This morning it's cooler, in the low fifties, and very blustery. Shortly we are going into town because my wife needs to pick up a few groceries.
The new Survivors Edge showed up in the mailbox, all beat up as usual. Why would a publisher put out an expensive magazine, and not put it in a mailer or plastic wrap?
This one had lots of gear that I'd like to have. Most of it was electronic, including a GPS system that has a satellite link enabling you to send text messages and automatic position reports from any place on earth.
There was also a piece of equipment for boaters, a pocket sized GPS system that is completely water proof and lets you send automatic position reports, text messages, and has an emergency beacon that works through satellite. My brother spends a lot of time off the Oregon coast, out of sight of land. Might be a good Christmas present for him. I need to repost his description of a tsunami warning fiasco he was involved in some years back, it's both informative and funny.
A new military surplus catalog from Sportsman's Guide showed up as well. This is one of the best in years. Lots of new products, and a lot of really good deals. You can pay something in the neighborhood of sixty dollars a year to be a member of their "buyers club." Sounds like a lot until you contrast the catalog prices with the buyers club discount, then it makes financial sense.
I'm also looking for a catalog from Cheaper than Dirt and Major Surplus and Survival. They aren't that good about sending theirs unless you buy something pretty frequently, but you can order the catalogs on line for free, so it's more of an inconvenience than anything else. Sportsman's Guide is better about keeping you in the loop even if you don't send them an order every month.
Looking through catalogs is fun, even if you don't buy anything.
Their prices are very good, and the equipment they sell has always been up to snuff. Primarily, it just doesn't have the name of fancy companies attached to the goods, so people with a lot of money may turn their noses up . But as far as I'm concerned, good enough is good enough. If it gets the job done, I'm not worried about whether the knife maker is famous and has big full page adds in this magazine or that magazine.
BudK has things you can't find anywhere else. I once bought a replica of a Roman gladus type sword as a wall decoration from them. You just never know what will be in the catalog.
Not much else going on here in North Georgia. No news is good news, I suppose.