the Trash vitae

Trash is the editor-in-chief of an independent Colorado micro-publisher/ design studio. I dabble in digital photography, the lost art of film image making, and guerilla digital video. DrMAC Studios specializes in books and videos on self-reliance, gardening, dumpster diving, urban foraging and living off the excesses of others.
This blog documents my daily experiences with the rest of the world

Saturday, February 28, 2009

always be on the lookout

bfast- oatmeal coffee
snacke- free donuts, fruit, cheese and water
lunch- leftover bbq chicken breast with corn and cauliflower and water
dinner- mac and cheese, pizza, and water. peasches for dessert

Trash gave this post this title because I feel this is something that is neglected by all, including the survival crowd. In your daily ventures you should always be on the lookout for things you can reuse, food you can use, tools and gardenstuff that people have left to the trash, clothes that can be reworn or reworked, stuff that can be resold to add to the coffers, etc.

90% of everything at the Trash stead has found its way here from these ventures. America is a land of binge purchasing and excessive waaste. This ideology is deeply entrenched in their psyche and is almost never fulfilled. We as survivors can live very nicely on the excesses of others if we only take time everyday to be "on the lookout" and see where the potential lie.

Pixar movies did a great little film last year called Wall-E.. Check it out as he is a creative and innovative little CGC (Computer Generated Character.)

Friday, February 27, 2009

The home based sideline

Bfast-oatmeal, coffee
Lunch- chicken wings, taters, corn and water bottle
Dinner- Turkey burgers, fries and water

In these times of strife and economic woe where people are losing their jobs and are depending more and more on the GUVT to bail them out and give them hand outs I have a different methodology. Starting now .
My suggestion, along with the usual scavenging and dumpster diving is to start a second income stream, with a home-based business. Once you have that business started, then start another one. There are numerous advantages to this approach, namely:

You can get out of debt

You can generally build the businesses up gradually, so that you don't need to quit your current occupation immediately. And the extra capital can be reinvested into the biz.

By working at home you will have the time to home school your children and they will learn about how to operate/ maintain business.

You can live at your retreat, or become mobile full time. This will contribute to your self-sufficiency, since you will be there to tend to your garden, fruit/nut trees, homestead improvements and eventually the livestock.
If one of your home-based businesses fails, then you can fall back on the other and even start another.
Ideally, for someone that is preparedness-minded, a home-based business should be something that is virtually recession proof, or possibly even depression proof.
Ask yourself:
What are you good at?
What knowledge or skills do you have that you can utilize. Next, consider which businesses will flourish during bad times. Some good examples might include:

Mail order/Internet sales/eBay Auctioning of preparedness-related products. (I use the local CL as I can meet people locally and get word of mouth advertising as well as make some extra bank.


Repair/refurbishment businesses (You dont know how many people out there are in need of PC hardware and software work and are willing to pay well for the stuff we do everyday.

Freelance writing and blogging as well as podcasting-- While this blog doesnt make any money right now it is a good stepping stone for my other endeavors.

All in all and most important is get creative and enjoy what you are doing as we can be in this for quite a while. Granted it is a new way of thinking for the majority of us but its a worthwhile endeavor.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

feels like a Monday

Bfast- PB and J burritos, coffee
Lunch- coke and smokes
Dinner BBQ chiocken breast, grilled veggies, ice cream and water

came back to Babylon this morning after several days with wife and back injury. I must want to have head examined coming back here . causation brain injury.

Anyhow, weather is warm so ate outside and smoked a few more.. 3 packs in 3 days. bad Trash.
TGTF.. I need a weekend after this week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wed morning blahs

bfast- coffee
lunch pb and J coffee
dinner- McD's ans water

Not starting off to be a good week. Monday was ok but Tuesday moring missus T was having back probs. Took day off from Babylon to take her in for Xrays etc. herniated disk OUCH.

meds and treatment. So am taking today off to see how she progresses. Got the 3 kids to think about also.. Missus T is needed. Als gives me some time to work around the stead.

We are still snackin on the danishes and breads we got from behind the Safieway. good stuff.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

in the year 2014

bfast pb and j burritos coffee
lunch turkey and pepper jack burritos chips coke
dinner chicken strips and gravy with mashed taters

Apparently to the doomsdayers, thanx Celente, 2014 will be the year.. Where America finally recieves the title of 3rd world nation.. or the fall of Babylon occurs..
Guess what its aready here. And it will only get worse..

