Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Just in case...
Things are becoming so nonsensical that eventualities which seemed impossible a week ago don't appear so fanciful now. If the people in Washington don't find some way to pay the "entitlements" that many individuals in this country subsist entirely upon, stand by for heavy rolls.
I was just a kid during the race riots of the 1960's, but I remember the impact it had on the country. Those could be reproduced on a major scale unless some kind of deal gets cut by the greasy pols in D.C. I try to avoid being an alarmist, and I'm still not predicting Armageddon. However, if you need to take some precautions, now would be the time. After all, you need not buy anything you can't use later, and a little prior planning in terms of getting out of a city if need be won't hurt anyone.
I realize that I'm sitting on a mountain top, in the middle of a vast forest. I've been getting "ready" for thirty plus years and even if I look down from a particular peak on the mountain towards the city,and see the fires at night on the horizon, odds are I'll emerge unscathed. If you live in a city or suburb though, you might think about where you'll go if you have to get out. I'd decide now at what point I was going to hit the road. I've already contacted my kids and told them to use my Visa card to get all this done. I also told them that if they plan on bringing anyone with them if there are riots, they need to make sure everybody is included in the plan on leaving. The same holds true as a general rule. If you have to haul granny along, don't wait til you're packed to figure out how you are going to do it.
I think right now I'd top off my vehicles, and keep them that way. If I needed extra fuel to reach my destination, I'd be sure to buy it now. Put the cans out back on the porch or whatever, but don't wait til you need them. Cash in hand is good. A few hundred in cash is a good idea. If you don't need it, you can put it back in the bank later. If you do need it, people may not be taking plastic along the road when you need to buy something.
I seriously doubt I would consider sheltering in place. But if that's what you have to do, you need a lot of water and food, as well as all the ancillary stuff like toilet paper, your medicine, candles, pet food, etc. Don't forget the city water system will quit if the power goes out, so you have to be able to flush using jugs or have some other plan for disposing of waste. A few 5 gallon Jerry cans of water on the back porch or balcony could save your bacon. If you have more than one tub in the house, I'd start keeping it full. If you have a tub and a shower, fill the tub and use the shower.
It would be advisable to have a good radio and plenty of batteries. If you don't have a gun, it's late in the day but anybody can use a shotgun if you have a modicum of common sense. I sure wouldn't be inside with a baseball bat if I had a wife and kids in the house with me. If you think I'm being melodramatic here, take a look at some videos of the L.A. riots and see if you still think so.
I expect that everybody who comes by this blog knows the drill and I am preaching to the choir. So this isn't meant to be all inclusive. It's just that it's probably time to get your act together, if you haven't already. There may be a few people who are new to the mind set, and this is primarily for them. I know most of you will be aware I'm not trying to teach Granny to suck eggs. I just think things are getting out of hand in Washington.
Again, I still expect some deal to keep the lid on things. That won't solve our problems but this particular posting is just concerned with "what happens if the checks don't go in the mail." I have a pretty good idea what will happen and you don't want to be anywhere near a major city if a cut in the dole comes to pass.