Apologies to those who visit multiple boards, but I just posted this on another site and would like to spread it out a bit if that isn't inappropriate: OK, so maybe this is a little corny, but I've got a coupl'a beers in me so what the hell. A great many of us in the survival/preparedness "community" have read Halffast's Lights Out. Some, like me, consider it a catalyst; one of the forces that eventually helped lift a veil of ignorance, denial, or apathy from our eyes, and helped us realize that while life-changing events may not be inevitable, they are certainly possible. In many it became a call to action, driving a new conviction to do whatever we could to protect ourselves and our loved ones from any emergency, be it something as great as the crash of society due to an EMP attack, or as small as a car sliding off an icy road on the way home from work. In some, again like me, that in turn lead to even more... a desire to live more simply, more efficiently, practically, and healthfully. We look at our lifestyles and realize that, if worse ever comes to worse, we need to be able to take care of ourselves, and not depend on someone else to do it for us. That, my friends, is profound. In thanks and recognition, I'd like to propose an "Internet Toast" to Halffast, on Monday, December 13, at 05:00 Z (21:00 EST, 20:00 CST) to celebrate the imminent print publication of Lights Out, and hopefully the equally imminent fame and fortune that the author so clearly deserves. At that time, I'll pop the top on a beer, and say "To Halffast and Lights Out!" (yes, I know his real name is David, but the book was written under the pseudonym so...). I'd ask you to join me with the beverage of your choice, if you are so inclined. It's only a small gesture of appreciation, of course, and not worth a whit in the physical world. But it's all I got... other than, of course, to buy the book(s) which goes without saying. If you don't feel that this is some kind of stupid, overblown sentimental response, please feel free to post this request in other boards you may frequent. The more the merrier. And to Halffast - David if I may - thank you.