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12.17.2012

Ugh Grrr & Blah Blah Blah.

I just quit another job - (the second one since I started working a couple of months ago) - and I'm asking myself: Are my standards too high? Am I being too picky? Do I really even want to work? Probably, maybe, and I don't know.

I do know that I used to be a really good employee. I stayed at jobs for long periods of time and worked hard. But I feel like I've turned into one of those old people who just says whatever is on their mind and I don't know that doing so works so well in a work environment. I've become set in my ways, I suppose. I realize that there's bullshit that comes along with any job, but it seems to me that professionalism has gone out the window in the 6 years that I've been out of the work force. I don't know that I like that.

Judging from what I've seen at my last 2 jobs it's now ok to show up for work whenever you feel like. It's ok to not follow company policy and procedure, or even common sense, if you don't feel like it. It's apparently even ok to fudge time cards and balance-sheet numbers when you're working with company money. And it's ok to wear flip-flops with pantie-hose. I'm sorry, I have to draw the line on that one. That's never, ever ok. In fact, I think flip-flops paired with pantie-hose should be automatic grounds for termination. You're tacky ~ you're fired.

I just want a job that I can go to, Monday through Friday... somewhere between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm... and do my assigned job with out having to hear about Brandie-Sue's latest sexual escapades or Shenequa's night at the club. I want to not have to worry that my boss is stealing from the company. I want to work with people who show up on time. I want to be trained properly on the systems I'm to be using, instead of listening to complaints from superiors about how horrible the company is that we work for. I want to do my job to the best of my ability while I'm there and then go home and not think about it. But really, most of all, I want to look down at a persons feet and see well heeled pumps, not pantie-hose and flip-flops.

Is this too much to ask?

 ©Flippa Bird
(PS. I just scored a job interview. YAY!)
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12.02.2012

I'm Buggin'!!

Happy December, folks! Will the world end this month? I really don't think so, (stupid Mayans), but these days one can never be too prepared for an emergency or natural disaster. So after researching a bit, and with a little help from my Hubby, I've come up with what I believe to be the ultimate BUGOUT BAG. What's a bugout bag, you ask?? Well, if you watch that "Doomsday Preppers" show then you know. But if not, it's a bag filled with items essential to your survival that you have ready to grab and go in the event that you need to get the hell outta' Dodge and, you know, survive and stuff.
 
There are a lot of items in this bag, but most are very small and when packed correctly should fit in an average 3-day pack. It's also designed in mind for the regular Joe/Jane, (i.e. someone who's not that survival savvy). Each bag should be sufficient for the survival of one person for 1-2 weeks if rationed properly. For the hard core survivalist, this is more than enough to get you through pretty much indefinitely.

Each person in your family should have their own bag (in case of separation). For instance, I have 5 people in my family: Hubby, me, 2 sons & 1 daughter, so we will have 5 bags (one bag per person). If you have pets, then they will need pet specific bags that they can carry. Except for cats... just cut their arses loose. They'll do much better out there than you anyway.

If you aren't sure of what an item is, Google it. You should be able to get everything on this list from your local military surplus store, medical supply store, drug store, camping supply / outdoor store, and even your local Wally-World. I've divided this list into sections. Some items on this list should not be substituted... for instance, wool socks will keep your feet warm even when wet v/s regular socks which won't, electronic GPS might not work v/s paper maps which always will, metal coffee can v/s cardboard can which would burn up, etc, etc. Okay. Ready, set... GO!!!!
 
You Will Need:
3-Day backpack (with hydration bladder)

Survival Reading - (Sealed in Ziploc bags):
Small Bible
SAS Survival Guide
Folded county, state & country maps (with meet up points marked)

Clothing:
1 Complete change of clothing
2 Pairs of wool socks
Extra pair of walking/hiking shoes
Thermal underwear
Boone hat (hot weather) and/or toboggan hat (cold weather)
1 Pair of sunglasses
1 Rain poncho
1 Pair work gloves
Small sewing kit & safety pins 

Personal Hygiene:
1 Small bottle of Dawn dish detergent
Toothbrush
Tube of toothpaste (or baking soda, which is more versatile)
Dental floss
Plastic comb
1 Roll of Toilet paper (cardboard removed, compressed in a Ziploc bag)

Food:
7 MRE meals  
14 Food Ration Bars (at least 400 calories each)
1 Small jar of honey
1 Compact mess kit
1 Military spec can opener
2 Bottles of water purification tabs
Extra canteen
Fishing line & hooks

Fire:
1 Disposable Lighter
1 Magnesium fire starter with flint striker
40 Waterproof/stormproof matches  
Small magnifying glass
Empty metal coffee can (for rocket stove)

First Aid:
Bug repellent
Sunscreen
Earplugs
Visine eye drops
Tweezers
2 Razor blades
Band-Aids
Butterfly bandages
Moleskin bandages
Q-tip swabs
Antiseptic cream
Antibiotic cream
Lidocaine spray/gel
2 Week supply of personal prescription medication
1 Small bottle or 20 of each:
     Motrin
     Tylenol
     Aspirin
     Aleeve (naproxen sodium)
     Benadryl
     Imodium
     Multi vitamin
1 Inhaler
Activated charcoal
Ipecac
QuickClot
Epi-pen (epinephrine injection kit)
Suture Kit
1 CPR face mask
Instant glucose
1 Bottle of potassium iodine
1 Small bottle or vial of each:
     Iodized salt
     Betadine
     Bleach
     Ammonia
     Rubbing alcohol
     Hydrogen peroxide
1 ace bandage roll
Several different size sterile gauze pads
2 Gauze rolls
1 Roll of medical tape
*If need, extra eyeglasses/contacts & supplies
*For women, 1 week supply of feminine items

Survival Tools:
Compass
Leatherman tool
Survival knife (ka-bar, high quality pocket knife, or buck-knife)
Either a machete, tomahawk, or hatchet
Handgun & ammunition (optional)
1 Roll of military grade 550 Paracord
1 Nylon tarp
10 Extra-large zip ties
2 Bungee cords
Roll of Duct Tape
Respirator mask
1 Emergency tube tent
1 Emergency blanket
1 Camp towel
 
Communication:
1 Whistle
1 Small mirror (for signaling help)
2 Wooden pencils
1 Pad of Paper (in a Ziploc bag)
1 Pack of long burn candles
LED waterproof flashlight
Replacement batteries for flashlight
Water-proof bag/pouch with copies of personal documents
Small lightweight hand crank radio (optional)  
$50 cash in small bills and $5 loose change 

Misc. Mutli-Use Items:
Jar of petroleum jelly (wound care, skin protectant, lubricant, fire starter)
Twin size white cotton sheet (general first aid & wound care, fire starter, shelter, clothing, rope, etc)

So there you have it. In case of emergency, GOOD LUCK!


© Flippa Bird
(Guns & Ammo Not Optional in Our Home...)
Photo By: Me