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Let's say we have a revolution-like scenario where all electricity just suddenly fails and modern society collapses.

To be able to get food you have to have a skill that will produce something that can be used or bought and sold.

What skill do you currently have?

Me, I knit. However to make this skill truly useful I would also have to learn how to shear sheep and spin fleece into yarn.
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[User Picture]From: uberash
2012-11-16 04:30 pm (UTC)

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....I can make pottery....rusty tool, but I think I could pull it out and use it.

[User Picture]From: uberash
2012-11-16 05:04 pm (UTC)

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I'm also a decent archer
[User Picture]From: dostehseh
2012-11-16 04:37 pm (UTC)

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I used to be a pretty good archer. Even before that hussy Katniss. It'd probably take me some practice to get the rust off, but I'm confident that it'd come back. So I mean, hunted meat for sale here I come!

OH. I can also catch and clean fish, though I haven't cleaned a fish in probably ten years. Again, I hope that would come back to me.

Edited at 2012-11-16 05:08 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2012-11-16 04:38 pm (UTC)

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i can sew and mend

i can knit

i can make preserves

i can bake cakes

i can plant vegetables

i can rear chickens

I can make and put up fences

I can chop firewood

ehhhh
[User Picture]From: opheliaheart
2012-11-16 04:46 pm (UTC)

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id just kill people tbh
[User Picture]From: opheliaheart
2012-11-16 04:48 pm (UTC)

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id be like omar little and wait for everyone to return with the spoils lol
[User Picture]From: shweetnettie13
2012-11-16 04:47 pm (UTC)

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I can knit and crochet. I could spin yarn, but not well. I'm sure with practice i could get better. I'd have a problem with the sheep sheering, though.

I can garden. Sell produce.

[User Picture]From: captain_emily
2012-11-16 04:50 pm (UTC)

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I'm decent at making armor. Hopefully, after civilization collapses, there will be some need for breastplates, shields, and brigandine. I'm okay with leather work, but I use an industrial sewing machine so I have no idea how well I'd do with no electricity.

I can handle a recurve bow pretty well, but I've never actually shot anything living with it.

And I love to bake, so as long as I can get my hands on the ingredients I could probably get by as a baker if nothing else.

Edited at 2012-11-16 04:52 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ntensity
2012-11-16 04:54 pm (UTC)

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I know how to shoot, and my father is teaching me how to hunt. I can get my own food. :)

I'm also a lawyer, but this new society sounds like it has no need for that. If by some miracle the court systems survive and just work on pen and papers, I got that skill!
[User Picture]From: grrillaesthete
2012-11-16 05:03 pm (UTC)

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I can cast metal and other more general metalsmithing stuff, blacksmith, sew, weld, fix engines, and probably some other intangible stuff that would be useful. I decided a long time ago that I should make myself useful in case of just this scenario, as I don't want to be eaten when I can't get knocked up.
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-16 10:48 pm (UTC)

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we should probably all hang round your camp with those skills damn
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2012-11-16 05:03 pm (UTC)

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Gosh. How depressing to think that most of my "skills" would be useless?
[User Picture]From: noachoc
2012-11-16 05:09 pm (UTC)

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I'm learning how to shoot a bow.
I can cook, and am good at coming up with tasty meals made from random things.
I can sew a bit, but probably not advanced enough to do more than mend
I can do laundry without a washing machine
I can knit scarves, but not much more.
I can split wood.
I can shingle a roof
I'm good with children
[User Picture]From: kaelstra
2012-11-16 05:13 pm (UTC)

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I'm an artist, but that won't help shit, really. I can fish pretty well!
[User Picture]From: xenosphobatic
2012-11-16 05:17 pm (UTC)

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I can hunt, fish, figure out machinery, own firearms, etc.

I figure I'm rather set.
[User Picture]From: un_attra
2012-11-16 05:44 pm (UTC)

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I can garden-ish
I can hunt
I can chop firewood
[User Picture]From: dawgdays
2012-11-16 05:53 pm (UTC)

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I wouldn't have a chance. I have some skills that might be useful for the first year or so, but beyond that....

I find it interesting when I see answers that amount to: "I can make things if I have the ingredients." After a while, you don't have ingredients. You have to start with the raw materials.

Edited at 2012-11-16 06:17 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: moshimishi
2012-11-16 05:59 pm (UTC)

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I would offer my skills in not punching people in the face.
[User Picture]From: fieryphoenix
2012-11-16 06:00 pm (UTC)

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I'm low on useful skills, but very high on the potential to learn them, as well as to problem solve. I can organize, develop systems (literal and figurative), figure out how to get things working, learn and pass on skills (being a versatile laborer, basically). I'd capitalize on that.
[User Picture]From: hikerpoet
2012-11-16 06:04 pm (UTC)

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I'm actually a pretty good leader. I don't have the ego or personality where I HAVE to be, but a lot of people would rather step back and let others take charge that way. I don't mind, and even enjoy, taking charge and I'm really good in a crisis.

Not really a skill, but I'm lactating. When all those formula fed babies can't get their food anymore, I'd be a busy busy busy wet nurse.
[User Picture]From: tryaswemight
2012-11-16 06:21 pm (UTC)

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I could...teach? And I cook fairly well. I garden sometimes, so I could grow food successfully, I guess.
[User Picture]From: thirdsouza
2012-11-16 07:28 pm (UTC)

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I can cook over open fires, and do some baking with them too. People will bring me food to cook and a percentage of it is mine in payment.
[User Picture]From: crysania4
2012-11-16 09:17 pm (UTC)

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Um...I can write. Surely people would need books? Or...not.

Um...pretty good at training dogs, so I could train guard dogs.

Ok so I really have no marketable skills.
[User Picture]From: madscience
2012-11-16 10:05 pm (UTC)

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Forget the middle-man... one of my skills is intensive organic gardening. I'm also a certified water harvesting practitioner. I'm only growing in about 120 square feet right now, but I have a whole acre to expand into.
[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2012-11-16 10:12 pm (UTC)

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I can crochet, sew, garden, bake, cook, shoot a gun.

If all else fails, I'm a girl - even being a fat girl I can still sleep my way into what I need.
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-16 10:45 pm (UTC)

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yeah gardening and prostitution

honestly though i could not do prostitution

Edited at 2012-11-16 10:46 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: monotonousglory
2012-11-16 10:45 pm (UTC)

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i can knit straight lines basically, i can sew simple things, i can cook, i can clean, i could probably tend to children and teach people to read and i can do really small DIY but i feel like everyone can do this shizz
[User Picture]From: georgefantana
2012-11-16 11:11 pm (UTC)

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Prostitution.