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Updated: NOV 28, 2014
While you are out shopping this season, and while some of these personal security tips may seem paranoid, the fact is that trouble lurks just beneath the surface where criminals are looking for victims. Situational awareness will enable you to see it on occasion. It’s there.
Here are 21 tips to consider for your personal security while out shopping:
The Meaning Of Thanksgiving
The historical meaning of Thanksgiving has become diluted for many Americans today. Our modern generations have never experienced the hardships similar to that of the early Pilgrims while they were learning to successfully grow crops while starving and trying to feed themselves by any means possible.
Their lives consisted of pure core survival. When they finally figured things out (after a failed communal social experiment where the hard-working subsidized the slackers and was scrapped for a more self-responsible approach) and after they finally had successful harvests after a ‘learning curve’, they were humbled and were truly thankful for what they had produced.
Today, for the vast majority in the developed modern world, our food is nicely laid out for us to pick at the grocery store – from all corners of the world. We can go to restaurants and be served. We can drive through at fast-food joints and be eating within seconds. There’s not a second thought about it being there – or where it came from – or how fortunate we are. Since we don’t have to produce it ourselves and we can get it anytime, we do not know the hardships of our ancestors.
If the SHTF…
The turkey cooking time depends on the oven temperature, whether the turkey is stuffed or not, and how many pounds the turkey weighs.
The following time chart is for an oven temperature of 325 degrees F.
Cooking the turkey low and slow (325) results in a more juicy tender bird (IMO).
Here’s how I came up with the numbers:
Situational awareness is basically knowing what is going on around us. This concept includes our immediate surroundings as well as what’s going on beyond our visual perimeter.
While we can only become aware of a situation from input of our senses (sight, sound, etc..), sometimes there are things (barriers) that cloud our judgement and diminish our ability to be properly situationally aware. We might think we understand the situation, but in reality we might not.
Other than some of the obvious barriers such as simply not being observant of our surroundings (for whatever the reason), there are other deeper rooted barriers to fully understanding what’s really going on while we interpret what we’re seeing or hearing.
A bug-out to someone else’s place is a touchy subject and may not end up the way you envisioned. Will the doors be open?
For example, the circumstances which caused your decision to bug-out may be one factor that will affect how well you are received. Your relationship with the person (people) at your presumed destination will be a factor. Your past history and behavior will be a factor. The probable length of stay will be a factor. Your skills, potential contribution, and what you bring to the table will be a factor.
There are all sorts of factors which may or may not be the things that enable you to get in the door at the other end. In fact, the door may very well be shut…
To build a fire, you start with a source – a spark or flame. Ideally you will have at the ready some fine dry tinder to which the spark or flame is applied. Next comes kindling and then progressively larger pieces of firewood.
Tinder is very important in that it is often a necessary step to successfully build a fire, and the quality of your tinder will determine your results.
Here’s a list of tinder sources: