Occassionally I like to consider Transitionary means of handling the collapse
for people who are already “off the cliff” or very near to being so. One of my
most famous such paradigms was the “Golden Corral” means of using All U Can Eat
Buffets as a great source of cheap food to last you days on one sitting you
actually pay for.
Most of these ideas work best for the Single Male, and are in fact most
necessary for single men because they generally get the least help in the form
of State subsidies which are designed mostly to help Women with dependent
children and to an extent 2 parent families under the poverty line also. Single
women tend to get more help from charity groups and women’s protection groups
that have evolved since the 70s “Women’s Liberation” movement. However, the
ideas can work for all these groups to one extent or another.
Today’s important Transition prep I’d like to consider for the Big Shity or
Suburban dweller is the Storage Unit. The biggest problem once you lose your
home to Foreclosure and become Nomadic is the safety and storage of your
personal possessions, those things I believe a person CAN “own”, as they can be
carried with you.
Of course I think its important to try to hold onto your Car aka Bugout Machine
as long as possible here, but it is not a good idea to wedge all your personal
belongings into your car. They can’t all fit into your trunk usually unless you
have really ared down to essentials; they’ll crowd up the car and on top of that
make the car itself a target for theft. So having a Storage Unit provides a
relatively SAFE place to barbor most of your worldly possessions besides the
If you have NO car of course, the Storage Unit is even MORE important. The
amount of stuff you can carry around with you in a Backpack and Wheely Bag or
even with a Bike-Trailer combo is exceedingly small and VERY insecure. You
can’t even leave it to go inside Walmart with your SNAP Card to buy food.
Even if you have the “Rolls Royce” of motorized Bugout Machines, the RV, keeping
all your stuff inside one of these is a risk because they are easily broken
into, plusd if the Gestapo tows it away at some point then along with the Bugout
Machine you ALSO lose all the rest of your Preps.
Comercial Storage Units in most suburban locations aren’t very expensive. Until
I shoved my Jeep into one when I came up to Alaska, the one I maintined for my
trucking years only cost me $35/mo. 10’x20′, PLENTY of room for a shit load of
preps! Hell you could even easily live in it, though that is not allowed by the
Storage unit Management People, and you want to Obey their rules scrupulously so
they don’t kick you out. However, said storage untis are usually accessible
every day from 7AM-9PM or so, you have your own Code to get in past the gate at
any time, then only you know the Combination to the lock you put on the storage
unit. Its Guarded during Bizness Hours by the Manager, and during non Biz Hours
said manager often lives on the property in a small room in the back of the
office also. Plus there are Alarm Systems. They are very secure. I’ve kept my
Lower 48 Junk in the same storage facility for over a decade now with never any
problem at all.
So, let us say for example you have lost your Job and your Domicile, all yu are
left with here is your SUV, a trailer, a Bike and Bike Pulled Trailer you can
have in SUV Trailer, plus all the Preps you can stuff into your SUV and the
bigger trailer. You decide that what you want to do now is become part of the
OWS Movement, and travel around the country to where all the Biggest Protests
are Occurring. This for a few reasons. First it gives you something worthwhile
to be DOING, second it gets you moving around with possibilities of finding some
kind of work somewhere, third you’ll hook up with others and perhaps form a
small Tribe of Gypsies.
You get to your OWS Protest spot, do you want to be risking ALL your Preps to
the inevitable Gestapo Crackdown? Hell No. You find a Storage Unit somewhere
in say a 10-15 mile radius. Cost for Storage Unit, $40/mo say. Cost to store
your Trailer on the property inside the Gates, another $15. You empty out your
car and trailer into the Storage Unit, now you are just another J6P with a car
in the neighborhood. Yo drive from the Storage Unit to within say a Mile of the
OWS emcampent, find Legal parking on a Daily Basis. All you take with you to
the encampent is a cheap $40 Tent from Walmart, a $15 Sleeping Pad and $25
Sleeping Bag. So when the Rosut comes from the Gestapo, the MOST you can lose
here is around $80, and that’s only if you decide to stay if there is warning
given that the Bust is coming. If you even get a few hourse warning, you can of
course pack up the sleeping gear and tent, hike them back to the Bugout Machine,
throw them in the Trunk, then Hike Back with your Gas Mask and Hockey Pads on
and get ready to confront the Storm Troopers. You get thrown into the Pokey for
the night, get a Hot Meal and a Summons to report to the Courthose at some
future date for “Disturbing the Peace” and “Resisting Arrest”, then you head
right back to join up with the other OWSers to contemplate your next move.
