posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 10:07 PM
I was introduced to survivalists in college, and have been interested ever since. My interest in anthropology fit in well with alternate and
My stance now is heavily influenced by the "Y2K menace" of the late 1990's. My wife let me make preparations, with the caveat that I was not
allowed to spend money on anything we "wouldn't use anyway." So I bought gasoline, camping supplies, a propane barbecue, etc, with an eye toward
survival. And we actually did use it all.
But over time, I've influenced her thinking, too. We moved out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex into a semi-rural area. We have jobs with very
low commute times (less that 5 miles), and have these preparations as well:
-a freezer, full of venison from this fall's hunt
-a food dehydrator, which I use to make dried fruit and venison jerky
-a meatgrinder (we grind our own burger and sausage)
-a large vegetable garden
-our own well (of poor water quality, sadly)
-a still for distilling drinking water
-a swimming pool for gray water usage.
-a hundred gallons of stored drinking water.
-propane barbecue grill
-two large smokers
-a chord and a half of firewood.
-a nice fireplace, and complete cast iron cookware that we've tested in the fireplace.
-a well stocked gun cabinet.
-camping gear for weeklong campouts (even though my plan is to stay put )
- a small generator.
-a home that runs on natural gas, but has propane heat capability in one wing of the house.
-a wife who is a medical professional.
Anyway, I thought of this at a recent party when my wife referred to us as "survivalists," and the other guests thought the idea was laughable--both
as a goal, and that we might be achieving it.
I feel like I'm really pretty well prepared, for somebody that is still engaged with the "normal" world. While any survival situation would be
serious, we have SOME kind of prep for just about all our needs.
Granted, I'd spend the first few days cleaning out the freezer and curing a HECK of a lot of meat from the freezer, I have the tools and fuel to do
so, without attracting a lot of attention.
Anyway, curious about your thoughts and critique. Am I a "real" survivalist, even though my only camoflage is on a gimme cap I got when I bought