“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Hunt


A man went out to hunt today,
but things did not go as planned.
His dog got stuck in a rabbit hole,
and his ferret bit his hand.

author unknown.

I don't remember who wrote that poem.  I saw it on an English bloggers web page and liked it so much I wrote it down in a bound book I keep to record things in I don't want to forget.

Rain today, and chilly.   Heard some farmers at the feed store talking and they were really ill about this weather. Between the rain, then the high humidity (even for here), now more rain and cold, they are not going to have much in the way of crops this year.  You wouldn't think the mountains would be a place where food is grown, but a lot of truck vegetables go down to the city from here in a normal year.  

Went to lunch and heard an older couple who were having a discussion about health care with their grown up soon and his wife.  The old lady was saying that Obama wants all the old people to die off so the government won't have to pay them social security or pay their health care bills. The son was laughing at her and saying she was senile. I don't know if she was senile or not but she was sure angry.

Lots of people are feeling considerable stress at the moment.  The television newscasters are saying all is well, but you couldn't tell it from the ordinary people. However, since the ordinary people count for little, and the top of the heap are doing quite nicely, maybe that's what the Talking Heads are going on about.  My wife told me one of her coworkers has three teenaged sons, aged 19, 18 and 17, and not a one of them can find a job though they are really trying. This does not sound like recovery to me.

I think I am going to keep squirreling away the food, clothing , medical supplies, tools, weapons, ammunition, and all the other things I've been storing for three decades. Seems to me the time when we might need those things is drawing near. Maybe the beginning of it is already here and we just don't see it. Like the old saw about the pot of boiling water and the frog. It could be all of us frogs are slowing boiling and just don't know it yet.

17 comments:

  1. There is something rotten in Denmark, not sure it is all Obama, though.

    I just wish I were capable of squirreling away a bit. Right now, I worry about the rain coming in my house!

    Down here in AL, it is just too humid since it has rained for five weeks, every day! I think the high today was 72.

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    1. I don't think it is all attributable to any one person. I believe Obama is just a visible symbol of the cumulative effects. LBJ started the process really rolling, with "The Great Society." It's just been getting worse as one bad trend feeds on another. The question in my mind is how long it can continue before the whole house of cards just stops standing. I could write volumes on the differences between the 1950's and today. I can't think of very many of those changes that had an overall positive effect on our individual lives.

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  2. Harry - i think a few of us frogs realized that the "safe" and happy water was heating up and jumped out of the pot!!! things are bizarre but what is even more bizarre is the fact that the MSM is making out like everything is normal???? keep adding to your preps, buddy, as i know you will. we will do the same. around here, folks don't pay much attention to the world - they are all kind of in their own little world, don't watch or read the news except the news affecting our island. some might call them uneducated but i find them incredibly interesting and love to talk to them about world issues (which means only things affecting our island!). tomorrow is the hungry man's breakfast from 8-11am - we'll set up and then strip the place down, from 2-5 it is our friend P's 80th birthday in fourchu, we'll set up and strip that down too....then from 9-1am is our annual dance. it's gonna be a long day but i used to work 14hr days for the government and never feel as satisfied. if the S is hitting the fan buddy, then you are as set up as you are going to be. hunker down and hunker in or come up here and hang out with us. they are always looking for new bingo callers. i think you'd fit right in.

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, you and J surely do stay busy with your community. It sounds like the kind of mini society that would do well in a major disruption. I have tried, from time to time, to stop listening to the news because I could not really see how knowing what was going on helped me any. But I always come back to listening because I'm not comfortable "in the dark." Just an old habit.

      I can just see me playing bingo! Have you got the shuffle board court and the bocce balls ready for me? ;-)

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  3. I believe the lid had been placed on the pot.

    My Grundig RK709 arrived today. Listening to Radio Romania as I type. FM band doesn't work very well, or at least here, it doesn't. Nice little radio...thanks for the tip. Oh, did a bit of research and discovered they were produced in the early 90's. Mine is supposed to be new old stock. Arrived in the box.

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    1. It's a good little radio. I am using my dad's to listen to the only fm station I can pick up here on the mountain and it seems to be working ok. On the other hand, the radio needs a really strong fm signal to function. Back in the early 90's they didn't have the technology to phase a week fm signal and make it readable.

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  4. MSM keeps saying the economy is getting better?? I have 2 kids and my wife looking for work. My oldest is still in Fla working at Universal at min. wage, because that's all he could find.

