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A.N.T.S. • Re: How Will You Cope In a Long Term SHTF

October 31, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I still have a pair of those sandals made from a tire. Straps were made from cut pieces of inner tube pushed through a knife cut in the tire. Very durable and resourceful. Rubber horse stall mats may work for making shoes, more flexible material but h…

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Soap

October 30, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Another type of soap I stockpile is called TECNU used for removing poison oak oils, should you find that you have crawled through a thicket of poison oak/ivy or sumac. Its a liquid soap that comes in a plastic bottle and this stuff has saved my bacon …

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Kansas Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Last Weekend

October 19, 2017 Fullmoon 0

From here in Douglas County Oregon to Douglas County Kansas and east, the outlook of John Q. Public is pretty much the same. Urban city dwellers look for big brother to provide for them in any natural disaster while the more independent country dwelle…

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Kansas Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Last Weekend

October 19, 2017 Fullmoon 0

From here in Douglas County Oregon to Douglas County Kansas and east, the outlook of John Q. Public is pretty much the same. Urban city dwellers look for big brother to provide for them in any natural disaster while the more independent country dwelle…

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Type II Diabetes

October 13, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I was diagnosed with type 2 about 18 years ago, supposedly caused by exposure to agent orange. 80% of the people on the ground in Viet Nam have type 2 diabetes. A lawsuit was filed and in 2001 the Monsanto corporation was forced to establish a fund to…

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Check In Here Mississippi Preppers • Re: New Grenada County Prepper

September 30, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Depends on what kind of food is in those cans. Tomato sauce and tomato’s which have a natural high acid level will go bad first. Most canned goods have a “use before this date” stamped on the bottom of the can but the contents are good long after that date. I have used canned goods 5 years beyond the stamped date with no issues. They had been stored in a cool dry area up off the floor and out of direct sunlight. Best bet is to smell the contents of old cans, the nose knows, and look for discoloration of contents. You may also purchase long term storage canned goods which have a shelf life of 25 years. Places like Wall Mart sell these items as well as many on line outlets.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Fence to Keep Out Critters

September 25, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Depends on what kind of fence you build. I have a 6′ high “no climb” wire fence around my garden and orchard that keeps the deer and elk out but a rattle snake can slither right through it. I have plenty of snakes and lizards in that garden but no rattler’s so far. Witnessed a half grown skunk wiggle his way through the wires but skunks don’t eat fruit or veggies, they dig up grubs and yellow jacket nests, so this is beneficial. Have seen coyote and fox run around the outside of the fence, then leave. Raccoon’s will dig under or climb over any fence. If a bear wants in no fence will stop him, they just tear it down or climb over it. Without a fence the critters will eat everything I grow.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What to do if the SHTF and I am out…..way out.

September 24, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If the bad thing happens you will be in a world of hurt whether in L.A. or 2000 miles away in a different state. There will be no escape from L.A. so it doesn’t really matter where you are, both scenario’s are not to your advantage. If you go to the same location every time you travel you could rent a room or a small storage locker and store some supplies there. Big expense to equip a second location but if you ever need it at least you’ll have something to fall back on.

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General California Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What to do if the SHTF and I am out…..way out.

September 24, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If the bad thing happens you will be in a world of hurt whether in L.A. or 2000 miles away in a different state. There will be no escape from L.A. so it doesn’t really matter where you are, both scenario’s are not to your advantage. If you go to the same location every time you travel you could rent a room or a small storage locker and store some supplies there. Big expense to equip a second location but if you ever need it at least you’ll have something to fall back on.

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Guns • Re: Need advice on storing ammo

September 21, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Most NATO spec ammunition has a waterproofing agent on the primers. Break free CLP was applied to the case neck/shoulder area to remove crud and then set in the sun to dry. Every round went bang.

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Guns • Re: Need advice on storing ammo

September 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Ammunition stored in cardboard boxes has given me trouble, where the cardboard touched the brass cases it turned to a dark color but was still shootable. Pieces of cardboard had stuck to the brass so I cleaned each piece with Break Free. This was military surplus 7.62 mm in 20 rd brown cardboard boxes as well as some M-118 173 grain MATCH ammo in the white box. It had been packed in a metal ammo can then placed in a 55 gallon plastic Greek pepper shipping barrel and buried on its side in the side of a hill. This was a long storage period of 30 plus years. Its good if you can store your ammo in the house but what if you are forced to leave the house in a hurry from some unforeseen event? You can’t drag much ammo with you so its a good tactic to have some stashed on your property on an escape route as well as in your vehicle. Those plastic/vinyl battle packs will keep your ammo bright and shiny and pristine for decades. They were sold at local gun shows and were real inexpensive but have become rare. Cabello’s sells them in 308 and 223.

