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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

killing time 3 of 5


KILLING TIME 3

Whenever you bring up the possibility of surplus time on your hands post-Apocalypse, the inevitable answer is “train” and “choirs”.  These same people live in huge urban hives desperately grasping at a high paying job as if the company owners don’t already have a huge bull’s-eye painted on the position, only awaiting a robot, a Bangladeshi immigrant with training or a college graduate with so much debt he has to work two positions for the price of one, in order to replace their dumb ass.  If they are silly enough to live there ( and let’s be honest here, they have had a huge neon sign blinking at them since 2008 that This Suckers Going Down and if they haven’t gotten into a lifeboat now they never are going to ) odds are probably good they are working a fifty hour week with a ten hour commute and their entire training regimen is watching You-Tube videos they promptly forget as soon as they “like” it on Facebook.  They are suddenly going to get discipline AFTER  the SHTF?  And chores?  What chores?  They heard about them watching Little House On The Prairie as children, but now every single thing is accomplished by a power tool.  The only reason Yuppie Scum get any exercise at all is moving their thumbs texting.

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Or writing angry comments on blogs when they don’t like how reality gets shoved in their face, then the authors expect to be paid for writing!!!!  The balls on some people, right?  Other problems with those answers is that almost every single one of us is used to entertainment 24/7 ( if it ain’t TV it is Internet ).  Rarely do we sit and contemplate.  It is a new-normal sedative used in self-defense.  Sometimes distraction is the only thing keeping us sane, and when we learn a bit in the process at least it is preferable to alcohol.  I try to limit TV to two hours a day, myself.  That crap is so hypnotic you turn off the machine and can’t always remember what you just watched.  It IS indeed a drug.  I think I’ve achieved a good balance in life, trying to keep busy with chores and work and exercise and writing.  More reading than TV.  But I do realize I’m still numbing myself ( comfortably numb ).  You CAN’T go cold turkey from this lifestyle, and the last thing you want to do is try withdrawing during the soul crushing stress of civilization collapse.  It is of course highly recommended that you peruse those military manuals and other survival literature, and you’ll need to force yourself to stay physical ( not just because it is retarded not to but because it helps with stress which helps with health-it’s an exponential thing, and regardless of how old and crippled you feel you need to force yourself into the appropriate levels of exertion ) but you need to just accept they need for leisure and stress release.

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Entertainment is completely overdone in today’s society.  We even expect it in our learning and our work.  Colleges demand nothing more than PC thinking ( and that isn’t even really a chore, the knuckle draggers going there for training in the corporate world already necessarily predisposed in that direction ) and strive to keep as  many seats warm as possible by eliminating as much effort as possible.  And most folks can’t handle a workplace without socialization and mating opportunities ( not that I’m complaining on the latter, as where else do you meet someone?  The bar?  That always works out so well ).  Again, not really a complaint.  I don’t really get paid enough to kill myself at work, even if I do so anyway ( I keep my job to stay in shape, primarily.  Anything would pay better, but I’d also have to pretend the boss wasn’t a dingus more there than here, and that is painful to me-I’ve been in management too long to pretend the younger idiots should be in charge, at least gracefully ).

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Just expect that most of us are conditioned to need X level of entertainment rather than any degree of The Suck.  And there isn’t even anything wrong with a life of leisure and entertainment.  Our hunter/gatherer ancestors gathered/prepped food about four hours a day and any other work was done on a social/play level.  Okay, perhaps our fearless hunter still had to fashion more arrows in his free time, but doing it together with others, shucking and jiving and B.S.’ing the whole time isn’t really work.  It is Fun Work, like the gals gossiping in the kitchen helping any meal prep go as easily as possible ( or sewing, or whatever ).  Nothing wrong with leisure unless it is all you do.  I think we expect too much Fun rather than much Work mixed in.

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Is the time when you need to get serious and buckle down during a cramped shelter stay?  No.  All things in moderation-wean yourself.  Don’t just expect learning during your stay, but enough Fun to balance that out.  And then keep some level of entertainment after that.  All work and no play makes Jack an insufferable prick.  Next up let’s list the activities you can engage in during your shelter stay, in the correct learn/play ratio of course, with this prepping done cheap and easy.

More tomorrow.

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7 comments:

  1. In a worst-case-scenario, where shit is so bad that you need to hunker-down in a hidy-hole for 3 months, it will be a good selection of books that will keep everyone sane. 500 per person is not too many.

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    1. One of the few good applications for digital books.

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  2. PS - Choirs is for songs and angels Chores is for dirty hands.
    Books only last you so long. Human interaction (aka games or gossip) is required and so is novel stimulus.

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    1. Damn human interaction. That need is as bad as the one for sex.

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  3. Mate shopping in bars? Please. Talk about lack of ideas. But none of us have ideas in our youth, so we follow the crowd. In my 10 years of youthful "bar shopping" I never seen anything that was worth more than an hour or 2 in the sheets.

    It's when you AIN'T shopping is when you find the mate for life.

    Know where I found mine?
    I was sitting on my front porch rebuilding a 4 barrel carburetor off a 1970 Camaro and taking breaks now and then to step out in my Florida front yard and play a little solo frisbee. I was 28 and always single as all get out. And there she was, 2 doors down, sitting in a chaise lounge in her backyard, all radiant and inviting. Now, 33 years later, she'll again be sitting in her chaise lounge in the backyard this afternoon.

    In our youthful exuberance we search so hard we never find what we're looking for, only temporary distractions. It's when you stop looking at the forest that you see the trees. And you never learn this little lesson until after you no longer need it. sigh

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    1. Wisdom is a cruel whore, timing wise. Of course, how can you enjoy being wise if it wasn't so painful to be otherwise?

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    2. Hobbies and common interests is the place to shop for mates. But since the time to have those hobbies and common interests is usually when you are young and still developing your own ideas of what hobbies and interests you want to follow, it follows that a lot of the initial mate seeking will fail as the interests and shared hobbies will fade or be replaced over time. I.E. drinking in bars, or dancing, or rebuilding old cars and cruising the strip, or XYZ. D&D and video games got a bad rap as hobbies because there is such a disparity of men to women in the hobbies and so little opportunity to machismo without being to much of a jerk and not enough to back it up (machismo with back up is attractive to some females to some extent).
      But hobbies that fall on the border line between gender roles or near related hobbies across the border line are a good place to meet a mate - IF you both choose to continue to follow the hobby.
      My spouse likes home made meals from good but affordable ingredients and storing those meals for later. I like storing good ingredients for foods- We both enjoy the accomplishments on good canning sessions.
      We both like libertarian philosophy and politics, I like the current events, spouse likes applying fundamental principles to daily life. Etc.

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