Glenn Beck's 2/20/2009 TV show

wake up my friends. Those of you who follow Trash on a regular basis know that the stead can be both stable and mobile, wired and unwired. Public and extremely private. But always well fed and in possession of both food and necessary vices..
Are you?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

sorry for the delays in posting

Bfast- Donuts and coffee
Lunch-- on the road lunch at BK thanx Babylon
Snack-- cake and ice cream paid for by Babylon
Dinner- Homemade chicken and dumplings, bread and water bottle

Several things happened this past week. Apparently on Tuesday morning after I left for Babylon, one of the kitties at the stead had a hair ball issue right on the modem, causing system outage. The stead was without internet and phones until Thursday when Mr Modem was delivered and I installed , configured.. Fun fun.
Sorry BHO you aint gonna shut us down with a hairball ..

Will be working this weekend on bringing a few more machines online in the lab. Missus Trash wants to experiment with Linux.. She must have heard it on one of her blogs that she reads. But aas I can set her up with Ubuntu if she desires.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

the times they are a changin'

bfast- oatmeal fruit coffee
lunch-tortillas and beans, chips water
dinner leftover roasted chicken tateres and water

A few weeks ago the missus and I added the RV to our arsenal just in case. This morning, while reading the blogs, I noticed this article forwarded from a buddy and thought I would include it here in case anyone else is interested.

Given the state of our society this may become a necessity item for more and more amongst us.
It was cold and in the 30s today but I still was able to take a 15 mile round trip ride on the bike this afternoon to pick up a recycled PS2 for the family.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

16 tons ( an ode to the shovel jobs)

Bfast; oatmeal, orange, coffee
lunch PBJ burritos water chips
dinner roast chicken, chips water

With the ever growing need for the shovel jobs I though we might need to reminisce about this lovely Tennessee Ernie diddie..

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
Picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I hauled Sixteen Tons of number 9 coal
And the store boss said, ""Well, bless my soul""
You haul Sixteen Tons, whadaya get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store
Repeat Chorus
Born one morning it was drizzl'n rain
Fightin' and Trouble are my middle name
I was raised in a canebrake by an old mama lion
And no high-toned woman make me walk the line
Repeat Chorus
See me comin' better step aside
A lot of men didn't and a lot of men died
I got one fist of iron and the other of steel
And if the right one don't get ya, the left one will
Repeat Chorus
Born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
Picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I hauled Sixteen Tons of number 9 coal
And the store boss said, ""Well, bless my soul""

Friday, February 13, 2009

Weekend mobilization

Bfast-oatmeal, fruit coffee
lunch- roast chicken ,taters and corn (leftovers)
dinner pasta w/ meat sauce, bread/butter, water

Since its gonna be a tad chilly this weekend, I am planning on bringin up some newer machines at the stead.. Something I been puttin off for a tad too long .. take the old pieces and Franken them up to network ability and make the lab run better.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

can you smell the bacon in the air?

bfast- oatmeal, fruit, sheepherder bread, coffee
lunch- corn dogs and soup
dinner- roasted chicken, taters, corn and water

Its beginning to smell even more like pig grease everyday thanx to the stimulus package that was approved.
I feel so stimulated now that I may get an extra 13 dollars a week in my dwindled paycheck.. I think i will just run out and buy me a 50 cent cigar to celebrate..

Went homer the other night and the missus needed me to hit the store for some essentials and lo and behold the Jeep would not start. Darn kids left the overhead lights on and drained the battery. TG I had remembered that I had rescued a battery charger from the dumpies last summer so I tested it out.. I plugged it in and connected it to the battery and took the bike to
the store . Lo and behold when I got back the battery was charged enough to start up.. Ran it for about 15 minutes and now she is fine.. Gotta love the proactiveness of my dumpieing.

Now if only your guvt were so resourceful..

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

proud member of the chattering class

Bfast-oatmeal, sheepherder bread coffee-
Lunch- chef salad ands water
Dinner- corn dogs, tuna casserole, water

an open response to Sen Charles Schumer of NY..
I am proud to be a gun toting, self reliant survivalist who is proud to be a member of the chattering class. I do care about all the "Pork" you have in this stimulus bill that you and others are supporting.. Be glad and sleep well at night knowing that the chattering class are everywhere and anywhere..