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Medical Experts • Re: POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS

September 15, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Get familiar with seasonal wind patterns in your area. If you are down wind of any major cities or military bases that may be a target it might be wise to have a plan to bug out of the radiation zone as wind will carry radiation many miles. Most average people don’t have a fallout shelter or enough food and water stockpiled to remain in place until radiation particles become non lethal. I agree that you will hear nothing from any health dept officials so you must use your own common sense to decide when to pop that potassium.

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General Food Topics • Re: Storing food in a basement

September 13, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Basement floors are notorious for this kind of thing, the concrete will wick moisture from the ground below it which remains wet from all that rain. I don’t know if a dehumidifier will help with the floor problem. They are designed to remove water vapor from the air but as long as the cement floor wicks water it may be a lost cause. All food items should be placed on 2x4s or shelving, never directly on the floor. Even the buckets should be up off the floor just to be safe. Too much work and money invested to have this happen to your stuff.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:26 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Storing food in a basement

September 13, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Basement floors are notorious for this kind of thing, the concrete will wick moisture from the ground below it which remains wet from all that rain. I don’t know if a dehumidifier will help with the floor problem. They are designed to remove water vapor from the air but as long as the cement floor wicks water it may be a lost cause. All food items should be placed on 2x4s or shelving, never directly on the floor. Even the buckets should be up off the floor just to be safe. Too much work and money invested to have this happen to your stuff.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Gas Mask questions

September 5, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I’ve seen a few surplus American M17 gas masks for sale in surplus stores. These are an older style used from the mid 1960s and they use cheek filters mounted in each side of the mask which makes firing a rifle easier while wearing the mask. The M17 has a drink straw so you may sip water while wearing the mask. They come in different sizes, small, medium and large to fit your face and have quick adjust head straps. These masks were new in a new carrying case with a spare set of filters for $75. The M17 must be removed from the face to change the filters as opposed to a more modern mask that uses the screw on NATO filters, allowing you to change the filter while wearing the mask. The NATO filters are only good for 4 hours before needing to be replaced. Any mask you buy must fit correctly with an airtight face seal or you will be in a world of hurt. I went through the gas chamber – gas mask training at Camp Pendleton, twice, with a CS gas release. My mask fit and worked well but before exiting the gas chamber the masks are removed so you get a taste of the CS gas and feel the effects immediately and its some real nasty stuff. More modern (and expensive) masks use a screw on NATO filter mounted on the left side of the mask to accommodate firing a rifle and they have a larger face window for better visibility. The price for a gas mask seems to oscillate quite a bit depending on the perceived need.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Gas Mask questions

September 5, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I’ve seen a few surplus American M17 gas masks for sale in surplus stores. These are an older style used from the mid 1960s and they use cheek filters mounted in each side of the mask which makes firing a rifle easier while wearing the mask. The M17 has a drink straw so you may sip water while wearing the mask. They come in different sizes, small, medium and large to fit your face and have quick adjust head straps. These masks were new in a new carrying case with a spare set of filters for $75. The M17 must be removed from the face to change the filters as opposed to a more modern mask that uses the screw on NATO filters, allowing you to change the filter while wearing the mask. The NATO filters are only good for 4 hours before needing to be replaced. Any mask you buy must fit correctly with an airtight face seal or you will be in a world of hurt. I went through the gas chamber – gas mask training at Camp Pendleton, twice, with a CS gas release. My mask fit and worked well but before exiting the gas chamber the masks are removed so you get a taste of the CS gas and feel the effects immediately and its some real nasty stuff. More modern (and expensive) masks use a screw on NATO filter mounted on the left side of the mask to accommodate firing a rifle and they have a larger face window for better visibility. The price for a gas mask seems to oscillate quite a bit depending on the perceived need.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:02 pm


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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Gas Mask questions

September 5, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I’ve seen a few surplus American M17 gas masks for sale in surplus stores. These are an older style used from the mid 1960s and they use cheek filters mounted in each side of the mask which makes firing a rifle easier while wearing the mask. The M17 has a drink straw so you may sip water while wearing the mask. They come in different sizes, small, medium and large to fit your face and have quick adjust head straps. These masks were new in a new carrying case with a spare set of filters for $75. The M17 must be removed from the face to change the filters as opposed to a more modern mask that uses the screw on NATO filters, allowing you to change the filter while wearing the mask. The NATO filters are only good for 4 hours before needing to be replaced. Any mask you buy must fit correctly with an airtight face seal or you will be in a world of hurt. I went through the gas chamber – gas mask training at Camp Pendleton, twice, with a CS gas release. My mask fit and worked well but before exiting the gas chamber the masks are removed so you get a taste of the CS gas and feel the effects immediately and its some real nasty stuff. More modern (and expensive) masks use a screw on NATO filter mounted on the left side of the mask to accommodate firing a rifle and they have a larger face window for better visibility. The price for a gas mask seems to oscillate quite a bit depending on the perceived need.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:02 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: supposed SONIC attack

