Sit Rep 7/26/21 Local Shortages And Conditions (OPEN THREAD)

This is what I see around me here in Vancouverstan.

Let me know what you have got going on in your area in the comments. Since it’s an open thread, nothing is Off Topic so let it rip.

I posted this response over at WRSA a few minutes ago in response to a query about local shortages. What are you seeing?

Here in Vancouverstan, behind enemy lines next to Greater Portlandistan, things have been …. interesting….for over a year now. Had to go into a Wally World on the East side of town a couple weeks ago after having a couple of teeth pulled to get a prescription filled. While I was waiting I went back to the sporting goods section to poke around. ZERO guns. FOUR boxes of ammo TOTAL. All off caliber. The Wifely Unit shops at another Wally World, there are 3 within ten miles of each other around here. Bottled water low, cat litter and cat food both low. Peanut butter scarce. Some frozen food shelves empty. In the last year I have managed to find packaged yeast ONE TIME. She can’t find Bar S cured hot dogs, period. All their hot dogs are uncured. Fresh vegetables always seem to have limited quantities. They did have a decent selection of Auguson Farms freeze dried long term foods, the Sheeple don’t even know what that stuff is. Gas is up to $3.60 a gallon. They are putting up apartment buildings on every square inch of available real estate and I am not even kidding. Tearing down entire neighborhoods to do it. Housing prices around here can only be described as INSANE. Same for renting. $1300 a month for a studio apartment, if you can find one. Local cop got shot and killed the other day. Gang Banger. You would think Vancouver to be a sleepy little town but it is just across the river from Portland and now we are basically part of Portland except we are in a different state. The gangs have come across and we even have our very own chapter of ANTIFA that has been running up and down the I-5 Freeway clear to Seattle and raising hell in all the small towns close to the freeway in between since last Summer. You don’t hear about that because the news won’t report it. Back channel comms is the only reason I know. This is already a good place to be from and not to be in. I’m stuck here because of the wife and family. It sucks.

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    • Spokanistan is fine. Grocery stores stocked, hardware stores stocked ‘cept for dimensional cedar lumbar. Costco stocked, restaurants still restaurantin’. Schools out, traffic is down. I-90 tweenst Broadway & Division is a nightly clusterfuck between 7pm and 7am due to repaving. Montgomery is closed at Argonne EB creating all sorts of congestion. Even the smoke has been minimal so far.

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  1. Good luck to you sir. Nothing going on like that in the Cincinnati area. Crime same as it ever was, mostly downtown areas, and stores are well stocked.

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  2. We’re cool here in Northern Colorado, Phil. Wife hasn’t mentioned anything about things being scarce, but I’ve got her stocking up on things.

    Take care, buddy. I wouldn’t want to live near ANY Big City these days. I’ll be glad when my kid is out of Kommiefornia in a couple of weeks….

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  3. Phil,
    Sorry to hear that.
    Here in Detroitistan, there are no supply issues, crime in Detroit itself is going crazy, but you wouldn’t know it where I live in the burbs.
    I was just up in Northern Michigan, and it was/is beautiful. Very low crime, and plentiful stock at the stores.
    Our only issue is no one wants to work in a factory anymore, so we can’t hire enough people to meet demand.

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  4. Just got back from Publix in Mobile, every shelf stuffed. Can’t afford beef of chicken so we loaded up on seafood, dried beans , flour , yeast & beer. Plenty of beer. More folks wearing masks than I’ve seen recently.

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    • The mask thing has pretty much gone out the window around here except for the Brain Dead and Medical/Dental offices.
      The latter recently caused us some grief because our autistic son refuses to wear one and we can’t make him, he has something similar to an ingrown toenail that has gotten nasty looking and even the Urgent Care outfit refused to see him because of their fucking mask policy.
      We are treating him at home and Fuck Them but this could potentially be a big fucking problem if it were something more serious.

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      • Tell them nicely you cannot wear a mask because of “health issues”. I have done this on several occasions with no ensuing drama. We all have to start saying “NO”.

        If that doesn’t work, and they ask you what your health issues are, then they are breaking ADA and HIPAA laws. Politely tell them you only discuss health issues with your doctor.
        If that doesn’t work, take their names and inform them you will be filing a complaint with the DOJ for an ADA violation (1-800-514-0301) as well as having your attorney file charges against them personally as well as against the medical establishment they work for.

