have definite tinfoil-hat tendencies. But mock me if you will...
these tendencies pay off.
1999, I moved to an apartment that had a wood-burning fireplace
and was a quick walk away from the lake. Why? Because if something
happened with Y2K, I'd be set. Lots of trees in the area for
firewood, and water close by that could be made potable. I
had a small cache of emergency supplies set aside —
food for about 3 weeks if necessary. The new year came and
went without incident. And I had a lovely fireplace to enjoy,
and didn't have to go shopping for a few weeks.
we had August 2003 blackout, I was in my office delighting
— "I've been waiting years for this!"
It may have taken forever to drive home, but as others were
sitting around in traffic burning up fuel (without the ability
to refuel at any stations), our hybrid was happily idling
on battery. Got home, cranked up the Grundig to see what radio
stations had power, and had a lovely meal by oil lamp, courtesy
of our camping stove.
I took holidays this past summer, it was the week skyrocketing
gas prices in Toronto. Gas reached a high of about $1.33/L.
And of all the books I picked up to read that week, I chose
Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate
Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first
not the best reading, but it's good to know the worst case
scenario. When the time comes to get a second vehicle, it's
going to be a diesel. One that we may get converted to run
on vegetable oil (still to be negotiated).
next thing I want to indulge my tinfoil hat tendencies just
a little more is one of these:
it takes care of the space waves coming from the outside...
and unlike a tinfoil hat, this has an undersheet to protect
you from all angles.