January 10th, 2011
My family is starting to store items. Is there a shelf life to water? Does it make a difference in the size of the container if there is a shelf life? I have never heard this covered, and a lot of good people give us a lot of different answers.
Thanks you very much.
A learning family
Dear Learning Family,
It’s great to have you guys on board! To answer your question, there is not a shelf life to water. Sealed bottled water is good until you open the cap. Now, over time it might pick up some weird flavors from the plastic container, but that can be compensated for by aerating the water before drinking. Simply pour it back and forth from one container to another several times to stir it up. Thanks for writing!
In an October newsletter, Julie asked about selecting a gun for protection. I talked to sales people in several stores, read the novel The Patriot, then went to the Bullethole in Omaha where I could rent, for an hour, one or more handguns. I tried a revolver and a semiautomatic; I didn’t even know the correct words to use, but people were very helpful. I applied for a permit to purchase a gun and applied for the permit for concealed carry. The county requires a two evening class, with a written test and a shooting test, to verify that you can hit a target at 20 and 50 feet. I ended up buying a Ruger 380; it’s a small gun for a small hand. Even so, I found that I need to use forefingers from both hands to pull the trigger for target practice. I’m 68 with arthritis. I decided I didn’t know enough about guns to risk buying a used one. I expect to purchase a shotgun when funds permit; thank you for your answer to her question.
Senior Citizen in Nebraska
Dear Senior Citizen,
Kudos to you! You are an inspiration that it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can always pick up new skills! I wanted to publish your letter to show the way you went about your gun purchase. The number one thing I picked up is that you didn’t just rush out and make an impulse purchase. You studied, you experimented, you sought expert advice, and you made sure to familiarize yourself with the weapons available to you before making a choice. Use the same technique in your shotgun selection and you’ll do just fine! 🙂
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