What Did You Do to Prep this Month and Bath Salts Strike Again

A variety of related blogs often write “What did you do to prep this week/month” posts. They’re an easy way to grab a consistent post idea. I’ve avoided doing that largely because other sites already do it, but I have been curious how SHTF Blog’s readers might sound off on the subject. Are you making conscious steps to become a bit more prepared every week or month? If so, what are you doing, improving skills, buying equipment, learning more information? This month I purchased a basic .22 lr spinner target for target practicing. I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve wanted something that I can see what/where I hit without having to go check paper targets after each magazine. If you have a variety of these spinner targets, you could set them up at varying distances and have someone calling off which target to hit. This could improve target acquisition time in addition to accuracy. Along that “product acquisition” preparedness theme, the folks over at Deep Conceal are sending me one of their holsters that I plan to test and review. Watch for that. There wasn’t much that I did this month to improve my skills or knowledge, but if exercise is preparedness (as Jarhead likes to remind us), I’ve done plenty. I’ve joined the local YMCA and have been exercising again for the past 5-6 weeks. Over the long Memorial Day weekend that just ended I also hiked the 10 mile Bold Coast loop trail that’s far up the Maine coast about 30 minutes from the Canadian border. It’s a beautiful yet desolate area where the population is low and welfare rates are high. Before I move on to a more disturbing topic, here are a few pics I took from the hike:

Now on to bath salts. Remember my post from last July about bath salts turning freaks into crazies? Based on the recent story about the guy all whacked out on bath salts (media is calling it “a new potent form of LSD”) eating the face off another man, all I can say is – watch out for freaks on drugs! The information to walk away with is this: the drug makes people really hot, so they get naked, delirium sets in, and they gain super human strength and an inability to feel pain. So if you see a naked person acting crazy … The irony of this article is that just a day ago I received an email from a reader in Florida that stated:
5/16: McArthur High School HazMat Situation: Students, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/16/mcarthur-high-school-contamination_n_1521764.html 5/19: No confirmation on chemical at Fort Lauderdale International Airport … http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/terminal-2-evacuated-at-fort-lauderdale-airport-in-hazmat-scare 5/21: Police: Man bites woman in Westchester http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/westchester/newsnow/x639948018/Police-Man-bites-woman-in-Westchester 5/23: I-285 reopens after hazmat incident http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html 5/23: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Man-Bites-Cousins-Nose-Off-153100125.html 5/24: Second Broward school reports mystery rash http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/24/2815003/second-broward-school-reports.html 5/25: Hazmat Called After Kids Exposed To Pesticide On Bus: Hazmat, EMS Respond To Lake County, FL School http://www.wesh.com/r/31112110/detail.html 5/25: ‘Disoriented’ passenger subdued on flight in Miami http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/25/passenger-restrained-on-flight-to-miami-arrested/ 5/26: Florida Doctor Spits Blood at Highway Patrolmen After DUI Arrest http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-doctor-spits-blood-troopers-face-dui-arrest/story?id=16436402 5/27: Georgia contractor bites Lowe’s employees, resists arrest http://columbus.wtvm.com/news/crime/54763-contractor-bites-lowes-employees-resists-arrest All separate incidents, but all in Florida… Is this the start of the zombie apocalypse?!
Perhaps. Not the zombies I envisioned from Night of the Living Dead, but I guess “zombie” can have many meanings. SO – what DID you do to prepare this month for the “zombie” apocalypse? – Ranger Man BTW: Thanks to all those who used the Amazon search bar on this site for their Amazon shopping this month. The small commission Amazon pays each month on those sales helps keep the site going.
36 comments… add one
  • Tim May 30, 2012, 8:06 am

    Three weeks ago I bought some junk silver. Then two weeks ago I bought some more.

    Then *last* week I stopped by the coin shop and loaded up on junk silver dimes. And then yesterday, seeing PMs tank yet again, I swung by again for some more.

    If this slide continues as Europe implodes, I might beed to break-out the strategic cash reserve and *really* load-up while I still can.

