posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 01:08 PM
But, I feel something is going to happen, so I am preparing the best I can. The best sentence in this thread so far is about having two fire
extinguishers, but not wishing for a fire.
I have been there, done that. Lived on an island and fended for myself for 2 months. I did miss things. At first. But I came away from that a better
person. It was hard, not romantic at all, and I worked from sun up to sundown. But I have a strong work ethic.
So much of the troubles, not just in this country, but in this world, are IMHO directly linked to moral decline. Criminal government, criminal
banking, investment, con artists, theives.
Lazy people who refuse to work for a living and then blame it on others, over population, and the soon to come hyperinflation scare me almost as much.
Nothing has real value anymore. We live in a throwaway society where everything is disposeable, replaceable, and few things are cheished.
I wonder. If something big were to happen, not how I would survive, I can hunt, garden, sew, cook, can, make goods to sell, do all sorts of creative
I have the tools, the will, and the intellect - right next to my weapons if need be - but what about making my house payments?
Would there be a government left to come after me and take my home? I have things to barter with, but would a bank really take 5 lbs of sugar? 50 lbs
of rice? I know wise people would see it as gold. Would there even BE a bank?
How odd it would be to wake up and not have to go to work. No mail. No electricity, probably no running water. At least not at first. Only the gas in
your car, then you walk.
I have one of those wind up radios, and a shake flashlight. But, what would there be to listen to?
I doubt it will be like the first depression, but I would like to see normalizing of prices back to realism where greed is not at the forefront of
I would like to see a return back to bartering, trading services with like minded people, and neighborhoods where you can actually trust your
neighbors and know they would have your back.
How nice to find someone willing to come cut a tree down that would just love some canned foods and candles, and perhaps even a quilt, instead of 2
months worth of car payments?
I know I have pulled my family in closer than ever. We discuss the events unfolding before us, and we wait. We have plans to meet up, plans to
survive. No, it won't be romantic, it won't be fun.
I think so many have lost the idea, or never had it, of what hard work really is. No one wants to work 16 hours a day tilling gardens and tending the
flocks, but what you take from that is one of the biggest factors that is lacking in today's society of entitlement. It's so hard to appreciate what
you have if you always had it, or getting it came easy. Being defensive of it is not necessarily appreciating it.
No longer would it be gardening for fun, but for survival. Sewing would not be at a quilt party to make a wedding or shower present for someone, but
piecing a quilt from old clothes to stay warm in the winter months.
You would have to sew your own clothes, and repair torn ones, rather than just buying new ones. Repairing shoes, fixing things, and nothing would be
I think there would still be stores, but how do you pay 10 dollars for a gallon of mik? Or 14 dollars fr a loaf of bread? 29 dollars for a gallon of
gas? That is where I see this heading. Perhaps before the collapse, or whatever is looming on the horizon for us.
We have necessities, niceties, and we are ready to meet up for a bugout if necessary. I hope it never comes to that.
I see the stock market, and I see graphs of how we have dropped lower than the Great Depression. I think we are in one, and like the recession, it
will be months, maybe years, before anyone "admits" it.
We are planning together for the fire, but if it never comes, what's wrong with having the fire extinguisher?