Sometimes Wives Just Don't Understand

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My wife started off thinking I was crazy, but now she's beginning to get into this with me. I've bought her a couple folders, but she won't carry them, they're sitting on her dresser. A few weeks ago I was in my knife room wrapping para cord on my Junglas sheath when she came in. My RTAK II was on the table already wrapped. She looked at me then walked over and picked up the RTAK II in the sheath and said. "Wow....I wish I was a guy so I could carry a knife like this!!" She's so short it would hang well below her knee.

I made a fire piston this week, and had to make some char cloth to go with it. But it's -15 outside so I wasn't going to dig my way through the snow to use the side burner on the BBQ. I turned on the hood fan over the stove and cooked the char cloth over the back burner. The fan handled about 90% of the smoke...But 10% of that much smoke in the house is allot of smoke. When she came home and asked what was burning, I showed her my new supply of Char cloth. She gave me that "I'm calling my Lawyer" look. So I packed my new fire piston and fired it. Her eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas.
I spent the next half hr having to explain the physics and history of the fire piston, and then I had to explain how the diesel engine works too.

So she's starting to see that there is credibility to most of the stuff I do, But I'm not allowed to make char cloth in the house anymore:grumpy:
 
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If you want to get her on board with prepping you might want to find something that she can understand and support.

For my wife it was basics, ie. food and water. That spread to backpacks and some supplies. I bought her a pink Izula and it sort of lit a fire. Now she buys me knives and gear and supplies and has her own "bug out bag" and does paracord bracelets and all kinds of stuff.

Women generally love to be involved with the stuff their mate is into, but you have to spend a bit of time getting them into it at first.

Mrs.Shotgunner11 is one of the exceptions I think she was born cool lol. :)
 

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I buy $400 knives and she buys $400 purses. The difference is, I don't bitch about her purse.
 
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I buy $400 knives and she buys $400 purses. The difference is, I don't bitch about her purse.

And we now know what a woman can accomplish with a purse or a handbag!

(Earlier this month super granny beat 6 robbers in England with her handbag. They were so impressed they stopped trying to rob the jewellery and tried to flee.)
 
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Being single, thankfully I don't have to deal with that. But my family likes to think I'm over prepared for the end of the world or what ever they like to think. That was until the last pretty decent earthquake we had and they thought it might be a fore shock to a much larger one... Who's the first person that mom calls to see if they have everything in case the big one hits, me of course! And yes, I have everything, and I'm glad you haven't bought one single thing for yourself!

What is 'everything'?
I live in Wellington New Zealand. Apparently the world's biggest BIG ONE will hit here :eek:. I'm preparing.
 

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I set aside money each week, might be 5 bucks, might be 30, the deal is she doesn't care because it's my money, and I spend it on what I want, no questions asked!!!
 
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That's why I am so glad that my girlfriend is different than some others out there :rolleyes: For sure shes not my wife yet but after about 7years its kinda like a marriage bewtween us ;)

At the very first it started out like others said as well... A strange look here and there, asking whether this or that was really "needed" but after she got in contact with all the nice items that I bought, some parts even years ago without having a real use for it at that time, she is infected with that virus as well :D

Within the past 2 years we managed to get the whole "outdoor"-thing to a level we both really enjoy and share as a hobby. For sure there is a raised eyebrow here and there with a big :D in her face but hey, thats what it is all about isnt it?

Enjoy the time you got with your loved ones, share your experiences and do what you like together :)
 
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So the real question is, where will you bug out to with your bag?

When you have huge families (no inbreeding, mind you), communities where everyone knows everyone, and churches and church families like I have....it isn't too far down the road/highway to find shelter. The flood here in Tennessee last spring just proved that point how people will stick together around here.
 