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      • Soak the foot in Epsom Saltsd for 30 minutes morning and night. Water should be warm but not too hot. Read the instructions on the box or bag.
        Works fantastic for ingrown toenails, etc.

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        • That’s what I told the Wifely Unit about six times. She finally went and got some.
          I swear that woman is so stubborn she makes me look like a Wal Mart Greeter in comparison and I am Missouri MULE stubborn!

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  5. Wife made a trip to our old stomping grounds of the Rogue Valley to visit friends. What is most in short supply is people willing to work. Restaurants closing at 6:00pm because “lack of staff”. Help wanted signs in the doors of businesses everywhere. Goodwill pushing a starting wage of $14.50.
    And what became of the thousands of people burned out in the Almeda fire last year? There’s some construction going on, but not that much. Most of the rubble cleared away to ground level from Ashland to Medford, and you have to see it to appreciate the scale of destruction.

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  6. I’m further north than you, up in the Mason-Kitsap county area. The Walmart’s I go to always have big holes on their shelves. Not as big as the empty bread shelf in your photo but they are still always missing a a lot, even after they widen the aisles by removing shelving.

    As to your personal problem of needing to be in the area (I know it’s not a problem)… a whole lot of variables in that but is there anyplace within your area (commute area) that it would be possible to buy an acre and put up a place? Owning can be cheaper than renting…

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    • LOL! I appreciate the thought but nobody except developers can afford anything around here even if you could find a bare spot.
      Like I said, they are literally tearing down old neighborhoods so they can build now.

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  7. Over on the Space Coast of Florida (east coast, midway up the state) I’m not seeing it. Grocery store is stocked – even chicken wings are back in the bigger packages of 16 or more – in the last few weeks. Prices are up on most food along with shrinkflation, like everybody sees. Some BOGO offers on food but not as many as before Kung Flu. Plenty of sale prices every week, just not as much free offers. Regular gas is staying under $3/gal, but not by much. My last fill up was last week at $2.85/gal. Other stations are a dime more.

    Help wanted signs everywhere. There were more people wearing masks at the grocery store last week than for months. They must be afraid the variant is gonna get them.

    Haven’t looked for ammo at Wally World, but last time I looked (month ago?), there were guns and ammo. I just didn’t look to see what.

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  8. Here in the PRM (People’s Republic of Massachusetts) there is little to no ammo. Everything else well stocked, except pool chemicals. Gas around $3.09 a gallon. Went to Wally World, corn 15 cents each. Pineapples 98 cents. Some stuff as cheap as ever. I think those prices are to attract the EBT folks. I was fifth in line, all four in front of me used EBT. I bought some oil, some beer and a few other things. I paid cash – the young lady at the register told me I was the first to do so in an hour…

    Local Rock Station has 75% of their ads are for jobs. A “package selector” at a grocery wholesaler starts at $20/hr, up to $36 and hour for experienced workers. It’s an overnight shift, with a sign on and bennies. About a dozen companies looking for CNC machinists, including Smith & Wesson.

    Why work? Between Unemployment/virus checks/ EBT people have enough to survive.

    Ten months to my full retirement age. Maybe I’ll apply for EBT when I go on Social Insecurity? Actually, nope.

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      • You are still a pup… and get back to work! How are those ebt and unemployment shirkers gonna get paid? Man, you are one selfish old coot… You think you are gonna retire? Bidet has other plans for you, ya gotta send in your taxes.

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        • The medical alone is going to keep me slaving away.
          I have always said that I will go until I can’t go no more.
          Looks like that is going to be a literal thing whether I like it or not.

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      • I always knew that you could draw SSA at 62, but it didn’t really hit me until I turned that milestone that it really was an option now. Not the best option, but up to that point there was always the nagging idea that if I lost my current job, I’d have to start digging for another.
        As I say, it’s not the best option, and I managed to make it another 2 1/2 years before I bailed out. I cashed out almost 400 hours of vacation time on my exit from the salt mine, so I didn’t apply for SSA till I turned 65.
        There are so many different ways to crunch the numbers that you need to explore what options work for you. What you expect to draw and when to start, what your wife may or may not qualify for, etc. It’s not an either/or thing as far as the amount you draw. It’s a progressive scale, and every month you put off applying adds a bit more to the bottom line. The actuaries will tell you though that it doesn’t matter in the end. You’ll either draw more and smaller checks, or fewer larger ones by the time you croak. The big question is can you get by on that, or do you have other resources. We have friends in their 70’s with mortgages and they still have to work. We fought long and hard to retire debt free and I’m obsessive to the point of paranoia to stay that way.

