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Just had to post this:
I was standing on a street corner waiting to cross an intersection to go to Staples and while waiting at a light a car pulled up at the red light in the opposite direction. On top of the car they had two 15 or 20 gallon water containers and sticking from their trunk were 2 more. Never saw them in white before, but thats what they were. These were strapped down with bungee cords or some kind of straps.
These are the same water containers with the bung plugs and the recessed carrying handles. A couple, probably in their 30's were driving and they had something in the back seat that was big but couldnt figure it out.
I stood there for a second until it clicked in my head what these containers were and then realized there is only one reason someone buys 4 of these things, you cant do anything with them except store water for long term use. We live in the city, not the sticks so you dont EVER store water here, unless.........
Sometimes the preppers are right in front of your nose and you dont even realize it.
-- stasher (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 10, 1999
Nothing subtle about those big blue 55 gallon containers either...
I just love the questions we get as we stand in the check-out line at our local Sam's club...
"What are those for?"
"Man, that's alot of water"
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Sometimes actions speak louder than words!
-- G (email@example.com), September 10, 1999.
My personal favorite if from the office water suplier. Hey why do you want all of the empty water jugs for? Do you have that much change?
No its for storing water for Y2K.
How much water do you drink!!
So much for informing the masses
-- dragoneyez (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 10, 1999.
Say the drum holds 56 gallons, makes the arithmetic easy.
Family of four, 2 gallons per person per day: 1 gallon for drinking and cooking only, another gallon for hygiene (flushing toilets and water for pets not included). To get an idea as to how much water that is, take the top off your toilet tank. Older toilet tanks hold 5 gallons or more; some newer ones only 3-1/2 gallons; the very newest tanks just under 2 gallons.
2 g/p/d for 4 people is 8 gallons a day. A 56 gallon tank of water used at that rate will be empty in 7 days.
Water weighs about 8 lbs per gallon. The water in a full 55 gallon drum weighs roughly 440 pounds. Check the bearing capacity of your floor.
-- Drinks (are_on@the~house.org), September 10, 1999.
At least these people are trying to do something, which is more than can be said for 98% of the somnolent robots in this country.
-- cody (email@example.com), September 10, 1999.
Point of information: The pepsi drums are white...I have 24.
The 55 gallon were still $10. each last time I checked.
-- tc (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 10, 1999.
Just went to Home Depot to get some stuff and right in front when you walk in they have a huge pallet full of Coleman Flourescent Camping lanterns. I dont know about the rest of you but I never saw that before. The big handwritten sign said how many batteries you will need for so many hours and it was good to have one for emergency preparedness. Home Depot doing the emergency preparedness thing?.
-- stasher (email@example.com), September 11, 1999.