Saturday, 20 June 2015

09:54 – Thanks to OFD for this link to an article about a common thread in mass killings over the last couple decades. The killers had been on psychoactive drugs such as Ritalin, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft.

Yesterday afternoon, Barbara took Colin to see our vet, Sue Stephens. He got his rabies booster, heartworm check, and so on. They ended up having to put a snout protector on Colin because he snapped at Sue while she was working on him. It wasn’t a serious attempt to bite her, just a warning not to hurt him. Colin has always been a timid dog, although he has a truly fearsome threat display. But he didn’t pull his fake Cujo routine with Sue, nor even show his fangs. He just snapped at her.

We’ll be spending as little time as possible outside over the next couple of weeks. The highs recently have been up near body temperature, and the next couple of weeks are to be the same. It’s even been hot up in Jefferson, although usually 10F or so cooler than it’s been here.

Most of my time this week was devoted to working on science kit stuff and the prepping book, but here’s what I did to prep this week:

  • I finished the remaining books in James Wesley, Rawles’ Patriots series. Rawles pretty much defines the term “information dump”. The first book in the series was just okay, but unfortunately the other books in the series are noticeably worse. In absolute terms, I’d give the series 2 out of 5 stars. But for some reason PA novels average much worse than other genres, so in relative terms, I’d give it 3 of 5 stars.
  • I ordered some sample cans of Keystone Meats chicken and pork to test. now that Walmart offers these items on its website, it’ll be a lot easier and cheaper to get them if we like them. We already have two dozen 28-ounce cans of Keystone ground beef on the pantry shelves. Barbara and I agree that the Keystone ground beef isn’t as good as the fresh stuff she buys at Costco, but it’s not bad. I’m looking forward to trying their chicken, pork, beef chunks, and even their turkey.

So, what precisely did you do to prepare this week? Tell me about it in the comments.