Virginia: I was the one that came up with this topic. To be honest, I’m not really sure why it came to me.
Andrew: Probably because my camping bag has sort of morphed into a bug-out bag.
Virginia: We probably have enough food to last a month.
Nick: Really? That’s a lot of food.
Andrew: A lot of people aren’t that prepared.
Virginia: We wouldn’t be eating steaks.
Nick: I doubt that. Even if you stockpiled Rice’A’Roni, that’s a lot.
Andrew: Soups and stuff like Ramen are the best for that type of thing.
Nick: I doubt if you could survive on Ramen.
Andrew: You might get sodium poisoning.
Nick: I’ve gone on extended Ramen. I have to mix it up.
Andrew: We should find the line between someone who is prepared for a natural disaster and someone who has gone over.
Virginia: Katrina was one of those events where you might have been better off having a gun around.
Andrew: I know people who have a whole safe of firearms. They have more guns than people in their family have arms.
Virginia: That’s an interesting observation. If you have a gun or two for everyone in the house, is that enough?
Andrew: No. If it’s a hobby, it’s never enough.
Virginia: What about for the “big event”?
Nick: I’d say the difference between a stockpiler and a hobbyist is when they only buy 9mm and rifles that only shoot one type of ammo.
Andrew: That’s sort of me.
Mike: But you don’t have crates of guns…
Andrew: What Nick’s getting at is that it’s not the ammo. If you have two or three of the exact same gun, then you’re probably stockpiling weapons.
Virginia: The idea being that the guns are interchangeable?
Virginia: What about water, food, and shelter?
Andrew: That’s a tricky one. My parents actually had a lot of water in their house due to their water cooler at home. From an outsider’s perspective, it looks a little weird.
Virginia: Yeah, but that’s explainable. If you happen to live in a bunker with a thousand cans of tuna, you might not be a prepper.
Mike: The real preppers use MRE’s.
Virginia: I think we’ve stumbled on a good metric. If you have MRE’s, you’re a prepper.
Nick: For anything other than a joke.
Andrew: They were interesting to try. There are some that are good for snacks if you’re really hungry. But, yeah. There’s no taste there.
Nick: Anything that can cook itself…
Andrew: You just pour in the water, and it starts heating up. It’s pretty ingenious. It is idiot-proof. It tastes terrible, but it’s amazing.
Virginia: What do most people eat for MRE’s beyond the military?
Mike: They’re handy for camping.
Andrew: I’ve actually thought about putting one in my car.
Andrew: I have two water bottles in my car and some granola bars.
Mike: First aid kit too.
Andrew: They’ve come in handy so often that now I feel stupid not having them in a car.
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