No, not the feline kind although those are a good idea because they eat a heck of a lot less than dogs and can catch their own food and will usually spaz out and go nuts when a stranger approaches so they are a wonderful Watch Cat, but the worthless and weak kind that act all up- acting like pussies cause they’re all skeert and butt hurt the luxuries of the Oil Age are over. I wandered across the book “Oil Dusk” which I had bought years ago and decided to read again. It was written in 2006 and upgraded in 2009, so it was pretty much one of the ground breakers for PODA ( Post Oil Dark Ages ) although it suffers on many levels so it doesn’t get my recommendation. It wasn’t badly written, as these things go, but it had a lot of promising threads that could have been explored and weren’t. It brought up a lot of things to think about ( like a bout of diarrhea going through the group overwhelming washing facilities, or the far away state using slave labor to manually extract shale oil ) but also took the easy way out by not following negative trends to their logical unwanted conclusions ( although to be fair they did admit to this themselves ). Plus, I think the female of the two did most of the writing because I picked up on a lot of feminine perspective although the male character was the prime narrator. A major theme was the wife being a pussy. Not that it was put this way. It was written like she was justified in breaking down and the husband was a great guy for sticking with her.
Everyone is going to react to the collapse negatively. There is going to be periods of depression and needless anger and reaction. Tempers will flare, bitches will burst into tears without provocation. There is going to be a price to pay for a transaction. You must make allowances. However, after a reasonable period, everyone is going to have to suck it up and wire their crap extra tight. This includes kids missing video games, the guys missing their sports and bitches missing their hair dryers and manicures. I’m not relegating these concerns as unimportant. Gals looking and smelling good has its advantages. A clean house is a sanitary house. Starting with taking care of yourself, you also take care of other things ( once you let yourself go, most else follows ). The wife character was bemoaning the loss of luxuries, not essentials. It was an accumulation of all the little missed things like little temperature fluctuation, driving out to avoid cabin fever, visiting friends on a whim. But she let herself fall into a deep depression because of this and everyone else had to do a lot of her chores. And everyone let her get away with it, including the leader/husband. What a pussywhipped douche. That is what I meant about a female writer- the feelings and chick group discussion taking over life. Hubby was trying to grow more crops to survive and the wife was bitching about the old life. He should have beat her until she did her share, then shacked up with the single mom in the group. Course, the kids were around. But why carry deadweight? The kids can get over it when the wife “suicides” by wandering out amongst the wild boars and snakes and such. Damn pussies- WAY too much work ( and I mean that as gender neutral. Guys pussy up, they are no good helping to defend ).
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