Greetings from Oklahoma!
This has certainly been a busy 2012 for me. Last year at this time I was fat, dumb and happy - thinking all was well in the world, and our gov leaders surely had our best interests in heart.
Then the book, "One Second After" caught my eye at the bookstore, and decided to give it a read. I spent many a sleepless nights after reading that book.
I started to read other books, and soon realized just how fragile the entire system is,
Most of last year I was confident that this country wouldn't reelect Obama, and after the elections we could get this country back on course.
Once Nov 6 came and went, I realized for the first time that I'm now in the minority of this country. My values and beliefs are no longer shared with the "mainstream".
At church Sunday I got the idea to plot out what I wanted to do and grow in 2013. Last night I discover the "13 in 13" website, and thought it was perfect.
Today I discover this forum via the 13 in 13 website. Just now I made the connection that the book I'm currently reading, "299 Days, The Preparation" mentions the very same podcast here.
So in a nutshell that's how I ended up here.
About me - I'm originally from Denver, Colorado, but Oklahoma has been my home since 2001. I've got 19 years in the USAF/ANG working in the munitions career field, and even though I'm eligible for retirement next year, I'm going to stick with it for a while longer. It's a steady job, and I get to blow stuff up!
I'm married with four kids, and my oldest just had her first baby, so I've been a new grandfather for about a month now. My other three children are elementary age, and we've homeschooled them ever since they were in pre-K. Oklahoma has THE best laws for homeschooling of the 50 states, so we're going to definitely stick with this.
I'm a big computer geek, and I LOVE messing around with hardware. Linux is my preferred operating system, and I'm STILL trying to get the wife to switch from Windows!
When I first started to get interested in the prepping movement, I was pretty depressed that I couldn't afford everything like 4x4 trucks, completely stocked bug out cabins, or 400 years of food. Only recently have I realized that it's more important to focus on what I can do now, even if it's just a little each week.
One of my short term goals is to purchase my very first handgun. As big of a computer geek as I am, I'm a complete newbie when it comes to weapons. But I do want to get a concealed weapons permit soon also.
If you're in the Oklahoma City area, give me a shout! It would be great to meet others with the same values.