Situational Awareness

In the Know in My AO

As the winter of 2014-15 was winding down, I identified a major gap in my preps. It started with a midday phone call from Brother Harold. That was strange right off the bat – we rarely communicate by phone, and almost never in the middle of the day. Turns out he was stuck in traffic with state and local police cruisers flying past him, and he wanted to know if there was anything big going on that he should know […]

Paranoid Parrot Comes Home

Of all the things a normal person doesn’t want to see when coming home after being out for some errands without the kids, a police cruiser in the driveway is pretty much up there on the list. Imagine what it was like for Mr. Paranoid when that was what happened last night. To be fair, we don’t really have a normal driveway layout. We’re 800′ off the road, and it’s not like the cruiser was sitting up at the garage door with […]

AAR: Power Outage

I’m sitting at my desk at 11:45 on Tuesday, minding my own business, like I always do. Clear skies, no wind, no rain, sunny and warm(ish). Everything seems normal. Then, the lights in my office went out. A split second later, I heard a loud BOOM! Uh-oh. This exact evolution has happened several times over the last 10 years here. There’s a fuse on a power pole at the corner of our road and the main road, and when something […]

On Sunday morning I took a walk up into the woods. I kept hearing a strange sound – like a swarm of angry bees somewhere off in the distance. My first thought was, “Cool! Free wild honey!” But then I realized the sound was more mechanical in nature, and I began to realize that I was hearing a quadcopter buzzing through the woods.

Omni-directional Antenna

Last October, Mr. Paranoid cut his Cable TV cord. I cut my cable/satellite cord back in 2011. I’ve been through 3 major power outages with my over-the-air TV antenna and have not lost TV communications. In addition to that, the equipment I bought long ago paid for itself in the $90/month cable bill savings. In fact, I even covered the cost of a significant Home Theater PC, which acts as our DVR (I might discuss the prep aspects of this […]

08:15. Dog is barking downstairs. Figure it’s another dense pocket of air that’s set him off again. I tell him to shut up and go back to work. Then I see the email from the DVR on my work account. “What’s that big black thing by the… oops! Sorry Gambit!” Good puppy!

Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed an interesting cultural phenomenon that occurs every summer in my area. But the implications of it in terms of prepping only just hit me yesterday. We live off a road that runs straight north from the center of our town. Starting in July, on any given weekend there’s a nearly continuous stream of cars going north, mostly with New York registrations, and mostly high-end cars – plenty of Mercedes, BMW and Lexus […]