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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I'm not senile. I just don't remember things too well.


   I spent a good bit of the last couple of days looking for a gun.   I keep them around the house, in places where I tend to be.  If somebody kicks down the door, I don't want to have to run to a gun safe and fiddle with buttons or a dial while the bad guy comes stalking down the stairs with a machete.

   So I have guns in a lot of places. I know where they are, and I know what they are.

   But last week, I noticed that the one by the television set downstairs was not there anymore.
I have a vague recollection of picking it up awhile back and doing something with it, but I can't remember what with any certainty.

   This is not new for me.  I once lost my Browning High Power and Jackass Leather Company rig for a month. Eventually it turned up on top of a bookcase. How it got there, or why  it was there, is anybody's guess. I am sure I did it but I certainly don't know why.


This time, it's a long barrelled Ruger GP100.

It's just gone.



Here's what I sort of remember .  I think I took it upstairs and put it on the table for my wife, when I was going out of the county and she was home and didn't want to go.  Then when I came home, I put it "somewhere."

I have looked all over the house, the shop, the barn and the apartment.  My wife says just forget about it and I'll find it eventually when I'm looking for something else. That's how it's been with every other thing I misplaced, like binoculars, the night vision device, other guns, my keys, my wallet, my glasses, my hat, my pipe, the tv remote, the cordless phone and other items that all have a special place. I am alright as long as I put everything back in it's "special place."  If I don't, I'm in trouble.

I am trying to think of good things about getting old.  First, you don't have to work.  Second, you don't have to worry about finding a wife because you already have one.

That's the good part of getting old.  Someday when I have several hours I'll write a post on the bad things about getting old.

27 comments:

  1. LOL once again I wish I had that problem... OH where did I put my GP100? Why silly me I am so absent minded this is just too much I have so many firearms I cannot keep track of em all...Poor me :)

    That reminds me of the Sheik who complains all his harem wives are different :)

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    1. Guns are so much easier to take care of than wives. It does irk me. I am compulsive about numbers, accounts, records and order. I keep spreadsheets on my spreadsheets. But I lose everything that isn't nailed down. I drive slow, I like to talk about "the old days", I feel like everything was better then than it is now...... When I start wearing a Panama hat to town instead of a ball cap, it's all over.

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  2. Us old folks are like that, clueless to our temporary stashes. My friend Duke leaves his range bag unattended which gives me permission to borrow odd pieces of his equipment. He never misses the stuff because he has early onset Alzheimers disease. At least that's what I've made him believe. Seriously, like you, I've found handguns in such strange places, like ammo cans, I'd completely forgotten.

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    1. It's a hell of a thing. Since nobody ever comes in the house, I can't blame it on a burglar. Nope, just me forgetting what I did with something. The other frightening thing is the weird places I find things I've lost. Or I'll put something down, and say to myself, if I leave this here I'll never find it. And sure enough.....

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  3. Please don't misplace your wife!

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    1. That happened once in Chattanooga. I left her at a store, was supposed to come back and get her after I got finished at the mall book store. Then I couldn't remember exactly where the store was, or just what the name was. I knew what it looked like and that it was a craft store in one of those strip malls around the big mall, but I could not for the life of me remember which one. Thank God for cell phones.

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  4. They say that the memory is the second thing to go. I'd tell you what the first thing is, but I can't remember.

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    1. Just as well, because I am sure it's gone but I just haven't noticed it yet!

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  5. Don't worry Harry, my wife is always putting items away "somewhere safe" and then I get to look for them for the next 3 days! You are lucky to be able to stash guns around the house, down here that would get you some serious trouble as everything has to be kept in a lockable container. I only have my tomahawk & bowie knife to greet any special visitors.

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    1. I couldn't do that when the kids were little, of course. But now I can put guns where I tend to be on and off. It wouldn't do me any good to have them if I had to run to a safe every time I needed one.

      It's strange how people who live in countries with laws like that have to arm themselves like it was 1754. In England, people have swords. I read article about "sword violence" in English papers and I wonder why the street gangs carry swords and knives. You can buy a gun anywhere in the world, you just might not be able to do it legally but I doubt many thugs lose much sleep over it.

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    2. The Poms have always been backward, down here the Lebanese gangs' weapon of choice is a Glock, the Outlaw Bickie gangs are a bit more traditional, they seem to like shotguns, rifles and a mixed bag of revolvers & auto pistols. Not hard to get illegal firearms, just need to know the right pub. At the moment they just use their firepower on each other as they struggle to sort out who will be kingpin of the drug trade.

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    3. In 1988 there was a series of strikes in the poultry plants here. The big companies, like ConAgra and Fieldale, brought in Mexicans by the thousands to break the strikes, which they did. Now there are 140,000 Hispanics in those counties. The Latin Kings have killed off all the hillbilly meth dealers, and they control the drug trade. These guys are armed to the teeth and totally crazy. I try not to even go to those counties anymore.