  • Spook45 May 30, 2012, 9:00 am

    I do something EVERY week. In RE BAth Salts, for thse of you who dont what they are talkig about the “Bath Salts” are not bath salts at al These are designer drugs disguised in a packaging that says rt on it NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION and the knowledge of what they are is pred underground by word of mouth. IN reality, the bath salts are in fact METHACATHALONE or some variant there of. Basicly, they stop one or chemical molicules short of methamphedimine and cal it bath salts. THe laws regulating these drugs is hard to ass and enforce due to the way the leislation is done. They pass one law and the chemist just change the composition slighly and go around it. The same with thesynthetic marijuana, it is similer but not the same as marijuana. THe marijane is actually worse than the real thing because chemicaly it makes people sick and in some cases causes psychotic breaks and other mental health mimicers that cause MAJOR problems in the ER and for LE. This stuff is deadly and has killed a number of kids around the country. These drugs are still legal in some states, so FYI ost drug tests wont detect them.

    • Tim May 30, 2012, 9:57 am

      So how much do you recommend smokin’, Spook?

      • EZE June 1, 2012, 6:03 am

        LOL !!!

  • gat31 May 30, 2012, 10:10 am

    Just so yall know, l don’t use either of these products so no Zombie here :) However both these products are easily found here and ssssooo many people on probation for the real stuff they turn to this instead.
    Not sitting here preaching for or against the use, but if it was legalized it would put these “chemists” out of business at least to some extent. Not to mention the boo coo bucks spent each year to incarcerate the users. The war on drugs is not seeming to stop anyone from using so why keep it up? JMHO

    ps did nothing to prep except enjoy the much needed rain on my garden :)

  • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 10:30 am

    i made a small “gadget” to help me track down some electrical gremlins in my old car.

    i’ll be trying to build up my “tool kit” some more, after payday.

  • Jason May 30, 2012, 10:34 am

    I read each of those articles & am a total loss – What the heck is going on in Florida, is this some sort of low grade & experimental terrorist attack? This is beyond weird ….

    Congrats on joining the YMCA & beginning an exercise program – always good to get the endorphins running again. And that Bold Coast loop trail is absolutely beautiful & looked like a great place to unwind your mind, you’re lucky to have access to such desolate beauty.

    You mentioned the economic climate of the area & I am not sure how to address this but am curious, do you carry a handgun on these types of hikes for self protection? I have always had an interest in getting away to the middle of nowhere, so to speak, and started some day hikes but wonder if I am being paranoid or naive with regards to carrying a firearm. What do you think?

    • carl May 30, 2012, 11:05 am

      If your state allows Conceled Carry ( mine does) I carry an inside the trousers belt line .22 auto at all times ( except of course where prohibited). You should get your permit and not risk arrest AND always carry no matter where you go.

    • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 12:16 pm

      yeh, what Jason said: absolutely beautiful.

      yeh, what carl said: .22 auto, plus a Boy Scout knife in your pocket. Minus the .22 in the PRK. (Peoples Republic of Kalifornia). i allowed my PA concealed carry permit to lapse, because i work on Federal property and don’t wish to risk jailtime… (i never go anywhere but out to work) if we ever get “Vermont Carry” here, i’ll try to find something, with a little more oomph than the .22 for everyday, away from the office.
      out in the wild, a .357 or a .44 Special would not be unreasonable at all. you would not be “being paranoid”. it would be prudent.

      • Jarhead Survivor May 30, 2012, 1:38 pm

        I agree with you about carrying something a little heavier duty irish. A few years ago I was hiking up Katahdin with Mrs Jarhead when we came across a guy with what I assumed was sweat ringing the neck of his shirt. Turns out it was blood. He’d tried committing suicide by cutting his neck with a hacksaw blade. He’d cut himself multiple times – nothing very deep, but probably painful, and was just sitting on a log looking up the trail. He’d been drinking and was dehydrated in addition to the small amount of blood loss.

        I kept Mrs Jarhead behind me while I talked to him. Hell, I even gave him a drink of water, but if he’d moved quickly in the wrong direction I’d have finished the job for him. He listened to reason and walked back down the trail to his van and we got the wardens to talk to him, but you never know what you’re going to find out in the deep woods. That time I didn’t have a gun, but I haven’t made that mistake since.

        • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 2:34 pm

          …also a good idea to have a separate water container, for “sharing” purposes.

    • T.R. May 30, 2012, 4:30 pm

      Yeah , Im armed wherever I go , I would recommend it . Too many a$$holes out there . My CC pistol depending on how discrete I need it to be is either a Glock 26 , or if I need real small , a Ruger LCP . One of those things that you hope you never need outside the range ……….but at least you have it if worse came to worse .

    • Michael May 30, 2012, 5:39 pm

      I do a lot of tooling around out in the middle of nowhere and hiking and I never carry. But, I’m all so all set up to carry if things change and I think I need to start.

