Saturday, January 17, 2015
Got Trade-able Skills?
Took a little road trip with my Dad today mostly because he likes driving around in the country I think more than anything. Stopped a picked up a pack of Sawzall blades for my plow restoration/salvage project and picked up a small truckload of logs some tree trimmer left in the back parking lot of where I work. They were really stressing about getting rid of those logs until I told em I would get em this weekend.
Hey I ain't turning down free wood.
There is this stretch of road in the Southern part of the Center section of Missouri nestled in between two small towns on a little Lettered highway that just amazes me every time I drive through it. The first thing most people new to the area notice of course are all the Mennonites and perhaps a few Amish traveling along in their horse drawn carriages or the girls and ladies in their big dresses and bonnets pedaling down the side of the highway on their bikes. I have grown up seeing such sites fairly regularly so I don't even notice half the time.
What intrigues me about this little 10 mile section of road is that almost every house or farm is some type of business.
From bicycle repair and manufacturing/sales to furniture, clocks, country stores, septic repair, excavation. Pretty much name it and within that 10 mile section of road you will find at least one business sign for it. Plenty of John Deere tractors with steel wheels too but also plenty of farms and houses that don't look to be connected to Amish or Mennonite either. Of course it is sometimes hard to tell around here because as I have mentioned before there seems to be a lot of overlap, intermingling and people who leave or hang out around the edges too.
As we were coming up on the section of road I pointed out what we were going to see ahead of time and my Dad started reading all the business signs too. He said he had been through there many times and it just never stood at to him either but once I pointed it out he was intrigued as well.
I will say this. That little community or I guess section of the countryside won't be hurting for trade-able skill sets come a collapse.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!