I hope to this point I have proven myself to not be the type to make predictions and to have not bought into the hysteria associated with specific events like Dec. 2012 or any of that hoopla. If I have not, well, I certainly dont feel that I project that and if I do, it is unintentional. That being said, I definately think something is brewing. I know, we all think that....thats why we prep. It is just that right now it feels like some real bad events are unfolding that will really be the tipping point and I think it really has the potential to be this year. This actually irritates me to say because up until the past month I never had this kind of feeling. The reason I bring this up is because of a culmination of recent events and upcoming events. Most recently the tornadoes from the Gulf coast to the Great Lakes. We average what? 85 tornadoes a month for March? Depending on what sources you listen to there were anywhere from 80 to 90 in one day. Greece just got downgraded to the lowest a country can go. Major cutbacks have brought riots and destruction to yet another failed experiment in socialism. Isreal is ready to strike Iran at any moment opening a beehive mess that we all will feel. Syria is a complete wreck that the blue helmets seem to be positioning to go see. And domestically, no matter who wins the election, we all lose. Of course if Obama gets re-elected, we are all screwed. Of course there are many more things but this stuff is just the past week. I know news is supposed to be doom and gloom because that is what sells and gets ratings but you cant fluff a lot of this stuff up to be bad, it is all bad and it is real. I guess what I am really driving at is that I am upgrading my efforts. This year we will not be having a family vacation and the funds/time off will be allocated towards items in need of immediate attention. It will also be the year of drills and tests. Weekends without power, a lot of camping and making use of the alternate locations. I am not worried about a specific event, I can simply see a perfect storm of events unfolding that could potentially not go well for us.