Also, while you’re peeking around, do you notice that some streets are natural for places like trucks and delivery vehicles to drive down, where loading docks and service entrances normally face?Yeah – may want to avoid those initially, but if you’re dressed and behaved right, you can put them to good use if needed.What follows is yet another of his unique perspectives on survival.
With my worn clothes, old shoes, and old, dirty (but solid) dark and nondescript backpack, there’s no hint as to what I’m actually carrying – let alone what I do for a living (nearly half of the people I interact with have the letter “C” in their titles).I can actually wander around a lot of places that a tourist shouldn’t go, and have so far been mistaken for a local by most of the locals working in the shops (well, until I open my mouth and let the Ozarker drawl fly forth, but that’s a different story. The beard and 5 o’clock shadow complete the air of ‘ignore-me-I’m just part of the furniture here’, and the tousled wind-styled hair shouts both sex appeal and (more importantly) non-wealth.Being stuck in an unfamiliar urban environment during times of stability is challenging enough.Imagine what it would be like should law and order break down. Excrement has struck the fan, and it’s beginning to splatter. Picture that you’re trying to walk to work in a big city after your car broke down, a city large enough to have a huge and ongoing problem with crime (muggings, pickpockets or even excessive panhandling.) Or, picture both, or pick one.Here’s a few good, hard rules of etiquette when you’re walking the city streets. …there’s lots more, but this should be a good start.
So Far So Good So far, I’ve stuck to these rules, and they’ve worked out very well – I’m scruffy-looking enough to be mistaken for a local homeless guy (thus ignored) by tourists and petty thieves, but not enough so as to fool the local constabulary (The cops can see the fact that I bathe daily and am well-nourished, don’t look down-and-out attitude-wise, and don’t hang around in any one spot).You can read an excerpt from the book here and you can follow with TJ’s musings at the Beyond Collapse Website.Author: TJ Miller Views: Read by 41,258 people Date: May 28th, 2013 Website: Copyright Information: This content has been contributed to SHTFplan by a third-party or has been republished with permission from the author.Now, go back and check these places and routes out at different times of day and night (the latter only if you’re certain that you can safely do so).Notice that after a certain hour, the only tourists out on the street are either drunk , sniffing around for prostitutes, or sniffing around for some illicit substance (and yes all three types are idiots, but notice them anyway).Be sure to take notes on all of these and elsewise.