So a new week and new preppers. This week was what I thought would be cool and ended up weird and weird ended up pretty cool.
Doug Huffman in Northern CA I thought was going to be cool…not so much. 240 acres, wooded acres was very nice. I kinda know roughly where he is and it’s beautiful up there. So his reason for prepping is the 2nd Great Depression. I like his reason, it’s a valid threat, I don’t think it will look like he thinks it will. He seemed to feel, and a lot of people do, that if there is a food shortage, people will run into the country. I can’t understand this at all. People would not run into the country, they are going to go to the food centers and soup kitchens and those are and will be in the City! Are they going to run to the country to harvest the wheat or pick the beans? Not hardly! I liked his food stores, that looked good, but I did not see any gardening so I am not sure what his plan is once the food stores run out. So he has spider holes when they take over his compound, he wants them to take over the property. I don’t think the spider holes are a bad idea, I think they should be used only as a last resort. He feels that if or should I say when he gets overrun, he will hide in the spiderhole and then come out to hunt down the invaders at night….So now my bullshit meter is pegged. Let’s say you get 12 Adult mutant zombie Bikers that come into your compound, you are in deep guano my friend. 12 on 1 is not good odds and would never want to loose the high ground to begin with. Training the kids was interesting and only that. When the SHTF, these kids will be home with their family, not at Doug’s compound. I would like to have some adults, like minded folks that will team up and join together on his property, that would be impressive. I actually think HE is his own worst enemy and your going to get caught in your own web.
Next was the Rogers Family. Their preps are based on her dreams of an environment gone crazy, massive heating and food shortages. So the family of three have put water, food, first aid and general supplies in lockers and shelves. They made their basement into a makeshift shelter which they practiced bugging to! They decided that they needed better defense so they went to the gun store and each bought the one they liked. Good call on getting lessons to get their shooting safety and accuracy! They did everything with their daughter and talked to her about what was happening and how she was doing with it. I thought that her reason for prepping, based on a dream might have been spurred on by fear. Some of her preps are based on this but fear, contained and channeled to an end and managed can get a lot accomplished. Don’t we all do things from some fear but we do it in a controlled way. So her dream could encompass many scenarios that might create the heating such as climate change, Solar Flares to name a couple. They were learning skills such as making charcoal filtered masks and stealing cars, I like the second and that could come in handy some time. Looking at their preps, they were short on water if 3 months was their goal, 2 gallons day/per person. One to drink and one for everything else. Food stores were coming along and they are making progress. I think this family is making progress, more security could be helpful and they are in an very urban environment so personal safety will become important.
Last up was the Peden’s, Ed and Diana. Currently I live in the east bay area of the greater San Francisco area. So hippies are just part of the scenery here and now I guess in Kansas, where is Toto when you need em? They purchased a decommissioned missile silo and now it’s their home, very cool and I do have some definite prepper envy going on. It would be a blast to fix up a silo to be your home and work your preps in with it, best of both worlds. I just wouldn’t be bangin on me bongos don’t ya know! All that aside, I have great respect for them doing it their way….That darned independence thing again! So their preps looked good, looks like they have the room at 20k sq ft of space. Didn’t hear about their water supply but I think most silos had large tanks for that. I must admit they seem to love what they do and how they live, that’s great. I liked the video camera system but there needs to be some motion detection or system in place to warn of movement outside. I would think you could set up at least on OP, maybe two. They had several friends that would become part of the “hive” once the button down their home. From the look of them, not sure how much help they might be, they may have time between meditations.…
As usual, the directors made these folks look stupid, weird and just somewhat crazy. It’s what those funny little directors do and the one thing that I hate about this show. We as preppers have a hard enough time keeping the faith without getting fitted for jackets that tie in the back… Well another show in the can and some more information that we can take into our toolkits and think about using. There is always something to tweak in my world as well.