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From Cam The Cuddler of CuddleLife.com

Like trading for stuff without using money? Would you like to get rid of some extra junk? Put a “Take One, Leave One” blanket in a public area like I did. Watch the new HD #survivalbros video, then read more about this fun Art project below.

This project was a success! Hundreds of people stopped, and contributed to “The Art Show”. I call it a free trading platform, or an exchange, which I facilitated, and curated. It encouraged beachcombers to give, and consider the value of their trading item. Sure some people took and didn’t leave, or left and didn’t take. A few kids picked up fond objects like pieces of shells, or rocks, and got the toy they wanted. The children would not be denied, and many made multiple trades, which I found amusing.

For the most part, I stayed out of it, and watched the developments from a nearby bench. I straightened it up a few times, and threw away trash. I will say it’s annoying when people leave their business card, and take a cool item, but I didn’t intervene. The Take One, Leave One project had a life of it’s own…

The sweetest moment happened when a kid traded his football for earrings, and quickly gave them to his mother. No hesitation. Then he grabbed a stuffed animal, and got a toy for himself. All in a matter of 30 seconds! Ha. The children making multiple trades cracked me up. They saw no limits to the possible trades. However, some parents wouldn’t even take time to explain this concept, or stop to let their kids even look at the show on the Promenade. They said things like, “I will get you a new toy from the store instead.” Fine. Buy everything then, ya Trendy.

This concept blew minds. People had never seen this before. It got people thinking, which is good. Proving, small ideas in tiny spaces can leave a big, and unexpected impact. However, I have set this up before in a busy area: read Part One HERE!!!

What would you have taken, and left for other people? Leave a comment!

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By Cameron McKirdy

People need physical touch from others.  Babies must have attention, and contact, or they will die.  So LOVE, and CUDDLING, ARE SURVIVAL ISSUES.

After living out of my van in the woods for months while managing a campground and hot spring, I found myself wanting more non-sexual, platonic contact with others.  I sought out more human touch, including cuddling from friends and family, and put in extra snuggle time.  Later I’d visit Samantha Hess at her famous cuddle cafe on:

1015 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97214

Cuddle Up To Me is a safe and comfortable place where you can go to feel respected, appreciated, and worthy.  When I first saw Samantha Hess, I was all hopped up on coffee, hadn’t eaten, and had all these big ideas for how I could help her cuddling business.  Well, I eventually chilled out, and opened up to her.  We shared our stories during our consultation. After processing, I wished to cuddle in her fantastic Universe themed space room.  Snuggling Sam was very relaxing.  Focusing on my breath, and the sensations of compassionate touch, it was simple to be now.  Sam guided me into several silly sounding poses like: Mama Bear, Side Pocket, and Lazy Spoon.  Book an appointment with a Certified Cuddler for more details.  Cuddling with no sexual intentions is one experience we should all have regularly.  I felt wonderful for weeks.

Hug?  Ask.  I won’t turn you down. – Cam

Survival Bros challenges you to give TEN HUGS DAILY!  Try getting that many embraces or more, forever.  Let us know how it goes by leaving a comment below.  You’ll be making so many people smile, so don’t be shy.

Cuddle Up To Me – Book an Appointment Today

Cameron McKirdy Samantha Hess

“Touch is by far our most important sense, essential to our survival and development.” – Samantha Hess 

AS SEEN ON TV: Samantha Hess on America’s Got Talent in 2015 #cuddleparty

Watch an insightful YouTube skit on understanding people called “It’s Not About The Nail”

Further discussion about empathy and attention:

By Cameron McKirdy

I spent the weekend on the Oregon Coast in Seaside, and had spare time to experiment with a new Art project.  First, I dug through a recycling bin for cardboard to create a small handmade sign with a permanent pen.  Then I rounded up some fun objects I didn’t need anymore, like a Smokey The Bear keychain whistle.  These goods would be available to begin the open bartering.  I spread out a towel, and placed the trinkets on The Prom’s concrete path.

With little effort, and few resources, a self-serve system was born.  A take one, leave one blanket is a place where an item of any kind can freely be exchanged as you see fit.  Share this concept with people in your town.  You wouldn’t believe the response.  Nearly every biker, and pedestrian stopped their forward progress to figure out what was going on.  This open trading system seemed to inspire, confuse, and even make some people greedy.  

I may have seen people taking without giving, thinking nobody was looking, but I’m not sure.  Others had no issue taking nice items, like a Tree of Life necklace pendant, and replacing it with trash.  I found the blanket riddled with wrappers, cardboard scraps, and even half of a marijuana cigarette.  Take a close look at the pictures, and you’ll see other small stuff, like a paperclip, pocket change, flower, price tag sticker, and a pile of sand from the beach.

