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Old 12-30-2013, 22:56   #1
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2014: What have you done this week?

Nothing like being prepared…so here goes the new year on the eve of….

My solar generator is deployed, well the regulation/UPS portion.

The unit is prepared to provide power and is being kept topped off with wall plug/float charger, or trickle charger I picked up when getting the batteries. It was only 22 bucks so I figured why not. Will help keep the batteries in shape.

This will keep it topped off right up to the time the power goes out. The solar panel is deployed at first daylight once the power failure is expected to last 12 hours or longer. That's the protocol I'm following. I actually took a measurement of a decent amount of power with it propped up inside the window. I don't want it outside permanently for weather or theft concerns. Probably too worried about that but better safe than sorry.

Will probably use 12/2 even though that's more than enough, anything to dissipate voltage drop. So its jack soldering time when I get the chance but otherwise its still on line.

All I need to do is set up the wiring harness and banana plugs. That jacks are built into unit.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:09   #2
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Quite a few project will be finished up/evaluated this week.
  • Put the finishing touches on my remote camping backpack/BOB. This involves tweaking the contents as well as cutting the weight.
  • Test out the DIY hammock I put together.
  • Test the Anker Astro E5 15000mah charger at the SEP gathering.
  • Test out the new OT cocoon 250 sleeping bag for the backpack/BOB.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:02   #3
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Started the new job by putting 20% into my 401k instead of the 6% with the old job...

..really is making a sizable difference every week!

Maxing out the Healthcare Savings Account also..

Both were maxed mainly for income tax reasons....

(edit.....will discuss 401k limits further into the tax year with my CPA)


Have made new friends & solid prepping alliances..

..much more free time now for projects & networking..

..the new career is more an adventure than a job..

..2014 is already shaping up to be an interesting year!


Hopefully the good kind of interesting!
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:13   #4
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Re-balanced the IRA and a 401k.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:21   #5
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Been exercising: weight-lifting and hill sprints yesterday. Spending time dealing with legal charges against another party. Also, upgrading security system (dash cam for auto, and three more lights for exterior - battery, LED).
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:49   #6
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Not much. Ran some more rounds thru a new shotgun and watched The Lone Ranger.

But it's only January 2nd...
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Old 01-02-2014, 18:12   #7
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Old 01-02-2014, 18:47   #8
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I have been overhauling the yard tools. Youtube has helped quite a bit. Sand, stain, sharpen, paint the tools. Taking more time than anticipated, but it is getting done. Was in the process of making a sheath replacement for a hatchet purchased about 35 years ago. Have been dealing with split/broken branches on trees in the backyard.
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Old 01-03-2014, 14:54   #9
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Well this week was an unplanned event. We had a nasty front come through yesterday. Temperature dropped to 20 with 40-50 mph wind gusts. Then the power went off.

We endured this in an ice storm years ago with days without power. Really not a big deal. Fireplace lit, family room sealed off, etc. We had so much light and comfort that my daughter enjoyed the time playing the piano for us in the warm family room. Then we fell asleep with sleeping bags and using the large sofas in the room.

Fortunately the power came back this morning, but it was really nice.

Not really anything special for something done this week...but it was what we did. It served as good reminder that your dependency on your preps don't always come with an advance notice. We expected a front...but not like this one. And we certainly didn't expect the power outage, which was localized to about 6000 homes.

The nice part was having a plan (already proven to work from past years), having the equipment readily available and in good working order, and viola...it worked. No one was cold. We were all comfortable. Cell phone was fully charged with my solar charger that already had a full charge. Like I said, not a big deal...but being prepared was the reason why it was not a big deal.
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Old 01-04-2014, 13:07   #10
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An extra $50 worth of propane in 1lb bottles for Mr. Heater last night on the way home from work.

Damn, they went up at WM. It used to be $5 and change for a 2-pak.

They're now $6+ and counting.

I have electric heat and an only-so-efficient pair of fireplaces.

If the power goes out I'm sunk, except the Mr Heater can run 3 hours full tilt with 2 1lb'ers installed. Half speed for 6 hours, 12 hours on the lowest.

If it were the long haul, I'd have to take it to the basement and keep enough heat down there to keep the pipes from bursting.

Short haul I could curl up in bedroom. Have a coleman tent heater also. about 1250 BTU. Both heaters are catalytic so no carbon mono, but they do consume oxygen.

We've got a break thru Monday night, then it will go to below 0.