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we are just one natural disaster, ecnomical down turn, civil unrest away from becomming unwound. just talked to my son last night about this. i was getting ready to replace his gen 2 g17 for a new gen 3. he informed me that he wanted an x box instead. i was devistated. this kid is a absolute artist with the glock pistol. there are many a law man here in oklahoma that will admit that he is far more qualified to have one than they. yet he wants a video game instead. i guess all the years in scouting and on ranges and in the field have finally burned him out. i just hope the knowledge and skill will remain if he ever needs to call upon it.
as for the wife, she thinks that all of this is silly. and nothing will ever happen.
in the event of bad times, we will not be able to save everyone. at some point we will have to worry about ourselves. others that have not prepared will suffer.
 
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I'm glad I am single right now. Hopefully I will never have this type of issue later on in life, though.
 
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My wife thinks I am a nut too........I am not the one who will be starving for 3 days if shit hits the fan. She got used to all my knives now. I am currently working on convincing her that it is absolutely normal to hang dead deer antlers (trophies) on the wall.
 
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My late wife tolerated my excess survivalism. Most wouldn't. But she has been gone now since 2001, and now my living room looks like a cross between a pawn shop and an outfitters store. Just how out of control would a man get without a lady to make him "normal"? Recently the dust and clutter got overwhelming. A nice young lady I know had been out of work for a couple of months and asked if she could clean my house for some money. After I stopped laughing, I said ok. She showed up and looked around. I could see she was overwhelmed. She just started dusting and sweeping and mopping. Then she said a most surprising thing. "If society crumbles can I stay here?" There is always hope. :D
 
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My late wife tolerated my excess survivalism. Most wouldn't. But she has been gone now since 2001, and now my living room looks like a cross between a pawn shop and an outfitters store. Just how out of control would a man get without a lady to make him "normal"? Recently the dust and clutter got overwhelming. A nice young lady I know had been out of work for a couple of months and asked if she could clean my house for some money. After I stopped laughing, I said ok. She showed up and looked around. I could see she was overwhelmed. She just started dusting and sweeping and mopping. Then she said a most surprising thing. "If society crumbles can I stay here?" There is always hope. :D

:D:thumbup: Thats realy girl Humor!
 
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Tell her no, I'm fattening you up for when society ends....you'll be delicious.

See how that goes for you. :D I have a very understanding wife.
 
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My Japanese wife doesn't like guns, knives seem okay though.

If I ever get her mind to change, I'll buy a Henry Survival rifle and a reliable automatic. I could see a shotgun being a good idea too.
 
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My situation is somewhat like the one Mannlicher described. I pay the bills, make sure things are tidy and spend money on what I think best.

Deep down inside, I suspect that my wife realizes that my being prepared, as silly (and excessive and redundant) as it may seem to be to her, is another way that I try to make sure things are taken care of. Some women appreciate it. Some don't.

SP
 
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My wife has been through enough power outages and seen enough floods to understand the need to be prepared. I'm sure she thinks I'm a little overboard, but my son thinks it's cool;). I spent over a decade looking at a third world country from my bedroom window and know what happens to people in a place like that where there is not a fleet of police cars and fire trucks to save them. I've also been in a duece and a half responding to calls of people trapped on their roof by floodwaters, almost getting there, and being forced back by those same waters, wondering if they knew we couldn't help them. More in line with this discussion, I saw people saved because a volunteer fire fighter was prepared and had the foresite to bring his john boat with him when he responded to the station. He thought it might come in handy. Handy it was! Too many folks think the man is going to swoop down and save them. Look at Katrina.

Now, my wife does wonder why I have so many khukuri. I just tell her that during the end times knives will be more valuable than gold, and that I'll likely be appointed a commander in the Republic of Texas Zombie Eradication Forces:)!

Then I promise not to buy anymore without permission. Take care and God bless.
 
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My wife grew up on a ranch, so she doesn't bat an eye at my gun & knife hobby/obsession/fetish/un-adulterated addiction. She grew up shooting, is actually a damn good shot, and is always into checking out the new knives I get.

In terms of trying to get her on board with prepping for any trouble that may come, she's an eternal optimist and thinks I'm being a little paranoid.

Workin' on that....she's slowly grasping the "better to HAVE it and not need it..." philosophizing.
 
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