    • Ranger Man May 30, 2012, 5:44 pm

      I took a S&W 9mm with me on the trip, but I left it locked in the car during the hike. I took it on the trip in the event a bunch of drunk, rowdy punks wanted to cause a stir at a campground on a holiday weekend. I reasoned I could leave it in the car on the hike as I’ve only ever really encountered decent people while hiking. A lot of people don’t have any interest in hiking 10 miles let alone getting off the couch.

      • Jason June 1, 2012, 3:07 pm

        Thank you, that was very helpful.

  • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 12:42 pm

    just out of curiousity, how should somebody “intervene” in a situation like that one down in Florida? it was going on for eighteen minutes, before the police shot the “perp”.
    call 911, naturally, then what? i’ve got a cell phone and a pocket knife…

    paracord is probably strong enough to restrain him. (if i had remembered to keep some in my pocket) should someone try to grab the “victim” away? (i don’t know if i’m brave enough to try)
    the risk of encountering “blood borne pathogens” seems to be elevated on a scene like that…

    so if i had been passing by at the time, what should i have tried to do?

    • Jarhead Survivor May 30, 2012, 1:50 pm

      That’s a great question, Irish. I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. I’ve been in a few scrapes and usually gave as good as I got, but if I ever saw something like this I don’t know what I’d do.

      Sounds like the guy was intent on what he was doing, so I might have gone looking for a piece of steel rebar or anything else heavy and swing-able. But here’s the thing – if you miss or don’t take him down he’s gonna turn on you and then you’re in for some real trouble. The report said he was shot a couple of times and just kept on eating. Uhhhh, what??? Irish – I think if you tried to step in with your pocket knife he’d have been nibbling on your liver as a second dish.

      This may sound really messed up, but if it were a woman or a child I’d put a whole hell of a lot more effort and less thought into it than if it were a man. I suppose I figure a guy should be able to take care of himself – no real good reason here, just working off my gut. Of course if *I* were the one being eaten I’d want someone to step up and help.

      I’ve read police statements where it took five cops to hold down a skinny 150 lb guy that was high on this stuff. This guy looked to be a lot bigger and was probably a lot more powerful. I suspect the pedestrian made the right call by not getting involved as he probably would have wound up in just as bad a situation.

      Just my two cents, man. Now if there were a couple of you maybe you could tag team him or something…

      • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 2:20 pm

        kinda what i was thinking.

        i’m a 250 lb. “weakling”, and not that young anymore. the rebar is a good thought though. (not attempting anything with just my pocket knife, i’d only use that in self defense)

        i agree about a child or woman. could not ask anyone to tag team, but would be ok with any or all available help.

      • Jason May 30, 2012, 3:07 pm

        Jarhead – you forgot to add the Chianti & fava beans with Irish’s donated liver meal. (Remember, Dumb & Dumber?!)

        As far as controlling a crazed man or woman – have you ever tried to physically control a 5 year old child while they are in a full blown tantrum? Add another 100 + lbs & more mature muscles & you have a very difficult situation.

        • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 6:33 pm

          i had a difficult enough time trying to physically control our kitty cat, so i could take her to the vet…

          • Jason May 31, 2012, 1:50 am

            Irish – That made me laugh out loud!!!

          • irishdutchuncle June 5, 2012, 10:29 am

            in my defense, i have to say she was a particularly feisty cat. the vet techs had to put on their “riot gear” each time i brought her in.

  • sput May 30, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Back in the dawn of my CCW days, I had a small .22 auto. I was carrying it on a camping weekend when a bear tore up 2 neighboring camp sites. Next week, no more .22 auto, but a new snub .38 was with me. EDC is now a KelTec 9, not much bigger than that weak, unreliable .22. Bring enough gun — a .22 is no match for a bear or a zombie on drugs.

  • JL May 30, 2012, 2:15 pm

    I store more food and i buy seeds every week. Husband and i can garden but have not been able to this year. I also store more water every week. I have been talking my mom into storing at least some water. They live in Tucson. My 10 year old was watching Doomsday Preppers, he said “mom don’t you think we should have more food?” I have also been baking more bread and looking for more cast iron cookware.
    As to the “bath salts” it reminds us to be aware of what’s going on around us. My sister in law lost custody of her baby because bath salts were found in her trunk. Looks like we might be having a baby.

  • Jason May 30, 2012, 4:26 pm


    I went to Google images & typed in Bold Coast Trail & got some stunning pictures of the area – all I can say is, wow it is beautiful. Some day I will travel there to see it first hand.

