Stepdad's Thoughts

My thought and feelings.


I have been slow at reading over the past few weeks but started again last week. I am now reading Cody Ludin’s 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive. It covers the basics of staying alive in the wilderness, it uses a group of characters to illustrate points. I find it entertaining and informative.

I took a few minutes and put together a list of books, a few I have read others are on the “going to” list;

  • Finding Your Way without Map or Compass – Harold Gatty
  • Build the Perfect Survival Kit – John d. McCann
  • Urban Survival Guide – David Morris
  • Bug Out – Scott B. Williams
  • Civil War II: The Coming Breakup of America – Thomas W. Chittum
  • 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive – Cody Lundin (Currently reading)
  • When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes – Cody Lundin
  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times – James Wesley Rawles (Completed)
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse  – James Wesley Rawles (Completed)
  • One Second After – William R. Forstchen (Completed)
  • Green Eyes and Black Rifles: Warriors Guide to the Combat Carbine – Ret. SGM Kyle E. Lamb

Whether anyone else finds these books interesting is yet to be seen but if you have an inkling that you could be caught up an a disaster or left to your own to survive in the world I think you should consider these books or books of this type. Yep… it sounds like chicken little but you just never know. Think about the numbers of people that were left to fend for themselves after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike… What would you do? How would you take care of yourself and family? I’m not running scared but I do have my eyes open to all possibilities.

Many of us have watched the survival shows on TV, seen fire started in various ways; rubbing sticks together, using flint and steel, etc… have you ever tried to do these things? It’s not easy and takes practice. Think about it this way… Consider driving from Houston to Fort Stockton, TX to El Paso, TX. There’s not much out there once you get west of San Antonio. what would you do if you car broke down in the middle of this trip? I’ve been there and there are places that the wonderful cell phone doesn’t work. Stranded on this stretch of road could make for a long night, if you are one that travels at night. What if your daughter or son is making the trip alone to go to college or visit family or friends? Are they prepared? I know my stepdaughter isn’t but I try to get her to learn things or just see the need.

Damn that’s more than I planned to say on the need, as I see it, to learn basic skills. The books listed I believe can help.

If nothing else…It’s entertaining.


August 3, 2010 Posted by | Books, Concerns, General, Parenting, SHTF | , , | Leave a comment