I recently had contact with 2 couples and I was a bit dismayed by their latest responses.... 1 couple still has children in school... They have an need for an easy access to and from a school, that is located nearby....( school bus stop?) They want paved roads... They have a need for electric (aka: grid) utilities.... They want either a well or water from the city.... They want a place that is isolated, a distance away from the traffic and towns/cities....But not that far. What they want does NOT exist! You cannot have paved roads and no one travels down them... It's like the old saying: "you cannot have your cake and eat it too"! Then the second couple have a need to get to and from a local college in northern Arizona. They too have nearly identical needs, desires, and wants, as the first couple. They want isolation, BUT they want it their way! They do NOT want to be far from a town/city, but yes they do! They want to be off grid, but NO, they don't. They want a Utopian situation where they can have it all, but on their terms, which are ludicrous. How can you be isolated, but still have the utilities, nicely paved roads, easy access, short distances and travel times, to get to the nearest grocery and hardware stores, and schools? I am confused! You either live out and away from a populated area, and live OFF GRID and so on and so forth, OR, you don't! Maybe I've missed something? I feel that FAR TOO MANY have watched or read too many fictional accounts of survival, that now they have a WARPED sense of reality. The past few people that have contacted me have always (* without fail) made reference to JWR's "Patriots" novel. They quote it, as if it were some strange and holy religous text. I am constantly asked "have you read it"? "Do you have a copy"? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it is NOT all that they seem to portray it as. It is NOT the first and last word, when it comes to survival. It's a NOVEL. Period. My personal feelings are that you cannot put all your eggs into one basket and to trust infallibly upon one fictional novel, is just asking for trouble. What I have discovered over the past few years is amazing...Not one person that grew upon a farm, a ranch, or spent a good deal of time out in the woods or wilds, have much use for someone else's idea of what to do and how, when it comes down to survival. They already have an idea, formed by "living the life". It's mostly the "converts" from the cities, that for one reason or another, one day out of the blue, decided to become "preppers" or "survialists". Now that may have been born out of common sense, or frustrations, or even fear.....Some do this simply as they now VIEW the whole thing as being "trendy". Like some sort of a "Pop Culture". They just "Don't Get It"!