Seriously though - the basic facts of my life. I live in a 2000 square foot house in the urban suburbs. I am married with one child. I graduated from college and worked in the corporate world for 4 years. I drive a car (an old, old car.) I have a fridge and a clothes dryer. I read a lot. I drink coffee, and wine, and margaritas when I can get them. I like to go on long walks on the beach and go to movies. Whoops, this isn't a personal ad, is it?
Hausfrau, shown here with real existing friends, who don't actually know about my online identity.
Hausfrau, depicted at the Grand Canyon, a very ordinary spot for a vacation (but with an extraordinary view).
Hausfrau, shown at guerilla wedding. Wait, that is a little strange.
I started this blog as an offering for some of the other people out there who may be stuck in the suburbs, for whatever reason, still living quasi-normal middle-class lives, but still want to prepare for peak oil. You know, I'm not out there with Sharon in the farmhouse. I'm not in a hideyhole with a stash of guns somewhere in Idaho. I haven't emigrated to the island off the coast of New Zealand or that ideal small town in North Carolina. I'm just trying to get along where I am.
The most interesting thing about me is that my expectations for the future are very different from the norm. I'm not expecting the future to be like the past, only better and more stuffed with technology. I'm expecting the future in twenty years, maybe even ten years, to be so different we don't even recognize it.
I think oil will steadily or suddenly become scarcer and more expensive. We may see the end of "retirement". We may see the end of "upward mobility". We may see 20% unemployment. We may see a large rise in crime. We may see the end of the dollar. I don't know that's going to happen, but I see it as enough of a possibility, with enough danger, to prepare for it.
I think climate change will make a big difference in our lifetimes. Crops, coastlines, migration patterns, growing schedules, natural disasters - all will change. I think it will be difficult in many ways to adjust. Places that were liveable will become semi-unliveable, and vice versa.
So I'm preparing for peak oil, and the potential financial and social disruptions that may come along with it. I'm trying to reduce my negative impact on the planet. And I want to help other people understand what may happen, and prepare for it.
In spite of all this, I want to have fun. I want to make the future fun and enjoyable. It doesn't have to be a disaster! It doesn't have to be horrible! Just because we have to give up some of our most cherished illusions and expectations - we don't have to be miserable.
I think one of the most positive things about the future is that we will have to give up our illusions of independence and status and work together. I think that working with other people towards meaningful goals is one of the most satisfying and exciting things in the world. Currently, our lives are not set up to give us that satisfaction. But I believe in the future we will be first forced, then expected, and finally excited to work together to meet our everyday needs. Hallelujah!
I am so honored to be nominated for the Environmental Nutjob award. I only wish I were more worthy. ;)