I have sort of a MAG (Mutual Assistance Group) here in SoCal. I am big on sharing knowledge, and I am big on testing out plans and ideas. When I build a machine, I like to see it work. If that sounds like your cup of tea, read on. I think the time has come to continue to expand my small group, so here we go.
Why show up?
Well, you get some access to me. I am a sharp cookie. I bring a lot to the table, and there is little I have found I cannot do. Read my posts in the forum to get a gist of how much I am *not* spinning a line of ego or BS. This is something I take seriously, but I am also living my life with reasonable comforts. That means I can help you get serious business done, but I am sociable, as people go. The other group members also bring helpful things with them, we cover nearly every topic one needs for a proper end-to-end survival gig. I also teach classes at the local prepper group: http://meetup.com/PalmdalePreppers watch me there if you like. If it is prepping related, I have probably done it.
Why this group?
Because we might be local to you. If you are able to drive, and are in the southern California/high desert area. Because the group is serious about getting stuff done, but also not nazi commandos about missing a weekend. Because you need not subscribe to a particular philosophy other than perhaps wanting to out-live your fellow man. Because you have something to share. Because you want to prove your great ideas wrong to make them better, and you need some help with that. Because you are not sure where to start. Or where to pick back up. Or where to go next. Or want to help your fellow man learn a new trick.
How would it work?
We do a first date. I talk with you over coffee (unless you know someone already in the group, and they vetted you). A place that is neutral, and public. I like coffee, you can drink what you like. I decide if you are sane, and available.
Next we discuss a few hook projects. What interests you? Solar power? Diesel engines? Marksmanship? And if we mesh ideas, we plan a weekend and a project. You meet some people over beer. I like beer, you can drink what you prefer. If you like it, you come back.
What should I expect?
Work. Really, you have to try at this. You need to arrive consistently, practice things, opt in for the hard learning. Spend some money, maybe. Treat it like a hobby that has some meaning. And if you want the better benefits, like access to the super secret bunker or a place to cache things, expect to help pitch in on labor. Do not expect a partial ownership, sorry. Do expect to get dirty. It is hard to shoot prone in a rush without getting a little dirt on your BDUs.
Where will this go?
Well, we are a Mutual Assistance Group. We assist. Which means you might be stuck somewhere and need a jump, or you might need a post-$HTF armed retreat with escort. It is a good place to learn and get some exposure to a wide range of topics that would be extraordinarily difficult to do on your own. You can build it as you like. I suppose a few people I might take all the way with me. That will take a while. Patience, grasshopper.
What do I do next?
Well, mull it over. If you are local. If you have maybe something to contribute, and a desire to learn. If it is something you might enjoy, but can treat with some seriousness, dive right in. Put a reply here with your email. Or a temp email. I will respond. You can also PM me on the forum. Even if you find this post 6 months later, and surely I have forgotten about it. How do you think I found this site?
I am specifically looking for someone with experience in the following: communications, piloting, TIG welding, masonry, tactics, electrical engineering, machining, mechanic/vehicular.