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    4. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)


      We had a really bad shooting in a nearby small city with two girls under age five getting shot and killed in a drive by shooting because dad (who was a gang member) was the intended target.
      It showed dad on TV with his tattoo's (either Texas Syndicate, or Mexican Mafia) I did not get a good look and he said that "they killed his little girls" (like he knew who killed them) this was about a week ago and no arrest have been made.
      This makes me sick to my stomach. I gotta remember though that this is Mexican culture which is inferior compared to our culture. Mexicans kill each other just because they get bored and they gotta find some entertainment somehow.
      In Texas we have been shooting Mexican bandits since well before the "War for Texas Independence" and then we were shooting them left and right (they were soldiers so it was game on)
      What the Mexicans in Texas (and in mexico) is we can do this again if we have too.
      If the feds collapsed (due to debt) and Texas had to break from the union and go at it alone, Im sure mexico would try and take advantage of the situation and we would have to "defeat them in battle" again like we did General Santa Anna at San Jacinto.
      Many illegals at this point 'realizing that Texas is not dishing out welfare" would jump back over to their side of the river. Quit feeding them and they will go away.

      If things go really bad in Texas. I might show up on kymbers doorstep asking if I can be her neighbor. Nova Scotia needs rednecks. Canada for that matter needs about 20 million rednecks.

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    5. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      check this one out about the gang "tango blast"

      http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/21860622/tango-blast-usurps-mexican-mafia-as-texas-biggest-gang-threat

      I've seen a few of thease dirtbags in my area.

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  6. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Okay Harry, how about you start making a map, or list of where you put certain things. I think that would help greatly.
    Second, duct tape certain items down to the shelves because of the two "thieves" that live in your house.
    third, exercise your brain somehow, read more books, play video games online against fourteen year olds and destroy them in warfare games and make them cry.

    Harry you got a great mind.......

    Use it.....write a book about your adventures or something.

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    1. I can't blame this on the ferrets. They can't get on the shelf where the tv is set up. My mom sent me a subscription to a cross word magazine so I could exercise my brain, but it was too boring. Then my brothers told me about some Japanese game that is supposed to keep you from getting absent minded but I forgot what the name of it was.

      I could do a comic book on my life I expect, but I will leave the serious chronicles to the women in the family. Both my grandmother and mother have published their memoirs, and my mom wrote books for educational publishers for many years. I'm afraid it's not my forte.

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    2. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      If you ever did write a "manifesto" or memoir, or a comic book. I would be one of your first "minion's" to happily throw down kymber's credit no. (that I hacked:) for an autographed copy complete with "paw prints" from the "dynamic duo"

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  7. i am not old but still forget where I put stuff...Senior can testify that usually it is my cell phone, or cup of coffee....most days its both.

    I am sure it is around your house somewhere. Did you check between the sofa cushions? Senior is always leaving a knife in ours or one of his ammo magazines for his guns... If i don;t check his pockets, I could end up washing one..

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    1. Miriam says that too, that it's here somewhere. I'm sure it is. Nobody has been in the house but my wife and I since October, and I've seen it since then I think. I did pull the cushions off the couch. I looked everywhere. I pulled all the drawers out of dresser in my room, I looked behind all the books on the bookshelves upstairs. I looked at all the places I stash things in the study. It's probably sitting in plain sight.

      I'm glad your husband and Stephen do things like that, because I don't feel so bad about it happening to me.

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  8. Special places for everything, that's how I do it. Sometimes I leave a pistol on the nightstand and it ends up in the sock drawer but at least I usually know where someone else puts things for me.
    That's just a reflex from the time our pitbull before the current one, got a pistol and ankle holster off the table and destroyed it.

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    1. I have a similar problem with my ferrets, although I doubt they can do damage on the same scale as a Pit Bull. They chewed up the recoil pad on one of my AK-47's and dragged off a gun bag with a Walther P38 in it.

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  9. I feel you pain, I have misplaced a small 38 special revolver and still have not found it. I gave up looking but believe it will turn up one day.

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  10. I usually find things I've lost while I'm looking for something else. I imagine your pistol is there in your house somewhere and you'll find it eventually. Aggravating though, in the interim, isn't it.

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    1. Don't tell Duke its in my range bag.

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    2. Far be it from me to give you away!

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  11. I'm hoping you find it soon. It's a good things you don't have little kids that will find it for you.

    I remember things really pretty well, but I worry one day that I might get Alzheimer's. My Grandma died of it. I don't worry so much about my mom getting it. Studies have been done on people that have had Polio (which my mom had). No one that had Polio has ever gotten Alzheimer's. Odd!

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    1. Alissa,
      When I had little children, I kept my weapons in the safe. Even though I started training them almost from the toddler stage, it wasn't until they were early teens that I started putting guns in strategic places around the house.

      I hope I don't get the Big A. My dad didn't , but my grandpa did. I remember getting the polio vaccine in school as a child, they came around and gave you a sugar cube with some pink stuff on it.

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