The "Buy-In"

Buy-in.  (The cost to join a poker game.)

This whole "prepping" thing has been on my mind a lot this week.  I've come to accept this term as a new label for my lifestyle choices.  Oh, it's fine that I've been telling myself that all I'm doing has been using good common sense. 

But I've matured, I've grown.  I'm coming out of the closet.

(Sing it with me gang...)

"I'm a prepper, He's a prepper, She's a prepper....Wouldn't you like to be a prepper too?"


I've mentioned before that I'm in the childhood phase of discovery.  Like any kid in a new activity, I'm looking for others that see the world the same way that I do.  (Hey, there guys!  Waving my hand.  Wanna play?)

But being an adult, I realize that there are LOTS of opinions out there.  And mine might not be the correct one.  So I read and educate myself and discuss my thoughts with SM.  (And with you.)

I'm also really curious about the ostriches in life.  You know, the one's with their heads in the sand.  I have to admit that this also has played upon my consciousness.  Is it really as bad as it seems?  Am I over reacting?

I am really good at over reacting.  Everyone raise their hands who may have done a  little "prepping" with Y2K.   That was my first "prepping" experience.

I bought extra canned goods and labeled a date on them with a black magic marker.  I stored up extra water.

SM laughed at me.

When nothing happened, I felt a little foolish but took SM's good-natured teasing in stride.

Now, I bounce a lot of my thoughts and feelings off of SM.  He's my sounding board and I'm his.  (He's calmer where I tend to be a bit more intense.  This works well when we're in a decision making process.)

"Do it now" vs "Lets think about it."

Funny thing happened yesterday.

I had read an article on "excluding the volatile food and energy index, there is no sign of inflation" or something like that.  (BS IMHO)

I then read an article about unexpected shortages last year in the corn and soybean harvest.  Expectation?  Food prices going up.

I made a comment to SM about "building up" our food stores.  Buying a bit extra in storable goods over the next few months.  I presented it not as "prepping" but as "dollar cost averaging" considering that food prices are on their way up even more.

"You know, I've been thinking about that.  We can use the back bedroom shelving unit as overflow for the pantry.  Or do you want me to rip out that cabinet and build extra shelves in the laundry room?" SM

Me.....................................(silence)....................(jaw dropped open)

We talked some more and made some tentative organizational plans but the whole time my mind is going..."Holy crap!  This is serious!  SM believes it too."

You see it's one thing for me to think something but if SM thinks it too....?

Well then.  It's real.

Holy crap!

He's bought in.

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