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The Clueless Prepper – More Batteries

Crazy Driver, · Categories: Uncategorized

Note: These Clueless Prepper posts are part of a blog I have on Blogger ( that chronicle my journey to complete 100% off-the-grid independence…or basic emergency preparedness.  I am shooting for the former in order to achieve the latter.  So, enjoy…

Well, in my long, slow quest to become independent of the grid, I have arrived at my third prepping step and that is to complete my stockpile of batteries.  By stockpile, I mean one package of each type of battery.  Previously (see Step 1), I purchased AA and AAA batteries.  Last night, I made a trip to Home Depot with my kids and picked up other types of batteries to complete my emergency supply.  The batteries I purchased were C, D and 9-volt.  The idea going forward is that the emergency supply of batteries located in my garage does not exist.  They will only be used in the event of emergencies.  So, the next time our remote control stops working and we discover that we only have one AA battery left, we will need to go to the store to buy a new package.  Once we have bought that new package, we will then trade that package with the one in our emergency supply in order to keep the emergency supply fresh.  Otherwise, when a major earthquake hits 8 years from now, we won’t have the issue of diving into our emergency supply only to find that the batteries are all dead.

So, there you have it.  We got batteries.

Road Trip – Encinitas, CA

Crazy Driver, · Categories: Uncategorized

Well, today my pretend (and very slow) road trip takes me to Encinitas, CA.  No, I’m not in Mexico.  That’s Ensenada.  I am in north San Diego County.  The temperature is a mild 74 degrees.  I am making my way from the Mexico border in Southern California to the northernmost tip of Maine…and then back again.  I will be taking the scenic route, so it will not be a straight shot.  As a reminder, this is not a real road trip.  In an effort to motivate me to blog, I am essentially assigning a city to each blog post.  By the time I get to the blog post corresponding to New York City, I should have a ton of blog posts under my belt and a pretty clear direction in terms of my writing and where it is headed.

So, today I am in Encinitas.  I have been here before.  In fact, I have family ties to this city as my brother works here.  He owns a personal training facility one block away from the beach.  Up one of the streets here is Rancho Santa Fe.  A lot of rich people live in Rancho Santa Fe.  Prior to starting his own gym, my brother worked at a personal training facility in Rancho Santa Fe with clients such as golfer Phil Mickelson’s wife and former Dodger second baseman Mark Grudzielanek.  While waiting at a light once, he watched Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh walk across the intersection with his gym bag.  He was either making his way to or from L.A. Fitness.  Rancho Santa Fe was also the home of the Heaven’s Gate cult, whose members committed mass suicide in 1997.  They were led by a professor named Marshall Applewhite and believed that when they left their earthly bodies, they were going to be boarding an alien spaceship.  They were found dead in dark clothing and Nike shoes.

Anyway, this is the area I am in right now.  I have a long way to go on my cross country trip, but things are starting to move along a little quicker now.