Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Prepper's Expo

     We  went to the prepper's/survivor"s Expo today.  I like to go to these events at convention centers on the last day, early in the morning.  The vendors have one last day (usually a few hours) to make their money before they move on and early on Sunday beats the church crowd.

     It was not unpleasant.  The venue was fair sized and there were wide aisles.  I dislike setups as narrow as a grocery store.  When the crowds do arrive, I like room to maneuver, to get out, if I have to.  The walls were set up with a tiny house or bug out trailer or garden set up at each corner.  The booths were spaced with no two vendors alike on the same aisle.  IT was well thought out and designed.
     A good many of the vendors were local to the area.  By local I mean no more than one or two states away with half from this state.  There were few foreign made products with the exception of very fine Swedish knives, Swiss time pieces, and some German firearms.  

     For the most part the items and/or services were quite useful.  From solar power to saltwater battery charging systems and water filtration to get out of Dodge bags and escape from building devices.  IT was enlightening, interesting and enjoyable.  

    I have one dislike and that was the number of times someone asked me if i had a concealed weapons permit or if I lived nearby.  If you want me to sign up for a new magazine geared toward women in the survival world, just say so.  Don't ask me about my weapons or address first.  If you want me to visit your local shop, don't ask me where I live.  Tell me when you are open or your store hours and ask if that is convenient to me.  

     But, this is true of every sales pitch I hear, not just at the expo.  I know it's a sales technique.  You want to appear to be my friend, to be interested in me....yeah, yeah, yeah.  Just tell me what you're selling, we are not going to get close.  We are not going to date, I am not telling you where I live or how I voted.  Good grief, sales people....I don't even tell the people who read my blog where I live or how I vote!  

     This was the ONLY draw back to the entire day.  The venue was clean, easily accessible, and affordable.  The vendors were not too pushy, or desperate and the products and services were varied and interesting. 

     I will be posting some of the vendors I met today in future posts after m ore online research.  I recommend nothing I haven't tried, a member of my family has not tried or we do not currently own one just like it.  

It was a nice day.  
And, so far no one has sent unsolicited email to the address I used to acquire the tickets....Thumbs up!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

paranoia ? maybe.

NPS Expo Florida

The Lakeland Center

Lakeland center, 701 W Lime St, Lakeland, FL 33815!tickets/ckve

 I was sent this via my personal Facebook page today.  

Looks like a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  It's a good long walk and it's an indoor exposition of Survival and Prep goods and services.  

However.....MY question is....What are you going to do with my email address?  

If I sign up for free tickets, I have to give an email address.  
Whatchaya gonna DO with the address after that?  

I realize I must give the Expo some way to send me my tickets...(email vs snail mail).  I get it.  App this, app that, everybody has an app for that.  But....AFTER the expo....Will my email be inundated with sales notifications, invitations to more expos, unsolicited solicitation?  

Is it me?  I am a bit paranoid.  Sure, who isn't these days?  A little paranoia can save a life.  

Yesterday (just the first thirty minutes), on the local Fox news, a woman might NOT have had her rear end fondled in her SHOWER, if she had been a little paranoid and made sure she locked her doors and windows after a jog around the park and some perv followed her home.  
Another woman might NOT have been kidnapped in a carjacking if she had locked her car door while her boyfriend went in to the Circle K!  YEAH, in MY town, seriously.  
AND maybe there might NOT have been an Amber alert and the entire Orlando police force on the lookout for an eight year old boy if his mom had been a little paranoid and locked her car doors while she was taking her behaviorally challenged child home from school.  Poor baby freaked out when he found out he would be in trouble at home and he bolted.  Fortunately a good Samaritan followed him while on the phone with 911 until the police stopped him MILES from home and mom.  

Moral to today's post?   
Lock your doors.  Get a junk email account and stop leaving yourself OPEN to disaster.  

We shall see.  I have several email accounts.  One is almost as old as the internet!  I have never updated my phone, home address or other info in 17 years on that site.  So, I registered for the tickets.  I'm going.  I'll let you know about the results of surrendering the email address should there be any.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

MORE Things to do with Zip Ties

Two Minute Tactical Upgrade Using Zip Ties style
Kitchen Organizer. styleKnife zip tie mod. styleThese three examples are from  They were honorably mentioned in a weekly contest for good ideas and I think they certainly deserved the mention.  Top left is a two minute tactical upgrade accomplished by adding light and securing it with zip ties.  The knife upgrade is a reminder that we are all getting older and a little zip tie on the blade makes it easier to grip and open.  Color coding also tells you what kind of blade is hidden when closed.  The last is my personal favorite.  I have purchased measuring sups and spoons in sets that are connected with a ring to keep them together.  You can create sets of similar items and hang them in less space by connecting them with a zip tie.  They are together when you want them not taking up space in a drawer.


     Stop using wire (rusting) ornament hangers.  One time, attach a zip tie loop and it's there forever.

     Create your own Pre-Wired tree by tying in the lights.  Set up the tree.  Hang the lights.  Zip them to the branches keeping the plugs in back (Use green or whatever color your tree is to make the ties and wires disappear.).  Hang the ornaments and enjoy then at the end of the season, unplug the lights, deconstruct your tree folding the branches in to the trunk.   Done.  You will have an easier time setting up next year because the lights are already there.

     For camping/hiking:  Zip tie your pants over your boots to keep them from flapping around.(If you didn't tuck and blouse them, that is!)
Zip tie sheathed knives to the outside of our travel pack.  the sheath remains when you need the knife.  Use it and return it to it's easy to get to sheath on the outside of your bag.  
Make a couple of zip tie loops on webbing or zipper pulls.  Clip on anything that has a D clip attached to it, like a flashlight or multi tool or even keep ALL your D clips hooked on a loop.
Make a snare with a zip tie loop for the foot of your prey.

Marking the length of a chain like an anchor chain?  paint will wear off.  A zip tie will last almost as long as the chain.

Keep some Zip Ties in the med kit in case you need to keep a splint in place.

Temporarily keep kids out of cabinets with zip ties.

Organize the broom closet with zip tie loops through those holes that used to be for a nail!  Hang multiple items on one hook.

Zip tie curtain rings to a thick plastic hanger and organize ties, scarves, belts, jewelry or even web gear in your closet!