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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #660 on: August 12, 2009, 12:43:18 PM »
Good evening from Airstrip One, AKA United Kingdom.

I'm male, late 30s and been slowly becoming more educated in this subject matter for probably about a year.

I came across TSP last week and frankly I'm very impressed and potentially hooked.



*Just to declare my interests* I am moderator on a newly established U.K. orientated site for Survival and Preparedness. We are not exclusive to U.K. members. I decided to join up here because a) I think the podcasts are very informative b) Forming links and exchanging information is (IMO) a good thing. I'm not here to stir, ruffle, or poach. Only to learn.

Hope that's okay.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #661 on: August 12, 2009, 01:51:49 PM »
Good evening from Airstrip One, AKA United Kingdom.

I'm male, late 30s and been slowly becoming more educated in this subject matter for probably about a year.

I came across TSP last week and frankly I'm very impressed and potentially hooked.



*Just to declare my interests* I am moderator on a newly established U.K. orientated site for Survival and Preparedness. We are not exclusive to U.K. members. I decided to join up here because a) I think the podcasts are very informative b) Forming links and exchanging information is (IMO) a good thing. I'm not here to stir, ruffle, or poach. Only to learn.




Hope that's okay.

Nirgal.


Welcome Nirgal!

Glad to have you here. Why don't you post a link to the forum that you moderate, maybe we can learn something form it. Forming links and exchanging information is what this forum is all about.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #662 on: August 12, 2009, 03:40:40 PM »
Greeting from Cherry Hill, NJ!!

My name is Bryan Lee Sammis, know by many as "BIG-TARGET"!!
I am one of Hood's Woods' Hoodlums, SOSAKonline.com , Multitool. org, and the Jerzee Devilz.

It took a while, but I'm finally out of debt, and trying to rebuild my survival/preparedness skills/resources! :)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #663 on: August 12, 2009, 05:26:33 PM »
Welcome Big-Target and everyone else.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #664 on: August 12, 2009, 06:29:58 PM »
Hello everyone. New to the forum, but I've been listening for about ten months or so. Living in Houston and prepping the best I can.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #665 on: August 12, 2009, 07:28:51 PM »
Hi,
I Jake from Arizona,  I started listening to the podcast Monday and have got through about ten older podcasts.  I look forward to learning as much as possible from everyone here.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #666 on: August 12, 2009, 07:41:54 PM »
A big HI and Welcome to all the new people.
azjake and like_a_hurricane and all the others, welcome aboard.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #667 on: August 12, 2009, 08:00:46 PM »
Salutations one and all.  I have been listening to TSP for about five months now and took Jack's advice to join the forum as an international member.  I reside in coastal British Columbia Canada and have been into Survival and prepping since I was a high school student who was woken up by the bangs of Mount Saint Hellen's blowing out.  I am a First Aid Instructor and Safety consultant and my interests are Martial arts (FMA/Silat and knife fighting), Hiking, boating and studying history.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #668 on: August 12, 2009, 08:38:31 PM »
Hey from Houston.  I live north of Galveston Island in a suburb of Houston.  I have a husband and two teens.   We lost our house with IKE and moved to higher ground this spring.  After replacing as much as we could, I started collecting again. 
I started collecting evacuation supplies several years before IKE hit.  It sure made a difference having a large supply of food and a cook stove in the back of the car.  Since then I have gone into high gear collecting food, info books, basic tools that are not electric, canning supplies, and such.  My family still think I am over planning, but I really feel we are better off now.  My husband's employer is in bankruptcy and shutting down his refinery... so they can build a huge complex in Saudi Arabia, so I feel the need to live frugally now and not wait for the job to end.  Well that's a short story of my life.  I am really enjoying the  podcast and forum. Thanks so much for the support you guys give every day!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #669 on: August 13, 2009, 12:04:34 AM »
Welcome to all of our new members!  Sarahluker, I'm sure sorry to hear about the down-turn in your life.  And I'm damn glad you're on the forum to share some first hand insight with us.  EMS_hepcat - WELCOME!  :)  everybody else - SUPER DUPER WELCOME!  :)