How much now is your New Life as a Professional OWS Protester going to cost you?
Say $100/mo for the storage Unit in the general vicinity. Upon arrival, you’re
not going to use the Car much, just move it through various parking spots that
are legal on a daily basis. A tank of Gas probably lasts you easy a month this
way, likely more. Say another $30 for Gas at current prices. You’re going to
want to keep the Tags legal and basic Insurance, so let’s call it $120/yr for
Registration and another $600/year for Insurance. $10/mo and $50/mo respectively
for those costs. Having a Mail Box at Mailboxes etc or some siilar place would
be a good idea also, call that $25/mo. Big expense a but MUST HAVE is your Cell
Phone with Wireless 4G Internet service for a whopping $100/mo, big expense but
you want to maintain that one as long as possible. With said phone you can make
Vids and Document the protest, perhaps catch Gestapo in the Act of Brutality and
make a Vid that goes Viral.
So, all totalled here, your monthly expenses excluding Food are around $315/mo,
let’s round up to $350. You’re likely eligible for a SNAP card, but besides
that you have access to all the Donated Pizzas at the OWS encampment, not to
mention the Jail Food each time you get Arrested. Food should be a Negligible
expense, you might even be able to make a Profit off your SNAP card as described
in prior threads of selling Soup or slices of Quiche etc if you are a decent
I’ll do some further Up Rounding here to say this entire paradigm costs you no
more than $5000/year to follow for so long as the monetary system holds up and
inflation doesn’t go Full Zimbabwe. You get to keep most of your Personal
Possessions, and keep them relatively SAFE.
You ALSO may be able to significantly REDUCE these costs if you start to HOOK UP
and form a small Tribe along the way here. If you find a cute young girl with a
Trust Fund and impress her with your Political Savvy, Radical Ideas, Poetry
and/or Guitar Playing and Folk Songs, you could be in clover for the duration of
the Spin Down! LOL. Seriously though, if you find a couple of others who do not
have Cars, you can offer them to kick in with you, up to say 4 people travelling
together in the SUV as it becomes necessary to move on. If they can each cough
up say $100/mo ($3/day which they probably could BEG), your costs could get
close to zero here.
Even if you don’t choose the OWS Professional Protester Paradigm though, the
Paradigm works for exiting a Big shity in a relative hurry and heading for a
rural location, long as said location has an available Storage Unit facility,
and most of them do. They aso come dirt cheap in said rural locations. In the
early stages of the Collapse this is probably a better paradigm to undertake
than going Full Primitive, though less good than Hooking Up with a Doomstead
Owner and using his Barn as the Storage Facility while you help Defend and
Protect said Doomstead and make it productive.
Total Costs here for a Secure Package that probably keeps you from falling
conpletely off the cliff and into a FEMA Concenteration Camp for say 2 years?
$10K in CASH, and another $5-10K in Preps depending how expensive the Bugout
Machine is and how complete you want to make the package overall with Freeze
Dried Foods, PV panels and so forth. About all of this stuff goes in the Storage
Unit wherever you end up, it’s not deployed for so long as we have not arrived
at complete Mad Max. During the time Da Goobermint sorta functions here, you
utilize the systems that WILL be organized to keep people from immediately
starving. Even if the Monetary System craps out completely, there will be Ration
Coupons (SNAP Cards) distributed for a while and Goobermint Cheese, and Charities will pick
up some slack as well.
You should be extremely CAREFUL about who if anyone you reveal your System to.
On arrival at an OWS emcampment, you should look pretty Poor overall, as though
just your Tent and Sleeping Bag is all you have. Only after significant time
getting to know ANYONE should you make the Offer to Join Forces as an incipient
Tribe, and your ability to judge the Honesty and Trustworthiness of the
individuals you make such an offer to is of paramount importance. If you make
the WRONG choice here, the person you Hook Up with might just wait for the first
night alone with you when you go to sleep and slit your throat for all you have.
You are obviously much better off if you BEGIN the paradigm with 2 or 3 others
who are long time friends or relatives or a Significant Other.
This paradigm should operate well for the next 2-3 years IMHO, barring a Sudden
Stop of the Monetary System as a whole, and even with that could operate that
long. You might have to abandon the Car sooner if Gas becomes unavailable to
buy, but then you still have the Bike and most of the stuff is still safe in the
Storage Unit. However, if you see it coming in time far as Gas Unavailability
goes, you are at that time probably best off using your Last Tank and extra Gas
Cans to load up the Bugout Machine to make the Final Bugout of going Full