Survival Sam came into the room with a 2 liter bottle of ginger ale to refill our glasses. Survival Sally followed him in with two smaller bottles in her hands, looking radiant as ever. That turquoise blouse made her look good, as if she needed any help with that.
“Is Sam giving you a hard time, John? You look a little pale around the gills,” Sally cooed.
Man, I wish she wouldn’t talk to me in that voice. It makes it hard to concentrate.
“Oh, Sam’s just laying some heavy stuff on me about the shape the world is in,” I said.
“Oh, he’s good at that,” she said. “Which kind of salad dressing do you want on your salad?” She held up the bottles. “Thousand Island or honey mustard? Sam likes the honey mustard.”
“I’ll have honey mustard, too, thanks.”
“All right, then. You guys get back to it.” She waltzed out humming again.
“Something smells really great in there, dear,” Sam called after her.
“I hope you like it,” she called back. “I’m not making it for the cat.” She went back to her happy humming.
Sam turned to me. “You know, you’re going to have all kinds of people reading your blog. They’ll have different points of view. You just have to put yours out there for consumption and hope and pray for the best. That’s what it’s all about.”
“I’m afraid some people are going to look at this thing and have a lot of questions. You know, like, isn’t all this just “gloom and doom,” paranoya, and even religious fanaticism?”
I took a sip of ginger ale before going on.”
“A friend was chiding me just the other day about all this. What about all those disasters that haven’t happened. For example, he said Hale-Bopp was just another comet, in spite of all the hype it got years ago. Y2K was a bust. An asteroid isn’t predicted to cross Earth’s path for at least 20 years.”
“Sounds like you need new friends. Aside from that, here’s the crux of the matter,” Sam jostled the ice in his glass.
“Survival means having a prepared mindset, attitude, or philosophy of life. What you believe and how you act accordingly is as important, if not more so, than whether you have the right flashlight when the electricity goes off. Of course, you’re going to direct your readers where to buy the right flashlight and a whole lot more. They’ll do just that—buy things they nneed–if they’re in the preparedness and survival frame of mind.”
“I hope you’re right,” I said.
“Here’s another thought for you about the right frame of mind. Years ago I read Robert Ringer’s book, How You Can find Happiness During the Collapse of Western Civilization. Sounds like a funny title, maybe, but he said something profound about success. He said that to be successful, one must do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. I would apply the same principle to survival. Conformists need not apply.”
“I like that,” I said. I took a sip of ginger ale.
“Perhaps one more word to the wise from the Bible is appropriate to share with your readers.”
Sam picked up the Bible from the coffee table and started leafing through it. It wasn’t there just for decoration in Survival Sam’s house.
“‘A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.’ That’s from Proverbs 22:3.”
“Good verse. I’m writing it down.”