2009 prep resolutions - How did you do?

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2009 prep resolutions - How did you do?

Post by dogbane » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:22 pm

Here are mine, to be amended as needed:
-Quit smoking.
-Get on the bike, repair my lungs, and lose 20-30 pounds.
-Two more rain barrels for the west corners of the house.
-I have 37.5 gallons of potable water storage capacity. Do it.
-Replace 2 exterior doors that are weak points.
-Install double gate at driveway entrance to keep crackman out of back yard.
-Buy more ammo.
-Make bug-out bags for entire family.

My resolutions are modest, achievable, and require relatively little cash expenditure.

eta: I reserve the right, ex post facto, to steal any resolutions posted by any person or persons posting on this thread if I think I can achieve them.

-get at least one fire extinguisher for the house ( :oops: ), preferably one for each level, and a fireblanket
-take my son on a hike at Crowder's Mountain and camping in Uwharrie
-organize basement and man cave
-pay down debt

Edit: Tip o' the hat to Hatch, who was going to start this thread, but I couldn't wait, so I did it myself.
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Bubba Enfield » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:56 pm

Quit smoking.
Get stronger and fitter.
Rain barrels under every downspout.
Use every inch of garden space to maximize production.
Get rid of unnecessary clutter.
Pay down debt.
Get a handgun- best do that before parlaiment gets taken over.
Prioritize your health. Get out of debt. Grow food.

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Luken » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:08 pm

Man, I have a ton of stuff to do.

1. get alternate source of heating
2. ANY rain barrels
3. minimum 6 months food (have about 3 month)
4. more ammo
5 battle rifle
6. bigger garden
7 fence in the yard
8. pay off remaining debt
9. finish building storage room
9. save for land purchase
10. get in shape
11. finish improving insulation in house

I'm sure there is more but I can't think of it now
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by ironraven » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:10 pm

Better housing, so I can bring BoB over without worrying.
Better pack.
Pick up a .22 pistol.
Better sleep system.
Lose some more weight.
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Shmerlin » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:12 pm

Finish the Baby's room before my lil`bastards born. :D
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by TaskuT » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:17 pm

Find a job to get more and better stuff in BOB
Start making a list of possible SHTF situations in Finland (not going to be long)
Get rid of my nissan
Start hiking again
Get a passport, visit other country's to get connections

Chill and relax so i wouldn't die in stress before SHTF...
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by tilt » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:48 pm

-Teach my wife more outdoor skills
-Motivate my brother and dad to get their HAM licenses
-Wood burning stove install... (maybe)
-Learn more veterinary medicine (I know canine trauma and well-care... passably), specifically livestock and more canine medicine
-Start reloading ammunition
-More energy efficient upgrades to the house (more insulation, solar panels, battery storage system, etc)
-Lose a few of the post-military pounds
-Watch the Battlestar Galactica series
-Get more welding practice
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by exile27 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:07 am

Man, I've got a lot of big things that I want to acomplish within this next year. Preparedness is definitely on that list.

-Over the last few months I've been gathering all the gear I need to start hitting the backcountry again. I'm hoping that by the time 2009 arrives I'll have everything I need. So with that being said, one of my major goals is to get my girlfriend and myself out on the trails at least once a month (I'll try for more, but I've got to be realistic), and to take at least two or three multi-day backpacking trips.

-Although I'm not grossly out of shape, I could definitely stand to lose a few pounds and just get back to the shape I was in a few years ago. Hitting the trails as I mentioned above should help me reach this goal, but I really need to impliment a solid workout routine. And if my financial situation allows, I'd like to get back into BJJ.

-I know I'm not the only one, but this last year was pretty rough on me financially. So getting that debt paid down and setting myself up to be financially secure is one of my top priorities for 2009.

Like I said, I've got a pretty good sized list of goals for 2009. But I have really been doing some serious "soul searching," for a lack of a better term, recently. I've got to say, I'm pretty motivated for 2009.
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Valarius » Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:21 am

Resolutions I plan on accomplishing in the next 20 seconds:

-stop smoking
-stop drinking to excess
-stop sexually harassing the young coeds
-stick to what I say and write on the internet

I feel pretty good about myself right now.

Resolutions I plan on accomplishing in the next few days:

-building more homemade furniture I can sell
-feeding my family
-going to the blood bank to make some money, while getting off my ass and finding work somewhere.
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Kelvar » Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:57 am

For those who want to quit smoking, I've been there and I know how hard it is. I highly recommend you get a prescription for Chantix. It makes quitting MUCH easier. You will not regret it.

My resolutions are pretty simple:
Finish my BOB
Buy more Ammo
get a BOB for my wife
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by collisionsurfer » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:23 am

Finally stop smoking. It has to be done. I can't leave my son while he's this young.

Properly sort out our barely-started vegetable garden, and renovate the greenhouse.

Get some regular exercise.

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by arrowolf » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:10 am

Become more fit (which I hope will also leads to shedding some pounds)
Get rid of extraneous clutter around the house and barns to make room for more important stuff
Get my friend's forge outta my barn and fired up to learn some basic blacksmithing
Rebuild fences around the property
tape and texture bedroom walls (which will mean all of the walls in the house have been refinished) then I can start on the kitchen
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Phoenix David » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:29 am

Kelvar wrote:For those who want to quit smoking, I've been there and I know how hard it is. I highly recommend you get a prescription for Chantix. It makes quitting MUCH easier. You will not regret it.
Yeah no kidding that stuff worked great for me, havent smoked in 3 months now.

