Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Made the Buffalo Paper

and no it wasn't the Police blotter ... I had a phone interview with Tim Graham, a staff reporter for The Buffalo News both an online & hard copy newspaper. He wanted the low down from real life local preppers . 

Actually acknowledging to myself that I am a prepper has never been easy. 
I along with most of America has always thought of preppers as a gun toting fringe group hold up in the boonies. Cast members from the remake of Deliverance ... cue the banjos. 
Because to me in my mind the way I live my life wasn't prepping ... it was being prepared & being ghetto fugal ghetto Amish ... cue the boom box. 
As much as I'd like to say that I feel the need to use non-electric tools because I am green to the core or I worry about EMP issues the real truth is I'm cheap. In the past the cheaper I could be the less I needed to work outside the home when my babies were small. Now, well it's about hard economic times & saving for our old age.

I really didn't didn't expect to make the final cut of the article because to tell you the truth I was expecting a sensational over the top piece about the local preparedness movement here in Western New York ala Nat Geo's Doomsday Preppers. I had hopes that the subsection of preppers who prepare for lifes trails & tribulations like hubby's recent & ongoing unemployment wouldn't be excluded. 

I was pleasantly surprised ! Thank you Tim.

Here's the link - I'm mentioned under the heading Canned Goods not Zombies 

Some old homes have bats we have TP & old fans
The toilet paper was free thanks to Swagbucks which had $5 YaySave gift cards last month. Unforgivably the gc are no more which is a real heart break 'cause they were cheaper than the $5 Amazon gift cards. I bought the max allowed in March & April which was a total of ten = $50. Last year Swagbucks had the premium membership a $19.99 (free shipping & extra discount) value so I bought that with my swagbucks points. So yeah I got free Charmin no cost shipping. In fact the 4 roll Charmin packs also got me swagbucks so it was a double win win.

Now if I could only get Woods, to sell that finger tip slicing fan ! He said no, you never know when you'll have to slice up zombies with it.

~~ pelenaka ~~


  1. Well, now that you are famous, don't forget us little people!


  2. NP, I'm still Pele in the hood even if I do end up with my pic @ the post office, ;-)

  3. I have to laugh at the people making comments! Especially the one who made many comments and was upset about having to give his name to the paper to post a comment. I always tell people if they don't want to be prepared, don't. Then don't come crying to us about it later. I thought you did great!

    1. Thank you Kat, it was a pleasant experience speaking with the reporter but I can tell you that in the back of my head I was worried I'd come off as a kook.

  4. Good article. I don't think prepping is crazy or weird. There have been a lot of incidents in recent years that should have taught us all that no one is coming to save us in case of disaster. Hell, the folks in New Orleans are still all upside down. In those situations, if you could have put some stuff away for an emergency and you didn't, how will you feel when your kids are hungry and thirsty and there's not a damned thing you can do to help them now? Prepping is just common sense in my opinion.

    1. I agree Grace, but what I wanted the reporter to come away with is that the principles of prepping the mind set & skills can be used in everyday life.

  5. loved this article, but where are you? I miss your posts!


Thanks, good to know there are other's with this interest