Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Practice Your Preparedness

Just a real quick note on something that happened to me today regarding preparedness follow through.

The new truck runs great but it is nearly thirty years old so I keep my jeep around in case it decides to act up. I knew the starter in the truck needed replacing but put it off. This morning when I went out to leave for work the truck would not start.

Not an issue, I'm a survivalist, I see the problems coming and preempt them. Full of myself for my planning prowess I jumped in the jeep and started it up. It was only then that I saw the fatal error in my backup transportation plan.

The jeep was completely blocked by the truck. Although I had a fully gassed backup vehicle that was ready to go I had no way of getting the thing on the road. It took me about a half hour to roll the truck out of the way then push it back into the drive with the jeep.

This has just not been a good week for my preparedness ego. It's not enough to plan, you need to actually use the plan to see if it works.

2 comments:

Michael Hawkins said...

No, that'a great!

You've identfied a flaw in your plans. Or as my old teacher used to say: You'll only improve yourself when confronted with your mistakes.

theotherryan said...

Seeing the flaws helps alot. As for the truck don't get urself down. Sometimes logistical issues like a 1 car wide driveway trump the best planning.