Monthly Archives: October 2012

Winter Prepping

Some good tips for house and car via What Are a Homeowner’s Must-Do Tasks Before Winter Hits?

Answer: Check Your Car

Give your car a once over:

1. Check fluid levels (oil, coolant, brake, steering, transmission)

2. Make sure you top up the washer fluid

3. Check the tires

– Check tire pressure, and adjust as necessary

– Check the treads. If you insert a penny in the tread, and can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then you are due for new tires.

– Double check your spare is in good shape, and is properly inflated

4. Check the battery. If you have any indications that the battery is weak, it will only get worse when the cold hits. If your battery is older than about 5 years, you likely need a replacement.

Pack a winter emergency kit for the trunk

– Blanket/boots/gloves/hand warmer packs

– Collapsible shovel

– Salt/Sand/Kitty litter

– Flashlight

– Snowbrush/Ice scraper

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100 Items to Disappear First

Via 100 Items to Disappear First – a list of 100 things to make sure you’ve stockpiled or at least have a bunch of in case of disaster!  Buy this stuff before the hurricane hits or the power goes out.  What could be easier than a 100 item shopping list?

Plus, it’s cool stuff like lighters, knives, and beans.

And make sure you don’t forget the toothpaste and toothbrushes – mouth rot is nasty.

The list is followed with this bit of wisdom to drive the point home:

From a Sarajevo War Survivor:

Experiencing horrible things that can happen in a war – death of parents and

friends, hunger and malnutrition, endless freezing cold, fear, sniper attacks.

1. Stockpiling helps. but you never no how long trouble will last, so locate near renewable food sources.

2. Living near a well with a manual pump is like being in Eden.

3. After awhile, even gold can lose its luster. But there is no luxury in war quite like toilet paper. Its surplus value is greater than gold’s.

4. If you had to go without one utility, lose electricity – it’s the easiest to do without (unless you’re in a very nice climate with no need for heat.)

5. Canned foods are awesome, especially if their contents are tasty without heating. One of the best things to stockpile is canned gravy – it makes a lot of the dry unappetizing things you find to eat in war somewhat edible. Only needs enough heat to “warm”, not to cook. It’s cheap too, especially if you buy it in bulk.

6. Bring some books – escapist ones like romance or mysteries become more valuable as the war continues. Sure, it’s great to have a lot of survival guides, but you’ll figure most of that out on your own anyway – trust me, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands.

7. The feeling that you’re human can fade pretty fast. I can’t tell you how many people I knew who would have traded a much needed meal for just a little bit of toothpaste, rouge, soap or cologne. Not much point in fighting if you have to lose your humanity. These things are morale-builders like nothing else.

8. Slow burning candles and matches, matches, matches


It Might Be Time to Stock Up On Good Used Cars

via It Might Be Time to Stock Up… | Eric Peters Autos:

It might be time to stock up on a good used car.

Because the new ones – the ones coming online now and on deck for next year (and the years after that) – are going to be budget-busters as well as ball-busters. We are approaching the event horizon of reasonableness when it comes to car design. Because of the unreasonableness of the demands spewing forth from Washington. These demands have existed for decades, but as in so many other areas, a kind of quickening is occurring. It’s no longer a little regulation here, a new law there. It is one epic demand after the next – the epicness being necessary to garner attention (for the lawmakers making the demands) in a political-social environment that’s come unmoored from moderation and – yes – reasonableness.

I’d like to stock up on some old cars.  My friend Dan used to say that my dad had a never-ending supply of $400, old, Japanese cars for us to drive as teenagers.

Where are those cars now?  Japanese cars from the 70’s and 80’s are now 30 – 40 years old… as old as cars from the 40’s and 50’s when we were learning to drive in the 80’s.  Cars built in the 90’s and 2000’s are now much more complex, computerized, and expensive than the old wrecks we used to drive.

I’d like to fill the back half of my acre with decent-shape used cars and save ’em for when the new-fangled machines all start breaking down and are too expensive to service.

After all, the push-button old AM/FM radios in a 70’s Datsun still works, but what are the chances the touch-screen navigation and iPod hookup in a modern car will still work in 40 years?