This blog is small and while it is growing a bit I like it that way. It’s kind of like a small corner bar or cafe. I get a lot of regular commentors that are brilliant and probably could do a blog about this subject but it’s not what they want to do all the time. I’m small enough that I don’t attract the trolls or they get bored quickly and move on. I try and have the comments as open as possible for disagreements or discussions without get nasty or letting the comments become a troll hunt.
I’m always caught off guard by comments on much bigger sites about how foolish it is to get prepared or be self-reliant. I doubt these people truly believe the crap they write but only want to justify to themselves on why they don’t prepare or become self-sufficient. I do wish the trolls could be a bit more original in spouting off why they think I’m such a fool for preparing. It’s the same BS time after time, I’d like to do a a rating system of trolls based on originality, the use of language and or the creativity of any cursing and take off points for the use of racist, sexist or the terms of “some people say… or “they say”…. and how the troll uses links or any hard data. Heck we might as well have a little fun.
I should be used to it by now but I’m still surprised by the willful ignorance of people in general. We see it happen again and again and some people will never learn. Your average big box store, local mega mart or gas station has about 3 days supply of goods available for a normal shopping day. In states where EBT hits on a certain day most stores will have a hard time keeping shelves stocked even though they plan ahead with bringing in more product and people. When there is a run on items no store can keep up. The business is not being mean or lazy they want to sell you stuff but they have only two choices run out or raise prices in order to balance supply and demand.
You ever watch a news story about a storm with a week or two warning and less than 3 days before the storm hits everyone suddenly decides to try and buy a generator,, gas, batteries, water, bread, milk and eggs. The people then get mad at the stores for running out or raising prices even though they had plenty of warning the storm was coming. We know winter is coming and it can be a happy time of sharing the holidays, gifts, learning skills like knitting or sewing like I want to learn. It also means snow, ice, getting stuck, possible power outages depending on where you live.
I figured everyone on the east coast should have a basic storm kit by now! A generator, some basic alternative heat, lighting, some water and extra food. Nope! The generator has probably been returned to the store if not used or sold via a yard sale or internet perhaps the same thing for cook stoves, lighting and all the food has been eaten and the water drank and they have nothing again because they panic bought via a credit card and the bill came due!
Why is it people think brewing my own beer is cool/fascinating yet baking bread or raising a garden is not? Of course given the average attention span of most Americans I will soon be out of touch and no longer hip, cool or whatever they call it next. Let’s see rain barrels and solar power is sort of cool, a wood stove is not, unless you cook on a wood stove which is kind of cool. Storing tap water is not cool but an artesian well or bottle water is still kind of cool. I’m still trying to get a handle of wannabe hippy’s with a degree from the Ivy league, living in tents, using a store or cafe’s toilets and sinks to maintain a little hygiene while carrying around an I pad/ Laptop and wearing designer clothes and using a generator and evil fossil fuels to run the “community kitchen”. Yet they seem oblivious to the irony of what they say they are protesting against. It always seems the “liittle people”, evil middle class or whomever they have decided is the font of all evil must change never themselves as they are “special”
I think each person should be the change you want to see! Stop looking for a leader and look in the mirror and change. Charity should be personal and gift person to person. I never feel good about filling my tax forms out and the thought of charity is very far from my mind. When I’m standing in line at the DMV I don’t think about how great it is that I get to spend money while Washington DC puts up $10,000 Orange signs saying Obama’s stimulus is working for America.