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #670 on: August 13, 2009, 02:46:12 AM »
   Hey from the Great State of Jefferson. I'm a Fire engine captain for the "Green Gestapo"(The United States Forest service). Been around the country a few times myself, I can just about sing Johnny Cash's "I've been everywhere man" and be telling the truth. Took about a ten year drunk and threw myself into "The nervous hospital" and ditched the booze. Got an i-pod for festivus that year and discovered the podcast on i-tunes. Used to be living paycheck to cash advance, now relatively debt free from about $20,000 to actually having part of my paycheck auto deposited into a savings account, and no credit cards active. Thanks to Jack and all y'all on this here forum.
Trace  Seiad Valley CA.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #671 on: August 13, 2009, 07:46:57 AM »
Hello.  Been lurking for a few days, listening to Jack's podcast for about a week.  I'm frantically trying to catch up, but I just don't know if that will be entirely possible.  He's got a wealth of knowledge, and I thought he was a great resource until I came here.  Man, it's just page after page after page of really useful information, isn't it?  Definitely more than a lot of other similar forums I've seen before.  This is clearly a dedicated group, and I'm happy to have found you.

I'm in San Antonio, TX with a husband and two small children.  I have not begun prepping in any way, and I'm a little apprehensive to begin because I have a track record of getting really, really "into" an idea and then kind of petering out.  But emergency preparedness is a) something I've always been concerned about, and b) really, really important.  So I'm going to take it slow and try not to go overboard.  My goal is to begin building our preparations by theme.  In San Antonio, flood is a pretty serious threat in the winter when it gets really rainy, especially in our part of town.  So I'm going to start there.  Power outages, food shortages, protection against stagnant water and all its dangers, etc.

Because of my utter lack of experience with this, I may still kind of hang back quietly for a while and continue to absorb.  I just thought I'd go ahead and make my presence known.  :)  Thanks for being here doing what you do.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #672 on: August 13, 2009, 08:44:28 AM »
better late then never...

I'm Craig... I go by the handle "nanodec" on a few other forums... I'm 29 living with my fiance' in the Burlington are of Vermont.

I'm originally from CA, moved here in '86. Have a BOL (mom's house) located on 10 acres in the northeast part of the state. Since I was a kid, I've always been able to enjoy the woods so I couldn't imagine living anywhere else!

I got my rude-awakening (like many) on 9/11. That was a surreal day for me since I didn't know wtf was going to happen in the coming days. I remember driving home (after we closed work) and hearing on the radio just as I pulled into my driveway of where I was living that the pentagon had gotten hit... at that moment I thought it was WWIII. I went inside and packed up a rudimentary BOB, loaded my shotgun and headed to my mom's house... in route I called my sis to get her ass up north (she was two hrs away)... that was the start.

After things started to unhinge with economic situation we had last year and watching Katrina on TV and online, I began reading up on concealed carry firearms to get some ideas of what I wanted (VT doesn't require a permit!!) and on one forum or another came across a link for the podcast (can't remember which one).

It opened my eyes to prepping and what it really meant. Becoming more self-reliant and not needing or requiring help from .gov to help get us through things. Self-reliance always has made sense to me. My parents grew up during the depression, so I fully understood and knew what they went through during those times just to survive (which I'm thankful for).

So fast forward to today... started a garden (first in many years since I was a kid) and it's doing pretty good... taking baby steps to make myself more self-reliant for food and providing for myself and my family. My fiance' isn't really on-board but she understands that I believe in it and accepts it and me. (I just hope there doesn't come a day when those preps will REALLY be needed.)

I'd love to meet up with local Vermont preppers to shoot the breeze over a couple of cold ones and exchange ideas on different skill & prep topics...

Lastly, from the short time I've been on here, and through the AWESOME people on here, I've learned so much that countless thanks are in order.. I only hope I'll have the chance to meet some of the great folks on here someday!

That's it for me...  ;D


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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #673 on: August 13, 2009, 08:55:53 AM »
evrybody calls me porkchop been doing this since bout 95 live in the south did my jaunt in the squid ops division live in the south love huntin fishing campin self/family preservation and this good ole USA which is in dire need of everyones help

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #674 on: August 13, 2009, 11:58:21 AM »
Hey from Houston.  I live north of Galveston Island in a suburb of Houston.  I have a husband and two teens.   We lost our house with IKE and moved to higher ground this spring.  After replacing as much as we could, I started collecting again. 
I started collecting evacuation supplies several years before IKE hit.  It sure made a difference having a large supply of food and a cook stove in the back of the car.  Since then I have gone into high gear collecting food, info books, basic tools that are not electric, canning supplies, and such.  My family still think I am over planning, but I really feel we are better off now.  My husband's employer is in bankruptcy and shutting down his refinery... so they can build a huge complex in Saudi Arabia, so I feel the need to live frugally now and not wait for the job to end.  Well that's a short story of my life.  I am really enjoying the  podcast and forum. Thanks so much for the support you guys give every day!

