2009: The Year of Self-Sufficiency
My family, like so many others this season, talked about the economy when we got together over Christmas. Unlike so many others, however, we went into more specific details about how we'd survive an economic armageddon. Our plan included a family compound (complete with guard towers and pillboxes), growing our own food, producing cash crops like dandelion wine and marijuana and distributing them via bicycle, kayak and the occasional zip line. As we discussed our plans, it dawned on me how very little I could actually help. I may have a couple of degrees, but I lack a lot of the practical knowledge needed to survive such a scenario. I've never fired a gun. My thumb is not green (indeed, I seriously doubt my ability to even successfully grow my Chia herb garden). I can't really build anything without easy-to-follow instructions.
To be honest, I was thankful my family would even let me in the complex with my lack of skills. Perhaps they mentally slotted me in the role of moonshine and drug runner. Or perhaps, they figured I could learn something useful for a change. With the new year almost here, that's probably a good idea. And not just for me. Feel free to make your usual New Year's resolutions, but also considering picking a few things from a list like this and vow to make yourself more self sufficient in 2009.
Posted by at December 28, 2008 09:07 AM
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|# January 5th, 2009 8:36 AM kris|
|Update: My Chia herb garden actually does appear to be growing! w00t! |