You know, I think that most of us guys, deep down, are closet survivalists. We enjoy knowing how things work because in the back of our minds, we're fantasizing about the fact that civilization is really fragile, and when the whole thing falls apart, I need to be prepared. While spinning and weaving aren't normally considered mannish things, having been to this kind of show still gooses the survivalist in me. After all, when the big one comes and we have to go to the hills, I now know just a wee little bit more of what I'll need to know to keep my family alive. All I have to do now is figure out how to chase down the wild alpaca, wrassle it to the ground, and shear it; but for the rest of the process, I'm down with that.Today comes some evidence that I'm not the only one who thinks that civilization is really fragile. With a hat tip to the Instapundit, I present you with a New York Times article entitled Duck and Cover: It's the New Survivalism. A short excerpt:
And all those treadle-powered machines were cool. Maybe not as cool as trebuchets, but nonetheless pretty close. (And they're a bit more practical on a day-to-day basis, too. You need to replace your clothes more frequently than you need to demolish city walls.)
My lovely wife blogged about her experiences today as well. Her take on it--along with the female side of what could be termed the "survivalist complex", is here.
They stockpile or grow food in case of a supply breakdown, or buy precious metals in case of economic collapse. Some try to take their houses off the electricity grid, or plan safe houses far away. The point is not to drop out of society, but to be prepared in case the future turns out like something out of “An Inconvenient Truth,” if not “Mad Max.”
“I’m not a gun-nut, camo-wearing skinhead. I don’t even hunt or fish,” said Bill Marcom, 53, a construction executive in Dallas.
Anyway, as you might imagine, the Instapundit post has been updated throughout the day, as his loyal legion of readers keep weighing in on what they would need to do in case of a Zombie uprising. I found this bit of advice important to keep in mind:
You may also wish to include firearms. Note that shotguns, according to Hollywood, are the only firearms generally effective against evil.Given that I'm the father to a pair of very pretty little girls, I'm probably going to need one of these anyway....
But so long as I go ahead and get that shotgun, I'm likely to do reasonably well when the zombies come.
The Zombie Movie Survival Quiz