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  • Thu, Feb 26, 2009 - 11:23pm

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    At last – I’m not alone!

I stumbled upon the CC entirely by chance and am completely blown away. In a good way, of course. Over the past couple of years, I’ve felt this increasing pressure that "time was running out" and that "something bad was going to happen". For the longest time, I couldn’t put my finger on it, and even after I could put my finger on it… I couldn’t find the right words to describe that feeling to other people. Thanks to Chris, I now have it… "exponential function". I guess some of us are just more susceptible to noticing it’s effects than others.

My husband and I have been planning to "drop out" and homestead for the past few years and have desperately been trying to speed up our plans by prioritizing. Our family and friends think we are nuts and are overreacting… "everything is going to be fine" and "you’re really into conspiracy theory, aren’t you?!". Many people have gone so far as to suggest that I might need to start wearing a little tinfoil hat. I was so frustrated because very few around me seemed to see the holistic trend going on around us, or how all of this just isn’t sustainable. People look at me askance when I tell them that I think a crash is not as far off as they would like to believe, and that things will most likely be much worse than expected.

Finally! I’m so glad that I’ve found more people who at least admit the possibility exists. I’m not completely paranoid!  I was so moved by the CC, that all watched it straight through and then sent links to everyone I know and posted a link on every one of the forums I visit regularly. I even donated, which I almost never do because money is so tight. I truly appreciated the low-key delivery of the seminar, and that Chris didn’t try to force-feed any solutions or cast blame on any one entity or event. The "scientific approach" was, perhaps, the thing that resonated the most for me because I process information much the same way. I kept seeing patterns in things, and I’m so glad that other people have noticed them, too.

  • Thu, Feb 26, 2009 - 11:58pm

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    Re: At last – I’m not alone!

Welcome, PlicketyCat!

Indeed, you are not alone. If you haven’t already done so, you might want to check the "Reader Survey" thread and find out more about all the interesting people that visit these forums. If you feel like it, you may even want to add your bio to the list.

Many of us, like you, have been accused by friends and family of wearing a little tinfoil hat. However, when the hard times descend, those same people will come to you looking for answers.

If you’re like me, you’ll slam the door in their face. Yell  JUST KIDDING!

 

Seriously, I hope you and your husband achieve a modicum of comfort as you surf through Chris’ web site. He has indeed brought a level of comfort to us all.

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 12:01am

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Cheers PicketyCat, your experience of viewing The Crash Course mirrored mine. I too found it a huge relief to discover someone acknowledging the world as I see it. I’m still worried sick about how the future, but its heartening to know I’m not alone.

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 12:52am

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Thanks Sam. I’m going to cjeck out the Reader Survey thread.

I certainly hope no one comes knocking on my door for advice on what to do… because my answer would have to be "the best thing I can do is to take my little tinfoil hat and get the heck away from all of you"  LOL.

I feel so much better about my decisions to liquid my more volatile stocks, even at a loss, after reading through some of the discussions here.  I’m really beginning to believe that the time has come to "take the money and run"… at least in our circumstances.

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 12:55am

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Hi Alex. I’m a bit worried, too. But, strangely, I’m less worried now than I was because I know that I really have been taking appropriate action given the situation. There’s safety in numbers, so I guess I just needed a little non-emotional validation to set me at ease 🙂

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 01:45am

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[quote=PlicketyCat]

Thanks Sam. I’m going to cjeck out the Reader Survey thread.

I certainly hope no one comes knocking on my door for advice on what to do… because my answer would have to be "the best thing I can do is to take my little tinfoil hat and get the heck away from all of you"  LOL.

I feel so much better about my decisions to liquid my more volatile stocks, even at a loss, after reading through some of the discussions here.  I’m really beginning to believe that the time has come to "take the money and run"… at least in our circumstances.

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Hi PlicketyCat,

One important thing to remember as you surf PeakProsperity.com – there are a wide range of opinions as to how to deal with the coming/current crisis. These range from Chris M. and ‘Damnthematrix’ returning to a farming lifestyle all the way to folks deciding (for any number of valid reasons) to "shelter in place".

Only you and your husband can determine what is right for you. I urge you to read as much as you can absorb, then look to your own comfort level. As Chris has said previously – trust yourself.

This site is filled with some really great folks who will be only too happy to answer any questions that you have so feel free to post on any existing topic or start more of your own.

As busy as they are, Chris M., and his wife Becca, have even been known to respond directly to questions!  Surprised

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 01:53am

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Hi Plickety Cat, Alex and Sam.

I’m with you.  I’m also tired of being considered some kind of weirdo for having the timidity to suggest that we have a serious problem. It helps I guess to have a good sense of humour!  Many of my family members don’t seem to have the first clue and until I found this site, the energy bulletin and others, I too felt very isolated.

