Lots of rain the last few days. It was supposed to be "freezing rain" at one point. I drove the Jeep down to the foot of the mountain, hiked back up to the house, but the freezing rain never came.
Better safe than sorry. I'd rather make the hike for nothing, than get caught up here unable to get out for a week or so.
I have had a lot of ammo delivered here, and never ran into that before. Then too, they charged me $4.00 for using a credit card to buy on line, and I didn't much care for that.
To add insult to injury, Sportsman's Guide was selling it for about ten bucks less with free shipping and no credit card fee.
On the plus side, the ammo can and the ammo look as new as the day they were made, which in my case turns out to be 1982. Live and learn.
I've been thinking about all the survival magazines that have disappeared in the last few years.
Living Ready was a good one. It had a lot of useful information in it, and the magazine wasn't stuck on field craft, like so many of them were.
I subscribed, but I suppose enough people didn't, because after the first few issues, it went to digital only, then it just disappeared. I have heard, from time to time, that people have seen it on the news stand at Barnes and Nobles, but I've never been able to find it.
There are still some web pages that list it, but when you go to them, they are all from 2012, or that time frame.
At first, I couldn't get anyone to answer the phone. Then, one afternoon, I got this old fellow who said he was just about to go pick up his grandkid at school, and would I mind calling back in about half an hour.
I did, and it turned out my subscription was expired, so I sent them a check. They were good folks, but they just disappeared . The hard copy magazine seems to have stopped being published. I saw the magazine advertised on Kindle in the digital version. I tried to subscribe, but the subscription never picked up. Now it's not listed anymore.
Jim Benson was the editor, and he was a gentleman. Just as courteous and trustworthy a fellow as you could ever want to meet.
After American Survival Guide got shut down, he started his own magazine, but it's no longer being published. I don't know what happened to Mr. Benson, but I hope he landed on his feet. He deserved to.
The "New" American Survival Guide is ok. It's more a Yuppy publication than anything else, all fancy ,trendy gear. I read it and sometimes I learn something, sometimes I don't.
Modern Survival was the magazine Jim Benson started up when he left American Survival Guide . As a historical footnote, I wrote four articles for this magazine, and Jim always paid me in a timely manner. Not everybody does that, I assure you.
The magazine was on the internet for awhile, then just vanished. I never really found out what happened, but I heard scuttlebutt that he sold it to a limited liability company that then never got it back off the ground.
I thought it was a great magazine, and I liked the fact that he was open to submissions from no name people. Not everybody had to be Massad Ayob to get their articles published.
Prepper & Shooter was not a bad magazine. It really wasn't around all that long, and before it went under, it went digital only. That seems to be the trend in magazine publishing.
I've noticed that once a magazine quits printing a hard copy, it's not long for this world. Maybe survivalist literature doesn't lend itself to digital media.
I've heard this is still being published somewhere, but if so, I haven't been able to find out where.
Oh,well. There was a time when the Survivalist movement was mainstream. Even if a lot of the shows did shelter under the the heading of "prepper" which made a lot of people less uncomfortable.
True, it was a reality show, and a lot of the people in the episodes made me cringe with embarrassment. But still, it had great ratings... for awhile.
Oh,well. Time marches on.
Also out on the news stands is "How to Survive Anything " by Centennial Media.
It's big, flashy, and expensive. Costs about $16.00.
I looked it over, and I couldn't figure out what the point was. They have all these one page articles on different things that can happen to you, but precious little on what to do about it.
Since I'm not overly worried about things like shark attacks, and I already have a good handle on potential problems like pandemics, social disorder, etc I decided to save my money.
It's rare for me not to buy something on the topic, but I have to say that this particular magazine did not motivate me.
If you are following the news at all, these cartoons will strike you as particularly relevant. It's hard to believe that the Democrats hired some jerks to conjure up a "portfolio of lies" about President Trump, and then a secret conclave in the FBI leadership contrived to "market" it to the media in an attempt to damage the President's campaign. But they did.
It's tough to believe that another one of the Kennedy's has crawled out from under a rock, but that's true too.
And the fact that the Dims were all for illegal surveillance of American citizens should surprise nobody.