posted on Jan, 11 2008 @ 03:39 PM
Gulfport, Mississippi has very few roads out of town. But you do have DeSoto National Forrest about 20-25 miles away. From what I remember driving
throught the area the land is somewhat swampy so gators and poisonous snakes are a reality. Now if your situation would include being able to afford a
good sized boat (or at least knowing how to use one if the need to "appropriate" comes) escape options become better.
The people in the area are on the whole friendly. But passing through versus living there could make a difference. Now not knowing where you live, in
the deep south they don't take kindly to Northerners. You may have to prove your worth. Also racism, while not as bad as 60 years ago is still pretty
Local foods will be an interesting difference compared to what you may be used to eating. A bowl of soup beans (white beans) and cornbread is
considered a meal. As is gumbo. Wildlife for survival is plentiful and diverse fish, deer, fowl. Lots of variety that Midwest, West and East can not
Recreation consists of hunting and fishing and other outdoor pursuits like sporting events (read college/high school football), bowling, going out to
eat, and of course church.
If you are still an outsider then a nod to people talking in a group or a polite and subdued hello as you walk past them speaks volumes about your
charctacter. Once you build trust enough to be invited to a cook out, by all means go. Take note of the menu. Plan to invite others that hosted and
attended to a cook out of your own in a week or two. Make your menu the same or very similar. In other words being social is a way of life there.
A final word on shrimp, always check to see if it has been pealed before eating. In otherwords if you haven't pealed it yourself, no one else has.
Guns are a way of life, most people will have one or two hunting rifles, a 12 gauge and a pistol or two for personal defense (which is refered to as
"for shootin' snakes"). So a person in a conversation would say that they "got a Remmington .22, Mossburg 500 and a .38 for snakes."
There are military bases in the area. Which can be good or bad depending on the situation. If you have the land for it, a small garden and some
chickens are a good idea. Can what you grow and don't be afraid to offer a sack (mess) of green beans or corn if you are having a good crop to people
Edit to add that odds of getting a social network estabished is faster. The people already work together to weather storms and bad times. Survival as
a small group is usually better than going it alone. As campy as it was look at Gilligan's Island as an arguement of group dynamics versus
individualism. None of the charatcers would have made it on their own. But as a group they had resources. The Howells had raw materials, the Professor
had adaptability of materials for manufactoring, the Skipper had area knowledge and authority (gov't), Maryanne cooked (service industry), Gilligan
was raw labor and Ginger was arts and entertainment (comforting distraction for stress reduction). It is hard to do all these things well as one
person. Being able to do all these things is important to survival.
[edit on 11-1-2008 by Ahabstar]