I discretely checked back every few hours for a day, and saw some of the action in person.  People generously placed beautiful possessions with little hesitation.  There were cool things left behind that I didn’t get a picture of, because I didn’t want to interrupt the process.  My favorite moment was when a 12-year old girl named Krystin Crawford set down her hand painted sand dollars.  She took a braided piece of grasses someone constructed.  The girl enjoyed sharing the Art she made, and getting involved.  See her craftsmanship below.  The found, and re-purposed shells were adorable.  Krystin and her mom came back to the free exchange place the following morning with a positive attitude.  Everything had changed.  This artist endeavour has restored my faith in humanity once and for all, despite some shady, but acceptable transactions by others.

In conclusion, I will try this social experiment again.  I was thrilled to see this interactive art piece evolve rapidly.  I saw joy on many of the participants faces.  This free trading system can be implemented anywhere, at anytime.  Let’s spread the concept, and see the random generousity of others displayed in public.  And remember, you’ll usually get more than you give.  Leave a comment, or question if you like.  Thanks for visiting Survival Bros.

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Wikipedia information on Bartering and Gift Economy

Oregon Country Faire Take One, Leave One blanket from 2015

Oregon Country Faire Take One, Leave One blanket from 2015

This picture courtesy of Regina Mattingly

By Cameron McKirdy

What’s good?  Its been a Heaven of a year!  Survival Bros has beefed up the website with frequent posts, vivid photos, and new HD video productions.  Visit the ARCHIVES for all of the fun, and emergency preparedness news.

In the last 365 days, I’ve won a game show on ABC, got a Volkswagen Vanagon to live out of, restored vintage mountain bikes, visited hot springs, and hung out with killer whales in Oregon.  I’ve shared so much with you, and it felt great.  I hope my experiences have sparked your mind, and opened your heart.  Make 2015 the best year ever.  You can do anything you want.

Here’s my favorite YouTube videos from 2014, in case you missed the action and adventure:

My #EDC backpack gear for #Survival

Steel Target Shooting Demonstration with Tactical Gypsy

Cameron McKirdy’s LifeProof smartphone case review as seen on The ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

How to get FREE stuff in life

Video of my #vandwelling setup on the Oregon Coast

Checking out William Henry knives at a jewelry store

The perfect vehicle for The Zombie Apocalypse

Exploring World War II bunkers on Tillamook Head near Seaside, OR

Doing yoga with certified instructor Sarah Whisler at the beach

You can’t define Survival Bros, or Cameron McKirdy.  There’s no way of knowing what will come in the year 2015.  Stay tuned.  Thank you for your support of this project.  I’ve produced all this for free.  Please continue to like, comment, share, and subscribe to us.  Let’s make the Survival Bros community even greater in the days to come.

Mocha Survival Puggle

Mocha The Puggle and I love you! (Hiking Saddle Mountain)

 

 

By Cameron McKirdy

1.  Check which color tag is 50% off that week when you walk in the door.

2.  See if the item works.  Plug it in.  Check for missing parts, or if it’s damaged.

3.  If you find something unique – RESEARCH IT on the spot with your smartphone.

  • Search Amazon and eBay
  • Scan the barcode with your phone’s camera

4.  Pull the trigger.  If you haven’t seen it before, BUY IT.  Your item may be a good investment because it’s rare.

Finally, keep the treasure for yourself, give it away to someone deserving, or sell it for a profit online or in person.

Here’s another sweet Goodwill find I scored this week, and show you on video.  It’s a rare Valterra skateboard from 1986!  It shreds.  

I found this road bike at Goodwill too, and now it’s a Bug Out Bike ready in case of emergencies.  I got new tires for it, and purchased a BOB Yak trailer to haul gear down the road with ease.  

Don’t forget to donate stuff you don’t need to charity.  I’ve seen Goodwill do good things in the community, and employee people that need assistance.  You’ll get a tax credit too just for being so kind.  Thanks for reading, and doing your part.  Peace from Survival Bros.

goodwill-logoGood luck treasure hunting at Goodwill and beyond!  Expect epic finds.

Produced By Cameron McKirdy

Learn all about the NEW contest from Survival Bros, and Cougar Ridge Knives!  Visit, or ship your Altoids Survival Tin Kit to the shop for review at: 3348 Hwy 101 N. Seaside OR 97138 USA  Call Rick Smith at (503) 738-9812 for additional details on this giveaway.  There’s incredible prizes on the line.  Lots more soon, so keep checking back on this blog post.  Good luck preppers.  

*Good news:  

This contest has been extended, and is now running until May 1, 2014.  So get those entries in.  If you are shipping them, please include money for return postage.  Thank you.

