The other day I received a small catalog in the mail from Costco. It featured items that you could only get by ordering online. Most of the items were rather large like furniture. There was one item that caught my eye. It was a year's supply of freeze-dried food to be used as emergency rations. It was selling for just under $1K. I'm all for being prepared in times of emergency, but this just seemed as total overkill. I tried to justify purchasing such an item for something such as camping, but it would take a LOT of camping trips to go through 365 meals. It's nice to see that the paranoia of the Cold War era is still going strong. I suppose backyard fallout shelters could make nice play areas for kids or a nice man-cave if stocked with enough beer and nacho chips. I just find it odd to have a year's supply of survival rations laying around the house. Maybe you could cook them up for a "End-of-the-world-as-we-know-it" party when you got tired of having them take up space. Like I said, I'm all for being prepared in the event of a disaster. We all should have an emergency kit to be able to survive for 48 to 72 hours. I don't know, however, about wanting to survive in a world where you will have to have a year's supply of MRE's at your disposal. Hmmmmm. I think I have "The Road" coming up in the Netflix queue. How appropriate.