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I'm in the Fort Worth area, this week. With every mile I put between me and my house, the more vulnerable I felt.
Sure, the rental van was stocked with blankets, water, food bars, sidearms and ammo, but that isn't anything compared to what I left behind! I started thinking about that George Carlin monologue about stuff. Remember that?

Anyway, the point was driven home last night, somewhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on I-20. The traffic was buzzing right along until it came to a quick halt. Every other car went from 70-ish to a quick halt, diving to the left should to avoid the other "every other car. I saw that the other direction was having difficulty, too. Then, we began the speed up to ten to then stop, routine. Adding the two directions, there were probably thousands of people involved in this mess.

When we got to the problem, my side had a minor incident, but the other side had a serious one which included a vehicle that was totally in flames. The smoke drifted across the median and into the van. Those fumes were obviously very toxic, as burning plastics, oils and lubricants and other products used in the building of cars put off a lot carcinogens. People in the other traffic jam had no choice but to breathe that mess.

Furthermore, what if an "incident" had occurred while I was in that traffic jam? Far from home in the middle of a major city, very little provisions and still miles from family members who aren't prepared for bad events, anyway?

This Thanksgiving is one that is causing me to be even more thankful.
 

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That monologue on 'stuff' is classic. Here's the video:

Wow! Honestly, if I had been stuck in that mess with toxic fumes, I would have had to walk out of it as quickly as possible. I think your point is well taken. You can prep at home all your want, but what are the odds of an incident happening when you're at the grocery store, stuck on a highway, or god forbid, at the in-laws house for Thanksgiving.

This is why I always recommend prepping skills before stuff. You can have a whole arsenal at home, but it won't do you a lick of good out on the road. Your mind is the greatest thing you can prep for a SHTF scenario.
 

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The thought of being in a city is a bad thought, too.
These people here in this huge place. Furthermore, it would be so easy to lock this place down.
 

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OK, I am back home where I belong.
I'll tell you this. It's been quite a long time since I have been in an area I couldn't simply hike out of if the crappola hit the fan. I didn't like it one nary bit!
The ammo box of .45ACP and the 1911 wouldn't have meant squat in the D/FW metropolis. What water and food bars I took, combined with the ammo and a couple of sidearms would not have been the survival ticket.
 
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