Smoked for 24 years, started taking Chantix and that stuff is great. some minor cravings but none of the "give me a smoke or I'll kill you moments" and Chantix is cheaper than smoking
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by dogbane » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:53 pm

Re: smoking

My dad just had a chunk of his tongue, two teeth, and some mandible removed, and probably some more jaw will have to be removed, due to mouth cancer from smoking most of his life.

That's good incentive for me to quit, plus, as someone else mentioned, I also have a young son.
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by preparingnow » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:23 pm

Continue Navy SEAL workout routine until finished.
Maximize food and water storage.
Place some underground storage at my two wooded locations.
Map out friends property.
Get bullet proof vest.
Get gas mask.
Get body armor.
Make better BOB.
Get a better car.
Get a job.

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by spanish dog man » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:37 pm

increase ammo by 25%
increase food and water supply to at least one month
teach wife and kids more martial arts and shooting techniques
continue to upgrade my jeep
pay off debt
look for other ways to train - more geocache, outdoor adventure races, tactical shooting classes

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by E » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:53 pm

1. get in shape. Both cardio and muscle
2. get better at basic skills. fire, shelter, first aid
3. buy a rifle/shotgun/pistol. learn to use it well
4. go hiking more often
5. go camping more often
6. increase wood storage
7. try to convince the rest of the family to take a more serious approach to planning/preperation
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by ZombatMedic » Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:49 pm

These all seem like good preparation and general new years resolutions
1. Acquire some basic firearms. Any suggestions? I was thinking of a semi-auto rifle and a bolt action with a little more range
2. Upgrade backpacking gear (long over-due)
3. Renew supply of food and water in disaster shed. Also i am one of the coordinators of the disaster training im my district and have a lot of sources for large medikits, water containers, storable food, water purifier, etc so if anyone doesn't have any immediate sources for these let me know!
4. Zombie-proofing my home is out of the question so planning a SAFER fallback location is in order
5. Become a proficient compound-bower
6. Organize everything!
7. Finish building the m240B and consider building a charlie w/ a monopod(for the car!)
8. Become advance-level phleobotomist certified

There are tons of ways that any goals will help with preparations for the outbreak, direct and indirect

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by DryGrain » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:11 pm

1. Help organize the local CERT so that they actually do some classes
2. More ammo
3. Get gainful employment
4. Ride bike more (maybe to/from #3, hmmmm?)
5. Make BOB for each family member
6. Take my whole family on a practice bugout-- I mean "camping" :)
7. Get some kind of First Aid training at the community college
8. Hassle the local volunteer Fire Department until they accept me as one of their own
9. NOT quit smoking :P but rather grow my own tobacco come springtime :D
10. Buy a revolver and a long-range rifle
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by Space Jockey » Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:12 am

Buy a new gun every 4 months
Shoot every weapon at least once a month
Find and move into a new house
Motivate at least 3 people into preparing themselves for emergencies.
Finish paying off my truck
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by bogie » Sun Dec 07, 2008 7:27 pm

1. Buy a handgun and rifle
2. Practice with said handgun and rifle
3. Lose some weight(ok a lot of weight)
4. Buy a proper pack for my BoB
5. Go out camping more often
6. Play more paintball(hey got to have my hobbies)
7. Pay down my car loan so it will be finished by early 2010
8. Get a 2nd job to help achieve all of this.
9. Finish up studying and get my HAM license.
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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by koolaidND » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:55 pm

1. Lose at least 15 pounds and keep it off2. get my CDL and start driving truck for the company I work for 3. pay off the two handguns I have on layaway before March4. add more food to the pantry5. go fishing more, both ice and open water.6. Put an ammo as a major item on the family budget and increase by the following: +1000 9mm practice loads, +200 9mm defence loads, + 100 .30-06, +1000 .223 in any type.
7. reload more ammo, especially 9mm and .223
8. try to find the extra money to get another springfield XD, probally a .45 tactical

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by mk_ultra » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:02 am

Probably will not do many of these , but , I like lists . :D

- Build another AR
-Optics and ammo
-Last few pieces of tactical nylon that I want
-More training!
-more certifications !
-Start ISPC/IDPA again
- More camping
-Bigger and better garden
-Upgrayedd BOV
-More food and water and fuel in storage
-work on my workshop
-Reloading set-up
-Finish paying down last of my debt
-more money in savings

That should keep me busy.

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Re: 2009 prep resolutions

Post by phil_in_cs » Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:33 am

  • Get expanded first aid/wilderness training for 2 adults in our team
  • Get our cistern relocated and attached to the roof gutters to catch water; possibly add another 500 gallon tank. (it gets dry here in the summers. If we had a serious garden we'd need rainwater catchment)
  • Replace existing 250 gallon propane tank w/ a 1000 gallon model; increase the propane stored as finances allow.
  • Plumb in connections from the big tank to the small BBQ in the screen room (start of a 'summer kitchen').
  • Get more involved w/ coaching and mentoring local young people.
  • Work on ideas for better low viz local security.
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