August 26, 2017 Fullmoon 0

The military has been toying with sonic weapons since the mid 1990s and have several versions mounted on Hummer vehicles. They are directional and must be aimed at a crowd. A pair of high quality ear protectors should work to prevent the effects of these weapons systems. (I hope) I have seen hummers traveling in convoy down the I-5 freeway with these weapons mounted on them and also larger units mounted on 6 x trucks. Heard rumors about, and seen pictures of an L.A. police helicopter armed with a sonic device.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Extreme Traffic Congestion And Other Horde Concerns

August 24, 2017 Fullmoon 0

It was the same scenario here in Oregon, never seen so much traffic on the I-5 before this eclipse. Several east – west highways are closed due to forest fires so this just forced more cars onto the 5. Now imagine if something really bad happened, the freeways would become a parking lot. I live in a very rural area with hardly any population. Most of these traveler’s had California license plates and they drove hundreds of miles to see the eclipse.

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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 10, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Anytime you can wean yourself off the meds its to your advantage to do it. I take a shot glass of apple cider vinegar mixed with the juice of one lemon, topped off with ice cold water, a 12 ounce glass of this every day will eliminate gout pain in the foot. I don’t know if my glucose levels have changed from drinking this but wild swings in the numbers no longer happen. They seem to have stabilized. Most big pharma meds have side effects like “unexplained rapid weight gain” so it defies logic to take these meds as they benefit big pharma and not the patient. Weight gain just causes more problems like high blood pressure so they can sell you more meds which in turn cause more side effects and its a never ending cycle to sell more pills.

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Check In Here Oregon Preppers • Re: Cascadia Tusnami zone members?

July 28, 2017 Fullmoon 0

The Cascadia Fault Line shakes and quakes about 200 times per week, small, hardly perceptible mini quakes that might be releasing pressure and postponing that big one. The seismic energy lab at Humboldt State University monitors these quakes and you can look at their locations, depth and Richter scale levels on their web site. This department is run by Dr. Lori Dengler. If the big one happens you might be stuck where you are living due to the roads failing. For sure there will be no functioning cell phone’s so a CB radio would be a good back up communications system. Cheap and reliable. I have 2 solar panels and a small battery bank to power CB radio’s and AM/FM radio’s to receive information. I have fled the coast and now live on the western slope of the Cascade’s where there is less chance of being slammed by a large quake generated water event. Crescent City and Eureka both had damage caused by a quake/tsunami about 9 years ago and Crescent City got slammed in 1960 from the Good Friday quake that hit Anchorage Alaska.

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Check In Here Oregon Preppers • Re: Cascadia Tusnami zone members?

July 28, 2017 Fullmoon 0

The Cascadia Fault Line shakes and quakes about 200 times per week, small, hardly perceptible mini quakes that might be releasing pressure and postponing that big one. The seismic energy lab at Humboldt State University monitors these quakes and you can look at their locations, depth and Richter scale levels on their web site. This department is run by Dr. Lori Dengler. If the big one happens you might be stuck where you are living due to the roads failing. For sure there will be no functioning cell phone’s so a CB radio would be a good back up communications system. Cheap and reliable. I have 2 solar panels and a small battery bank to power CB radio’s and AM/FM radio’s to receive information. I have fled the coast and now live on the western slope of the Cascade’s where there is less chance of being slammed by a large quake generated water event. Crescent City and Eureka both had damage caused by a quake/tsunami about 9 years ago and Crescent City got slammed in 1960 from the Good Friday quake that hit Anchorage Alaska.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:46 pm


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Construction Cornerstone • Re: How Many Blueprints Do I Need?

July 23, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you are building the house yourself you will need 2 complete sets of prints, minimum, one for the job site and one to study at night. The job site prints will get faded from the sun and crinkled from exposure and rough use. After 3 months of hard use they will be pretty much shot. Are you in the U.P.? I built lots of structures in Michigan and minimum footing depth was 4′ below grade. Maybe they have changed the code? A monolithic slab is hard on the body and legs and will cost more for fuel to heat the house, even with insulation beneath the concrete. You can do a cost estimate to determine the price difference between excavating and building a basement as opposed to pouring the slab. Ever considered using insulated concrete forms? You can build walls with an R40 insulation rating instead of R21 in 2×6 stick framed walls, plus save on overall labor and time of construction. Just a thought.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:46 pm


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Guns • Re: AR Upgrades Question