Its when they stop chattering and go to the next step that all should be worried.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I have been stimulussed

bfast- bfast burrito, coffee
lunch- ham and cheese bagel, soup, water
dinner- bean ad cheese burritos fritos, water

Got home and got my earful of the BHO stimulus.. What a crock of doodoo. borrow money we dont have. Spend money we dont have. and hope for the best.. Isnt spending non-existent money more of a problem. Much like the credit card scam..

Am I missing something?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday morning

Sunday bfast- quesadillas, coffee and an orange.
lunch- tunie sandies with fritos, and water
dinner- a virtual smorgasborg of pizza rolls, french fries, fritos and thanx to a buddy of mine (thanx cynic) freebie cajun wings and water

BHO is going grassroots to sell the stimulus bill. The grassroots of America is already going against the bill.

Trash could care either way. As I said before, Trash seceded from the US of A years ago. Now more and more people are wanting to secede. But how far can they or are they willing to go? I could write volumes about how far we have gone as a family. But I wont, because its nobodys business. And besides the 2 lane highway of the net aint the place to discuss these things.

Anyhow I rebuilt the computers for the lovely lady and her family and she was surprised I only charged her $40 to do it. She had had quotes from Geek Squad of almost 3 times that. I told her I only charge for actual work I do. Not what the computer does via the CD or DVD on its own. She was so happy, as was her hubby, that I got a 50 dollar bill and the notion that I would be the recipient of 3 laptops they have laying around dead or on oxygen. I cant wait as I am always in need of parts or discarded machines for rebuild.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Saturday again

bfast- oatmeal, free donuts, coffee
lunch- ham sandies, pork and beans, chips water
dinner- tuna sandies, soup, chips and water

Another week down in Babylon.. Atmosphere is getting worse. But at home life goes on. I keep reading blogs and stories about how states and now even indieviduals want to seced from this mess called the USA. Why is this considered new news. Trash seceded from popular society decades ago. I have just been waiting for y'all to catch up.. And you thought I was eccentric and nuts.

Twas a warm week so was able to keep an eye on the bins and beds. The lilacs are budding. All is good. Gotta work on a cuppla machines today for a lady. Will prob make enough side cash for smokes and grubbins out of it. Still contemplating the pellot gun for target practice. We shall see.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sunday finds and other things

bfast- free donuts and coffee at the local Park and ride.. always luv the free meals and sales pitches
lunch- Chunky ham and pea soup (bought at 99 cents a can sale at Safie), leftover popcorn chicken, tea
dinner- pasta with tomato basil turkey sauce, dumpie french bread, lemonade

On my Sunday morning jaunt I came across fresh citrus (lemons, oranges, limes back of the Safieway along with the ever present bags of package greens. the birds and the kids and I love that. We also got a treat because they had just put out a few containers of deli fresh baked ham just a day after the best if sold by date. All still in their hermetically sealed packaging. Yum yum it will make some lunch treat sandies this week.

It feels like spring is coming to the stead. The soil is getting soft and the compost bins are looking real good. Should have a bumper crop of compost this year. I have been scouring the dumpies and the CL for garden stuff to add to my already growing population. I want to try and make this year a bumper season. We shall see.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

the bug out mobile

thanx CallMe

people actually buy this stuff

bfast- pb and honey butter burritos, orange, coffee
lunch- can of dumpie found chunky chicken and sausage gumbo, fruit and water
dinner- leftover chicken wings, mashed taters, beer

I read a story this morning about how, even with the economy taking a nose dive, people are still going to natural grocers and buying organic.. good for them. pile up the debt, since the majority are using the credit card to pay for them. Trash prefers to get his greens and veggies from the back door shopping . Granted most of the time they aren't as pretty displayed as the pic above. But its the same food. I am just not paying for it. Rather than caring so much about its display why not lower the prices and leave it as delivered from the fields.

Anyhow since the weather was warm yesterday, its supposed to cool into the 30s today, I turned compost bins to let the new stuff I have added during the last cold, snow start cookin
underneath. All the bins are lookin pretty good. The water tanks are about 3/4 full and the snow melt bin is about half full, considering its use by the birds and squirrels taking a drink or two. I filled the bird feeders and squirrel bowl with leftover fruit rinds, carrot tops, lettuce leaves and some leftover seed. I enjoy sharin the wealth.