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I know this post was reserved for the second part of the Surviving a Gang Attack post, but since we now have averted (temporarily) an apocalyptic financial crisis, I thought I would take the opportunity to at least discuss urban survival during a financial collapse.

When we discuss urban survival we are almost always preparing for the worst case scenario.  In the event of a financial collapse of government we look at runs on food supplies, mobs taking to the streets and ways in which we have to barter, if needed.  What we haven’t looked at is the process by which this occurs and how to survive the process.  Fortunately we already we had examples of people breaking down as a result of the crisis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EngVoMRnK4w

Lucky we have averted a financial crisis but it allowed us to glimpse what the process could be and how long it will take until we have to start skinning squirrels for lunch.  Let’s look at the potential issues we may face during the process of a financial crisis.  What issues will come up before we hit the apocalypse.

Income:  Almost 1 million federal employees were not paid for 16 days.  If you are living check to check you will have to make some hard decisions.  These 1 million employees now cannot pay someone else for services.  If they can’t pay someone else those people will lose their jobs… etc, etc.  How will you pay or your food, clothing and shelter?

The government governs us:  We forget how much government actually governs our everyday lives.  For instance, what would happen if you could not pay the mechanic who fixed your car because you were suddenly out of work because of a government financial crisis?  The mechanic cannot float you because he is suffering also.  He can go to court and put a mechanic’s lien on your vehicle and you would have to go to court to get it back.  That means you no longer have a means of transportation. Let’s say you are divorced and pay child support.  If you cannot pay you will be subject to sanctions including jail.  You can, though, go to court and ask for help.

In both these cases, since the government is closed, and the courts are closed, there is no way to remedy this.  Interestingly, some parts of the government were open.  In the case of child support, the courts were closed so the person could not ask for help but the enforcement section was open. That means, it is possible that this person who could not pay child support because of the government shut down could be jailed because there was no place to go to ask for help.

The government will not be there to help you.  If you needed a passport or needed to travel you were severely hampered during this time.  Most essential services were up and running during this time.  If it went on longer we can use the example of what happened during (click here) Hurricane Katrina to see what can happen when essential services are not there for you.

Okay, so now that we received this wake up call, what should you do?  In order to survive a major catastrophe like a total government collapse due to a financial crisis, you will have to survive the process.  Don’t wait until it happens, everyone else will be doing the same.

1. Assess all the areas that the government has a role in your life or may have a role.  Do not get sucked in to the idea that some things can never happen to you. So even think about what you would do if the unlikely would happen to you.  What would happen if you were arrested, how would you handle that, who can help you, etc.  I was never arrested and I don’t break the law, but I know what to do and who to call if I am arrested.

2. Have some cash around so you can buy the basics (food, clothing water)

3. Keep information such as passwords and important names and phone numbers printed and in one place.  I’ll emphasize print the material in the event there is no power or God forbid no internet. This includes information who to contact and where to go if you need help.

4. Know how you can reduce your need for consumer goods.  Have some good recipes that are cheap, easy and inexpensive.  Here’s some ideas to start with.

5. Hunker down, get close to family and friends and try to have a realistic positive attitude.  The attitude will get you to where you need to be.

It has been a rough couple of  weeks in the big bad city.  Sometimes you just need to stop and be in the moment in order to recharge.   If you are having a tough time, I hope this helps you to be right here right now. Whatever battle you need to fight can wait 5 minutes so you can recharge.  Thanks for sending it Ted, it arrived right when it was supposed to 🙂

Ode to Joy….

THE SUPER EGG

How can you beat the mighty egg as an awesome Urban Survival food?  It has great nutritional value, is cheap and has a long shelf life.  There have been recent studies that actually show that eggs are good for you! Many of our Urban Survival recipes contain eggs.. the mighty matzo and the mighty ramen noodle to name just two.

To qualify as an Urban Survival food, a food must have nutritional value, be cheap, be able to be prepared quickly and be able to be modified for taste.  I just bought a carton of 18 large eggs for $1.99.  That’s cheap!  The egg also has great nutritional value (see below) can be prepared quickly and can be modified for taste.  Below is some egg facts I found.  Don’t let the bad reputation of eggs deter you- go try one of our recipes!

EGG FACTS

A large egg represents less than 4% of the daily calorie intake of a person eating 2,000 calories a day; it provides 10% of a person’s daily recommended protein, and valuable iron, B vitamins, and minerals, including the folate recommended for pregnant women.

A hen requires about 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg. After the egg is laid, the hen starts all over again about 30 minutes later.

Egg protein is both high in quality and low in cost. It’s easy to compare the price of eggs to the price of other protein foods. A dozen Large eggs weigh 1 1/2 pounds, so the price per pound of Large eggs is two-thirds of the price per dozen. For example, if Large eggs cost 90¢ per dozen, they cost 60¢ per pound. At $1.20 per dozen, Large eggs are only 80¢ per pound.

Dates on egg cartons and all other food packaging reflect food quality, not food safety. An ‘expiration’ or ‘sell-by’ date on an egg carton tells the grocer to pull the eggs if they haven’t sold by that time. A ‘best-by’ or ‘use-by’ date tells you that your eggs will still be of high quality if you use them by that date.

You can keep fresh, uncooked eggs in the shell refrigerated in their cartons for at least three weeks after you bring them home, with insignificant quality loss. Properly handled and stored, eggs rarely spoil. If you keep them long enough, eggs are more likely to simply dry up. But don’t leave eggs out. They’ll age more in one day at room temperature than they will in one week in the refrigerator.

Photo and fact credit:

http://photobucket.com/images/super-egg/

http://smarteregg.com/can-eggs-make-you-smarter/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/eggs-friend-or-foe

http://www.incredibleegg.org/

 

I know you are out there.  You sacrifice.  You work hard to provide. Most of all, you love your children with all of your heart.  Today, on Father’s Day you will not get the recognition you deserve. It may be because of the lingering negative effects of divorce or maybe because the economy forces you away from your children.  Whatever the reason, please know that I know you are out there and I know you are doing your best.  It is the easiest thing to give up, but you don’t.  Don’t ever give up…… Happy Father’s day!

Thank you Carley!

The Renegade Rulebook

A few months ago, I featured a post titled “Ten Things I Learned From My Mom.” I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting, and decided that I also wanted to feature a similar post dedicated to my father. I’m fortunate enough to have two loving parents that I am very close with, and I hope some day that I can take everything I’ve learned from them, and apply it to my own parenting techniques.

1. Kick ‘Em Where It Hurts

In first grade, I came off the school bus hysterically crying. My dad met me at the top of our driveway, tried to console the sobbing little human peeking timidly up at him from underneath her bangs, while clutching her ninja turtle lunch box. After he asked me what was wrong, I explained that another boy on the bus had been saying mean things to me. My dad told me…

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