OMG... an oil refinery shutting down in Houston in bankruptcy... so sorry to hear that is in your future... glad to have you on the forum and wish you the best! [I am really curious about this... can't understand why/how that would be happening... I had heard that the nation's fuel supply/output was largely a function of the capacity of the existing refineries and that no new ones were being allowed to come in... how one of these could be going into bankruptcy is amazing to me]

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #675 on: August 13, 2009, 03:07:02 PM »
Hey gang!

My name is Bart and I have lived in Colorado for nearly eight years.  I work in the media (yeah with a bunch of commie libs, but also many fine shooters and hunters) and have been going to graduate school for the past three years.

I heard about this podcast from Eric Shelton's handgun podcast and quickly became hooked.  In times of crisis, I am glad that I live in "the country" and have some land as well as access to water and game should times get REALLY bad!  Though I hate yard work and gardening, I know that it is something I should learn how to do for the future. 

I have been hunting and shooting for most of my life (I was actually conceived the day my dad beat an Olympic trap shooter at a match in Washington State).  I love shooting as does my girlfriend but with grad school, I have not had any time for it.  Now that I am finishing school, I am hoping to get back to some long neglected activities and have an elk tag for this Fall.  Can't wait!

When I lived and worked in Hollywood, friends thought I was crazy when I told them about my earthquake kit that I had for bugging-out after "the big one" hit.  Well, during the Northridge quake, I was out of my apartment building with all the gear and clothes (and protection) that I would need to survive until I could hike North for pick-up by family.  I had the last laugh!  Same with the L.A. Riots a few years before.  So I am looking to learn things that I can apply to surviving and thriving where I live through whatever crisis comes about.

Thanks

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #676 on: August 13, 2009, 05:01:16 PM »
Welcome Bart11! Sit back, read, and join in.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #677 on: August 13, 2009, 05:52:44 PM »
Appreciate all the welcomes and concern.  We are going to do great whatever happens.  This forum will help with it's ideas and support.  The refinery is Lyondell-basell.  They have closed several refineries in our area with the intention of taking the business to Saudi Arabia.  We are hoping this one refinery site may be bought by an american group as it is now owned by the dutch.  They don't care whether it's in the US or Saudi Arabia, they just care about the money.  If the refinery doesnt sell LB plans to raze it.  They dont want the competition.  Lovely group.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #678 on: August 13, 2009, 08:24:51 PM »
Hi everyone-

My name is Sara and I'm in NW Colorado.  I'm planning on moving to Indiana next spring, and currently work at an environmental lab.  My boyfriend and I currently live in an 800 sq. ft. condo with way too many dogs and cats that we could buy for $398,000, but we decided we want to get somewhere with a growing season longer than 30 days where we can actually own some land.

I'm pretty new at this being prepared stuff as a lifestyle, but have always been the one who is ready for anything.  Ideally, we would like to make enough money to pay off our mortgage, pay property taxes, and spend the rest on fun stuff!  Oh, yeah, and all those other taxes.  We have every intention of becoming nearly entirely self-sufficient.  We are both Libertarians, so we really look forward to the liberty that would give us.  In the meantime though, our preparation is limited by space and money-you wouldn't believe our rent if I told you-so we have been mostly stocking up on skills and information.  I am very excited to finally join the forum-I usually listen on my ipod at work where Fox News and Breitbart are blocked as pornography, and every car in the parking lot still proudly sports an Obama sticker...and they are all foreign.

So, long story short, I am pretty excited to get to Indiana, start my garden and greenhouse, and get out from under the government's power over me and take that back into my own life.  And excited to learn everything from all of you!

Thanks so much in advance for all of your help and advice,

Sara

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #679 on: August 13, 2009, 08:37:34 PM »
Welcome Sara!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #680 on: August 14, 2009, 12:02:29 AM »
Hello all my name is Joe  I'm from Eastern Washington. Don't have alot to say about myself other than I'm here to learn.
Thanks
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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #681 on: August 14, 2009, 01:17:04 AM »
Welcome one and all! 

