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

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In which I find a Walther P38 which had been misplaced.


I always carry a pistol,  usually in a shoulder holster. That doesn't deter  me from keeping other weapons in my vehicles, or in strategic locations in the house so that I can lay hands on one in haste should the need arise.

A few days ago, I brought the small gun bag that holds a P-38 in from the Jeep.  When I'm out, it's under the seat but I don't leave weapons in the vehicles at night.

The next day, when I went to put it back in the Jeep, I couldn't find it. Nor could I remember exactly where I had put it.  Ordinarily I put the gun on a table in my bedroom, but I did remember laying it down on the couch when I came in the door. I must have picked it up and moved it somewhere else but I couldn't recall where.

However, today I was thinking about where it might be, and I remembered that post war P-38's have light alloy frames. The operative word was light.  I got a flashlight and started looking in known ferret stash places, and found the gun bag under the china cabinet. Ferrets will carry off anything they can get their teeth into, and one of them had  "souvenired" my pistol.  They can lift a lot of weight with their sturdy little bodies. I was relieved to find it,  along with a missing television remote and a few other items. I need to be more careful about where I lay things down.


22 comments:

  1. That's just great your arming your ferrets now.

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    1. They are gun collectors now, which is kind of neat. When I first got ferrets I couldn't believe the stuff the carried off. Everything from orange juice cartons to costume jewelry. Now nothing surprises me.

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  2. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)

    Good Ferret story.....

    I saw a car with Nova Scotia license plates today at walmart (a Canadian with class) I thought of Kymber.
    The plate was white with blue letters and some kind of funny diagram in the middle that looked like the Titanic hitting and iceberg or a glacier or something???

    a big cold front came through and it was real cold and windy on the beach tonight. Its supposed to warm up to 72 degrees on Friday which is Valintimes day. Last year I got a bill from MasterCard. I think my internet bill arrive on Friday so I will get something at least. Someone does care for me after all.

    Oh yeah some interesting stuff came out about Hillary Clinton on drudgereport. Some juicy papers in an estate were released by a former friend that died (funny how that happens around the Clintons)

    Charles Kraughthammer on Fox News says the stuff Obama's doing is straight out of a "banana republic" in regards to him making up Obamacare rules as he goes violating due process and law. If I understand it right. In a Banana Republic, there are few rules that anyone obeys, people have no car insurance and everyone does as they pleases. When you get arrested, pay off the law enforcement, pay off judges and officials.
    Kinda sounds like a better plan to me then living in a police state.

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    1. captain - that funny diagram in the middle of the license plate is our famous schooner - The Bluenose. The Bluenose was adopted as our provincial emblem in the 1930's - here's the wiki entry for more info:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluenose

      thanks for thinking of me buddy!

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    2. Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      I'm sure if I moved to Nova Scotia, my nose would turn blue too:)

      If you guys ever came down to South Texas, Kymber. You and you husbands blue noses would thaw out (and probably melt) Glaciers and Icebergs don't last too long in August when the seawater temp. of the Gulf of Mexico is 89 degrees.

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    3. captain - if we ever take a vacation and leave our island, we are coming down there to you!!! and we'll bring our blue noses - bahahahah! thanks for reading the article - we're pretty proud of The Bluenose! oh and captain - you would soooo fit in up here. and like i told you before, hardcore californians and hawaiin surfers come to cape breton to train in the off-season! you'd love it up here!

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  3. We've lived in a Banana Republic since the early 1970's. The last President we had who was really worth a Tinker's Damn was Richard Nixon. I can't think of a single one I had any respect for since then. I liked George Bush II until he decided to back opening the Southern borders and letting even more people flow into the country from down there.

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    1. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      My last favorite president was Reagan. All the others were stomping on the Constitution. I have to admit even Reagan did some screwy things that made no sense like granting illegal aliens amnesty and the 1986 NFA act.

      Now living on near the border I have to admit there are a lot of Mexicans that got amnesty back in '86 that did ok with their lives and became good American citizens and many illegals in this country now are trying to do the same thing. The hard part is sorting out the dirt bags from the 'producers and workers'
      One of my favorite writers 'Ayn Rand' was as immigrant from the Soviet Union at one time and look at what she did with her life.
      The immigration problem is a complex situation with no logical solution in sight.

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    2. CC, I respect your opinion and I know people liked Reagan. But from my perspective, he was a fairly brainless actor, who couldn't control the dome heads he surrounded himself with. He brought a lot of grief on a lot of people and never really knew what the hell he was doing. I think he thought life was like his pictures, if he was just "hail fellow well met" all would be well. It wasn't , though.

      I'm vehemently opposed to unbridled immigration. I've seen, first hand, on a personal level, the many ills that causes. I could write a whole book on why letting thousands of people who don't speak our language or hold our values into this country is bad, but the last time I did a post on that I got flooded with hate mail, so to hades with it.

