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There's a Choo-Choo A-Comin'

a Dry Dipstick commentary


There's a Choo-Choo Train A-Comin'

Mick Winter

There's a train speeding toward me. Toward all of us, actually. I'm aware of the train. A number of people are. Far more people aren't. But it is coming, regardless of awareness or non-awareness.

I can see it coming. So how do I deal with this approaching train? I have a comfortable chair and a computer and I sit in the middle of the tracks with a cup of coffee and I read about the speeding train.

There's lots to read about the speeding train. I read reports from people who also know about the speeding train. They like to write about it. And go to meetings and conferences about it. They even write books about it that are purchased by other people who also know the train is coming.

I enjoy reading these reports. There are reports from people who see it speeding toward us and like to describe how the train looks, its size, its strength. Others conduct informed—and not so informed—discussions on the speed of the train and whether or not it's accelerating, slowing down or simply going at a steady rate, and when it might be expected to arrive.

Others like to discuss why the train is speeding, and who or what can be held responsible for its speeding. And, yes, there are even some who say there is no train at all or, if there is one, that it certainly isn't speeding, but simply sauntering along—perhaps like an Amtrak passenger train—and if it's expected to ever arrive at all, it won't be for a long time.

There are some who spend a lot of time wondering where the train came from, who was responsible for the train, who's in charge of the train. Still others discuss whether or not the train can be stopped, or slowed down, or perhaps diverted somewhere else. Some suggest that there are other, better, ways of transportation than a train. Some observers comment that this is no way to run a railroad and someone should do something about it.

Others say not to worry, because they will certainly do something about it. In fact scientists and politicians are working on a solution right now. With American esprit and Yankee ingenuity, there's nothing that can't be taken care of, and they're doing wonders with technology these days.

I read all these comments and reports as I sit in the middle of the tracks in my comfortable chair sipping my coffee, staring at my computer screen and contemplating the train speeding toward me.

I watch all the required movies, read all the recommended books and surf all the obligatory websites. I'm a frequent reader of TheRailroadTrain.com, TrainBulletin.net, LifeAfterTheTrainCrash.net, and DryThrottle.com. My favorite topic is how to prepare for the train crash, what to do after it happens, and how important it is that our communities work together to deal with the train crash. I even wrote a book called Train Crash Prep, and operate a website called Beyond TrainCrash.

I continually search for new ideas on how to prepare for and deal with the upcoming Train Crash. I'm really quite an expert at encouraging everyone else to do what is necessary and I try to seek out people who share my opinions about the approaching train so that we can have agreeable conversations.

It has recently occurred to me, however, as I sit here in my comfortable chair with my cup of coffee and computer in the middle of the tracks and watch the oncoming train, that there is one nagging little thought that I have apparently failed to act upon. It's a simple thought really, but one that I perhaps ought to consider a bit one of these days when I have some spare time.


Mick Winter (www.DryDipstick.com) is the author of Peak Oil Prep: Prepare for Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Collapse (www.peakoilprep.com)

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