Here’s the official rules:

1.  All contents must be legal commercially available products.  All contents must fit inside an Altoids tin and close.  Paracord can be used to wrap the tin.

2.  Entry submissions can be returned with provided postage, or pickup within 30 days after the contest end.

3.  Contest will run from 3/15/14 – 5/1/14.  Entries will be judged on practical use and creativity.

Prizes:  

1st Prize – Gerber emergency survival pack valued at $60

2nd Prize – Coast emergency lantern valued at $40

3rd Prize – CRKT Eat’N Tool valued at $8

 

survival tin contest prizes

Survival Bros visits a fine knife shop on the Oregon Coast.  Stop by the store when you take a trip to the beach. 

Owner Rick Smith tell you how you can create a knife with expert guidance at his shop Cougar Ridge Knives in Gearhart, Oregon. 

By Cameron McKirdy

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Cam was given a Nobel Christmas tree to pass on to a stranger

I am a bell ringer.  Salvation Army claims they are, “doing the most good.”  That may be true.  The donations collected stay in the community where they were raised.  This helps the less fortunate, so for example, senior citizens can get the prescription pills they need.  More hungry are feed too, and shelter may be provided for the homeless.

I volunteered for a seven hour bell ringing session.  It was a true experience, unlike anything I’ve ever done.  At first, I thought hearing the bell clamor would be torture, but I didn’t even use my headphones for music, or earplugs to drown out the noise.  I thought it would be rude, and maybe I’d miss something that someone said.  I received hundreds of bright season’s greetings from Wal-Mart shoppers.  People smiled, told me to stay warm, and mostly to have a Merry Christmas.  I also had guests ask me to look after their bikes while they shopped, keep an eye on where their friend parked the car, and magically recall the location of the person they came in with.  It was funny though, and I got to do some people watching.  Looking into people’s shopping carts is like glimpsing into their homes.  I felt like a Peeping Tom, but it passed the time.  Most people were there to buy massive amounts of toilet paper, cat litter, or cat toys.  I’m not one to judge, but it was wild to see all the people wearing Mossy Oak (or real tree) camouflage clothing.  It was like half the shoppers just got done duck hunting.  The other half wore pajamas, slippers, or hideous Christmas sweaters, like they were trying to be a joke.  God bless them.

Seriously though, being a bell ringer was one of the most spiritually rewarding opportunities I’ve ever taken.  My favorite moments were seeing all the children excited to give.  They took a minute or two to figure out how to make the dollars fit into the pot’s slot, but they were so happy, and most skipped away holding their parent’s hand.  My bell was fascinating too.  I let one girl ring it, the others stared at me like I was a dinosaur.  I won’t forget all the people that took a moment, and the change from their pocket, and trusted it would go to a person who needed it more.  I saw a few $20’s go in, but maybe a gold coin slipped in there.  I will be back in front of a store today.  Please help others this holiday season, and volunteer in your community in 2014.  Bring peace to Earth.

Learn more about bell ringing here.

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On my way to the park for some exercise, I noticed a roadside table bursting with bright dahlias. Next to them was a sign painted “FREE FLOWERS.” What a concept! They could have just left a cash box out there with a price. But nope. It wasn’t too good to be true. It was just someone doing a good deed.

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I got to talk to the retired man tending his garden. He said it’s easier to give them away. Then he doesn’t have to stay out there, or be mad when someone steals the cash. What can you give away today?

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Win this awesome Coast Products HL27 headlamp! Retailing at $74.99. It’s a whopping 309 lumens, and will last 3 hours and 45 minutes on three AA batteries (included).

This powerful and versatile light is going to a good home. To enter for free, all you have to do is LIKE this blog post on Survival Bros dot com, AND leave a positive COMMENT saying why you need this gear. Survival Bros founder Cameron McKirdy will pick one deserving prepper, based on their thoughtful comment. You must be in the United States to enter. The NEW Coast HL27 in gift box ships to the winner at our expense.

The full Survival Bros product review is coming soon. Good luck. Giveaway ends at midnight Pacific Time on April 31, 2013. Must be 18. Thanks for getting involved in our fun alternative news community. Peace.

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For more information about this Coast product visit http://www.coastportland.com

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Driving back to the Oregon Coast, I see an RV burning on the side of the road. One man stood looking at it. His home was ruined. Gone. One second you have a place to live, the other you have a towing expense. I had to stop and ask if I could assist. Emergency crews were on the way, so all we could do was watch. There were 3 explosions minutes after it caught fire, and the owner was worried the huge gas tank was about to blow. I filmed this, and drove off. Hopefully he had insurance.

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