I was going to do a “Wordless Wednesday” today but I realized it’s been a while since I’ve written a true blog entry. So if it’s alright, I’m just going to ramble for a while. In shop news, I had a nice surprise this week when someone ordered five items. That hasn’t happened since the pre-Christmas days! A thing like that can certainly brighten your day. :)
Last week I was completely stressed out at my day job, but then I decided to let go of the worry and things got much better. It’s hard to keep those outside forces and pressures from getting into your bloodstream. Once inside they’re like a poison until you let go.
I’ve been watching that new reality series on Discovery Channel – The Colony (read about 'The Colony' here). Ten volunteers try to survive for ten weeks following a (simulated) global catastrophe. I’m amazed at what they’ve managed to build from what was lying around the warehouse. In my opinion the “cross section” of society they’ve chosen is heavily skewed toward engineers and scientists. I think a more realistic scenario would look something like this:
Meg – a 30-year-old 3rd grade teacher
Benjamin – an 11-year-old boy that Meg has taken under her wing
Henry – a bank president who doesn’t even do his own yardwork
Paul – a retired machinist. He can build stuff but has arthritis.
Susan – a SAHM mom who lost her kids in the catasrophe
Danielle – a 22 year-old cocktail waitress and art student
Robert – a computer programmer and a deacon at his church
Javier – an 42-year-old insurance sales rep
Jennifer – Javier’s wife. Sells real estate and has a quick temper.
David – a 24-year-old physical therapist
I have to wonder if this group would be able to build a wood gasifier to run a handmade generator that runs a daisy-chained bank of batteries that goes to a converter that outputs A/C power. Or would they just build a campfire, make their own oil lamps, defend themselves with clubs, and trade the power tools for food??