March 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm #2762
Welcome! Please introduce yourself? (Name, age, gender, location for example)
Hello. My name is Charles aka Popz. I’m a 66 year old male and live in Northeast North Carolina. I retired from the Navy after 28 years as an E-9. I’m married with a lovely wife going on 38 years this year. All of our children are grown and have left the nest. My background is communications and my last five years before retiring completely was a volunteer EMT / Firefighter.
Since when are you into survival and preparedness and what made you get into it?
I would have to say that it was during the Bush years as President. Although our government had been ignoring our God-given rights for years, it was Bush who began to openly sign laws and executive orders in clear violation of our Constitution. (There may have been earlier precedents by previous Presidents, but this was when I first started to get involved in politics.) Our current President scares the heck out of me. It is my belief that he does not care one iota about America’s heritage or history. His actions clearly demonstrates that it is his desire to change America into a socialist State. The exorbitant rise in our National debt during his years in charge. That 99% of what comes out of his mouth is a lie or a gross distortion of the truth. Increased costs for just about everything we buy today. The fact that our government now tries to control what we say or how we think, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the poisoning of our food… this list could go on. You hear that as a result that our life will change for the worse… our debt is unsustainable… and the sky will fall. Whether or not any of this will actually happen remains to be seen. I fear something will happen though… maybe not a total collapse, but my wife & I have chosen not to be found wanting when or whatever does happen. We will plan for the worse and everything between from a cut on a foot to our last breath.
Why is survival and preparedness important or interesting for you? What scenario are you preparing for?
I am not preparing for anything specific because I do not know what our future holds in store for us. As the saying goes: prepare for the worse and hope for the best. That is exactly what we are doing. Not only do we have the satisfaction of knowing and seeing what we’ve done but the knowledge we have gained through our endeavors as well. There is so much to learn and this information is readily available to us. All we have to do is seek it out. Who knew that just a few short years ago I’d be raising chickens or researching aquaponics!
How would you describe your prepping / survival philosophy? What matters for you?
As a husband, I take my role seriously. I want to provide for our needs and keep us safe, and I do not look to anyone else to do that for me. In today’s world preparing for the unknown and thriving instead of just surviving takes a commitment and devotion to one’s duty. I love my life and I want to leave this world knowing that I’ve done my best. Between now and what time we have left we know that sadly we will be much better off than many.
Do you have some favorite quotes or words of wisdom you like?
I was listening to an early recording from Off the Grid News radio and heard someone say (I did not catch his name), but it was said: “Live your life today like no one else, so in the future you can live your life like no one else.”
You are dying and have 30 seconds left, what do you do or say?
I would thank my God for all his many blessings, for the wife I have been a partner with for so many years and for her support in what we are doing, and for my family who have brought me so much joy. They are my most prized gifts and I love them all so very much.March 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm #2774
You sound like a rock-solid guy – great to have you here, and welcome!March 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm #2793
Thank you Anika. You are very kindMarch 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm #2855
Welcome Charles, good to have you here!March 25, 2014 at 6:10 pm #2872
Thank you Selco. Good to be here.March 25, 2014 at 6:17 pm #2881
Nice to ‘meet’ you! It sounds like you are well on your way to accomplishing your goals. It was good to read your thoughtful introduction to yourself.March 25, 2014 at 6:24 pm #2896
Thank you so much. It was very kind of you to say.March 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm #3135
Nice to have you Master Chief. Surface or sub?March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm #3505
Thank you RROAMM. Surface. You? It was a good life back when but I probably wouldn’t even recognize it today.March 28, 2014 at 11:42 am #4222
Hi there, Popz! You stated my motto for surviving: Plan for the worst and hope for the best. That is what prepping is all about, isn’t it? It is good to have you and your wife on board here. It sounds like you can offer lots of great information.March 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm #4223
Right back at ya. Thank you for stopping by and saying Hi.We’re re-taking Selco’s course again and comparing it against where we were and where were at now.March 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm #4244
Gypsy Wanderer HuskySurvivalist
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
George S. PattonMarch 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm #4474
Thank you Gypsy Wanderer.March 29, 2014 at 1:25 am #4631
Thank you for your service and for your introduction. Well met!March 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm #4859
So glad to have you here.
You sound like the kind of man described in Ephesians 5:25! This is vitally important in a SHTF scenario, as families will be easily torn apart.
Excited to hear your wisdom.
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