    • Jarhead Survivor May 31, 2012, 7:52 am

      I used to hike on various islands off the coast – Criehaven being one example – and the rugged coastline looks exactly like Ranger Man’s pictures.

      I also used to have a friend with a boat drop me off on an island – just me – to camp for a couple of days at a time. It’s awesome to have that kind of solitude. Once in awhile there would be the odd kayaker come through and it was nice to share a fire with them before they pushed on. Great times!

  • Brad May 30, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Would stopping the cannibal via and violent, terminal act be considered self defence if the wasn’t exactly attacking you? Is “being a good Samaratin, help someone else is a bad situation” the same as self defence? I curious as to how the law would look at that? The situation goes as this: You’re were walking down the street (I know it’s hard to believe, but you don’t have a cell phone to call the police), and nobody else around except you, face-eater, and his dinner. Face-eater looks jacked-up or mentally disturbed in some-way. You notice this because he is naked and chewing the face off of another person. You reach behind the seat and grab your tire iron, or draw your gun. You approach face-eater, and say “Hey, you mean ol’ face-eater, you quit eatin’ that face” To which he replies “Grrrrrr” and continues his dinner. You walk up and dispatch face-eater with your tool of choice. Now he is dead, you have a gun with a round or two or five empty casing laying around you, and some guy over is the corner screaming something about his face being chewed on. Police finally show up (passerby). If the main course is dead or dying or can’t defend you actions, then what will the police think. They always take someone to jail……they have/want to because “it’s their job”. Some of “them” including our court system feed off of convictions, and assume guilt right off the bat. Sometimes “public justice” is frowned upon. Look and Travon Martins “killer”. He was being attacked, had called the police, and yet had to defend himself. Now he is facing murder charges. This was AFTER the police knew there was trouble, and EVEN AFTER and witness saw Martin on top of the defendant beating him. Any thoughts? <>

    • irishdutchuncle May 30, 2012, 6:30 pm

      it may be a case of justifiable homocide, but self defense would be too much of a stretch. (unless/until you get a bite mark) he was already eating face, when you got there, and they were both naked. how do we know it wasn’t consensual?

      they always frown on you taking the law in your own hands. fortunately for you the security camera got it on tape…

    • Adam May 30, 2012, 6:43 pm

      As a cop, I’d have stopped the threat against the victim. You have to look at what your specific state laws say about using deadly force. If they allow you to use force to stop a deadly threat and only against you, then I’d say no. If they allow you use force to stop a deadly threat or serious bodily injury against you or a third party, then I’d say yes. It all depends, sad to say. It also depends on how you articulate your force. If you just say “I shot him just because,” then yes, you’ll go to jail. If you can justify it, then you have a much higher likelihood of not going to jail.

      You have to be willing to accept the consequences of your actions, even if they involve going to jail. No, the police don’t try to get an arrest “just because” or we “have/want to.” I love hearing about a citizen who is involved in a justified shooting. It is one reason why I got a CCW way back when before I became a police officer. I wanted to protect myself and others from harm should the need ever arise. In my opinion, Zimmerman was charged for political expediency and nothing else. It was done to avert a race riot/war.

      I would also not recommend trying to stop the attacker in this instance with anything other than a firearm. Not because I don’t think you would be justified or that it’s a job “only for the police to handle.” It is more that, if you don’t immediately stop the threat, then he will likely come after you and you will be another victim. If you can stop the threat and prevent further injury to the victim, then you should, as long as it’s in accordance with your laws.

      • Brad May 31, 2012, 4:26 pm


        Thanks for the input from “the other side of the fence”. My thoughts are, if you don’t know your states exacts laws (maybe having a CCW ((or tire iron)) I should look into it) and in the heat of the moment you save someones life, is it personally worth the risk of life in jail. Personally, I think I would react to the situation, and go from there. Jail time or risk there of probably wouldn’t cross my mind at that point. And Yes Adam, when you say “In my opinion, Zimmerman was charged for political expediency and nothing else. It was done to avert a race riot/war.” I agree with you 100%. Too bad a decent man (as far as I know) is being crucified in the process.

        • Brad May 31, 2012, 4:30 pm

          Also, (don’t take offence to this, just showing the senario) when you state “As a cop, I’d have stopped the threat against the victim.” That’s you doing your duty. Serve and protect. Me on the other hand, I was just walking down the street, minding my own business when…………. See the difference? Two different shoes. Boots and sneakers.

