“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rain, wind and cold.


It was sleeting this morning before dawn.  Once the sun came up, it changed over to rain.  Never got above 40 here but at least it didn't snow.  Cold tonight but it's snug enough in the house. I went into town and got a new fuel filter gasket installed on the filter post, seems to have stopped the leak but I'll have to drive the truck awhile before I know for sure.  Next thing is a new brake booster cylinder. That'll cost about $300.00.  Then there are some largely cosmetic things I want to get fixed on the truck . It gives me something to do.



I picked up the latest edition of American Survival Guide in town while I was there. I really haven't had a chance to look at it yet, but that's how I plan to spend part of the evening.  The magazine has beeen doing extremely well since it came back into publication. I suppose that's a sign of the times.

Right now, there are more survival magazines than I've ever seen before. I either subscribe to them and get a paper copy in the mail, or get the digital edition but I am collecting them all. The digital ones I save on one of my Kindles. I'll be able to access them as long as I have power, since they are stored on internal memory. I get some flak from people about using anything digital, since it would seem to be susceptible to being lost in the event of a long term grid outage. However, if it's stored on the device, and not "in the cloud" and if you have the means to recharge the device ( and I do) I don't see an issue with it.





22 comments:

  1. Bad weather makes me want to hole up like groundhog anymore. If you lose your electronic documents, just live like your grandparents and you'll be fine.

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    1. Most people print out the electronic files they think they may want to keep in an emergency and then they put them in a filing folder or a binder. I figure I can use the Kindles just about forever, until the generator runs out of fuel or quits, anyway. I am looking for a good photo-electric recharger for them.

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  2. Got over a foot of heavy snow and it's still coming down heavy. Sounds like thunder when it slides off my dome roof. No sign of the town plow.

    Topping off the house batteries while I still have grid power. Not expecting much sun on the solar panels tomorrow.

    I'd rather have electronic files on my devices rather than in the cloud. Internet connections are already sketchy enough out here in the woods.

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    1. Figured you'd be getting snow in your area. My solar power system didn't work well when I built it in 1999. Still have the generator though.

      I figure if the grid goes, so will the internet so I keep my electronic files in some form that I can reach provided I can power the machines themselves.

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  3. I don't mind entertainment type stuff being electronic, especially an electricity sipping device like a kindle. My serious survival references like Foxfire 1-3, various Army FM's, John Mosby's 'The Reluctant Partisan', Jim Rawles's nonfiction TEOTWAWKI book, etc are all on paper.

    However I have a lot of entertainment type books on kindle. Figure if I can't somehow manage to charge my lowly kindle reading The Survivalist or Harry Flashman for fun is the least of my concerns.

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    1. I want my magazines and such where I can get at them in the event of a grid out scenario. But I can store all my Kindle books on my computer hard drive, and my magazines on the Kindles themselves, so it works for me ok.

      You might need a good laugh and I think Harry Flashman's adventures are always good for that. Hell of a writer, Douglas Fraser.

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  4. It's suppose to get up to 50 here towards the end of the week. That's unheard of around this time of year here. But, today it was cold. I was thinking, "Where in the hell is our warm weather?"

    Gingerbread Houses around our house are just to look at. That's why I buy them a year in advance on clearance. My boys like doing them, so I guess it's a thing we do called a tradition. I never grew up doing them though.

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    1. I wondered if you ate them. You could give them to your dog or dogs, they would eat them when Christmas is over.

      It's cold here tonight. Other than that, all is well.

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  5. The weather in Minnesota is more pleasant than the weather in Georgia. That's just wrong on so many levels! :)

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    1. Vicki, it's even colder today, but at least it's clear. There's a fierce wind blowing though. It's just after four and in a few minutes I'm going to make the trip down to the mailbox. I can get back before it gets too dark if I go on. Here in the mountains the mountain tops can still have sunlight but it's very gloomy and dim in the canyons around them.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    that's interesting.

    On the pic cover of that magazine, that 'grey man' is carrying a 'Hazard4" guitar case that's designed for AR-15's, mags etc.
    I got a backpack that can hold a rifle in a similar fashion. If I go that route, I will keep the pack 'with rifle' in my truck. In Texas, its not illegal to keep a rifle out in the open in a vehicle on rack or something. It is recommended to keep the rifle 'concealed' as not to freak out other motorists or give thieves and police (some mentality) something to gawk at.

    check out Hazard4.com

    Keep that old Ford in top condition 'Harry. If you ever half to sell it. Give me a holler.

    Stay warm Harry and keep them Ferrets from freezing:)

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    1. I had no idea that was a gun bag. I never got around to reading the magazine last night, but I will try to sit still under a lamp tonight and go through it. We can keep rifles on racks in the truck in Georgia, too, but I keep mine down behind the front seats out of sight. I've been spending a good bit on the F250 lately, but I do like it and it's given me something to do. I let it slide for too long there because I so rarely drove it.

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  7. It seems terminally overcast, damp and cold here too.

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    1. Today it's clear but it's really cold and there's a big wind blowing. The dogs and I are going down the mountain to the mail box here shortly, but I'll bundle up.

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  8. We have been doing some vehicle repairs too. Seems there is always something that needs tending.

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    1. My wife and I are down to two vehicles now. I have the F250 and she is driving the Jeep. My daughter has the Jeep Commander, my son has the Liberty. Here before long I think I am going to buy myself a nice used Wrangler. I miss my old one.

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  9. Stay warm, try and enjoy the weather when you can.

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    1. Going for a walk down the mountain here in a minute to get the mail. It's cold but down in between the slopes the wind won't be so bad. I need to get out of here for a bit.

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  10. Heat is important so I am glad you got it all fixed. Raining and storms here.

    Stay safe.

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    1. Sol, I was just thinking about you last night and wondering how the resettlement plan was going. I hope all is going well for you over there. Things here are fine, just a bit dull.

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  11. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    here's one fer ya'

    It seems Port Aransas way up north from where I am has a Coyote problem (a common problem on Texas islands)

    http://www.kristv.com/videos/port-aransas-coyote-problem/

    near the end of the news report there was talk of 'importing Jackrabbits' to feed the Coyotes (now that was funny)

    I found it amusing so I thought I would pass it your way.

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