I own a 2002 Saturn SL. It’s a nice little four-door that has plenty of room. The main reason I’m doing my best to keep it is simple. It gets 40mpg on the highway! Now, that’s with just me driving and not a lot of “stuff” in the car. Still, even when I load her down, she’s getting close to 38mpg. In today’s economy, that’s nothing to sneeze at! I know motorcycles that don’t do that well!
Last year I got a burr under my saddle (insert your own metaphoric euphemism, if you like) and wanted to have a trailer. Why? I don’t know, it just seemed like it might be helpful. The first thing I had to figure out was could I even get a trailer hitch for it and if so, how much could I haul? Turned out that, yes, a hitch could be installed, and the towing capacity of my little five-speed is 2000 pounds. Woohoo!
When my wife got the job as the Store Manager of the local Tractor Supply Company (TSC), a few opportunities became apparent. First, TSC carries small trailers. They also carry a wide assortment of accessories for them. (Had I known just how many, I wouldn’t have gotten some of the basic necessities with the hitch.) Second, there’s that employee discount benefit. We had taken great advantage of her discount while she worked for Walmart, for almost ten years. It didn’t seem likely, to me, that TSC would be of as much benefit. However, when you can save 15% on a $700 trailer, that adds up!
Saturn with Trailer
I finally got my butt in gear to test the solar chargers I’ve had for I don’t even know how long. Yesterday, Saturday, February 16, 2014 was forecast to be a seriously gorgeous day, and I had several additional chores to which to attend. It seemed logical then that I spend the time in the kitchen and checking periodically out the back door.
Below is a text transcript of the amendments to the Constitution of the United States following the Bill of Rights. You’ll note that within the body of certain amendments, there are asterisks referencing modifications by later amendments.
Passed by Congress March 4, 1794. Ratified February 7, 1795.
Note: Article III, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 11.
The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.
Following is a text transcript of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States. This is the shortest of the documents I’m posting tonight and yet arguably the most important. The Constitution was designed to describe the operation of the government. The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the rights of the citizens. Originally there was some debate among the early members of the government regarding whether such a document was necessary. Fortunately, I think, cooler heads prevailed and the People had some protections from the kinds of government abuses and usurpations from they fled.
The text below is a transcript of the Constitution of the United State. The preamble is probably familiar to the vast majority of people who were in school before the 1980s. This Document is considerably longer than the Declaration of Independence, primarily because it is the foundation of our legal system. Even in the late 1700s, it was necessary to cautiously delineate the legal standards by which our government would operate.
Once more, I encourage one and all to read through the Document. See, through the words of the Founding Fathers, just how it was supposed to be.
Below is a text transcription of the Declaration of Independence. I encourage one and all to read it through, slowly, thoughtfully. Pay close attention to what the Colonists of this continent had to say to their King, whom they found to be unworthy.
A recent blog from The Survival Mom about why and where to relocate has prompted me to share my experience and perspective.
Strategic Relocation ur Doin It Rong
(When you follow the link, you’ll need to scroll back up to the top.)
In most cases, the question has been to Bug Out or Bug In. This question usually refers to where you are right now. Sometimes, though, the question becomes, “Is where I am right now a good place to do either?” I would venture to say that attempting to Bug In if you live in metropolitan Los Angeles, your odds are probably not good. Let’s face it, there are a LOT of people there! In fact, just have a look at the majority of videos being produced by Mark Dice. Mark has a way of showing the simplicity behind the mentality in the area.