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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday

  I went to town today and found this magazine on the news stand. I haven't seen it before.   Apparently it's a special, put out by American Survival Guide.

It's an interesting magazine, primarily oriented towards potential causes of disaster, both on a local and an international scale. Cost $9.00 so it isn't cheap, but what is anymore.

There were a lot of new "primitive living" magazines out on the rack. They all seem to focus on the period of the Mountain Men,  1822-1846 roughly although everybody sets their own dates for that. I didn't buy any. I don't plan to be making buckskin clothing, or hunting with a black powder muzzle loader so it doesn't seem like a good investment for my money.

A lot of people must disagree with that analysis, though because that genre is really increasing rapidly.  I counted three magazines on the rack specifically oriented towards mountain man style living, and we have a very limited selection of magazines in this town even if don't consider the subject matter.


Hodgdon's 15 Annual Reloading Manual is out. I always buy them, because they keep me up to speed about new loads and powders in a way my trusty hard back load manuals from the major producers of bullets and powders don't.

They make a nice reference library, and I keep them in my reloading section of the shop with my other references.

I got into reloading many years ago because I had to make my own ammo for some of the older guns I had. There wasn't any surplus or commercial out there. Then I just branched out until the only weapon (other than shotguns) I have I can't reload my own ammo for is the Nagant pistol. One, I have enough surplus ammo for that, two, the brass costs too much for Boxer primed, and three I am not fooling around with bullets recessed into the case. I haven't shot my Nagant pistols in years anyway, I don't see me being reduced to holding off the barbarian hordes with one of them.




My wife has come down sick, doubtless with some hideous malady she got at school.  But when we went to the medical supply locker for Robitussin DM, the cupboard was bare!  My spreadsheet said we should have four bottles. But it transpires that the wife, for reasons best known unto herself, has been ignoring a cardinal rule, and not writing down on the clipboard what she takes out of the cupboard. So, though it is cold, dark and foggy tonight, I had to drive into town to buy a bottle. This does not happen to me.  But when she is sick is no time to discuss the need for adhering to our ironclad procedures which we have used for thirty years. I'm at a loss, though.  I wonder if old age is catching up with us and this is a manifestation of it in her? It's not like her to ignore the procedures, she knows why we have them. She's always been good about it.  If there had been snow or ice, and I couldn't get out of here, she'd just have to make do with something else. We have NyQuil Day and NyQuil Night, but for some reason she doesn't like those.

At any rate, while I was in town I bought two packs of hog jowls for the dogs, so they made out for supper tonight. I also bought little bottles of "real" coke and sprite, so my wife can keep hydrated without wasting the soda, as she certainly would if it were in cans.  I bought Gatorade, which neither of us like but, like chicken soup, the culture here says you must have if you are sick. I can't drive all the way to town and back (about 28 miles) just to buy one bottle of medicine. I went to the grocery store, since I didn't feel like driving all the way out to Walmart, which is perched by itself on the big road near the county line. Tomorrow I'll go to Walmart and make a big buy after I re-inventory the medical supplies and see what else is not there.

By the way, one of the blogs I follow is that of a family who sails around and lives on a boat. I enjoy the guy's log,  and he is a good writer. Unfortunately, his last post details a ship wreck and I guess that's the end of his sailing log for awhile!

Ship Wreck post

  • Ship Wreck!






29 comments:

  1. Jeeze Harry not only do you send weather my way but the dang flu as well. LOL My wife has been down for the count since Friday night with a 102 fever and I now have all the signs of coming down with the same ailment.
    As for loading for the Nagant revolver take a look at this old fellow's take on it.
    http://youtu.be/mtBAzdiBlP4
    Check out his other videos he's got some interesting stuff.

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    1. M. Silvius, I'll look at that link. You never know what you will pick up from someone else's experiences and I like youtube videos on things like chamber casting because, as the saying goes, one picture is worth a thousand words.

      The flu is tearing Georgia up. I wasn't aware it was going on up in your area but I'm not surprised. People do so much traveling these days that a virus can spread virtually overnight.

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  2. I would never be able to keep track of what I have stored or what I have in my pantry if I didn't write it down. About once a week I enter everything I have taken from the shelves. That way I know what I am low on, and that really helps with my grocery order now that I have groceries delivered. I'm not wasting money on things I already have.

