H N Y .
Let us begin on a happy note. Thanks to Survival Blog, we can raise a glass to John C. Garand, who was born this day in the year 1888. (For an interesting critique of the M1 rifle based on empirical knowledge, see LTC John George’s excellent book, Shots Fired in Anger, in the chapter called „Our Own Guns.“)
As for resolutions, might we venture a broad one? Get ready. Ready for what? Whatever comes your way, our way. Retire debt, especially the consumer debt. Lose the extra kilos. Get in shape, more to the point get in practical shape (forget the gym). Start walking with a load on your back, a light one of course to begin with; cut and split your own firewood; start hauling loads on your bicycle. Stockpile household essentials, in all particulars. Learn a skill. Get your arms and munitions in order, and keep them in a high state of readiness: make your acquisitions, get whatever carry permit you need, and embark on regular training. Get rid of cable TV and build up your library. Start paying more attention to local issues.
De-clutter and simplify.
Today’s the day to start.
I’ll be at the gun show later. More to follow.