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        • I had to wait until 66 for two reasons – stock options, and I’d get 100% if I could hang in there until 66 (and one month). It was tough, though = my memory was not doing so well, and in the Networking business you have to be on your game all the time. After I retired, I relaxed and forgot most of what I had learned. i think…

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  9. Little town West Texas is all good. Cat litter? You might want to have it if your wife has to shit in a five gallon bucket for a while. Not good for long term. Posthole digger for that. Around here, if you need fuel, you can rob stripper wells. The attenendat tanks have lot of burnable sludge. Think outside normal parameters.

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  10. Cleveland OH area.
    Not seeing any real shortages of anything. gas at about 3.05 on average right now across the area. I know because we have been looking for a place well out of Cleveland proper for the last few weeks. Been buying gas in lots of counties.
    Found a place after making 3 offers that fell way short.
    We are getting out!

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  11. Been pretty quite around these parts. No goats getting out on the road (only because he sold them and retired to town). Cows happy with lots of rain, keeping the stock tanks full and grass green. We got a new neighbor about a mile and a half away so its getting kinda crowded around here. The thorn in my gut is still here. City family moved in just down the road year or 3 ago. Called 911 to report people shooting GUNS. She went nuts last dove season. S.O. finally told her if she called again they would arrest her and just move back to the city if she does not like it and the officer remarked she should take her Biden/Harris sign with her. I get dirty stares every time I pass. Went to town. No ammo. No guns on the shelf (local gunshop can’t get any, said only the big guys are getting stocked right now. Very few city boys are coming round to dove hunt come Sept. Just no demand for hunting leases. Stores stocked except for canning lids and rings. Jars were scarce but a little showing up. Took the housemouse Sunday to town to shop wally. We stopped at a local China buffet. Usually spend around 18 bucks (2 months ago). Got the check and WOW! 33 dollars for two old little eaters. Won’t be able to go back and the HM got the trots today anyway so maybe cutting cost on food.food quality too.

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    • I stopped at a Wendy’s the other day on my way in to work because I had been too busy and forgot to eat.
      One of their Single Cheeesburgers, no fries and a Chocolate Frosty, kinda like a really thick shake, came to over $8.00.
      The freaking Cheeseburger was over $5.00.

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      • Wendy’s has a nasty reputation among people with soy sensitivity (pretty much everybody…).
        According to Wendy’s’s website, they put soy in everything — simulated meat-style sandwich filler (doesn’t qualify as ‘hamburger’), buns, soda pops, cheese.
        Good news — chocolate frosty is non-soy.
        Bad news — chocolate frosty is us$1.59 for the ‘sample’ two-gulp size.
        .
        If a fellow wants jowls, ‘man-jugs’, and a ‘two-ton secretary tuchus’, soy is your hormone.

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        • The pejorative “soyboy” is not just an epithet. It’s a very real thing as you say. Look up “phytoestrogens”. We humans evolved to eat meat.

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  12. Wally World in southeastern New Mexico is just like your AO. Lots of gaps on the shelves. No bottled water hardly.
    That is New Mexico not New and Improved Mexico.

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  13. Fuuuuck.
    Looks like USSR, oh wait. My bad.
    Good here in….a east coast state

    All kiddin aside, thats GD Disgusting.
    Seriously.
    Wtf these commies gota be buried by the 100,000’s

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  14. Here in the Pensacola/panhandle area, there are several stores with sections that are bare…not all the same sections, but various sections nonetheless. From plates and cookware in one store, cereals in another, bathroom items like towels in another, generic sodas in another… all scattered shit. The prevailing reason as to why seems to be “we didn’t get our truck in last week”.
    I call BS on that.

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  15. Open thread… Take the social security money at 62 or wait until later for more?

    It depends on what you’re doing, how happy you are doing it and how much SS $ are you talking about.
    If you don’t need the SS $ then wait, you’ll get more/month by waiting. If you like what you do & the money then wait, working while getting SS $ can cost you SS $.
    Medical… if your job is where you get your medical you’ll probably need to wait until 65 & Medicare.

