Thanksgiving is a really important day for me. Most holidays are “whatever” days where I go through the motions and wonder what all the hype is about. I feel like most of the secular ones are made up and commercialized. Not Thanksgiving, though. Oh, sure, there’s a commercial aspect to it, but I can somehow ignore it and concentrate on the real meaning of the holiday.
Being thankful – and openly saying so on a day like Thanksgiving – is more than just acknowledging that God has done amazingly good things for you. I don’t get preachy, so I’ll try not to dwell on that aspect of it.
So, instead of talking about God, I’ll talk about you. Here’s what’s in it for you: being thankful is good for you. It makes you more appreciative. It makes you think about what’s good in your life, instead of reacting to all the little things that are bad. Looking at all the things you’re thankful for puts things in perspective, and you need that.
Some of the things I’m thankful for that 299 Days readers will relate to are, first, this amazing community we’ve built up. What a stunning array of human beings you guys are. I could write for pages and pages about all the people who have emailed, PM’d, and met me in person and their stories. The books have profoundly affected thousands of people in extremely positive, life-changing ways. Which brings me to my primary thing to be thankful for: God using me to reach thousands of people and really, really helping them. I said I won’t get preachy, so I’ll leave it at that, except to say: what an honor, the honor of a lifetime (eternity, really) to be used like I have been.
(This post is something you can send to your friends or print out and hand to them when SHTF.)
I love my friends, but I will shoot you if I have to. I’m serious. Here’s why.
I tried to persuade you to prepare for what’s coming and, in the process, revealed that to you that I’m preparing. You realized that I have food, guns, etc., and ended up saying, half kidding but half serious, “I’ll come to your place when SHTF.”
No you won’t. I will shoot you. If you threaten me and my family, I will use force to defend against any threat. And showing up at my place hungry and unprepared is a threat to me. You will eat my food and use up my medical supplies, generator, firewood, etc. That’s less of these life-saving things for me and my family. That’s a threat.
Is this greed on my part? No. I will take care of the truly needy – those who cannot take care of themselves. But you are different. Very different. You had plenty of chances to prepare for yourself.
But what did you do? You spent the weekends watching football, went on expensive vacations, and never made your spouse mad at you with your “crazy” ideas that something bad was happening. You didn’t do shit because… you would just come to my place. Problem solved, right? You didn’t need to spend time, money, and create domestic strife because I did that all for you.
Not. Why should I spend my time, money, and stress just so you can waltz into my place and live happily ever after? I’m a nice guy, but – really? – I’m going to spend my (very limited) free time, disposable income, and domestic tranquility just so you can have a leisurely life and more material comforts pre-Collapse while I don’t?
Why do you think I will sacrifice enormous amounts of my time and money so you can enjoy yourself while I’m slaving away? Would you assume you could come over and leave your broken car at my house? That I would just spend thousands of dollars on parts and several weekends fixing it and then hand it over to you with a smile – just because I’m a “good guy”? Would anyone expect that?
You do, apparently. You actually expect to waltz over to my cabin and receive – with a smile – thousands of dollars of food and other supplies that took me all my weekends to acquire and store.
So, my grasshopper friend (as in the story of the grasshopper and the ant), here is your official warning: if your “plan” for your and your family’s safety is to come to my place, you’re wrong. When you show up, I’ll ask you to leave. When you don’t, I’ll point a gun in your face. If you refuse to leave, I will shoot you. You are a threat to me.
You had years of time and very clear warnings to get ready. But you didn’t. Hey, I love football but haven’t been able to watch a game in a few years; I’ve been fixing up the cabin, buying supplies, and training with the Team. I spent a lot of money doing all these things so I haven’t gone on a long vacation in… forever. I have had several difficult times with my wife because of all the prepping I’m doing; I could have easily done what you did, which is just say “Yes, dear” and not prepare because she didn’t want you to.
I hope this message jolted you. There’s still some time. Go prep. Please understand that your plan cannot be “I’ll come to your place.” I don’t want to shoot you.
Juggernaut Media, which does some really cool gun and gear video production, is filming some interviews with me and putting them up on their Youtube channel. They’ll be released a few at a time. Each video is pretty short (about 15 minutes) so check them out.
PS: I look like Hank Jr. with my fake beard and sunglasses. Maybe Kid Rock will drop by my house thinking I’m Hank Jr. I wonder if Dr. Foxy and Kid Rock would get along. Guess I’ll have to wait and see.
SouthernPrepper1 has an awesome Youtube channel. He put out several short videos of SHTF scenarios. I think they’re great for getting you mentally prepared – getting your head in the game – for what’s coming.
They’re short and interesting, and you’ll really benefit from watching them.
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James Yeager – yes, THE James Yeager – does a short but awesome review of the 299 Days book series. Hint: He really likes it. And you’ll find out what his favorite flavor of PopTarts is. For real.
John Jacobs of Radio Free Redoubt interviewed Stewart Rhodes and I together at the Oath Keepers rally in Athol, ID this last weekend. What an honor to be interviewed with Stewart Rhodes. It was a fabulous weekend getting to meet so many great patriots.
