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Offline jason1098

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5610 on: November 13, 2012, 02:44:23 AM »
Hello, fellow TSP listeners. My name is Jason, and I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I have 3 daughters (20, 10, 7 years old) and a step-daughter that is five years old.  Add a wife and a female black Lab...  and my house is in short supply of testosterone.

3 months ago, I stumbled upon TSP by chance: While browsing in the Android app market (Google Play,) TSP App came across as a recommendation based upon other apps that I had installed.  I installed the app, and listed to an episode.  Wow! I couldn't believe that I had found a podcast with a message(s) that really interested me.  Thank you, Jack for your effective communication and teaching abilities. 

I have been mentally prepping for a little over a year; however, I have only just begun to actually start to physically prep in my life (food storage, finances, planning, weapons, etc.)  Thank you to all of you for giving me the motivation - and opening my eyes to the real need to have more of a survivalist lifestyle.

I am new to the Tulsa area - born and raised in the [not-so] great state of California.   I have been a business owner for the majority of my adult life.  I started a company in the cable and satellite TV industry at the age of 22 - with $400 in my pocket and a $400 loan from my uncle.  After growing that business (completely self funded from my original $400 in start-up capital)- I lost everything in 2008 (to a bad divorce and a lot of bad life choices.)  I am currently in between careers, but have been doing some freelance web application development in Ruby on Rails - And really enjoying that.

I currently spend most of my weekdays building things and learning new mechanical and useful building skills.  I am learning how to weld right now (teaching myself from YouTube in my garage)  Tomorrow I am starting the build of a solar [aluminum can] furnace; and, I am collecting the parts for a wood gasifier - which I will fabricate from scratch to power a generator.

I'd love to meet like-minded people in the Tulsa area.  There are a few local 'prepper' meetups here, but they are always on the weekends. I only have my daughters with me on weekends; and giving up any time with them is not an option.  If this post reaches any Tulsa area readers - I am available weekdays and would love to meet.

Well, this is getting a little long...  I like to write.  Thanks again for the show, the community and the great podcasts.  I listen to about 4 episodes a day, so I'll be caught up pretty soon!

-jason

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5611 on: November 13, 2012, 06:15:13 AM »
Welcome to the TSP Forums, recent arrivals! We're glad you made it!


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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5612 on: November 13, 2012, 01:08:37 PM »
Howdy everyone! Been listening to the podcast for a while and decided that I should get signed up. Look forward to getting to know some new people who share the same interest.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5613 on: November 13, 2012, 11:40:08 PM »
Evening Everyone,

Stubs here.  (Nickname from a kid and it Stuck and No I'm Not short!)

Just Joined the Forums, Long time TSP Listener.   Been into prepping all my Life.  Grew up in a military family with lots of time overseas.   4th Generation Eagle Scout.  So you could Say "its in my Blood".     

Family of 4, and 3 pets.  Volunteer Firefighter/EMT.  Work at a small Mom and Pop Hardware Store for my Full time gig.   Small Town Rural America.

Ham Radio operator, BSA Firearms Instructor, Currently Taking Gunsmithing Classes.

Spent alot of time over at Arfcom but got tired of their "political" BS.  Think I found a Good one Here.  Ill contribute where I can.  Just glad to have another "resource" to talk to people and get more ideas and inspiration.


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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5614 on: November 14, 2012, 11:18:16 AM »
Hello everyone,
My name is Forrest and I am an aircraft mechanic from North Florida. I am a long time listener but am new to the forums. I have been a prepper for about 10 years. I am ex-Navy and have experience and training in fire arms, tactics, firefighting, search and rescue, knife making, leather craft, an herbalist, I raise chickens and rabbits, have about an 1/8 acre garden, hunting, fishing, vehicle maintenance, wild edibles, a pretty good cook, food preservation, and am a member of the Oath Keepers. I look forward to sharing my skills and knowledge and learning from you all.
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5615 on: November 14, 2012, 01:26:30 PM »
Howdy... A little about me... I live in a fairly urban area but have an off grid cabin that I've been working on for years now... I have a youtube series on the cabin and related projects here http://youtube.com/buffcleb. I have been busy this fall with family and work so I am a bit behind in the updates... I have some review videos I need to work on soon so I might get an update in...

