Had one of those moments where what was originally supposed to be a five-minute talk turned into 90 minutes of survivalist commiseration.
And that’s not a bad thing.
See, for various reasons I have to exercise a certain amount of discretion. I can’t just sit down at lunch with a couple of the wife’s coworkers and start lamenting about food expiration dates, the difficulties of procuring Betalights, arguing diesel vs. gasoline for bugout vehicles, etc, etc. To quote Bill Murray from Ghostbusters II “You’re scaring the straights.”
The other day I had a few extra goodies laying around and thought I’d drop them at the shop of someone an LMI friend introduced me to. This person has come late to the preparedness table but he’s making up for it with gusto. We wound up chatting about MRE’s, food storage, bugout bikes, silver, caches, guns, etc, etc, and showed off a few new acquisitions. As always, it’s so darned nice and refreshing to be able to talk about these sorts of things with other people who don’t look at you like youve got two heads when you start talking about things like economic collapses, historic parallels, freezedrieds vs. MRE’s, and that sort of thing. It’s nice to be able to let your freak flag fly once in a while without worrying about what the other guy thinks. That is, to me, a part of the attraction of the internet and the preparedness forums that are out there – it’s an opportunity to chat and opine about the sorts of things that you normally wouldn’t be comfortable discussing with folks at the office. But, as cool as that is, it’s always nice to be able to face-to-face and have a nice conversation with someone.
Those conversation can be pretty weird , though. Lots of “..but I can’t tell you [who/where/exact number], you understand.” Even with those limitations imposed by opsec, it’s still nice to be able to sit down over a burger and just socialize about something that’s important to you.
Does this mean that I’d go to some sort of ‘sirvivalist meetup’? Hmmm. I want to say uniformly ‘no’, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldnt be curious about it. I’m not a big fan of interacting with large groups of strangers to begin with…I think I’d probably feel uncomfortable at such an event. Keep in mind, these meetups are completely different than, say, a preparedness expo or gun show….those I’d have no problem going to.
Anyway, it was a pleasant and welcome change of pace to get to hang out with someone and talk about this sort of stuff without feeling self-conscious. I need to do it more often, if for no other reason than the solidarity is nice to have even if I dont really need it to validate what I’m doing.