          • Adam May 31, 2012, 4:53 pm

            I don’t take offense. I also mean that even if I was off duty, I’d have stepped in. But I also know the use of force options and laws. I am prepared to accept the consequences of my actions. I look at it this way, I couldn’t have looked at myself in the mirror if I just kept on walking by.

            But I also would not have done anything other than 911 and get some kind of stand off weapon to intervene if I was not armed with a firearm. But I carry my gun all the time and would have used it in that situation. I also would not have arrested any citizen CCW holder who intervened provided they gave an adequate justification for what they did.

            It all goes back to knowing what the laws are and what you are and are not justified to do and in what circumstances you are justified to do them in.

    • Jason June 1, 2012, 3:46 pm

      Two thoughts come up about Treyvon Martin for me –

      1. The obvious tension regarding racial bias which I think is a crappy situation. Pardon the pun but it seemed pretty black & white. You had a similar instance in reverse with OJ & the “raciest” cops. The evidence seemed pretty damn clear that he did it but there was an underlying fear that if he was found guilty, it would be riot central in L.A. In fact, the original attorney OJ spoke to, Jerry Spence, years later commented that he refused the case based upon his interview with OJ.

      2. From reports I read, Treyvon was anywhere from 6′ 1″ to 6′ 3″ & Zimmerman is 5′ 9″ so there could be a perceived threat just from that standpoint. Then couple it with Treyvon’s recent past with trouble, I’d guess he had an attitude & seems to have crossed the line at decided to go toe to toe.

      Honestly, I feel sorry for Treyvon’s parents & feel they are a victims & being leveraged into a publicity move to scream more racial bias in our country. Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson are a couple of worthless guys whom exploit this kind of crap & get the “people” riled up while posting pictures of a sweet innocent child.

      It always seems to come down to ju$$$tice

      Where was the media, the marches, tee shirts, signs & prominent WHITE leaders when this crime happened?


  • Lumberjok May 30, 2012, 5:34 pm

    Prep wise….I dug out the reloading gear I ordered a year ago and never unwrapped. Next, I read the directions four times then loaded up 300 rounds of 9mm. Now it was off to the range for the smoke test. Every single round wet boom just like factory ammo.

    Re: bath salts. They are epidemic here in Maine….from the Bangor area all the way down the coast to the NH border.

  • BillyB May 30, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Cold Steel Rifleman’s tomahawk. $27 at Amazon. Just got it today.

    I was looking for a carpenter’s hatchet (one with a hammer on the back) for use as a camp axe. Going with a long-handled cold steel axe seemed overkill until I saw that its price was less than any other carpenters hatchet, and the axe-blade has a curve to it (better for chopping in the outdoors) unlike the common straight-edge carpenters hatchet.

    The handle is almost twice as long as a normal hatchet or camp axe, but it’s wood and replaceable. I thought of cutting the handle down until I realized that the handle-length balances the tomahawk for throwing. I have no need of a throwing axe; but it is pretty cool & so I might keep it full length.

    Other than that, a nice Mora knife, and a fleece union-suit for cold weather. There’s nothing I hate more than being dressed for cold weather except that when I bend over my low back and plumber’s butt is inevitably exposed to wind & cold no matter how warmly I dress. I hope the union-suit solves this problem.

  • psycho June 1, 2012, 5:56 pm

    Well I have never done one of these “what have you prepped” things before mainly because I am somewhat paranoid when it comes to opsec but here goes.

    Bought another 12 gauge pump tactical shotgun and a 30.06 bolt action rifle with scope as well as a LOT of ammo for both (this rounds out me and the spouses arsenal for now).
    Bought 12 pails of Augossan farms 30 day food buckets at Sams cause they had a better price than I have seen anywhere else (cleaned out two different Sams of them).
    Bought two pallets of cinder blocks for more raised gardens (loading and unloading these about did me in…).
    Started my journey into wine making with my first batch of dandelion wine.
    Continued my gardening and was able to harvest peas, green beans, potatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce, and strawberries already (lost all my cucumber plants though…).
    Bought a few other odds and ends including potassium iodide, survival tabs, new bag for BOB, a bunch of survival books, and more ammo for everything.
    Bought a lot more meat on sale and some other sale food like rice and beans.
    Built a couple more compost bins.
    Spent some more time at the gun range to sharpen skills.
    Topped off my gasoline storage (wanted to wait till winter for the better fuel but was running low).

    Not bad but I need to do more exercise (especially runs with BOB), as well as do some more actual experience stuff.


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