Everyday Carry: When someone pops the question

S*&t Happens

Tires blow. Lightbulbs burn out. Wires come loose. Packages arrive. People get hangnails.

I have a tire iron, a flashlight, pliers, a knife and tweezers.

The tire iron is in the car and and the rest are somewhere on my belt.

I have a number of other things on me like a couple batteries for the flashlight. A while back I loaned the batteries to someone because her camera died and she popped the question. No. We’re not engaged. However I did have to answer that the batteries were for my flashlight. Then the next question was “Why do you have a flashlight?” And that answer was “in case I need it.”

Why is it odd that I carry a small amount of tools? Why isn’t it odd that when these occasional, usually minor irritations to someone’s day happen they’re running around hunting tools or asking to borrow them?

I never pop the question.

Why do you have that? is never something I ask people. I know, probably better than people who do pop the question, that sometimes people come with dishonest intentions. I’m more interested in giving the benefit of the doubt to the rest…to those folks who aren’t up to something.

If I have a flashlight I can light up your work area when you’re changing a tire. It’s a tool. And people have appreciated my having it on me when they’ve needed it. The same goes for the knife or the pliers or the tweezers or a lighter or whatever little doohickey one person has that another never seems to need and thinks no one else does either.

It’s another form or normalcy bias that has people giving the side-ways eye when they see a tiny pocketknife on a keychain. It’s not helpful. It encourages attitudes that that work to divide us, whereas the tool itself can bring people together.

I’d rather be called MacGyver and file off some metal shaving that’s about to cut someone than be looking for a Band-aid, which, by the way, I have in my first aid kits.

Theory can become practice in seconds

Years ago I was watching a movie. One character had just accused another of paranoia. The other person said, “…just ’cause you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you…” There were some nervous chuckles from both parties and then the story moved on.

Well as a prepper I say just because the dirtying of the bladed spinning device hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t. So I’m preparing because the theory (job loss, weather, fire, illness, theft, etc) can become practice (in your face, happening to you and around you) QUICKLY. We may not see it coming. We may not have any warning. It may not be the wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes and acres in Bastrop County down the road from me. It may not affect the entire community. The devastation might only be in the life of one person.

A funny thing happened on the way to the debt ceiling deal

Closer to the beginning of the talks, when House Speaker Boehner was walking out on the talks because his group and the Administration could not agree, I heard people, who usually seem to act like everything is hunky-dory, talk like preppers. Had we been downgraded to AA there was a possibility of hyperinflation, a banking holiday and difficulty with the continuity of the food supply to stores. Having seen the way people react in a town that is far enough from the coast not to be affected by a hurricane I know what even the impression of food being cut off can do to people. I just wasn’t expecting to hear folks who always appear entrenched in a normalcy bias call for stocking up and preparing.
Photo Credit: Jackie Kass