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Getting ready for the heat.  Today I went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore – south side – to buy window screens.

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Lesson Learned: Security bars on windows make it hard to put in screens.  With the bars, putting screens on the outside of the window is impossible.  Putting screens on the inside is awkward because every time you want to open or close a window there is a screen in the way,  which is a pain-in-the-ruckuss.

Living close to the mountain means I get nice cool night breezes late into the season.  However, if I keep my window open without screens then my house becomes infested with weird desert insects.  Security for comfort is a unpleasant choice.

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I had a minor panic attack the other day.  I have not had one of those in a long while.  The Apocalypse has freaked me out.  It is not so much the end of the world that has me nervous but rather it is having multiple projects going (garden, learning construction, figuring out edible desert plants, etc etc) that overwhelmed me.  So when I heard someone was giving a talk on how to  Get Things Done (GTD), at Gangplank, I decided to check it out.  It was also good excuse to go visit Gangplank in Chandler because I been hearing a lot of good things about them. 

The movie I Am Legend does a good job of illustrating how to survive the Apocalypse one will need to stay highly organized.  This will involve religiously doing a long list of chores.  Just task after task after task.  We forget how easy modern life is.

Now preparing for the end of the rat race will involved a lot of little tasks, that are more physical than computer based, (such as rotating the compost pile versus responding to a email.)  So I am not sure how valuable GTD will be when we are surviving one day at a time.  Yet it is was a good reminder of how to organize myself as I try to learn as much as possible.  The part I liked best is to write out ones “Purpose, Vision, Goals, Project, and Calendar” and revisit these on a regular basis.

Most moral codes today revolve around the moral code or “Do unto others as you would have done onto you.” Would this be replaced with “You do what you got to do to survive?”

Rule 1 should be get along with your neighbors.  At least that is rule one if you live in my neighborhood.  On one side they grow chickens, have a huge garden, a fleet of woman to tend it and cook, another fleet of men who know construction and a solar panel.  On the other side of me is a grandmother who has Pack-Racked for many years, a house filled with children (Humanity will need children to keep hope alive) and men who know how to fix cars.

They know me, I know them.  If I am going to have to pick a tribe to belong to anyway it might as well be them.  Of course, I would have to prove I am worthy.  If I know how to gather water and electricity, that would help.  It would help more if I spoke Spanish.  I always got to get the kids to translate (again good to have children around because they learn quickly.)

Maybe I should add “Learn Spanish” to my list of tasks for the apocalypse.

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Here is a shot of a friend of my neighbor with a dancing horse in front of my house.

Like most Zombie Movies, Zombieland does not have a lot of particularly useful tips or insights to survive the apocalypse.  The one thing I did like was a list of rules to help guide one through the end of life’s trials and tribulations.

In the movie, the main character creates his rules based on past mistakes.  With that spirit in mind, I am going to start creating rules as I figure everything else out.   In the movie, the main character listed the rules in the order of when he learned them.  I think I will organize mine around importance.

For now, only one rule comes to mind.  Which is “Always do the look back.”  When in the desert gathering wild plants, one will stop from time to time and lay down a bunch of tools.  It is easy to forget something and therefore lose it forever, or at least have to walk back.  This would be greatly inconvenient if one was near the point of starvation.  So based on past-experience of leaving cameras, water bottles, and cell phones on  previous hikes I am establishing the “Always do the look back” rule.