My laptop (aka my mobile life) has been having some issues and the screen is fading, so Bill tried to call the number that we have for the warranty. Guess what? The company is in Chapter 11, so what to do? Bankruptcy? Bailout?
We have set a very low bar for the bailout monies and we are on a very dangerous slope as EVERYONE is pleading for money.
My advice: Prepare for the worst, expect the best. Times are not rosy and unlike the Great Depression- we as a society are ill prepared. Most of us do not know how to survive without even the basics. Our grandparents knew how to can foods, preserve foods, butcher animals, and grow a simple garden.
One should consider stocking up on foods. As you know, here on the Double Nickel we have a large portion of our food storage free ranging. If this is not a possibility you can stock up on non perishables. Do not go crazy and go to a survivalist style place, instead stock up on foods that you and your family eat, and know how to prepare. I mean if you stock up on 200lbs of flour and have never made a loaf of bread then this is not ideal. In addition to stocking up, I suggest learning to make some items from scratch. This is not being a pessimistic gloomy Gus, as it is a wonderful thing knowing how to bake a loaf of bread, and the result is everyone will love you!
My prayers are that this is just a bump and our economy will recover, but I have come to understand that only so much self destruction is tolerated before the fall. Too many of our citizens have forgotten that the nation has been successful because we have had a spirit of self reliance.
My plans for 2009: To continue to learn as many skills as possible for my family and I too continue on.
Here are five of the six loaves of bread I made today. The sixth never had a chance as it was inhaled by the savages I like to call my family!