    The sad truth is that my memory isn't as good as I would like it to be. I wouldn't worry about memory loss with your wife, though. When she starts storing her car keys in the fridge, then you can worry! Or when she gets like me and puts things away for safe keeping and they are never seen again. I bought birthday cards for all six grandkids so I would have them to send for their birthdays. And put them away for safe keeping. And I still haven't found them. It's been two years. Sigh.

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    1. That happens to everybody. Somewhere in one of my storerooms is a big case of preserved cheeses in thick wax coatings. The problem is, I don't know which storeroom, thanks to a glitch in my spreadsheets.

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  3. PS: Your shipwreck link did not work but somehow I suspect you are talking about Ginny and Steve.
    http://ginnyandsteve.blogspot.com/2014/12/death-of-voyage.html

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    1. I fixed the link, thanks for letting me know it wasn't working. Yes, that's the blog. It seems like most of the problems he has are related to not wanting (or being able to?) pay docking fees and visa type fees. I can understand how you could get drained dry paying the fees, though, as many places as he goes.

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  4. I wish the wife better - soonest. Yeah, the age thing sneaks up and can cause a hicchup in the best laid plans. I'm wondering if / when those symptoms will manifest themselves in our house...

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    1. She's better today but still sick. She's sleeping on the couch with the tv on. I hate to waste the electricity, because if you are asleep why would you want the tv running, but that's how she is.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I was sick myself off and on for the last two months. Finally got over the last bought Saturday.
    I do not have the stores at home that you do. I do have some (enough for one or two people) there is always some small item that I don't have in medical or whatever that I have to go retrieve from some pharmacy or walmart. Its always one thing or another. No system is perfect.
    I got the main stuff though. That's what counts.

    I can see being a modern day mountain man, however I like hot showers and flush toilets. I can see having a simple 'well equipped cabin' with some modern conviences such as a microwave.
    Things I could do without are 'Wi Fi" (I run off of a regular cable for the net) and many other 'Yuppie toys" and gadgets that some people consider necessary like a smart phone (I am my own smart phone)

    I would like to be a Cowboy and live on a ranch. That would be cool.

    I would build a 'off the grid' ranch house with water well. I would want the house to be as insulated as much as possible because I know how hot (and cold) it gets back out in the desert.
    Maybe I would get a horse but a mule may be more practical like that guy that had the mule in that Nat Geo tv show, err whats his name, Howdy Fowler.
    Now that guy had the right idea.

    My grandfather the rancher died when I was three and my mother who grew up on the ranch wanted nothing to do with ranching. My grandfather lost the ranch due to medical bills anyway and with my grandfathers passing the knowledge from his father (my great grandfather) who was a true Cowboy from the old west went with him into the grave and was not passed on.
    One consulation is I think my grandfather would have been impressed with me living near the ocean (Gulf of Mexico) being his ranch was in the desert and I think he would be in 'awe' of my gun collection (all he had was a double barreled twelve gauge and a little twenty two revolver that he carried in his pocket.

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    1. You remember the old guy who was on "Where the Wild Men Live" who lived out in the desert? He was riding his four wheeler (at his age, for God's sake), inevitably rolled it over and totally destroyed his leg. Now he is home with his leg all pinned together? I wonder how he will get along now? If you are going to live out on your own you have to not put yourself in situations like that. His blog is in the list on the right side of the page, it's called "The Field Lab."

      I don't see why you couldn't get some land out in West Texas. It's so cheap it's about give away prices. The problem is finding some with water, etc.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' I know John Wells at the field lab. I mentioned before I have been out there twice already.
      I know all about his ATV accident and his busted up leg.

      I don't like ATV's. I was big into dirt bikes back in the 80's and I also road the old three wheelers and quads (quads were the first ATV's) I never like quads back then. Tires are too fat and to prone to mishaps and bouncing around and losing control.
      I would rather have an old truck or jeep. Much safer. That and get and EPIRB device ( you know that GPS emergency signal thing) If I got into a major mishap. I light off the EPIRB and wait for a helo. Now that would be an expensive extraction but if my leg is about to fall off. What the hell, spend the dough.

      By the way, John Wells is only 56. His beard makes him look ancient like some wizard from 'Lord of the Rings"

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    3. I thought he was much older than that. The trouble with living alone on a homestead is that when you get busted up all the work still has to get done. I hope some of his cronies will bear a hand til he is up and about. Like you I don't mess with four wheelers. My brothers and I once found a dead guy on one. His head was split wide open and he and the machine were wrapped around a big tree.

