The big thunderstorms have passed through. Yesterday we got about 3 inches of rain in twenty minutes. It's hard to be sure exactly because when the rain comes down that hard the gauge isn't entirely accurate. Supposedly more thunderstorms are coming through this afternoon.
I have been trying to identify an old Grundig radio that belonged to my father. He died two years ago, and my mom still sends me things from his shop from time to time. He always liked to sit outside on the deck at night and listen to his shortwave. You could see all the lights of the Sacramento valley twinkling down below from the deck, and some of the nights were lit up by the moon in a way I've never seen anywhere else. At any rate, there's no model number on this radio and the printed letters are all worn away. Works fine, I just can't download a service manual because I don't know what I have.
The cicadas are going full bore day and night. They all chirp in unison at night and the noise is tremendous. My brother came to visit once in the summer and told me he didn't know how I could stand it. You just get used to the noise and don't even hear it after a while. In winter it's completely silent up here, but in summer the forest is noisy. There are noises that come out of the woods I still can't identify after all these years.
This is an STG-58. It's the German version of the SLR. Years ago, I worked part time in the general store here, at the gun counter. The fellow who managed the gun department was going to the Shot Show. I told him that if he saw anything he couldn't live without, to get me one too. When he came back, he had this STG-58. I only had to pay wholesale price as an employee. That got me interested in the Self Loading Rifle. I eventually bought an Imbel SLR and a British L1A1 as well. Strangely, other than to test fire the guns for functioning, I've never fired them. I just don't enjoy shooting semi-auto rifles like I do the old military bolt action rifles.
Well, what to do today?