My heating system can keep up, but I want to cut it some slack so it can take a break every so often.
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Old 01-04-2014, 13:40   #11
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Bought a new car.

That's really the only significant one
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Old 01-04-2014, 18:33   #12
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Replaced one of my BOBs with a Kelty Coyote 80. I also use my bags for backpacking & camping. So it was a good investment.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:58   #13
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Replaced my water pump and alternator on my truck. In the middle of converting my AR-15 to a 300 AAC Blackout along with setting up my reloads for it. Making it from .223 brass is interesting.
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Old 01-05-2014, 10:13   #14
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On the way back from Big Bend right now with a couple of like minded friends. We did the 16 mile day hike of the south rim including emory peak. Not really for prepping....but the physical practice was there.We did the light and fast routine. Really sore, but it's the good kind.

The new headlamp worked better than I expected. Its a cheaper princeton tec, the red led feature was used allot.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:56   #15
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Quite a few project will be finished up/evaluated this week.
  • Put the finishing touches on my remote camping backpack/BOB. This involves tweaking the contents as well as cutting the weight.
  • Test out the DIY hammock I put together.
  • Test the Anker Astro E5 15000mah charger at the SEP gathering.
  • Test out the new OT cocoon 250 sleeping bag for the backpack/BOB.
The backpack worked out great. I was able to use/test most of the contents.

Hammock worked great but realized I need better carbiners/hooks for my weight. May try a different strap system though this one worked well.

Anker Astro E5 worked well. On the initial shipping charge I was able to charge three phones to full and a fourth almost to full. Considering the temps were in the high 30's to the mid 50's, and not knowing exactly how full the unit was from shipping I figure that was pretty good and much better than the MyCharge Hub 6000 I was using. I've charged it full after the trip and will test it again and see how it compares.

Sleeping bag was great on size and weight. It was 'okay' for temp. I got a bit chilly around the feet late into the night. But I may have made a mistake by getting into the bag fully layered rather than adding layers throughout the night.

Purchased an EBNS for my son so we'll take that out on the next gathering. Two in our group have them and give them a big thumbs up. Son has wanted one since he saw them used last October. Very nice set up.
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Did an inventory. Rotated some items. Got my shopping list written out.
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Old 01-07-2014, 14:47   #17
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Bought me a new toy from Wally world, found a Mossberg 930 for 499.00, I ran a couple boxes of 8 shot thru it to help with the break in only had a few FTF's due to the lower power loads, from the reviews that I read this isn't an issue with the high brass rounds or slug/ buckshot. I ran across 6 boxes of 30 carbine rounds for 14.99 per box which was an awesome deal!!! I started organizing my workshop as well and will begin my new reloading room within the next month or so once I have a couple other projects finished.
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Old 01-08-2014, 17:23   #18
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Received my shipment of H335.
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-Cleaned out garage and shed where I store all my camping gear.
-pulled up/out all the remnants of last years garden. Prepping it for planting.
-wife and I made plans to start saving for a down payment on our next house. We are intending to keep our current house as rental property.
-cleaned out and purged our food stores.
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Bought a couple of LifeStraws, more paracord, some fishing items, and MP-1 tablets. And more Celox.
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Received 4 spools of OD green paracord that I ordered thru one of my wholesale companies, also picked up 1000 rnds of 00 buck, will be ordering a few more of the Cold Steel shovels, these are awesome little tools, kinda heavy but they are tough as nails. Put up in jars, approximately 50 lbs of hamburger meat and also canned around 40 lbs of deer. Not a bad week, haven't started on organizing my shop yet but will get to it eventually.........hopefully!!
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-finally moved my 401k from previous employer to my current account.
From what I have seen, this might be a mistake.

I have not seen a 401k which is as flexible as I would like when it comes to investing. An Ira would probable be better, it you want to make your money work for you.
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From what I have seen, this might be a mistake.

I have not seen a 401k which is as flexible as I would like when it comes to investing. An Ira would probable be better, it you want to make your money work for you.
I've had very good luck with my 401ks at both companies. My position allows me access to some additional financial services and they also help manage the account. Returns for the last 12 months have averaged around 12%. Not bad.

I looked at an IRA. This worked a little better for me.


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I've had very good luck with my 401ks at both companies. My position allows me access to some additional financial services and they also help manage the account. Returns for the last 12 months have averaged around 12%. Not bad.

I looked at an IRA. This worked a little better for me.


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if you are older and need low risk, then that maybe OK, but that is nothing for this past year's market.
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