      I figure if the Romans could build a wall across their Northern borders in the U.K. to keep unwanted outs, why can't we do something similar.

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    3. Harry - i am really with you on the unbridled immigration! look at what it has done to england and the european continent. it makes me nuts that we will take in uneducated, non-english or french speaking immigrants by the boatload and turn away culturally-similar americans - it makes me NUTS! our immigration laws seem very canadian on the surface, in that we will always try to help and save refugees. but to make it so that anyone who "claims" to be a refugee can move into our country, go on welfare, collect free healthcare, not even bother to learn one of our 2 official languages and live high off the hog for the rest of their lives - arghghghghgh! and then decent americans like yourself, your children and our friend jane of virginia can't move here?!?!?!?!? it makes me nuts buddy!

      i would love to see more posts on your first-hand knowledge of how bad unbridled immigration is. the heck with the haters - your opinion means a lot to a lot of us!!!

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  4. Has the missus lost any jewellery...?

    Sounds like ferrets are as much of a handful as children LOL

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    1. Dani, we learned right off when Ragnar came to live with us not to leave "sparklies" laying around. I actually give the ferrets costume jewelry for their stashes. My mom sends me the stuff for Miriam, because my mom and sister like yard sales and my mom collects it. But Miriam doesn't wear much jewelry, and when she does it's the real deal. I brought her jewelry from all over the world when we were in the service. So the ferrets get it. Of course, sometimes the ferrets try to steal from one another, then there is much squealing and rolling around on the floor tussling over the loot.

      They really are like children. They can be exasperating but they are very loveable.

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  5. I bet the critter was just prepping for Armageddon. Have you checked you ammo supplies lately.

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    1. If I let them get near shiny brass cased cartridges they would haul the loot off immediately. Maybe they have been hanging around me too much!

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    1. It could be .God knows they store enough food to last them through any emergency. I have to go in and clean out their known stashes sometimes to get the piles of ferret food and ferret treats, once the stuff gets stale they don't eat it, but they like to horde it.

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  7. Harry - i would love to believe that you have those ferrets armed and trained like true survivalists....if anyone could, or would do it - it would be you!!! but i know how much you spoil those little ferrets so i don't think that they are hoarding the weapons for range practice. i think one of them just liked the little bag - bahahahahah!

    your friend,
    kymber

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  8. Kymber, I think ferrets were survivalists before people were. They have caches, they store food supplies, they keep their favorite possessions hidden away. They are also opportunists, and anything left laying around they want, they take. I'm sure in this case, it was the gun bag that found favor in their eyes, because they could sink their teeth into it. There's a video someone made of ferrets stealing things, and it's really funny. I'll try to find it and post it.

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    1. Harry - it sounds like in general, ferrets are little survivalist hoarders!!! but i know yours are spoiled rotten and wouldn't make it a day without all of the creature comforts that you provide! your stories about your ferrets makes me want to get one! or 12! but, our white weasel is back living in our basement and eating all of the leftover cat food that our snobby cats won't eat...if the food has been on the plate for longer than 10 minutes, they turn up their noses and want "new" food - it drives jambaloney crazy! take more pics of your ferrets doing their ferret stuff and put them up on this blog - i love seeing pics of them - they are sooo cute! oh and yes, do post the video if you find it!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    2. Kymber, you're right. Domestic ferrets can't survive in the wild. That's why it is so cruel to dump them off. People tell themselves the ferrrets will be ok in the wild, but it's a lie just to assuage their guilty conscience. That's why, when two ferrets were spotted up North in a city park, the ferret people launched a huge rescue operation to find them before they died of hunger and thirst. They did find them in time, and it turned out one ferret needed an operation, which is probably why someone threw them out of a car. But all ended happily, the ferret rescue people paid for the operation and found a new home for both ferrets.

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    3. Harry - from my own experiences. it's easy to be tough and gun-lovin and all that jazz. what isn't easy, is to care about other creatures that share our earth. that is something about you that has come out in scores for me. i can see where your heart lies...and that is why i call you my friend. it takes a true man with a true heart to be absolutely gorgeous. oh crap. what the heck am i saying eh buddy????

      your friend, who so values your opinions on everything. thank you Harry.
      kymber

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  9. Harry, Thanks for reminding me of my ferrets I had in Germany. I think the Germans have a much healthier breeding stock of ferrets than the USA. I had very few of the problems you describe with my ferrets. Sad to say my ferrets died from neglect of neice while I was out on a FTX with the Army. Food and water and an occational romp is all the needed at a min. and she could not be troubled. What's sary is she has two kids but at least she feeds and waters them as they are her "Meal Ticket"

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