One of the benefits of working at a food bank as the driver is that I can trash pick. Out of date food deemed too dangerous by the management more conversant in health department regulations than in more robust sciences, I can get for no cash money. I poke fun at freeze dried food, but I also have plenty myself. Because the price was right. Today I picked up two coffee cans full of diatomaceous earth. Again, price of free. Which brings me to my second benefit. I think I get a pretty decent overview of how a lot of preppers stockpile and prepare. They either donate to buy fresh stock ( thank goodness they are Yuppie Scum and actually believe fresh freeze dried food tastes better than ten year old stuff- newsflash, dumbass, it all tastes like crap on a stick ) or, they die off and I get the pantry ( this also happened in Carson City, not just here in Elko ). Today, I went into a deceased preppers apartment and had a grand old time poking and prodding ( even though it was hideously hard work in the heat up and down stairs ). I got the grand overview, not just the food part. Now, keep in mind that I wasn’t able to freely gawk. I had been let in and was helped in the packing. So I only saw and heard half the story. And while it was the typical preppers tale, it was still interesting.
The apartment was downstairs below ground level, so naturally insulted on five of its six sides. So even if this was a standard city slicker prepper, at least he was smart about where he lived in a cold environment. The weapons were all old ( M1’s and such, so most likely the cheap guns from the Marksmanship Program ), but still the standard of "multiples of the cost of food". Plus, I noticed no ammunition. While I noticed with disdain that there were fewer than a dozen cans of coffee stocked, at least he used the old cans to stock flour which is both frugal and smart. And while the food was quality over quantity, all variety rather than calorie orientated, at least it was, guessing, about three to six months worth. I also noted that on his bookshelf he had the four series of the book on the time travel dude I recommend on my "top 20 list of best survival fiction". So, there were some extra brownie points for him. Along with the fact that he had less than two dozen #10 cans of freeze dried foods. Most was store bought dry goods. Very few cans of meat, mostly dried and canned beans. I really kind of got the vibe of a frugal survivalist, even if the "quick recovery" variety. Too bad he had to die for me to know he was around ( although, I’m sure I knew him by sight. I noticed a few cans with our ink pen mark-out of the UPC ). All that hard work earned me two hours of wages, two cans of DE, and an appreciation that not ALL local preppers are Yuppies.
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