Things that go bump in the night
He that toils dawn to dusk misses
out on the huntin’ and fishin’
Assuming I author more articles, which is likely considering Wirecutter has asked if I could, I need to get something off my chest before we go any further. Especially with all the crap running around about integrity in the III percent right now.
I believe if you are going to share information that could affect someones life
you need to differentiate between fact and your opinion
you need real world experience to back it up
you damn well better have technical proficiency in what you are sharing
you need complete transparency regarding your motives and objectives
everything better be verifiable
My bona fides
Fact or opinion
As to fact or opinion, all I can do is express what we do, our successes and failures, how hard we have to work to do it and what problems or bottlenecks we run into. If that differs from what you know or believe all I can state is, if I write it, it is because we are doing it and I will let you know when I move from fact to opinion.
Real world experience
I’ve already stated that we grow and/or raise nearly all our annual food supply plus quite a few esoteric items not normally considered by home gardeners. From a cash income perspective we live so far below the poverty line that if we didn’t grow our food we would starve to death. This is not a back handed way of begging for a hand out. I’m not part of the FSA (free shit army) and even if you could figure out how to send something my way I would send it back. If I wanted more income I would have stayed where it was possible and kept up the grind. We made a conscious decision to take our life the way it is and we are perfectly content with what we have. We own our home and vehicles clear, have no credit card debt and no monthly payments other than utility bills, not bad for some ‘poor folk’. It’s surprising how far a little goes when it’s all yours.
I’m way past being a spring chicken, said another way I’ve been doing what I do for a long time. I’m independent to a fault and most people when they learn the full breadth of my skill and knowledge package consider it bragging, it’s not (you’ll have to take my word for it ). This was shared just to support the idea that I have technical proficiency in what I’m doing. That’s not to say I know it all. I know there are a lot of people out there that know things I don’t know or have skills I don’t have, if we ever meet I might try to pick your brain.
I guess that brings me to motive.
Over the years I have read and heard so much bullshit on so many topics I don’t know how a beginner even gets started. I feel if you want to make the effort you should have the chance to succeed and you loose that chance if you have faulty or incomplete information. I believe we are headed for some real tough times and the vast majority of folks have no clue just how bad it is going to be. Likewise I believe too many people have not truly examined their assumptions about their preps and what they are going to do in response once it hits. So just like I’ve been helped in the past this is a small measure of helping others, paying it forward if you will.
The second half of my motive is, for not knowing a guy personally, I have a liking for our host which is odd because for a lot of what he has shared about his past, I would have at one time done my damndest to bust his ass. No I’m not former (nor current) LEO. I just never agreed with a lot of that lifestyle, but getting on with my point, he’s pretty transparent about who he was and is and makes no bones or excuses about it. I like that.
So, because I would like to help those that want to help themselves, I like our host and would like to help him deliver solid content and because I’m too lazy to run my own blog. I’ll take the easy way out and send stuff to Wirecutter.
I’m not monetizing this information, have nothing to gain by spreading misinformation and expect you to do with what I share, as you should with any information you get from an unvetted source, look it up. As one commenter in on my last post stated “what he said ain’t advanced knowledge, it’s pretty basic stuff”.
Off my soapbox, next time I’ll have more food growing.