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All Of The Above checking in. πŸ˜€
I can cook. (Wood charcoal, of course, may quickly become an issue.) Knowing how to make stock/broth will be important, because the chicken you eat on Monday and Tuesday becomes the soup you enjoy on Wednesday.
I know how to bake bread.
I know the basics of picking locks.
@Bob Lai. I agree we need all the skills but picking locks?
It’s a mechanical ability, and we can use mechanics. Cooking with charcoal requires knowing how to make burnable wood charcoal; the metal working needs that resource too, although that's not what's currently used--it would be coke, and that's a fossil fuel product.
I am trained to build communications infrastructure from discrete electronic components and program the embedded computers to maintain them
Kewl and a half!
Oh--Diane knows I run a seed swap on Facebook, so if none of the rest of you have seeds, I got you all covered. πŸ˜€
I have a few muscles to work on earth and an idea of how to do so. I love plants and enjoy to cultivate them. On my balcony there lives a sweetpotato. Before I cooked it it developed leaves so I didn't have the heart to cook it πŸ˜€. Well, I'll see how it develops.
Now that is kewl and a half too! ❀
@Katherine Bond Picking locks is an uncommon skill that would have use in a post-collapse society. While brute force may solve many issues (front doors, access through windows), there will be items where picking a lock will be preferable (doesn't destroy the lock or the door).
@ Bob Lai: www.dict.cc offers me as translation for picking locks (retranslated from German into English something like opening floodgates. But that is not what you mean, or?
I learned how to break any lock fast when maintaining manufacturing plants. The application of extreme energy is one of my specialties
I can make arrow and spear heads from the correct rocks, use flint to make a fire....I can fish and if mariners candid clams so can I
.@Yngwio Barnable no it means the ability to open locks on doors/window things that need a metal key to unlock, to pick a lock is to open the lock without the key
@ noraqudus: Thank you very much.
Something to have on hand that will last your life time is a large can of BagBalm....I used it many years ago and since I am now old I needed something for my every washed hands and tried the tiny can I still had for a decade...it keeps my hand nice, not greasy, and I use it on my face as a moisturizer since the last cream I bought made my skin breakout, Another dry skin hand cream gave me a rash...so this is a nice thing to use and can be used on cuts, cats& dogs feet when they get chapped...or ears with wind burn...
I have learned a lot from my parents when I was young. I renovated our whole apartment in south of France myself including moving the kitchen , doing electricity, water, design and built the kitchen and plastering, putting hardwood floor, renovation of the bathroom and putting new tiles

In recent years I'm focusing on farming and alternative energy.

Now that I'm out of work, will be looking for a place with enough land to provide us with food when we retire.

My goal is to turn an old french house into a modern fully insulated home, with redone pipes to use gray water for farming and collect rainwater and have solar panels for electricity and heat exchanger for using ground in the yard to warm up the house in winter.

I have bought and read lots of books about the subject and looking forward to use them in our new home
Sounds like an awesome project! It has the capacity to generate natural gas with the farm waste as well, if you want to research "digesters" that generate methane. Not a whole lot of farms are doing that in the U.S. but a few large operations have. And there's the matter of using certain plants & trees for sewage treatment; it's worthwhile to take a look at "Earthship" for another take at self-sustaining living.
I have looked into it as well. But I'm not sure I will go there.

I rather use the farm waste to compost and for farming based on horticulture and Korean natural farming methods.
Why we all must have the time to have anachronistic hobby skills. and why I don't fear the decline of cursive, hobbyists will be ready to educated the next generation if we ever have to go back to quill and ink.
@Anubis2814 a wonderful point!
Excuse me @Bob Lai. I can see your point. There will be a lot of things that need to be accessed and yet you want to save the parts.

And I don’t want to be excluded from this group with superlative skills.
I'm sure those of us who can help, can help those who can't and also train/educate so that more of us can. πŸ˜€
Exactly. The skills needed for everyone has and will always evolve. At one point math was highly speicalized for a rare few, now most of us take at least algebra.
I’m sure those of us who can help, can help those who can’t and also train/educate so that more of us can. πŸ˜€
I think that is one of the crucial points: knowledge must be spread for free, motivation must be spread and cultivated.
Self efficacy must be cultivated. And also very important, all has to be voluntarily. With any form of force it wouldn't work that good.
Necessity is force enough for smart people. The vaccine situation is clear evidence that some folks don't think that death is enough motivation to get vaccinated. They won't be missed.
Well, the rich/powerful have always leaned on other people to get stuff done and to make stuff, so I don't count on them surviving by a whole lot.
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