Jarhead Survivor regularly blogs at one of my favorite survival and preparedness sites, SHTFBlog.com. He has a great writing style and perspective.
Recently Jarhead was called out to participate in an Internet Meme. These are fun ways to get to know others in the prepping and blogging community. In this meme, Jarhead answered 11 questions from Carolyn at taleweaversramblings.blogspot.ca and then created 11 questions of his own to ask others.
Laura and I were on his list. So here are his questions and our answers.
1. Who’s your favorite author?
I typically read 3 or 4 dozens books each year from a wide variety of authors and genres so identifying just one favorite author is tough. However, I will say that I’ve really enjoyed reading several books by Jon Krakauer recently. He’s tells compelling stories and has a wonderful way with words.
2. What would you do if you woke up and someone was burglarizing your house?
As a husband and father, my first priority would be to protect my family. Depending on the situation, my exact course of action may vary, but my goal would not alter – their safety is number one.
3. Do you believe in using firearms to protect you, your family, and your property?
4. What is your favorite prepper movie/book?
5. You’re going back in time to visit. What’s your favorite era?
Ooooh, great question. It’s easy to romanticize an era, remembering only the great things about it but forgetting how tough it actually was. For example, in the 1700’s small cut on your hand could result in death due to infection; child birth was almost as life-threatening as it was life-giving.
But a couple of eras call to me. First it would be amazing to live in Israel during the time that Christ walked amongst us. It was a brutal time in many ways, but it would have been great to see Jesus firsthand.
Another time that calls to me is the early 1800’s of the U.S. when frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone helped to forge the states.
6. Have you ever thought about homesteading or living off the grid? If so why haven’t you done it? (Or maybe you have!)
Absolutely. Laura and I are blessed with a small homestead where we strive to live as self-sufficient of a lifestyle as possible. We are far from our goal, but we are enjoying the journey.
7. What do you like to do in your off time?
I enjoy learning new skills and sharing what I’ve learned with others.
8. If you could have your dream job, what would it be?
Ooooh, another great question. I’m very happy with the day-job that I currently have. It affords me the freedom to pursue what I enjoy and provides enough monetarily that we don’t have to worry about our next meal.
However, being able to somehow incorporate our homesteading passion into a full-time job would be nice.
9. Why do you prep?
We live in very uncertain times. Well, that’s not actually true. I believe that the likelihood of a disaster is pretty certain. Whether it’s a personal disaster like the loss of a job, or a worldwide calamity like a global economic meltdown, there are many reasons to prepare.
10. Have you ever been in a survival situation or practiced wilderness survival on your own?
We regularly camp and backpack. These are good activities. On occasion, I’ve built primitive shelters and practiced surviving with limited resources. I’d like to do more of that.
For quite some time, Laura and I have talked about having a practice weekend with no electricity, no running water, etc, to find gaps in our preparations. We haven’t done that yet, but we will.
11. What’s your biggest beef with the government?
Two things: 1) It’s intrusiveness into the citizen’s lives. 2) The fact that it seems to believe that we are subject to it rather than acknowledging that they actually work for us.
Here are my list of questions. Most are light-hearted while others are more debatable.
- What’s the strangest thing you’ve eaten?
- If you could only own one handgun, would it be a 9mm or .45 caliber?
- What is the most recent book you’ve read?
- Is there a difference in “Prepper” and “Survivalist”?
- Which figure from history do you admire the most?
- What is one thing that you know now that you wish you’d known 10 years ago?
- What’s the most likely TEOTWAWKI scenario?
- Why did you begin blogging?
- If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
- What’s your favorite G-rated joke?
- What’s your favorite quote?
Here’s who I’d like to hear answer the questions.
- Chris at preparedchristian.net
- Jack at suburbansurvivalblog.com
- Practical Parsimony at practical-parsimony.blogspot.com
- NorthernHomesteader at northernhomesteader.wordpress.com
- Rob at offgridsurvival.com
- Prepper at teotwawki.ws
- David at tngun.com
- Jimmy at jimmycrackedcorn.wordpress.com
- Butch at prep-blog.com
- And you, too!
We’d love to hear from you! What are your answers to these questions? Answer them all. Or just pick one or two. Leave your answers directly in the comments section below or link to your blog.