NOTES FROM “BASE – 3” BUNKER
Don't Panic... We prepped.
Spam and Guacamole burritos? Two please!
Fried noodles with sausage and franks? Fill 'er up...
I am a simple man with simple needs if the truth must come out this is the time and place... I don't need a fancy life... and I have tried it.
Once in Albuquerque one of my fancy brothers took us to a trendy eatery – they had no idea how to use herbs and spices and my mashed potatoes had too much garlic... my fancy brother said I was just not used to “high class food”... I have me a little chuckle every time I remember that conversation – as my friends know, I worked for many years in the food service industry – and I was lucky enough to have lots of “high class” meals for free or at the least at a very generous employee discount... but brothers and sisters... you haven't had a meal until you've had your cousin Dash Deringer's Spaghetti Special... oh yeah... and some of you ladies out there know exactly what I am talking about...
(Fancy people make me laugh but I can only be around them for a short time... because they are delicate and I offend...)
Don't get me wrong – I can whip up some fancy meals but because I am mostly alone it is simple food. omelet... noodles... rice... cold-cuts.. I am good like that – I don't eat much any how so there is plenty to last. I learned my lesson a long time ago to prep when times are good for those rainy days that last for a while.
There is someone I am close to in my family that I was trying to get to prepare their house for the last ten years but they never did until a couple of weeks ago when another relative called them to say – you need to buy food and supplies... and I watched her panic... all I could do was shake my head... and watch...
The world is confused and in places they are panicking. No-one, I think, really knows the truth about this ridiculous virus... but countries are in lock down and store shelves are emptying out as fast as they are being stocked... crazy people loosing their minds for toilet paper and water... as I stroll over to the cold-cuts and sausage... canned beans... and grab some veggies and fruit... because I don't really need to stock much... maybe more coffee... and soda... (my vices).
These crazy people in panic are the same ones that put down those that prep and preach prepping – we are referred to as hoarders now... by those that are panicking and fighting in the isles for double-ply...
Bachelor Prepping Made Simple
(now that you have learned your lesson)
You should, of course already have means of protecting yourself along with the knowledge of how to do so – this is prep number one.
The rest could be done slowly when times are good... when you go shopping buy two of everything (Simon would say). When you are out of one go back to the store and get two - take the extra one (of what-ever) out of the cupboard and replace with the two new ones, and when that (one) item is done go back to the store and get two – again take one out of the cupboard and replace with the two new... now you are building your pantry – simple... buy two (or three).
Here's the equation:
Buy 2 – store one use one
when one is done buy two
now you have three (in your store)
use one – when done
buy 2 – get it.
That is how you slowly build your prep pantry when times are good. You can also build your preps as a single man buy alternating weeks in the isles... because most men don't really need to buy groceries every week – one week just stock up on hi-gene and cleaning supplies, next week it's food, next week it's “protection preps”, next week hi-gene and cleaning until you have put together enough supplies for at least six months... and then just finish building your pantry...
You don't have to make a big deal out of it – but when those rainy days come – we don't panic, because we prepped – it is useless to try to get your family members to prep – but because they are family – mention it – they will most like roll their eyes at you... you tried... move on... but don't talk about it. Don't mention it and don't make it obvious that you are prepping... you are just buying two... that's it.
If you are living a simple and minimal lifestyle – you will have money put away – with some cash stashed at home too... again, because you are a single man that does not need much... you can build an emergency fund the same way... take one weeks pay and put it away – once (and for some) maybe twice a month – every other check isn't touched... we don't need it – prepping is easy – just keep your mouth shut about it and live your life. Waiting for the president to announce a national emergency is too late – that is panic time for the rest of the world... but you kick your feet up with a cold drink and a bacon sandwich and a can of Pringles and wait for the chaos to ease up a little before you go back into a store...
At least that is how I see it from the bunker.