I didn’t really have much to say on this featured family. They seem to have a pretty wide range of skillsets, or at least labour has been divided up pretty fairly. One couple is in charge of fuel (using a homemade logsplitter), one does tech and communications, one does welding, one does security (I’ve never seen anyone make a bow out of PVC and fiberglass, and I’ll probably stick with my handmade osage longbow, but it might be fun to give it a try—that kind of DIY/scavenging mindset is good to have). They don’t seem to be focused on anything in particular—like excessive storage of food, or water, or guns, or whatever—I get the feeling that like the New Englanders, this is really just an example of a family doing what they’ve always done, which you can call ‘prepping’ if you want to see it that way.
The expert analysis critiques them for reliance on power, and I have to agree. Of course, the experts say that they just need to store more fuel; the family patriarch says that they haven’t gotten around to it because it’s too expensive right now! My take on this is that folks have been getting by just fine without petrol products for like, 99% of human existence, so head down to the antique mall or the flea market, get a two-man crosscut saw, an axe, a maul, and some iron wedges, and start processing your firewood the old-fashioned way. It’s like T.R.’s notion of ‘the strenuous life’: doing things the hard way might be a little more uncomfortable (eek! sweat and dirty hands!) but in the end is probably going to be more rewarding. Cutting and splitting firewood is some damn good exercise, not to mention all the added benefits that come with working outdoors!
Well, that brings us up-to-date with the first two episodes of the show! The third episode (of ten?!) airs tomorrow night, so expect analyses of those folks sometime later this week.