SaraKG, I grew up in Grand Lake CO, graduated Loveland HS and still have family in Ft. Collins.  Great place to grow up, but the CO taxes are out of control.  Good luck on your move!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #682 on: August 14, 2009, 10:13:55 PM »
Hello everybody,

My family and I live in Victoria (south eastern Australia), and are fairly new to the survivalist movement.

I have been listening to TSP for about 6 months now, but started at episode 100. Although I have not joined the forum until now, just by listening to TSP, I already feel part of this community.

See you all on the boards!

Tim

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« Reply #683 on: August 14, 2009, 10:18:01 PM »
Welcome Tim!  Since you haven't checked out any of the earlier episodes yet, I suggest you see the "must listen podcasts" thread on the front porch board.  There are some fantastic episodes that you've missed!

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« Reply #684 on: August 15, 2009, 11:22:53 AM »
Good Day from Northern California home of the Hippies...LOL.

Just a bit about myself, I am 37 married with 3 great teenagers.  I am a registered democrat, loved the liberal life, now not so sure.  I am still hanging tight to some of my beilefs but am finding it hard to do so.  Found this site on Facebook, started listening to some of the podcasts and am finding myself with a lot of questions and views I am having to consider.  I find myself very worried about where my country seems to be dragging it's people and am becoming very frustrated with the apathy of most of the population.

Anyway, very happy I found this place and am learning alot about taking care of my family if the sh*t hits the fan or even if it doesn't..LOL 

Brandy R

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« Reply #685 on: August 15, 2009, 12:12:29 PM »
Wooooow, you're considering a big life change, Brandy!  Good for you for keeping an open mind!  Thanks for joining, and enjoy yourself!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #686 on: August 15, 2009, 01:42:22 PM »
Wow so many new people!!! That rocks...Welcome all.

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #687 on: August 15, 2009, 05:03:44 PM »
Hi everyone-

My name is Sara and I'm in NW Colorado.  I'm planning on moving to Indiana next spring, and currently work at an environmental lab.  My boyfriend and I currently live in an 800 sq. ft. condo with way too many dogs and cats that we could buy for $398,000, but we decided we want to get somewhere with a growing season longer than 30 days where we can actually own some land.

I'm pretty new at this being prepared stuff as a lifestyle, but have always been the one who is ready for anything.  Ideally, we would like to make enough money to pay off our mortgage, pay property taxes, and spend the rest on fun stuff!  Oh, yeah, and all those other taxes.  We have every intention of becoming nearly entirely self-sufficient.  We are both Libertarians, so we really look forward to the liberty that would give us.  In the meantime though, our preparation is limited by space and money-you wouldn't believe our rent if I told you-so we have been mostly stocking up on skills and information.  I am very excited to finally join the forum-I usually listen on my ipod at work where Fox News and Breitbart are blocked as pornography, and every car in the parking lot still proudly sports an Obama sticker...and they are all foreign.

So, long story short, I am pretty excited to get to Indiana, start my garden and greenhouse, and get out from under the government's power over me and take that back into my own life.  And excited to learn everything from all of you!

Thanks so much in advance for all of your help and advice,

Sara

Hi Sara... sounds like you are on the right track... we lived in central Indiana (Kokomo) for about 4 years and really liked it. Loved the four seasons, the wonderful summer produce, friendly neighbors... Even if you don't have lots of room to store things and know you are planning to move, there is so much you can do with the right mindset... if you can keep yourself as close to debt-free as possible, you'll already be miles ahead of most folks!

Best of luck to you... and welcome!

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Re: Intro Thread
« Reply #688 on: August 15, 2009, 10:57:25 PM »
Hello from Northern California,
I thought I would quit lurking and introduce myself, I currently own a home in Yuba City CA, work in the San Luis Obispo area were I rent a little apartment and live on the weekdays. I make the drive home to Yuba City every weekend so I have 10 hours a week to listen to Jacks Podcasts. Why do I work so far from where I live you may be asking yourselves? Well the job pays well so I have been able to save money towards my ultimate goal, move my family back to my home state of Montana!
I love Jacks common sense approach towards survivalism and how he removes himself from the wacko's who hide in the hills waiting for doomsday to come. What I really like about his approach is how one can remove himself from government dependency, imagine how great this country could once again be if everyone followed Jacks approach!!
I'm telling everyone I know about this site and hopefully together we can grow government smaller!!


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« Reply #689 on: August 16, 2009, 12:01:18 AM »
welcome, montanabound!!!! :)