I know this post would fit in better, subject wise, in the Survival Folder, but I wanted a wider range of responses from more of the general population here. I was sitting around the cigar shop today -- slow rainy Saturday afternoon, and it was myself, the owner, and one other regular who also enjoys guns and related subjects. The other customer -- let's call him John -- mentioned that he had some discount codes for a surplus website, and he could order Chech army gasmasks for $10.00 after the discount. The owner -- let's call him Joe -- and I both sorta went "$10.00! Hell, I'll take two" or words to that effect. It was only later that I thought, "isn't it sorta weird to sit around talking about ordering gas masks and such?" I mean, in 58 years of living I've never been gassed. And I'm not really sure who would want to gas me anyway. It started out innocently enough. A few years ago I thought, you know, in case the power goes out for a couple of days, or there's some other emergency, I oughta keep enough food and water for a few days around, So I bought a few extra canned goods and a couple of cases of bottled water. Now I find myself storing rice and beans with oxygen absorbers in mylar bags and ordering #10 cans of freeze dried food. Looking up the specificaions of solar powered battery charges on Amazon.com. I won't say it's become an obsession, but it's definitely become a hobby. And it isn't helped by Joe and a couple of other people I know. They say, "I have 100 cans of soup stored, and I think, "HE has 100! I only have 50! I need to catch up". Joe and I do this to each other all the time, and our wives are threatening to forbid us to talk to each other anymore. I don't think they're joking. Just like I think of outlandish situations that require me to buy a new gun, I think of survival situations and then find myself buying another wind up flashlight. Am I being cautious in preparing for the Zombie Wars, or is there a twelve step program out there I should join?