These past few weeks have been eventful ones around the Jackson household. We’ve been preparing in a different way…preparing to take daughter #2 off to her first year at university. The fact that she’s several hours away from home is a little worrisome, but children need to learn to make their own way at some point. I do take some consolation that she’s so far back out the boonies that it’s twenty miles from the nearest Walmart (which has hitching posts for their Amish customers). What does all this have to do with flip-flops and magic, fireproof underwear? I’m glad you asked…
I’ve been very busy helping my daughter get ready to move away for the first time and have been anxious to spend extra time with her so I’ve fallen behind on my laundry washing. No big deal as I’m a prepper so I just dug into my tub of ‘just in case’ underwear and guess what I found…that’s right it was my magic, fireproof underwear.
What does Magic Fireproof Underwear have to do with preparedness…and flip-flops for that matter…Read on to find out:
I know that having magic, fireproof underwear around the house isn’t quite normal. Mine is actually left over from my tour of duty in Iraq. When I deployed in 2006, it was at the height of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) threat. The IED’s were powerful enough to destroy M-1 Tanks and many of the (survivable) injuries were from fire. Now you should know that the magic fireproof underwear isn’t really “fireproof” so much as it is just designed to not melt onto you–which would really hurt as we’re talking about UNDERWEAR! Technically, it’s fire resistive but if exposed to extreme heat it won’t add insult to (the burn) injury by melting to you.
Lesson one: Man made materials melt unless specifically treated not to.
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph…we’ve been getting ready to send daughter #2 off to university and we just returned yesterday from dropping her off. If you’ve never been through this procedure, it’s where you and every other freshman’s parents descend on the school for one day and everyone tries to move in at once…and if it’s an old school there’s just one elevator in the dorm that you don’t want to take… because you’re a prepper and you stay healthy enough to climb all those stairs with those armfuls of stuff your baby just can’t live without…and because a lot of those parents haven’t climbed more than one flight of stairs since they went to school… so the line for the elevator is really long. Oh yes, I was supposed to be talking about flip-flops–guess what the footgear of choice for the young college students (and many of the parents as well) on moving day? That’s right…flipping flip-flops!
I know a lot of people wear flip-flops but that shouldn’t be your footgear of choice when there’s a lot of walking to do….much less on moving day…much less a moving that includes furniture and appliances.
Lesson two: Shoes (not flip-flops) are designed to protect your feet…but they can’t help you if you don’t wear them.
These two seemingly unrelated events/observations had me thinking (long drive, remember?)… about how we need to match the proper clothing, which is part of your ‘safety gear’, to the proper activity. Wearing the proper clothing for your activity is important now… but imagine how important it would be after a disaster or collapse that reduces access to both medical and sanitation services. If you break a toe or have an infected cut now, it can slow you down for a few days and cost you a little money at the doctors…but if it happens ‘after’ then it can mean the difference between life and death…through the disease process or even the inability to move quickly enough when it matters.
Lesson three: Match the proper clothing to the proper activity
Below are some additional examples of the activity appropriate clothing and considerations:
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