Saturday, October 25, 2014
Sun just coming up now.
Next week, after November 2, this will be 0700 instead of 0800. I like that better, since I get up about four a.m. and when it's dark til eight that means I spend four hours inside before I can really get out. Not that it's a problem, because I have plenty to do inside. It will just be nice to have the option of going out earlier.
I'm having my coffee, and my wife, who doesn't like coffee, is having mulled cider. I am good at making that. I even have little sticks of cinnamon to add to the cider once it's mulled. That's definitely a cold weather drink. We don't have a fire in the fireplace this morning, because it's 42 degrees outside, but I'm running the propane heat so the house is nice and warm.
Yesterday, I got my first "subscription" copy of American Survival Guide. I can't complain about the contents, as always there were interesting articles and useful information. What I couldn't believe, though, was that they just stuck a mailing label on the magazine and sent it through the mail with no envelope or plastic cover. All of my other magazines come in one or the other, and it's a good thing. This magazine, just thrown in the U.S. Mail, apparently sat in water somewhere, the pages were all dog eared, and in general it arrived in terrible shape. I tried to call the customer service number several times during the day. It rang unanswered and then switched over to another number, also unanswered.
I won't be renewing the subscription. I keep my magazines for reference, and I keep them in good shape. To say I found such nonchalance about protecting the magazine on the part of the publishers infuriating would be a gross understatement. I'll just go back to buying the magazines at the newsstand in town.
Still, despite the poor performance of the publisher and the bad headwork that went into their decision making process, I'm not one for cutting off my nose to spite my face. I saw the American Survival Guide Buyer's Guide on the newsstand at Walmart. Basically, it appears to be a compendium of the reviews they did in the magazine over the last year.
That's ok, because I have a hard time remembering what add I saw in which magazine. Commander Zero asked me a question about some security devices the magazine reviewed, and I never did find the right magazine to answer. So perhaps this will be of use that way. I confess, I have never seen anything in the product reviews that I rushed out to order. Principally, this is because all their gear is "wealthy yuppy" stuff. What I have done, though, is see something that conceptually I liked, and then gone to Major Surplus and Survival, or Sportsman's Guide, and bought surplus gear that fulfilled the same function. It's the ideas in the magazine, more than the specific items themselves, I pay for.
We have great plans for today. Over across the state line, there's a little town that used to be the cigarette smuggling capitol of the United States in the 1980's. The feds closed that down, but there's still a post office, a gas station, and a general store. The general store has some good things in the way of guns, clothing, and equipment. It's a beautiful drive through the mountains to get there, and our plan is to ride over that way, then go to the discount grocery store in a town further on. Should be a nice break from routine. I'll try to remember to take my ancient camera, despite the extra weight.
The camera doesn't weigh all that much, but it adds up. When I go out, I carry my pistol and two extra magazines in a shoulder holster, a box of 50 rounds of 9mm or 45 acp, depending on what I'm carrying. I also have a cell phone, hand held GPS, wallet, check book, compass, matches, large folding knife, pocket flash light, and a few other odds and ends. Sometimes I feel like a medieval knight. I need a crane to host myself into the truck.