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Ariel Durant

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday. Two hours before dawn and still raining.


It's a little after 5 a.m. so the dawn should be coming up in a couple of hours. When it does, I'll put on my rain suit and walk down to the bottom of the mountain to check the bridge.

I'm not an engineer and I won't be able to see just from looking if it's safe to use, but I should be able to see if it's not.  My wife wanted to take the jeep down there yesterday, in the middle of torrential rain, and look at the bridge. I seriously doubt we could drive down the mountain. I have heard too many trees crashing in the forest over the last two days to have any expectations that the trail is not blocked.

I haven't been out and around the property, but I am fairly sure we got by largely unscathed. There are a couple of small things that need fine tuning but overall, given the extent of the wind and the rain, we were fortunate.


I opened the big number 10 can of vegetarian hot dogs this morning. They aren't bad. I don't think I would like them just plain, but as far as cutting them up and cooking them with rice and potatoes, or something of that nature, they should do nicely. There were about twenty hot dogs in the can, and a lot of good broth.


  I cleaned out the can.  I buy number 10 lids from Emergency Essentials, and a person can always use a good steel can.  All in all, I think I got my ten dollars worth. If the scratch and dint grocery store in North Carolina has more of these when I go up there next, I'll add a few more to the pantry.

If  I get hungry today I plan to scramble some eggs, put some jalapenos in with them, some garlic, and cut up a few of these fake hot dogs. I read somewhere that veggie fake meat is a good source of protein, so it should be tasty and healthy.




The latest edition of Survivalist continues the current trend among preparedness magazines in that it concentrates on fortifying homes, and self defense. Personally, I don't think a person will learn a lot from a magazine article about unarmed combat, or knife fighting, but I suppose it might at least spur some people to get real training.  I usually skip over those, but the "martial arts" articles are becoming a lot more prevalent than they used to be. So are the "best survival guns" types. I read them, because I'm interested in firearms, but the idea of  a set of "best " guns doesn't make sense to me because the weapon has to be tailored to the user. Still, generic articles are probably not a bad idea, there are a lot of novices getting into the "take care of yourself" mode these days. More every day, as the news gets worse.


16 comments:

  1. I just looked at the radar and am now hoping and praying we don't get washed away in the deluge. Once it gets light I'm going to swim and and check the critters.

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    1. I hope your place did not have any damage, and that all your animals are alright. My animals were either in the house, in the barn, or on the porch so they got through it ok.

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  2. Hey Harry (and Kymber)

    (captaincrunch)


    Its best in the rain like that just to not go anywhere. You made the right decision. Screw the bridge, it ain't worth getting hurt over. Too bad the rain did not take out that entire highway that allows all the city people in your area.

    'Harry on any coming up gun ban evil stuff and rush to get gets like we had in the past. I ordered a BCM gunfighter charging handle for an AR-15. I really like those things.
    I also ordered a spare bolt. Just a regular milspec bolt. Spare parts where hard to come by a ways back so I figured I need a spare bolt in case I blow some gas rings out.
    I got other parts, just no bolt.

    I got some Mosin brass ammo on order and yeah I will rescue it from the range after I shoot it and save it for reloading.

    I would say nows the time to get all the small stuff squirrel away as in gun parts, mags and what not. That reminds me. I could use some 20 round magpul mags. I got 30 rounders but they are hard to use at the range when shooting from the bench.
    The M1A saga......

    I was also thinking of selling my 'Standard' M1A and getting a 'Loaded' M1A with the match barrel, sights and trigger. I gotta figure out if that's the right way for me to go or not (any words of wisdom would be welcome)

    Hey Kymber. I know all about the C-17's. Big mother's. A few months ago you could have sent one down with filled with ice for Texas and I would have sent it back full of live cattle, mesquite wood, barbecue sauce and beer. Imagine the whole island of Nova Scotia fat, drunk and happy on Texas barbecue and Texas beer. Hell' there'd be a mini baby boom in nine months.
    I'd feel sorry for the poor bastards that would have hose out the backside of that aircraft out. Damned cowpies everywhere. You know you can burn cowpies once they dry out and down here in Texas we throw them at our friends too (when they are dry of course) imagine the Canadian Air Force having a good ole' fashioned Cowpie fight on the flight line:) It would be a FOD nightmare!

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    1. CC: I've been stocking up on spares for my weapons for many years. I read all the adds for SARCO in Shotgun News,and if I see anything I could use for any of my weapons I lay the items in for supply. I buy firing pins, extractors, springs, you name it. I know the guns I have may have to suffice for my life time, my son's lifetime, and on into the future.

