We have had a couple of days here, since the big storm, with low temperatures and low humidity.
According to the weather forecasters, that's over. Should be almost 95 degrees by noon and the humidity level will be in the high eighties.
I planned to walk down to the water fall with a thermos of coffee early. The dogs could swim and I'd just enjoy being out.
But when I went outside, it was already hotter than I expected. I knew there was no way I could get down to the falls, spend any time there, and get back before it was going to be in the "too hard" category.
So, I'm staying in for now. The shop, the apartment and the main house are all a comfortable 73 degrees with 52 percent humidity.
I've had a few questions from individuals looking to purchase their first guns. Can't say I blame them, these days. But I'm not sure I'm the right guy to ask. I'm pretty much rooted in the early nineties gun wise, in that I haven't bought many pistols since then. I'm really an M1911 man, given that was the pistol I carried in my Marine Corps career. Today it's pretty heavy and the recoil is a lot to handle, so I often carry another pistol.
The Beretta 92 is a good weapon, as is the Brazilian version, the Taurus 92. 9 mm, plenty of rounds in the double stack magazine, will feed hollow points ok, A person with small hands can hold it comfortably, there's not much recoil.
Plenty of Beretta 92 pistols in pawn shops and police trade in's available in the $300 range wholesale.
A good gun for concealed carry in hot climates, or for a woman's purse, is the Walther PPK.
This little weapon is light, and small. Mine is chambered in .380 ACP. Mine doesn't feed hollow points reliably, (it is, after all, a 1930's design) but with ball it's perfectly reliable.
There are many, many other choices. All the Kahr's and plastic Springfields and the like someone else will have to address, as I don't own any.
Collapse, the 2013 movie.
I got my DVD of the Collapse movie. I was surprised. Most movies about post collapse scenarios are very dark. The absolute epitome of this genre is The Road, by Cormick McCarthy. If you can watch that movie and then get a good nights sleep, you are an exceptional being.
This move is not that way at all. First, it has a generally upbeat tone. There are "bad" people out there, but they aren't running the show. Most of the characters are normal people, basically good, and despite the times they stay that way. The movie has a Christian theme, but it's not so overwhelming that it gets aggravating. People who have prepared are shown as normal people who took a few steps to cover themselves in a crunch. Not as wild eyed fanatics.
The actors are all clearly amateurs, but they aren't that bad. Sometimes they try a little too hard, but they are acceptable overall in term of keeping the credibility of the movie going. When I finished watching it, I had a good feeling. I'm trying to remember another post collapse movie where I felt that way, and I can't.
The bad news, is I don't know where you can find a copy. Before I quit dealing with ebay and amazon, amazon had none available, either through amazon itself or affiliated sellers. Ebay had one guy who said he had six copies, but it turned out he didn't have any. He apparently went somewhere and bought one to sell me, and I got it late, but I got it. Maybe you can get one through an inter-library loan, but I doubt it.
There is some marginal violence in it, nothing gross or horrifying. Not like the cannibals in The Road eating people. The Road is probably a pretty accurate synopsis of what would happen in a civilization down scenario but Collapse has some good points and some value. It's about two young boys, and family. I think it would be a good family show but parents have to decide that for themselves.
The Islamists can turn up anywhere. Even some places that would surprise you. (warning:language)