Different thoughts went through my mind as I was chauffeuring my wife around today, I’m going to see how many I can remember.
Learn how to forage for food NOW, before you HAVE to. Don’t turn your nose up at FRESH road-kill, either; I’ve had the venison equivalent of veal that came from the highway and it was superb! Besides, living on cooked greens alone would get old real fast.
To cut down the amount of unneeded light, when boobing around after dark in somewhat familiar areas, tape a toilet-paper roll to the end of your flashlight. (Yes, the end with the bulb! (I knew some smart-alec would ask if I didn’t clear that up.)) It cuts the available light to a small spotlight, but it also makes it harder to see the source of the light from the side, or above (Think of the louvered light covers on some military vehicles.) Spray painting the inside flat black would be even better.
If I had any money in the bank (I don’t), I’d get it out and buy junk silver with PART of it. The crash is coming, and it will be world-wide; but like the second coming, the timing is up in the air. Sadly, when I’ve wanted to buy lately, I’ve needed to sell instead.
Plastic food jars like peanut butter and fruit come in are the greatest thing since sliced bread. They have the see-through convenience of mason jars for storing screws and nuts and bolts and so on, but without the breakage worry. You can even fasten the lids to the ceiling joists and have them out of your way, but easily accessible. I would not advise this on the end of the house where the clothes washer sits, or it might vibrate the suckers loose.
When foraging, look for places where there’s no danger of spray, but also where most people wouldn’t bother to look. You might be surprised what’s growing right under your nose.
There are a few wild roots that are edible, usually just in first-year plants. They can add something different to a boring diet of greens and road-kill. (I just love to spring that word on you!)
If you live in the country, try to locate a natural source of water. In a catastrophe, the city water may not be available, or may be poisoned.
I saw a restaurant today that appears to have gone out of business. They made the same mistakes as most other area eateries that go belly-up. They over-priced themselves for the local market, but they did okay until everyone had tried the place. Then their profits started going down as folks started drifting away. They then tried to match the market by offering cheaper, but lower quality food, and tried to boost their profit on regular items by scaling back the portion size and cutting quality. Once they cut the quality, they rarely last more than a year—two at the most.
Don’t trust ANYONE except you and God, and don’t be TOO sure about yourself! © 2013