I've been lurking for a while and saw a few posts that I figured could use a little pot stirring. Thought it would be a good time to join. I'm not so much a survivalist- well I suppose we all are to one extent or other- we are all still alive after all. I live on an acreage in the central US, own a small business and maintain a very large garden and do have enough supplies and equipment stashed away for several years or more. My interests include anything mechanical with special attention to anything related to reuse or repurposing. Oh and politics. Forums are about the only 'social media' that interest me. Don't do the Snapface or Twitter fakery. I am interested in personal, real world experiences from likeminded people that actually get out there, get dirty and mix it up a bit. That's what drew me in here. Not mentioning any names but the other forum that I have been frequenting is a precious metals forum that is devolving into an RSS feed, mostly fed by a single poster that clearly needs to get out of the basement and get a hobby. No opinions or experiences, just RSS feeds and an occasional, uniformed snipe. I truly hope this does not slump to such a place. Once I get settled in I am sure to find it as interesting as it now appears. Thanks for letting me slip in.