update: I wanted to stick a wire note on here to pass the word that Kymber still lives! She and J have a great blog, but they haven't been posting for awhile. People were concerned , so it's good to know they are ok. She left a brief comment on another post to let me know they are well , and will be posting again. That's very good news.
Today is Monday, and after this past weekend we are taking a break up here. I had planned on Sunday, at least, being a quiet one but we ended up doing a lot of traveling to different towns. We had a fairly extensive list of things we needed to buy, and we couldn't fill it in our town. We ended up going to two other states as well as Georgia and it took the whole weekend. Impromptu things like that do happen up here.
I found another Turtledove series I liked. It's a three volume story of a "hot war" between the Soviet Union and the United States in 1950. Starts out in Korea, but this time Truman gives MacArthur the OK to use atomic bombs against the Red Chinese.
That's an interesting scenario, because in 1950, there were no nuclear missile armed subs. There weren't even any ICBM's. The only way to deliver an atomic bomb was by strategic bomber, and both the USSR and the USA used the same bomber.
In 1945, several of our B-29's were damaged over Japan, and landed in Soviet territory. The Russians kept the bombers, back engineered the type, and in 1950 that was their sole strategic bomber. In 1950 , both types were obsolete but neither had yet been replaced in US or Soviet service.
Turtledove's three books in the Hot War series are as follows. I've read the first two and really enjoyed them. The third is still on order through the library.
I also started his "Atlantis" series but gave up on it. I got through the first of five books, and half of the second, but it just didn't interest me. The premise of this series is that a big land mass exists between North America and Europe. It's discovered by Basque fishermen during the War of the Roses in England, and the books describe it's settlement and development over about 500 years. Just not a period of history I'm interested in. It wasn't that they weren't good, just not my cup of tea.
Some new magazines came out:
This is the Fall, 2018 issue of "Gear Guide" published by the same folks who do American Survival Guide. Seems a bit early, but it's a good issue. This time around, there are more categories and they are better organized. The editors have also made an effort to include items that mere mortals can afford, as opposed to the past policy of only discussing high priced gear beyond the means of most.
That didn't keep them from putting in a plug for a bug out vehicle that costs 1.5 million dollars. I sure wanted one but when I got to the price I figured it might be out of my reach. Still, there's lots of good gear in here, especially if you ever go to the woods, or anywhere in the boondocks.
The new Off Grid is out in the digital version, which probably means it's on the news stands now and I just haven't seen it. Survival and gun magazines have very suddenly fallen from favor here in our county, and have been largely replaced on the racks in town by things like "Southern Living" and "June Bride" magazine. I am not sure why that is, but I suspect a number of our Half Way Backs took umbrage at nasty gun magazines being on sale and bitched about it. Of course, we all know that anyone who reads a survivalist magazine is a Ted Kaczynski wanabe, so we can't have those on display either. I talked to managers at both stores with magazine racks. Neither of them are from here, and neither of them would answer my questions.
Incidentally, if you like Cody Lundin, who has been largely off the sky line since he left "Dual Survival", you will want to get this latest edition. There's an article in there on him. I like the guy, and I have both his books. I enjoyed his writing style and felt like there was some good information in there.
In the " Good Show, Pal" category:
Fox News 3 June 2018
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two would-be robbers died after a Tennessee homeowner pulled out his AK-47 and shot them while inside his home.
The unidentified homeowner told WMC that he came to his Memphis home Friday evening and found the men inside.
“I see my house being ransacked and the dog was still going hysterical in the cage,” he said. “When he saw me he notified the other individual that was with him, ‘hey, they are here.'”
When the duo pulled out their guns, he was able to grab his AK-47 out of the hall closet and fatally shoot the intruders.
“I don’t know what’s going on but I know I’m going to defend my life to the best of my ability,” he said.
The robbers have been identified as 17-year-old Demond Robinson and 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon.
The man has since released surveillance video of the incident to police to confirm his story that the shootings were in self-defense.
Not a lot else to tell. The weather has been a lot better, up into the high eighties and humid, but survivable. Everything is going well with us up on the mountain. I have two doctor appointments this week, but they are just the standard thing where you go in and get your blood work on the first one, then you go back on the second one and the doctor harasses you about your blood pressure, blood sugar, et al. Routine.
I've been using Pulvex Veterinary Ointment on Tuggy's tail. She got some kind of infection, and had a big spot on her tail that was all swollen. She'd been rubbing it on trees to "scratch" the itch, and it was pretty nasty. I used Pulvex on her, and it's healing right up. That's good stuff. It doesn't cost much, keeps forever, and you can get it on line or from your farmer's depot if you have one. It's great for cuts and scraps on people, as I can attest from my own experience. Handy to have in your medical supplies.
No joy on getting my CB base unit back up. I haven't had a lot of time to work on it, and even when I do get it on the air again, I'll just wind up listening to SSB transmissions from guys using illegal power inverters because nobody local is still using CB.