A few random thoughts……..

A few things that have been on my mind lately……..

  • I have been getting into the TV show The Event. If you haven’t been watching it – I could see it difficult to just jump in and start watching it. Here is a quick synopsis……


The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, “The Class”), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer, “Disturbia”), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including newly elected U.S. President Elias Martinez (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”); Sophia Maguire (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, “ER”), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Leila’s shadowy father (Scott Patterson, “Gilmore Girls”). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.







Here is something to consider about the show – there is a race of aliens that are set to take over the world.


  • I am in need of  a new pair of glasses and really do not want to spend the typical $200+ that is normal for me. I have written about Zenni Optical before – but I had never ordered from them.They sell very inexpensive prescription glasses through the mail. I decided to check them out and went through the selection process and ordered a pair. If they turn out to be fine – I will be getting a couple of extra pairs – just in case. I paid a total of $54.00 including shipping.
  • Like many other people I am looking to reduce expenses – particularly due to rising fuel and food costs. Cable TV is one area – looking to switch to satellite. I am considering dropping cable all together and hooking up a powerful multimedia PC to my TV and get entertainment via the PC. Need to check into that – I know that people have done it.
  • Several of my sponsors have recently renewed their contract with me. Please remember when considering purchases for survival & preparedness products that you look to them – as they help support my efforts here. Thanks!!
  • A couple of new additions to the Survival Database based on reader JeSter suggestions:

Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain(MOUT – 1998)

US Army FM 90-10-1 An Infantryman’s Guide To Combat In Built-up Areas

……….thanks JeSter!

  • My Chevy Blazer just kicked the bucket – it was my bug out vehicle. So-  I am in the market for something else. Currently I have my eye on a Ford Ranger 4×4 with an extended cab. Rangers are pretty good vehicles. I have an old 1991 model that I drive back and forth to work in and although it is a piece of crap – has done well for me (paid $700 for it). Well – the Blazer has been sold off – time for something else.
  • Fellow blogger Badvoodoodaddy and I are going to be doing a 2-part article series soon. One part will be here and another part will be over at The Retreat. Should be pretty interesting.

Take care all –








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  1. Rourke – As far as bug out vehicles go, what are you used to working on? If you’re used to working on Chevys, then I’d recommend getting another Chevy. No sense in trying to re-learn how to work on your vehicle…because every make is different.
    Now, if you’re used to working on a wide variety of vehicles, then I’d highly recommend a Jeep Wrangler, or a Jeep Cherokee/Jeep Grand Cherokee. I love Jeeps for their ability to go 300k+ miles.
    Of course, if you have an extra $120,000 laying around, you could always get a Jeep EarthRoamer…

  2. Thanks for the shout out Rourke, I am going to have to try Zenni optical, I need a back up pair and don’t want to spend the $800 dollars that I did for my current pair and my new prescription sunglasses that are polarized. (I don’t know why I went out and spent that much,But I did get a sweet pair of glasses out of it and having prescription sunglasses for shooting sure is great). I think we are all wanting to cut expenses as much as possible. I got rid of cable a little while back and I really don’t miss it much. I do miss a few channels like the history channel and discovery channel but not much else. I have a multimedia computer and have it hooked up to a 24″ HD Monitor and get a lot of stuff on that to watch. I dont miss tv much at all. Sorry to hear about the blazer. Getting a good Ranger 4×4 is a great idea but make sure you get a good V6 so you can tow a little bit.

  3. You might be able to find a old military diesel pretty cheap if its a older full size blazer. It’s a pretty easy swap. I had one years ago and they are reliable, wish I would have never sold it now.

  4. re:Zenni Optical. The entire family has been buying from them since seeing a post on JWR’s site years ago. We have been thrilled with the products, and of course the price. Every year we buy extra pairs. You will love them!!!

  5. sorry about the blazer. i hated to see ours go. (transmission went bad) my only complaint about the S-10s was that i needed another inch or two, of legroom. (that, and the fuel pump)

    up until yeaterday, i would have recommended the GMC Envoy/Chevy Trailblazer as a replacement. ( power window started acting up ) they just use too much gas. i think i’d like the ford explorer “sport” as a compact BOV, but i’ve noticed that the 4-door explorer seems prone to rusting. everything on the road today seems too fancy. more things to go wrong. good luck finding something.

  6. On your BOV I would think a little heaver. You can’t get much in a Ranger and it won’t pull much eighter. Maybe something like an old 2.5 ton M923 6X6 truck. You can find these being auctioned at military bases all around the country.

  7. 4 of the 5 members of my immediate family wear glasses, and we have all gotten glasses from Zenni several times. They’re always good quality, and when my husband’s pair had a cushion on the nosepad pop off (the only marginal defect we’ve ever seen in over a dozen pairs), he called them to ask for a replacement cushion. They sent several cushions, plus a very nice eyeglasses mini-repair kit that would retail for at least $10, for free. The first time I ordered from them, they emailed me to re-confirm my prescription (since it’s very unusual, with an extreme astigmatism) before fulfilling the order. Excellent customer service! We especially love that they charge a flat rate for shipping when ordering multiple pairs at the same time.

  8. what does this article have to do with survival? seem alot of the sights i go do are talking bout useless stuff as time are getting worse why?

    • bedoe –

      Thoughts on survival and the world today. Useless stuff? Yeah…..probably.

      Oh well. Ever watch The Event? Good show even though it’s useless.


  9. Rourke, thanks for the tip about the glasses!
    I’m in desperate need of some new glasses and if you are pleased with yours will try and get a pair there as well.
    That’s one of the reasons I love you site, you post the most helpful things here! Thanks!

  10. Zenni Optical is the way to go. Turn around time is very fast. It’s good idea to order frames that have those hinges that lets the arm swing further out. They are must more forgiving than the regular travel ones.

    For us that need reading glasses, you can never have too many around!

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