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Contraception.
Abortion.
You don't have to wait for the apocalypse for that.........just wait 'til McCain is prez. and he gets to appoint someone to the Supreme Court.
post #82 of 181
Hot showers in the middle of winter.
post #83 of 181
I would be more worried about this except that if there is an Apocalypse my plan is to be eaten by wolves in the first week. I suspect I lack survival skill.


(P.S. Woot! 1000 posts!)
post #84 of 181
Well, zoos might be a good source of food, for a bit.

I would free the elephants, and ride one into the wilderness. And I would get some dogs.
post #85 of 181
Coffee and dentistry are right up there...
post #86 of 181
Beyond the necessities, coffee and Internet access.
post #87 of 181
Thread Starter 
Yeah Salt Lake City would be a great destination ~ unless it's the Yellowstone Supervolcano that wipes us out.
post #88 of 181
If there is an apocalypse I would prefer to go out in the initial stage rather than suffocate if we can't find asthma meds to loot.



I give y'all permission to eat my corpse for sustenance. Depending on the weather, there may be fresh herbs in the yard if my flesh is not pleasing to your palate.
post #89 of 181
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OK I am hereby requesting that anybody who would like to be cannibalized for the sustenance of us survivor types please start eating lots of bacon and donuts immediately, and commence slathering yourself with barbecue sauce as soon as possible. K thx.

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post #90 of 181
this thread makes me chuckle, and shudder!

If I die it won't matter what I'll miss. If 99% of the population dies I don't have a great chance of surviving.

The books mentioned DO look interesting tho.. I'll have to try to remember them next time I'm in a bookstore!


oh, and if I die, come on over and loot away! I have TONS of canned goods, all organic and canned by moi!
post #91 of 181
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OK I am hereby requesting that anybody who would like to be cannibalized for the sustenance of us survivor types please start eating lots of bacon and donuts immediately, and commence slathering yourself with barbecue sauce as soon as possible. K thx.

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I eat a lot of Mexican food, so cilantro (which I keep in garden) and lime juice might be a good marinade for me.

Though...I am in Kansas City so there are lots of Barbeque places to loot for sauces if you prefer.
post #92 of 181
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I give y'all permission to eat my corpse for sustenance. Depending on the weather, there may be fresh herbs in the yard if my flesh is not pleasing to your palate.
post #93 of 181
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I'm certain there are crops still available that are not GM...somewhere....right? (ok not so certain)
Oh, there are. But do you know which ones they are by looking at them? Because you only get one chance for the whole year.

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We've just started homesteading and are about 1/3 of the way set up with everything. If the apocalypse occured after we were established, I would guess that I would miss my cows, chickens, veggies and fruits, b/c we would probably have it all stolen.
Got a gun? Or rather, a couple of guns? Or better yet... mines? Do watch out though, they tend to kill off livestock.

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Bird flu.

Seriously, though, it's more likely that we'll see a slow decline and crumbling with localized collapses than an abrupt apocalypse. When it comes to it, the areas with nuclear reactors providing power are more likely to have electricity longer, because they don't have to worry about running out of fossil fuel. Most likely there will remain elite enclaves of wealthy people with internet and all the rest, it will just move beyond attainability for the average Joe American (like it is for the average joe in, oh, sub-Saharan Africa).
Two very good points. I was thinking about the second one last night. After all, we do see a slow crumbling here. But what happens is first, the cities are isolated areas of "civilization", while in the rural areas, people are pretty close to water and what they need. They will survive, actually, and I don't think even bird flu could kill off 99% of the population, no way. It would adapt before that because if that many people died the virus would die with them. So I was thinking of some kind of chemical warfare, honestly.

Here, we have adapted, but mainly thanks to remittances and leeching off the ruling clan. I'm not saying we steal electricity but this winter when my daughter was sick and we didn't have electricity for 18 hours out of every day, I think I might have, if I could have. It was awful.

The real problems will be in the suburbs. No natural resources, but too far off the main grids. Those people will migrate into the cities or out to the countryside very quickly.

Also, I have to say that when we said no electricity, I assumed that this was a major physical, war-type event. Disease might wipe everyone out but that will not lead to black-outs, not at first.

Also, the nuclear reactors have safety mechanisms. If they are without power, they can run on reserve power long enough to disable the reactors before they run out.

(Yes, they did think of this, we are not the first ones to consider this scenario )

Ultimately, though, I don't think I'd miss a lot. Assuming, and this is a huge assumption, that I would be healthy and that you could grow stuff off the land, that it was not totally poisoned, and that my immediate family survived, I'm okay with that. I have lived like that before. So long as we can joke and play poker and sing songs, we'll be okay.

(By the way, my favorite apocalypse book is Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut, may he rest in peace.)
post #94 of 181
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I eat a lot of Mexican food, so cilantro (which I keep in garden) and lime juice might be a good marinade for me.

Though...I am in Kansas City so there are lots of Barbeque places to loot for sauces if you prefer.
AH then you're safe from me... I like Mexican food but can't STAND cilantro. :Puke It is honestly the ONE thing you will not catch me eating if I have any choice...



OK Seriously though .... I think above pretty much all else I'd miss ABUNDANCE. You know, it's something I don't even think about 90% of the time... something I've even ranted about before... but honestly I love the fact that we have SO MUCH available to us here. And an apocalypse would really eliminate that. We'd have to struggle again... I mean, there goes long hot bubble baths... there goes leisurely nights at Starbucks or chain-smoking cloves... there goes chucking the last of the steak because I accidentally let it get furry when I forgot it was in the fridge...

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post #95 of 181
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AH then you're safe from me... I like Mexican food but can't STAND cilantro. :Puke It is seriously the ONE thing you will not catch me eating if I have any choice...
I am offended you wouldn't eat my corpse.




ok this is weird
post #96 of 181
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I cannot fathom what a world would be like without 99% of the population. I think if so many people would die off, the rest would starve or freeze. We (in general) just do not have the resources to sustain ourselves missing people with key skills.
ITA. I've been thinking about this thread all day and one of my thoughts was what a pity it is we've lost so many basic skills such as spinning, knitting, food preservation, etc. Yes, some do it as a hobby, but what are the chances of being someone who a) survives b) has even one of those skills c) has contact with someone who has any skill and is willing to teach it. Even self-sustainers are going to be targets for what they have already stored and are going to have to spend time defending what they have.

("are going to"- sorry about my verb tense; I kinda 'go there' in my mind when I start thinking it through)

And I thought of another thing I'd miss: paper, disposable TOILET PAPER

No doubt about it, it would get really ugly really fast.
post #97 of 181
Sex.
Assuming that I wouldn't have access to birth control and would have to barter for food instead of condoms.
post #98 of 181
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We'd have to struggle again... I mean, there goes long hot bubble baths... there goes leisurely nights at Starbucks or chain-smoking cloves... there goes chucking the last of the steak because I accidentally let it get furry when I forgot it was in the fridge...
You won't have to wait for the apocalypse for that. Any good economic catastrophe will do.
post #99 of 181
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OK I am hereby requesting that anybody who would like to be cannibalized for the sustenance of us survivor types please start eating lots of bacon and donuts immediately,
You just want to kill us off sooner! nope, not doing it!

And you can get your own bottle of BBQ sauce if I'm not tasty enough for you plain.
post #100 of 181
This is such a funny thread.
I don't know what I would miss because I don't know what I would or would not have, really...
Also, if 95% of the people died, I can assure there would be practically no violence. People would help each other because we are all human after all (unless those 5% who survive are the ones who kill the rest of them, in that case, I would be dead, so I wouldn't have to think about it)
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