Before I start, let me just say that this is not an original thought. It has been expressed before by others. I bring it up to express my surprise. I should have known but was blinded by my normal routine. It is amazing what we take for granted, what is assumed to be a normal life. Although moving a trailer 300 miles down the road is about as easy a move as you can make ( other than moving within the same town ) it still entails planning and thought. I am desperately trying to duplicate all functions ( normal daily living off grid which is a lot different than disaster planning with duplicates ) and foresee possible problems. My biggest concern is winter living.
My normal winter heat was a oil filled radiator running 600-900 watts. I paid $60 a month ( 11.5 cents a kilowatt hour ) in mild cold and $80 a month in bitter cold ( relative to this region ) to stay alive. When it got down to zero it was far from comfortable in the trailer but it kept us alive. Now I have to go to propane and solar. I hate to be dependant on propane, what with petroleum prices rising and all, but then that leads us into the worry about the land. I am financing the land and if I lose the job I fall back to the other land farther from town. If I construct a dug-out for winter living I lose that investment. So for now I stay trailer squatting rather than in a permanent dwelling. The land was only bought to be close to a job so it is almost viewed as a disposable expense. A better version of trailer park rent.
But here is my point. I am freaking out about stocking up for winter. Before, I was dependant on the electric company for heat ( I had a two week supply of propane for emergencies ). But it was pay-as-you-go and I gave it little thought. Well, now I have to pre-plan the whole winter and I’m stressed. Silly, right? With a hundred gallons of propane I’m set for heating all winter, yet I’m worried. Snowed in, I can’t get more so I’m wanting to stockpile all I need. Last winter, with electric, if it got too cold I turned up the heat. Next winter, with a set amount of gas, what is bought now must suffice. I know there is the propane company bulk tank option. And I will look into that. But worse case I use my own small refillable tanks. I’m moving to a more disaster resistant heating method ( wood is not yet a viable option unless I install a stove in the trailer which I’m not so sure about ) but because it must be planned for in advance it seems more troublesome than being grid dependant.
Even after all these years of self induced paranoia I must still combat sheeple assumptions ground into me since childhood. I know some of you view me as a deity, so let this be a lesson to you. Even one so near perfection as myself must continually strive to get this preparedness thing down correctly.
A heads up for everyone. I was toying with the idea of pre-posting articles before I moved. But I am simply too busy ( mostly busy worrying ) to write up enough ahead of time for daily posting. I don’t want to leave you hanging for two weeks, so I did the next best thing and pre-posted Sunday articles. This Wednesday will be my last daily post until I can get set up at the Elko Compound. From that day forward there will only be Sunday posts. And I cheated and reprinted old articles from 5-7 years ago ( taken from the Bison Newsletter book available at www.bisonpress.com ). I hope that I can get somewhat back to normal before the end of this month. So please stay tuned.