More Stash Stuff……………..

Made a run to the hardware store to get more supplies for the apocalypse  (The Brandon Administration) bunker.


I have several really nice flashlights staged around the house for the “Dark Times”. We have had a few power outages in the past 5-6 years all because of the same %@$!# tree a few properties down the way.  Knock on wood they were always in the summer time so freezing wasn’t a problem and they have removed (FINALLY) the offending tree.

3 medium sized flashlights and 2 headlamps.

The “Husky” flashlights a re fine product, but there are other Energizer lights would have rather had. BUT !!!  The other Energizer lights had (a) uncommon batteries or (b) other than AAA batteries.  I want to have all of the lights using the same batteries.

I don’t buy very many batteries anymore and I was surprised to see that the package of Energizer batteries are good for 10 years. Yeah for that.

I did open each item and test them.  All work.

I asked the question previously about opening the prepackaged supplies.  I did open them and I am glad I did.

1)   Make sure that there really is product in the container.  Would hate to go into the apocalypse zone and find out I have a dozen tubs of someone’s old socks.

2)  Make sure the product is in usable condition.

Of the three tubs I opened, I found 3 items that were damaged.  Two of them had small cuts and one of them had a bad seal/seam on the top.

Now, the company that I purchased the tubs from were willing to give me a refund for the damaged product, but they wanted me to send the entire tub and contents back so they could replace the entire tub !!!  WHAT THE WHAT WHAT ?????

Besides the gross inconvenience, there would be no guarantee that they would have a replacement to send me.

So, I contacted the manufacturer, “Readywise” and they will be sending three replacements to me.

That means sometime soon, I will be sampling the three damaged products for a taste test.





Any Y’all Use Patriot Mobile?

Patriot Mobile

It seems at first glance that ATT/Directv will “cancel” OAN News from the programming.

I rarely read/watch OAN but solely on the principle of it, I will be looking to drop my ATT phone coverage soon.

We need to make they pay in real costs.

9 Out Of 10 Doctors………

Don’t approve of eating this:

(And that’s why I go to doctor # 10)

Fried chicken skin.

I was making boneless chicken thigh rolls and decided to wrap them in bacon.  But after rolling the 2nd thigh, I realized that I had forgot to put the skin back on.  Oh well, Just fry up the skin when I fry up the thigh bits l trimmed off for the dog.

The only thing I think more decadent than this food, would be deep frying pork belly in duck fat.

CRAP !!!!! Now I’m Looking For A Laptop……………….

I have had my Win 8 laptop for almost 9 years.


It’s been a fine computer and has done every thing I need.

But support ended for Win 8 and I purchased my first software that is not Win 8 supported !!

I have always resisted the free update to Win 8.1 just because I don’t like updates.


It’s cheaper at a few other places, $399-$410.

It’s got a lot of what I want/need.

8 Gig Ram (old 4 Gig)

4.1 Ghz processor (old 1.7)

256 Gig storage.  This will be the first computer I have had with SSD.

Storage is not an issue as I keep most data on several externals.

3 USB ports   Would really like more

Screen size is moot since this will be plugged into a “docking station”.

$400 bucks is in the budget if I cut a few other future purchases.  I hear brakes are only a suggestion.


I love new computers because I like tweaking them, I also like the idea of a “clean” computer.

What I don’t like, is having to reinstall all of my software and setting all of my online accounts.


January 6, 2021

First, I have to say that if anyone thinks that 01/06/2021 was an “insurrection”, there aren’t enough synonyms in a thousand thesauruses for “dip shit, idiot, moron, dip wad, cocktwaddle, buffoon, fool, jackass, brain stem, nit wit…….” You are the dumbest of the dumb.

My dad and younger brother are huge Trump supporters and were on board the Trump Train long before I was. My brother said he and my dad were planning on going to the Capital that day and I said I would go as well. The plan was to drive and stay outside of DC and take the train in and use public transportation. My dad is in pretty good health for 85 but he can’t spend all day walking around.

Now, I was fully expecting that the Democrat Fascist Storm Troopers would be there to instigate violence (because that’s their sole purpose in life) and I was not going to be in the middle of any of the crowds.
My brother on the other hand wanted to be right up front and center !!!

