Common Sense & Being Prepared

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  1. GS AutoTech

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    I wouldn't call this story true survival but common sense readiness made all the difference.
    Couple years back we had a severe blizzard. Wet heavy snow fell very fast. Situational awareness kicked in. I quickly filled all our containers & the tubs with water. Pulled the oil lamps out. Organized supplies in case we needed to bug out. No sooner than that, the power went out. It was midnight & now the gas furnace was off without power. Me, the wife, 3 toddlers & 2 week old new baby. What to do? Not really safe to cut & run at midnight with a raging storm. I turned on the gas kitchen range burners & moved family to the center of the house near the kitchen. It stayed toasty warm. In the morning I moved all the fresh food on the porch where it wouldn't spoil. I quickly rigged car battery to power a breast pump. I could recharge any battery items with our 3 vehicles. We had food stocks in house for many weeks.
    The power was out for nearly 4 days, after which we learned many of our neighbors had split town, having no power, heat, water or supplies.
    We survived very comfortably with just a touch of common sense & preparedness. I believe this was my prepper inspiration situation.
     
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  2. Keith H.

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    Excellent story GS, & well done! First rate!
    Keith.
     
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  3. lonewolf

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    unfortunately in the UK common sense seems to have gone out the window.
     
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  4. Keith H.

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    Is it a generation thing do you think or what?
    Keith.
     
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      yes I think it is, seems to be anyone under 50.
       
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  5. TexDanm

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    It is a cultural thing. Our governments have encouraged people to turn to them to solve every problem rather then handling things themselves. People have gotten lazy. It is easier to let others take care of you than for you to have to think ahead and do it for yourself.

    Now days, at least in the US, if you don't want to work, support your children or even feed yourself the government will jump in and provide for you. They get free food, free housing, free utilities and the more kids they have the more money they get. THEN they make the rounds to all the charity places and get clothes more food and often more money.

    There is no longer any penalty for making bad decisions or just plain laziness. In some ways the government seems to woek hard to encourage this sort of thing. We are broke and I honestly don't see any easy way to fix it. At this point trying to get these people to go to work and take responsibility would mean riots and civil war... sorry but...BRING IT ON!!!
     
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    I remember learning self reliance at a very young age. My parents both worked very hard & never received any sort if hand out. They got an opportunity to buy their first home at a price they could afford out of hard earned savings. The house was in horrible, un-liveable condition. BUT they learned by trial & error how to do all the renovations from scratch. For a month, each day after work, my parents & I worked thru the night just to get the home to a state that could barely be habitable. It took many more months to reach a state of decent presentable condition. Even tho I was early grade school age, I worked by my parents side to raise this shell of a house into a home. It was nothing more than a can do attitude.
     
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  7. TexDanm

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    People want and expect INSTANT gratification now days. If you wanted something when I was a kid you saved rfor it until you had the money and could buy it. Now you just whip out the plastic card. That is why everyone is head over heals in debt. My Mom always was in what they called "The Christmas Club" at the bank where every week/month they moved a certain small amount to a special savings account. She also did a lot of lay away at the stores where she made a small down payment and then had a while to get it paid for while they stored it for you. (I think that some stores still do that at Christmas)

    I think that "common sense" is something that is forced on people over time through experiences that teach it. It is also something that you learn from observing others using it. Now, lets face it, we don't force kids or anyone to do much of anything and everyone has their noses stuck in their phone now and doesn't observe anything otherwise. People won't even put the darn things down so they can DRIVE their cars!!!

    Today common-sense has been replaced with NON-sense!
     
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  8. GS AutoTech

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    Some of us still have common sense. And we will use it.
    Unfortunately those who are lacking will be among the masses who do not survive. Some have the smarts & will quickly adapt. The rest will become the hordes of Zombies that will be a threat to those who have prepared.
     
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    I like that. A zombie is a mindless dead person walking that wants to eat your brain. That actually is going to describe a lot of people when things get bad. They ARE mindless and refuse to think ahead. They because they have made no effort to prepare are indeed dead men walking. While they may not eat your brain, trying to talk to them now is mind blowing and makes me want to pull my hair out because they seem to glory in their prideful ignorance. That may not be exactly the same as trying to eat my brain but it is close enough for me. After TEOTWAWKI the sheeple might as well be Zombies for all they will be worth and what they will want to do to those of us that prepared.
     
