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  1. Hi, Snake. Good to hear from you, my friend. Check your IM>
  2. Hi, guys. Still here (occasionally). Been fortunate to find a local group to work with. Been training like crazy! Preps in good shape. My personal location sucks, but have plans A,B and C in place. Stay safe.
  3. Snake: Wally -= Walmart.
  4. Went to a local gun show, ran into an acquaintance who introduced me. People are prepping all over the place!!
  5. Hi, everybody. I haven't had a chance to check in lately, so here's an update. Three months ago I connected with a fairly large local group and have been busy training and gaining or updating skills. Right now we're busy prepping our GOOD site (360 acres, 2 different clean water sources, fruit-trees, lots of game and some cattle). Trying to raise the funds to pay for a military field kitchen ( ca. 3K ). We're almost a 100 total, some flakes, some will not show, but a lot of vets. About a month ago a MD joined our group; we also have a couple of combat medics, 2 nurses and a bunch of First aid qualified. My age is definitely showing, the knees are shot, recently had a bad fall, broke 2 ribs and screwed up my right wrist. Oh, well. So today a few went out into the boonies and made a lot of noise. Boom! Besides that, I made a contact with a local Walmart for their returns. Every week they just give us about 4-5 carts full of stuff. One week I got a tent for 8 with just a few pegs missing. Any number of camping lights and more clothes than I can possibly donate. A lot of it is going to local veterans and other non-profit organizations. A good deal all around. Recently got a Ham radio, we're setting up a repeater network. Next week-end is water survival skills. My preps are in good shape overall, now into rotation. It's almost a strange feeling, going into wallyworld and coming out with just some fresh fruit.
  6. Got boots that fit and don't hurt my feet. Going to another FTX this weekend for night nav. Also, thru this group I "think" (hope) that I've finally found a bug-out location. 500 acres, lots of water, with a fully equipped kitchen and 6 steel containers being delivered this June.
  7. Ladywolf, just wanted to add to the CPT's advise. Recently I went on a FTX (field Training Exercise), we went out on a night navigation course and it didn't take too long before I turned my ankle, went down hard and banged up my knee to boot. We were less than 1/2 mile away from camp, but I would have had to crawl thru an area full of rattlesnakes. Thank God I was not alone! Have fun, be safe!
  8. First reported case in Taiwan. The WHO is now saying that this is the most dangerous virus they have come across. Keep an eye on it.
  9. By now it's AQ fighting Assad. We should send our troops. weapons and money to help them???? don't think so!!!!
  10. Well, I learned that this compass is a piece of doodoo and that I've forgotten a whole lot!! So, I've ordered a good compass and am taking more lessons. Luckily, have a great instructor. former USMC, "no excuse" kind of guy. I'm loving it! Also, just completed my First Aid/CPR and am now getting into commo.
  11. Devildog is correct, most of us here learned the hard way to pay attention. Lots of fortunate (for now!) people, who never had seriously bad experiences. It' so outside their range of knowledge, that they can't imagine it.
  12. Picked up a military compass today and takin' a map course this weekend.
  13. Snake, latest article says aboyt 40% had no direct contact. However, in all fairness, people don't always remember or stepped into fecal matter. What is more concerning to me: all the reported cases became extremely ill with about a 20% mortality rate. Just something to keep an eye on.