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Surviving Man!

What is surviving? What is survival? Does it involve crap tons of cameramen following every move you make as you eat ants and complain about not having a cell phone? Is that survival? What do you think of when you think about that word? I think a lot of things. First I think of bears. Lots of bears. Not just any kind of bears. The kind of bears who look at you and assume you’re just a giant walking salmon. You know bears, the creatures who can effortlessly snatch you up and eat you as an afternoon snack? The godless killing machines that I’ll never trust no matter how fluffy and cartoony and lovable you make them? I’m not falling for it bears. You are not eating me!

I also think about five o’ clock shadows, a massive bowie knife strapped to the side, Indiana Jones hat, tattered clothes, batman voice, and a super machete…but I think about super machetes all the time. Machete’s are pretty awesome; buy one. Use them for trees, and not human limbs….unless someone’s trying to kill you with their limbs then by all means use your machete for limbs! I pretty much think about super survivorman. He’s like Les Stroud except super. He cuts down whole trees with one swing and makes campfires the size of a small village, then puts out the fire with his mighty harmonica. When I think of surviving I also think of real stuff like starving, dehydrating, and withering away, not to mention good ol fashion cannibalism! These aren’t pleasant things, but you’d probably do it. If you had to you’d eat someones legs. I would! I might not even wait until they die I’m sinister like that. I’m not really that sinister. I don’t think, but I might be…Just don’t crash on a plane with me it might get unpleasant fast.

I bring up surviving because I was watching a string of survivorman episodes. Great episodes by the way, I love watching it. Every time I watch that show I realize how completely unprepared I am for the wild, and how absolutely lame it makes me feel. I can’t start a fire, I can’t trap a small rodent and rip it’s guts out if need be, I don’t know which berries are the exploding diarrhea berries. I really need to know which berries are the exploding diarrhea berries! I don’t though and that’s lame. I personally think that survival in the wild should be as imperative to teaching as general education. You know your math, and science, and writing, Β and reading, because guess what skills won’t be needed when you’re in the middle of a ginormous mass of vegetation that you can’t eat, with water you don’t have? Well science might help, maybe math too, but the point is survival class will help the most! Why aren’t we doing that? We should start doing that. Survival class should be like math. Even if you don’t want to do it you better do it, and if you don’t do it you don’t graduate! That or you’ll be eaten by a bear. Either ones sad. Just go to survival class!

I want to be that survivor guy. I want to be the guy who can just go into the woods for a few days with just a knife and be okay. Come back with a bear hide and some freshly crafted alligator shoes. I want to be that guy! I want to be the man who gets visited by the FBI at my log cabin because “You’re the best we have!”Β and I can say “I don’t live that life anymore!” Then reluctantly take the job because they kidnapped a little girl or something. I don’t have it fully planned out. I want to get this done. I already have a knife, now all I need is some talent! Be warned if said skills are achieved and you’re one of my enemies and you happen upon the forest, Β I might hunt you.

National Geographic | Doomsday Preppers

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Okay, so now that we’ve covered the strike, lets dig into this doomsday prepping business! So basically in the fall National Geographic aired a documentary called Doomsday Preppers. The doc followed four families who had altered their lifestyle completely in order to prepare for impending disaster which is supposed to take place in the year 2012 (you know, the world is “supposedly” going to end this year…)

I understand the concept of being prepared for a disaster (at least we’ve always made sure to have canned goods, water, etc,) but I couldn’t imagine altering my lifestyle in order to be well prepared. I’d prefer to just live for the moment, and only plan ahead for my career goals and direction I’d like to take. We don’t really know if the world is going to end in 2012. Perhaps the Mayan’s did really run out of space on the stone calendar, which could explain why it stops at 2012. Or maybe the “carving the calendar” skill wasn’t passed down to an apprentice, so the guy who did all the work died before he could finish it or make another stone with the rest of the years. Who really knows what happens? The Mayans aren’t around, so guess giving them a call or writing a letter wouldn’t work…

I prefer not to over analyze it and think about the possibility of disaster in 2012; I have other issues to worry about, life itself can be tough some days. But there are avid doomsday preppers out there who take extreme measures to be ready for anything that takes place. I mean, maybe it would actually be a good idea to have a gas mask in the house just in case something toxic ever got released in the air, but I wouldn’t want to spend every waking moment of my day rehearsing for disaster. I just don’t have it in me, so I can honestly say I actually kind of respect these doomsday preppers for being so committed to the cause. It’s not for me, but hey it works for them.

The documentary only followed four families, but a quick YouTube search of “doomsday preppers” or “survivalist” quickly results in hundreds of videos across the nation & world of people (all races, this isn’t just something that is limited to one race/group of people) that are preparing for disaster. With so much disaster talk and horror/thriller films that often shed light on a major catastrophe that could take place, you can see why people would want to be prepared. I’m not going to lie, the thought of a disaster such as a viral infection spreading or some time of permanent blackout has crossed my mind, but I haven’t changed my lifestyle in order to be ready. I just know that we always have the basic essentials in the house, and in case of an emergency I would be able to survive for at least a week or two.ster

That’s good enough for me. Because if a disaster/virus/zombie attack happened that was on a major level like I Am Legend or The Walking Dead, then I wouldn’t want to be the only person left behind that is “normal.” Even if I was with a group of survivors that hadn’t been bitten/infected (The Walking Dead,) then I still wouldn’t want to survive for such a long time. IDK, it would be crazy toimagine living like that. I mean if I had to survive then I’m sure I would figure it out along the way, and learn from mistakes as each day comes. But I would never be as prepared as the doomsday preppers, I’m just not that committed. But my question is, are you committed? Would you actually change your entire lifestyle right now in order to prepare for a disaster taking place in 2012? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please chime in.

While you’re sitting their contemplating disaster or what could happen, you should watch the Doomsday Preppers documentary. I saw a series advertised for it on National Geographic the other day; new episodes following survivalists will be airing February 7th. I look forward to watching the show, and possibly taking some notes for surviving (or just eating popcorn, and enjoying the frantic preparation.) But if you can’t want till February to learn more about survivalist, then watch the documentary on YouTube. All four parts have been uploaded, so check out part one below.

Oh, and check out this hilarious disaster guideline I got from cracked.com. Pretty funny! Click on the picture below for larger view. And here is a list someone made for the 73 best disaster movies. I seen most of them, so it’s a good list!


How to Survive a Global Disaster

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