Spring time for SurvivalRing … News, Updates, life itself. Death in the family.

Good evening my friends,

We all have a lot to deal with in our lives, some good, some bad, some never wanted. Myself, working for the state of Wyoming takes most of my days. Home time is usually unwinding, getting a few chores done, and catching up on emails, with a few social posts here and there as bits of time allow, either from my computer or my phone…or when a break in my daily running around occurs.

A bit of every day, and every week for me is also dealing with some strong health issues, mainly related to my crumbling knee joint and (hopefully) joint replacement by mid-summer. It’s a problem 24/7 for me, but I deal with it.  Throw in a little weather event that ended locally today, with an epic snowstorm leaving over 2 feet of snow in many areas, including part of my little Wyoming town, and holy moly, Someone up there thinks I don’t have enough to do.

Regarding the website, many background updates have actually started on the SurvivalRing site update, with lots of new downloads, much streamlining of current offerings, simplification of content presentation, and new sets of tangible data packages based on the SurvivalCD.com set, but GREATLY super sized.

It’s taking new hardware, including a recently purchased 5 terabyte external drive (moving my total computer storage capacity to close to 15 terabytes), new data storage chips (SD RAM, Micro-SD RAM, USB 3.0 Pen drives, etc), and a lot of new or updated programming for accessing all the library information based on the hardware it will be accessed from, or on, and testing the new library sets on hardware I don’t have access to at this moment, such as tablets with SD/Micro SD storage slots, and how the library will be accessible on those new devices.

In other words, once the data set is updated and compiled, and moved to the new hardware storage offerings, I’ll have to verify and document how to access the library for each and every potential reader. Ouch…gonna be pricey, that. But it has to be done, and will be finished.

My goal of getting all this done by April 15th, 2016, looks like it may be pushed back to June 1st, or thereabouts. I’ll keep you updated. The entire plan is to offer Membership Subscriptions for ALL levels of downloads, hardware, updates, and even some licensing. That planning is still in the early stages. But, it seems to be the best way to make everything as accessible as possible, and instantly updatable for every conceivable package, when new content hits the SurvivalRing site.

All of you have have bought previous sets of SurvivalCD in the last 14 years will have access to ALL the new stuff the latest package contains, and no cost to you. So, that’s the current news on SurvivalRing, SurvivalCD, and my current activity schedule.

Now, the bad news. Not so much for you, my dear SurvivalRing reader and longtime visitors, but those that have been my friends and contacts for nearly two decades. I’ve made mention this year, that a major life change is coming for my wife and I. We’re going to be moving across the country, after my knee is replaced, and I’m back to full speed.

With that change, I’ll be going from working a full time job, intosemi-retirement, putting every hour of every day, literally, CREATING CONTENT, Writing Books, Producing Videos, CONTINUING to produce and co-host weekly radio shows, and writing/producing/shooting/creating, and syndicating a web TV channel on Prepping and Survival Skills. Yep, I know I’ve been talking about it for years. The move to the new locale, roomier digs, and full health again (take that as the ability to walk for miles over any terrain)  gives me the power to change the world of prepping, like no one has before.

I’ll be looking for some partners in this area, with content producers, experts in many fields, and a handful of folks to become part of my SurvivalRing MASTERMIND group…There are so many things that can be done, that have either been done poorly, truly screwed up, or just not covered at all.

I’m a geek, a certified nerd, a motor-head, a maker, a thought leader, and as comfortable in front of a mic or camera as I am behind them in editing, writing, lighting, scripting, and everything that MAKES a final product.

With all that said, now comes the “stuff never wanted” information. My wife Annie and I have been married 35 years this June. I’d known her family for a few years before we became an couple. When we started dating, she was still in high school. Many dates would include taking her out, and also bringing her 8 year old brother Ian along for the ride, a good kid, a very talented athlete and sportsman, and a sense of humor to rival even mine.

sshot-33Sadly, Ian passed away last Friday morning, dying in his sleep at a friends house at the very young age of 45…completely unexpected. Annie was a half brother to Ian, but they were very close.

Annie lost her full brother Jim many years ago in a motorcycle wreck in Hawaii, and then she lost her mother in 2009 due to severe health problems.

Annie didn’t get to send them away with her love and support, and didn’t get to take part in services for either of them…family left behind for both didn’t ever care to extend an invite or even have what we would call “services”. I am making a 2500 mile round trip in the next week to get her to her brother’s services, and helping her say farewell to the only extended family who cared for her.

Alas, losing family before their time is one of the hardest things ANY of us will ever have to go through. I’ll do a special project for Annie after we get back that will bring to her hands the memories of hundreds of people that knew Ian in his all too short life. After all, he was the star quarterback for his football team’s senior year, and had some amazing stats.

He will be sorely missed by so many, but not enough. Annie’s home life was not great…think Vietnam Vet dad who worked in intelligence, who knew just what it’d take to wring info from the Cong, coming back home with severe trauma and PTSD issues for a father, and you can guess what kinds of things she grew up with. NO ONE deserves a life like that, yet Ian was the only one of her family that cared. I’ll help her treasure those memories.

So, yeah, we’ll be doing a 2500 mile round trip in 5 days. Annie will get to see her brother before he goes, and my son Kenny, and Annie’s best friend will come to Dallas to help support her in her time of grief.

Not something a site focused on prepping, skills building, self motivation, and factual, realistic and validated survival data ever mentions.

A death of a loved one, ANY loved one, needs to become part of who we are as human beings, and needs to be mentioned…it needs to be discussed…and it needs to be planned for. I’ll go through it with Annie and we will come back, absorb the entire weekend  of the respect and expectations part of sending a loved one home to their maker, and try to create something that should become a guideline for future family planning.

To close up, bear with me for a few days until we get back, and we’ll start showing you some of the new things coming to SurvivalRing….and therefore you.

As Ian leaves us behind to continue the good fight, and rest from his earthbound travails, we’ll make sure he’s not forgotten…and we’ll share the deeds and gifts that he shared with thousands in his 45 years of time on Earth. May good let him rest his soul, and bless his surviving relatives to somehow find peace and solace in life cut short, so swiftly.

Until then, I again thank all of you, who have supported SurvivalRing, it’s several associate websites, and it’s legacy of helping complete strangers help themselves, and pass it forward  to those who can benefit from it the most.

Questions/ Comments/  Thoughts/ Donations?  Please share what you can, when you can.
Thanks, Rich

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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