    If you’re ready for the SS $ then go for it. I started getting it at 62 (turned 62 in Feb, in Mar they put it away for me, I was given my FIRST SS money on the 4th Wednesday of Apri).
    At 62 I was retired enough, I wanted to get it before they ran out & I didn’t want my last thought to be about the SS $ I had passed up if I died before I started getting it.
    If you enjoy going to your job and you’re not too tired then (IMO) the SS $ at 62 is not worth it

    I collected $35,000 in time between 62 & 65….

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  16. Things are A1 here in northern Michigan, shelves are stocked at the groceries, ammo is a little scarce but not unobtainable, scored 100rds of 45, 50 of .357, and 50 critical defence 380s for $160 today. Lots of 5.56 steel case for 9$/box, though reloading supplies are totally gone, did score 600 primers at a middle-of-nowhere gas station the other day

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  17. Only places I’ve really seen problems in my area (Lake of the Ozarks in MO) are at several local Wal-Marts ( Wally World was having supply chain issues for at least six months before Kung Flu hit) and the Hy-Vee supermarket outlet in Osage Beach consolidated its grocery aisles to eliminate two aisles of product (replaced with seasonal stuff like air mattresses and coolers for the summer tourist crowd).

    The other issue seems to be that all the car dealerships are having trouble getting in new cars, and good used late-model cars are often going for as much or more as they cost brand-new. Whether foreign or domestic, they’re all having issues sourcing chips and spare parts.

    I’ve seen some speculation lately that China is deliberately slow-walking production of various widgets to teach the rest of us an economic lesson. Wouldn’t surprise me. Not that they’d have to crack the whip especially hard to get the current crowd in DC to roll over and bark on command, even those they haven’t already bought off.

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    • Hyvee hasn’t been the same since they converted their liquor section into a medical clinic. They stock that floatie shit every spring for the FT’s, who mostly seem to order online and pick up in the parking lot so they can avoid any contact with us uncultured locals. I do appreciate that.
      If you are looking for ammo in the area Gier’s Bass Pro & Liquor in Eldon has had a pretty good supply of common calibers at near pre-scamdemic prices. Reloading supplies are pretty scarce but show up on occasion.
      The one thing that we aren’t in short supply of in the LOTO area is patriots, but it’s hard to tell sometimes during the FT season with all the citiots running around. Fortunately they are easy to spot with their masks on.

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  18. Driving from SE Alabama to central Illannoys and then to southern Michiganistan. Outlaws 80th birthday parties. Will let the tribe know what I see traversing the country. Everyone be well.

    Spin

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  19. Over on your dry side Phil,

    Hot, dry, dusty and smoky and that pretty much sums it up. Oh and the rumble of grain trucks heading to the elevators.

    Gas is right at $3.66/gal for regular. We are seeing some shortages on the store shelves. A week ago the closest Safeway (40 minutes away) didn’t have any bottled water, no distilled water, no water of any kind. The depth of stocked goods in most stores is shallower than in the past but able to get most everything we want. Prices however are another thing. What normally runs around $140 a trip came across the register at a touch over $200. I raise and process my own beef but happened to glance at a little package of burger and it almost knocked my socks off. Who can afford to buy beef?

    It’s been a tough year on the food growing front. An open winter followed by not enough spring rains and late frosts combined to really hit the grain harvest. I’ll bet falling numbers really smack some the grain farmers hard.

    The high heat is cooking the garden and it’s almost impossible to keep up with irrigation needs. All my yields are going to be down with some things not producing. Thankfully we have pretty good depth on a lot of stuff from previous years canning.

    The pastures are pretty much gone and anything left is dryer than a popcorn fart. A sneeze could almost trigger a wildfire and we’ve had several nearby in the last while but so far nothing like we had last year. With the pastures gone it’s looking like we’ll have to start feeding by the end of this month/first of August and hay is becoming unobtainium. I’ll probably knock down more than one beef critter so I don’t have to feed them. I hate slaughtering when it’s hot like it is.

    Guns and ammo, until very recently, have been something seen in an ad not in a store, though we haven’t really been looking to purchase anything. I personally haven’t seen a store shelf with any inventory in ages though I did score a box of Nosler 165 Accubonds a couple of weeks back. Say you know of anyone that has some VV N160? Just kidding. We have curtailed our range time in view of preserving on hand supplies and out of fear of a stray spark starting a fire that burns up half the country.

    We keep hearing murmuring on the wind about some bad virus that is going to kill everyone unless they get jabbed with some non vaccine shot but so far haven’t had anybody brave enough to come to this neck of the woods in person to edumicate us. We are really dumb out here, I just learned from the VEEP that we’re too dumb to even know how to make a copy of our ID. It shore nuf sucks being this stupid but I’m here to make everyone else seem smart in comparison.

