One of our TV Obsessions | Doomsday Preppers

My hubby and I had been starting to watch Doomsday Preppers quite a bit about a month ago.  We were even trying to guess at the end of the show how the people were going to be ranked.  If you watch the show, then you know what I'm talking about.  If you don't watch the show, it's a show about how people are trying to become prepared for doomsday.  It seems like most people have different "doomsday" scenarios that they are preparing for.  Some people are preparing because they think a super-Hurricane is going to hit.  One guy actually said that he thinks the Earth's poles were going to flip and cause chaos.  One woman thought that the United States would soon be declaring Martial Law.  I'm sure that before December 21st came and went uneventfully, some were preparing for the end of the world.
Although most of the people on the show seem pretty obsessed or crazy or whatever you want to call them, the show is actually pretty entertaining.  You get to watch how they are preparing.  They show you their "bug-out" bags and their cottages or bunkers or wherever they are planning to escape to if anything happens.  They show you their stockpiles of food, water and gasoline.  I have been a stockpiler in the past, but I don't have anywhere near as much stuff as these people have.  This is about as much as I have now.  Jaycee was helping me "organize" our stockpile.  I'm pretty sure we're not prepared for doomsday.
A lot of the show is actually pretty interesting.
  I do take issue with some of the things that these people are teaching their kids.  And sometimes I feel like these people are stealing their kids' childhoods with all of the prepping.  Some of the kids are learning how to use shotguns and rifles at the age of four.  And my hubby, who has taken my son to the firing range with his own little shotgun, looks at me and says, "See?  That's what I'm talking about.  It's not that bad.  They need to know how to use them."  And since I'm not really allowed to have an opinion on the matter, I just sit there and get frustrated.  And one time on the show, the father was teaching his kids how to kill a goat.  I understand that he believes his kids need to know how to survive.  It just freaked me out a little.
Other things that are common on the show are saving things to barter with.  I absolutely believe in bartering.  My hubby does it all the time.  It can be a great way to get things that you need without having to actually dip into your savings account or use "traditional" money.  Some of the people on the show believe that when it comes down to it in a doomsday situation our current money isn't going to mean anything. 

The main points that the show grades the preppers on are Food, Water, Shelter, Security and "X-Factor".  I think "X-factor" is usually anything that is different or unique that will help them survive if anything would ever happen. I think it's funny at the end of the show when they show the percentage of likelihood that the situation that the preppers fear will actually happen.  It's almost as if they really are trying to make the people seem crazy. 

Do you watch Doomsday Preppers?  Our other current TV obsessions are "Love It or List It" on HGTV and "Storage Wars" on A&E.  We used to watch "Gold Rush" on the Discovery Channel also.  We haven't seen that one in a while.  A couple years ago, we became obsessed with Discovery Health's "I Didn't Know I was Pregnant".  My hubby and I do better watching reality TV together since we don't like the same kinds of TV shows otherwise. 
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