Wednesday, February 17, 2010

California Street

Today's picture shows California Street in San Francisco after the earthquake. The Great Merchant's Exchange is on the left, and the Fairmount Hotel is in the distance. I find it interesting that even with the disaster, people are still dressing nicely. I would have thought they would have just had "Jeans Week" or something like that.

I enjoyed reading the comments yesterday, and I am sensing a clear consensus developing that I need a tractor. Several pointed out that with a tractor, I would be able to get a garden put together. In times of disaster, we could eat produce from the garden. Mrs. PJM has grown quiet fond of the chickens, and this plan has the advantage that the chickens do not get eaten in the first week of the crisis. I feel we finally have a scenario that might actually work, as far as me getting a tractor.

15 comments:

  1. These people look like they're taking a Sunday stroll!

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  2. PJM, A small Mantis self-propelled tiller will create more work and more food than your small family will want or need! And it's cheaper than a tractor.

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  3. Yes, but what fun is walking behind a tiller.
    You can't carry anything with the tiller like you can with a tractor with a loader on it.
    A tiller won't clean out the chicken coop and carry away the droppings.
    A tiller won't clear away brush like a brush cutter on the back of a tractor.
    PJM, you need the tractor!
    R

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  4. I think that's the only way they knew to dress.

    They do like out of place, though.

    I wonder about running water and bathing, yuk.

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  5. PJM your record as a successful DIYer is non existent. You do not need a tractor. The Mantis is a great product - I love mine. We never use the tractor for the garden. Even you could assemble it. Every man who owns an acre of land thinks he NEEDS a tractor. It's a guy thing, it can't be helped. All my neighbors are the same way. What I'd really like to know is if there was a disaster so bad the grocery stores were closed for a long time, then there would probably be problem with electricity. You said previously that you were on a water system with the neighbors. What's the origin of the water supply? Forget the pantry - how much water storage do you have because it sounds like water supply would be a bigger problem for your barren property.

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  6. I am guessing these are the only clothes they owned or possibly the clothing they were wearing when the quake hit? People also dressed with a lot more self respect back then, not sloppy and ripped clothing was shunned, not fashionable.

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  7. Anon,
    Wow, a little hostile there. On electricity, I am self sufficient, as I have solar and a wind turbine. As far as the land being barren, it is not, it is a beautiful piece of property with native plants and wildlife, just not enough soil to till for a garden. On water supply, I am on city water, that has local people who know how to maintain it. I live a couple blocks from the river, so would always have enough water for general household, if needed.
    PJM

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  8. Oh the Fairmont - I was able to tour it quickly in 1984 when I got to visit San Francisco. Truly a grand grand hotel. The whole time I was in San Francisco I felt like I was seeing it a 100 years too late. It's a fun place to visit. However, as a naive tourist I found out do NOT take the uncrowded trolley as opposed to those stuff full as the uncrowded one takes you to Market Square where the line for the trolley out is 3 blocks long. Then you get to take a cab and pay the cabby extra $$ as he wheels you around several extra blocks thinking you don't know east from west nor north from south, you dumb hick :) Still I'd do it again. PJM - you sound like my husband with this tractor thing. He has a Ford 9N and it's not BIG enough. Wanna buy it?

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  9. PJM, The past two days photos have been great - a lot of detail in both. Hold out for a tractor. I have two John Deere; my husband has Oliver's and Farmall's. Never enough tractors down on the farm as far as we are concerned! You will find one that fits your needs too. Don't give up your dream. I think you would look good on a John Deere!

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  10. A 9N ford tractors are about 65 years old.
    But they were a good little tractor.
    R

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  11. We have a Mantis tiller and frankly it is not big enough to do the job. It doesn't handle clay soil easily. I wish we had a rear tine tiller.

    Go for the tractor!

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  12. Paul, instead of a tractor, perhaps you only need to purchase a few attachments (assuming you're still captaining the big-rig). Check out the
    Hummer Tractor.

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  13. Barren means the soil supports native plants used to the environment, but lack of topsoil means you need to add a lot of amendments to grow your own food.
    It takes a lot of work to improve topsoil enough to be self sufficient. It's so easy to talk about it - very hard work to actually do. Do you have water rights to pump from the river?

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  14. Anon:

    Lighten up. Who are you, Al Gore?

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  15. The one thing that people don't seem to realize about using a garden for survival....you need two very important things for them to work....Time and a lot of Water. In times of a disaster, neither may be an option.

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