Monday, October 11, 2010

What if there was no apocalypse?

Now available from Costco: A crapload of freeze-dried food for $3500.00. There's nothing wrong with being prepared for Armageddon, I guess. And you can always tell yourself, "Well, doomsday didn't arrive, but I didn't waste the money because it's food and I won't have to go to the store for a year." True, but I wonder how long you'll avoid going to the store for fresh groceries when you have this to look forward to for every meal:

8 comments:

NHSteph said...

I'm just treating it as a "buy all my camping food for the rest of my life" exercise. If I end up "camping" in my house for 2 years, then at least I'll have some decent starches and, uh, some freeze dried ice cream to go with my gubmint cheese.

It is kind of funny though (well, funny in a scary way) how the doomstead meme has taken off...

Lou Minatti said...

It's like the Y2K vendors from 11 years ago are dusting off their excess inventory and trying one last time to get rid of the stuff in their warehouses.

Steve-O said...

Maybe Costco's going after the Mormons:

http://www.mormonwiki.com/Food_Storage

w said...

Who needs freeze dried food if you own lots of ammunition?

My doomstead includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, pheasants, a ewe, a ram, a bull, 3 cows, 2 horses and a goat. We are eating the pigs, but I'll get more soon.

NHSteph said...

Who needs freeze dried food if you own lots of ammunition?

Well, I have several thousand rounds of that too...but I don't think they sell it at Costco =)

I have finally won the spousal battle for chickens...just have to select a good cold weather bird.

Yay, doomstead!

NoVa Sideliner said...

A friend of mine bought 6 months of rations before Y2K, stocked up on ammo, and waited for the poop to hit the fan. And now his wife won't ever let him live down those months in 2000 when they were eating rehydrated food.

Still, there's something to be said for being able, if needed, to hunker down in case of even a less-than-doomsday event. Think of a mass hit to the power grid (be it solar storm or human attack), something that might take a month or three to get power (and thus goods distribution channels) back.

Oh, and thanks for that link, Steve-O; I didn't realize Mormons did that officially.

One of my leftie friends agrees with storing up food, but guns and ammo? "Why, oh why do you need that?" Uh, to protect the stash you hoarded?

Let's see, you have food. Money can't buy food. Some people have more guns than morals (or they're just hungry, though my guess is that this would work in a fashion where a few "gather" and many hungry ones pay them in goods or "services"). Any guess what comes next when they know you have half a ton of goodies in your cellar?

Ideally, you have like-minded neighbors who can do as some people do after hurricanes and protect their whole neighborhood until things return to normal, since you can't be vigilant yourself 24 hours a day in such a doomsday scenario. Guns & ammo. And don't forget the night-vision gear.

I don't even want to think about it.

NHSteph said...

The dog too, is a good early warning system/deterrent (don't forget though, the dog needs to eat too!).

I think Ferfal in Argentina offers a realistic look at what our future might be...more violent, more uncertain, and yet somewhat functional. Well, "third world", I guess would be the perfect term...

http://ferfal.blogspot.com/

I do wonder what "work" will be available. I work in tech right now, but what happens when they shut off the intert00bz? What will I do? Sharecropper? Hope my bank will accept mortgage payments in eggs, green beans, and butternut squash...

Bill in NC said...

This stuff is pretty awful, even on camping trips.

The biggest advantages are it does last decades in storage, and doesn't take up much room.

I'd rather build my pantry from commercially canned foods which are cheaper, still store for years, and are much more palatable.