on: December 12, 2012, 11:42:16 PM »
Hi halh! There aren't too many Californians on here, far as I can tell. So welcome to the forum! Nice to see more sensible people in this part of the country!

LOL... wow... somebody actually said I was sensible!!! OMG... the end is near! LOL

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5715 on: December 13, 2012, 05:19:06 AM »
If this is when I introduce myself, I just joined. My name is Derek and I live North of Boston. I came by this forum via google searches. I was looking up EDC bags, BOb bags.... Came across some great post from members here.

Thanks,
Derek (Drummerboy)

If you like the forum, you're going to LOVE the podcast.

Glad to see so many new people (though I'm pretty new myself)!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5716 on: December 13, 2012, 04:37:20 PM »
Hello

I'm new to TSP and have been enjoying the pod casts.

My family moved from Florida to South West Idaho about a year ago.  We have 3 small children. 4,2,8 months.

My wife is very interested in being prepared and basically is in favor of preparing whatever I research and think is a good for the family.

I look forward to learning much more on this forum and getting to know you all.   

As far as other forums I've checked out. American Peppers network but it did not seem to active.  I'd like to hear other's opinions of that site/forum.



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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5717 on: December 13, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »


Greetings all,

In the Mtns of WNC and looking forward to watching others improve along with mysel.


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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5718 on: December 14, 2012, 09:50:31 AM »
Hello everyone.

Chris from Minnesota.

Been a member of the forum for over a year and have never posted, but taken much information. Finally got burned out on a few other forums and decided to spend more time here.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5719 on: December 14, 2012, 07:34:28 PM »
Hello everyone,

I use the handle wraithe on pretty much every forum I've ever participated in. Background, I'm retired Navy, submariner, nuke electronics tech, Chief Petty Officer. Over the years I've developed skills in carpentry, auto upholstery, auto mechanics, electronics and electricity, KD4DYR Technician Class ham, private pilot. I am currently in training to earn a Senior Reactor Operator license, as well as working on a Master's Degree. After 20 years in the Navy, I finally developed a fondness for firearms, obtained my concealed carry license, and I'm seeking additional training to use that tool wisely. I've thoroughly enjoyed listening to the podcasts, especially the Steve Harris shows. I joined the 13 Skills Challenge and I'm looking forward to getting into the forums.

Later,
Herb

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5720 on: December 14, 2012, 07:47:58 PM »
Hi Everyone, I just joined the forum. I live in New Jersey not far from the Delaware River so Sandy pretty much missed my area. However it was definitely a wake up call none the less. The Survival Podcast was recommend to me by a friend on Facebook. I've been listening for several weeks now and thoroughly enjoy it. Lot's of great information, Thanks Jack! I also just joined 13 Skills in 13 and am looking forward to learning new skills. I'm also looking forward to participating in the forum and learning a lot here as well.  :)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5721 on: December 15, 2012, 08:39:07 AM »
  ;D HI ;D
I' m new to the forum. been around for a while reading, but with the 13 skills I thought I would introduce myself
My name is Krystel I'm married with two boys 4 & 1 we live in central FL. I am more of a homesteader with prepper tendencies I like to garden but I'm not that good. I am doing the 13 skills I'm really excited to start 

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5722 on: December 15, 2012, 10:12:18 AM »
Welcome to the TSPF, new arrivals! We're glad that you showed up!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5723 on: December 15, 2012, 11:08:02 AM »
I just joined the 13skills challenge and thought I should introduce myself here as well. 

I grew up a country boy and lived on a farm/ranch in Nebraska where I was taught quite a bit about the Outdoors and how to work hard from a young age.  At that time, I was not very into it.  All I wanted to do was play sports and that I did.  I spent most of my efforts trying to get better at football, and got to play in the NFL for about 3 years.

I have been out of football after i injured my back in 2008, and am starting to realize how rusty I have become at the skills I was taught at a young age.  After listening to Jack, I have been motivated to become more prepared.  And want to ensure my family of 5 ( Wife, 1 boy, and 2 girls) and I learn more preparedness skills just in case. 

I currently live in South Dakota.

I look forward to being a part of the TSP community.  Even though most of my involvement will be asking questions and learning. 



I am new to the TSP community and was turned on to it by my brother, and I am glad that he did. 

