I have many times over the years mentioned that if an apocalypse comes (should I say when? Probably) I will be more or less useless in the new society. But I am trying to change that by developing at least one or two useful skills in the hopes that when it happens (my money is on alien invasion coupled with supervolcanoes, at least based on my horoscope this morning) the rest of you will say "well he's not good for much but at least he can.." and then hopefully I will have a useful skill to finish that sentence.
Here are the useful skills I have so far:
1. Deciding which cereals can adequately substitute for Rice Krispies in Rice Krispie treats.
2. That's pretty much it.
But I may have added a third, thanks to Century Fuel Products and their Conversion Kits.
What's that? You don't know what a conversion kit is? MAYBE I'M A LITTLE AHEAD OF YOU APOCALYPSE WISE. Suck it, monster bait! Also, let me tell you: Century Fuel Products is the biggest supplier of alternative fuel systems in the world, and they sell these kits that allow small engines -- think emergency generators -- to run on both natural and propane gas.
Emergency generators are a big deal not JUST when the aliens get here and shut down the grid but also if you live in the Midwest and get snowstorms every 14 seconds, like Wisconsin does. We've had the power go out three times in the past 2 years, so I know EXACTLY what it's like to live in a third world country if you leave aside the hunger, despotic governments and lack of medical care. Other than that, exactly like the third world.
The point is, when the power goes out you lose food and you maybe have young kids that hate blackouts and get scared plus it's -20 degrees outside and you're going to freeze to death, but if you have a converter kit and a small generator, like many of us Midwesterners do, then none of that bad stuff happens and when snowstorms/aliens/volcanoes hit, you simply fire up the generator, work it on propane or natural gas, whatever and keep on playing "Angry Birds" like nothing has happened.
So go check them out yourself. Tell them I sent you! It won't get you a discount or anything but I like hearing people say my name. And if you're looking for a particular motor/conversion kit, I'd say go with the Wisconsin motor and their tri-fuel kit that will let your Wisconsin generator (the one I personally recommend) run on gas, natural gas, AND propane.