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Friday, September 26, 2014

November American Survival Guide on the newstand.



This month has some good articles.  The story on group psychology in stressful situations was interesting.  I'm not sure I am very enthusiastic about them telling how to pick a padlock, as  I use a lot of padlocks, but since the magazine isn't published in Spanish I  probably don't have anything to worry about here.

One of my dogs has a big hunk bitten out of her tail.  I cleaned it up and used veterinarians "wound spray" from the Farmers Depot on her.  I use it on myself and it works pretty well on cuts, so I'm hoping it will keep out infection and help her heal up. I have no idea what got a hold of her but something did.  I'm glad she's had her rabies shots,  even though there haven't been any rabid animals here in ages, that's always a concern out in the woods.

Leaves are falling pretty fast now, and the acorns are all over the ground.  I hope the bears are stuffing for their winters hibernation, and I hope they are staying out in the woods and not coming around my place.  There was a big pile of "pooh" out behind my barn this morning that looked suspiciously like bear scat, even if it didn't smell like bear spray or have any little bells in it.


19 comments:

  1. Reckon ol' Sasquatch might of left that present for you?

    -Moe

    'Winters Coming"

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    1. Could be. A town not far from here was featured on a Discovery Channel show about Sasquatch last year after"something" ran across the road at night in front of a Sheriff's Deputy and his dash camera filmed it. Nights are strange enough out here without adding "Squatch" to the mix. Years ago my brothers were camping in the Sierra Nevada's and they swear they saw Big Foot to this day but by their own admission they had been punishing the Jose Cuervo all afternoon beforehand so their credibility is marginal.

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  2. Leaves are a falling here, yard work tomorrow for us. Northern Mn is at peak already, they had frost earlier this month.

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    1. I've got her taken care of. If it starts to get infected we'll go to the vet. Pretty "falling" down here too.

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  3. Harry,

    Your poor dog.....glad to see you were able to take care of the wound.
    I enjoy this magazine, pick it up in town periodically.

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    1. I like it. Something to read at quiet times, and they sometimes have new ideas. Bell may wind up going to the vet if her tail doesn't heal up but maybe the spray will fix it. I hope so.

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  4. oh Harry - so sorry to hear about your dog but glad you took care of it pronto. we don't have many falling leaves yet - our autumns last a full 3 months which we love. we swam in the river today and it looks like tomorrow and sunday are going to be river days as well....i love our slow autumns! (it really makes up for our sucky may and junes - teehee!)

    much love to you and yours, always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Bell will be ok. She is an important member of the family and the High Council of the Ferrets has authorized a special expenditure of funds for a trip to the vet if need be. :-)

      Seems strange it would be warm enough to swim up there and chilly here but I think it was CC who said our weather was El Nino related and that may not impact on you up there at all. I know our weather here is certainly not normal.

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    2. Hey Harry and Kymber,

      You see I'm am sooooo right.

      I should go back to school and be one of them' their meteoreoleogist's or whatcamallitt's with a fancy PH.D.
      I want to be on the weather channel and tell stupid people, if you go out in this blizzard, you will die:)

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    3. Harry - we always have beautiful and warm septembers. our octobers are nice too, but they start the cooldown. but one year we were swimming up to mid-october it was so nice out. this is our usual weather. real summer here is mid-july to mid-end september.

      CC - you should go and get that fancy degree - bahahahah!

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    4. Somehow, CC, I cant' see you in a business suit smiling fake smiles at the camera. But who knows, I guess you can't tell til you give it a try. Maybe you missed your calling.

      Still cool here today. I thought about building a fire but didn't have the energy and the house is warm enough. Wish I was up there where I could go swimming in the river. As long as you don't have any snapping turtles. I don't like those things!

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  5. what makes you think those tattooed, spanish speaking, drug sucking, murdering thugs read? just a thought.
    deb h.

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    1. Alas, they might check out the pictures. :-(

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  6. That is truly a shame about your dog. Poor thing! Good thing you know about emergency care.

    When I was in nursing school we studied group dynamics in emergency situations. Also thought this article over at grandpappy's was interesting.

    On a survival stash note, I just finally bought a Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Fire Starter. A little item of huge usefulness. Don't know what took me so long to get one.

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    1. Bell is better today. The wound is not bleeding anymore and the swelling has gone down. That spray is great stuff.

      I'll go read that article. I used to read his blog a good bit, then he went "off the air" for awhile and I never got reconnected. Time I started dropping by there again.

      I'm not familiar with that particular kit, but I'll look it up. You never know, I might want to add one to my supplies. I do have some magnesium bars, and that kind of thing. Plus a big plastic storage tub of Bic lighters I got when Walmart was doing a clearance on them, twenty cents apiece.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    In my humble opinion on the 'group dynamics' thing. What will cause 'disharmony' the most is the 'me' factor.
    Even if there are shared goals, a group can fall apart just because selfish behavior from an individual or individual's. For any kind of team or group to succeed certain kinds of individuals need to 'weeded out' kind of like boot camp.
    When I was in the military there were some people that drove me nuts because of their music or sub-culture that they identified with. Now if those individuals were really good team players and respected others, I could look past the music and sub-culture that they identified with (I'm sure a few people could say the same thing about me)
    In stressful situations little things can make a person snap. In a group if someone knows something irritates someone else, and if they have any respect for the 'stressed individual' they will stop doing what they are doing or take it somewhere else.
    I am also real careful of who I get together in groups with. I don't like groups nor do Iike being around lots of people. I do have a cadre of friends that respect me and know what I can do and know that I will look out for them and vise versa. That's the most important thing in group dynamic's is having consideration and respect for others because that builds more respect and trust.

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    1. Well, I think the general consensus is that over long term situations, it may take more than a single individual to keep above water. I know all the really good post apocalyptic novels focus on groups. That may be because it provides more material for the writer to use to flesh out his story, I guess. But I know I couldn't keep awake here all the time, and I'm pretty sure just my wife and I could not do all the labor that would be required. For instance, I have plenty of good hard wood on my place, but I am not all that sanguine that the two of us could cut the wood, haul it to the truck, split it, stack it ,etc along with everything else that would have to be done.

      The issue of who to take into your confidence is a tough one. I've made some inquiries in the general area and haven't found any group I was comfortable with.

      It may be a problem that you can't solve in advance, and possibly in the event something dramatic occurs you will have to go make decisions as you go on this issue.

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  8. Your poor dog. I bet it got in a fight with some kind of animal. It's good that he has his rabies shot.

    I know someone that collects snakes. When he gets any kind of cut he uses the stuff he uses on his snakes when they shed their skin. He swears by it.

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    1. I suspect Bell got bitten by a raccoon or something of that nature. She isn't aggressive by nature but she is inquisitive, and sometimes that doesn't work out well. She's better today.

      My daughter keeps snakes, though I don't know why. I'll ask her if she uses that , and if she doesn't she will certainly want to know about it.

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