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  6. Not surprisingly, most of the mountain men were company employees and tightly controlled. There is some similarities between the system used and share cropping, but since the trade was so dangerous they tended to highly regiment the activities.

    Yes there were individuals who worked on their own, but they could easily get done in by minor setbacks. The wiki article notes them living off the land, and I am sure they did somewhat, but if you look at the total pelts taken in, it is clear that they didn't have much time for hunting, fishing and gathering.

    It seems like the mountain man has replaced the cowboy as the idealistic freeman of the frontier.

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    1. I think, judging from the number of high priced magazines suddenly appearing based around that life style that you're right, the mountain man has become the new symbol of independence. I wonder if the old "Jeremiah Johnson" movie of my college days is selling again. It would not surprise me.

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  7. " But when she is sick is no time to discuss the need for adhering to our ironclad procedures which we have used for thirty years."

    Thats some wisdom right there.

    My wife does the same. This is why I have to do inventory a couple times a year.

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    1. Mine has always been good about adhering to our procedures but lately she seems less motivated to do so. I wonder if she is looking forward a few years to when she wants us to become condo dwellers and just thinks it doesn't matter anymore?

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    2. If theres one thing I've learned about women, its that I havent learned one thing about women. Who knows what goes in those pretty little heads of theirs!?!

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  8. Hope the Mrs.gets felling better soon. Perhaps the ferrets hid the medicine?

    We have a few primitive types out here too, but I just can't envision a scenario where humankind has to revert to beaver pelts to stay warm... or that we live on hardtack to stay alive. --Troy

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    1. If the ferrets could get at the medicine they would surely drag it away.

      I don't know about how far back a society might regress under the impetus of something like a big asteroid strike or a supervolcano. Hope I don't find out. My preparations are really oriented towards something less cataclysmic so I don't put much effort into the primitive living concept. I may come to regret that decision down the road but you only have so much time and disposable income, so you take your best estimate of the situation and that's how you orient your planning. At least, that seems logical to me.

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  9. Harry,

    I'm so sorry to hear about your wife not feeling well. I hope she recovers from being sick real soon. Have you ever tried making your own cough syrup?

    I'll pop over and check out this blog, thanks for providing the site.

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    1. Sandy, she still feels poorly today so we have a doctor's appointment for Monday. I dread it because her doctor is fortyfive miles away on the wrong side of the mountains but that's how it is. I never tried to make cough syrup although some of my reference books do have some directions for making it.

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  10. We all, at work, have some sort of annoying throat tickle that makes us cough. You don't feel bad at all but it is more like post nasal drip, maybe from the dryness in the air. I found an old prescription nasal spray from a few months ago that i never used. Some people are getting pneumonia.

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    1. Strange you mention pneumonia because I just saw a news story yesterday that mentioned pneumonia rates in Georgia are significantly above average right now. They didn't offer any explanation for it. I don't think it's the weather since it really hasnt been that bad.

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  11. G'day Harry,

    Hope the Misses is feeling a bit better.

    Being a black powder shooter myself and also having done a bit of "re-enacting" over the years I can understand the attraction of the "Mountain man" era. You might be surprised to learn that there are quite a few here in Oz and also NZ who portray this era at shoots and even have Rendezvous as well.

    However, the reality is that most trappers led a very hard life and few ever made it past what we would call middle age (of course running afoul of Indians would make your life even shorter).

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts, Sgt. We are going to the doctor Monday if she is still sick even though it involves an epic journey through the mountains. I always liked reading about the mountain men. People like Liver Eat'n Johnson and Kit Carson. I guess in a long term total collapse scenario you could use worse role models to base your planning on.

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  12. The BEST medicines for colds are sleep and drinking water and tea. I warm up water, and stir in a spoon full of honey and a splash of lemon juice.

    Isaak had a sore throat 2 days ago. I felt off that day to. They never really did much more then make us feel ran down, and have stuffy noses.

    I hope your wife gets better soon.

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  13. Alissa, I agree. My wife has been sleeping on the couch and just resting. She is attended by Dr. Spike and Dr. Jet, but she could probably do without their help which primarily consists of burrowing through the blankets and biting her toes.

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  14. I hope your wife is getting better. Wanted to hop over and say Merry Christmas, it's been a pleasure reading your blog in 2014.

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  15. Max, I appreciate that. I 've certainly enjoyed reading yours and the beautiful scenery around your area.

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