Hi all. We've been in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area for multiple decades, but just bought some acreage in East Tennessee (Greeneville). We're looking forward to getting a modest homestead going down there, and also the milder winters. We'll be moving down after our youngest daughters graduate (soon). We'd like to meet others down that way with similar conservative/libertarian/preparedness mindsets.
Where are we with our prepping? We're about 7 years in...more prepared than most people I personally know, but less than I'd like to be; it's all relative. We *do* have adequate TP to get us through that madness, but we already had that in our preps, and didn't storm the stores to buy it. ; )
My professional background is very analytical (systems design/coding/BI Tool development), but I'm also creative (artist since before grade school, but not doing much in the last decade+). I'm both right- & left-brained, I guess...kind of a unique thing, I have found. I have rebuilt several Jeeps from the ground-up, and was involved in the Jeep scene for 15+ years. I left Jeeps behind me a few years ago, though, as I feel the company has "lost its way" a bit. I switched gears, and am building out a (full-sized) Ford Transit cargo van into a camper van/travel vehicle/BOV/mobile BOL. My back-up BOV is a fat-tired cargo bike (bicycle) that can carry a couple hundred pounds of gear. I've been a mountain biker/cyclist since the mid-'90s, but need to make Zombieland Rule #1 (Cardio) more of a priority. That said, I did get a nice 2-day, 125-mile bikepacking ride in last season.
I also enjoy woodwork and steel fabrication/welding. I'm just now taking a pre-builder's license course in preparation for building our house in East TN. I like to stay busy, and have always been eager to learn new skills.
Wow...that turned into more of a novel than I expected. If you're still reading this, thanks and be safe through all of this craziness.