your new hobby
As a commentator on our shared peak oil consensus reality, I spend a lot of time spinning nouns and verbs on issues that I am not personally involved in, say for example, nuclear power.
This is well and good -- talkin' politics and chatting about the weather.
At last months peak oil awareness meeting in Seattle, organizer Wes suggested our group start think about some group goals including and possibly going beyond awareness.
Continuing that thread, I am thinking that on a personal level everyone needs a "post peak" hobby, something that prepares for contingencies, and is otherwise a satisfying endeavor.
Obviously, if the cornucopian optimists are correct, and a happy confluence of deux-ex-machina and market forces saves our bacon, well, then the hobby stays a hobby, and we can all argue about Social Security in 2020, or whatever.
If things go badly for the global economy, what skills will you need in a future, more localized, community?
Here are some hobbies I am thinking about:
Buying the farm, or, small scale vegetable gardening.
Practical low technology medicine. Pencillin production.
Energy efficient building techniques.
Please put your thoughts in the comments!
If you don't prepare, you'll likely end up as the night soil dipper.