Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Powerball, doomsday and Wednesday randomness

Everyone is pooling money and buying Powerball tickets, it's all about the dream and hope. I'll admit we are going to drop $20 on tickets, we can't win if we don't play, but unlike many people we don't sit around talking about the what if. Chances of winning are silly remote so why sit around and pretend what you will do, it always seems to make a lot of people depressed about the current situation they are in.

I've watched a little more TV this week than normal, but I see the choices are still horrible. It does make us thankful for the lifestyle we have, the jobs, the family and friends, etc. How about some home improvement shows (not loaded with drama, fights, flamboyance). I guess I'm so fringe that I don't like 99% of the shows on TV. The few I record and watch are usually in hopes I can learn something. One small idea or sliver of knowledge makes it worthwhile, but it's often painful in the meantime.

Doomsday preppers last night was one long episode about the same group. They certainly had money to burn, good for them, should have used some of those millions for a garden. I would give them the most prepared out of all the episodes I've seen so far (2 years I think). The concussive blast in the 'hunting blind' made me laugh a little, way to get jacked up while you are trying to set off IED's... everything about that segment was way too unsafe. They should have built something on the building tops so they could keep an over-watch/lookout without having to leave the safety of buildings. There were a lot of things they could have improved on, like we all could do, but some of it seemed so basic it was a little silly.
One of the brain dead moments occurred when one half of the group got dinged hard for not bringing/having food stores. That family took the criticism to heart and started to take fencing lessons.... what!?

We found out there are negotiations underway for drilling on some of the properties we leased out a few months ago. Hopefully they get going fairly soon, it will take around a year from start to finish before we see any results, we want to bathe in black gold and pay off the mortgage.

My gym workouts are going great, I've got some amazing progress under my belt and I'm feeling better. I know I'm stronger, but for me it's about getting stable. I won't see the real long distance endurance running progress until spring, but I'm hopeful my back wont hurt after a few hours of slogging up and down the mountains. I don't think I'll try for 30+ miles anymore, it becomes too much of a job and sucks up all of my free time. I think a nice mix of trail endurance runs and power lifting will work great.

I've been generator and freezer shopping online. Freezers seem easy, no frost free and we want a standup. Generators are another story, so many choices. I would like a nice Honda generator but those are super expensive, I'm still bouncing around all the choices. Diesel, propane, gas... pull start or pull start backup, 3000 - 3500 watts but portability is important. I'll get it figured out soon, right after we decide what to do in the kitchen and get a new stove.

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  1. Yeah the second guy was way to excitable and unstable. They had no business screwing around with those explosives. And they should have had the second guy in a second shooting blind and not close to the first so that they could have two different fields of view and possibly set up a crossfire.

    I've seen all the episodes and they were the highest rating score so far at 77. There have been at least 2 others in the low 70's.

    I recently saw a segment on FOX where consumer report suggested only getting a Honda if you just wanted to spend lots more money. He suggested the Generacs and the Troy Builts.

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    1. I like the size of the honda's, but not the price. I was hoping $700 or less for a genny I just need to narrow my options down.

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  2. Our shop teacher says the Generacs are the best. We're looking at the Yamaha dual fuel generator. http://www.yamaha-propane-natural-gas-generators.com/ is one site we've seen.

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    1. I've been thinking propane, a 100 pound tank or 2 will work wonders. Plus the fuel wont go bad in a year or so.
      I'm probably over thinking everything like usual.

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  3. I would go with a solar. No noise to alert your oh so friendly neighbors/passersby that you have electricty when they don't.

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    1. I understand the value of solar, but for what is needed to run a fridge and freezer it's very expensive. It would be nice but spending money on a kitchen remodel instead.
      I only need to last a week or so on gennie power, long enough to cook the frozen stuff before digging into the other supplies. I think a week would get us by ok without too many people getting irate over us 'have something they dont'

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