What’s worse is that many of my family are in the UK.  I can’t help thinking that being on a small island with seriously declining North sea oil, a tanking economy and way too many people, that it’s not a good place to hang out.  That is also particularly true if the gulf stream stops as all their lovely temperate climate will change to one where they can’t grow a thing except for three months of the year and for the rest, they’ll be knitting their woolies!

 I’m from Calgary, Canada and we know cold!

 Anyway, it’s really nice to have the support offered by this site.

 Annie

 ps.  I note people talk of moving here.  If anyone is thinking of it, be careful of the weather.  Really check it out before you come. 

 

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 01:58am

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Welcome aboard PlicketyCat.

Thank you for the words and actions of support.

I can well remember when I ("we" actually, as this involves my whole immediate family) first began to poke our heads out of one ‘reality’ into another.

One of the dominant themes of the "rescue" attempts launched by our immediate family and friends was that we were somehow the nutty ones. 

But one could also glance around and wonder at a nation with:

  • The largest number of its population in prison
  • Epidemic levels of obesity
  • Rampant use of psychotropic drugs in children to control their behavior
  • Extremely high levels of violence compared to its peer nations

Collectively these and other indicators might indicate to an outside observer that there was be a slight wrinkle in the fabric of greatness we’d all been led to believe was ours to wear proudly.

Said another way, evidence abounds within our most observable cultural attributes that some level of scrutiny was in order.

But once we get to the elements of the story that are completely ignored by our media and even most of or entire education system?   Ah.  That’s where the story gets really interesting and where the Crash Course picks up a few threads and holds them to the light.  

And it’s here where the story takes an interesting turn.  Who is offering dark visions for the future; the ones recognizing the necessity for change or those promoting a blind adherence to the status quo?   Well, if you are speeding towards a brick wall in a sports car I suppose it would not be the one arguing to turn the wheel.

Of course, now that these former detractors have felt the recent impacts to their portfolios and even livelihoods in some cases the territory is softer than it used to be.  But even now I often find that most don’t want to hear that even more change is on the way.

That’s perfectly understandable I suppose, but not how I choose to approach life.  I am thankful for all the people I have met who share this sense of not only the inevitability, but the necessity, of the change that is now upon us.

Best,
Chris 

 

 

  • Fri, Feb 27, 2009 - 02:35am

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[quote=SamLinder]

Hi PlicketyCat,

One important thing to remember as you surf PeakProsperity.com – there are a wide range of opinions as to how to deal with the coming/current crisis. These range from Chris M. and ‘Damnthematrix’ returning to a farming lifestyle all the way to folks deciding (for any number of valid reasons) to "shelter in place".

Only you and your husband can determine what is right for you. I urge you to read as much as you can absorb, then look to your own comfort level. As Chris has said previously – trust yourself.

This site is filled with some really great folks who will be only too happy to answer any questions that you have so feel free to post on any existing topic or start more of your own.

As busy as they are, Chris M., and his wife Becca, have even been known to respond directly to questions!  Surprised

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I know my solutions aren’t going to be everyone’s because my importances and priorities are completely different. That’s what I really liked about the conclusion of CC. DH & I are bugging out and returning to the farming lifestyle because we can’t entrench in place and we don’t want to be anywhere near a city when the SHTF!  But that’s us, I can understand other’s desires and decisions to stay where they are… if we were in a safer location and had our house paid off, we’d probably stay put, too, so as not to lose money in relocation costs. But our remote land is paid for and we can build from materials onsite. Our current city house isn’t paid for, we can’t provide for ourselves on this land, and we are way too close to a potential mob problem if things go pear-shaped.

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[quote=annie]

Hi Plickety Cat, Alex and Sam.

I’m with you.  I’m also tired of being considered some kind of weirdo for having the timidity to suggest that we have a serious problem. It helps I guess to have a good sense of humour!  Many of my family members don’t seem to have the first clue and until I found this site, the energy bulletin and others, I too felt very isolated.

What’s worse is that many of my family are in the UK.  I can’t help thinking that being on a small island with seriously declining North sea oil, a tanking economy and way too many people, that it’s not a good place to hang out.  That is also particularly true if the gulf stream stops as all their lovely temperate climate will change to one where they can’t grow a thing except for three months of the year and for the rest, they’ll be knitting their woolies!

 I’m from Calgary, Canada and we know cold!

 Anyway, it’s really nice to have the support offered by this site.

 Annie

 ps.  I note people talk of moving here.  If anyone is thinking of it, be careful of the weather.  Really check it out before you come. 

 

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Hi Annie!  My husband is from Newcastle Upon Tyne, and we are very very happy that we decided to stay here in the US (my country of origin) rather than moving back to the UK. If we’d relocated then, we would never have found a remote area to homestead. We’ll be way up in Alaska, so we have to factor in the weather and reduction in growing season… luckily, we’ll already be prepared for a 100 day growing season, so losing a few days if temps drop won’t be anything new for us. Thank goodness there are miles and miles of nothing but trees surrounding our property since we’ll be using that to stay warm through the winter 🙂

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