Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Now, I am going to add some more items to the list of bomb shelter necessities, all of which can be picked up at your neighborhood bulk retailer:
1. Giant package of TP. Trust me, unless you want to start using leaves, you will want to get at least 1 package, if not 20.
2. Multiple bottles of chocolate syrup. For chocolate milk-DUH!
3. Large tub of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a delicious staple and can be made for all 3 meals of the day.
4. 20 lb. sack of rice, also a staple food that lasts a long time and really fills you up.
5. A massage chair to help relieve the stresses of living underground while who knows what is going on above you.
Monday, November 24, 2008
This has been a topic on my mind since we have started discussing the bomb shelter. My suggestion is to use a system where it recycles the urine back into the water drinking supply; thus, not running out. NASA is currently working the kinks out of their new system (ew, who would want kinks in their water supply?) but if it's good enough for NASA...
The other "stuff" can actually be used as fertilizer for the most part. So we can save this "material" in a special place in the shelter or we can dig a whole to drop this "stuff" back into the ground...like an underground outhouse. Add a few solar panels and a working system and this will become future compost in no time. Kind of what they do in some national parks with outhouses. At least in Kansas they do. :)
This way, nothing goes to waste (pun not intended but funny)...and we are not creating more waste than we can deal with. One of the reasons we are in the current state we are in, in terms of global warming, trash, etc.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Bomb shelter bathrooms are often overlooked on survival blogs. A Google search on "bomb shelter bathrooms" does not yield satisfactory results, so I am afraid we are on our own. My suggestion, and especially if you plan on being in your bomb shelter for a while, is to build a septic system underneath it and get lots of Rid-x. However, we realize that not everyone's budgets can afford this, so another good option is the good ol' coffee can. Think about it-it is large enough where you don't have to aim too much and it has a lid that can be replaced to keep in the smell. These coffee cans can also be used as defensive mechanisms--simply throw them at intruders; they will be so grossed out that they will turn tail and run, forgetting all about what they came to rob you for.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I want to add to the reading list too!
- Summer of the Apocalypse by James Van Pelt...takes place in Denver of all places! Great story and definitely worth reading when the world around us is falling apart.
- Lord of the Flies...I will always feel like a kid and I think this book could teach us some lessons, you never know.
- Farmer's Almanac...it would depend on what sent us to the shelter (i.e. bombing, disease, etc.) but this could prove useful.
What would you take to a shelter? I would like to think we would take a mixture of books to read for fun (to pass the time) and books that will help us rebuild society. Hopefully, libraries would survive and be intact when we emerge from the shelter, giving us even more resources...but you never know!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1-The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. This is the quintessential book for learning how to run a country successfully. And since we will be in charge of running the country that we create after it is ok to come out of the bomb shelter, we all need to be on the same page as to how we are going to handle it.
2-Utopia by Thomas More. For those of you unfamiliar with the Greek language, the word "utopia" comes from the Greek words for "no place." Well of course More's utopia was no place in 16th century England, they didn't even have to worry about bombs and nuclear war and the end of the world. But for us appraching the end times, this is another book that you should read, outlining the ideal society to create when you can start from scratch.
I am sure Pink Panda will have more to ad to this list, but for now, dear readers, I encourage you to go down to your local Barnes and Noble and pick up these two indespensible books. You will be glad you did.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
- Ham Radio...of course we are adding this to the list, especially since we have found an operator.
Jeep Girl brings up a good point. We also need to consider who will be in the shelter and for what reason. I definitely agree that we need spouses and at least a couple...so that we can repopulate the earth and they don't have to do imbreeding to accomplish this. So far we have:
- Jeep Girl and Spouse
- Pink Panda and Spouse
- Ham Operator and Spouse
How many would you include? Every extra person is another mouth to feed but also another person to help with the workload and to help repopulate and to even keep conversations going when you are stuck in the shelter.
That reminds...me need to include games like Cheater Uno...so much to collect!
Monday, November 17, 2008
First of all, when the shit has hit the fan and all communication systems are broken down, the only way to communicate will be via ham radio. Now, this is not a radio that is shaped like that tasty meat, but some kind of contraption where you have a call sign and a special signal and you can talk to like-minded people. Now I am not excatly sure of the ins and outs of the "ham radio" so I have recruited one of my friends who is a ham radio operator (and as a bonus, he is certified in Morse Code) to come into the bomb shelter along with his completely awesome girlfriend (sorry ladies, he is taken) to be our communication specialist.
So how should you go about finding your own ham radio operator? Well, I suggest Craig's List. Or possibly eBay. You could try finding one on MySpace or Facebook as well. The one thing that I do know, however, is that you can't have ours, so get your own!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
- Kayaks or Canoes...some kind of flotation device to tread through flooded areas or to travel or even to catch fish to eat.
- Chocolate...good for the heart and a definite mood enhancer. Who wouldn't be down during the end times?
- Animals...this would include a heifer for milk and potentially meat; chickens and a rooster for eggs and potentially meat; and at least a pig or two for meat.
- Salt...to help dry out the meat and perserve it.
- Knives...to butcher the meat or for protection.
- First Aid Kit
- Books or how to for many things such as giving first aid, butchering animals, and etc.
- Radiation detector
There's much more but here's a few. Can you add any to the list? It would take alot of items to stock a bomb shelter!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
That being said--you SHOULD stockpile farm animals. I know, it might be smelly and cramped in the bomb shelter with Daisy the milk cow and some crazy chickens running around, but hey, our ancestors in the Middle Ages did it (and some in the Middle East still do it!) and it won't kill you. (Unless your cow has Mad Cow diesase, or the chickens sleep on your face and suffocate you with their feathers, but that is a whole other blog entry entirely.) The best way to avoid this scenario is to build your bomb shelter with a seperate area for livestock. And, you can use their poop for compost for your garden!
Because of this, we prepare for the end times. Or at least, when the world becomes so messed up that markets fail, money is no good, and food and materials do not move along their destined route to the consumer. Our motto? Be prepared. You cannot rely on the government or your mom to take care of you if something hits the fan.
So here we will discuss how you go about selecting a safe site, building a bomb shelter and stocking it not only with essentials but also with items you cannot live without. What can you not live without? I'm sure I can list many but here are just a few: wine, books, friends, chocolate. Of course we could argue that these are essentials... :)
Monday, November 10, 2008
2. A bomb shelter. Preferably in the mountains.
3. Good friends. And their husbands. Because it would get lonely in the bomb shelter if it was just your crazy ass alone down there. Plus, if you have to repopulate the world, you want your kids to have someone other than themselves.
4. Wine. And beer for the boys so we can keep all the wine for ourselves. Seriously, who wants to live in a post-apocalyptic world without this nectar of the gods?
5. Guns. Tons of them. Because you never know what is lurking outside of your bomb shelter.