Dec 09

We All Make Mistakes

I try to live by a checklist.  I have checklists for just about everything, be for my preps or what I plan on doing each day whether at work or running errands.  I value strict attention to detail and try to double check things to the point of being extreme.  My wife says I’m obsessed, I just tell her I’m prepared.  Even with all of that in place I still must admit that I am human and as such am prone to making mistakes.

This morning I had a meeting in a city almost 2 hours from home.  It’s one of the strange parts of my job, I frequently spend 4 to 5 hours on the road in order to sit in a 30 to 45 minute face to face meeting.  The type of meeting I was going to demanded that I dress professionally, suit and tie type stuff.  It was pretty cold when I left the house so I threw my wool overcoat (great coat) in the back seat and that was a good move, to say that it was cold at my destination would have been an understatement.

So there I was, driving to my meeting with my planner opened on the passenger seat.  Personal cell phone linked via blue tooth and work cell phone with an ear bud in so I could make a few calls and maximize time.  I was about 30 minutes into the drive when my business persona got a punch in the face from my prepper persona.  I realized that even though I had a complete change of clothes in the trunk, a well stocked get home back and a few other “tools” in the car, I had completely forgotten to pack my hiking boots.  It was around 20 degrees outside with snow on the ground.  Despite all of the gear in my car how far would I truly get in a SHTF scenario in a pair of Cole Haan dress shoes?  It’s not like I would even be able to put a pair of wool socks on as they are fit for the thin dress socks I wear with them.  One word immediately came to mind while driving: IDIOT.  There I was, Mr Blogger extraordinaire, Mr Prepper-Resources and I had violated one of the most basic rules: Attention to detail.

I’m writing this because I want you to know if mistakes like this can happen to me they can happen to you.  We all forget things, we all get a tad bit complacent, and we all do stupid stuff.  The key is to recognize those mistakes and take measures to reduce the risk of making them again.  I left my boots behind because they are my favorite pair and as such I wear them quite a bit, so they were sitting inside my garage.  My new plan is to take another pair of boots and stick them in the truck of my car permanently.  They might not be my favorite boots but they will be much better than a pair of worthless dress shoes if things get ugly.  We all make mistakes, I’ve made more than my fair share….how about you?


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  1. Muleskinner

    Too many to recount…LOL

  2. The Maj

    Technically it is not a mistake until it is really a MISTAKE. :)

    This is the reason I have gone with a full blown Bugout bag when I am driving. I ascribed to the concept of the Get Home Bag and still feel it is a concept that works for most people but while I was 5 hours from home one day with nothing in the vehicle but a GHB, I started wondering what if TEOTWAWKI is today. No way I was getting home with the bag I had in the truck or at least it was going to be difficult to do so. I started by going with an enhanced GHB which was modified depending on distance but then it became too complicated / too much of a hassle to keep adding and subtracting items. It also led me to forget items. Naturally it was a personal choice on my part and will not work for everyone but having one bag that I grab for trips just makes it easier to not forget something.

    So, you are not the first and won’t be the last to leave something at home. I struck out on a camping trip one time and had everything, except my shirts. One week on the river and the shirt on my back and a light long sleeve shirt for a “jacket”. Besides almost freezing to death in the mornings, I had to wash the only shirt I had a couple of times. It happens to us all.

  3. J

    I am pretty bad about maintaining my vehicle supplies, personally. the recent story in the news about the family lost for a number of days in Nevada has really reminded me of the necessity of keeping my traveling supplies current. Will be working on that in the next few days.

  4. M.O.A.

    No, I (ahem) have NEVER (cough, cough) messed up and forgotten something important (wink, wink, nod, nod, nudge, nudge).

    Never happened. Complete plausible deniability….er….LIE-ability.

    There seems to be a lot of that going around these days, especially in our top government seats.

    Well, Sir, I’m certainly glad that you were able to realize this mistake before it reached back and nipped you in the ass when it really counted. Great post once again, thank you for your tireless dedication and endless topics.

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