Preparing for the Apocalypse

23 07 2010

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I try to follow the counsel given by our leaders. They often stress being self sufficient and living providently. 

While I’ve done great at staying out of debt, I have always struggled with keeping a year supply of food. I try, and I do have food storage. It’s just . . . not very organized. I envy people who are so on top of what they’ve got and what they need. They use and rotate. I stack, and count, and scratch my head.

Still.

Still, something is better than nothing, right?

A few months ago, I was organizing my bathroom cupboards. I don’t do it very often, but it was becoming difficult to shut the cupboard door. (Note: this generally indicates you are trying to jam too much stuff in the cupboard.)

I pulled everything out.

There was a lot.

What I found interesting, though, was this:

What’s so interesting about that, you say? Well, I also found this:

Interested yet? Oh, not yet. Wait.

And there’s more.

Not only do I have boxes of feminine hygiene products stockpiled, I am able to physically see Proctor & Gamble’s packaging design go through four changes.

That’s interesting. 

And more than just from a design standpoint (although I have always been fascinated by packaging mutations). By using some tough analysis (during which I noticed the first four letters of ‘analysis’ spell ‘anal’), I realized these things:

  1. I am more scared of running out of feminine hygiene products than I am of running out of food. (This may stem from my first year at girls’ camp, where the Laurels told the sweet little Beehives–undoubtedly around the campfire–that pioneers used weeds and dry grass for tampons. Happy Pioneer Day tomorrow, by the way! This post is multi-purpose.)
  2. I am good at storing things. I am bad at rotating things.
  3. It is good tampons don’t have expiration dates.
  4. If anyone can guess the copyright dates of the designs (which we will call A, B, C, and D), I will send you a fabulous prize.
  5. Based on my data, Tampax is due for another packaging change very soon. Watch for it!