Friday, December 18, 2009

Survival on the Road

I am heading out on the road to visit family tomorrow morning.  I'm sure many of you will also be out on the roads.  Everyone knows to drive safely and to watch for storms and ice- but, it bears repeating.  What else can you do to survive on the road this winter.  Well, here's what I did to prepare:

  • Arrange for the neighbor (a hwy patrolman) to watch my house and also to collect the mail.  He also agreed to turn up our heat the day before we come home.  I have his phone number and he has mine in case of emergency.
  • Prepare the truck.  I checked the tire pressure, filled the gas tank and checked the fluids (slightly low on antifreeze) and I also put in a piece of cardboard in front of half of the radiator to help the truck to stay warm.  
  • Check the route (I know where I'm going, but I like to have alternates) and pack a road map and GPS.
  • Pack preparedness items (this is my bugout tote)- complete with several firearms
  • Pack tool set- I have several tool kits depending on the situation- this is an extended trip so I packed my big tool box including my 1/2"cordless impact wrench and volt-ohm meter.
  • Check standard items (jumper cables, flashlights, flares, fire extinguisher, tire jack)
  • Pack tire chains (for snow and ice) 
  • Pack tow ropes/chains
  • Pack extra food and water
  • Remember to bring some cash in addition to credit cards
  • Finally, with all that I loaded up our suit cases which have plenty of clothing
I'm sure I'm forgetting some stuff (I always do) but that's it for the next two weeks.

Have a Merry Christmas.  Remember to include Christ in your holiday celebrations (it's His birthday).

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More White House Spending!!!

First Lady Michelle Obama's Servant List & Pay Scale

 First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan    (Chief Of Staff) 
2.. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C ..    (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)
3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G    (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary) 
4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady) 
5. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 
6. $90,000 -  Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 
7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady) 
8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady) 
9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady) 
10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) 
11. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) 
12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady) 
13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Dir ector of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady) 
14. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady) 
15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary To The First Lady) 
16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special=2 0Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide To The First Lady) 
17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady) 
18. $43,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office) 
19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 
20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary) 
21. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant) 
22. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady)

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and
 "First Hairstylist" Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air
Force One to  Europe .

Copyright 2009 Canada Free Press.Com

Yes, I know, The Canadian Free Press has to publish this because the  USA media is too scared they might be considered racist.   Sorry  America !

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Survival Seeds Review

I got my seeds in the mail today from

I haven't planted them yet- so I can't honestly comment on whether they will germinate and grow...but if the service and high quality packaging are any indication, they will be just fine.

The seeds came speedy fast via priority mail and came packaged in a vacuum sealed durable metallic bag.  There was also a thank you note as well as a good-sized information pamphlet that had details on each seed type included and information on soil preparation.  There were 16 different types of seeds included- they claim that there is enough to plant 3/4 of an acre.  That's a lot of seeds- the bag was quite hefty for the size.

I will likely plant some of these seeds this spring and will give you an update as that progresses.  They are all non hybrid seeds.  So, if you're looking for some survival seeds, but the $100 can is just too much, try out this company- with a survival package at $34.99 you really can't go wrong.  I always thought that growing from seeds was going to be tough- I found out that really isn't the case.  Also- it's WAY cheaper to do it from seeds than from buying the potted plant at Wally World.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Airline Travel with defensive weapons...

I travel quite a bit and this can be a little tricky when traveling with guns and knives.  However, it is very possible to travel with a pistol and knife (except for when you are actually in the airport).  Just lock your pistol in a hard case and pack the ammo in the original box and put your sheathed knife in your checked luggage. BE SURE to DECLARE it at the baggage check.  After you get to your destination, pull it out and stick it in your pocket.

There are some stipulations though- click here to read the special instructions from the government about bringing a firearm onboard. 

TWA says: Knives including sabers, swords, hunting knives, souvenir knives, martial arts devices with blades are accepted in checked baggage. NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.

Just keep in mind that if you travel overseas, guns and some knives may be considered illegal- so, check first to avoid problems.