I guess I'm a middle of the road kind of guy. I think a good bit of the Prepper mania is silly, especially all the testosterone gun toting stuff. Then again, all those who think they are immune are just as weird to think that all this will go on without disturbance. The third, which I run across with surprising regularity, are those who are depressed about the future, but just assume that they will quietly die in their high-rise apartments. Now THAT is denial.
To some we are preppers. I like to think of us as SURVIVORS. Our chief asset is flexibility. I have seen enough to be convinced that those of us living in a big city (as we do) are no more than two weeks from total anarchy. Call them zombies if you will, I call them local ghetto gang lords, and they scare the begezzus outta me. Family
ties keep me here, sanity keeps a back door outta here.
We have a boat, well stocked right now as I intend to take a longish cruise
soon. Hope the SHTF doesn't happen while I'm gone, but I can't get the Wife to come. At least this trip will be a very, very good dry run.
Don't know the source of the problem (but financial chaos sounds most likely.) Doesn't matter much. If the 'system' is disrupted sufficiently the cities will suffer badly. No need for asteroids, 2012, or all that other crap. Cutting off food
stamps for a month would do nicely, $7 gas would work also.
So we have contingency plans that include a boat. We have places to go that are friendly and remote
. Then we have options above that. Not perfect, but then again I ain't trying to outrun the bear, just the other travelers.