Howdy everyone,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas surrounded by friends and family. Once again, Santa was pretty damn good to me but the best part of the Christmas season is giving gifts and I managed to really surprise a few folks which is always fun.

Work this past week has been busy, even though the agency is running with a skeleton crew. The few folks that were there kept me stepping and fetching all week, assisting with year-end reports to the legislature and other projects. I went to bed early last night and woke up at 9 this morning and I don't think I moved a muscle all night, I was pooped.

I want to point the few readers out there who are interested in being prepared to a short story I came across yesterday through a link on the SurvivalBlog. It is posted on the theHighRoad.org forum website and spans several entries and it is time well spent to read the 20 minute story. Do you think you are prepared and ready to load up and move out with short notice if the shit hits the fan? Go read this: The Bug Out The fellow that wrote this short story also has a downloadable novel titled "Lights Out" - go HERE to download it. It is pretty big (about 2.5MB) so if you are on dial-up, you may want to just remember the link and start downloading it before you hit the hay.

There are some serious lessons to be learned from "The Bug Out" and it sure got me thinking. I tend to think that I am pretty well set when it comes to being prepared but after reading that story, it sure has me re-thinking some of my plans and preparations. Hopefully it will make you take a second look at your gear and your plan. That should be a New Years resolution for all of us - Be Better Prepared. Yes, we hope that nothing ever happens but damnit, what if it did?

Ok, well, I have some chores to take care of today. Have a safe New Years eve and see you next year.