Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Girl, You Know Dem Queens is Survivors!

After having watched a few seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race and of Drag U, I came to an important conclusion. Drag Queens will survive the Apocalypse regardless of its form.

Jujubee in RuPaul's Drag Race
No, seriously. Hear me out.

On Drag Race the girls compete to see who will win the competition a la [insert reality competition show here]. On Drag U they help biological women rediscover their femininity and compete to see who gets her va-jay-jay back most completely. This is not exactly ground-breaking stuff. However, the way they see the world is.

Each contestant has to demonstrate her Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent. How does that translate into a survival skill set?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Who Falls if the Bow Breaks?

We have talked about the need to take some time out during the apocalypse to gather yourself and rest. This is an important life saving skill both in and out of apocalypse situations. Related is the need to take some time out during an immediately intense situation to regroup.

Tensions run high. Generally, it's what they do. When tensions aren't running high, they are often running just under the surface waiting for loose ground that will fall away at their rapid approach making them quite high indeed. When that happens, when the proverbial sink hole opens up and you find yourself in The Waters of Tension that are deeper than you are tall, flailing and screaming will accomplish nothing. Well, except expertly drowning you.

Those few precious seconds are the time to step back and assess the situation.

You are in a forest. It is a deep dark forest. Night has fallen. Your band of intrepid survivors is the tension in the string of a bow ready to release its arrow or snap under pressure. Someone steps on a twig. The others turn incensed. Right now, at this very moment, is the when you will have to make The Decision. Will the bow break or will the arrow fly?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Keep Your Friends Closer

Okay, let’s assess. What have we got ready to go to aid our survival in the End of Times?
  • Bug-Out-Bag – check
  • Arsenal – check
  • Grip on ourselves – check
  • Fortress – check
  • No nonsense hard-line attitude with a bit of compassion thrown in – check
  • Things to barter – check
  • Support system – eh, support system?

What do you mean you forgot the support system! All the tools and tricks and skills are great, but somewhat meaningless if you don’t have a support system. No, no, they aren’t the support system. They are just the things you use to get through the hard times. Your support system is the people who help you get through those times.