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  1. Fittest

    Solar panel info

    Just pushing spam down.
  2. Fittest

    Taking one for the Team

    Like I have been saying, the sh!t bypassed the fan a long time ago.
  3. Fittest

    Solar panel info

    Sometimes I forget about Amazon! They resale solar cells, and even have kits so you can make your own panels, which I did not know existed. Type "solar cells" or "solar cells diy" in the search box. I am not recommending buying anything, it is just smart to know what is available, and the kits help you know what you need to build your own panels should the need ever arise. If I ever find cheap cheap cheap solar cells I'll try building a custom panel to conform to a strange shape area I have that usually gets good light.
  4. Part of your choice for which solar panel to choose is the warranty: Choose panels with a 10-year or greater warranty. I went with Kyocera, which has a 25-year warranty; it is AMAZING how tough they are (don't ask me how I know:p). This place has some excellent deals; they claim they have the world's lowest prices. http://www.sunelec.com/ I looked into making my own solar cells, but it is too much work. There are U-Tube videos with directions showing how to do it if you are interested. If the panels do not have diodes you will need to add those, at night solar panels run in reverse and drain the batteries. Apologies if any of this has been previously posted, as we all know the search function is broken.
  5. Fittest

    Another Texan

    The LAST thing I would do is ask for sympathy about the way I grew up - I loved my rough and tumble time with my brothers. Someone gave me a barbie doll once and my little brother and I immediately dissected it to see how it worked inside. Fun stuff like that would have never happened if I had all sisters. But that you had three sisters, and I guess your mom was around too, means potentially you were living with someone in the house having PMS 100% of the time. You needed a helmet much more than I did! Plus THAT explains how you have the patience to moderate these forums - ANYthing's got to be easier than living with four females under one roof, you have my deepest sympathies. (No offence Shea, I'm just teasin' Captain Bart to let him know in a round-about way how much I appreciate his HUGE contribution to all of us. )
  6. Fittest

    Another Texan

    It is 58 degrees in my little home this morning and winter is not anywhere near starting. I knew it would be cold here, but I won't be shoveling snow and that's mild enough for me! Oooh, if this is anything like my family I had better dust off my helmet! I had all brothers and was the only girl in the neighborhood and pretty much all we did was fight, build forts (above ground, underground and in trees) and play war. Sometimes we would spend months building elaborate forts and the war would only last a week. Unfortunately it's possible we might get to do that again, for real, only we won't time-out for school, dinner and chores. Oh ... thanks for all the welcomes and glad to be part of the family - really! Just be aware I've got a helmet and I know how to use it.
  7. Fittest

    Hey CapnBart!

    I recently found this site and my first impression of it was that it is HUGE, but I don't see any forums that I think would benefit us - the readers and contributors - if they were combined. We live in a complicated world, and our needs, abilities and options are just as diverse. Could you guys give me examples of forums you think could/should be combined? A number of threads are out of place - their topic has a specific forum but the poster put it in some other section, those threads need to be moved. And the spam posts take up a lot of room - why aren't the spam posts moved to the Threads To Be Deleted forum?? And why does this site have so much spam in the first place? What are other forums doing that prevents spammers from posting? Yes, the SEARCH function needs to be fixed!! Additionally, when I find a poster who is particularly knowledgeable or I like the way they think I go to their profile to search for other posts they have made ... and THAT search function is also broken! (Interestingly, rayz you are one of those people By going through posts and profiles I've figured out that there was some sort of administrative conflict last May, apparently with the result that this site is now under-managed. This site (the PEOPLE who post to share their knowledge is an invaluable resource and we need to take care of it - resist letting it deteriorate like everything else that created the SHTF and EOTWAWKI mindsets in the first place!!! My opinion summarized: 1) Fix the SEARCH functions. 2) Move spam to the Threads To Be Deleted forum. 3) Move out-of-place threads to their correct location. 4) Increase and/or change the administration and/or number of forum moderators to carry out the above. (There IS a problem, I don't know what it is so can't really suggest a solution.) To put my money (time where my mouth is I volunteer to help delete spam or something *simple* - when I had my own business I created a web site for it so know they can be kinda complicated, but I am a quick learner. I will postpone casting my vote until getting more information on what threads can be combined, and any other feedback.
  8. Fittest

