Thousand Oaks

This weekend I attended the graduation of my niece from California Lutheran University. Since I was in the area for a few days and there was a lot of down time between events I wandered around the neighborhood with my camera as I am want to do. My niece rents a room in a single … Continue reading Thousand Oaks

First Dibs

A million years ago I was a student in New Brunswick, New Jersey looking to furnish my first real apartment with no money. On the weekends I would borrow a friend’s car and drive out to garage sales and church thrift shops in the suburbs – when I wasn’t picking treasures from the curb on … Continue reading First Dibs

The Mangiapocalypse

Mangia: the Italian verb “to eat.” Apocalypse: the complete final destruction of the world. Push them together and you get the Mangiapocalypse. This portmanteau was suggested by a friend who was describing the philosophy of preparing for disaster in a way that’s abundant, fun, productive, and oriented toward a better overall quality of everyday life. … Continue reading The Mangiapocalypse

Two Years and Counting

Two years ago this month I wrote a post about a building fire here in San Francisco. These events are statistically unlikely in any given year or for any individual household. But when they do happen – to you – they’re devastating. It’s the little personal disasters like this that concern me most. Civilization carries on. Your old … Continue reading Two Years and Counting

Prepper First Aid

I like to think I’m better prepared for emergency situations than most people in terms of food, water, and financial resilience. But when it comes to medical training I got a whole lot of nothing. While I lack the temperament to ever be a serious first responder, at the very least I feel a personal … Continue reading Prepper First Aid