A Survival Story: Spent the day at Ben’s

What follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.


June 23rd    Spent the day at Ben’s…….

Good time at Ben’s. Man – he has a nice set up. He lives out near Chester, way in the country. His dirt driveway winds through the woods for probably 300 yards before you see his house. He set up a 100 yard shooting range near his barn and we shot there. Everything was sighted in pretty well. The Winchester 94 has open sights and I was able to keep shots on a pie plate. That is good for me.

 Wonderful family Ben has. Great kids. His wife Carrie made the best tasting banana pudding I have ever had. He is really lucky. I am so jealous. Could Diane and me be like that some day? Maybe. Hell, I am a great catch!!! 39 years old. In decent shape. I am smart, make good money, outgoing, …….funny? I think so. 

Ben has a large garden, a few cows, chickens, and a bunch of rabbits. Solar panels on the roof of his house and barn are hooked to two large battery banks with inverters for power. Rain barrels feeding into larger tanks in a few places. Wood stove inside. I laughed – he even has a working outhouse though he said they really don’t use it. 

As Ben and I talked we found that we thought a lot a like. He expressed concern about the economy and the world today. He talked about trying to set up his family to be as independent from the rest of the world as possible. Awesome. I agreed with most all of his opinions – but I really didn’t talk about preparedness. Maybe another day.

 – Jed



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