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Monday, May 12, 2014

Thunder


Dead still out tonight, with thunder off in the distance.  The humidity is high, and nothing has dried out from the rain yesterday.  Water is dripping from the trees.  I've been standing out on the porch listening to the rumbling off in the distance and the constant dripping.  Ever so often there's a strange noise out in the woods. I've heard it before plenty of times, but I have no idea what it is.  I don't think it's a bird, but it doesn't sound like any animal I can think of.  Some kind of wildlife, no doubt.

Inside it's comfortable.  I've got the air going, and the satellite radio is playing easy listening music. I am having a rare glass of wine tonight after a good supper.

I did manage to get the big ladder extended and tied down for the roof repairs. Not a chance of doing anything while it's this wet though.  In checking the shop roof I found I've got a leak there, and rather than mess with shakes I'm going to put a metal roof on the shake side.  The back of the roof is already metal, and thanks to there being no skylights, I can get the whole job done in a couple of days. It's been needing attention and I'm through with half way measures.

This afternoon I blocked off the exit end of the porch walkway with plywood, put the dogs off the porch, and let the ferrets come out and play for a bit.

Had to watch Ragnar because the porch is about 20 feet up off the ground, and he's plummeted off before. Now that he can't see, it's even more likely to happen.

A good time was had by all. Jet found a huge moth and ate it, much to our mutual surprise. I think it was an impulse thing and he spent a lot of the rest of the afternoon sneezing. Probably the dust on the moths wings.


There was another spectacular home invasion in Atlanta.  This has become quite the latest thing with the gangs down there. They just randomly pick on expensive homes in expensive communities. This time they broke into a house where there were several women , one of whom had a nine month old baby which they shot and killed.  I'm not sure even if a husband had been home that the thing would have gone any different, because of the element of surprise. If you don't lock your door, you don't know who is going to come calling.  Living in a "gated community" does not mean you are safe from the Morlocks outside the wall.  My recommendation would be to put a good security system in the house, lock the door, get a good dog, and teach the females to shoot.  Put a pistol in the kitchen, put one in the living room, etc. If you have kids, get punch button one gun safes.  It's probably not a good idea to leave your wife, daughter , etc alone at home at night either.  Call me old fashioned,  but I think you have to be ready to repel boarders and that's an all hands evolution. You can rely on the sardine defense, but some sardines always get eaten and there's no way to tell if you'll be the one this time.

22 comments:

  1. I'm glad Ragnar is getting to play a bit now. I didn't remember that he is blind??? The home invasion sounds terrible! The sheriff's office out here told us when we moved in to keep a loaded weapon nearby since they may not make it to us in time. If you can call before someone is in the house, and if you can find the cell phone!!

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    1. I once asked our Sheriff, on behalf of everyone out in this part of the county, to have his deputies come out and patrol once in awhile. We were having lots of break in's and the older people were all worked up but not doing anything. He said "you folks are on your own out there." And so we are. Woe betide anyone who tries to break into my place.

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    2. I knew he had cataracts but I didn't know he was blind until he went for his pre-op checkup. He's doing ok though.

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  2. Was there even a husband in the home? My bet is there wasn't but if you say they need one then your just trying to control them anyway.

    So what keeps the polecats from jumping down off the porch?

    Storms been playing hell with us here. For the second time in three days the wind has rendered my attempts at the downspout drain from the barn pointless. The rain came down so hard this evening and the wind it once again ripped my repair job apart and separated the downspout from the funnel off the gutter. I think I am beginning to realize why no one had ever tried to fix it all these years.

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    1. No men at home, the husbands were out but the news didn't say what. Probably a guys night out. Not all women feel that way, about being controlled. Lots of the women in Stone Mountain, where this occurred,are the traditional types. Go to college, find a husband, raise a family. They have old school values. I wouldn't care to be the husband of one of those women today though, because the men failed in their primary responsibility. They had an obligation to foresee potential dangers and address them. This home invasion thing isn't new, it's been growing in frequency for at least three years. The perpetrators are black and hispanic gangs, and as far as I know, none have been apprehended though they often show up on security cameras at the homes of their victims.

      Today looks like a nice one. I still need the roof to dry out though, before I can get to patching. Sometimes repairs don't hold up and it's very frustrating, but you just have to try again.

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  3. That was good the ferrets got to go outdoors for a while. Now and then I take the pups over to a nearby park and let them roll around on the grass and chase bugs. Keeps them happy.

    Some have expressed concern for me living in a suburb downtown area, but I actually think I am more safe than someone living in a fancy home. Most people don't look up above the ground level businesses, so they don't realize that anyone lives here. And the chances of finding items worth stealing are much better in an affluent neighborhood than in a three-room downtown apartment! As long as I continue to have good neighbors, I don't worry too much. I have taken the necessary precautions, though. I'm not a total trusting fool!!

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    1. This particular issue is pretty well limited to the very affluent neighborhoods, the "gated communities" in the Atlanta area. Up here, the people at the lake have to look out, because they tend to be the upper crust. That doesn't mean there aren't random break in's and killings here, we had one not six miles from my house a few years back. But in general, it's the people in hoity toity neighborhoods with hoity toity cars that are at greatest risk.

