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    • #149416
      DuaneH
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        CV19=Covid19. Just curious. I know if you live the northeast, then your world may be upside down. Whereas rural farming community in Iowa, not so much.

        I live 7 miles outside of town limits in a subdivision and the town I live outside of is a bedroom community of Columbia, SC. I work in an even smaller town for which I am grateful. I used to work downtown Columbia only a mile away from what I call the hood.

        For me and mine we have been strategically been planning to move since 2013 to a large tract of land 50+ acres. It got delayed as a consequence of active duty and then later another college degree. We intended to begin looking in and around Feb this year but CV19 derailed it. When we started looking a month ago we found that rural house on large tracts of land are scarce. Confirmed by the real estate agents. Few people like that are listing now.

        How bout you?

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      • #149456
        Joe (G.W.N.S.)
        Moderator

          COVID-19 and unrest hasn’t really had much affect. We had some unemployment due primarily to people who commute to surrounding areas.

          No unrest, but have helped many tweak their preparations for this.

          Food Banks and Churches have stepped up their efforts for those in need, with many unemployed volunteering a lot more of their time.

          Few serious COVID-19 cases have ever existed.

          Statewide; despite media propaganda, while cases have increased, deaths continue to drop. Of the 1.6 million people tested roughly a 100,000 positive.

          Statewide unrest has only persisted in Socialist urban Strongholds.

        • #149462
          Dark Knight
          Participant

            Our family knew we wanted to prepare more this year. We did some initial increasing of on-hand perishable items in January after the killing of the Iranian General in Iraq. I had some intel that there was worry of a cyber attack by Iran in response to the killing.
            About that time we also got our first pistol in the house. A S&W M&P Shield in 9mm. this is intended to be my concealed carry weapon. In early March (just prior to CV-19 closing everything down) I took the class required to get a CC permit in VA. Paperwork needs to be submitted.
            My future son-in-law knows someone who builds AR’s and after discussion with the wife I paid $750 for an AR (in 5.56).
            CV-19 has me working from home, so I quickly decided to use what would have been commuting time to work out and start getting myself back into shape. I ordered some workout clothes (I had little that fit), but before they arrived I had a health scare and thought I had heart issues. I also ordered a FitBit to help me track stuff. So after visits with a cardiologist and a gastroenterologist I started a work out program.
            We got a little extra money in so I got ammo and some extra mags for each weapon. (also have a Ruger 10/22 in the house).
            The fact that some of the towns near us had peace and less than peaceful demonstrations in the wake of the Floyd death made us realize that even though we are not in the big city, we are not going to be immune, either.
            Planning and budget are going on to acquire body armor, ballistic helmet, electronic hearing protection, etc. No iron sights on AR, so need to get some BUIS and some kind of red dot (with the eyes needing reading glasses, I thing a red dot w/ magnification might be mandatory).
            Plans are in the works for range days and range membership.
            We don’t think that moving is going to be an option in the next few years. We are thinking about how to make access to our property a little more difficult. Our property is about an acre and the back of out lot is against a 2 lane road that is getting busier because of the neighborhood around us. I have been thinking about how to toughen it up until we can get an actual fence back there. I am considering some barbed wire. We have a few large rocks on our property considering putting them in strategic locations to provide some cover, a house in the neighborhood cut down a large tree, considering asking for some of the left over logs and trunk sections, too.
            I have started getting in touch with some people from this site to have some connections with like minded folks in the future.
            Some of this had slowly been building, but CV-19 and the recent unrest has built urgency.

            I hope this is what you are asking about.

          • #149474
            Sitting Duck
            Participant

              I’m south of Buffalo NY. Not really Midwest and not really Northeastern. Hollowed out rust belt with the kids either leaving,or Overdosing.

              Wife worked through the lockdown.

              Highschool senior daughter went to 50<hrs milking cows and stopped running EMS calls due to EMT class being suspended.

              I haven’t taken an end of fire call myself since lockdown.

              Farm had significant changes in customer base but volume went up. Actually been too busy. Construction projects have been delayed.

