Not surviving. Living. Survival is staying alive, yeah. So we all know what your plans are for that. Gather guns and ammunition, sharpen blades, work on your cardiovascular strength, deck your Jeep out to the point it could probably run over a line of school buses without you even feeling a thing (and knowing us survival freaks, gutting the A/C), convert the boreal expanses of Canada (or Siberia, or Antarctica) into a militarized police-state of survival nuts. We all know what you're going to do to survive. I don't personally feel that this topic is worth discussing anymore.
What I'm asking you about is how you're going to live. Whether the Army swoops in and (against all expectations fostered by nearly every frigging zombie/alien movie to ever be released in the history of ever) wipe the zeds out, whether da bombz end up fallin', whether everyone just ends up zombified save a select few, how are you going to go about your day-to-day life? How are you going to relax after a harrowing (or simply boring) day of scavenging or retreating from the hordes you're no-doubt stalking? If you're living in an isolated fortress off the coast of Insertlandmasshereistan, what are you going to do when you're not patrolling the wall, cleaning your guns, sharpening your blades, cataloging your foodstuffs for the thousandth time, or generally staring out at the horizon with a fatalistic expression? This isn't a movie, after all. There won't be cameras around to watch you attempt to survive for your 30-40+ years of life with a sour face, and unless you're particularly unlucky (see: totally fucked) there's always going to be something that isn't trying to make you miserable or eat you.
Personally, once I've settled down, I'm going to spend the majority of my days playing mind games with myself and drawing, reading, and writing (with 95% of the world dead, I don't think that finding pencils and paper will really be that much of a problem). I tend to sing a lot to myself and I doubt that would change if there were dead people walking around ('specially since I'm not exactly into singing some happy Disney Channel music-video-freak-ugly-aggghhgghhfuckgetitawayfrommejesuschristaggh-thing song that suggests that everything is perfectly fine the way it is), and if I can find a way of getting a small amount of electricity (solar power, wind power, or maybe the fifteen trillion unused batteries laying around) then I'm inevitably going to use it all up playing music really loudly. I'm gonna decorate my place with all sorts of random junk like lead pipes and voodoo dolls (I'm big on voodoo dolls) and home-made furniture accented by the occasional metal work desk. Hell, maybe I'll turn my Jeep into a sort of tent like they did in the Great Depression (or like they do now in literally every part of the frigging world aside from maybe Washington D.C.--or, you know, pretty much any middle-class or upper-class neighborhood) and use it to store soda cans and beer bottles I find so'z I can draw little faces on them and then fill them with red-colored water and then shoot them. I'll even go so far as to piss in the face of every so-called hardcore survivalist and put up a huge spray-painted smiley face on a piece of wood with the words I AM ALIVE YOU ZOMBIE BASTARDS and then sit above said sign in a folding metal chair wearing a Stetson hat and listening to White Stripes (particularly their first album). Maybe I'll grow my hair out and braid it into dreadfalls and wear a gasmask while I run around in the morning arguing to myself.
Also, I'd find a printer and then print out a bunch of art that I wouldn't be able to look at otherwise, like Squeedgemonster's artwork. Then I'd hide it all away somewhere and constantly look at it and sit and remember.
So...how 'bout all of you?
(Edit: fixed some typos I'd noticed.)
(Edit: Changed name so it might actually get noticed.)
(totally shameless and uncaring bump since this got no answers)
I would mostly try to find other people. After all, pictures are only worth a thousand words if some one else looks at them.
(I tried to put something smart there, but that is as close as I can get.)
The fuel part is easy. Find some land you can grow corn, and sugar cane on. Its going to have to farther south than where your at currently. Corn, and sugar fermented together will yield corn mash...this is the basis of moonshine. Moonshine can burn in cars with, but it is less efficient that gasoline.
I do like the idea of time going back to a simpler way of life though. Sounds nice.
Oh I almost forgot....Look into steam boats for your travel. They run off of coal, and you'll be able to find that. Mines are going to be left empty, and the fuel will be there for the taking as long as it last. After that, its back to mining it ourselves.
Can we get an Amen!
i'm wondering if anybody actually read the thread itself, or the title. i'm still seeing a lot of the words "planning" and "survival" being thrown around. what are you people going to do when you're not working to make this shithole planet a better place after the zombies attack? i really doubt anyone is going to be working to rebuild a politically infeasible world every waking hour of their natural life.
what i had wanted to see was whether or not anybody here actually felt like living a life after whatever the shtf situation is and how they would live their life. not more of the same worn-out "here's what i would do to do my part and rebuild the world and trade for supplies and survive because in the short term surviving is living blah blah blah", because honestly i don't really give a shit about how others plan to survive. that's all anybody ever talks about on this website. i was wondering if anybody was thinking of how they would enjoy being alive, how they would relax when they weren't busy fighting/rebuilding/acting stoic 24/7.
i guess i set my hopes too high.