Archive for January, 2010

The Ant and the Grasshopper

January 31, 2010 10:38 am | No Comments

Revised Edition for Our Times

The following is the liberal “common good” version of the old favorite, the Ant and the Grasshopper:

Remember the ant and the grasshopper?


The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.
He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.
He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

The moral to the story being: BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!


NEW VERSION . . . (sad but true)

The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.
He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.
He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.
The shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and fed, while others are cold and starving!

CBS, NBC, ABC & CNN show up to provide pictures of shivering grasshoppers, next to a video of an ant in his comfortable home, with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast!
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer this way?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah, with the grasshopper.
Everyone cries when they sing “It’s Not Easy Being Green”.

Jesse Jackson stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house, where the news stations film the group singing “We Shall Overcome”.  Jesse then has the group pray for the grasshopper’s sake, and reminds the group to contribute to his group, so that he can “continue the fight” for grasshoppers, everywhere!

Ted Kennedy & John Kerry exclaim, in an interview with Tom Brokaw, that the ant has gotten rich, off the back of the poor grasshopper!
Both call for an immediate tax hike, to make the ant pay “his fair share”!

Finally, the EEOC drafts the “Economic Equity For Grasshoppers Act”, retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire the proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his house is confiscated by the government.

Hillary Clinton gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper, in a defamation suit against the ant.  The case is tried in federal court, with a jury comprised of unemployed welfare recipients.

Surprise! The ant loses the case!

The story ends, as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food, while the government house he lives in (which happens to be the ant’s old house) crumbles around him, due to lack of maintenance!

The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found, dead, in a drug-related incident.
The house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders, who terrorize this once-peaceful neighborhood.

The moral of this version? Think before you vote!

Bountiful Baskets

January 28, 2010 12:05 pm | No Comments

Here is a great website and service that is local to the Wasatch front area.  They offer wonderful baskets of food all year round.  The prices are great and the selection is excellent.  Go see what they have to offer.

Water Barrel Pick-Up

January 28, 2010 10:32 am | No Comments

Water barrels and the other accessories will be available for pick-up tonight at the Humphery’s home at 6:00 P.M.  They may be availavle around 5:30, too, depending on how long it takes to load them, if you need to pick them up a little before 6:00.

Though it’s unlikely we’d have an earthquake in Dallas…unfortunately, coordinated terrorism attacks on our basic infrastructure are a real possibility these days. As my water-storing colleague noted, one contamination of a water system anywhere in the country would inevitably lead to the shutdown and testing of water systems everywhere.  read more…

Water Barrel Purchase

January 26, 2010 8:14 am | No Comments

Today is the last day for you grasshoppers (and a few ants) to bring me your checks for the water barrels and supplies you ordered. I don’t mean to be blunt, but if I don’t have the money in hand, your order will not go in.  It’s too big of a financial burden for the ant colonies financial department to take the risk of buying them without the money up front.  There are upwards of 40 barrels ordered and only 7 paid for at this time.

Ill be here all snowy day (Tuesday the 26th) waiting for you.  Don’t be a grasshopper left out in the snow!  Please get it too me by tonight.  I’ll be placing the order in the morning.


This is a company in Orem.   You can go pick up your order so you don’t have to pay shipping.  Several people could coordinate the effort for pick-up.

This group buy will close 1/27/10.

Please have your money in before then.

Group Purchase Price ………… $32.00 per gallon,   $192.00 per case.

Normal Retail price …………………….. $50.00 per gallon,  $300.00 per case.

Each case contains 6 gallons.


Purchasing Method:
To place your order please call or email Jacob Meyers.  He accept checks, cash or money orders. A PayPal option is available for Credit Cards. Checks can be made out to him and mailed to:

Jacob Meyers
PO Box 268
Spring City UT, 84662

Email him your address and he will respond with a shipping and handling quote.
Will call is available at his home in Spring City, UT. If you live close by or will passing through it’s fine if you come pick up your order. Please make it clear to him by phone or email if that’s what you’d like to do and he can make arrangements.
Contact Him:
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to place your order feel free to email or call him.




* Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Same high grade stuff we’ve offered before

* 36% off retail price.

* 10+ year shelf life.

* 1 gallon double-enameled, shock-resistant tins.


This group buy will close 1/27/10. Please have your money in before then.

