Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stuck in Kuwait

During my travel to Ass-Crack-Istan, I got stuck in Kuwait...and am still here.  Although not considered a third world country, by any means, I know I still need to prepare incase of an emergency.  With Iran testing rockets which could land here, or Afghanistan, I need to have a bug out bag ready. 

The US currency is in the toilet and it takes almost 4 dollars to buy one of their Kuwait Dinars; so, purchasing stuff at the store sucks big time.  I did buy some preps which I keep in my BOB back home....primarily peanut butter, canned tuna, and top raman.  I scavange the soap, shampoo, contidioner, cotton balls, Qtips, water, plastic bags, paper clips, pens, toilet paper, jelly, salt, and sugar from the hotel.  I also found a spray bottle I can use as a mister if I get caught outside during the heat of the day.  When I see matches laying around, I pick them up...reasons you can figure out...and no, I dont smoke. I found the emergency exits, walked to them with my eyes closed, and found the rally points outside.  I found a map and can walk to the airport in necessary, but since I am making friends with some of the hotel staff, I am sure I can get a ride from them if necessary.

Most importantly, when I do go out to the store, I make sure I dont stand out like the rest of the ExPats working here.  I dont get all dressed up, I dont speak or act loudly, and am always very polite to EVERYONE I meet...and never go out by myself. 

Here is a pic of some of my preps...and a great view from my hotel.  Remember eveyone...practice, practice, practice....and build up some preps today.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Things have changed for a while

I've decided to take another contracting job in Ass-Crack-istan again.  If anyone out there is looking for a job with tax free income (most of it) let me know.  I have a list of contractors who are hiring in Afghanistan.  Some contractors are better than others; so, if you have any questions please let me know. 

No, I will not tell you what type of work I do, but if you subscribe to my blog...I will send you a list of the contractors in an excel spreadsheet.  Shoot, even if you dont subscribe, I'll send you the list anyway.

While I am in Ass-crack-istan, I will report on how to survive in a 3rd world country (since we are heading in that direction anyway) and other useful information that I see and learn about.

I will not shut down my blog...I will continue to post as much as I can...remember...practice makes perfect.  Don't wait until you need to know...learn now, practice now, and teach others how to survive in California when TSHTF.

Uses for Borax

I didn't know how many things you could do with Borax... You can use it to wash everything from clothes to dishes to hair and body. You can sprinkle it around your shelter to keep the bugs out. You can use it as a flame retardant. If you don't want your fire burning out of control while you are a sleep, mix it with water and spray on onto your tent or shelter or sprinkle around your fire.

You can make your own deodorant by by adding just enough water to make a paste.

If you are worried about smoke from your fire giving away your location, soak your wood in water and add a cup of borax, let dry completely before burning.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Saving more seeds

The cup of veggie tops and seeds, by the sink, was getting kind of full and when I saw the canteloup that needed to be cut up...I knew it was time to start getting busy.

Washed, dried, put in a paper towel, and then outside to really dryout.
Tomato seeds on a paper towel, dried out, then then straight into the garden...yes, still on the paper towel.
These are those little pepper tops.  The seeds will be washed, dried, and put in a paper towel to dry outside, vacuum sealed and planted next year.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Go eat some crow!

I couldn't help but smile when I wrote that..however, I'm not talking about making an ass out of yourself and then having to apologize for it...I'm talking about EATIN' Some CROW!!!! Yea baby... get in my belly!

Crows are notoriously disagreeable birds, in every respect. The majority of the population would conform to the fact that the birds are scavengers, and that they are not suitable for eating.  An old joke among outdoorsmen holds that if you get lost in the woods without any food and manage to catch a crow, you should put it in a pot with one of your boots, boil it for a week, and then eat the boot.  Eating crow, therefore, is an especially unpleasant and humiliating thing to have to do.

I, however, totally disagree...since the same could be said for shrimp, lobster, crab, and snails (Escargot); yes, those animals are all scavengers and they are on many menus and are very expensive too.

 (Yes, one day soon I will post on how to raise your own garden variety escargot and cook them up too!) 

As I was outside, watching the bread cook on the BBQ, I saw a couple of crows fly by and was reminded about the http://www.crowbusters.com/ website I came across last year or the year before and thought to my self...yea, I gotta post a link.

If you think you can't eat crow...go check out their website... here is a paragraph...

"In fact, we believe a natural prejudice has prevented most crow hunters from even considering this bird as wild game. Our experience is that the mere mention of dropping these birds on the menu brings a series of comments from other hunters as if we had just suggested stir frying up a batch of common sewer rats. And if you ever make the mistake of sharing these thoughts with a non-hunter, be prepared for the same reaction you might get if you invited them to dine with the Donner party. This is a shame since, properly prepared, the members of the Corvid family are as tasty as most other game birds and even tastier than some. Besides, with crow populations as high as they are, what an untapped resource we have at our disposal."

When I think about how much deer are roaming around Los Angeles and it's suburbs, I'm thinking I can add a little crow to my menu...if, I really needed to.