Was over at a friend’s house last weekend. His wife works with my wife. Him and I are in related fields. We got to talking about the governmental downgrade. He mentioned that he has no faith in the government and we are heading for a crash and if I was smart, I would start to prepare. I grabbed him, brought him over to my wife and made him repeat it, word for word.
See, Beautiful Wife, I’m not crazy. (P.S. AR-15 makes a great birthday present, too.) Our friends think that and thought we were worthy to be warned. Not that he was surprised when I mentioned we are getting prepped.
I got to see his fine gun collection. (It’s hard to justify weapon purchases with the wife. But she is getting a better idea of how important they are, and she knows she needs to learn how to use them.) He has some prepping done, but they are looking to move in the next few months to years further north, out of the valley. With their two year old. I think the wife was more surprised to see her friend has a handgun in her purse at all times for protection. She never would have guessed. When I built the house, I overbuilt a lot of the systems. One is the water line, and the other is septic tank. We have 2 bedrooms, but the tank and leach field are designed for 8-10 people. It was a few dollars more and makes sense. I think I may offer our friends the extra room and/or loft if SHTF. Their preps overlap ours, and where they fall short (water, sewer, gardening) we have extra, and where we fall short (manpower, weapons), they have extra. I will have to talk to the Wife about this, but I think it would be much better than us just being alone when it all goes down.
Went to work while the stock market tanked on Monday. Mentioned Tuesday to the surveyor that he needed to stock up on gold. He said he has bullets. Lots of them. And he went shopping yesterday and stocked up on food. Six months, I asked. He got 3 years’ worth of food and cases of MRE’s. He said (and I hope he’s joking) when it all goes down, he’s poisoning his chickens because he knows they’ll be stolen and he’s got a cannon that has a 3 mile range.
In a matter of 4 days, I discovered 2 friends that are bigger preppers than me. It’s like the old saying that if you find a couple needles in a haystack, then that thing must be stuffed with needles. If that is the case, I’m beginning to feel a lot better living in the boonies, even if my neighbors are the crazy ones.