My biggest goals going forward is to increase our food / water storage... right now I have about 3 months worth of food in the house... I'd like to get up to a year...

I'd also like to work on the rainwater system at my cabin... add a garden and a root cellar...

I'm also working on improving my families packs so that if needed we could walk to our cabin... It's about 60 miles straight there but I would detour around the city and that would probably add 30 more miles...

I working on my personal fitness levels. I have dropped 35 pounds and will be dropping 65 more so that I'm no longer overweight. Right now I am 245 @ 6 feet tall... I can do better then that... I have been working on running and am up to 4 miles at a 10 minute mile pace...

I am a ham radio operator, firefighter and working on my emt-b in the spring.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5616 on: November 14, 2012, 01:37:47 PM »
Welcome to all  new members,

I hope you find this forum as helpful as I do.
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5617 on: November 14, 2012, 09:05:43 PM »
Hello Everyone,
I guess I'm at the place where I post my first message and explain why I'm here.  I'm a  multi-year prepper.  Wife of 18 years, Mother of three, homeschool mom of 11 years, Seasoned Army Vet - telecommunications engineer, and homesteader.  My family and I recently moved onto our 15 acre homestead in North TN hills.  We are setting up a farm and planning our self sufficiency. 
Recently, after the election, I realized that after years of prepping~ I've slowed down my efforts and need to rekindle my fire to get things completed.  My goal is to be completely self sufficient by this time next year, if we have that much time left.  I'm seriously worried that we don't.  With that being said I realized that I need more resources and I need to reach out to other preppers. 
Hopefully I can be helpful to some of you.  I'm impressed with the structure and content of your site and look forward to meeting you. 
Kirk

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5618 on: November 14, 2012, 09:28:22 PM »
Hello,

Employment and life in general landed me in Southern California in June 2010. Recent transitions over the past year have conributed to an overall re-evaluation of life and determining what is really important to me.  Friends, family and a desire to lead a "better life" were three fundamental concepts.

Along this journey, I stumbled upon Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast Network.  I don't really recall how, one of the episodes was referenced in an article I read or a podcast I was listening to.  The topic intrigued me and I found the episode, listened to it and the rest is history. 

Jack and his site are a wealth of information and I am just now discovering the forums.  I look forward to learning and developing with similar people out there that might have experienced or are currently experiencing some of the very things I am.  While I wish to write more, I am eager to begin exploring the forum.

More to come later,
Stay tuned.
Rob

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5619 on: November 15, 2012, 05:42:50 AM »
I am a bodyguard, match-maker, ex-military contractor, party planner, security “expert,” marriage consular, certified firearms instructor, damn good liar, consultant, language anarchist, ex-scoundrel and author.

My resume includes overthrowing third world governments, rescuing damsels in distress, Amazon Top 100 Best Selling Author (29 days – all books), father and believer in self-reliance.  I’ve authored seven books to date with another three or four trying to squirt out.

I like survival forums because I learn from them, and that is my purpose here.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5620 on: November 15, 2012, 12:19:00 PM »
I'm from south Texas.  My wife and I have been preparing for hard times for about 6 years or so.  She's totally on board.  I'm 32 yrs old, and have 3 children.  I'm here to learn what I can and share the little knowledge I have.  Hello everyone.
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5621 on: November 15, 2012, 02:49:19 PM »
Welcome! Glad to have you all here. :)
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5622 on: November 16, 2012, 01:33:47 AM »
I am 34 yr old female from Australia.

(as far as big bad skill I don’t have any - I have neither fired a gun or so much as slapped a person)

A total noob when it comes to prepping with intention, have always been the type of person who has had a few litres of water, some candles and torches and a weeks’ worth of food in the house as a matter of course. And if travelling so much as a few hours away will pack the car with some extra clothing, water and some food. but until recently I had not thought of things in more detail than that and looked at the things in regards to the bigger picture than a bit of a black out that might last a couple of days.

Have been listening to TSP for a few months and am starting to gather things with the intention of prepping.

Hard not to go the whole hog, I want it yesterday and go on a buying spree to catch up with those who have been prepping for years.

