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Friday, March 27, 2009

Are we Alone?

Thank you to Chris W from 1acreohiohomestead blog! This was originally posted on his blog over there, go check it out!

Sometimes you feel alone in your prepping. Sure, you have your internet buddies, and maybe a friend or 2 that agree with what you are doing, but you never feel quite like anyone around you feels the same way. It's always "thouse guys" and never anyone "around here". You get strange looks when you approach the register with 30 cans of this, 10 jars of peanut butter, 12 boxes of that, and 2 cases of TP. Itmakes you really wonder sometimes-am I really the only one doing this?? Well, this Monday I got a dose of reality, and found out that I'm not alone. In fact, far from it.

As many of you may know from my regular blog, I'm pretty tight with my 73 year old uncle. I went to visit him on Monday, to hook up his answering machine that I gave him for Christmas 2 years ago. (believe it or not, he still used a wall mounted rotary box-style phone-ya know the type with the bell shaped earpiece and one you talked into?) Anyway, neighter of us really felt like doing much that day, so we decided to go to the gun shop since he wanted to get some more 30 carbine rounds and a box of 25 auto's. Here we are, on a Monday at 1:00 in the afternoon, and the place was PACKED. We looked through the used racks while counter space opened up, and the selection was pretty light, mostly turkey guns and percussion rifles.

We finally got a hole to get to the counter, and started looking back at the ammo selection. OK, I knew that things were selling more than normal, but I didn't expect THIS. 25 auto's, not a single box. 380's, nope, same thing. The ususal cheap or surplus .223 or 7.62x39 was non-existant. We did spot ONE brand of 30 carbine ammo, only 4 boxes, so Butch bought 2 of them. I remember not long ago when that USA brand 30 carbine ammo was 9.99, well not anymore. Try $24.99! He got the 2 boxes, a new .25 caliber cleaning brush, a fresh bottle of bore cleaner, and we left. Both os us were shaking our heads on the way out, finally realizing how bad things are getting.......

On the drive back, he started talking about wanting to find some good used BDU's. I just got off the freeway exit and went the opposite way from his place to this surplus store I knew. Why not?, it's only 10 minutes away. I walked in the door and about fell over, honestly. The usual racks and racks of BDU's and othe clothing were down to one 6 foot rack. What was there was really tattered and torn, and mostly mismatched US pattern or Swiss. There were 2 pairs of boots on the wall where there were normally 30+. All of the rifle cases & drag bags were gone, all the camo netting gone, all of the camo hats, facepaint, headnets, socks, belts, etc....gone! I have never seen such bare shelves in one of these places in my life. The owners wife was there, and told us that they have sold more in the past 6 months than they did in the previous 2 years! She pointed out that they just got a case of water pruification tablets in last week, and that there were only 3 left. They want to get more bdu's in, but are having a hard time finding an assortment of sizes.

I spotted a few things I want to get when I have the money, including a medium alice pack and a magnesium firestarter. Butch ordered a patch and pin for the 6th armored, where he was in '59 and '60 in Korea. The owners wife talked a lot, and invited him to their Saturday morning veterans meetings there at the shop. I think he'll actually go! As I said in the beginning of this post, I've often wondered how many people are actually prepping around here. Well....those 2 small trips really opened my eyes a LOT on things. I'm far from alone in what I am doing, as is anyone reading this now. It makes me happy to know there are more out there, but at the same time, it worries me that so many see something coming. There are a lot of speculations out there, and I wish I could choose just one to completely believe. But rather than choose one, I'm just sticking to my plan and list of "possibles". We're continuing the food storage as best we can with me being layed off. I'm working on ammo as well, hoping to do more trading. Today I'm working on a car bag to put in the Pontiac, and making another batch of TP tube & drier lint firestarters. I want to get that alice pack, and make up a bigger b.o.b. for here, and sometime a smaller one for my wife. I refuse to stop doing all this, and more everyday I find more reasons to continue.

Monday was just one of those days when I got that big realty shock and a giant push to move forward. Hopefully, everyone out there is doing the same. I wanted to share my experience this week as just an example of how things are going around HERE. How are things in your areas


Kymber said...

Great post Chris W! I feel the same way - it makes me happy to see a lot of people prepping (it kind of proves that we aren't insane right?) - but at the same time it means that something bad must be definitely coming whatever that may be! Keep up your preps and hope to see more posts of your over here on the network!

Patrick Hughes said...

Keep prepping. Do all you can do each day. I'm finding a lot of little things are useful, like cleaning out and organizing my garage so I know where things are. We are not alone, more and more folks are climbing on board every day.

Anonymous said...

I'm very new to the prepping thing and also not sure what I'm prepping for. It all started with the economy going to shreds and I guess I got a bit scared. I recently made a trip to walmart and bought the huge bag of rice and 6 big containers of peanut butter. The woman at the register lightly said to her coworker thats a lot of rice and looked over to me and said you must like peanut butter. This is just some of the goofy comments I've gotten. I don't know or should I say sometimes I feel silly doing this, but my gut says do not stop. I don't have as much as some of you because of limited income, and started this only two months ago, but everyone's input is really appreciated and I'm learning a lot by all the blogs. I think were doing the right thing. I do have a question, what happens if things continue to deteriorate, will everyone lose their homes. We are very concerned about that. Thank You for all the great advice.

Carolyn said...

I know what you mean about people looking at you funny or not understanding. But I always say they will be the ones knocking on our door when the world goes to shit. Then who will be laughing??

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