This song pretty much sums up the attitude of certain individuals you are apt to run up on in parts of Atlanta. The individual who sings it was a famous "rapper", idolized by young men in "de hood." Fortunately, he got gunned down years ago. But the thought processes you hear in this are alive, and well, and operative in most American cities. Just a word of warning, every other word in this is obscene, but it's an eye opener. Believe me, these guys are out there. You don't have to get off the freeway at the wrong exit to meet them , either. They can pop up anywhere.
It's a mistake to think "well, if they mess with me, I'll shoot them." Do that in Atlanta, or any big American city, and you'll be starring in the sequel to "The Gentle Giant" or "Treyvon on his way to bible study." It's way better to just let them have the cities and stay out of there.
And yet, every day the news starts out with somebody getting whacked down in Atlanta because they drove a nice car into the wrong neighborhood, or needed some gas. It's like a broken record. Interesting to note that even back when this song was written, Luxury SUV's were a favored target.
Still, when it gets right down to it, remember the old saying. "Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6." I have no faith in "justice" in an American city when a white person shoots a black person. The circumstances don't matter one iota. You're still going to be an evil "Cracka" who gunned down Lafondu on his way to church. Beats being dead, though.
Nothing lasts forever:
My security camera system finally gave up the ghost. It was a wired system, and it worked for nearly fifteen years in some pretty bad weather. Freezing cold in winter, blistering hot and humid in summer. I'll have to replace it. Might not be so easy, since all the systems I've looked at on line feature "wireless" cameras and you have to have a smart phone instead of a monitor. I am not going to be getting a smart phone, they won't work here anyway. I'm not all that keen on the "wireless" camera issue either. I already use so many battery powered devices here that it's a significant additional expense to keep them in batteries. I can't imagine that a wireless camera that was on 24 hours a day, seven days a week would not consume batteries at an alarming rate.
As it is, I wait til Christmas is over, and then buy the big packs of batteries at Home Depot. Saves a lot of money and I always have batteries on hand. But I'm not sure I can afford to run "wireless cameras."
Farmer's Market and the County Cannery
If you don't have a cannery near you, or you don't grow your own food, you can buy number ten cans of basics from the Mormon canneries. Here's a link to locations for them. As far as I know, there's only one now in Georgia, down in Tucker. Too far to drive.
Speaking of the Mormons, here's one of their books that's outstanding. It has information on just about everything you could need to know for the bad times. The last edition I know of was published in 2012, but maybe there's a new one out. It's not cheap but it's good value.
And one final thing on this. Here's a link to the Mormon home food storage calculator. When I ordered that 18 wheeler full of supplies in 1999, this is what I used to decide how much of what to buy.
Well, I've got a doctors appointment in another county today, so I'd better start getting ready. At least it's an excuse to get off the mountain for awhile. And, there's a good buffet place up there.