    The doc’s and extended family convinced my mom she had to have the jab so I took her in and proceeded to irritate everyone when I read the handout out loud to her before I would let her sign it. I really pounded home the point that the paperwork said it was not a vaccine. I thought for a minute or two they were going to try to throw me out. Most places a mask is something a bandit wears. Other than two places, an autoparts store and a grocery store, me and mine haven’t worn a mask since this all started. I know I’ve probably killed a bunch of grandmas and more than a few Karens by not wearing a mask but I guess I’m just too much of an asshole to give a shit about people too stupid to understand you can’t keep out mosquitos with a chain link fence.

    Well not a lot going on otherwise, it’s just too damned hot and dry and with all the DNR and forest closed not many places to go.

    As an aside kind of sorta planning a sortie to your neck of the woods for a one day down and back, say around the 7th to 9th of August if any of those days comports to your schedule. Let me know if that works for you.

    Later
    wes
    wtdb

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    • So far as I know I don’t have anything going on that weekend/ I am really looking forward to seeing you again and I hope you can fit some time in for conversation before you have to turn around.
      I am also hoping you are bringing a trailer.
      There are a couple of other things I want to see if you can get any use out of that were given to me.

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  20. Tampa Bay Area: No food/supply shortages (that I can see). VERY quiet on the BLM front as well, as the uppities were told that blocking roads and getting all uppity was a good way to earn a bullet. Add on DeSantis, DESPITE all the attempts to smear him as the second coming of Hitler, seems to be ‘managing the house’ so to speak.

    The BIGGEST problem we got here are the fucking New Yawk transplants. MOST are of a small-hat-big-nose persuasion. The new neighbor who took over Serbian War Criminals pad? The wife is Israelite, New Yawk, Obnoxious, Big Haired, Type Many Each. VERY obnoxious… like that insanely bad, heavy accent AND laugh. Got that big time Yenta feel to her too… fake hair, fake tits, looks older than Wifey (and claims to be only 38). Wifey BTW is 52. Well preserved INDEED compare to this ‘thing’.

    The T-Shirt gaining popularity is “Don’t New York My Florida”
    Sort of the same exact sit-rep Nog was mentioning above.
    Wish they’d stay on the east coast… but nooooooooooooooo
    Whut we got here is an invasive species man…
    Totally sucks, but
    Hope is on the Horizon. -Might- Be Relocating to better climes soon.

    I’ll let ya know as we go.

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  21. My last trip to the market was about 10 days ago. Besides seeing the cost of things steadily creeping up, the place was stocked. I don’t usually get much as I’m at the end of the line and I figured that out when I moved here and I dipped into the cash reserve and bought a few years worth of necessities at that time. Now I just rotate and replace as things get used.

    Never had a shortage of goodies at the gun shop except for ammunition and reloading supplies. I was years ahead of that and I’m glad about it. When they do get stuff in, they set some aside and let me decide if I’m interested or not. Ha, I’m always interested!!!! Never know, I might need to use it for barter down the road.

    Gas and diesel are a buck more a gallon than this time last year. Thanks Joe you piece of shit.

    Have plenty of good dry wood ready to heat the cabin and caribou season opening up on the first.

    It’s really quite around here as the Canucks aren’t allowing tourists through the border. That’s a big deficit to the local economy. We’ll start to see a lot of hunters flying in in a few weeks though.

    Can’t believe how many people have been jabbed and the push for it hasn’t eased up.

    Starting to get a few hours of dark now and that helps in the sleep department.

    Over all, personally I’ think I’m in pretty decent shape and I have a couple friends that think along the same lines as I do. We’re going about our days as usual but, aware and waiting for the ball to drop.

    Giving some thought to maybe raising some chickens and rabbits. I no sooner typed that out and a white wolf trots right down the driveway. Must be a herd of caribou around here as they bring the wolves.

    Alright, all of ya stay safe out there.

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      • I hear that.
        I was more concerned about the dog. I had let her out about 10 minutes before that. I’m guessing the wolf was 3-4 times her size. She’s not a bad scrapper but wouldn’t stand a chance with one of them. They never saw one another thought. She was on the other side of the home on the porch.

