Bizarre day here. Sporadic heavy thundershowers , harsh humidity, then a thick fog rolling in as the air suddenly cooled off at dusk. Thank God for air conditioning. I can run my air off my generator, but the generator is very loud. I tried making a muffler system for it the way I'd seen our engineers do it in the Marines, but I must have forgotten something because it didn't work. So, if the grid goes down, I will have to choose between being cool and dry but drawing the Zombies down on me, or being off the sky line, but being hot and suffering the humidity.
You can see the mountains where I live on the skyline of this picture. The sun just coming up behind them makes a nice picture. This is the road that leads to the town where I buy my ferret supplies. There was no such road when I moved here, and I wish there wasn't now even if makes it easier to get in and out of the county. That's why I don't like it, come to think of it. Makes it easier for people to get in here.
This big boomer building up is a harbinger of the kind of day to come. Strange, because today I stood on my porch, without a drop falling on the roof, while the rain thundered down in my meadow 20 feet away. It was like someone was holding a giant hose on the grass. Rain on and off. I watched an old episode of Mega Disasters, on drought, this evening and I guess I shouldn't be complaining of the rain but it sure has turned this area into the rain forest this summer.
I wanted to mention that I know there are a lot of very good writers out there, and right now the opportunities for writers in the survivalist field have never been better. You can write from anywhere on the planet, they don't care where you come from. Amazon has a new "Kindle Only" digital magazine called Self Reliance (this is not Self Reliance Illustrated) , and they are looking for authors. They pay between $30 and $300 per article. Here's the link to their writers guide: Kindle Self Reliance Magazine Writers Guide
There are a lot of other new survivalist magazines looking for writers. There's the new American Survival Guide, Get Ready, Survivors Edge, Survivalist, Off Grid, and a good many others. I'll try to post the writers guides links for those as I get a chance to look them up. Here's a little advice. Use a pen name, and don't give out any information about your email address or a blog you write. At least, don't do it without considering all the unintended consequences that could occur.
I don't know if I mentioned it in a previous post, but I got three boxes of this Turkish 9mm at Walmart. $12.99 a box plus tax. It was $20.00 a box this past winter, during the "great shortage."
I fired out twenty rounds per pistol in each of these guns with these results:
Walther P-38 no problems
Browing HP (1950 gun) one stove pipe
Sig P226 no problems
Luger P08 - not functional.
My Luger will only take Winchester 9mm commercial loads and jams with everything else, so this is no condemnation of the Turkish ammo. Lugers are notoriously finicky about ammo.
It's been a good day, and I might not have accomplished a lot but I got off the mountain, and did a little shooting.
I almost forgot to mention, the new Backwoods Home is out: