2013-05-31 19.47.11-1 Well, summer is officially upon us.  When it came it came with heat and humidity.  With that there are supposed to be severe thunder storms all week here in NJ.  I’m getting used to the rain, and am going to start calling New Jersey, “New Seattle” shortly.  Heck, I’ve only been camping twice all season, and both of those were camp site maintenance weekends. I’ve (and I am speculating) been watching the weather patterns from a distance, and over the past couple of years, I have seen some interesting changes.  As I mentioned, speculating, I am of the amateur opinion that since the 9.0(ish) earthquake in Japan in 2011, and with NASA’s discovery that the quake has moved the Earth’s axis by 10 inches, that it is affecting the weather patterns that we are used to.  I am hypothesizing, of course, but to me it makes sense.  Wind patterns we have not seen in the past, earthquake patterns we have not seen in the past, rain, heat, and snow weather, certain geographies have not seen in the past.  I may be completely wrong, but in my mind I do not believe I am.  Additionally, I am going out on a limb and say that over the next few years we are going to continue to see the shift until it stabilizes as the new normal… Nonetheless, summer is here and this year it seems hot, humid, and wet.  I get flash flood alerts on my smartphone several times a week and am no longer surprised. Work has been a bear, lately too.  Being in sales, (and if any of you are), the feeling from the boys at the top of the food chain are “what have you done for me lately.”  For those that don’t know what I am talking about is, that you are only as good as your last sale for the company.  Thus, this means that they always want more, more, more, sales and money coming in.  Before you get all, “well that sucks for you,” it’s no sweat off my brow.  It’s my choice, and I really cannot bitch about it.  It is the career I have chosen.  Therefore, it is what it is at the moment.  However, what it has done is limit my bandwidth regarding blogging for you about my prepping, and other prepping activities.  But I am going to make the concerted effort to blog more for you, and ultimately, for myself.  It’s time to get on the bandwagon again, and keep this prepping thing moving along. Speaking of which, prepping….  Uneasy silence… Hmmm…. I’ve been, well, for lack of better words, lax.  I’ve recently picked up a few items, and I have diverted some funds into the Bug Out Vehicle recently getting it up to snuff.  In fact, I had an incident in Hoboken recently where my duffle bag full of gear was stollen.  Yeah, if you’ve been reading this blog a long time, you know I had a Get Home Bag stolen out of my last vehicle too.  This was not a Get Home Bag, however, it was my hitch for the Jeep, tow straps, rope, change of clothes, boots,gloves, etc… Needless to say I was pissed off.  I quickly added, to my financial chagrin, a Tuffy Security Deck Enclosure.  I must say, I was pretty impressed with the simple design and the thought that went into it.  It wasn’t the easiest to install, but I can tell you in no uncertain terms that it will definitely be a deterrent.  Again, a bit expensive, I lose my back seat, but am happy that I can effectively lock stuff in a ‘trunk’ and not have to worry about items being easily stolen from the back of the Jeep because of the soft top…

Back to prepping… It is definitely time to get back on the band wagon.  I feel I have become somewhat of a ‘gear whore’ as well.  it seems the more prepping I do, the more I feel like I need stuff. This is true to a point, but I am starting to more strategically think about what I really need and do not need.  This sometimes being conflicted and not making a purchase when I possibly should be.  Hurricane season is coming.  Between Irene two years ago, Sandy last year, and a fantastic girlfriend and her dog to worry about now, I feel like I need deeper roots in prepping to be sure that “if” we are hit again this year or in the future, that I’m prepared for the three of us.  I weathered Sandy last year, and was certainly not hit as bad as those at the New Jersey Shore.  Areas of the shore are still devastated, despite what has been reported for good PR and to bring people to the shore to spend their money to keep the economy afloat.

In conclusion, I’ve been busier than normal, with work, with life, with stuff, and I’m trying to focus on all of it.  Sadly, I’m learning you cannot focus on everything.  However, in the near future, look out for a few new reviews of a couple of packs, and some other gear.  I’m trying to get back on the bandwagon for all of you, and myself…

Stay tuned.  More to come!