Back To Blogging

Just wanted to let you know I’m back to blogging on Survival And Prosperity after a two week “vacation”- working mainly on the new house in the Chicago suburbs. I did head up to my family’s vacation home in Wisconsin during that time- but it was only for a day and to move furniture in and out of the place as my mom embarks on yet another of her redecorating projects.

Truth be told, I wish she’d set aside some of that money she’s been spending for some basic preparedness items. Last summer, their condo building in the western suburbs lost power for an extended period after a “derecho” event blew through the Chicago area. A heat wave on the heels of that severe weather event only made matters worse, and by the second day my mother was calling me to warn me I might have to carry my elderly, mobility-challenged father down several flights of stairs (in the dark?) to evacuate him to cooler surroundings. Thankfully, the electricity was restored before it came to that.

Shortly thereafter, I suggested to my parents that we get them some real simple preps like a battery-powered camp lantern and battery-operated fans for the next time something like this occurs. Initially, they were receptive to the idea. But as time went on, they changed their tune.

Apparently, this change of heart isn’t uncommon. Some time ago I read or heard that after an event of this magnitude- or even worse- happens, those affected often have good intentions to prepare for something similar the next time around. However, as time passes by, there’s usually no follow through. Not surprised.

All I know is this. As soon as I can scrape together some extra cash, I’m going to buy my P’s these preps. If anything, because I’m not looking forward to carrying my dad down several flights of stairs in the dark and on my back.

Before I let you go, while it’s easy to get lulled into complacency by the gorgeous summer weather (okay, maybe not in Chicagoland today, where the heat index is 99 degrees as I type this) and spin being spewed by the politicians and their “presstitutes,” threats to our health and wealth still exist in America in the summer of 2013. The U.S. economic recovery? Artificial- our economic woes simply papered over and our “financial reckoning day” kicked down the road a bit. Crime and violence down as Big Brother takes over the reigns of our personal safety? While things may seem hunky-dory in your neck of the woods, the devil is in the details, and the personal safety “threat board” becomes more clear once crime data collection/reporting is analyzed along with media reporting. As Chicagoans are hopefully starting to realize, the local press might not be reporting crimes that are taking place and which their audience probably want to know about. For example, Chicago saw some serious wilding take place downtown on July 4, and the local mainstream media either didn’t report it or did so a couple of days later once tourists had departed town after the long holiday weekend. What if the criminal activity had continued the next day, or the rest of the weekend? A lot of good that would have done their audience, some of whom might have planned a trip downtown on July 5, 6, or 7. Thank God for Second City Cop and other blogs like that one.

Anyway, despite the Pollyanna-ish attitude that has returned to much of America today, my “Spidey sense” tells me we’re not out of the woods just yet. If anything, I believe we’re still on a collision course with that proverbial brick wall I’ve blogged about from time to time (even earlier today).

And at this point in time, in America in the summer of 2013, I’m not so sure much can be done to avert a crash anymore. Depressing, but such is life occasionally.

In the meantime, I intend to take advantage of the supposed “recovery” the Pollyannas are going on about any way I can. Who knows? Perhaps I can find some battery-powered lanterns and fans at some good prices.

Christopher E. Hill

Tags: , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a comment

Survival And Prosperity
Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Est. 2010, Chicagoland, USA

Successor to
"The Most Hated Blog On Wall Street"
(Memorial Day Weekend 2007-2010)


Please Rate this Blog HERE

Limited Time Offers

Via Banner Ads Below (navigate to vendor home page if necessary); Updated 11/13/15:
>CHIEF Supply Free Shipping Over $69 (code needed); 15% Off Medical Supplies Plus Free Sniper Disinfectant w/ Orders Over $69 Thru 11/26 (Code Needed); Free Slim Tri-Fold Wallet w/ Orders Over $50 Thru 11/26; Free TDU Storm Belt w/ Purchase Of $69.99 Or More In 5.11 Pants Thru 11/26
>Airsoft Megastore Free Shipping On All Orders
>BGASC Silver Bullion, 90% U.S. Coin Sale
>BulletSafe Bulletproof Baseball Cap $119 Pre-Order Price; Ballistic Plate Only $169
>Food Insurance November Black Friday Specials; Warehouse Clearance Sale
>Nitro-Pak Black November Event Up To 35% Off
>Pyramyd Air Thanksgiving Sale Thru 11/21
>Tractor Supply Co. New Online Only Deals Every Day Thru 11/15; Free Shipping Online Only On Favorite Brands
NEW! Advertising Disclosure HERE
Buy Gold And Silver Coins BGASC Review Coming Soon
Nitro-Pak--The Emergency Preparedness Leader Nitro-Pak Reviewed HERE
Food Insurance Reviewed HERE
BullionVault Reviewed HERE
Free Wallet w/ $50 Purchase @Chief CHIEF Supply Reviewed HERE
bullet proof vests BulletSafe Reviewed HERE
Pyramyd Air is your one-stop shop for everything airgun related. Reviewed HERE
Airsoft Megastore Reviewed HERE
Survival Titles Save 20% Paladin Press Reviewed HERE



Prepper Website

RSS Chris Hill’s Other Blog: Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes

  • Happy Thanksgiving
    Just wanted to wish the American readers of Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your continued readership and support (that applies to everyone!). Christopher E. Hill Editor
  • Additions To List Of Offshore Private Vaults
    Seems like I’ve been doing quite a few of these “additions” posts lately. Here are new entries to that list of offshore private vaults on my website of the same name: • Belfast Vaults (Belflast, Northern Ireland) • Berkshire Vaults (Berkshire, England) • DNK (Amsterdam, Hilversum, and Rotterdam in The Netherlands) • Griffin-Goodwest Oy (Tampere, […]
  • Related Reading: Austria’s Anonymous Private Vaults
    This morning I was reading an article on The Nestmann Group’s website entitled “Austria: Anonymous Storage and The World’s Safest Bank.” Offshore expert Mark Nestmann informed readers: Not that long ago, Austria had the world’s most stringent financial secrecy laws. Anonymous savings (Sparbuch) and securities (Wertpapier) accounts were widely used. The War on Terror, Money […]
  • Ireland: No Bank Safe Deposit Boxes For New Customers
    Further evidence that in some parts of the world, private, non-bank vaults are increasingly becoming the only game in town. Louise McBride reported on the Irish Independent website last Sunday: The banks have taken a lot of things from us in recent years. Here are ten things you can no longer do at your bank… […]
  • World’s Best Offshore Private Vault Videos For 2015, Honorable Mentions
    Last Wednesday, Offshore Safe Deposit Boxes started naming the “World’s Best Offshore Private Vault Videos” for 2015. Third place in the “short program” category went to Siam Secure (Thailand), runner-up was Sovereign Safe Deposit Centres (England), and the winner for the TV commercial-style marketing videos this year was Custodian Vaults (Australia). Third place in the […]