      I bought large supplies of good quality magazines before the 1994 Clinton gun ban, and they are all still carefully stored in their original packaging in footlockers, some in the shop, some in the main house, and some in the climate controlled portion of the barn. I always spread essential items out between buildings, so if I lose one building to fire or whatever, I don't lose all of a specific item.

      I am not sure why you would want a "fancy" M1 (M14) instead of a standard one. Unless just for the pleasure of owning it, as some people like luxury cars. Most infantry style combat takes place at under 300 yards so you won't need anything fancy to hit your target.

      It's good you are working your way towards a simple reloading set up. Even if you never reload more than 7.62X54R you will find it both practical and entertaining.

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  3. Those hot dogs would be good for making beanie weenies.
    You recommended Making the Best of Basics a few weeks ago and I got it from the library. It is such an excellent resource. I just ordered a used copy from half.com for under $5 including the shipping. I really like the chapter on sprouts because I have been doing sprouts and am looking for ways to use them in meals.

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    1. Lisa, I cooked some up for lunch and they were not bad in sandwiches. The only problem I had was that they stuck to the frying pan in the olive oil and tried to fall apart. I will cook them in the oven next time.

      I've always tried to accrue a "paper copy" of really useful books for my book shelf. Although most of my files are on the computer, including books, if for some reason I lost access to the computer I'd still have a basic library. Glad you found the book at a good price.

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  4. It feels odd to be in Florida and have hurricanes go somewhere else. Just goes to show that safe areas are never safe 100% of the time, nor are unsafe areas unsafe all the time.

    Used to eat that very brand of veggie hot dog years ago, but then the store where we got them closed. Avoid the canned chicken cutlets, if I remember right.

    Good luck with your bridge and getting off the mountain. One spring I had every road out of my place flooded out -a rare situation as there are some back roads over the hills that usually are Okay.

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    1. Florida got lucky this time. North Georgia gets hurricane remnants fairly often, and we are very susceptible to high winds and rain due to the clay here. It soaks up the water, gets soft, and over go the big trees.

      I went down and looked at the bridge. The water is way up. I couldn't get under the bridge so I couldn't see what they were talking about on the phone. There was no barricade across the bridge, which leads me to believe that the emergency center people were reacting to some old person calling in and doing a "chicken little" about the bridge . Still strange to have them call me, they have never done it before. They said they were calling everyone that lives along the creek near the bridge.

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  5. Years ago, when I lived in Lake County, CA (where they had that horrific fire that destroyed the town) we used to get rain like you get. One year it poured day and night for two weeks straight. Almost drove me crazy. That is how it used to be in the winter; summer was hot and dry. Was it always so wet where you are, Harry? Or has the weather pattern changed. Hope you can get out and your bridge is not too heavily damaged.

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    1. We have always had hurricane remnants coming through here. Memory is a funny thing over a thirty plus year period, but I think the winters were not as cold and snowy as they are now, and I am sure that we used to have summer showers almost every night, but they didn't last long. I think there are more big storms, in fact I am sure of that.

      I went down and looked at the bridge, but I couldn't see under it as the water was too high so I don't really know what the situation is there.

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    2. Years ago we had winters with 5 to 8 feet of snow and 30 below temps. Last few years hardly any snow. Looks like we traded weather places.

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    3. Does seem like a lot of places the weather has gone Topsy Turvey these last few years.

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  6. I'm glad you all are ok, I've been checking on my Charleston friend too. My mom was headed that way on vacation but turned around and headed another direction. Hopefully this will pass quickly.

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    1. It's a mess over there. My mom called me today and she hadn't heard anything about the storm on the east coast.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I just read an article on breightbart.com about Obama referencing the Austrailiaian gun ban and the English gun ban's back in the 90's during a speech.

    Seems kinda of scary at first then I think of all the millions (and I mean millions) of gun owners in the U.S. that have money, political power, vote and would openly outright defy a ban.
    We are political force to be reckoned with and that reminds me. My NRA membership is up for renewal and that's something I will do tomorrow.

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    1. Those countries had no guarented legal right for individuals to bear arms. If we had no constitution, and no second amendment, the elitists would have made owning arms of any kind illegal here long ago.

      Then's there's the issue you point up. Not everyone here will play Stephen Fetchet and just trot on down to turn in their guns. Not everyone who would be tasked by the regime to confiscate the guns would do it. Nor would anyone who tried to do that lead a very secure home life. Quislings don't tend to fare well long term.

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