Biggest thing I have done for my long term survival prepping is I have quit my coke-cola addiction, the reason is, I wanted to spend those $$ on preps and in the end that is what made me stop. So if nothing else happens, just doing that will make me healthier .. LOL (also means hubby can’t complain too much about my prepping as he has been trying to get me to quit for years. He just can’t understand why this wanting to prepare mentality has had more of an impact than any health concerns he has raised ..  guess before I was a grasshopper with my head in the sand and now I have finally woken up)

Looking forward to learning lots not only from Jack but from the TSP forum as well.

Hope you all have a great day.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5623 on: November 16, 2012, 11:48:27 AM »
Hi TSP forum friends,

I'm Justin from CA. I'm an organic farmer and seed-grower. I co-operate an organic farm, CSA, and an organic seed company. I've been thinking about self sufficiency, sustainability, and preparedness for some time now, and have been actively prepping for a couple of years. I have deep knowledge about growing seed, plant breeding, and have unique perspectives on growing food & seeds in a survival situation.

I'm here to connect with what seems to be a great and tight-knit community of empowered folks, share my knowledge of organic farming and organic seed-growing & seed-saving, and to learn about other aspects of self-sufficiency with which I am not familiar. I'm totally open to assisting folks with questions about growing and saving seeds!

I've been listening to TSP for about a year and have learned so much from Jack and this community. I'm here – in part – to repay what I consider to be a debt to this community to the extent that I'm able.

May we all weather the storm with community in mind, seeds in hand, and good food on the table...

Justin
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5624 on: November 16, 2012, 05:52:38 PM »
Hi to all.  I am new at this forum thing.  I would like to say it is good to be around like mined people.  I am looking forward to sharing and learning from this forum.  I' ve been listing to Jack for about 3 months and am very excited  at what I hear.  We are older and have had this mind set for a while.  I want to learn as much as I can and help as much as I can with what ever knowledge I can share. Thank you for this forum to share info TIM also known as teahi.

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« Reply #5625 on: November 16, 2012, 07:18:16 PM »
Hello everyone!  I'm 45 and married. Currently living in the Central Texas area.  I'm fairly new to the prepping way of life. My wife is about 75% onboard with the lifestyle. I found this site a few months back while researching.  I've started listening to the podcasts and been lurking here on the forum.  This is a great wealth of information! I'm here to gain and share as much info as possible and hopefully network with some people on the board from Texas.  Thanks Jack for all you do!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5626 on: November 16, 2012, 08:44:11 PM »
Hello Everyone,  I'm Keith and I am relatively new to prepping.  I'm married with three sons, 43 years old, a former Paramedic and owner of a Medical Billing Company for EMS agencies.  I started listening to TSP a couple of years back and the benefits have been too numerous to mention already.  Since I made the obligatory effort to read the TOS, I figured I should go ahead and make a post.  I have a couple of stories of how TSP has helped me but Ill find the right spot for those and post there.  Its good to be here, I like the idea of community with like values.  Maybe some good relationships will come from it.  I'm gonna do my part so we'll see...

Take care...and survive like u wanna live...

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5627 on: November 17, 2012, 01:04:11 PM »
Hi folks,

My name is Steve and I'm from Western Washington.  I've been listening to TSP since around episode 930 (the lacto-fermentation episode).

I've been a prepper with a reluctant spouse for over ten years.  I've been burned out on forums for a while, but I've been a member on most of the popular ones (with a different handle) for more than a decade, and misc.survivalism before that.  Jack's recent DRT idea motivated me to get a little more involved and be a little less secret squirrel.  I also appreciate the reasonableness of Jack's approach in general.

Career-wise I'm a systems guy, mostly Windows, with a little Linux/Unix thrown in.  Thanks,

Steve

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5628 on: November 17, 2012, 01:16:51 PM »
Hi All--PDS from the Seattle, WA area. I've been prepping with various levels of success and dedication since about 2004. My wife, two daughters and I are in the process of building up an urban homesteading operation in the north end of Seattle; the gardens are coming along nicely, most of the trees are in place, chickens are producing, and I'm working on spinning up the rabbitry. We have a lot of work left to do, but it's finally starting to show some benefits.

