What’s Your Letter?

Sharon December 1st, 2009

Love the Peak Oil Hausfrau - you’ve got to take her “what are you doing to prep” quiz and find out what category you fall into. 


Me, I guess I’m the trite B, but I’m thinking of dumping the farm and shooting for C, if only I could figure out where to get the money for gold ;-) .  Ok, maybe not.


23 Responses to “What’s Your Letter?”

  1. Greenpaon 01 Dec 2022 at 1:00 pm

    I would be a “G”, I think. Basically going B thirty + years ago; and not adhering to the standard rather Luddite path, but keeping useful new technologies (like laptops.)

    Should be another one- “V” - become a Vassal - to someone who looks like they have a clue.

    Could be the best bet, for a lot of folks. :-)

  2. aimeeon 01 Dec 2022 at 1:31 pm

    am a “B”, with a little bit of “E” thrown in. A few years ago I moved from the big city to a small farm near a small city. I would have done this anyway, since I wanted my kids to grow up the way I did with room to run around and animals. And a few years ago I wasn’t thinking seriously about climate change and peak oil. Now I am, and luckily I think I chose a nearly perfect place. I’d like to be a little farther away from major urban centers, but other than that, my set up is pretty good. I have chickens and goats and a garden and good neighbors, and I know how to can and otherwise preserve lots of food. My husband is very handy and has already built a biodiesel processor. The windmill is next. Or maybe biogas, considering the amount “compost” we’ve got here

  3. MEAon 01 Dec 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Straight A

  4. deweyon 01 Dec 2022 at 3:46 pm

    A. Married to an F, so B is pretty well out.

  5. cornish_k8on 01 Dec 2022 at 3:53 pm

    I’m ashamed to say I think I might be considered a C, not because I ever had any high paid job but because I was lucky enough to go through college when it was paid for by the government and the student low-spending mentality never left me. Sadly I now feel that the savings that I had hoped would enable me to live a relatively easy older life will be taxed away to atone for the consumerism of others….

    I am currently trying hard to think of ways to spend my savings in order to cushion against the future - not easy when my DH thinks I am way too pessimistic!

  6. Peak Oil Hausfrauon 01 Dec 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for the mention. I had way too much fun writing this post!

  7. Sharonon 01 Dec 2022 at 4:24 pm

    Cornish, don’t be ashamed - I just loved the part about bowing minions.


  8. Wendyon 01 Dec 2022 at 4:26 pm

    I am a “sub”urban A - with a good dose of E, but not because we have any intensions of bugging out, but because we enjoy learning extreme survival skills.

    I don’t intend to leave my house, but one can’t possibly know what will happen, and in the event of total chaos, I’m confident that we could have a very comfortable life out in the woods.

  9. ex consumeron 01 Dec 2022 at 4:45 pm

    Hilarious! I am 100% D except that the guns are all in storage (for now). I admire all you other types, really, but now that the kids are grown, the ex is gone and the cats have moved on -what else is there?

  10. AnneTon 01 Dec 2022 at 5:21 pm

    I’m a solid “A” with the bike/walk option. Don’t have a Prius. Do have a CRV whose carbon output in a year for the two of us is less than a round-trip flight for two to Aukland, NZ from Toronto, Canada, which we will probably keep and keep up until we die (we’re still 800,000 kilometers from its expected lifetime of 1,000,000 kilometers) or we can no longer afford the gas.

  11. TLEon 01 Dec 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Snap. I’m the Australian version of Dewey - an A hitched to an F (who fortunately supports installation of things like home-grown food, water tanks & solar panels).

  12. Lynneon 01 Dec 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I am so “A”. I mean exactly. Ouch, to be such a stereotype!

    Oh, and our obligatory 4 chickens just started laying last week! We’re very proud.

  13. Teartayeon 02 Dec 2022 at 1:55 am

    I’m trying to be a B.
    Nowhere near though (d’oh)… but that is the plan

    I know a D. I laughed when I read it.