              As someone who owns and is in the land market. Land is always a hot commodity. Current situation has many institutional investors buying farms (research whoever now has CSS ). Fifty acres is going to have to be pure crap to not be attractive to a builder, or farmer. Unless it’s been raped by Amish or Organic it’s going to have to be landlocked, EPA regulated (swamp, Superfund site, floodplain, home to endangered species, conservation easement…) Maple woods are bringing $3500/a if there’s any slope for tubing.

              Not to be negative with the above points but I actually see an opportunity for a guy like you. I have a farm with a tenant house on 170, (1/2 tillable) the woods boarders a county forest. (100% no Use by anyone legislated management). I’m really happy with a good neighbor who has free range with my consent because I’m miles away. If you speak to some larger farms and ask about troublesome neighbors, a few will get pointed out. Most of use that are doing well will simply buy a neighbor anytime the land is available. However if the house is too nice, to demo or rent having a future “good neighbor” could work to your advantage.

              If you want to put horses, cow/calf or a pumpkin patch then having 5acres might not cut it. Having the rest of the section in stable hands might get you the best of both worlds.

            • #149482
              DuaneH
              Participant

                @dark knight. I am not looking for anything in particular, just wondering what is going on in the rest of the country.

              • #149484
                wheelsee
                Participant

                  Unemployed. Our ED normally sees ~ 300 a day. We’re still < 200. Don’t need as many providers when seeing ½-⅔ normal.

                • #149509
                  SeanT
                  Keymaster

                    CV19=Covid19. Just curious. I know if you live the northeast, then your world may be upside down. Whereas rural farming community in Iowa, not so much.

                    I live 7 miles outside of town limits in a subdivision and the town I live outside of is a bedroom community of Columbia, SC. I work in an even smaller town for which I am grateful. I used to work downtown Columbia only a mile away from what I call the hood.

                    For me and mine we have been strategically been planning to move since 2013 to a large tract of land 50+ acres. It got delayed as a consequence of active duty and then later another college degree. We intended to begin looking in and around Feb this year but CV19 derailed it. When we started looking a month ago we found that rural house on large tracts of land are scarce. Confirmed by the real estate agents. Few people like that are listing now.

                    How bout you?

                    We have been working a similar strategy and last week finally found a place that met all the qualifications ( but not 50 acres) that is the next lot over LOL. We are moving out of a no-HOA small subdivision that is (was) in an are perfect for a young family. The 3 schools are all close, shopping close, county park within walking distance, etc. In our area the inventory of ‘basic’ houses in subdivisions is low so there is a bit of a seller market and multiple bids but the appraisals are not rising as fast as the bids. We had planned this but the pandemic accelerated the plan. The inventory of what we were looking for in the areas we were looking was pretty thin. I feel lucky to have found the place we did.

                  • #149510
                    Hessian
                    Participant

                      I live in the I95 corridor between DC and NYC.

                      Wife may have gotten Covid 19. She flew to Pittsburgh for business had a fever with a nasty cough. She went to a patient first place and was tested twice for flu both tests came back negative. This was in early to mid Feb. Her cough didn’t go away till early/mid march. They did give her a prednisone pack that seemed to help a tiny bit.

                      Wife has been working from home since Feb. I haven’t skipped a beat with work. I did have a job shutdown for 2 weeks as a subcontractor’s grandmother had the virus so we had to clean the facility “self isolate”. Sadly the grandmother did pass but she was 95 years old.

                      A month ago the state put out some figures and it seems that about 40% of the positive cases are from institutions such as Nursing homes and Prisons. The state currently sits at less than 4% of tests result in a positive result for COVID 19 which according to WHO means community spread is at a minimum.

                      I don’t know of any family or friends that have had the virus (with a positive test).

                      Civil unrest is only in the urban centers. We did have a few peaceful protests and based on my observation and sources its mostly white females, children with a few weak chinned white males and a few ethnic minorities.

                      The best thing is that my wife has come around to being more ‘prepared’. :good:

                    • #149518
                      mntman
                      Participant

                        Fortunately, everything going on has generally had little effect on my day to day life in my Northern California, suburban to rural, conservative county. I work in industry considered essential so things have continued as normal other than working from home for a week back in March. My wife is a realtor and she saw a brief slow down at the start of the state stay at home order, but that quickly passed and she continues to sell houses at a normal clip. Our county has only seen 9 deaths and the consensus of people I talk to is that the COVID closure is ridiculous. Generally, face masks are worn only by 50 to 80% of people despite the government order that they are mandatory. Our sheriff publicly stated they have better things to do and will not enforce the order.