My first ever video interview by USNERDOC . Check it out and please share.
Here’s a sneak peak – a very long-range sneak peak – at how the book series ends. Well, what the series means at the end (not the details of what happens).
At the end of the book, you see how each and every one of the characters – the strong, the weak, the cool people, and especially the “losers” – were a blessing to the people at Pierce Point. Each and every one of them. The point is that everyone has an important role because God never made an insignificant person.
The ending is summarized in this song, which is “Blessed” by Lucinda Williams. I heard this song and crafted the story line around it. It’s a powerful, powerful song. All the people mentioned in the song are characters – some are obvious, some are not.
This is what 299 Days is all about. It’s not just about guns and prepping, although that’s important. It’s about each and every person having a role in something huge. It’s about you.
I love signing books – it still amazes me that the books have taken off like they have.
I don’t charge for signing the book (that would be obnoxious) but I do ask to recoup the postage costs I have for mailing the signed copies back to you.
So if you’d like me to sign your book(s), please mail them to:
PO Box 4278
(You must address it to “Eakin” (not my name). Trust me; it’s how PO boxes work.)
Put in a note with your return address and the name(s) you’d like me to sign the books for.
Please put in $5 for return postage. That covers postage costs for about two books. If you send me a bunch of books, please adjust accordingly.
I never thought anyone would want my autograph…
I wanted to let everyone know about a great web site and podcast out there, the Charles Carroll Society. (Charles Carroll was a Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.) The web site and podcast is about prepping and liberty from a Catholic Patriot perspective.
I’m a protestant but we need to work together. Give the Charles Carroll Society a look/listen.
This is so cool. Father Shaun sends in this picture. Kinda shatters your view of priests as liberals and pacifists, huh?
In Book Seven or Book Eight (still not sure yet), you will read about Pastor Pete, the protestant chaplain of the 17th Irregulars, doing his best to perform a service close to a Catholic Mass for the many Catholics in the 17th. That was my way of reminding everyone that people of all faiths are Patriots. You’ve read about the Spencers and Folsoms who are Mormon, and Andrew Berkowitz who is Jewish – all of them Patriots.
Everyone – regardless of religious beliefs – is welcome at Pierce Point. There are already way too many things dividing us Patriots. We don’t need additional things.
If you have a table at a gun show, I’d like to ask a favor. Could you put out some really nice 299 Days bookmarks on your table? They don’t take up much space (about 4″ x 1″). You don’t need to do anything other than set them out.
Gun show shoppers are very likely to be interested in a book like 299 Days. So they’ll take a bookmark home and (hopefully) order the books. The bookmarks are also great conversation starters with potential buyers of the products you’re selling at the gun show.
I will mail you out the bookmarks. You can take a picture of your gun show table with the bookmarks and I’ll put it up on my Facebook page.
If you’re interested in being a 299 Days Gun Show Affiliate, just send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll get you fixed up.
John Willis at SOE Tactical is fabulous. He made me a tactical stocking last Christmas and it’s been hanging on the wood stove in the real cabin ever since. The real Team loves it. Well, I got some 17th Irregular patches and – bam! – look at how cool that SOE stocking is. If you’re looking for tactical gear, or just cool gift ideas like the stockings or beer coozies, then check out SOE Tactical. I love them. In a totally hetero way, of course. http://www.originalsoegear.com/index.html
Radio Free Redoubt is probably one of the very best podcasts out there if you are a 299er. (A “redoubt” is a stronghold area; the American Redoubt is the liberty-loving states of ID, MT, WY, eastern WA, and eastern OR.) I have been a fan of Radio Free Redoubt for a long time, so it was an amazing honor to be a guest on the show. In this in-depth interview, which starts at 37:10, one of the things we talk about is my upcoming joint interview on RFR with Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers (and a hero of mine). I highly recommend listening to this episode and subscribing to this podcast. The web site iswww.radiofreeredoubt.com. You can subscribe to the episodes for free on iTunes.
This is the office fridge of James Yeager, the owner of Tactical Response and YouTube guy. Wow. How cool is it that the 17th Irregulars and I miss America stickers are on his fridge? Tactical Response rules. http://www.tacticalresponse.com
A great interview on the Practical Defense Podcast. The host, Alex Haddox, is a very serious and credentialed personal defense instructor and author. He brings a great perspective to the interview. He also assesses how I performed a few days ago when I had to pull a gun on a dude. Find out how I did.
Here’s this week’s Gun Runner Podcast, with the weekly “On the Road with Glen” segment. I come on at 41:00.
I was very honored to write a guest column for PreparedChristian.net entitled, “Why Prepper Novels are an Important Source of Survival Information.” It describes how you can learn a lot by reading “fiction.”
The column is generating a lot of comments.
Here is a really good interview on the Great Northern Prepper about prepping with special needs kids in mind. As you know from reading the 29 9Days series, my son has autism. I talk about that, other special needs prepping ideas, and some very interesting ideas on how the unprepared sheeple will be a big problem when SHTF.
Another great review, this time by Simpler Times Homestead of book 3, The Community.