Playing With Gasoline

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Last month, I reviewed several products and wrote reviews for them to be published in Survival Life. These will be released in the coming weeks and I will link them here as well. However, the theme of these reviews is “playing with gasoline” since all of these products are related to fuel storage. To be […]

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Two Is One, Money Edition

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Remember a while back, I wrote about why it’s smart to carry cash? Even though I don’t like to carry a lot of cash, I keep some in my pocket at all times just in case. Well, just in case became the case for me one afternoon. I’ve been having problems with one of my […]

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Survival Life Article – Streamlight Nano Light

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I’ve owned a Streamlight Nano for a couple of years now and have found it to be a useful backup light. It has gone with me on several overseas trips and has come in handy a few times when I needed illumination. You can read my review of this useful little LED unit over at […]

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Survival Life Article – Z-Blade

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I’ve been using PFI’s Z-Blade for several years now and have found them to be VERY handy. Not long ago I decided to write a review on this helpful tool over at Survival Life so hop on over there and give it a look. It is a great tool to have on-hand around the house […]

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Survival Life Article – Sunjack 14W Portable Solar Charger

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The first article I wrote for Survival Life was a review of the Sunjack 14w Portable Solar Charger. Everybody should have multiple power backup sources for their battery-powered devices (i.e., cell phones) in case of an extended power outage. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, a solar battery charger […]

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Preparation in Practice: Water

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For a few days, I had a chance to test my preparedness. It wasn’t anything life-threatening or urgent but it did give me an opportunity to see how ready I am for the unexpected. The experience was one I need to repeat in other areas too, but for now the water filtration test was a […]

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Preparation in Practice: Water Filtration

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For a few days, I had a chance to test my preparedness. It wasn’t anything life-threatening or urgent but it did give me an opportunity to see how ready I am for the unexpected. The experience was one I need to repeat in other areas too, but for now the water filtration test was a […]

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Hoarders, It’s Not Just a TV Show

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Back when I had Cable TV, I would scan through the channels from time to time looking for a show to watch. There was one in particular that I could only watch a few episodes of because it was so disturbing. Hoarders You can read a good summary here but the what it boils down […]

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Heeding My Own Advice

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A long time ago I wrote about the importance of checking your batteries. I had just lost a couple of flashlights and had some corroded terminals on some other devices, so I felt compelled to write about it. Since then, I have done a decent job of regularly checking the batteries in my various devices. […]

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Hardening Your Home – Garage Door

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I purchased my current house for over six years and have made numerous improvements to it. Some of the security upgrades include installing new doors, reinforcing door jambs, installing better locks, adding a single-side deadbolt, purchasing a home security system, updated the exterior lights, replacing my front gate, and putting a peep hole in my […]

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Over Pressure

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Sometimes a hidden problem can cause issues over a long period of time. What’s maddening about this is that the damage is difficult to discern and the affects not immediately traceable to the root cause. I had such an issue that cost me a lot of money and frustration before I was finally able to […]

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Of Wills and Ways

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Being prepared sometimes means planning for the worst, as in the end of you. We are all going to die, there is no getting around that. The only questions are where, when, and how you will meet your end. This isn’t anything to get upset about, it is a reality one has to deal with […]

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Retrospective, 2015

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In software development frameworks like Scrum, retrospectives are used after an iteration to reflect on what has taken place. This makes a lot of sense from a preparation standpoint as well, looking back can help one make adjustments in order to move forward. The end of the year is as good a time as any […]

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Grate Wall of Fire!

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I’ve made a few changes to my wood-burning fireplace over the last few weeks that will make it more efficient and effective at heating my house. While my fireplace won’t get as much use here in Arizona compared to other parts of the country, it is still a nice feature to have. Many years ago […]

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Second Firearm

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One of my first posts was on the First Firearm that I purchased. That article has become the most popular article I have written to date, maybe because many other people have recently done likewise. My intent was to add more firearms to my inventory but job and financial considerations stymied those efforts. The good […]

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A Taxing Matter

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It’s been said there are two certainties in life; death and taxes. Unfortunately for over 300,000 taxpayers, this also included getting their tax records stolen. I should know, it happened to me this year. Imagine my surprise when my CPA told me that somebody had already filed taxes under my Social Security Number. Eventually, I […]

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Vacation Preparation Notions, 2015 Edition

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This summer, I had a chance to take three weeks off from work to go visit friends in Europe. The time away from the office was welcome though and it gave me a chance to unplug, relax, and forget about the everyday routine for a while. In my experience, longer vacations (over two weeks) are […]

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No Agony of De Feet

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I’m writing this post somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean from a coffee shop at Heathrow Airport as I get ready travel back to the USA. Besides providing a much-needed break from work, my three weeks in Europe have provided inspiration for posts that may help you in your preparations. This post is going to deal […]

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