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  22. Rio Grande Valley Texas – ammunition extremely scarce, mainly shotgun ammunition. Low quantity of bottled water (especially distilled), amd fresh red meat is priced very high. Fresh vegetables okay. Some common prescription medications take longer tofill than ormal – call them in early if critically needed,

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  23. NE ATL has the shelves stocked. The meat counter is not stacked as it has only one layer of product. Per the butcher the freezer is full but the price has people buying less and usually the cheaper cuts of meat. Gas is just under $3 a gallon. Popular ammo calibers is available if you know where to look but it extremely expensive. Primers are unavailable but powder and bullets can be found.

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  24. NE Texas.
    Shelves are full and produce is fresh.
    Not many masks, but then again there wasn’t much usage anyhow after the initial scare.
    Gas at $2.88.
    All is quiet.

    -rightwingterrorist

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  25. I live in New England.

    Went to the grocery store yesterday around 6:30 PM. As I’m driving in to the parking lot I look across to the far side and it was hazy from up high to right down on the ground. I’m thinking “that looks like smoke”. I got out of the car and the air smells like a thousand camp fires have just had water poured on them. I’m thinking “could that be from the wildfires in CA or local”. There’s no fire trucks speeding around with sirens blaring, so it can’t be local. I check the news to find that there are multiple fires in Canada that are the source of the smoke from hundreds of miles away.

    Store shelves are stocked. No shortages. I have to make a Wally world run sometime soon. I expect there will be no shortages there either.

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  26. The interesting thing I see going on around DFW is that all the people who hoarded up the ammo are now setting up little roadside stands trying to sell it. I may go to the next gun show just to see if it is all going to flood back on the market. I stay stocked up by buying ammo on line so I’m good. Don’t need to buy any guns although I do have this weird desire for a Makarov pistol. Must be because of all the commies. Still good on beef with a good bit of my half of a steer left in the freezer. We’re on our own well so water is fine. I do recommend that anyone living off of a well get some fire extinguishers and keep them around the house. All the fire department can do is bring a tank truck when there are no fire hydrants but extinguishers are actually pretty cheap.

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  27. I scored 3 boxes of 30-30 ammo at WallyWorld last week; first time I’d seen rifle ammo in more than a year. I passed them on to a friend who’d been out of hunting bullets for over a year.

    There was no 14/2 Romex or any Carlon plastic switch boxes bigger than single gang at 2 Lowes I hit over the weekend. That’s going to play hell on me since I’ve got the living room all cut up to run new lights. Checking inventory on line doesn’t help; the web site says they have 15 in stock, but 15 minutes later when I get there, none to be had.

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  28. Colorado Springs, still relatively conservative with 5 major military installations and a lot of evangelical influence like Focus on the Family (and a very robust growing Catholic component) is well stocked and ammo’ed up. Homeless are nicely fed at Marian House and Springs Rescue Mission, but they don’t sleep on the streets, and shit-in-the-creek encampments are regularly bulldozed. Lesser Blue Shithole Denver (lesser than say, Seattle, for now) is starting to see homeless tent camps spring up on the edge of the million-dollar manicured-lawn districts. Schadenfreude is a lovely word.

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      • Another ‘Westie’ here.
        Gas ($3.60/gal) and diesel are hit or miss in Southern Colorado. It’ll be in for a few days, then out for 24 hours.
        Bottled water is unobtainium at most stores. Canned goods are getting scarce too. Coffee has been unusually short.
        Real estate is a disaster. Good luck finding a house or a rental.
        No ammo anywhere, for anything…

        I’d be laying in what you need, because things feel weird.

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  29. NE FL. everything seems to be available except 30 30. no where to be found. the price of other is still un-be-liev-able. a brick of 22s in the hundreds????? a bx of 45 for $55!!!??? i suppose thats the plan. “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny”. keep on keeping on.

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  30. …..was startled to note paper goods outages in my local North Carolina mountain supermarket last week….nothing like it was in March last year….but still was struck by it….there were other outages here and there on the aisles…..nothing major, but little things like that have prompted me to review my deep larder and begin re-balancing it….NC Mountain Boy