  14. Jadeon 02 Dec 2022 at 7:45 am

    I’m an A, hybrid and all. We even moved back from Alaska to be near family, and I’m encouraging gardens all around. I even got my dad to build a keyhole garden for mom, with a ledge so she can sit and garden.

    I must admit to obsessing over the beauty of Aaron Newton’s plans.

  15. ceridwenon 02 Dec 2022 at 9:39 am

    - er….C is my nearest category - ie the “amassing wealth” one. I’m VERY far indeed from wealthy or even comfortable - but I’ve been making myself as financially secure as I could for quite some time now - so mortgage and debt gone and sorted out on the pension front. Society would have to take quite a nosedive I think/hope before I started going frantic. But I am concerned about civil unrest by those less practical than myself/I am concerned about just how many people are going to want access to what natural resources we have (here in vastly overcrowded Britain). But - I’ve done what I can - to secure my finances/learn what bits I can about foraging & “making do and mend”, etc. So - I try (”try” being very much the correct word here) not to worry about it. I tell myself that I’m doing what I can to help Society prepare for the worst - to help out OTHER people - and (being human) hope that thats just me being plain altruistic - as in the people I help will always be OTHER people and I wont need it myself I trust…fingers crossed.

  16. Sarahon 02 Dec 2022 at 10:04 am

    Yeah, I’m probably going to end up a V. Or an M. I would make an excellent minion :-)

  17. Jenon 02 Dec 2022 at 10:50 am

    hmm. I guess A with a bit of B. We are SUB-urban, but could bike if we had. We have an acre unrestricted so this year chickens/next year goats. We are also putting in a cistern and some PV. Dh is a C with his “emerging markets” biz. So one day I hope to be a solid B:)

  18. Claireon 02 Dec 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Mostly A although we have a little more land than many As (an acre) so we can do a little more on/with our set-up. We managed to save some money back when we were working for pay, so there is a bit of C mixed in. OTOH we don’t have enough saved to be obnoxious about it, and we are using some of it to add a glassed-in front porch and other things that will help us toward our goal to continue reducing our use of fossil fuels to zero.

    My DH has no interest in B; he’s a city boy who has lived within 10 miles of where he was born all his life. At one point in my life I would have chosen B, but no more. I think we’ve got a pretty darn good set-up, everything considered.

  19. Mark Non 02 Dec 2022 at 11:26 pm

    I am surprised that that there is no mention of physical fitness, health, and conditioning being a part of any of the prep strategies.

  20. Bill--TNon 03 Dec 2022 at 7:53 am

    I’m A-B, 99%. I’ve always been a bit of a doomer/prepper so, before I retired, I started accumulating durable goods (tools, clothing, books and, yes, guns and ammo)) with the attitude that they would be of a quality and quantity that would last the rest of my life. They were awfully expensive at the time but, today, I think I made the right choices, mostly.

    Now, I’m 65, live in an underground house with a modest stash of “survival” goodies. Short of a nuke or a Zombie horde, and if my bank accounts aren’t seized and Social Security isn’t given to the banks, I think I can ride out a fair amount of trouble.

    Now that I’ve gotten over some initial “panic”, I’m tending toward a “que sera, sera” mindset. My worries are focused mainly on my three grown kids who, sadly, don’t seem to be getting the message in spite of my gentle cajoling. What’s a dad to do?

    Peace and best of luck to all.


  21. Rayeon 03 Dec 2022 at 8:21 am

    A-B hybrid

  22. Green Assassin Brigadeon 03 Dec 2022 at 9:08 am

    I’m an A and C, doing what I can where I am, learning skills and buying bullion instead of holding cash or paper investments. If the markets go Fubar the way I predict I might just be able to use my C to convert to a B.

    You can’t eat gold and silver but you might be able to buy some arable land with it.

  23. NMon 03 Dec 2022 at 1:01 pm

    An A, but we’re trying to become Bs.

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