                        Local protest were small and peaceful. There was a brief rumor of violence that never materialized.

                        The best news is that all these events have gotten my wife on board to get out of California now. While our county is conservative we are still under the boot of the progressive tyrants in Sacramento. We are feverishly working to prepare our home for sale and get out. We should be out by the end of year. :yahoo:

                      • #149566
                        DiznNC
                        Participant

                          On a personal note, very little effect at all. The only really big change is my gym is closed so I have to develop new strength training routines. Other than a few minor shortages at the stores, nothing else to really say. Both of us working from home now, and actually liking it.

                          Both the virus and unrest are concentrated in dense urban areas, which I avoid well, like the plague. So yeah your current location is going to have a lot to say about that.

                          So at an immediate, personal level, practically no effect at all. But. As a harbinger of things to come? Much to consider there. It hasn’t changed my thinking any, as far as what I want to eventually do, but the acceleration of events has been sobering to say the least. That may have an effect on where I end up going, if my current, semi-rural location becomes untenable.

                          I think Ray Charles can see the writing on the wall these days. If you having been prepping the last few years, you haven’t been paying attention. These current events only serve to emphasize the point. Although you have to admit, even the soccer moms are finally getting it, so there are many folks that this has (finally) affected.

                          How many of you have had someone approach you and ask about getting a gun? And how many have you had to tell that most of the good ones are all sold out right now.

                          If you’ve been prepping, this is only a pause, while dealers re-stock. But if you’re not prepared, well…

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                        • #149573
                          Andrew
                          Participant

                            Virus didn’t change much for me. Shortages were a PITA, and I didn’t really care for ordering online and taking whatever product line the stores would substitute. But, it was tolerable.

                            Since the civil uprisings I’ve added an extra weapon and two cases of ammo to the stockpile. I also now carry a long gun commuting to and from work. Not that I expect anything major out here in SW Texas on the 150 mile trip from home to work. But work is on a major interstate. Working 48 on, 96 off, makes it tolerable.

                            Have also cleared some areas in the front yard to increase visibility and marked ranges to various avenues of approach to the house and inner perimeter. Also wife is now getting more range time. And we are in the process of creating a 25 yd flat range on the property.

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                          • #149684
                            BrothersKeeper
                            Participant

                              I’m an airline pilot so yea, significant effect on my routines. Starting in April I lost about 30% of my pay. Manageable but it hurt. Schedules reduced massively at first but are slowly picking up along with flight loads. Keep hearing about the “second wave” though so I’m expecting a panic response from the airlines and the public from that. The mandatory mask usage is pretty much everywhere now. Damn annoying and an interesting observation of human behavior as most people are scared and feel compelled to comply because the experts told them too. I’m generally a passive aggressive, slightly anarchistic, slightly non compliant person so I push back where I feel appropriate and try and wake up those that have the emotional and intellectual bandwidth to listen. My freshman and junior daughters lost the last few months of the school year. They were both active in music and color guard and had worked extremely hard in their respective disciplines. Competition season was in full swing and both were expected to win top awards. That was a big loss. On the flip side, I’m glad they were not in school every day, because the brainwashing factory of public school was not constantly assaulting them and I had the chance to attempt a little reprogramming. Can’t say I was successful, but at least some seeds of liberty were planted. I’ve increased my storable water preps and storable food preps. Coming back to MVT in July for HEAT1 to relearn how to shoot, move and communicate. I’ve been all over the Midwest and East the last few months. It’s a shit show out here right now. Stay frosty, stay connected to your family and local communities and zero your rifles.

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                            • #149686
                              BrothersKeeper
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                                I had a New York City overnight on June 24. Took the crew into Manhattan just to see what it was like. The city is still mostly on lockdown. Took this nice picture of the Freedom Tower. Kind of ironic with it being in a communist city. It’s hard to see how the city is going to survive this.

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                                BrothersKeeper
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