    Another Texan

    101matt - don't you Ever EVER apologize for expressing your opinion. Freedom of speech is one of our RIGHTS. What is not acceptable is criticizing someone else for having views different than what you prefer. If you think someone's views should be different then state your reasons; try to change peoples' thoughts and actions by educating them, not hurting them. This is why beer was invented - so people have an excuse to sit around and debate things. Bar fight at 11:30 ... hmmm, nevermind. I'm talking to everybody reading this. Just because TV glorifies mud-slinging politicians does not make it ok - it is pathetic. The sh!t is deep enough, please don't add to it because it is accepted, expected. If you want to change someone's mind then put together an educational argument with examples that support it. Along the way you might discover that you, or both of you, are wrong. It would be tough to argue with Ben Franklin though, he was an amazing statesman and contributed so much to our country that he is the only person portrayed on our currency that was not a president. And personally I am supportive of Mr Franklin's attitude about protecting innocent people and that it was adopted by our court system. There is no perfect system, and sometimes the best we can do is choose the least worst.
  9. Fittest

    Another Texan

    I think Mr. Rogers taught better stuff. One night I was at a get-together with friends at their house, parents of two teenagers. Good parents. The father discovered his 16 yo daughter had snuck out to meet a boy even though he had told her she was not allowed to go out after dark. He went to get her, and had to pull her home by the arm, when he came in through the front door she was screaming and bitching, then ran upstairs shouting that she was going to report him to the authorities at school tomorrow. Whether you are a good parent or not, that's what some kids are learning from "the system". Like I said, the sh!t bypassed the fan. Fortunately I get to meet quite a few families with home-schooled kids, and those kids are consistently the most delightful young people you could imagine! Even though I don't have children I am looking forward to reading the posts in the Homeschooling, Unschooling and Education threads.
  10. Fittest

    Another Texan

    I understand and feel for you. My first career was a child psychologist, counciling trouble-maker kids at elementary school. The problem was the parents, not the kids, but I couldn't tell that to the parents or the kids. I felt sooo bad for the kids, I was taking my work home with me and not sleeping at night, I quit after six months. Often I would meet with the kids during lunch and after a few weeks I noticed a direct correlation between the kid's diet and their behavior. The "worst" behaved kid had the worst diet, and he was so sweet! He'd tell me he didn't know why he couldn't stay in his seat and listen to the teacher, he knew he should but couldn't help it. I would like to rant about diet but need to get my rear in gear!
  11. Fittest

    Another Texan

    BWAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not so funny, one of my jobs was working in a feed store in a "bad" part of town (low income) and of course I got to know the regular customers. One old man bought cheap dog food on a regular basis and one day he was buying it and I pointed out another brand was on sale and was less expensive. He said, "no thanks, I prefer the taste of this one." :(
  12. Fittest

    Another Texan

    Hi oregonchick - it is awesome to find so many ladies here! I think we have better survival prospects than men because we have more endurance, a higher tolerance for pain and a lower tolerance for BS. And more realistic priorities ... why do men think it is so important to have big guns? hehehe I lived in Portland for a while and really enjoyed it. (Now I know how to pronounce "Willamette".) My apartment was next to a MAX (light rail) station so living there without a car was easy. Organic food EVERYWHERE, awesome farmer's markets, very multicultural. But the wilderness survival prospects did not seem so good, I was surprised how few edible plants I found, mold and mildew were problematic, and hunting would be difficult because of the dense growth. Seems you would need your own patch of dirt to survive well there, maybe it is different further away from the Portland area (on the wet side). Water was nooooo problem. But Portland was where I made the commitment to learn martial arts to protect myself. Have you seen those gangs of young white men with padlocks on the end of a length of chain? They rode the MAX downtown a lot since it is free there and I often heard them talking about how cool it was to sleep in such-and-such gutter, or that so-and-so beat them up with their lock and chain. They must not have beat each other very hard though because they beat a friend of mine and smashed his scull in really bad - he was in the hospital for a long time and not the same person when he came out. I wonder if those gangs are still around. As long as we continue to have peaceful times I am preferring Houston over Portland. The people here are much more friendly than in Portland, and there is a surprisingly good supply of organic food! And it seems to be expected to have a pistol in your purse - I giggle every time I see a sign that says "no guns beyond this point" - I see a lot of those signs. Is it that way where you live NanaQ? Hey, the cheftessbakeresse is a good web site! Thanks for sharing that. There is a lot of info there so it will take a while to explore the whole site, but I've already gotten some good ideas and found some recipes to try.
  13. Fittest

