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Monday, September 9, 2013

Popular Mechanics: Survival Secrets edition


Update as of 09102013:  I read this last night.  It had some good articles on generators, on stacking wood, that type of thing. Most of the survival info was stuff like "don't fall off ladders" and "don't get eaten by bears." Not terribly useful advice but at least this magazine only cost me $5.00.


I went into town today because an acquaintance who works  at the grocery store gave me a call. I had asked him to let me know when this edition of Popular Science went out on the magazine shelves.  In this town, there must be a lot of survivalists who are operating totally covertly.  I know this because any time a survival oriented magazine hits the shelves, all the copies our grocery store gets are gone by evening time.  I wanted a second copy of a magazine that got wrinkled when the post lady didn't shut the mailbox door during a rain storm.  Got a call from my "mole" at the grocery store when the truck brought some copies of that magazine.  I went on in that afternoon , waited until I could pick up the mail out of the mailbox on the same trip. Big mistake, as every single magazine was sold by the time I got into town.

I've spoken to the store manager, but apparently The Great Computer in Asheville, N.C. orders all the magazines for the store without human intervention, based on the information it garners when you swipe your store card to get the lower prices. If so it's not doing a very efficient job since they could sell a lot more of these type magazines, while they over order the hot rod magazines and have to pull dead copies off the shelf every month.

14 comments:

  1. Harry what about having a larger mail box custom made by someone who likes to weld?? I know the P.O. folks get pissy about mail boxes. Something that everyone could use, even FedEx or UPS.

    If it had a drop/pull down opening like the old on the street blue mail boxes, or like the Fedex or UPS drop boxes. If you called the local high school or Votech and have a student weld it or build it with metal?? When I worked for an airline that still flew large turbo props, they had umbrella carts made by the local votech. All the airline paid for was the metal. When they where finished they sent to to the airline HQ and someone sandblasted and painted them. Maybe the school did I don't know.

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  2. Rob, I've got the biggest mail box you can buy, and usually it works fine. What happened this time was that the mail lady didn't pull up close enough to the mail box, and when she flipped the lid shut, she didn't wait to see if it stayed closed. She just roared off down the road in a cloud of dust. Then came the rain, and the door was wide open, so my magazine got soaked at the top. Most of my magazines come in plastic covers to prevent that but this was a new one and they haven't got their act together yet.

    Your idea is a good one, even so. I'd like to have a mail box that people could not open up and rifle through. The problem is that the woman who is our "post mistress" is not very open minded. If you don't have enough gravel laid down in front of your mailbox so the mail delivery person doesn't drive into a hole, she puts an ugly gram in your mailbox. If the bottom of your mailbox is not exactly X inches above the road surface, another ugly gram. She's undoubtedly stroke out and have the post office SWAT come murder me in my sleep if I put a "home made" mail box out there. Thanks for the thought, though. It's appreciated.

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    1. Oh I know how they are. My dad has to use the snow blower every time the city goes through. The city put in a small retaining wall and during the winter the P.O. truck will get stuck, Talk about a pain in the backside.

      The other day we stopped at our P.O. and the Head Mistress was on the phone chewing someone out on the phone because Fedex left a package in a mail box. She wanted to know who was going to pay the $6.00 to send it back to the local person. That's om top of the Fedex charge. Government at work.

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    2. My Fedex guy and UPS guy aren't allowed to use the mailbox, even though it's big enough. I had a frank and open exchange of views on this with the post mistress, because that's MY mailbox. I paid for it, I maintain it. She didn't care about that. Both the drivers said to not worry about it, they don't want her calling their centers and bitching. So now, when they have a delivery for me, they call me on their cell phones and I meet them at the foot of the mountain by my gate. If I am not home, they put my package in a big plastic sack and tie it to the gate. If it's ammo and needs a signature, the old guy way down on the hard surface road will sign for it, then I have to drive over to his house and pick it up.

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  3. Heh around here a person can't hardly keep a mailbox up longer than a month or two. I finally just got a tubberware mailbox and put it up with bungy cords on the post so when it gets hit it gives and doesn't break. Then I discovered the door usually gets broke anyway.

    As to your gun rail problem. Most of my firearms don't have rails either but you can buy small rails that clamp around the barrels. I used one of those to put the light on my shotgun. They are actually quite handy.

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    1. Who is knocking over your mailbox? Are people hitting it accidentally or is it vandals?

      Ryan suggested getting a clamp type mount. I'm glad to know you favor them as well. Where did you buy yours? Cheaper than Dirt has them in their catalog at all different price ranges.

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    2. I have ordered some from CTD, some from Sportsmans paradise as well. Last time I looked SP had a larger selection and were somewhat cheaper. Many people complain about some brands being cheap Chinese junk but it's just a bit of aluminum I haven't seen one yet that didn't work for a light or laser. I wouldn't want to put a sling release on one maybe. The one I used for my shotgun had three rail mounts on it and I put a bit of cloth in between the mount bracket and the barrel. It holds my light fine.

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    3. Oh and mostly it's idiots just running off the road hitting the mail boxes. Mne is close to a side road and they come out squealing tires and over compensate. Bam right into my mail box.

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    4. You mean Sportsmans Guide? I buy a lot of stuff from them but I never heard of Sportsmans' Paradise. Could this be a new and undiscovered source?

      I'm going to try to buy equipment in the middle of the range. Not the cheapest stuff, but not the top flight type of gear they issue to warriors, either. Just like you, I'm interested in solving a practical problem and I am hoping to keep expenditures to sustainable levels. There's always something else to buy. You'd think after 30 years I'd have every damn thing under the sun, but not so.

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    5. By the way, I'm glad it's just people running over your box by mistake. I hate to think of people being so hateful they'd knock down a fellows mailbox just to be jack asses.

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    6. Many Years ago when I was still living with my folks the local hoons used to drive up on the grass out front of the house and run over my mothers blossom tree she had planted. I hammered in a steel star picket beside the tree and a few nights later we heard a big crash outside, the star picket was bent but it had a lot of paint on it and the tree had survived, never had anymore trouble.

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    7. That was a good plan. One way to get rid of people who want to play stupid games is to make the cost of playing so high they find diversion elsewhere.

      We don't have much problem here with vandalism. I would guess it's because all the kids leave the area when they get out of high school, since there is nothing for them to do here in the way of entertainment, and no work.

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  4. I have a lockable mailbox I bought online, it is similar to the box at the Post Office, only smaller. The mail drops down a flap shoot and can't be reached without opening a locked door at the bottom. I'm not sure it up to USPS code but my mailman has never complained. Now I don't have to worry about some ner-do-well getting my credit card statement out of the box and stealing my identity that way.

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    1. Can you fit magazines and small packages like books in it? Where did you find it? Sounds like an idea worth looking into.

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