Disaster Strikes when Least Expected

There are plenty of disasters we can expect.  The ones we do not expect are the ones to worry about.  Or better let’s not worry and enjoy life while we make sure we land on our feet no matter what expected/unexpected00 events unfold.

This simple idea is really the only sensible way to live, and it’s the essence of being a Pruppie. 

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Here I am in Pruppie Heaven.  Or is it a haven?

Pruppies are those who have a heaven that’s also a haven.  

Pruppies use technology every way they can to improve our lives, but are not dependent on it.   Pruppies integrate the best features of Preppers and Uppies.  We all know about preppers.  They believe that the world, as we know it, is about to end.

We also know about Uppies, upward professionals as in Yuppies, young upward professionals.  Uppies expect their world to get better and to have improved living and more.

The reality is, the world might get better, or it might get worse.   The NSA-inspired ransomware that started last weekend and is holding computers around the world hostage reminds us of this fact.  The cyber attack involved a ransomware dubbed WannaCry and Microsoft has called it a “wake-up call” for governments.

Hopefully governments and industry will wake up, but tomorrow we could rise and find we have no internet at all.

The world has changed.  Events that unfold are totally beyond our control.  We do not know what will take place during changes with the potential disasters we know such health care, North Korea, Syria, others part of  the Middle East, or from tax reform.  The future, the global economy, democracy in America, the US dollar, pensions, health care, etc. are unknown.

Then we have the unexpected like this current hacker attack.  Even if we knew this would happen, what could we do about it?

We can’t change the future, but we can control how we adapt to whatever does take place.  We can live happier, richer, low stress lives regardless of how the world turns.  We should not sacrifice living a full life in the here and now either.  In fact Pruppers use what they love to improve the moment and protect the future.

For example, Merri and I moved to the Blue Ridge Mountain because we really love the rural life.  We also expect that our bit of rural isolation offers protection in case human social progress is not so good.

We have the wonderful new technology here.  We can get up to a gigabyte of fiber optics broadband.  Fedex delivers six days a week.  Cell phone reception now covers the farm.  Airports are  90 minutes away.  We can effectively interact with the world in commerce, in society, investing and stay right on top of the news.  In many ways, we are more efficient than if we lived in big cities. We do not wrestle with the problems of commuting, traffic jams, high real estate prices and property tax.

This is a lifestyle we love that offers everything we desire if the world gets better and better.

In addition it offers extra safety in case events in the world go south.   We have our own electricity, an abundance of alternative fuel (wood), hydro power potential, plenty of protein (and fat) roaming the woods and  swimming in the rivers and creeks.  Plus we have more than enough space to grow carbohydrates and are surrounded by neighbors who know how to do so.  Even if the world is kinda bad, up here, life can be good.

Let me be clear, not everyone should move as far our as we are, on a gravel road, deep in the woods.   We love this type of living but realize that this is not everyone’s desire.

The basis of pruppism, is to do what you love that takes advantage of technology, but is not dependent on it.

If you prefer to live in a city, you  might consider urban farming.

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article, “A Farm Grows in the City” (1)  tells how there are many startups growing food closer to where people live.

The article says: The world’s population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, 33% more people than are on the planet today, according to projections from the United Nations. About two-thirds of them are expected to live in cities, continuing a migration that has been under way around the world for years.

Getting food to people who live far from farms—sometimes hundreds or thousands of miles away—is costly and strains natural resources. And heavy rains, droughts and other extreme weather events can threaten supplies.

Now more startups and city authorities are finding ways to grow food closer to home. High-tech “vertical farms” are sprouting inside warehouses and shipping containers, where lettuce and other greens grow without soil, stacked in horizontal or vertical rows and fed by water and LED lights, which can be customized to control the size, texture or other characteristic of a plant.

Companies are also engineering new ways to grow vegetables in smaller spaces, such as walls, rooftops, balconies, abandoned lots—and kitchens. They’re out to take advantage of a city’s resources, composting food waste and capturing rainwater as it runs off buildings or parking lots.

Urban farming isn’t easy for big companies but can be for individuals.  Many sources of food, such as wheatgrass and greens for example are easy to grow adequate amounts of  sustainable, nutritious food.

In Russia, a law,  the “Private Garden Plot Act” gives citizens free plots of land where families can grow their own food  free from taxation.  It is estimated that much more than half of Russia’s vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat is produced on these plots.

The US has encouraged local food production in 1918 during food rationing and during World War II when about 40 percent of America’s vegetables came from Victory Gardens.  If more people gardened for food, they would be healthier from the better food and exercise.

Can’t stand the idea of getting your hands dirty?

I get it.  Some people hate the idea of gardening or farming of any sort.   The idea of tromping in the woods and digging in the dirt gives a lot of people the shivers… or for whatever reason, this just “ain’t gonna happen”.

There are many ways to do something you love and make sure you are prepared for any event.  Maybe investing in urban farms is a better choice. What a great harvest that industry would reap, having food close at hand, if the national transportation system were shut down by computer hacks.

Aerofarms, (2) one of the urban farmers mentioned in the Wall Street Journal is looking for investors for example.

AeroFarms  designs and operates commercial vertical farms that deliver supplies of greens on a mass scale more cheaply and reliably to cities, by growing food locally indoors year round.  This company is looking for partners so if you love investing, this may be an approach into food sustainability instead of hands in the earth.


Or maybe a job?

Another Urban company mentioned in the article, Urban Produce LLC (3) grows baby kale, wheatgrass and other organic greens in neat rows on shelves stacked 25 high that rotate constantly, as if on a conveyor belt, around the floor of a windowless warehouse.

The article says (bolds are mine) Computer programs determine how much water and LED light the plants receive. Sixteen acres of food grow on a floor measuring an eighth of an acre.  It’s “high-density vertical growing system,” which Urban Produce patented, can lower fuel and shipping costs for produce, uses 80% less fertilizer than conventional growing methods, and generates its own filtered water for its produce from humidity in the air, says Edwin Horton Jr., the company’s president and chief executive officer.  “Our ultimate goal is to be completely off the grid,” Mr. Horton says.

The company sells the greens to grocers, juice makers and food-service companies, and is in talks to license the growing system to groups in cities around the world, he says. “We want to build these in cities, and we want to employ local people,” he says.

Maybe there is an opportunity as a licensee or an employee. Perhaps you should look for companies of this nature near you and see what opportunity you can gain with or from them.

Here is a small example of Pruppie thinking.  I love chopping wood.  I keep a supply that could be used to heat our home, but since it’s not needed we use it to heat our wood fired deep woods hot tub. That really makes life better right now.

Time to fill the wood pile

This was fun, filling up the wood bin… and good exercise.

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I prefer to use my chain saw, but if that technology is not available, I can saw, get even more exercise and still have the enjoyment of being in the woods.

The future will bring some things unexpected.  We cannot change that fact, but we can enjoy life now using modern technology to do something you love that makes your life better and prepares you for the unexpected so it’s all good.


(1) www.wsj.com:  A farm grows in the city

(2) Aerofarms.com website

(3) Urban Produce LLC




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