listener feedback brent epi 103
March 11th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Today’s show is a special one because after doing the Off The Grid Podcast for about a year now one of the listeners sent in a video. Brent took the time to email in a video and also had a great safety tip to share for anyone living off grid or hikers venturing out. Anytime you are out a good ways from society then you need to play it safe. Brent suggested sharing an important message for campers, hikers, and anyone venturing off the grid. He said it would be a good idea to know your GPS coordinates in case you ever needed to dial 911. This is a really great idea because a lot of times if you venture out away from the roads it could be hard for emergency personnel or first respondents to find you. If you know your GPS coordinates then if you ever needed help it could be there sooner rather than later. So this is one thing I will look up and keep on hand as well.

Brent also brought up a good point for the Off The Grid Podcast that I had not thought of. A few episodes ago (Show 101 & 102) I mentioned that I was working on incorporating a Patreon page for listeners that would like to help support the Off The Grid Podcast. The thing is I completely forgot that some people might like to help but at the same time may not be fond of a subscription based format. This was something I had not taken into consideration until now. Brent suggested that he and his wife might be interested in purchasing a walking stick / cane or two. This was another great idea and it gives me an excuse to work on something I enjoy doing. My dad got me into making canes when I was younger. I still remember being in awe admiring some of his craftsmanship. The beautiful spiraling wood grain where a vine had been elegantly swirled up looked like something a genuine wizard would have by his side. 🙂

If you are following me on Periscope I broadcast a live video a few hours ago. The video is the one mentioned in today’s podcast. I decided to show it there because after remembering I would be waiting for about 3-4 hours for it to upload a good nights rest sounded like a better option (its about midnight now and I am ready to go!). So if you would like to check out the video please click on the link below in the show notes for Periscope or you can check it out once the internet gods let me upload in a reasonable time frame again! lol 🙂 Thanks for listening and as always if you have anything to share please send me an email!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Be prepared when going camping, hiking, or living off grid. Know your GPS coordinates so first responders can find you if there an emergency!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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blue sky forest
March 2nd, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have been a regular listener to the Off The Grid Podcast then hopefully today’s show is a good treat. Last week in episode 99 I had mentioned that I was going to be doing a live broadcast of the show over the weekend in celebrations for the 100th episode. After a few minor technical difficulties I managed to kick the show off right on top of the off grid camper. Why up there you may be asking? Well as I quickly found out the reception out here is not always the best. Researching real quick on YouTube I found a way to make an antenna from a branch and my charging cord for my cell phone. micro machine monster truck lamboIt may work for some people but didn’t for me so I climbed on top of the off grid camper roof. Once I got up there and settled in the Periscope app seemed to work just fine. If you would like to watch the live broadcast videos or see future ones please follow me on my Periscope channel! 🙂

For today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment I dug deep into my memory box for a little toy car I modified as a kid. Flash back to the year of 1987 when Micro Machines were all the rage. Back then I had a number of these micro machines including cars, trucks, and yes monster trucks! I also had a Lamborghini. 🙂 As a kid I was always curious as to how things worked. One day I took one of the monster trucks apart with a philips head screw driver and replaced the body making it a Micro Machine Lamborghini monster truck! This was 29 years ago and I had a lot of fun modifying my new toys. If you would like to hear more please check out today’s Time Travel Tuesday segment. If you are enjoying this new addition to the podcast please let me know and if not that is ok too. Either way i would love to hear from you! As always thank you for listening to the podcast! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Time goes so fast. Try to make the best use of your time and life!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts for Episode 100 here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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drive thru tree
February 26th, 2016 by Off The Grid

The last couple of days have been the opposite of “tame” when it comes to weather out here in the off grid camper. Over the years living in Virginia you just kind of get used to numerous storms and hurricanes. The last two days we have had some very strong winds, thunderstorms, rain, and yup a tornado or few from what mystorm damage outside camper co-workers told me the next day. The featured picture for this show was of the tree that fell over during the storm yesterday. Driving back to the camper after a day of strong winds and rain I knew I had to make one of two choices in a split second. Option 1 stop driving on the now slightly flooded, muddy, and slick path, and get stuck in the mud.. or Option 2 keep driving and simply plow right through the fallen tree. I chose Option 2.. vroom vroom clunk crunch woohoo I made it! lol 🙂 The other picture here is of some thing that were outside the off grid camper. Yes the strong winds did break some of this. Luckily most of the severe weather missed me out here in the camper though.

If you have been following the Off The Grid Podcast recently you know that I have been working on something special for episode 100. After exploring several options to broadcast a live show while weighing the pros and cons of each I have decided to go with Periscope. What is that you may be asking? Periscope is an app that can easily be downloaded to your phone an also tune in on their website as well. In case you are wondering you will not only be able to watch live video but you can also type your questions / comments live too! Yes show 100 will be a live broadcast and thanks to one of the listener’s recommendations I will be using Periscope to make it happen. Thanks Brian!! I would love for you to be a part of episode 100 so please join us this Sunday at 5, 6, and 7 PM eastern standard time. I know this may be short notice for the first live broadcast for Off The Grid Podcast so I am honestly curious to see how this will goes! lol

Three emails came in for today’s listener feedback segment of the Thursday Off The Grid Podcast. I won’t spoil it for you but here are a few details if you have not listened. Steve emailed and was curious about how my Chocolate Peanut Butter beer turned out. If you missed it here is a link to the 3 shows ~ Episode 61: Bottling the Strange Brew, Episode 60 Brewing Chocolate Peanut Butter Beer, and Episode 56: Making Beer. Brian emailed with a tip on what I will be using for live broadcasting here for the show. Please see the link below about Periscope to tune in and follow all future live shows (and view past live videos). This last email came in from Pat. He asked about this years garden and also shared a good observation. I did not realize it at the time but this was a tough one for me. Why you ask? Well ironically I have been keenly aware of the fact that I need to “focus” going forward more so this last week. Pat’s email was really cool because in a way it was kind of like the universe was reminding me that focusing was something I really need to focus on! If you have ever really taken a good look in the mirror then you know that facing some of your own “stuff” from time to time can be challenging to say the least. It is always for the best and I really appreciate it that he was brave enough to point that out. Thanks man! There was a lot more to these emails but I have to save something for the show so if you have not already take a listen! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you have a lot going on try to focus and get it done!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Is there more you ask? YES! Check out Live video broadcasts on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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