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by HurricaneDad
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: How do I break the "grocery shopping every day" habit?
Replies: 68
Views: 4788

How do I break the "grocery shopping every day" habit?

In my defense, I'm not the one who does the grocery shopping. The wife does. She's also the primary cook. However, for the 12 years that we've been together, she's been in the habit of going to the grocery store every damned day. Stocking up in advance is a totally foreign concept to her. I'm lookin...
by HurricaneDad
Sun Oct 03, 2010 6:44 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Modular sleep systems: Pro/con?
Replies: 16
Views: 2111

Re: Modular sleep systems: Pro/con?

I fit the MSS bags, and I'm 6' tall and almost 300 pounds with a 54" chest... Jamie Thanks for the image, Jamie, that actually helps me visualize the size of the USGI set. Can you tell me if each component can be/has to be opened/closed separately, or can they be teamed to open/close all with the s...
by HurricaneDad
Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Modular sleep systems: Pro/con?
Replies: 16
Views: 2111

Re: Modular sleep systems: Pro/con?

Wow thats a lot of money for that last one....I like the USGI one since its $120 or so for the whole system and REI has several bivvies to chose from so she doesn't have to have a camo bivy. Yeah, that last one is a little (cough, cough) on the high side. However, I did see it cheaper elsewhere, bu...
by HurricaneDad
Sun Oct 03, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Modular sleep systems: Pro/con?
Replies: 16
Views: 2111

Modular sleep systems: Pro/con?

I'm looking at picking up several :cry: (6) :cry: modular systems in the moderately near future. The lady of the house, She Who Must Be Obeyed, has stated that she would prefer to not have camouflage since she's very anti mall-ninja. From what I've been able to ascertain, there are basically three s...
by HurricaneDad
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:43 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: How useful is short wave? Eton Scoripion or FR600?
Replies: 8
Views: 728

Re: How useful is short wave? Eton Scoripion or FR600?

Who talks on short wave? How far away could I hear them? Who? Lots of countries have SW broadcasting. Some are official, government sanctioned, some are NGO, some are religious, some are "pirate", some are "other". http://www.shortwave.be/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; has a listin...
by HurricaneDad
Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Small home safe
Replies: 26
Views: 969

Re: Small home safe

CipherNameRaVeN wrote:Wait a second! Did not you have one of those manual overwrite keys? The ones you can use when you take 9v battery out? Or did you loose it?
No manual over-ride key. Secondary key, that allowed the handle to move when the code was entered.
by HurricaneDad
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Small home safe
Replies: 26
Views: 969

Re: Small home safe

Are you freaking serious???? ... What signs was it giving to you that it was going bad, or did it just die? The only symptom that I had was the "click" of the solenoid releasing stopped happening. Sentry's advice was to take a mallet and whack the front of the safe to get the "stuck solenoid" to re...
by HurricaneDad
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Small home safe
Replies: 26
Views: 969

Re: Small home safe

Go to WalMart. Check out any safe by Sentry . It is GOOD name in home safes. For the love of God, do NOT get a Sentry safe, especially the electronic ones. I currently have a 3 year old OA5835 that I had to pay $120 to turn int into a $450 door stop. The solenoid went bad. What pissed me off most a...
by HurricaneDad
Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Wise Foods, dehydrated food storage: Review
Replies: 33
Views: 75042

Wise Foods, dehydrated food storage: Review

I got a sample of their "Cheesy lasagna" from Joe at Wise Foods this past week. Today I took the opportunity to prepare it for the picky eaters in the house: wife and daughters. The pickiest of the three said that it looked like throw up and tasted disgusting. She's 11 and hates everything that we p...
by HurricaneDad
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:42 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Dumbest advice you have ever heard for preparedness and surv
Replies: 483
Views: 29212

Re: Dumbest advice you have ever heard for preparedness and

You told us to Google, so I googled and these were the first few results I got. I still think if you could find a way to reclaim the moisture from urine - say by making the type of solar still they taught us to make in the Boy Scouts ( ETA ok the Wiki page I quoted suggests doing just that.), or fi...
by HurricaneDad
Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How to Determine if Someone is Emotionally Stable?
Replies: 29
Views: 1136

Re: How to Determine if Someone is Emotionally Stable?

I would assume that anyone who lost at least one person someone and survived a PAW is likely to have psychological issues of some kind. In fact if that is the case and the person is not showing some issues I would be very wary of that person. They are either in shock, denial or a sociopath. QFT. No...
by HurricaneDad
Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How to Determine if Someone is Emotionally Stable?
Replies: 29
Views: 1136

Re: How to Determine if Someone is Emotionally Stable?

