for a few years, I've been that crazy guy that has a weeks worth of food and a coleman grill and lantern to all of my friends. I've been a little better prepared than that (OPSEC) and just didn't tell them. I dont want to appear "too" crazy. Haha. I've tried to get them on board, but just got the rolling of the eyes and comments like "why" and "feds will rescue us". Ha! Then along came Katrina and now the Japan and Southeast Tornadoes. Now everyone is scrambling. I havent been as serious as many in the past. All I have put away is a few weeks rotation of canned goods, and some camping type gear so tht I could cook, heat, and process water. Sort of a three weeks version of the 3 day supply. I have recently started reading several survival blogs and sites to get a better idea of things that might be needed. Stuff that I might not have considered. In reading them, it has inspired me to become more self sufficient. Which brought me to you fine people. When I was a kid, we only went to the store for Flour, Corn meal, eggs, sugar, etc. We grew, shot, or caught everything that we ate. When I was 10 or 11, my parents got divorced and Mom moved us to the city so that she could provide for us. All self sufficientcy was forgotten. I still have the mindset (you can never lose that) but much of the knowledge has been forgotten. Thus, is my new quest... I have been collecting knowledge and TOOLS! I have started a decent back yard garden and will start to can or "put up" as we call it, when the veggies atart to roll in. Everyting is doing well exept a mass die off of beets one night. Anyway, I look forward to learning from you guys as well as sharing my experiences from the present as well as the past. I do still remember some.