Suburban Survivalist wrote something today that hit close to home. Not like a low blow or anything but more of a darn I should think more about that. So I did some thinking.
I guess I do what I do. They might be a truck driver or a loan shark or an insurance adjuster but people are sort of where they are; generally for some kind of reason. In some ways my overall situation would be easier if I was an insurance adjuster but well I am not. The good parts of my job are that I have learned all sorts of cool nasty things. Without getting into excessive details I do for a living what many survivalist types claim to somehow have mastered from a downloaded PDF manual or two. While lots of folks pay money for ammo and range time I stay familiar and comfortable with my rifle of choice by just showing up at work. The kind of stuff some people pay a lot of money to do I just do for work; even better instead of some guy who has shot in a couple competitions and owns some nicely pressed 5.11 pants (I've gone to the sites of a lot of schools and read the instructors bio's. There are at least a dozen schmoes for every one who is legit) doing the instructing it is guys who get into gun fights for a living.
Of course with anything there are down sides. This job moves us all over the country and even the world. I would live in the inland northwest but well I do this for a living so I don't. My schedule is just short of completely ridiculous. 60-70 hours is a normal average week. If something is going on more like 80 is not abnormal. Then there are the times I randomly leave home. For numerous reasons leaving home station for a month or two a year when not deployed is probably pretty normal. Also if you have not been following the news we are fighting a couple wars so we deploy a lot.
Suburban Survivalist brought up the point of leaving our families when we go to the various sandy hell holes for long periods of time. To be honest I am not too worried about this. Maybe it is because I am more of an economic collapse/ slow slide/ regional SHTF sort of guy than a full on Mad Max type. In any case Wifey will either be in a military community or with family. Really military bases/ communities stick together and if we are anything the military is full of paranoid people who have legitimate and thorough worst case scenario plans for all kinds of situations. Seriously we have whole groups of people whose entire jobs are to think of crazy things that could maybe happen and then we prepare for them. Admittedly that money isn't a concern helps greatly. A rigid hierarchy full of well trained individuals and a ton of guns and ammo probably helps too. If Wifey is with family she is in a good situation, especially since her crazy husband stockpiles stuff.
Either way I am pretty confident that her (and the upcoming Walker Texas Ranger's) needs will be met and she will be safe. I would certainly like to be there and would likely improve the overall situation but all ego aside I am not sure quite how much.
I suppose it is like any other situation. If the start point isn't what you like then figure out how to get to a place you do like.