Day 5 on the road: to North Carolina

Following a productive visit to Dayton, Miss D. and I hit the road on Thursday morning, and turned south towards North Carolina.  After a period of heavy traffic making our way through the Cincinnati metroplex and across the Kentucky border, we settled down to a steady pace on what was probably the most enjoyable day on the road of this trip so far.  The roads through Kentucky were generally pretty good, the traffic was bearable, and the weather was enjoyable. All went smoothly until we passed through Knoxville, TN.  Google Maps warned us of a couple of slowdowns ahead, one quite small

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Day 4 on the road: running around Dayton, Ohio

Wednesday was a business day for Miss D. and her family.  They had to deal with various issues, none of which directly involved me, so I was a bit of a spare part for most of the discussions.  I spent the morning with them, then went back to our hotel for an afternoon nap while they continued their work.  We met up again for supper at a Chinese buffet (good food, BTW, and very tasty). While running around town, I was struck by the “two Daytons” feel of this city.  There’s a fair amount of gentrification in some areas, with older buildings being restored

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Day 3 on the road: onward to Ohio

Yesterday (Tuesday) Miss D. and I rose at a leisurely hour and hit the road for the short hop from Indianapolis to Dayton, Ohio.  It’s only a couple of hours’ drive, by far the shortest leg of our journey, so we weren’t stressed for time and could relax and enjoy the sights. We were glad to see that agriculture in this part of the world is in a somewhat healthier condition than any other state we’ve been through so far this trip.  We began to see fields where planting had been accomplished, although the crops weren’t as tall as they should be

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Day 2 on the road: onward to Indianapolis

Following our exhausting day’s drive yesterday, Miss D. and I took extra time to rest this morning, rather than make an early start.  That was no problem, because our destination, Indianapolis, was less than four hours by road from St. Louis.  We hit the road by about 10 a.m., and got in at about 3 p.m. local time (changing from Central to Eastern time zones in the process, thus gaining an hour). The roads through Illinois and Indiana were not very impressive.  I don’t know whether it’s the more extreme climate in the north central USA, or a different way of doing things, or

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On the road again

Miss D. and I are on the road again.  She has some family business to attend to, so we’re on our way north to take care of that.  Unfortunately, it’ll prevent us from attending LibertyCon this year (scheduled for the coming weekend).  We had planned on attending, but the date and venue of the convention were changed, without sufficient notice for us to be able to accommodate it by altering other plans;  so this year, we’ll have to rely on our friends to represent us and create as much mayhem as possible in our absence.  Knowing our friends, they’ll do just fine at

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Google Mail and Blogger problems

Just a quick heads-up:  Gmail and Blogger have been logging me out for the past hour.  I can’t check e-mail at all, and this is the first time I’ve been able to reach Blogger. If you don’t see any blog posts tomorrow morning, it’ll be because of these problems.  I hope they’ll be resolved soon. Peter

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Preparedness book proposal – what do you think?

Last week I reviewed Selco Begovic’s new book. At the time, I concluded: As a matter of fact, Selco’s book has got me wondering whether I shouldn’t write one of my own, about the lessons learned in SHTF situations in the many and varied circumstances in which I’ve found myself over the years.  I must think about that. Many of you left comments or sent e-mails to say that I should, indeed, write that book:  so I’ll add it to my plans for this year.  I’d like to get your input on how it should be structured, and what it should

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Scam alert

Four times now, a commenter calling himself “Aaron Harris” has tried to leave a comment like the two below on this blog: Hello everyone reading this message I'm here to ask for your assistance in helping those poor kids out there. I want to feed 5,000 (five thousand kids) in Africans this Christmas and I want to also send them back to school and I'm asking for your help to make this possible. No amount is too small or big $50, $100 any amount will be appreciated. Contact email via (deleted) thanks. Please join me today as I make impact,

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News and views you can use

There have been so many weird and wonderful news reports and blog articles over the past couple of days that I can’t keep up with them all.  I figured I’d post links to some of them here, and let you explore those that interest you.  In no particular order: Clint Smith, of Thunder Ranch (under whom I’ve trained multiple times), talks about ammunition and gunfights.  Money quote:  “I’ve never heard anyone complain about having too much ammunition in a fight.” I had to laugh at the Conservative Treehouse’s glee over President Trump’s most recent burst of activity.  They seem to be enjoying themselves

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Tab clearing

Several articles and posts caught my eye recently.  In no particular order, they include: On Security Clearances (The Diplomad) Pulling Their Clearances Is Only the Start – It’s Time to Stamp out Elite Privilege (Townhall) Trump Is Not Trying to Silence Brennan.  The president’s strategy is the opposite: to make the former CIA director more prominent and use him as a foil (Bloomberg) Connecting some dots (Reddit – if true, this list of people and their links uncovers the “Swamp Conspiracy” against President Trump more clearly than anything else I’ve read) Top Far Left Organizations Bragged About Working with Facebook and Twitter to Censor and Eliminate

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