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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday

Rowena and her mate, Jet. He is staying right with her while she feels badly.

Rowena is not feeling well.  She has lost some of her fur on her flanks and is lethargic. Those are both signs of adrenal disease. I am going to take her to some people who rescue ferrets and know a lot about them. If they recognize this as some other malady they can tell me how to treat her. If it is adrenal disease, it means going to the exotic animals vet a long way off.  Sometimes the vet in our town can do a video conference with him and take care of the ferrets, but this time Rowena will have to have an implant and I want a specialist to do that.  The old couple that run this rescue in my county are a bit odd but they are nice when you get to know them.


Over the years I've picked up good examples of most bolt action and  some of the semi automatic military weapons from the last  century.  I've never bought anything automatic because of the involvement with ATF, and the tax you have to pay just to own one. There's also the fact that the gun I want is pretty pricey for a good condition weapon.

Still,  I've wanted an MP 40 since I was a 1st Lieutenant on an exercise in Germany  (Bold Guard/ Northern Wedding 1978), and the German Army let us fire some of the weapons they had at a cross training session with the U.S. Marines.  The MP40 wasn't an issue weapon with them then, but it has a huge fascination and was far and away the most popular shooter that day.  What a piece of engineering.  I didn't make this motivator but the person who did got it just right.  So, I have started checking around the class three dealers , just to see what's there and what it runs. If, by some miracle, I do find one I can afford I will have to sneak it into the house. But that's what you do.  My wife can't recognize one gun from another. So when she sees one that I just bought, I say "oh, no, I've had this a long time."  Maybe she believes me or maybe she knows better but it's an out.  And anyway, I haven't bought a new gun for a long time so I am due! >:(

I can rationalize anything.


14 comments:

  1. oh Harry - i am sorry to hear that poor little Rowena is sick but glad that jeff is taking care of her. how old is rowena? how old do ferrets normally live to?

    i have never fired an MP-40 but that is one awesome looking weapon!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. i am sooo happy that Rowena has you Harry! i am even more happy that you have her! was it Ghandi who said that we could judge people by how they treated animals?

      we were given dominion according to the bible...many forget that.

      ya, it sure looks like a super weapon. i sure wouldn't mind being given the chance to fire it - teehee. i think i would have a true and proper field day!!! bahahahah!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    2. Rowena is about three. She was living in a house full of snakes, and the guy kept her in a little carry case. The snakes were lose and would come and try to get at her. He got arrested and put in jail for drugs, and my daughter got him to sign a paper saying she could have Rowena. Rowena was hyper and a bad biter when she came here but she has settled down a lot. Ferrets usually live about six or seven years. I have two, Chloe and Jasmine, who are almost ten. They are like really old people. They eat, sleep, and repeat the cycle.

      The MP40 is a super weapon. The only criticism offered of it is that it was much too finely engineered and too hard to make. Sometimes people say the single stack magazine causes jams, but I didn't see any jams when we fired the MP40, so I don't know about that.

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  2. I know all about the "I have had this a while" trick. The wife does the same thing to me with shoes though :)

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    1. I think it's a face saving mechanism and helps avoid quarrels.

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  3. My wife doesn't even glance in my direction when I bring a new (or old) firearm into the house. I like it that way.

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    1. You are lucky. My wife and I jointly do the budget each month, so she keeps a keen eye on expenditures that are outside the planning cycle. But she does the same thing, spending money at Belks that wasn't in the budget, so we usually just let it slide.

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  4. Wouldn't it be great to go back in time to fire some of those old weapons and not hurt anyone. Just to shot them.???

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    1. There's a big machine gun meet every year where you can do just that. You can fire any machine gun you ever thought of. Of course, the problem with automatic weapons is that the ammo goes quick, and at today's prices I hate to think what 10 magazines worth of 9mm, for instance, in the MP40 would run you there.

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    2. I think it's called Knob Creek.

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  5. Sorry to hear about the ferret. Hope it's something minor like needing a vitamin or mineral, occasionally animals are funny that way.

    Good luck with the MP-40.

    I read a book by an outdoors humor type author who said the Mrs doesn't know the difference so once you get past 2 it's fine to bring whatever home then put it into the safe. There is probably some truth to the joke. Wifey doesn't have a clue or care. She occasionally asks how many of whatever we have and is usually surprised.

    We budget 'personal money' each month. Aside from not being allowed to buy hookers or drugs we can do whatever with it, absolutely no accountability. Spend it on purses or trashy celeb magazines or bullets that month or save it up for a gun/ whatever. It has surely done a lot to keep financial arguments to a minimum for us. Between that and talking to the other person before making a non typical purchase over X amount to make sure the other person is cool with it and it's an OK time to do so our financial tension has been almost nil.

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    1. I went to the local vet today, and they are calling the exotic animal vet down South to see what should be done. Rowena is worse, I'm pretty sure it is that damned adrenal disease. I would like to take the politicians who wrote that law on spaying and neutering so early and choke them with it. You wonder that the b**t**ds don't have anything better to do than write more stupid, useless laws.

      Most things I read say that money is one of the worst inciters of arguments among couples. My wife and I are frugal people, and we usually work pretty closely on what we can and can't afford to do. She asks very little and sometimes I fuss about the Belks card but then I feel ashamed for having done it. We don't do like you do and allocate money to each individual, that's probably a better system. But in my generation mostly the husband handles the money. My wife is more intelligent than I am,(She's in Mensa and has an eye popping I.Q. , unless she cheated on the test) but she isn't quite as handy with things like paying bills or doing budgets, so we make a good team. When one of us checks out the other one is pretty much doomed. I can't even buy my own clothes, because she has bought them for me for more than thirty years. I once tried to teach her to pay the bills and balance the accounts and she overdrew the checking account significantly within two weeks. Maybe we will do like the Indians, and when one of us is about to go we'll just sit under a tree in the snow and go together. ;-)

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  6. harry, i don't know if you'll see the reply i've posted to you over on my own blog, but: i logged onto my e-mail today and was actually sort of disappointed that there weren't any comments from you in there =). i'd gotten used to it, and didn't even know it.

    i think once i start getting over the anxiety i get every time i see new people on my blog - people that i don't know personally, you know, like, who aren't family 'n stuff - i won't be as suspicious any more. and sorry if i shooed you away. i think you're an okay guy, actually =)

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    1. Nobody can be too careful on the internet. I learned that the hard way with my last blog. I knew you were just teasing me but I thought I ought to leave you alone for awhile just to show I wasn't a cyber stalker or such.

      You write good posts and I am fascinated by an Estonian living in New Zealand. Not to mention that your pictures show some beautiful scenery.

      I'll stop by I just won't be so verbose. ;-)

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