Maybe you are at work, hanging out at your local watering hole, at the range with some buddies or simply shooting the breeze with your neighbor while outside in the yard. For whatever reason the subject of prepping comes up and it’s almost always brought up by the other party (I hope). After all prepping has become quasi mainstream with all of the survival shows on television. How do you respond once the subject is broached? Are you quick to divulge information and flaunt your expertise, or do you clam up and change the topic? I’m willing to discuss prepping on a very high “general knowledge” level with most people as I feel like totally denying the existence of such a lifestyle would be even more suspicious. However I always tend to take an approach which lets them do most of the talking while I never really give out too much information. What follows are a few responses I tend to use when the subject of prepping is brought up.
1- Prepping? That’s that stuff those wierdos do on that one television show right? The one where they wear the gas masks and stuff?
2- Dude yes! Preppers, those doomsday people. As a matter of fact I’m a prepper too and I’m working on my nuclear fallout bunker right now! (emphasis on sarcasm). *laughter all around*
3- Oh yea man, prepping. I’m totally a prepper, got like 2 years worth of food and a complete arsenal in my basement! *laughter* (aka hiding in plain sight).
4- You’re a prepper? That’s awesome dude, I’m sure those MRE’s in your basement will definitely come in handy. Where can I get some? (ignorance)
5- Preppers?!? Have you seen that crazy stuff on TV? Those people have serious issues, they think the end of the world and collapse of society is around the corner. I watched that doomsday show once and had to change the channel after 10 minutes. Freaks! (over the top)
It’s always interesting to engage in conversation after I hit people with the aforementioned responses. Usually I let them talk in order to gauge what their opinion is of preppers and how prepared THEY truly are. People are often all too ready to divulge personal information with respect to how many firearms they own or other preps they have. The only wild card would be if another hardcore prepper were to use my own methodology against me and we were both playing stupid without knowing it. That would truly be funny.