You Find 'em Where You Find 'em

I was in an electronics store this week, looking for a case for a PC build. This particular store doesn’t carry cases anymore, so I spent a few minutes looking at power supplies and assorted parts. There was a young lady in there, to my left, intently going over the offerings of a certain company. At one point, she moved a bit closer and we took up conversation. It turned out she is a product rep for a line of equipment sold there, working for a third party company in the California Bay Area. Let’s call her Lisa. Lisa told me how she needed to build a new rig, because her old one was left back home when she moved out here, and we found common ground for our conversation.

Lisa is a young lady who moved here from a large state in the South. Her family background includes living on a large piece of land, with animals of many sorts. Her career choice put her in a different environment, surrounded by city and all that comes with it. Eventually, we discussed self sufficiency and how past folks from generations numbered themselves among those who “do, because they can.” I was hoping to hear about how Lisa might be set-up to deal with this or that, or how she viewed preparedness in general. She and her family were there for Katrina. She shared with me how the neighborhood came together. You’ve heard the stories of people using up meat from a warming freezer, who time-shared a generator, and who proved themselves in a bad time to the point that after the emergency passed, each was known as someone to be trusted. Country people DO that.

I told her a bit about myself, my obvious interest in preparedness, and she shared that her father and uncle are much more in tune with such things than she is. I don’t fault her at all for her choices. She is young, intelligent and driven. Her foci are on living a good life, making a career for herself and getting set up for the next phase in her life. The fact that she understood what I was talking about made me smile. While not actively engaged in “prepping”, she is very familiar with it. I see her as one of those that will improvise, draw on experience and do well should a large quake hit the Bay Area. In fact, she may wind up being an expedient leader, one who rises up to bring a measure of calm and direction to those who never had to cope with dangerous situations. I credit her dad for sharing his ways with her.

You find them where you find them. Here and there are those you can help, encourage or simply supply ideas. Random encounters can lead to interesting conversation, and a chance to spread the word a bit. Goes for our Faith, preparedness advocacy, patriotic feelings and sensibilities, and long standing cultural foci. In my short time with Lisa, I found a connection to a prepared family a thousand miles away, and saw how there neighborly actions in time of stress made an impression on a wonderful young woman and daughter. I was able to pass on a few things to her, quickly think up a bare-bones EMP plan of survival for her Hybrid (yeah, I’ll talk about that later…) and encourage her walk on her current life course. Do what you can where you can. Treat people right, and share. It bolsters the spirit, sharpens the mind, and makes for good friends.

Lisa, if you or yours get to reading this, feel free to drop me a note.

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