Did you see the weather last night saying the part of Texas where I lived was the HOTTEST place in the Nation and it will stay like that all week? I'm just saying.
I thought it would be fun to put up a little poll here on the blog (on the right) to find out how everyone was doing with the whole prepping for the "IT" factor. It ran for about a month and now the results are in.
28% Of us said to Bring "IT" on.
48% Said "IT" needed to hold off a while longer.
15% Just got started getting ready for "IT".
6% Are in trouble if "IT" happened right now.
So this is what I get from the results.
6% of us will only survive for the first couple of months. Grim but true. (I think it is a lot higher than that as a whole nation. More like 90%)
15% Might make it to six months or just a little longer.
48% of us all will have a good chance of making it for a while, but half that number would not be here two years from now.
And only 28% of the population would be able to keep moving right along as if "IT" didn't happen. For how long, I don't know.
Even if some of us think we are ready for what ever might happen, it will be hard. We might think we are self sustainable but if we really look at all we do, have and need in our daily lives, our percentage of being 100% self reliant, sufficient or sustainable goes way down. The truth is, with everything I do I am at only 3 to 5 percent self sustainable. Now that's sad.
I was in a conversation yesterday with a guy who said his dream later in life is to be off somewhere and be 100% self sustainable. I told him it is impossible and of course he disagreed so I broke it down for him.
- I asked him what he was going to do for food. He answered by raising animals and growing his own.
- I then asked him how he was going to work his fields to raise the food. He answered by his tractor.
- I asked him where he was going to get the replacement parts for his tractor. He answered from the tractor shop.
- I then asked him what he was going to store his food in. He answered glass jars and wood bins.
- I asked if he was going to make the jars and the wood. He said no, he was going to buy them at the store.
It was not my intent to degrade his hopes and dreams but I did want him to realize it is not as easy as he was making it out to be.
Before we parted ways I made sure to give the guy several words of encouragement to help him refocus his dreams and to start living like that now as best he could and not wait for later. I told him there might not be a "Later" and asked what is he doing for his family's well being right now.
I also reminded the young man (20's) that it was his responsibility to provide for his family and if that took storing up a years worth of food or learning how to put by what he grew in his little gardens behind his house then that's what is was.
I could tell his confidence returned and he willingly wrote down some good websites I gave him for places to start off with and learn. One of those being Modern Day Redneck of course.
I lied, one more comment. It will hit 112 today and we have started having losses with the animals. One of my male geese was walking to the shaded goose pond yesterday and fell over dead. Some of the others are not looking so good. We are doing what we can but it is not enough.