It’s Time for the Pendulum to Swing Back to the Middle

You can always count on a pendulum to eventually swing back, but the problems start when it goes too far.

I am a firm believer that many things in life and in the natural world go through cycles, usually swinging from one extreme to the other.

Sometimes those swings are very slow and take thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. For example, scientists estimate that there have been at least a dozen periods in the past million years in which glaciers covered much of the globe. The most recent, which we know simply as “the ice age,” peaked some 18,000 years ago and ended less than 12,000 years ago. Eventually, there will be another ice age, we don’t know when and we won’t be alive to see it, but some temperature variation is to be expected as the pendulum swings from one extreme to another.

Sometimes these swings take place over every generation. Think about style and fashion, where trends seem to repeat themselves, or at least elements, every 20 to 30 years. (I’m just hoping those big shoulder pads from the 1980s don’t come back.)

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Prepper Diary November 25: Now I Gotta Buy a New Truck

In the aftermath of the car crash, Pete heads home and embarks on some truck shopping.

I have made the trip back home safe and sound, which is a relief after my last excursion!  Passing through the intersection where the accident happened, even though I am driving the opposite direction, is a bit of a weird feeling.

In any case, I made it back to the tow lot on Sunday and picked up my garage door openers.  I also found a phone headset I had left in the vehicle.  No idea how I missed that the first time.

Thanks to all for your patience when I missed a day or two of posting.  It was a rough week!

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Prepper Diary November 20: Pete’s Favorite Truck gets Totaled

I was in a head-on collision with another vehicle and both my airbags deployed. I survived largely uninjured, and a learned an important lesson or two.

As I was on the way to our prepper property with a pickup-truck load of stuff when a young woman made a left turn in front of me at a major intersection and I plowed right into her.  I had time to think “Oh sh*t!” and be angry that the other driver who would make a dumb move like that.  I jammed on the brakes, but it was too late for that to make much difference.

The next thing I knew, I was seeing white, and after a second of confusion I realized the air bag had deployed.  I had heard a bang, and even now, I don’t know if it was the sound of the impact, the sound of the airbags deploying, or some combination of both.  It was a very surreal moment as many of the items I had packed in the back seat had flown into the front of the car due to the impact and they were falling back down, some of them bumping into me.  This included a table lamp that was in an open box and my Shockwave in its scabbard, which thankfully missed me but ended up in the front passenger seat.  I tossed it back into the backseat.

I opened my door and stumbled out.  My phone was in the cup holder and I had the presence of mind to turn back around and grab it.  I was admittedly shaken up.  I was also pissed because I had been cut off and it was clear that my beloved truck, which I had owned for almost 20 years, was totaled. 

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