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I totally mis-read that.
Originally posted by banandar123
Just pointing out that the OP said hundreds to thousands, not hundreds of thousands. The former would be enough to justify a nice, practical hobby; the latter, on the other hand, would be pure paranoia, IMO.
Originally posted by JDBlack
What is wrong with spending hundreds to thousands on survival gear. If it bugs you so much think of it as a hobby. Sure the knowledge is important, but why should someone make it harder than it needs to be. Also, as others have mentioned, the gear can be used in more mundane situations, like a blizzard that causes winter powerloss and leaves you pretty much cut off for a couple of days. With the right equipment it isn't a huge problem. Without it you could be screwed.
Originally posted by HappyHermit
Saltdog, it just tastes a lot better, too.
With the US economy in a handbasket to hell with the afterburners lit it makes sense to have some extra non-perishable food on hand for when you can't afford the grocery store. While I'm working I stock up for when I'm not. "Survivalism" or whatever you want to call it (with or without spending $$$) lends a peace of mind in uncertain times. And these are definitely uncertain times.
Skills are great! Supplies are great! Having one without the other stinks!