I grew up in the Oklahoma/Texas area, and still have some land north of Dallas, though I don't have any current plans for it. I've been shooting since I was in my teens (couple of decades ago), learned to hunt going after hog in east Texas and learned to fish with my grandfather on lake Levan. I work in software security and compliance, play with martial arts in my spare time. I used to be a Master Gardener, but had to triage my time and let that one go. I've been listening to TSP for about year, and figured it was well past time for me to thrown in here.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5629 on: November 17, 2012, 09:16:16 PM »
Hello everyone.  I'm from south central Pennsylvania.  I've been into survivalism since I was a kid in Boy Scouts.  Now I have a family of my own, trying to juggle life and prepping with a new house.  Just recently started to listening to Jack.  Going through the past episodes right now.  Some good stuff.  Anyway just wanted to so HI.  Looking forward to talking with everyone. 

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« Reply #5630 on: November 17, 2012, 10:01:01 PM »
Hello, everyone!

My name's Ward, and I'm a motion graphic artist for The Blaze TV. I started to listening to the podcast after we did a project touching on the plausibility of an EMP scenario. My wife and I are saving up for a limits-of-suburbia mini-farm. Looking forward to lurking the board, learning as much as I can from everyone.

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« Reply #5631 on: November 18, 2012, 08:00:06 AM »
Hello, everyone!

My name's Ward, and I'm a motion graphic artist for The Blaze TV. I started to listening to the podcast after we did a project touching on the plausibility of an EMP scenario. My wife and I are saving up for a limits-of-suburbia mini-farm. Looking forward to lurking the board, learning as much as I can from everyone.

Welcome to the forum-and please contribute as well as lurking! Everyone's input is the reason this forum is so great.
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5632 on: November 18, 2012, 11:35:25 AM »
Welcome, welcome, welcome to all the new people.  This is the most amazing forum on the internet.  You'll love it here.

You might be interested in the ten-book prepper novel series called 299 Days.  I, like, wrote it and stuff.  Prepper Press is publishing it.  Seriously.  Check out www.299Days.com.

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« Reply #5633 on: November 18, 2012, 01:44:17 PM »
Hello!  This is my first post on the forums.  My husband and I have been prepping for about a year now.  We've expanded our garden, acquired livestock, and have gotten much better at canning, dehydrating, etc.  Just recently became members of the TSP, though we've been followers for quite a while.  It's hard finding like-minded people to surround myself with in my area, so I'm hoping to find new friends here that I can talk to without feeling like everyone thinks I'm crazy!!

BTW, 43 years old, married 14 years, live in Minnesota.

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« Reply #5634 on: November 18, 2012, 06:01:15 PM »
Hello, all.  I'm in West Georgia and am active with folks down here.  Veteran and ham operator, I've been prepping for a few years now.  Looking forward to interacting with everyone.  In case you're wondering about the moniker, I spent several years in Nashville trying to "make it"...
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5635 on: November 18, 2012, 07:31:26 PM »
My name is Michael, I'm 27 and in the Quad Cities area of Iowa.  Currently I'm working on getting out of debt.
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5636 on: November 18, 2012, 11:07:26 PM »
Hello, my name is Drew and I've been listening to the survival podcast for about eight months. I look forward to learning from other forum members, and hopefully I will have some stuff to share with you one day myself.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5637 on: November 19, 2012, 04:41:46 PM »
Hey everyone, Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to prepping and to this site, looking forward to making new friends and learning new tips. 

Bill

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« Reply #5638 on: November 19, 2012, 10:12:21 PM »
Hi All,
I live in central Texas.  Moved my family here to start a perennial farm in the oak savanna.  I come from a permaculture background more than a "prepper" one.  I believe permaculture can cure just about every social ill, can save the planet yes.  I think Geoff Lawton's most recent video is brilliant in the way it shows in just a simple stroll how permaculture can make a food forest out of a patch of grass.

Only thing is I need to hear Geoff's next video about choosing the right piece of land, since I'm looking for land right now.  I'll head over to the permaculture forum and start something.

Anyway, nice to be here.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #5639 on: November 20, 2012, 12:52:48 AM »
I'm Al from Michigan and wanted to introduce myself.
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