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What have you been through? SHTF in real life

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by KAS, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    Has anyone here every been through a SHTF situation?
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  2. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Crazy stalker roommate, once. Had to pick up and bail, leave everything behind and live in truck for a few months. Was not prepared and lost most of what I owned. Taught me the importance of a BOB and firearms. ;)

    Poverty. Crappy house, no air conditioning, heater was broke, broken windows covered with duct tape and cardboard. That winter a bad freeze burst all the water lines under my house. The house was pier and beam, sat too low to get underneath. To replace all the lines would require either routing them along the outside of the house, or ripping up the floor. I went for five months without running water, bathing in the bathroom sink at work, hauling water home from work. I rigged up a couple of 55 gallon barrels outside the bathroom to operate the toilet using rainwater, but the water would freeze in the bowel and the lines on cold days. There were days it was so cold all I did was lie huddled on the couch covered in blankets, stuffing the firebox full of logs every three hours, and shivering.

    Job loss, twice. Both times I went into business for myself and came out better than before, but it was a rough go for that first 6-8 months. First time was on the heels of me stockpiling stuff more for the entertainment value than any real belief in bad things acomin (this was a few years after Y2K.

    Wildfire evac, twice was forced out, other times we left well in advance of it getting to that point. Throw the totes and critters in the trucks and go. Those have taught me a few things about being able to grab and go on a moment's notice.
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  3. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    some well learned lessons.
    glad to here is all worked and gives others some things to think about ....
    totes are a good idea
  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

  5. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    Maybee someone else can learn from your experiences...
  6. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    Go for it Brokor biglaff
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  7. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    this is the hole pint of the thread ...and forum so we can learn from others...
  8. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Things to not do, that if you do, you'll think TEOTW has arrived.

    -Go out and stand on a rock jetty in the eye of a hurricane.
    -Fail to slack the sheets when the leeward gunwale is under water.
    -Fail to duck when going about in a sailboat with a low boom.
    -Surface broadside to the waves in the middle of a nor'easter.
    -Fail to gas up before venturing off road in the desert.
    -Fail to carry water to make up for radiator losses and leaks when venturing off road in the desert (or anywhere else.)
    -Fail to check the spare tire pressure before going off road in the desert (or anywhere else.)
    -Climb a ladder with a hangover.
    -Irritate your Division Chief by showing up late for quarters.
    -Hang around after someone says, "Hold my beer and watch this."

    (And lots more.)
  9. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Fail to have a tube of JB Weld, and a few quarts of LubeOil onboard when going Off Road, ANYWHERE.... Don't ask how I know....
  10. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King Site Supporter

    Ditto, except replace lube oil with can of gas...(and I prefer epoxy putty)
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  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    bed bugs will destroy your sanity, your wallet, and most of your furniture. in addition to straining your relationships with family. Don't ask how I know.
  12. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Not again! :censored:
  13. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    hole pint! Did you mean "whole pint"? Us monkeys ain't never had a whole pint for very long before it's turned into a yellow stream to write your name with. Maybe you meant "hole point"? Nah, tha's just too confusing, as most holes don't have points, because they don't rise up, but are depressions, but a bit deeper anyway. Oh, I got it, you meant "WHOLE POINT"! Well shucks boy, why didn't you just say so. You been drinkin'? Heck you type worse than my dog.
  14. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    The title of the thread should have given it away- there is a hole in his pint, therefore he threw it away.....o_O
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  15. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Well that wasn't very Irish of him. He should have used a finger to plug the hole and then drink his pint proper like, not threw it away.
  16. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    Is that a Danish trait plugging the hole- the proverbial dam.
  17. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    depends on how the plugging is accomplished. Us Irish hate to see a drop of alcohol go to waste. I had a dear olde great uncle who died of pneumonia with a smile on his face laying on a cold damp stone floor in a monastary wine cellar under a huge wine barrel that had a leak. He was bound and determined not to let a single drop hit the floor, so he laid there catching drop after drop after drop in his mouth until he died.
    Oh, sorry, the rums got me addled. Them greeks, you don't want to touch or taste anything they have plugged.
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  18. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I think someone started St. Pats a wee bit early. Or thought they were kissing the blarney stone and found out they were just stones. Under the kilt, I've no idea, I wasn't there and there doesn't seem to be any webcam evidence readily available.
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  19. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    so what i got out of this is I cant spell .
    The lady is the only one who ever had a problem .
    and everyone elses situtations was just because they were dumbasses ...
    Sorry for any grammer problems!!!
  20. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    As VisuT. said, some us have fell into St Patti's day early and just celebrating our Scottish heritage!! :D [boozingbuddies] [booze] [beer] Cheers!! No harm no foul- none of us can type when we really want- spell check saves my behind every day. ....

    I have been in a bunch of stuff- two hurricanes and some hairy op's but there are much better stories to come out if they want. Patience
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