First let me say hi to all my fellow North Cackalakies...then to all the other fellow survivalist, preppers, offgridders here on the monkey...my name is Mike and I live currently in the Raleigh area. I recently within the last year started really researching the lifestyle and some of what its about. I just actually started aquiring certain items. Since i was in the Army for a few years, i decided to start with what i know..."weapons". So i just picked up my first sets of defensive knives. Have a few more coming in this week...Of course i do day dream about the perfect offgrid living plot of land also. All in all this will with all hope in mind lead to a complete offgrid living situation within a few years. As a newbie in the lifestyle im still a baby in a grownup world even at 36 yrs old haha. So any info or mentoring i can pick up along the way to insure success will be retained and appreciated. I look forward to gettin to know you an talking to you.