I have a confession to make. Underneath my bed, there are 15 5-gallon pails of dry goods (e.g. wheat, beans, rice, sugar, etc.) all hermetically sealed in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. I also store other things for emergencies. I don't do this for zombies or anything like that, but I was always a boy scout at heart (never did join) and have followed the mantra "Be Prepared" for most of my life. It may even be because I am gay and have always felt I would be discriminated against and would have to fend for myself or because I am overly cautious and protective of anyone I love. It's funny that I'm gay because that doesn't fit the image of someone who likes to prepare for emergencies on a larger scale because usually they're portrayed as either a Mormon or a far-right wing/anti-Federal government fanatic/ "Patriot" (read: Obama is the Antichrist, blah blah blah). I should add that I hate terms that try to describe people like me, especially "survivalist." It has that stigma that I don't like and most people who call themselves that would probably hate a homosexual. But such terms are part of the American psyche, at least thanks to the shows like "Doomsday Preppers." Anyways, I began to worry about natural or man-maded isasters following 9/11 and the anthrax scare (I still remember trying to figure out a way to get my doctor to prescribe me ciprofloxacin to have on stock in case of an emergency), although I didn't really get into it more until Hurricane Rita, when I was 15. If I get a boyfriend/partner, I just hope he doesn't think I have a few loose screws. Sure, I may be very conscious of my surroundings, never sit at certain table seats in restaurants (lack of vantage points to entrances/exits), and avoid places where crowds can pose trouble, but, in general, I consider myself pretty normal. If you like to prepare for disasters, even if you just live in California and have a 3-day supply of food and water for earthquakes, I'd like to know about it.