posted on May, 31 2012 @ 01:18 AM
Back in the old days, I smoked expensive cigarettes. I would go to parties, and everyone would bum a smoke off Tovenar. So I would get an empty pack
of generic "Cheepo" brand cigarettes, and put 3 or 4 'goldens' in the back of it, as many as I'd need for that night's party. then I'd fill
the pack back up with generic cheepo smokes. Nobody bummed more than one cigarette from me. And yet I got what I wanted.
One of the ways you can save yourself is by how you "frame" your activities.
I do a lot of experimenting in my garage and back yard. Naturally my poker buddies wonder what the project is when they come over before poker night
begins. I have learned to frame my work with some keywords that make their eyes glaze over.
Bug out equipment is "camping gear."
All long guns are for "deer season." Short guns are for "varmint control, out at the farm."
All food storage equipment is for "preserving the products of our gardening hobby."
building a fallout shelter in the spare room was "chasing down that slab leak" last summer.
The DX equipment was "helping junior earn his radio merit badge"
So last winter, I'm at the restaurant supply wholesaler. I am asking if they have rodent-proof, airtight canisters, that will weigh less than 40
lbs. fully loaded. The salesman goes, "What does anyone who don't have a restaurant want somethin' like that for?" And I just looked him in the
eye and I says, "So we can have food storage at the deer lease, without rats getting into it."
"Oh yeah," he says; "of course. Shoulda thought of that."
Also last winter, I was having a second heating system installed in our country house; In addition to the gas/electric central air system, half the
house got an lpg system. My friend Dale asks why I would pay for a second system when I already have one. I explain that when we are away for the
winter, we have the caretaker shut the utilities off at the property line; but I want the bedroom so I can heat it if we show u late at night and want
to warm the house. Dale seemed to believe it.
Again, let your explanation fit in with their view of "normal," and they won't put you in the survival category. So it's mission accomplished.