Okay, so this is a little experiment. When I write, I collect images of the things I'm writing about. Sometimes I take pictures. Sometimes I just snagg from the web. I was able to collect these three pictures of images from This is Sparta; I thought it might be interesting to post them, to see if I could figure out photobucket and that whole thing.
The first image is the cabin. I went looking for "backwoods cabin floorplan" and found a whole bunch of things I couldn't use. What I acutally decided upon is formally known as a :::cough::: "hunter's cabin" which I thought was appropriate, considering. I messed around with the floorplan a bit because I wanted the kitchen to have nothing along one wall. So miracle of miracles, I actually was able to somehow erase the stove and move it over to where you see it now. I still don't know how I managed it. I erased a few other things as well, I think there were built in shelves or something. At any rate, this is pretty much how I pictured the cabin in the woods where John, Dean, and Sam live during the summer from hell. As you can see, it's pretty small and there's not much too it. You can get a good crossbreeze if you open all the windows, though, so it's not too bad. Imagine, if you will the kitchen table up against the top left window; you can barely open the fridge if someone is sitting there. The bedroom is Sam and Dean's. There is one bed, the end of it goes against the window on the right wall there. Dad's couch occupies the empty space where there is no text.
As I was working on my Big Bang for 2011, I thought it might help my artist, Kazue7294, if I drew a little layout of the area where the cabin is and the woods, and such. Then I thought I'd share. : D
The second image is dad's beam lantern. We had one of these when I was a kid. You basically screw in this huge battery that's about the size of a brick, and you will never run out of light. You can set the thing up on the edge of anything, and light your way through fixing a flat or whatever. You can also angle the beam anywhere you need it to go. It's somewhat heavy, you can't just shove it in your pocket or hang it around your neck. It's serious lighting power for when you need to search for something, or someone, in the dark.
I don't know nothing about no crossbows...but I tried to find out what I could. Basically they provide a lot of torque without the user having to have a lot of muscle power. They allow you to concentrate on your aim and not the pull. The crossbow provides the torque; you just aim and shoot.
When I went to the two local bow and arrow places to ask about crossbows, they almost laughed in my face. At first, they were shocked to see me in their shop. They were all dressed as if they were, at any second, going to go deer hunting with bows and arrows. That's a real sport, you see, because it takes skill and cunning. Then, when I asked about crossbows they gave me the once over.
If I'd been a man, they would have laughed me out of the place. Because I'm female, I got the feeling that they were humoring me. This, I felt, was on account of the idea that "real" hunters don't use crossbows. The power of the crossbow makes it easier to hit your target - thus, it takes the sport out of it.
They gave me the address of some dude who deals in crossbows, but they did not approve. I didn't bother telling them it was for a story. At any rate, I figure the Winchesters use crossbows simply because they don't have time to mess around and don't need to prove their manhoods. They need to hit a target, and however they can get the job done is fine. Most crossbows on the internet are fancier than this, all tricked out like a seventh grader's notebook. I figured the Winchesters would go for simple and black. This was the simplest, blackest one I could find.