So, to start off, I think we should have a little history about me and my situation. I grew up in the mountains of northeastern Tennessee, deep in the heart of Dixie. In rural Appalachia, self-sustainable living and prepping are just normal parts of everyday life for a lot of people, and my family was no exception. Hunting, fishing, gardening, canning food, etc. were pretty much the norm in our area, and served as a means for people in a fairly poor economic region to build both a comfortable life for themselves and a little peace of mind. On top of that, the mountainous terrain of the southern back country offers great protection from a lot of natural disasters (tornados, flooding, etc.) and isolation from most of the rest of the American populace should widespread civil unrest occur. In short, though I didn’t realize it at the time, I was born and raised in a prepper’s paradise. Then, against all odds, I found a beautiful woman who loved me back and we’ve been building a life together for the last 12 years.