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Try Craigslist or ebayDoug wrote:
Among the very first and last things I will hoard gas for is my snow blower. My driveway isn’t near 200′ long, but we live in a snowbelt and I have had to shovel multiple feet deep on occasion. God bless labor saving devices.
Looking forward to your article.
I have one of these Ergo shovels – makes shoveling my 60 foot driveway a chore. Worked well a couple of winters ago, until we started measuring snowstorms by the foot(yard?) and I ran out of room to push it.
I work for a law firm that specializes in Trusts and Estates and in preparing all of the tax returns required throughout the year, such as income and gift tax returns.
Anyways, a complex and convoluted tax code creates jobs, albeit, at the expense of productivity. I would not have a job if it weren’t for the tax code. Think about all of the accountants and lawyers, and me, that would be out of work if we had no estate tax, deductions, etc. and instead folks could keep all of their assets at death and we had a flat tax? I think it was Charles Hughes Smith who said that these regulations add friction to the economy and that’s exactly what the tax code does. Ultimately, the tax laws in Washington are written by attorneys, which is why they are so complex. So blame the attorney politicians in DC!
So far so good…just had 1 quick power outage, power came right back on. Definitely not as bad as Irene last year, so far. I think it has a lot to do with the lack of leaves on the trees – they are all blowing around my backyard.
I think landfall has been moved up to 5PM now. Since the storm has turned towards New Jersey and is probably at it’s closest to point to me in West-Central CT, it may not get much worse than this…fingers crossed.thc0655 wrote:
I’m looking forward to a little bit of a challenge to see how comprehensive our preparations are.
Believe it or not, a power outage is a good test for your resiliency. I lost power during last year’s freak October snowstorm for a week and I learned a lot of lessons/tips/tricks from it: Charge up all of your rechargeable batteries/cellphone beforehand; fire up your generator to make sure it is running fine – this turned to be an issue for me as the generator battery had discharged; stock up on candles for light; have plenty of extra dry firewood around; try walking around your house in the dark so you know where everything is; or you can get one of these solar powered cap lights. My neighbors thought I looked a miner wearing one of these last year.
I have a gas generator, which I didn’t quite fill up all the way this time. My thinking is the leaves are off the trees and we are not getting flooding rain, hardly any rain in fact, so I’m expecting much less power loss than last year. I was sharing my generator with my neighbor last year so I had him get some gas too, just in case.
Morph – Congrats. I too also live 50+ miles from work. Not quite the exurbs, but a small town more to my liking if/when TSHTF. You are right about carpoolers – they are around, just a matter of finding them. Not enough people do it IMHO. But $4/gallon gas divided by 2 or 3 people sharing a ride and all of a sudden $2/gallon, or less, looks very cheap.
Planted my last fruit tree, for now, this weekend. I now have 3 pears, 2 peaches and 2 apples, as well as 4 raspberry, 3 blueberry, and 2 Goji berry bushes.
Made refridgerator salsa for the 1st time over the weekend. With a 3-day weekend next weekend, will have time to can salsa.Poet wrote:
Anyways, yesterday I went to Walmart, Costco, Home Depot, and Big Lots. They were sold out at Costco. A worker at Home Depot told me they were all out of fans (except a few ceiling fans) throughout Orange County (population: 3.1 million). Big Lots, also out. My local Walmart had a few small desktop units (under 10″ tall) under $15, but no large units, nothing that oscillates.
Totally reminded me of how supplies at stores can quickly run out when there’s a big rush due to a hurricane, incoming nor’easter, etc.
Yup, same thing happened here 2 winters ago with snow rakes, ice melter and then sump pumps in the spring. Beat the rush…
No big complaints about this summer. We had a 2 week dry spell right after the 4th of July. 55-gallon Rain barrel and well water filled the gap nicely. I haven’t watered my garden since, other than for new seedlings.
I only turned on my AC for 1 day. Although I did struggle to keep cool several other nights. I cut several trees around my house, which most certainly did not help, even though my attic floor desk is now well insulated. I’ll be looking to install radiant barriers for my attic this winter. They did wonders for my detached garage.
I do feel for the folks out in the midwest and south…Dogs_In_A_Pile wrote:
As almost all past “predictions of certainty” on this site have borne out…..
We have much more time than we think, much less than we want.
I refuse to live my life in any fear of events I cannot control.
Exactly! This is a marathon, not a sprint. I don’t want to look back in 20 years where maybe nothing “bad” happened and I end up regretting not having enjoyed life and all that it has to offer. Continue prepping, as I am and we all are…and pass the scotch.
The army had been told to spare two cities in Japan so they could scientifically test the results of these bombs.on human beings in cities.
How's that for thinking?
Vanity – I see your spelling has improved with your latest manifesto…