I mentioned in an earlier post that I couldn't get in touch with SOG on the phone, so I emailed them. I got back a message from the server saying that the SOG email address was no longer accepting incoming emails. That sounds bad. I have bought a lot of things, from ammo to guns and everything in between, from SOG. Their monthly flyer was the best of all the big surplus houses, in color and usually 16 pages long, full of all your heart could desire. They stopped doing a monthly a few years back, and went to quarterly. Then semi-annually, and last year they did a Christmas flyer (Dec 16) and that was it.
Sarco is gone, Springfield Sporters is gone, Century International has pretty well switched over to modern "black guns" and police trade ins. I suppose that's the wave of the future. Given what surplus guns cost today, and the scarcity of supplies from overseas, I guess it had to happen. But if they do go belly up, I will certainly miss them.
The current issue of American Survival Guide has some timely information on power packs, including one I think I will buy. The cost is reasonable and they seem to be simple to operate. When we were discussing methods of charging cell phones when the grid was out, there were lots of good ideas on how to do it. Some people built their own systems out of simple parts, such as just a battery and an inverter. Some made more sophisticated pieces of gear, and others bought off the shelf products that served them well. I learned a lot from the exchange of ideas on that. I know most people don't read all the comments, but it's amazing how much knowledge there is out there, on just about any survival subject you care to mention.
I was in town today, and I had lunch at a local cafe where you mostly find people who live here year round. The topic of conversation was the storm. There's a lot of anger directed towards the EMC, because the outage was so long, several days for most, and because once the power came back on, it didn't stay on for everybody. We lost power ourselves yesterday (Sunday) but only for four hours. There's a feeling in the community that not enough has been done to storm proof our grid, and too much has been done to buy expensive buildings and equipment, and pay big salaries. I've alluded to all this before, so I wasn't surprised. I think people are disappointed because the EMC rat's nest was cleaned out last year, virtually the whole board had to resign when it was disclosed in the paper that they were doing "sweet heart" deals for each other's businesses but cutting off the power to individual homeowners who were a day late on their bills. So all the "good old boys" got turfed out, and great things were expected from the newly elected people, who were not from the "big money" class.
This storm was a shock to all of us. I expect that some of the new board will get an earful and quit. The man who led the revolution against the old guard has already resigned , citing "personal reasons."
I guess we'll have to wait and see where it goes.
As for the mayoral election in Atlanta, BOHICA!
What's good for Ohio is apparently good for Atlanta. When the first votes were "counted" the black candidate won by less than 800 votes. In the recount, she won by 92 votes. The certification board, primarily composed of "people of color" immediately certified the results and now Ms. Bottom is the new mayor. She may get into office before the current mayor, Kassim Reed, goes to federal prison but who knows?
It's an open secret that the votes were "pencil whipped" and the jokes about dead people, dogs, and illegal aliens voting are making the rounds. As long as the department of justice (there's a misnomer), keeps Georgia from doing anything about voter fraud, this will just keep happening.
As for things here, we've basically just been keeping warm. I made that trip into town today but for the most part, we are staying home. We hit the library while we were out, and got 25 books to tide us over until the library reopens December 26th. Most of them were my wife's. She can go through mystery books pretty fast. I got five books that are a series on the Arab Israeli wars, and one post apocalyptic fiction book I'm pretty sure I already read.
I don't hang out in the library too long. I get my books, and get out. People my age go in there and talk really loud, probably because they are deaf. Also, the old widowers are lonely, so they use the ladies at the check out desk as a captive audience to tell their life's story. If my wife goes first, I'm going to remember that and do it too! People bring their computers to the library, sit at the tables, and the whole place is filled with the noise of clicking keys. Then, there are the cell phones. No matter there's a big sign on the entrance that says "NO CELL PHONES!"
Life goes on. I guess.
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