It's not even hurricane season yet, and we are looking at another big storm coming through the mountains. The weather forecasts out of Atlanta are predicting up to six inches of rain here, starting tonight and running through Wednesday of next week. If it's spread out over that long a period, I personally won't have many problems here on the mountain top. Those people who built houses on the banks of our rivers, or along creeks, will be a different story. There isn't much to do to get ready for this that I haven't already done. We've had so much rain in the last month that the diversion ditches are in good shape, the gutters are cleaned out, and that's about all you can do. I did fire up the generator to make sure it's running.
Haunting the book shelves in a county library NW of us, I found a series of books by Harry Turtledove I hadn't known about. You are probably familiar with him, he wrote "The Guns of the South", an alternative history novel in which the South wins the War Between the States (one can only wish!)
He also wrote the "Southern Victory" series, an eleven volume set that takes the same premise, and follows it through the end of the first civil war, to around 1946. I haven't read that one yet, but I have the first books ordered at the library, so should be on that soon.
The series I hadn't heard about was "Super Volcano." I've read the first two, Super Volcano -Eruption, and Super Volcano- All Fall Down.
The first two were pretty good, and I have ordered the third through the library. These aren't actually survivalist books, like the Deep Winter trilogy or Lights Out. Instead, they follow a family through their own problems and challenges in the aftermath of a super volcano eruption. The catastrophic events of the eruption form more of a backdrop to the story, than the focal point. Maybe the third volume, Things Fall Apart, is different, I don't know yet. Either way, I enjoyed the first two books. Turtledove is so prolific and so well known that you can surely get the books through inter-library temp loan, thereby saving your shekels for more important things like ammo.
We don't have any plans for Memorial Day weekend. First, there's the weather. Next, the fact that there are thousands of vacationers up here right now, and the traffic on the roads into town is appalling. Better to just stay up here until the dust settles. If I can find a 20 foot whip antenna for my CB base unit, I may try to get that started up again. Nobody is still on "the net" here anymore as far as I can tell, but it would be nice to get my own radio back up. I'll spend some time today plundering around the internet looking for one. CB base unit gear is as rare as hen's teeth now, I think the internet and cell phones pretty much put paid to that hobby a long time ago.
You might not have heard about the restaurant shooting in Oklahoma yesterday. Some psycho walked into a restaurant there and started shooting. He hit a young woman and two girls. Two civilians ran out to their cars, got their guns , and blasted the guy. Even the ABC evening news said they saved a lot of lives. Couldn't find the segment on the internet (probably ABC is embarrassed by it) so I got this clip from Fox News.
That's about all there is to tell.
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