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  31. Eugene, Oregon:
    Reading these posts instigated me to visit Wal*Mart.
    Pushing a cart through their clothing departments was eye-opening.
    Until a few months ago, their circle-racks were jammed nuts-to-butts barely squeeze between.
    July 27, they had maybe five circle-racks in each section — mens, gals, kids… two-thirds were mark-down clearance seasonal, very little new stuff.
    .
    Twice, the service-station in the Wal*Mart parking-lot was out of diesel… although their sign said ‘pump under repair’.
    A mile away, a ‘super-Wal*Mart type’ local-owned store — Fred Meyer — had a similar ‘pump’ issue with their diesel availability.
    .
    We acquire fuel a couple hundred gallons at a time, so our little farm can trudge along for a few months.
    Our deliveries to local-owned grocery stores may suffer.
    We have a couple-three dozen workkampers in RecreationVehicles and home-made ExpeditionVehicles, and everybody is staying put.
    We will probably open a stand at the end of the driveway.
    These days, that requires three alert armed trained adults to operate it safely.
    .
    Eugene was hippie-ville peace-love.
    We see a lot of folks transitioning to hippie-Rednecks, harmed-n-angerous.

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    • I worked around the Eugene/Springfield area about ten years ago now. My brother lived out in Vernonia and had an Office furniture business.
      Even back then it had changed radically from my memories of it in the 70’s when I had other relatives living in both Eugene and Springfield.
      I had to deliver and install cubicle type shit to some hospitals and the U of O. among other places.
      The Wokeness was already going full blast in that school and of course I ran afoul of it.
      It was my last day working down there and I had no problem telling them that I wasn’t going to miss their bullshit one little bit on my way out.

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      • July 29 11am, Junction City, Oregon:
        All three service stations posted great prices on diesel compared to Eugene Oregon.
        .
        All three have ‘pump’ issues.
        Irregardless of a great price, if it cannot get into my tank, it is all for naught.
        .
        ‘Veneta’, Veronica?

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  32. Here in the Central Highlands of PRK, things are stocked, scattered outs at grocery stores, gas holding at $4+/gal. Lots of hiring signs out, but I believe everyone who would apply is fat dumb happy getting their govt assistance. Why work?

    What is not visible but is tangible is the simmering anger coming to a soon boiling rage over joejoebama and his band of henchmen undoing prosperity that blessed this region for the past few years. People don’t talk about it but you can see it in their eyes. Most are ready for the coming festivities, but I always tell my associates nothing these marxists say or do should surprise them. Be ready for anything and always think one step ahead of them.

    God Bless Us All.

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  33. Great comment thread boys! Appreciate everyone for your intell.
    Seems pretty much normal in WV, western side of the Monogahela mountains. Noticed things like half gallon bottles of olive oil, 5lb cans peanut butter, are always bought out.

    Figured a couple months ago it was that time to build up stock on particular food.
    An online restaurant supply company, called Restaurant Supply, has decent prices, even with shipping if you compare prices. King Arther hugh gluten, 14% protien bread fkour in 59lb bags are $20, bulk bread yeast in 1lb vac bags are $5, they have an excellent dough conditioner which works awesome and has no industrial chemicals, it really helps produce top shelf super nutritious bread. Make a lot of oatmeal bread and peperoni/cheese rolls, onion and raisin/cinnimon bread.
    my wife goes down in the woids and picks herbs, and i use those for herb flatbread, with garden herbs we grow.
    I vac bag and store the flour in the freezer. A 50lb bag makes about 30+ 1.5 lb loafs of top shelf wholesome bread. We trade a niebghor 3 dozen eggs for a 1.5 lb loaf if oatneal bread each week.
    Another great product in bulk we get is Idahoan freeze dried mashed potatoes, only needs boiling water, and man are they tasty, we prefer the rustic version, has lumps in it. Same mashed taters you get at the buffet resturuants. Amazing goid eating, we order it in 13oz bags by the case, $67 for 24 bags, makes 20 half cup serving per bag.
    Spices are ridicuously cheap. Top grade resturaunt grade coffee in one pot bags is like 2-3 bucks per pound cheaper than Folgers at wallyworld, and natural coffee filters, a lifetime supply is 13bucks.
    You got to use the calculator so you get enough discount buying the right things to save the shipping and come out cheaper than local.
    Its the mostly unprocessed and minimal processed bulk foid thats the most cost effective buys.
    They have great pricing on smallwares, and cooking utensils, like a commercial 14 inch steel wok for $14, high grade brazier for oven cooking meat and vegitables, clad bottom SS Steel, $34, measuring cups, 1.5 and 2lb pullman bread loaf bread pans are $12, chef knives, knife steels, natural sausage casings, sausage seasoning, bulk rolls foil and plastic wrap, vacuum bags, half and less than local costs.
    we make our own sausages, raise pigs and slaughter fhem, works out all said and done about $1.50 to $2 a lb in the freezer. But we dont ignore store bought piggy either for sausage, like Food Lion had a deal on bone in whole pork shoulders, 1.35 a pound, last month, wife grabbed a dozen shoulders, we turned that into sausage, vac bagged them, made 7 different flavors. We wait till whole frozen turkeys are on sale, take thise fuckers, simmer them in a 5gal SST pot, when the meats done we pressure can it, then throw all thats left, bones everything back in the pot, simmer that for 1-3 days, makes superb bone stock for soup, rice, and beans, all that calcium and minerals and gelatine is dissolved in a tasty stock. Its like money in the bank.
    Plus we dont get appitatite fatigue with the variety, like using commercial sausage seasoning, comes in bags which season 25lbs of pork. All sorts of sausage flavors and styles. I motorized a size 32 hand crank meat grinder, and waited till they had a sausage stuffer on sale, saved us about $750 bucks, and we still got high grade equipment, and now its saves us money with every use.
    It is a mind set thing, how to think sustainable, take all the middle men cost out of your costs, while investing the savings into things you can keep utilizing.
    So that sausage equipment gets used for deer meat, turkey, and any good deal we can turn into cheaper cost good wholesome food. It really saves a shitload of money over the long run.