Homer called olive oil “liquid gold” and in a food shortage situation like that in Europe after WW2 it was literally was worth its weight in gold. Paper currency, gold, silver, precious works of art and other priceless stones and heirlooms were worthless. A person could buy almost anything with a quart of cooking oil. The people’s bodies were starved for a source of fat. Cooking oil was used on nearly all their foods to lend flavor and needed fat content.
This oil is coming directly from the grower in Greece.  It us undiluted containing no hydrogenated oil unlike many of the ‘extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil’ found in local stores today that go rancid fairly quickly. This olive oil is used in many of the best gourmet restaurants across the country.
Cold pressed olive oil. No chemicals or additives
The container:
Warning!!!! Olive oil stored or sold in plastic containers is dangerous for your health. The plastic container reacts with the olive oil and leeching dangerous chemicals into the oil.  Our high quality oil, ‘the good stuff’, will be sold in one-gallon stackable tin cans. The ideal way to store olive oil is in glass bottle but tin is more ‘earthquake proof’.
Self Life:
Due to its high quality, it has a very long shelf life. If kept in a cool and dark storage area it will easily last for 10+ years. Our specialist has used olive oil from his food storage that is 30 years old. Due to its high quality and method of storage, it is still perfectly good.


The Richter magnitudes are based on a logarithmic scale (base 10). What this means is that for each whole number you go up on the Richter scale, the amplitude of the ground motion recorded by a seismograph goes up ten times. Using this scale, a magnitude 5 earthquake would result in ten times the level of ground shaking as a magnitude 4 earthquake (and 32 times as much energy would be released). To give you an idea how these numbers can add up, think of it in terms of the energy released by explosives: a magnitude 1 seismic wave releases as much energy as blowing up 6 ounces of TNT. A magnitude 8 earthquake releases as much energy as detonating 6 million tons of TNT. Pretty impressive, huh?

While the statistics above are accurate the following are just an example so you can visualize in terms you can relate to. In terms of destruction think of it as sticks of dynamite. A category 1 earthquake on the Richter scale being 1 stick 20 miles down. No damage, we wouldn’t even feel it. A 2 would be like 10 sticks. Still nothing. A 3 would be 100 sticks, maybe a little swaying like a big truck going by. A 4 would be like 1000 stick, a 5 like 10,000 sticks, a 6 like 100,000 sticks, a 7 like 1 million sticks, an 8 like 10 million sticks, a 9 like 100 million sticks and a 10 like 1 billion sticks. You can see how quickly the severity rises.

The Wasatch front, San Fransisco, LA, Seattle and many others are expecting between a 7 and 8 magnitude earthquake.  The north east coast of the United States is overdue for a category 5-6 earthquake. That may seem pretty mild when you consider our example above, however, buildings have not been constructed according to earthquake codes as have building on the west coast. This will increase the destruction of a more mild quake.

Ezra Taft Benson

January 20, 2010 3:39 pm | No Comments

“Too often we back in our comfortable complacency…

Welcome to Ant Hill #6

January 6, 2010 11:13 am | 2 Comments

We have decided to create a site to help you grasshoppers convert!  It’s time to get your head on strait and act like an ant for a change.  The Winter is approaching and you need to be ready to hunker down!

So, our mission is to make you a team player and wilderness ready, to be in a prepared state and enjoy peace of mind.

We will bring you the best of the best so you have one stop shopping here.  The site is free, except for any group buys you may wish to join and then you’ll get a heck-of-a-deal!

Sound good?  You bet it does!

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Queenie and I’ll be your guide to help you get ready…

I’m a leader with many hands and I’m fearless!  When you join MY ant hill you become one of My family…

Common sense dictates that there can be no lazy grasshoppers allowed in Ant Hill #6.  They are to big anyway!  But we’ve got the right solutions to shrink them down and shape their body to fit in the door.  They can then be a part of the colony when the first snowflake falls.   Hallelujah!

Return often because we will be building the resources daily and you won’t want to miss a thing.

Here is a list of what you’ll be able to access in Ant Hill #6 Library:

  • “How To” videos of a whole host of topics
  • Audio clips on many topics
  • Recipes
  • Pertinent Articles
  • Group Buys on preparedness items
  • Gardening
  • Lists and Charts for planning and inventory purposes
  • and a place to ask your questions, get some feedback from experts and talk about things!


All rated “G” for general audiences

I invite you to join us and send my love to all you bugs out there,


Tell your friends we're here!