Absolute Last Minute Preps

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For next week - that nether-time:

1. Youse who play instruments - get a new set of strings, reeds, rosin - whatever else it is you blessed musical people need - if it gets bad we're gonna needja!

2. Laundry, laundry, laundry. Every day a little bit. Betcha might lose some weight! What about all those boxes in the basement/attic?

3. Got Cards? IMHO, all the best card games are played with 2 decks. Got 2 decks?

4. Tense? Clean the house. Who knows when you'll have the water again.

5. Books. If you love to read, you know you'll want 'em. I wouldn't be surprised if you could get the best survival books at the libary next week. Do you even have a Boy Scout Handbook? I know I don't - I've been spending all my money on consumables. I'm thinking I can stand the wrath of my local library for the duration. . .

6. Splurge - I've never typed that word before, and I'm sure I never wrote it either. Well, that's just sad. Type it, write it, Do It, Dammit! This could be your last chance! As my Catholic Mother always used to say, "Offer it Up!" Offer it up to the God(s) of What's Good About Being Alive, is what I say.

7. You know all those plastic containers and cans and stuff you've been saving all this time, you're not sure why? Wash 'em again in a huge frenzy (it never takes as long as you think it will) and then store them in a big ol' plastic garbage bag so they don't get dusty, and then they will be available for your use much later, God forbid you should need them.

8. Know that even though I have no idea who you are, I love you, on principal anyway, and so do many others who've been thinking about you and praying for you, just like you have been thinking and praying (or whatever you call it) about others, and that there is a human link across the physical and any other imaginable boundary - in your heart you know it's true - and that even if every single one of us dies, it will just mean that every single one of us will be somewhere else, all together again.

-- Clare Hamilton (clarehamilton@mindspring.com), December 25, 1999


Thanks Clare, point 8 particularly...

-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), December 25, 1999.

re #5-hypocrite/rationalization alert

-- inever (inevercheckmy@onebox.com), December 25, 1999.

Very good points Clare. Don't wait to take the Christmas tree down. It is always a messy business.

-- Linda Arnold (adahi@muhlon.com), December 25, 1999.

May I add, if you haven't already done so, an extra (or initial) fire extinguisher may be the best insurance policy of all.. Sooo much at risk, so little concrete assurance of help. Besides, if alternative heating and lighting schemes are forced upon the uninitiated, your local fire dept may not be able to respond as if it were normal times.

-- Michael (mikeymac@uswest.net), December 25, 1999.

all major preps done. I went out and bought our toys r us in the game dept! My thought it was really funny at Christmas to get tons of games at 16! We will have a lot of time to read the instructions and learn. Between all the work that will need to be done and the games we ought to be just fine! Nothing worse than a bored teenager!

-- More Dinty Moore (dac@ccrtc.com), December 25, 1999.

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