reply to post by NightSkyeB4Dawn
In case you haven't figured it out, it's impossible to distinguish "tone" from written words. Your post made you sound like an old hick railing
against the city folk, standing on your porch with the pitchfork screaming "Get offa my property!"
A few points, however...
1) I don't think most city folk have any illusions of running out to the country when things get gnarly. They pretty much know their limits, know
they're city folk, and realize their first experience out in the country "on a whopping 5 1/2 acres" would end in disaster on many levels. Those
who do consider it, with no experience, have simply watched too much Survivorman. They wouldn't be an issue anyway.
2) What makes you think that a rural area will be the most desireable place to be following a disaster? Sure, less people per square mile, but
Stores, food sources, are spread much more widely in the country. At least in the 'burbs or the city there are 7-11's and grocery stores, at least
one per mile. A majority of folks are packing their SUV to go to stay with Aunt So-and-so in another state, or hiding out in their
house/apartment/whatever. That leaves a smaller percentage that will be out looting stores, stocking up on supplies. It'll be weeks to months,
maybe even more, before the sustainability of urban life is exhausted. You might be out growing/slaughtering your own for much longer, if conditions
permit. Who really knows? The urban weak will grow weaker and disappear. Those left, though few, will be the ones that pose a risk to you and your
massive 5 1/2 acres, but it will be some time before it comes to that.
3) There is more money in urban areas. If people were smart beforehand, Money = Plenty of supplies + And arsenal more vast and deadly than your
hunting rifles. Hypothetically, I could have a weapon that's easily converted to fully automatic fire. With this hypothetic weapon, and hypothetic
flash supressor, i could sit a couple hundred yards out your back yard some night dumping 30 round clip after 30-round clip into your house. If
you've got a basement, you're golden, but if not, that's a lot of bullets to dodge. You may, but aren't likely to have anything to answer what I,
who am from a more urban area with more plentiful jobs and higher pay, was able to stockpile, "just in case". In this scenario, I don't have to
worry about stepping on toes between you and your neighbors property, or getting bit by bugs. What was yours just became mine.
4) You didn't mention that you have any type of farm or garden on that immense swath of land you have. What happens when you run out of supplies
and decide to visit a more urban area in search of sustenance? Don't think you'll stick out like a sore thumb? Don't think that even decayed,
cut-throat city life might still be a bit too much? Don't think that roving gangs might be on the lookout for an out of towner? Your pick-up truck
keys are in your pocket...your address is in your wallet if you still carry it. You show up in the wrong place and that band of thugs just found a
new place for themselves and their family...plus a pickup truck to carry all they managed to loot in order to survive.
There's a lot to consider here. But hitting the inner-city in "good" conditions can be dicey at times. Imagine what it's like once everything
hits the fan?
I don't ever remember driving down a lonely country road, fearing for my life.