A buddy of mine started collecting all types of survival gear in the last year or so. He had a fully stuffed "bug out bag", machetes, tomahawks, freeze dried food, solar panels, ropes, hiking boots, batteries, candles, camping gear, toilet paper, radio telephones, gold and silver coins, weapons and ammo out the wazoo. No surplus stuff, the top of the line stuff. I thought that he was caught up in the current "Zombie Apocalypse" craze sweeping the country. When he was showing me his stash (or cache rather) I pointed out the obvious to him. I said "dude, haven't you noticed in the zombie apocalypse movies, it's the pretty people who survive. You're ugly, bald and overweight. You're gonna be a zombie and all this stash is going to be a goldmine to someone else! " He laughed and said it was for the hard times that are coming. I never thought of things like that, and he was dead serious. He's not a militiaman or anything like that either, nor a vet or the outdoorsman type. Just preparing for the worst, just in case. Now, being prepared for desperate times is never a bad idea for people along the Gulf or Atlantic Coastal areas. We get the occasional hurricane that can stymie EVERYTHING for weeks afterwards. And some of that gear my buddy is accumulating comes in handy. I had the misfortune of being deployed to New Orleans to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It got ugly down there in a day and a half after the winds died down, and two days later we almost lost control of the city to the "have nots". The news coverage does not begin to tell the story of what went on down there. Three years later Hurricane Gustav came to town and hit us (in Baton Rouge) harder than Katrina did. I lost power for 14 days. On day 15 I was dragging limbs to the road in front of the house and I heard the A/C kick on. Yay! It wasn't so bad. At the end of the day I'd hose off in the yard and stroll over to the local watering hole about a half a mile from the house and sip cool ones and choke down and burger and watch the news until they ran everyone off at closing time, or when the beer ran out, whichever came first. They were on a different power grid than us obviously. Anyway, civil authority was not threatened due to the full court press (read-excessive force) that all regional police agencies applied to avoid the costly mistakes of NOPD et al a few years earlier. So I started thinking about it, and started my own little stash of survival gear at the house. I have a lot of stuff already and forgot about it, mostly camping and army gear I brought home with me, or bought at surplus stores afterwards. Mainly I am putting things in one place, and looking to add to it as needed. Another buddy always said to me "you can never have enough bullets". How about you?