No freaking way for me !!

But, my brother was hearing rumors that the public transportation was going to be shut down and did not want to go if we couldn’t get our dad around safely so he cancelled.

I still planned on going. I took the week off at work and had the idea that I would be going.
I ended up not going.

A lot of “Who knows” if I had gone.

I wish I had

Adding To The Stash……

I pulled the trigger and bought some of the 25 year shelf life “long term storage” food:

A bucket of powdered eggs.

I remember 40 plus years ago when I was 14-15 on a canoe trip on the Boundary Waters and one of the freeze dried foods we had was “Scrambled eggs”.  I remember them tasting really good !!  I’m going to have to open a package of these and give them a try to see how they are.



A bucket of “Entrees”.

Cheesy Macaroni

Chili Macaroni

Creamy Past And Vegs

Cheesy Lasagna

Pasta Alfredo

Tortilla Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Savory Stroganoff

I might have to pick one of those to sample as well.  Hate to get to the Apocalypse and find out my food sucks.

Any reason to leave all of the premade items in their original container and not repack them in another tote?

Also picked of a lot of hand/body warmers and a couple of small knives that were on sale.



New Laws In Illinois……………..

A new law takes effect giving students up to five days off for mental health.

Also called “Slacker days”

A law prohibiting rules regarding hairstyles such as braids and twists. The measure is aimed at ending discrimination based on hairstyles.


New consumer protection laws will be on the books. When a loved one dies, survivors are sometimes burdened with cancellation fees from utilities. That will no longer be allowed under law.

Actually a good idea.  Too bad it has to be a law and utilities don’t do it as a matter of doing the right thing.

Starting Jan 1, phone, television and internet providers are prohibited from charging a fee for early cancellation of a service contract.

Bad law.  It’s called a “CONTRACT”

Children’s lemonade stands are getting new protections. Hayli’s Law ensures children under 16 can run a lemonade stand without a permit or license.

Thank God the people that legislate our lives agreed that KIDS can sell lemonade without bureaucratic oversight.

Firearms owners in the state should brace for changes. Fingerprinting for firearms is encouraged, although it is not required. State police can beginning issuing a combined FOID Card and concealed carry license as they establish a public database aimed at preventing the transfer of stolen firearms.

I need to look into this.

It’s good/bad that the FOID/CCL are separate cards. Would be nice not to have to carry one more piece of ID, but it’s also no ones f’n business if I’m buying ammo or a gun to know that I have a CCL.  Of course it would be best, not to have either ID.

Also have to check out the “public database” associated with this law.  Does that really mean a PUBLIC database??????  Also, not sure how a “PUBLIC” database would stop thieves from stealing guns and selling them to prohibited possessors




Stolen Gun Database

In January 2022, the Illinois State Police must develop a stolen gun database through which potential buyers may search the gun’s serial number to see whether it is stolen. The State Police will also monitor state and federal databases for residents charged with firearms crimes. They must correlate these records with CCL and FOID to identify individuals who cannot own a gun.


OK, I can dig that.

Won’t stop the sale of guns that haven’t been reported stolen or guns stolen that the SN is unknown etc.


Let’s Go Brandon

Fuck Joe Biden

Trump Won

Biden Cheated


L.A.’s Arms Race of the Affluent

H/T Last Refuge

L.A.’s Arms Race of the Affluent


Since opening in July 2020, the store has seen upscale residents from Santa Monica to the Hollywood Hills increasingly in a panic following several high-profile smash-and-grab and violent home invasion robberies. The apparent siege has brought in a daily stream of anxious business owners and prominent actors, real estate moguls and film execs, says owner Russell Stuart. Most are arming themselves for the first time.

“This morning I sold six shotguns in about an hour to people that say, ‘I want a home defense shotgun,’” says Stuart, whose store is discreetly located in a Beverly Hills office building, with no sign on the doors, down the hall from a diamond dealer. “Everyone has a general sense of constant fear, which is very sad. We’re used to this being like Mayberry.”

Opened in July 2020???