Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – December 11, 2018

Happy birthday to actress Teri Garr (born 1944.) She was unforgettable in Young Frankenstein.

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SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today features another entry for Round 80 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Second Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  2. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 80 ends on January 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.


  1. Teri Garr was also in a 1968 episode of the original Star Trek (“Assignment: Earth), which was supposed to spin off into its own series. She had such a bad experience she has refused to talk about what happened.

    1. Wow has it been a year already! I recall her stating in an interview that she was happy “Assignment Earth” was never picked up as a series or she would have been answering Star Trek questions for the rest of her life; but I don’t recall her relating a bad experience with the show. Here’s my note on Garr’s “big break” on Star Trek.

      Teri’s big break came in 1968 when she appeared as Roberta Lincoln, the ditzy “hippychick” secretary in Assignment Earth, episode 55 of the original Star Trek. Who can forget that psychodellic pink and orange mini-skirt!

      The episode was designed as the pilot of a spin-off series, and lots of high-power agents were after interviews for their clients. One of Garr‘s competitors was Dawn Wells, fresh off Gilligan’s Island. But the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, took a special interest in Garr, saying she had “a good quality all of her own.”

      “I didn’t dare hope I’d get any further,” recalls Garr, “but…I was dizzy with joy — and that dizziness helped me get into character.”

      — These Are The Voyages, TOS Season Two by Marc Cushman, Jacobs/Brown Press, 2014

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