Friday, September 10, 2010

Eyes on me!

I found this article on the web and it seemed to me to be an interesting one that relates directly to survivology, more specifically to communicating during a stressful situation.  This technique as described in the article is a time proven one that you may recognize.  Also notice that the author discovered how effective it was by "reflecting back" on the past season.  Remember that reflection is how we make sense of all the day to day frustrations that we encounter.  Read the article and try it out you will be surprised how well it works.  It is simple human psychology.  Do you remember your drill instructors saying "EYEBALLS" and answering "OPEN SIR" It is the same thing for the same reason.  Another one that I often use is "FOCUS" although it is more to maintain attention than to gain attention.  ENJOY!


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hunting season

Hunting season has begun, they shoud have an open season on the idiot that wrote this.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The eight R's of observation

These are the eight R's of the observation process and they are an important step in the development of the survival mindset and the ability to recognize the patters that are all around you.  This seems like a difficult process but with a little practice it will become second nature.  If you miss some steps in the process or simply do not have enough time to complete it that is OK. The beauty is that simply recognizing that this is an event in that you are required to pay attention will put you ahead of most of the people around you.   

Realize, recognize, record, recall, review, recite, respond, reassess.

Realize what is going on and how it affects you, your mission, your objective and your situation or safety.

Recognize the pattern that is going on, how it is developing and what options that you have to manipulate the situation or just observe and learn.

Record information from general details to the specific details.

Recall those details and relate them other similar experiences to see where the overlaps are.

Review the total information for a complete accounting of the situation, review for retention.

Recite those details and vital information to implace them in you memory.

Respond appropriately to the current situation. (if required)

Reassess the entire event to refresh the memory and pick out the actual pattern, do not do this until you are completely removed from the event and you are no longer emotionally invested.

If nothing else the first and last steps will get you head and shoulders above most of the drones moving about in their daily routines.  There is a certain liberation that you feel when you pay attention and manage to remove yourself from a potentially dangerous situation because you picked up on the ques or recognized how a situation was developing before your eyes.  That is on a micro level but the patterns repeat themselves on a macro level as well.

Take a look at the events leading up to the American revolutionary war, by my observation we are somewhere in between the Townshend acts and the Boston Massacre right now.  Keep a  watchful eye out for the next event and follow the pattern.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Dont ASK like an asshole!

Here is the lesson for the day.

If YOU or your department screwed up and you need help to make it right don't ask like an ass hole. Do not act like it is the other guys' fault.  Sometimes people need help fixing their mistakes and you will not get help by playing it off and blaming others because you are incompetent.  Man up, admit that you are an idiot and humbly ask for help.  If you do anything else then you are a bonifide ass hole and you deserve every problem that comes from your mistake.  The reality is that your mistake was probably caused because you were too lazy to inspect what you expected in the first place.  This is especially important if it is a holiday and in order to help you the other party really has make YOUR problem their problem.

Semper Fi!

Tracker up!

My kids left the gate open yesterday afternoon and my dogs ran off.  I figured that they would come back in a couple of hours and its a holiday weekend so the dog catcher has the day off I'm sure.  Besides, one of them is half coyote so I figured that she was just out chasing rabbits.  By the time that I came home from work today (yes I had to work on Labor Day) they were still not home.  I drove around the the back roads to see if I could spot them and had no luck.  I went home for a while and then decided to go track them. 

Its not every day that I get to go out a get some tracking practice.  I figured that the most likely place to start was the scrub forest behind the house so I set out to find some spore.  I moved about halfway up the hill and came to a fence line.  I systematically checked the fence for signs of a crossing and eventually located the spore.  I immediately identified it as my two dogs primarily from the first set of prints.  The bigger of the two dogs has a lot of hair between her paws and she has a limp on the rear right leg.  I followed their tracks for a while and they seemed to be just curiously checking everything out and moving randomly around with no purpose.  I then came to a spore separation point and decided to follow the bigger dog.  The bigger dog is the mother and I knew that the other would not stray too far.  I also figured that she was easier to follow  and her tracks were more identifiable.  After the spore separation point there was evidence of a "shotgun start"  they were not wandering they were hunting.  I did not find and carcass so they must have lost their prey.  The tracks came back together and headed out deep into the forest on a deer run.  I had guessed that they wandered out on the deer run and that they would be gone for a couple days.  I headed back home and decided to stop with a  great view of the valley to quickly reflect back on the event.  This is what I have found.

1) My dogs seem to work well as a team but the big ones limp cost them a meal.
2) Family pets are easier to track than wild animals.
3) Pets are predictable.
4) Every track has a story to tell and the better you know the quarry the easier it is to follow.
5) Reading sign and spore is just like reading a book but you have to learn the written language first.
6) Never give up!

After my reflection I headed back to the house to find that the dogs returned home in my short absence.  Either they knew that I was on their tail and decided to go home, or they just couldn't get a meal this time out.  In any event if I had stayed on the tracks I would have found that they were still in the area and I might have found or at least spotted them before they went home. 

I think that we are going to have to leave the gate open more often that was good training.  I don't know if this does anybody any good but I thought that I would share the experience. 

I hope that you all had a good labor day.