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5724 on: December 15, 2012, 01:29:47 PM »
Hello everyone, my membership handle is "Dyslectic Canuck" a name derived from a series of emails between myself and Steve from Battery1234, it struck a nerve, so I adopted the "phrase" or response from him.
Anyway, from the handle it should be obvious I am a Canadian but I grew up in the USA, California and Texas, but migrated back to Canada about 30 years ago. I am a psychologist who has recently retired due to breaking my back in a scuba accident 4 years ago. One of the benefits (if there is such a thing) is that the injury caused me to slow down enough to actually see what was happening in the other world, the one I was so consumed in meeting deadlines, reports, clients, company development,, blah, blah, blah...which blinded me from seeing the issues and real concerns from a global perspective. 
Since this cathartic moment happened I have become more active in ensuring my family and others that truly bring quality to my life are the real focus for me. I have been listening to TSP for over a year and find that so much of what Jack and the listeners say ring and resonate true in many ways. I am now physically mobile and in the process of completely wiping out our personal debt and getting rid of my so called toys in order to purchase a ranch about 5 hours away from Vancouver, BC, the city we live in. I have also been familiar with firearms and that is not a concern, I actually went hunting twice in the last month, which has been the first time in over twenty years (got skunked, but a really great time). I have also slowly built  up our food stocks and other needed supplies. While I do not have the amount of food prepared as I feel is actually needed, having land and some  will greatly help. I am very excited about having a place to settle and we are quite focused on that aspect for now. First the debt, then the ranch.
So, for now I guess that is pretty much enough self disclosure, and hope to hear from others as I move along in my involvement with other members.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5725 on: December 15, 2012, 02:43:50 PM »
Howdy y'all,

Otisthegoldfish here from Brentwood, TN, the burbs just outside Nashvegas (native Nashvillian here). My handle is from an old college inside joke (people always ask).  I'm an IT guy by trade and married with young children.

I've only been aware of the modern prepper movement for a few months since the GunDudes podcast, which I've been listening to for a couple of years, intro'd me to 299 Days, then Glen Tate, then The Survival Podcast and now this forum.

In the last couple of months, I've realized America is definitely going down the toilet in the near future, as opposed to what I used to think, which was that Americans would wrangle themselves out of this economic mess by voting in some common sense into office.  However, I've come to see Nov 6, 2012 as a watershed moment in American history, the tipping point that assures us that we are headed towards economic calamity, probably more or less permanently, or worse (dictatorship in some form/flavor).  So I've been thinking about preparing to "battening down the hatches" for probably a year now.  Now I'm ready to start actually putting together a stockpile of resources to keep me and mine healthy and safe in the coming years.  I'm looking forward to getting lots of great ideas from this forum. 

One last thing I'd like to say.  As I've been reading comments on the forum, especially from the moderators, I feel a little bit like I've found a long lost twin brother after we were separated from birth.  What a great feeling to be around like mind people who are sane too.  It's the people who refuse to open their eyes to the approaching economic cliff that have lost their minds. 

Looking forward to meeting forum members and making new friends.

Otis





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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5726 on: December 15, 2012, 08:50:12 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Started listening to Jack in October and decided its time to be a part of the community.

My main prepping focuses are on improving my current food production in the challenging Minnesota climate. I've also always enjoyed shooting and am finally getting my CCL in a week. In general, I'm just enjoying this framework to help me flesh out living a more thoughtful living.

Glad to be here!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5727 on: December 16, 2012, 07:04:43 AM »
Hi everyone,   my name is Shane, I am a carpenter in my mid 40's.  I live north of Boston in Massachusetts with my wife and two daughters, 16 and 9 at present. 

I found TSP a few years ago by chance and was hooked instantly.  It was such a breath of fresh air, as well as reality.  I had been listening to "that other radio guy" from Texas and I was stressed out and felt like there was nothing I could do except hide out and prepare for the worst.  Jack and this community changed that, and made me realize that - I control my life, and I don't need to live in fear.  I began to make changes to make my life better "If times get tough or even if they don't."       

I  joined the MSB a couple years ago, and I have been reading the wealth of knowledge in the forums for a while.  I feel like its time for me to be more active here and be more a part of this community,    so here I am.



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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5728 on: December 16, 2012, 07:31:00 PM »
Hello everyone, My name is Jonathan.  just stopping by to see what going on.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5729 on: December 16, 2012, 09:44:13 PM »
Hello all.

I live in NW Arkansas and am way behind the power curve.  I've been listening to TSP since spring 2011 but really trying to decide what I believe.  I had normalcy bias for sure.

I look forward to learning from everyone, but I honestly rarely post things on the Internet, the "search" button uses answers what I am looking for without me needing to repeat the question, and I will continue to try to keep that streak going!