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So, how did you become a prepper?

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For me, it sort of happened by accident. I've always liked camping. I don't mean fire up the RV and head for the campground near a national park. I mean camping out in the woods and enjoying the solitude. Anyway, I was on Facebook one day and there was apost about some company giving away free backpacks to the first 500 people. They, also, said that they would be giving away 5 "special survival" packages. I clicked on it and filled out the info and just forgot about it. 6 weeks later, I came home from work and there was a good sized box on my front porch. I had completely forgotten about the backpack. When I opened the box, there was a good sized pack from LA Gear, but there was, also, half a dozen MOLLE pouches that attached to it, three shemaughs, a good machete, a large Bowie knif, and an assortment of other stuff. I took a pic and sent it to my brother in California.

He texted me and wanted to know if I was going to turn into "one of those prepper people". That Christmas, he sent me a copy of the SAS Survival Handbook. I read it and it got me thinking about what I would do if there was a SHTF event. So. I started collecting gear for anything that I could think of for some event that could happen around here. That was about ten years ago.

Now, he has started to call me and ask my opinions on gear that he's gathering together.
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A client. I was a personal financial advisor for what is called a boutique firm in the SF Bay Area. In the 08/9 crash I did well for me and my clients. One helped me to buy a condo in SF. It was my first and only home for some time, but I’d grown up on a small farm and missed the soil. My client got me into sailing. Its a very affordable sport until you buy a boat which I didn’t until 2013. We then sailed in the Delta and he had islands in the Delta mapped out where he’d planted orange trees, grape fruits, some almonds, and peaches. He taught me about leaving packages on islands for SHTF. He challenged me and my wife one day to a challenge. Go from your condo out the golden gate in your boat with everything you need to survive in 60 minutes. I said easy. It wasn’t. The bet however was one sided he just wanted me to learn how to do it, and we eventually did. He still lives in SF. We bought some farm land in Ireland and relocated there. I feel safe there I just have to return to SF quite often. The travel always concerns me now.
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