It's going to be hot today. I got up early so I could go walk the trail around the lake, but I'm still here at 11:30 a.m.
First I watched the news some. Then I had coffee at the table out on the back porch. Then I turned on the computer and I need to turn it off and get gone before it's so hot I can't do the walk.
I am having trouble with my Harry Flashman email account. It's a gmail account. I almost never use it to send emails, I have other accounts for that. But I did use it yesterday and today, and a strange thing is happening.
I get an email, and I respond. Then I get a message when I send my response that says "you are sending a message to a deleted email. Your message will not appear in your sent mail folder."
What? I'm doing a direct response, using the reply function, to a message that I just got and haven't deleted.
I wondered if there was some quirk with the blocking mechanism doing this. As you can imagine, Harry Flashman gets a lot of not so nice emails. I always block them, to limit the amount of time I waste on one nasty person and their email address. But I checked it and I can't see any blocked addresses that would have anything to do with this. If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate hearing from them. Trying to figure out pin interest and now this has taxed my computer literacy.
A new special edition of American Survival Guide is out. It's the "Gear Guide" for Fall 1986. I think these were on the newsstands earlier in the year and this is the "replenishment" or second issue. Unlike most of these particular magazines, you don't have to be rich to buy some of the equipment reviewed. As I've mentioned before, I've admired the gear they advertised, and then gone out and bought military surplus to do the same job at a fraction of the price. But this time around, they actually have some decent equipment at prices a regular person can afford.
And on the ammo front:
I went ahead and ordered another can of 5.56. They had free shipping, which saved me $17.99 (they ship via FEDEX). The ammo was on sale, reduced to $170.00. I got ten dollars off because I belong to the buyers club. So I figured why not?
I only have three rifles that use this chambering.
One is a Colt SP-1 dating from the early 1980's.
One is an Olympic Arms AR-15 from 1998, which is why it has a muzzle brake instead of a bird cage flash suppressor.
And finally, I have a Ruger Mini -14. I got that one as a kind of fluke. I was working part time at the general store, in the gun department. I went down into the store room under the building , to log in some new guns. There were two boxes banded together. In one was a stainless steel Mini-14 with a camouflage stock (it was called laminated on the box, but it was actually a regular stock made to look like laminated wood.) The other box was a Ruger 10/22, with the same stainless finish and same stock. They were part of a special deal Ruger was putting out. I had to have those two guns, so I bought them. This was a weekend job, and I never got money out of the deal, I just took all my pay in trade. Still had to pay taxes out of it though. Anyway.....
So with only three rifles, I probably don't need even a fraction of the ammo I have stored up for them. But I am obsessive about ammo. First, I know that's the easiest thing for the government to stop the flow of. They can't get all the guns but they can stop the availability of ammo. Second, there are periodic shortages and I want to be comfortably stocked during those, and not feel compelled to pay outrageous prices.
And then, there's this:
I don't know if you have ever read Cormac McCarthy's book The Road, or seen the movie. I have read literally hundreds of books classified as Apocalyptic Fiction. This is the one that made the greatest impression on me, by far.
So many terrible things happen to the protagonist and his son. Most of them he could have prevented, or at least alleviated, if he had ammo and a decent weapon. Instead, the two of them have a little revolver and are down to one bullet. It's a very grim read and the movie adheres to the book religiously .
Whatever happens, we are going to be able to lay down an effective base of fire up here and ammo isn't going to be a problem for my family. Even at some point in the future, long after I'm gone, if the kids and their families are forted up here they won't wind up on the cannibals menu. If you think this sounds crazy, read the book or see the movie, and then reevaluate.
On that cheerful note, I hear Spike scratching on the door upstairs. He wants his outdoor time, and I better get him out to the meadow before it gets too hot.
|Art by Stef|
One more thing I wanted to mention. A good friend asked me how, if I never go anywhere without my gun, I manage to go to the beach.
Can you see my Kimber Custom II?
I told her that I put a Ruger GP100 with a six inch barrel in the front of my Italian "speedo" bathing suit when I go to the beach. I hope she knows I was just kidding!