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Saturday, January 31, 2015

An Inauspicious Alignment of the Heavens.


We went to town today.  Bad headwork on our part.  First, most people up here get paid weekly, on Friday, so Saturday is not the day to go to the grocery store.

Second, there's a snow storm coming and hordes were in town buying the things they should already have had on their shelves at home, but didn't.

Third, lots of Seniors got their social security checks delivered yesterday or today, and they were all in town, standing in the middle of the aisles, blocking anyone from getting by while they pondered their purchases. I'm a senior myself and I find antics like that infuriating.

We got the things we needed and headed out of town as fast as we could. Normally we would have stayed for lunch, but not while the swarm was in there doing all their shopping.

I came home and worked outside for a few hours, then took a nap.   It was a busy day.



The March American Survival Guide came in the mail this week.  It's primarily concerned with cold weather survival in the field.  Since my days of camping out and being exposed to the weather are hopefully over, that wasn't terribly interesting although you can never be sure you won't be in a ditch or down the side of slope some day in cold weather.  There were some other articles not related to cold weather survival which were more interesting.


I found this today in town, and it was a surprise.  Newsweek does pretty good "special editions" on a  wide variety of topics. The paper is very high quality, the photography is National Geographic level, and the articles are well written.  I never thought to come across one on Survival topics. I suppose with the level of anxiety in the country today,and the increased awareness of how unstable our situation is on a number of fronts, the editors felt it would be a timely release.

Les Stroud wrote the introduction,  which is pleasant as he is one of the few "television survivalists" I can think of that aren't bogus like Bear Grylls.  Cody Lundin is the only other individual in the television "survival genre" that I would say is real and not fake.

The articles are not the same time worn, hackneyed bits you see in so many magazines today. Instead, they deal with how the wild men of the world survive in places like the desert,  It also has stories on some unusual ways to feed yourself in the wilderness. Over all, I thought it was well done, but as all Newsweek Special Editions are, it was pricey at $11.00.

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  1. Can't stand the Walmartians either. Try to hit the place only early on a week day as it is when the zombies are not out and about spending my tax money. As for TV survivalist I can't say I am impressed by any of them. The new bush hippy fellow that replaced Cody has a pleasant enough demeanor, but it is still a TV show, they are still all catering to a 12 yr old audience and the scenes are all to obviously staged. The only one of them I really liked was the British fellow Ray Mears but I guess he was not phony enough for the TV producers.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/RayMearsBushcraft/videos

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    1. I usually go to Walmart before the sun comes up, but when the wife wants to go we have to push that time back some. I should have known yesterday was not the day to go in there.

      I have heard of Ray Mears but know very little about him, as I've never seen him on television or read anything he wrote. What I have heard of him has been positive. I like Les Stroud because he doesn't create contrived "emergencies" for drama, he just goes out in some desolate spot and lets things develop as they will. Cody Lundin got busted for drugs and did time as a young man, but when he got out he decided to get as far from people as he could and his survivalist business developed from that. He is not known for tact, and that's why he's in trouble with somebody or other most of the time. His books are good, and I've enjoyed both of them as well as some of the smaller, pamphlet type things he's written.

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    2. I was going to say ray mears as well. Very respected in the bush craft field and has travelled all over the world studying different indigenous people to record their ways of doing things before they're lost forever. Bruce parry also does good programmes on indigenous people around the world (although not survival it is interesting) he spends a month or more with them and lives their way of life. Even taking their drugs on one episode to join a shaman on the spirit plane. Sure its on YouTube somewhere one series was called tribe the othe amazon, worth a watch just because its so well done.

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    3. Kev, Les Stroud did a series with the same theme, where he traveled around and lived with indigenous people. It was good but I liked his "Survivorman" programs better. I'll see if I can find some of Mears' work on the net, he sounds interesting. I have not heard of Bruce Parry before, I'll see what I can find on him too.

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    4. I think it was Discovery that ran the Ray Mears series here in the US for one season about 15 years ago. The one that we enjoy here on occasion is the Weather Chanel series called Three fat Men in the woods. They take three big boys from the city and try to show them some woodcraft skills. No hype, minimal drama. No hooting and hollering.
      http://stories.weather.com/fat-guys-in-the-woods

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    5. I'll check that one out Michael and I've not watched any survivor man either. Have you watched a four part series on YouTube called happy people? Its about a self sufficient (well almost) community of hunters aand trappers living in sibera. An amazing show. I had to watch them all. If you search happy people then either spring, summer, autumn or winter you'll get all four parts.

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    6. Yes Kev, I saw The Happy People series on You-tube a while back. I think it was Werner Hertzog that took the original Russian footage and made it in to the 4 part series in English. I did also see the original footage in Russian, and though you can't understand the Russian there is a lot of footage not shown on the Hertzog remake.
      PS: The weather channel series I mentioned above is actually called Fat Men In The Woods.

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    7. I'll add it to my list. When I cook tea at night I sometimes have a YouTube video playing while the wife looks after the kids. Gives me five minutes peace and I can watch something I'd like rather than frozen! I got through all the war time kitchen and garden series over the last couple of weeks and learnt a few things.

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  2. Hey Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    I made a late night run to walmart last week. It must have been 'white trash tweeker night'
    all the meth addicts were out and you can imagine it was a freak show. We even had a bearded lady and some teenage boy who thought he was a teenage girl (I heard that the chemicals in canned food can cause some kinda sexual mix up) I think he was bottle fed and not breast fed as a baby.



