Friday, June 6, 2014
Unplugged, the Sportsman Channel
I watched the premier of this new series last night on the Sportsman Channel. You never know what to expect with the series produced for small outdoor sportsman type channels. Some are very good, some are on the level of home movies, but this one was quite well done.
The first show featured a couple who live relatively near to me, just across the border with South Carolina. He is an engineer, and she is a pharmacist. Both well educated, well spoken people. More to the point, both of them had good jobs so they could pour vast amounts of money into their survivalist lifestyle. That word , the "S" word, was never used but that's what these people are. For one thing, they've been doing this full time for more than twenty years, and the "prepper" moniker didn't exist back then. For another, these were some serious individuals. They had all the bases covered.
The first thing I noticed was that they had backups, to backups, for every kind of equipment and gadget you could desire. The man said he spent more than $60,000 on his solar system, and he had a very good diesel generator system with plenty of fuel. He also had outdoor furnaces that allowed him to heat his house and water using wood alone. They had multiple tractors, including one that had no ignition system other than a hand crank.
This couple had purchased every kind of machine for preserving food, including their own mini canning plant. They raised cattle, did their own gardening and preserving. Their water system was amazing, including a type of pump for moving water that used no electricity at all and had been running for years without difficulty. I had never heard of it before. All in all, they had both the wherewithal and the technical expertise to put together an excellent retreat. While they live there full time, other members of their small group would join them by prearrangement if the situation were to merit that.
I'm looking forward to seeing upcoming episodes of the show. If "Doomsday Preppers" had been done on this level, serious with an eye to being informative and educational, I wouldn't have quit watching it.