    Another way is we but ass wipe, paper towells, sponges, dish detergent in bulk. Great source is Parrish Supply. Order $200 bucks and UPS shipping is free.
    My wife likes their top grade hotel butt wipe, 96 roll case, 50 bucks, and 39 roll papertowell cases are $23, case of 28oz bottles, 9 in a case of Ajax dish detergent, $24 bucks. We get friends to order with us so we all save free shipping.

    Whats being done to us is essentialy they are turning us into economic slaves. We got to break that fucking chain Men. A peefect analogy is Lowes. It is a store that sells you what they want you to buy where they make the highest take out of the cheapist crap they buy for the least costs and mark up to the highest price feasible based on watching the customer like a hawk and studying the local economy. A trap if you will. It is corporate rape and pillage. Aftet they drive every private business and store and alternative source out of a given area.
    And now, we are caught inside this fucking hampster wheel and they are squeezing the hampsters for the last pennies to keep the wheel running.

    To me, its my personal judgement, its close to the wheel coming off its axle. So right now, its staples we are provisioning ourselves with. Figure two years provisions, then a year of scraping the bucket, hopefully through that time developing a truck garden and other sources which are sustainable, based on a worse case grid down situation. We have planted fruit trees, berries, vines, established perma beds of perenial vegitables from asparagus to alliums, horse radish to walking onions, got back to snaring enough to keep that skill at a peak, lot of meat trapping and snaring, and being able to can, cure and smoke it makes it very tasty. Tree rat gravy and biscuits are a delicacy, braised racoon makes excellent pulled barbeque sammiches with sweet slaw from garden cabbage. My all tmr favorite is real mince meat. I use all the tough cuts on the deer, it all turns as tender as the finest prime rib. Fanny Farmer cookbook has the best recipe, and that shit is the best high energy food invented.
    In a 5gallon pot: apples, raisons both white and dark, add any dried fruit you prefer also,i like apricots and blueberries, lots suet cut in chunks throw in whole not rendered, lemon peels, 4 pints of brandy, any flavors or a mix works, brown sugar, butter, salt, ground cloves, allspice, mace, cinnimon, ginger. Cook it slow till the beef suet starts to melt, then can it and 20 minutes in the pressure canner, or 30 minutes in a boiling water bath.
    Talk about rich energy intensive gut lumber,
    tou cant taste the venison meat, the beef suet is like flavor burst capsles, all those spices, mighty fine eating and a great way to use every part of your deer.

    A bit of creatve culinary art and snaring is a great source, and they work while your doing other stuff. Not like hunting where you are out stalking or on a stand. Though nothing wrong with that kind of fun. But is things go down the crapper bad enough, trapping is a serious labor saver, we are gonna be busier than trying to stuff spaghetti up a bobcats ass inside a phone booth procuring vittles and protecting our woman our kids and our meat every day all day.

    Thats my low rent 2cents, hope it helps somebody, maybe payback for all the intell you all posted which really really matters. Sure aint no other sources for honest injun talk for getting a hairy eyeball on the lay of the land and what the fukkers are up to trying to fuck with us.

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