My new acquaintance, Abdul Swami, whose name is Dick, is only able to get 10 pound bags of rice for large quantity buyers. I think that there is something funny going on in the food business. You gotta go to Chinamart to get the big bags of rice. No one else seems to have them.
Went to the garden to spray my beans and they really looked like they didn't need it. We have 30% chance of rain today and tomorrow so I just said to hell with it and went to the store. Got me some more petrol. It's gone up to $4.12 a gallon. I guess we can't have too much of a bad deal!
The Daily Reckoning had a good article this morning about how buying from China is inflating the hell out of our currency. America is such a bunch of dumb bunnies. I guess when the bottom falls out of things people will get the idea of how it is supposed to be done. Until then, the stupid morons will continue to screw everything up because they are just too lazy to do any different. And there, dear reader, is one of the main causes of our present distress. Our people are just too lazy to do anything about the ills that have befallen us. You don't reckon I will have volunteers to help me eat my crop this Winter do you? But the American dollar is fueling Asian growth right now and you know who is providing the fuel. China's economy is described as white hot. Ours ain't even tepid.
I got a 32 gallon plastic Rubbermaid can with a lock down lid for my future prep storage. I don't like the plastic but they didn't have any metal cans so I got what they had. And I know the prep masters say to store things in plastic buckets and all of that but I feel that galvanized cans are better. Just my inborn native stupidity, I reckon. But rats and mice can't gnaw through steel. The stuff I store is in plastic bags when I buy it. Good enough!
I want to get into town and get medical supplies but I am hesitant to spend the gas to get there. I just don't like burning gasoline. Maybe I can coax the Handmaiden into shopping for the stuff. Sounds like a plan to me! But I really need to get on that project. Ain't gonna be anyone else do it, except maybe my friend Michael. He is also a very good forager and herbalist. If an herb can substitute for an over the counter medicine he will know it. Those kind of people are handy to have around. The Handmaiden is getting there.
I know this is a broken record but I say you better go buy food. Long storage food. Prices are going up and the economic dogs are barking that it won't go down for a long time, if ever. I have had a fantasy going all morning that I could build a garage or barn structure and have my own little farmers market. Stick it back in the middle of nowhere and I'll bet the people would come. Sell beautiful homegrown food for about half price and they will find you. There is a lot to work out on this little fantasy but it could be done and make money. The new buzz word in food is to be a LOCAVORE. You only buy food grown locally. And it would be a possible benefit because if you are the grower then you can insure yourself a goodly amount of food for the Winter. It's called paying yourself. And paying yourself is a good idea. With all the various governments going around with their hands out for money all the time it would behoove you to have a little income that paid YOU too.
The Amish are reputed to grow about 6 to 8 thousand pounds of tomatoes on an acre of dirt. It would have to be good dirt but to start out it doesn't . The Amish are known for buying hardscrabble land and making it pay. They keep building up their soil and all of a sudden they have a nice fertile farm. They haul all of their manure to the fields. They compost all of their scrap crops and vegetables. And it's work, you understand. Ain't anything easy about it. But they get it done. And they have gotten it done all over the world. People could learn things from the Amish. But those kind of things don't appeal to the power elite. Just making sure everyone has enough food and clothing is not reason enough to dedicate your life. Too damn boring. Obama talks about change. Change into what? Are we all going to change into Ken and Barbie dolls. And you may laugh at that but the lower classes want what the power elite has. They want servants and yachts and big limo's and fancy clothes and all that stuff. Hollywood has done a great job of spreading that doctrine around the globe.
I reckon it will be hundreds of years before the idea of God's economics kicks into the human brain the message that is supposed to get over to the family of man. "With food and raiment be content." And really, what is a survivalist trying to assure for his family? Food and raiment. That is what it is all about. We are not promised the lifestyle of a Ken and Barbie doll. We are just rebellious children who think we can pull it off. But some of us are learning. At least I hope I am.