Water storage rack

I was perusing the web for some pictures and ran across this site showing a water storage rack . I wish I could take credit for this system but I can’t. I have been looking for something like this for myself and kind of had some ideas in my brain but nothing I could articulate onto paper.

Here is the link: Water Storage Rack The author has made a downloadable PDF file of plans that you can save off to your computer and print out for a working copy.


When the Police come

There is a great article over on loadoutroom.com that gives some very good information on what you should do if you are involved in a shooting protecting yourself, your home, or your family.

First of all I am not a lawyer and not offering legal advice.

When I attended ESI back in April we had an entire class that covered this topic. A couple of things that stuck in my head was:

Lesson 1: You own that bullet until it stops. Stopping is defined as your bullet stops in a perpetrators body cavity, a wall, a car, a building, a bystander. You own it. You bought the ammo at the store once and where it lands my cost you again big time depending on where the pointy end ceases its forward movement.We are a very litigious society, remember that. A 10 cent bullet my cost you everything you own in the end if you are not careful.

Lesson 2: Never talk to the police. Yes they have a function in society to keep the bad guys at bay, keep law and order in a civilized society. They are not your friends! They are not there to engage in casual conversation or check on how nice your garden is coming along. They are there to find out who did what to whom and why. You have a little “right” known as the FIFTH Amendment that is there to keep you from self incriminating. Its your Constitution use it. Do not consent to any searches of your home, property or vehicles.

Here is a scenario that played out in Colorado as told by one of my instructors: Two men attempted to mug a law abiding citizen one evening while he was out for a walk (the citizen was licensed to carry concealed), one bad guy was shot during the confrontation  (not killed but wounded) and both ran away. When the police arrived and started their investigation, the two bad guys where found and the story they gave police and the story the citizen gave where completely different. According to the two bad guys they where minding their own business grab assing each other and because they were of a minority race, the citizen took exception to them and shot unprovoked.  Well guess who was arrested? the bad guys were able to witness for each other and the citizen was by himself. Citizen also became very chatty with the officers during the investigation and comments were taken out of context in the subsequent police reports.

Second scenario that happened in a rural area not 30 miles from my residence: Two men entered a farm house late one evening believing the owner had a large amount of marijuana and money on his premises. The first of the two perps was shot dead and the second fled the scene. The second was later apprehended and arrested. Under the Castle Doctrine the home owner was not charged with any crime. Also with one perp dead it was a “he said” “he said” scenario. The home owner kept his mouth shut and talked to a lawyer first probably saving his butt in the long run. Also killing the first perp took away the second perps witness.

Lesson 3: If you shoot you better be mentally prepared to take someones life and not just flash a weapon hoping the bad guys will run away. During my instruction we were also taught not to change the crime scene in anyway. Some have tried to leave a throw away gun, moved items around and even moved bodies.

Lesson 4: Aiming to kill and killing also reduces the “he said” “he said” scenario.

Essentially, things to remember are: name rank and serial number is all you are required to give, pleasantries aside.

My name is:______My address is:_______ after I speak to my attorney I will give you a full and concise written statement as to the events that lead up to this incident. (SAY NO MORE)

Read the article, there is a great Cris Rock video at the end that even though is very funny, it holds a lot of sage advice.

Here is the link:

What to do when the police come

YouTube site SouthernPrepper1

I want to share a YouTube Channel with you all and something that I have been watching for a few months now. It is called SouthernPrepper1 The host covers a wide variety of topics in the prepper genre. SouthernPrepper1 offers some really great ideas/suggestions.

Southernprepper1 has some good instruction on survival techniques, OPSEC, weapons, security, raising animals, storing water and just about anything else having to do with… well prepping! Truly a good site. Can’t give enough kudos.

One of his latest videos is tracking humans in a WROL scenario. More importantly how to determine the number of people you are tracking. I learned something new myself.

A variation on container gardening

Two years ago we had the gutters replaced on the house. Whoever had installed the “originals” were very obviously on crack. The GF knows the gutter guy and asked if they could leave us a few leftover pieces and put end caps on them. Now comes the part where I get roped into the project.

So she says “I want these gutters attached to the side of the house”

I says “you just had new gutters all around”

She says ” on the side of the house, I want to plant veggies in them”

I says nothing, hang my head and get out my tools.

Here is the end product. Lettuce, cilantro, and some other stuff.

I actually screwed the gutters into the house and the brackets are just kind of for decoration. Every 12″ or so I drilled holes in the bottom of the gutters for drainage. I have to admit it was a very weird experience drilling holes in the bottom of a gutter, almost sacrilege. This is the second year she has planted “stuff” in gutters and I must say that it has worked well. It keeps the plants up and away from the damn rabbits that are everywhere!

The other thing I noticed is there is no pulling weeds and being at waist and chest height, I don’t have to bend over to maintain. Cool huh? Smart girl…..