Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It's just after nine, and very foggy outside. Wet, too, with water dripping out of the trees. It's cooler, about 72, which is a pleasant change. I don't have anything in particular planned for this morning, just staying inside and doing a little reading, in all probability. Later in the day I will go into town, to the post office, if I can get out.
We had quite a storm yesterday afternoon. It came out of nowhere. One minute everything was quiet, the next there was thunder and very strong wind. Lots of trees down. The power went out, and stayed out for eight hours. I switched over to the generator early on, because I figured the lines must have trees down across them. Called the EMC on my trusty line powered phone right after the storm, but they weren't much help. The dispatcher said the power would be back on "soon" but he had no idea what "soon" might translate into in terms of time. It's significant that I know the EMC power outage reporting number by heart.
I walked down the Jeep trail cleaning debris out of the path. When I got to the old gravel service road at the foot of the mountain, there was a lot of minor stuff like branches all over the place, so I slowly trundled along throwing it off to the side.
But when I got to the paved county road, there was a massive tree down all the way across both lanes. I went back to the house and called the country road shed. They said there were trees down everywhere and they would "get to it" when they could. There was a time when I would have gone down there, and others would have shown up, and we would have cleared the road ourselves. But I'm older now, and there are no younger people left out in this part of the county. The people who do live out here are all seniors, and short of some dire need we aren't going out in the heat and try to clear big blowdowns. You'd need one truck for the wood and one for the old people dead of heart attacks and heat stroke.
The new Military Surplus magazine came. This one had some articles on converting old military weapons for use as modern defensive arms.
I was surprised to see that. The process of messing around with a classic firearm destroys it's collecting value. It used to be called "sporterizing" and is not looked on with favor among the collector crowd.
When you have an old , classic weapon there's a feeling that you have an obligation to preserve it. When you check out, your collection will be broken up and the components will go to others, who hopefully will preserve them and pass them on in their turn.
I don't do any sporterizing, though I do restoration work on old guns. When I do that, I make a huge effort to maintain their authenticity and historical accuracy.
The new American Survival Guide came as well.
This one is largely concerned with water related events like floods. I'm not much interested in that, since I live on a mountain top. If I have to worry about floods, I'll need an ark and not a rubber raft.
Still, there was a good article on gardening, and another on water purification. I notice American Survival Guide is leaning more and more towards bugging out, and less towards sheltering in place.
Still, it's a good magazine and even if I don't get some spectacular new bit of information out of every issue, I enjoy it.
They finally listened to the barrage of complaints from subscribers and now the magazine is protected in the mail by a plastic sleeve. Somebody up there at the publishers showed some intelligence and initiative.
Well, I guess I'll make another pot of coffee. Got up early and have already finished one off. Now I have to decide if I am going to shave before I go into town, assuming the road is cleared by then. I don't think so. I don't have to impress anyone.