We had some friends over last night and while we were sitting around the kitchen table talking, my buddy asked me a simple question, "So what are you, a Off The Gidder or a Survivalist?"
It sounds like a simple question but it is one question I have never been asked before.
I thought for a couple of seconds and just looked at him. I had to really dig deep on this one and thought to myself, well what am I?
The best answer I could come up with at that time, save face and make it look like if nothing else I at least know what I am I simply said, "I am in between the both".
I went on to explain my answer as, I cannot afford to be completely off the grid but I try to do the best I can and as far survival, I just want to be ready for "It"
In a previous post I explained what being prepared for "It" was all about, but I told him anyway with "It" being whatever it is. Then I continued, as far as being off the grid, I priced everything out on what I needed to be completely self sustainable and it was around 40K. I am sure that if I made some major life changes and completely rehabbing the house's appliances I could do it for a little less.
That question also set me back and put me in my place a little. I could not believe I had to ask myself what I was and where I was going with all this?
If you were asked that same question, how would you answer?
I ended this conversation with my friend by saying, "Understand, I can not give a one word answer nor will I ever be able too. If I did it would be something like, "Survivoroffgridfamilymanredneckfarmerfriend" LOL
Here is the shortest answer I can give. I am a red blooded, blue collar American who is trying everything I know how to do so my family will be taken care of in case of "It".
If that means having a bedroom full of food, two big ugly tanks full of water behind the house, flower beds full of vegetables instead of flowers and a yard full of chickens then it is what it is.
What lable can I put on that?