Studies done five years ago estimated we need to spend a trillion dollars on the electrical grid to get it updated. I was so mad that very little of the stimulus in 09 went to fixing this problem. There is now technology offered in Japan that we aren't equipped to use in this country, our electrical grid is so out of date.
With the earth's magnetosphere getting weaker and weaker, plus the added nitrogen in our oceans, super storms will become the norm. Throw in a random CME or asteroid hitting us directly, we are primed for a major disaster.
As for prepping, I spend half my time telling myself I'm becoming obsessive about it and the other half the time telling myself I'm no where near ready. I'd like to win the lottery so I can adequately prepare lol.
You sound exactly like I did about 3 years ago!!! That is crazy. My first reaction was, screw it, why even try? I originally planned on just pulling up a lawn chair and a six pack and watching the big show.
Slowly, I started thinking about actually trying to get through all of this and began to gather some things. But, I was very much like you are now as I was like, "Damn, this is almost pointless as I will never get everything that I need." I started playing the lottery every single week. I almost felt preordained to win the lottery as I would use it all to save my friends and family. Ha Ha Ha. Yeah, that didn't happen.
Once I was able to get my wife on board things really started to take off for us. There is no such thing as having too much. I will never pass up an opportunity to acquire something we need, but really, it has gotten to the point where I'm going to have to buy a trailer if we keep prepping.
Don't worry about becoming too obsessive or people making fun of you for being a "prepper." Screw them. If it isn't PX then it is going to be a CME like you say, or some other disaster. Sooner or later we are going to need all of this trash and most of the world is going to be caught entirely off guard.
A couple of months ago, my whole neighborhood lost power for a grand total of three hours. Three hours my friend... My wife and I stood on the balcony watching all of these fools scrambling around to find a flashlight. It was a tragic comedy. These people struggled to make it through three hours of darkness. What do you think they are going to do when something like you are prepping for goes down? It is going to get ugly, unfortunately.
So, just keep doing what you are doing and you will get where you want to be. Obviously, we still have time... Peace, JKB