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    1. Even on Fox, which tends to be a lot more skeptical of government numbers than the others which slavishly repeat whatever D.C. says, is putting out cheerful little stories. They all seem to be falling into the trap of equating a rising stock market with an improving economy. There's very little real world correlation between the two.

      My kids tried to live in a city in Florida when they came back from Canada, and they just couldn't make it. They moved North, and things improved but they are still working very hard with little left over to put in reserve at the end of the week.

      Even minimum wage jobs are not available here, because we have Hispanic immigrants, legal or otherwise, who take every food service job, every construction job, every road work job.......

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  5. The beltway and the big government areas are completely out of touch. It's coming.

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    1. They live in their own world, where everything is happy. For them, it is. I get a kick out of seeing politicians on television expressing their solidarity with the "middle class" just before they leave for their two week vacation at Martha's Vineyard. It is also an interesting thing to see them commiserating about health insurance and health costs when they themselves receive a gold plated health insurance free ride, paid for by the taxes extracted from people making minimum wage who have no insurance at all.

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  6. " all the other things I've been storing for three decades"...out of curiosity, whats the family plan if you shuffle off this mortal coil before the situation arises that calls for all that gear? Does it get distributed to the kids, or do they move into the house, or does the wife dispose of it? Do the kids know where everything is? I ask because its something I've had to think about since I have no kids to leave it to.

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    1. Actually, it may not be my demise that precipitates that. Our current plan is to stay here another five years, then move to a simpler end game life. My wife wants to live in a condominium my family owns on the beach in Palm Coast, Florida. The other members are amenable to selling us their shares as we are all getting older now. I would like to live on a houseboat, on one of the big western lakes.

      I've already started disposing of some of our property, for instance, my book collection. I've been selling it off on Amazon. Well, I say "selling it." What usually happens is someone orders a book and I pick out five or six books that are on the same topic or by the same author and send them those as well as the one they ordered. Whatever I do, there isn't going to be room for 2000 hard back books so they have to go and I don't want to give them to the library to be sold for a dollar each.

      We will sell the house and land, I will sell the guns and ammunition, reloading equipment, tools. The food and medical supplies I'll donate to local churches.

      Everybody knows they can't keep living forever, and I am already having significant trouble keeping my buildings and grounds up to speed. I just can't work as hard at 60+ as I could at 30.

      There is one other alternative. My son has expressed an interest in moving here and taking over, lock stock and barrel. However, he currently has a girl friend who is not sure the mountains is where she wants to settle, so I'm not counting on that until we see where they are five years down the road.

      My wife wouldn't stay here if I were gone. This is really an isolated place and she couldn't keep the property up even if she wasn't nervous about living alone in the depths of the woods.

      The kids know where everything is. They still come home for Christmas and Thanksgiving so they are in touch with developments at home.

      I'll just have to see how things develop.

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    2. I hate to say it, but that sounds kind of sad...if I had worked as hard and as long on something like that property you'd have to get me out of it using explosives. But, it takes two to tango and you cant just ignore what the other half wants, especially if she's been willing to indulge you all this time.

      I don't want to sound like some sort of vulture or something, but when you do start thinning down the preparedness gear and thundertoys I'd sure like to hear about it so maybe I could get in on the action. At least then you'd know its going to someone who has the same plans for it as you do.

      My wife retires in 12 years. Your place is exactly the sort of thing I think we'd have liked to move to.

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    3. Well, whatever winds up happening we'll enjoy the next phase of our lives. Seems like it's always been that way with us, we do something for years, then make a radical change and start the cycle over again.

      It's been great up here, and I don't have any regrets. If we wind up leaving, it will just be to do something else we like. Ideally, I'd like to get my son here and keep the place as a family retreat, but if that doesn't happen I'll figure something else out.

      A lot of the things here are survivalist specific and would have to go to individuals of like mind. I would probably just send my spreadsheets to you and anyone else who wanted them and let you see what you could use. Wooden cases of ammo and bulk storage food aren't cheap to ship though. You might have to rent an 18 wheeler. ;-)

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    4. "I would probably just send my spreadsheets to you and anyone else who wanted them and let you see what you could use." Oh, man....I'm gonna start saving my pennies *now*.

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  7. History always repeats itself, we are LONG overdue for a 'reset'

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    1. Civilization does seem to work in a cycle. It's hard to believe that our own is somehow different and won't be subject to that rule of nature.

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