Before we get started with this weeks “what did you do to prep this week” blog segment, I would like to thank Laurie R, Laurie S, Patrick B, Michael B, Willard N, Donna S, and Kelli M for their generous donations this week via PayPal. Thank you all.
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Okay, now lets see… what did I do to prep this week?
This week, I wrote an article on “the threat of pandemic viruses”, but I need to go back over it and “proof read” the text because I don’t want the “Grammar Nazis” finding that I made a typo, or that I wrote “to” when it should have been “too” or anything of that nature. They like doing this because they’re trying to make themselves feel smarter than the person that has actually put in the time to write something.
There was one “Grammar Nazis” a few months ago who send me an email correcting something that I had written in a blog post, I had said “eatable plants” and he insisted that the correct word should have been “edible” both terms were technically correct, and I was using the word eatable to let my Appalachian dialect show in the post (one of the reasons that this blog is the most popular site for southern preppers.
I politely, thanked him for his email and let him know that even with my grammatical errors and Appalachian dialect, I’ve still managed to write hundreds of articles on prepping and survival topics and have had two books published by Paladin Press, and that, I make a full-time living writing, consulting and helping others to be better prepared by learning skills that make them more self-reliant. Then I asked him what he was doing to help others… he never responded, so I assume that he has and is doing nothing, but correcting grammar…
Anyways, the article on the threat of pandemic viruses will be posted next week…
Now lets see what else did I do to prep this week… unfortunately not a lot.
I finished reading the book Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria and started reading American Apocalypse: The Collapse Begins. I also had my truck worked on (brakes) and serviced (oil changed, wipers filters etc.) and ordered this bull bar, I know it isn’t good for a whole lot but it sure does look cool…
Also while technically not a prep, I’ve been working on my TV reception here at “The Last Stand” (what I call my place), no cable TV here, and I don’t want to pay for a satellite subscription, so it’s Netflix and a TV antenna. My old antenna was a Winegard HD7694P High Definition VHF/UHF Antenna, with which I was receiving signals from the two closest towers about 30 miles away. But I knew that the towers for CBS, ABC, FOX and other were just over 50 miles away, so I decided to upgrade in an attempt to receive those free signals.
So I ordered two antennas and a signal booster – a Antennas Direct DB4E Antenna and a Channel Master 4228HD Extremetenna UHF/HDTV 8-Bay Outdoor Antenna and an Audiovox TVPRAMP1R Out Antenna PreAmp signal booster. I bought two antennas because I wasn’t sure which would work best, and wanted to test each.
I was not impressed with the Channel Master antennas performance – It only received the same signals that my old antenna did even after adding the signal booster, however the Antennas Direct DB4E pulled in the signals from over 50 miles away in clear high-definition. This is a very good TV antenna and recommended if you’re far from signal towers.
If I were doing it again and knew what I know now I would have purchased the Antennas Direct, DB8e Extreme Range Multi-Directional Bowtie UHF Antenna - I hope that this helps someone avoid wasting money and time when trying to receive free over the air television – add a Netflix subscription ($7.99 per month) and a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player and you can save hundreds of dollars per year.
Well that’s it for me… what did you do to prep this week?