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  10. Keith H.

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    That experience has no doubt held you in good stead.
    Keith.
     
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  11. GS AutoTech

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    It sure has! As I grew up I found that anything I wanted to do- I read about, asked question & then just put my hands on it to get it done. That's also when I realized that while I wasn't afraid to do most anything, I actually could. Pile on that I found that most people I knew had no brains or motivation to do almost anything. So I've been able to make a solid honest living doing those things other can't or won't.
    Zombies........... Lol
     
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    One of the things that I don't understand about a lot of people these days is a hesitancy to try new things. When I was young my Dad always encouraged me to give nearly anything a try. I taught myself just about everything that I know. If my car wouldn't run right I went to the library and read up on it in a Chiltons Motor manual. I hadn't ever done a lot of things until I did them. I rebuilt the engine in my first car, a 56 Chevy with a book in hand and a minimal set of tools. I didn't know how to put a roof on a house until I got up on one and learned.

    When I was a kid if I asked my Dad how to do something if he didn't know we got a book and learned or asked someone that did know how to tell us. I guess that has been my mantra from my Dad for most of my life. Can't don't do nothing! If you don't know something then learn it. You won't know whether you can do it until you try.

    LOL, I LOVE the internet!! I used to have to either go to the library or save my money up for a book. Now you can get explicit instructions, usually including videos, on anything that you want to know...yet people seem to be less willing than ever to tackle anything. I guess part of it is that with both parents working people have more money and less time so they just pay for everything. I was poor and if I wanted something I either made it or bought a used one and repaired it.

    The biggest thing though is/was a willingness to TRY about anything.
     
  13. GS AutoTech

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    Love it!
    Whenever I had found something broke I endeavoured to take it apart. To see what made it work. My theory was if it was already broken & could not be repaired, I lost nothing but the time to take apart. I gained knowledge of how it was constructed & operated which was worth more than the time invested. I often found a way to repair the doo-dad or appliance.
    My wife does appreciate my handyman skills But is also a tad frustrated. When she is anticipating the purchase of a shiny new fancy something or other, I can often repair at a tiny fraction of the cost of new. The cost savings quickly dissipates her frustration. :)
     
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    If it breaks i fix i was showed and taught how from a young age my shop now is well stocked with the tools to do so if part can not be gotten from a store i make it now
     
  15. TexDanm

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    LOL, When I was a kid my parents used babysitters to keep an eye on me until I was about 14 and got so interested in the babysitters they decided to stop it. They weren't worried about me so much as what I might try to take apart while they were out. When I was 14 I had a small business cleaning watches for neighbors and friends. I loved getting into things and my Dad and I took the TV apart several times and took the tubes to a tester and replaced the bad tubes to make it work again. We did the same with lawn mowers more times than I can count and I was terrible about taking things apart to see what made them go. Unfortunately I didn't always get them to go back together exactly right.

    To some extent I think that it is a natural "gift" just like some people can pick up languages and some can play all kinds of musical instruments. I've always had an interest in how things work and my Dad encouraged this. Now days I don't think that people encourage kids to explore the more mechanical trades. Plumbers and electricians make BIG money. I made a very good living most of my life off making other peoples machines work or building them in a machine shop. I never found a trade that I couldn't learn in a very short time and then do. It made for an interesting life.

    When I was a kid I had a dream but by the time I was older the dream was dead. I wanted to build space stations and go to space. We went and then turned away from it. I'm glad I went the way I did and didn't end up just another bored nerd or unemployed aerospace engineer. I would have made a just awful cubical worker!! I like the outdoors and not having a set in stone schedule. I've always been self-motivated and don't need someone pushing me.

    You know that old saying "Some people march to the beat of a different drummer."? I don't listen to a drum at all and have meandered through life instead of marching.
     
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    I could never be chained to a desk or cubicle. I worked my A$$ off in a large dealer auto shop for years. I got fed up with the BS. I was already doing work at home to make extra for my family. Once I starting making more money after hours, I left the dealership & never looked back.
     
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