I watched The Day After Tomorrow last night, where "a climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age." Apart from thinking Go Weather!, I wondered how long the stock in my larder would last me.

I have things like cereal (with limited milk), miso soup packs, a tonne of self-saucing puddings, miscellaneous nuts, some fruit, limited coffee, olive oil...

It's led me to wonder about the introduction you see in lots of recipe books - what you must have in your larder — both fresh and not — and whether or not one must live in preparation for natural disaster, or, in fact, not.

I mean, how much would I have to buy, and what staunch resources would I need to equip myself with (deep freeze, 30 million gallons of water) to accommodate a surprise Ice Age? I'm just not sure it's possible.

As a note, it's funny how much (some) people here think about doing this. Whether it's concrete bunkers for The Bomb, joining a Disaster Knowledge and Action group, or arranging oneself and one's resources to avoid looters and looting — because we all know humans loose self-conciousness in times of disaster — the Yankees are seemingly concerned with what might be. Protection of You as days go by seems to be fairly important, contrasted with the advertised need to Carpe Diem.

How do you manufacture resilience? Is there anything that can train you to show it? Or, does it just pop out when it needs to? Can you be resilient in every day life?

(Resilient makes me think of a reptile's scales, or water off a duck's back... not a particularly social construct.)