I was wondering. How do you determine if someone is emotionally and mentally stable enough to join the team, get in the life boat or whatever you want to call it. Basically, unless they are already bat-shit (cf. River Tam) crazy, I don't think that there's much of a way to tell is someone is "Stabl...
by HurricaneDad
Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Getting items for your BOB for free
Replies: 787
Views: 84007

Re: Getting items for your BOB for free

I did finally get a call from them a few days after it arrived, he just wanted to know what I thought of the sample. I wasn't home, and wish he would call me back, so I could really tell him what I thought. They need to make single servings. The guy that sent me my sample packet was Joe, his number...
by HurricaneDad
Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:37 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Moderate quality, low/moderate price folding knives?
Replies: 24
Views: 951

Re: Moderate quality, low/moderate price folding knives?

- CRKT M16-10Z <-- can be had on eBay for under $20 a pop from reputable sellers, and is more or less the de facto ZS folder (depending who you ask) - CRKT M16-13Z <-- for under $30, this is a superior knife to the 10Z imho. Larger than the 10Z, it fits the hand better, still pocket-sized and stree...
by HurricaneDad
Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:03 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Moderate quality, low/moderate price folding knives?
Replies: 24
Views: 951

Moderate quality, low/moderate price folding knives?

I'm in the beginning stages of making up 6 kits. Does anybody happen to have a lead on moderately priced knives of decent quality? Ideally, I'd be able to get a decent one for under $20. In my perfect world, someone would give me 6 of these , but I'm not holding my breath, you know? I've already got...
by HurricaneDad
Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:30 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Whole-house water filters? Are there such things?
Replies: 15
Views: 483

Re: Whole-house water filters? Are there such things?

I think you need to clarify your post to get better responses. Your plan is to bug in, yet you'll still have city water pressure that needs to be filtered now? Why is the pressurized flow/quality of water different than before? Our most likely situation (and has already happened twice in the last 5...
by HurricaneDad
Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Whole-house water filters? Are there such things?
Replies: 15
Views: 483

Whole-house water filters? Are there such things?

I just had a thought, and figured that I would ask around here. Are there filters on the market that can be put in-line with the water main that comes into the house? Since my most likely scenario is bugging in, I'd rather not have to filter (relatively) small quantities at a time. Ideally, I could ...
by HurricaneDad
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: How Do You Learn Your Area?
Replies: 34
Views: 1778

Re: How Do You Learn Your Area?

Just off the top of my head, the best way that *I* can see would be to actually take a wander around some lazy day. I did that around my area when I first moved here, and discovered that there are several forest preserve areas that have hand-pumps for water. I also noticed that there are a LOT of ar...
by HurricaneDad
Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The past comes back to haunt us...
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: The past comes back to haunt us...

Thanks for welcome, folks. Hoot, that link brought a big smile to my face. Thanks. :mrgreen: I was noticing that things seem to have gone through quite a bit of re-org since last time I logged in. Mystic-1, I've applied. Good to see that the area has a ZS crew! So, about this parrot. He's about 8 ye...
by HurricaneDad
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: The past comes back to haunt us...
Replies: 4
Views: 137

The past comes back to haunt us...

I've been away for a years (since somewhere in the '07-'08 time frame), due in large part to some health issues that I've got under control now. I see that there are a bunch of new (to me) names, so I thought that I'd introduce myself. I live in the wasteland of Northern Illinois, specifically Rockf...
by HurricaneDad
Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: Zombie Squad Radio Club
Topic: Zombie Squad Amateur Radio Club
Replies: 386
Views: 48449

REALLY looking forward to the write-up.
by HurricaneDad
Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:56 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bringing things to the table: What do you have to offer?
Replies: 217
Views: 15037

What can I bring to the table? first aid and CPR trainer EMT-B small-scale gardener soap-maker (as in, I can even make my own lye and render fat) paper-maker book-binder knife-sharpener ink-maker I can make beer and wine from raw materials I bake bread "the old fashioned way" i.e. no bread machine. ...
by HurricaneDad
Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Bringing things to the table: What do you have to offer?
Replies: 217
Views: 15037

Molon labe wrote:
evil0rphan wrote:
+1 on that. Get your kids in scouts... it makes them better people imho. And not just in a PAW.
At what age can a parent start their kids in scouts?
Cubscouts: 7 to 10 years old. (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, WEBELOS)


Boy Scouts: 11 - 18

Venture Crews: 14-20 (boys and girls)
by HurricaneDad
Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:17 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6700
Views: 338548

Ordered a food dehydrator (same make and model that I borrowed from my buddy a couple of months back) and ordered one each DATREX, MainStay and SOS food-bars for comparison.

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