Remember the scene in "The Pacific" where the guy just can't take the rain anymore, and walks out in the downpour then shoots himself?
I am beginning to understand how that could happen. 2018 was the wettest year on record in this state since they started keeping records around 1856. January and Februrary have been brutal, with massive storms blowing in here from off the PACIFIC OCEAN. WTH! Our rain always comes from the Gulf, but not now.
It's raining outside this morning, but at least it isn't snowing. That's coming Sunday and Monday.....
Well, even when it's been wet and miserable for weeks, with strong winds, falling trees, broken bridges, overflowing creeks, blown off roof shakes, flooded diversion ditches, rusting tools in the tool shed, I still love Georgia. It's my kind of place.
Thought we'd go over to the lake near the house and walk today. It was supposed to be "cloudy" , and it is but they left out the part about rain. We are about recovered from repairing the Burma Road, but my wife is still stretched out on the couch with her favorite cat and a blanket, soaking up the heat from the fireplace. She's pretty stiff. Our doctor told us to lay off the "Aleve", and only take it when we need it, not every day. We are both taking it again right now.
Got some new catalogs in the mail yesterday. You can tell you are retired when getting a catalog in the mail is the highlight of the day.
I need to buy some little something or other out of both catalogs, or they will quit sending them. I'm thinking a couple of Mosin Nagant slings from CH Kadel and a big old Bowie knife for $29.00 from Bud K. Everybody can use some spare Mosin slings and a store room Bowie knife, seems like to me.
Some SOB called us on the phone last night, and said that they needed to help us get a new social security payment account number for our direct deposit, and needed some "information." They sounded all bossy and "government" and just started right on in. I told them I wasn't comfortable with talking to some disembodied voice and to send me a letter. The guy slammed the phone on me. Then I called social security and they said nope, it wasn't them.... big surprise there.
Some Branco Cartoons:
Got my can of bear spray. I wear a Browning concealed carry vest, and it's a good piece of gear. The bear spray fits right inside the vest in an interior pocket on the left side. So now, I can carry my gun, my bear spray, my cell phone, and my wallet all in the vest. I hate carrying things in my pants pockets.
It's really nice having a non-lethal alternative to the pistol. Too many times, the characters you have unpleasant interactions with are not visibly armed. Even in a state with Stand Your Ground laws, it's better not to have to resort to lethal force unless it's an absolute last ditch , back against the wall situation. I don't want to wind up like the guy in the Florida mall who was getting the tar beat out of him by a giant black guy half his age, got knocked down, shot the assailant while he himself was laying on the ground. Then got charged with murder, even though the Sheriff said it was clearly self defense.
Backwoods Home Magazine goes into print again.
Almost everyone in the survivalist or "prepper" community knows this magazine. It was a mom and pop publication, always fun to read, always informative, and worth the money. A while back, the editor got tired of doing it, and his son started publishing an on line only magazine called Self Reliance.
So the old guy publishing BWH decided to go digital only too. It just wasn't the same. I think most people interested in self sufficiency like to have a paper copy to thumb through, and to add to their survivalist book shelf. So, recently the BWH people decided to go back to print. As soon as they do I'll subscribe again.
If you go to their link, you can look over their specials and anthologies. I bought a lot of them, especially the "ask Jackie" books on specific topics, and never was money better spent.
They also have a three volume set on survival basics. I have had the first volume for more than 15 years, but it has been updated and there are two additional volumes now, so I think it 's time for me to pick those up .
As much as I enjoy Off Grid and American Survival Guide, I always have the feeling they are intended for much younger and more affluent readers , not really designed for middle class, older people. Backwoods Home Magazine is more attuned to my demographic.
Thought for the Day:
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Main Stream Media are both a stench in the nostrils of decent people.
Just for fun: AR Guys vs. AK Guys (part one) warning: language