    Another Texan

    Thanks everyone for the welcome! Oops, I should say, Thanks y'all! I hope I pronounced that correctly. Dr K30, I thought I'd hear something good from you. Mr. Rogers is on Prozac so he doesn't kill today's kids, but apparently so is everybody else. Are you ready for this?! Last November the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said 11% of Americans age 12 and over used anti-depressants. THAT's depressing. Especially since anti-depressants are only one category of the many drugs people take. I suppose pharmaceutical companies support the war on drugs that they can't make a profit on. I better put the soapbox away .... 101matt - you have the *best* signature! Probably because it took me so many years to quit trying. As for only using what electricity I can produce - actually the limitation is storage - a lot of what I produce goes to my power dump (heat coils) because my battery banks are so small (450 amp hours). When I'm traveling I often have to turn off one of the refrigerators at night so I would like to add another 225 amp hours, but don't have a safe and convenient place to put the batteries. But even if I had unlimited power I still wouldn't have air conditioning or own a bunch of electronic equipment. (I am the only person who doesn't complain about the way I live. )
  14. Fittest

    Another Texan

    Well, not exactly, I'm from Tucson, but I'll be living in Texas for a while. I have lived and traveled all over the US, have recently moved to the Houston area and am surprised how much I like it here. An unexpected treat is the Houston Chronicle - good news sources have disappeared as fast as the average attention span and it is one of the better newspapers I have read. Although I do not consider myself a "prepper" I seem to qualify for that label. It started over 25 years ago - I was driving in a remote area, alone, unarmed and unprepared for anything and realized that if something happened to my car I was screwed! A few years later I enrolled in an ROTC army survival class and took to that like a fish takes to water. Sports I like, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, kayaking and sailing, get me into remote areas and risky situations. Being prudent means the amount of fun I can have (risk I can take is proportional to how prepared I am. And living in a hurricane-prone area means I not only must be prepared for the high winds and flooding, but also the damaged social and infrastructure aftermath. Firearms are a frequent topic so I'll go there a bit. My dad taught me how to shoot when I was five, my brothers hunt and two were gun dealers, and my first husband was a police officer so I have seen and tried many different guns. I'd like an AK-47 just because they are so incredibly fun to shoot, but my lifestyle precludes that so I only have a few pistols. Anyway, if people are shooting at each other I'm going to leave town, not hang around and shoot back. The times of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood are history so my two favs always within reach are a stainless S&W revolver (38) with a two-inch barrel (I unremember the name), and a Seecamp (32). It amazes me how accurate those two are for their short barrels. Many people poopoo the small calibers of my little guns, but hey, when I had a ranch the butcher consistently killed my steers with one shot using a 22. Guns are fun, but too extreme as a form of everyday self defense, often not convenient (for me) to carry, not allowed in some of the places I will be exploring, and too darn loud. So for self defense I am learning martial arts, and for hunting I am learning archery. My last husband is a primitive skills expert and taught me a few things about making bows, arrows and arrowheads and hunting with a bow. My first time living off the grid was in the '80s on a remote mountain homestead with hydro-power. Now I am set up to live off the grid in my "mobile home" that is DC powered (12 v). I usually have access to and use some AC, but most of my power comes from wind and solar. My battery banks are too small (amp-wise) to run a freezer, but I live comfortably - IMO as I have no A/C, electronic entertainment equipment, etc. If you have plans to live off the grid I *highly* recommend learning about DC wiring and power storage. My opinion about waiting for the sh!t to hit the fan is that everyone's been so busy watching the fan expecting something spectacular you didn't notice the river of diarrhea flowing under it. We are knee-deep in it. Even though (I think) the downward spiral is past the point of no return we still have the best country on the planet and access a LOT of really cool stuff that most of the world does not. My attitude is that we are all in this together and should be considerate of each other and protect the good stuff we still have. Although the social, political and economic systems and the environment are deteriorating I make efforts to resist the decline and avoid contributing to it: I consider the social and environmental impact of the things I do and products I purchase; donate to three causes: animal shelters, the arts and sciences, and soup kitchens; and frequently volunteer, especially for trail building and maintenance. Unfortunately the future is looking more like thorns than roses, and potentially squalid, so ensuring a tolerable future for myself means I need to adjust accordingly and become more self-sufficient. It is both exciting and comforting to find this group of like-minded people - I have read quite a few posts and some of you share excellent information. Although my way of living and its challenges are very different than most of yours I hope to also make helpful contributions.