Happy Friday everyone! Fictional events make me wonder about real world possibilities today.
Ok, so after reading The Everything Theory I started thinking about Lucifer’s Hammer, a book I read years and years ago. In that book an asteroid hits the earth and wreaks havoc. The Everything Theory, while not about that, discusses a possible cataclysmic event on a global scale and it made me remember Hammer, where eventually there are roving bands of people who only allow other folks in their crew if they have some skills that are necessary for survival. Ok, a young hotty might get in for breeding (dude, post-apocolyptic and written in the 70′s – men get all caveman lame after stuff like that) but otherwise, to join you need to be able to increase the collective knowledge and survival skills of the group. My problem was “What skills do I have to offer?” I can read a book in a few hours? I can bake some yummy cookies. I can and do laugh at most anything? Hmmmm, they would definitely leave me out in the cold to fend for myself!
This is a very upsetting thought for me. I don’t know about you, but I like to have my what-if’s covered. I live in California where the possibility of earthquakes is higher than other parts of the country. I often wonder what would happen if we have an earthquake or tsumani, or I can’t get home for some reason. Tsumani while I am at work? I am washed away. Bummer. I was living in NY city during 9/11 and the tri-state blackout, I wasn’t prepared for either one but could walk the 8ish miles back to my apartment. I now live nearly 30 miles away from work so walking home will take a super long time.
There was a surfer in Lucifer’s Hammer who went out in the biggest wave ever and got squished against a building in downtown LA while riding the wave. I still think about that scene when I think of tsumanis. At least he went “down” living his dream.
I think I would have to go with cooking and plant knowledge and hope it is enough. I am not a crack shot, I don’t know how to kill and clean something (yet - willing to learn if I have to). I need to develop some mad skills just in case.
So what skills could you bring to the table? Do you have any books like this that seem to have slightly embedded themselves into your brain (or traumatized you so that you never forget them?). Do tell.