    I really get a kick out of all the gimps in the battery powered walmart power chairs doing some bumper car, smash up derby, Dukes of Hazzard stuff in those carts.

    Hey Harry, I would rather take 'old rednecks that ain't prepared over some of the
    misfits and castoff's from the trailer parks.

    I made it out to the gun show today. Not anything new. I did see a great many overpriced guns.
    I did my good deed today. I pulled into the gun show and some old redneck with a Jeep was messing around under the hood. I asked him if he had problems and he said he could not get his jeep started so I pulled out my jumper cables and jump started his old jeep in no time.

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    1. Never hurts to help strangers if you can. The fable of Androcles and the Lion applies.

      We have a gun show up here every few months, I try to go if I can but rarely buy anything. Prices are too high and they don't have to have much in the way of things that I am interested in.

      Our Walmart isn't that bad, it's just overcrowded, not enough cashiers, and you do get a lot of seniors in there all at once when social security comes out.

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  3. It drives me nuts that magazines are so expensive now. I would like to read that one though. I agree that Les and Cody are so much more genuine than the other folks.

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    1. Magazines today cost what a good hardback book did in the 1980's. This one by Newsweek is pretty impressive though. Stroud and Lundin are the only two living survivalists I put much faith in. Most of the "modern day" originators of the mind set are gone now.

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    2. You may want to see the Dirttime forum, there is some good information found and I've learned a lot from them. A mix of old and new.

      http://dirttime.com/

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  4. Strange you would mention this. We went into town Friday night and we couldn't believe how many people were out and about in the restaurants. The only shopping we have is a Dollar General or a Farm Supply store but we tried to get a pizza while my granddaughter was here and we couldn't get in. A 30 min wait! It's usually walk in and sit down. The same was true for the other place we tried .

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    1. I think probably the same factors that caused the ant heap effect here were in operation in your area. We have a very large retired population in this county. I'd guess about a third of the people who live here are over 62.

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  5. Interesting about Newsweek. As part of the mainstream media, I always wonder why they publish things like that. Have to add that I hate crowds too. It's one of the reasons I hate shopping, LOL

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    1. Newsweek is good at spotting "trends" and publishing to take advantage of them. People are wired right now, anxiety meters are pegged out. Even in our little backwater up here in the mountains the magazine was going off the shelves pretty fast. I saw people from old grannies to loggers buying it. Like the old Chinese curse highlights, we live in interesting times.

      I don't like going into town when it's all frenzied. Miscalculated this time.

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  6. I so understand about your trip to town. I find myself trying to do everything in one trip so I don't have to go to our little town very often.

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    1. Inger, it's good to see you back. I'll stop by your place and see if you have had time to do an update. It's a fairly long drive to town, and it's a bit of a trial getting up and down the mountain. We've gotten to the point where we don't go nearly as often as we once did.

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  7. I kind of wish I went out on the town to run errands yesterday. Even if it were busy I'd have what I want for today. Now it snowed so much that my husband had to go shake the trees. He was in fear that their branches would break otherwise. It was a thick, heavy snow. It's still coming down.

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    1. Right now we have very strong winds and heavy rain. However, around six a.m. it's supposed to change over to snow, sleet and freezing rain. I can sympathize with you, and it sounds like you're getting it worse than we are. We are just forging up til all of it passes.

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  8. Winter here seems to be over. I have to wait until Tuesday for my disability payment. Kind of a drag. I always try to stay way from the stores during the weekend. I so dislike all the folks. It doesn't matter which store it is so many folks think they are above everyone else. Just today we encountered two different groups of people who blocked the aisles to chat. Then in the parking lot two cars almost hit us as they are too important to slow down, as they need to be elsewhere like 30 min ago.

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  9. My wife got so aggravated at a guy in Walmart who was blocking the aisle she crashed our buggy into his on purpose. This may explain why she has so many car wrecks.

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  10. Harry,

    I'm always watching the calendar when making arrangements to go into town to just check the mail at the post office. Stay far away from the post office on the 1st and 15th of the month......everyone waiting on a check is there.

    Shopping is something we do but don't really enjoy. I try to avoid doing any shopping when the stores are crowded.

    Interesting magazine News Weeks off the grid, I must check it out further.

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    1. We went into the post office yesterday and it was jam packed. The woman working at the counter said never to come to the post office right after a payday weekend. I think the truth is, too many people have moved up here and our facilities can't cope.

      The News Week special edition was pretty good. I enjoyed it, because there was some fresh material there.

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  11. Harry I wish I would have the guts like your Wife and crash the trolley into the motorised scooters over here. I was smashed into in a supermarket by a little old lady who had obviously never driven a car or a motor bike but had been given one of those scooters by the government.

    Can anyone tell me why do retired people go shopping on a Saturday? they have all week to get it done whilst everyone else is at work.

    Have you seen the blog peopleofwalmart?

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    1. I saw the horrific pictures of bizarre people on a blog, it may have been that one, I'll have to look. Very strange.

      My wife gets mad and when she does she gets aggressive. I'm always afraid she will do something like the buggy ramming and get me drawn into an embarrassing altercation. She is especially prone to blowing the car horn at people, not a really good idea up here. Yet she's the one who is always warning me not to lose my temper.....

      I don't know why the retirees cram into the stores on a weekend, unless it's like this past weekend when a lot of them got their social security checks and were doing their monthly shopping. I just got careless this past weekend or I would never have gone in there with the whole town jamming the stores.

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