July 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

How accurate is your rifle? I have a Rock River M4 carbine and was disappointed with its accuracy. It has a 1 in 9″ twist. I shot 55 and 62 grain bullets with no difference in accuracy, it shot a one and a half inch group at 100 yards. I called Rock River and they said to try 69 grain bullets. I loaded a few for a test using some 30 year old IMR 3031 powder and it shot dime sized groups. Real happy with the change. Other than that I have attached a bipod mount ($5) to the underside of the fore stock and invested in a couple of scopes. Mine is a flat top so I got an Eotech 512 red dot holographic sight for close range and a Trijicon ACOG for long range shooting. Both scopes are real accurate and I am pleased with their performance. Have them attached with A.R.M.S. #22 throw lever quick mount rings so I can swap scopes in a hurry without losing the zero. Put a $3 surplus sling on it and that’s about all the upgrades I have done. If you demand pinpoint accuracy get an Armalite with the full length barrel with a 1 in 7″ twist. These are super accurate right out of the box and can fire the 77 grain ammunition.

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Guns • Re: AR Upgrades Question

July 20, 2017 Fullmoon 0

How accurate is your rifle? I have a Rock River M4 carbine and was disappointed with its accuracy. It has a 1 in 9″ twist. I shot 55 and 62 grain bullets with no difference in accuracy, it shot a one and a half inch group at 100 yards. I called Rock River and they said to try 69 grain bullets. I loaded a few for a test using some 30 year old IMR 3031 powder and it shot dime sized groups. Real happy with the change. Other than that I have attached a bipod mount ($5) to the underside of the fore stock and invested in a couple of scopes. Mine is a flat top so I got an Eotech 512 red dot holographic sight for close range and a Trijicon ACOG for long range shooting. Both scopes are real accurate and I am pleased with their performance. Have them attached with A.R.M.S. #22 throw lever quick mount rings so I can swap scopes in a hurry without losing the zero. Put a $3 surplus sling on it and that’s about all the upgrades I have done. If you demand pinpoint accuracy get an Armalite with the full length barrel with a 1 in 7″ twist. These are super accurate right out of the box and can fire the 77 grain ammunition.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 19, 2017 Fullmoon 0

We have propane and use it for the water heater, cook stove and to power an old Servel refrigerator when the power goes off. Yes, a refrigerator that burns propane and circulates ammonia instead of Freon. Was built in 1947 and works great. No cable TV lines, no natural gas, well water and roof rainwater for emergency’s with a septic tank/system. Our power goes off for days at a time but I have a couple of generator’s to run when this happens. We heat with wood and it takes about 5 cords a year. This year we had a fire going into late June due to unusually cool weather. We talk to the neighbors with a CB radio when the phone is out.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 19, 2017 Fullmoon 0

We have propane and use it for the water heater, cook stove and to power an old Servel refrigerator when the power goes off. Yes, a refrigerator that burns propane and circulates ammonia instead of Freon. Was built in 1947 and works great. No cable TV lines, no natural gas, well water and roof rainwater for emergency’s with a septic tank/system. Our power goes off for days at a time but I have a couple of generator’s to run when this happens. We heat with wood and it takes about 5 cords a year. This year we had a fire going into late June due to unusually cool weather. We talk to the neighbors with a CB radio when the phone is out.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you live in the sticks with the Hicks your out of luck. Any rural area receives less attention and upkeep from the phone company. My phone is on a 110 year old copper wire at the end of the dirt road. When it rains hard the phone quits and when it gets real hot during the summer months it may or may not work. Cell phones don’t work here due to the mountains blocking reception so we are limited to a land line. The phone company has removed all public phone booths in the area. They claim its from vandalism and non use so the public phone booth option is gone. They want to force everyone into the cell phone system and have openly admitted they are not going to upgrade our land lines. Computer takes forever to connect and download things.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:04 am


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you live in the sticks with the Hicks your out of luck. Any rural area receives less attention and upkeep from the phone company. My phone is on a 110 year old copper wire at the end of the dirt road. When it rains hard the phone quits and when it gets real hot during the summer months it may or may not work. Cell phones don’t work here due to the mountains blocking reception so we are limited to a land line. The phone company has removed all public phone booths in the area. They claim its from vandalism and non use so the public phone booth option is gone. They want to force everyone into the cell phone system and have openly admitted they are not going to upgrade our land lines. Computer takes forever to connect and download things.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:04 am


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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Landline Phones

July 18, 2017 Fullmoon 0

If you live in the sticks with the Hicks your out of luck. Any rural area receives less attention and upkeep from the phone company. My phone is on a 110 year old copper wire at the end of the dirt road. When it rains hard the phone quits and when it gets real hot during the summer months it may or may not work. Cell phones don’t work here due to the mountains blocking reception so we are limited to a land line. The phone company has removed all public phone booths in the area. They claim its from vandalism and non use so the public phone booth option is gone. They want to force everyone into the cell phone system and have openly admitted they are not going to upgrade our land lines. Computer takes forever to connect and download things.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:04 am