      My dogs have the whole national forest to roam around in, something they take advantage of. They aren't tied up or pinned. I try to give them dog biscuits at random times during the day so they will stay around the house, as they aren't much use to me galavanting out in the woods.

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  4. Talk about women's rights, that girl looks like she is ready for war.

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    1. Hey, Lady Lilith. I believe in teaching girls to use small arms at an early age. My daughter is a very good shot with pistol or rifle, and my wife can use her shotgun, the weapon of choice in her case due to her very poor eyesight.

      I can think of no reason at all not to arm women. There's an old saying that God made men, but Colonel Colt made them equal. That specific equality works for women too if they are given the opportunity to practice it.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Its a real sad to hear of that home invasion in Atlanta. In Texas we execute bad guys.
    We should execute more bad guys at the same time. I got and idea for "electric bleachers"
    First spray some aluminum bleachers with "Non-Stick Pam" and then Hand cuff a whole bunch of gang members to the aluminum bleachers and then hook up a large portable generator.
    Spool the 'genny up' and flip the switch.

    No muss, no fuss. I'll take my gang member 'well done please'

    In Texas home invasions don't happen too often with the "castle law' we have. Usually the home invasions are druggies invading homes of drug dealers and other druggies looking for a fix.

    I need to get one of them nickel boron bolts that, that little girl has in her AR.

    Im glad your ferrets are fairing well (hey that rymes) Harry' you refer to your 'ferret's' as a colony???

    Sounds like you have more of a "platoon" of ferrets.

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    1. You have to catch them first, CC . The Atlanta police are having trouble coping with gangs. We now have Cambodian gangs, Iraqi gangs, Vietnamese gangs, and some other dogs and ponies but the black and Hispanic gangs are the worst. Atlanta is a damned dangerous place, especially certain parts of it. Spring street is a good place to avoid, and if you take the wrong turn off the freeway at the airport you may get more of an interesting experience than you bargained for.

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  6. That is crazy about what's happening in Atlanta.
    Really humid here too. Some big storms passed through last night.

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    1. ATL has a problem with gangs, and they aren't dealing with it very well. The political class there is largely black, and they are overly sensitive to being called Toms and racists. The problem is, the gangs doing the home invading are black and hispanic for the most part. But the Mayor and his ilk aren't too worried because most of the people getting raped and killed are white.

      Nice here today but it's supposed to thunderstorm again tonight.

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  7. " I'm not sure even if a husband had been home that the thing would have gone any different, because of the element of surprise."

    You are probably right here. If there were guns in the home it is entirely probable they were unloaded in a big ole safe somewhere out of the way like the basement.

    Even if he got a gun sadly it would probably have not helped the family much, just added a Goblin or two to the kill count.

    The perfect answer to home defense is simply to wear whatever CCW handgun you normally carry in the home. Like many people I do not do this regularly. Right now I am weariing athletic shorts from my morning run while sitting in a chair with my son bouncing around in the 6" of space between me and the arm of the chair. Not good for packing a pistola.

    Before kids we had guns all over the place. We also lived in a relatively dangerous area so that was a factor. Now with little ones that would not work. We have a punch safe with 2 handguns and a pump shotgun in the bedroom. We have a small cheap one handgun lock box (called a gunvault made by stack on) on the other side of the house. It is small enough to tuck anywhere and for $30ish affordable on a modest budget. I've been meaning to pick up another one or two to stash around the house. However since our home is not giant and the area is pretty safe it is not a huge concern.

    As the kids grow up and are trained with guns storage will become a bit more relaxed.

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    1. Little kids really cramp your style with firearms because you can't have them readily available. I understand your concern, having been through that many years ago. In the case of the event yesterday, the stupid people left the front door unlocked, had no dog, no security system. They were victims of the "it can't happen here" syndrome. I think if the women had been armed, they might have had a chance even if the ski mask crowd crashed through a window. The more warning you have , the better. I know when someone is coming up the only access to this place from the motion detectors, then the dogs. Before they get here, I'll be out on the porch ready to do business, because I don't want to get trapped in the house. Lots of times people are sheeple, though. No precautions, no situational awareness. Remember the moronic dentist in Connecticut who lost his wife and two daughters to home invaders? Sardine defense didn't work for him.

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    2. Harry, Yeah doing pretty much anything would have helped their chances on that one.

      The distance and time your setup offers is enviable, that you have improved it with modern tech makes it even better. Some day I hope to have a setup like that.

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    3. I watched the news from ATL tonight and now they are "hinting" that this was black on black, gang related and had to do with "territory" so it wasn't really a home invasion , more of a "raid." If it turns out to be that's what happened. The ATL news stations are not very reliable. Nor do the ATL police put out the straight skinny if it looks bad for them.

      I'm lucky because unless someone is mad enough to try to navigate to my place using a map and compass through some thick brush, they have only one way to get in here and so I can concentrate my security measures on that route. There are two other paths, which I have covered to a lesser extent, but they are game trails and I doubt any person would be coming up those.

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  8. Happy to hear that Ragnar is on the mend a little and joining in with some ferret play time, he has been through a lot. Any sign of more ferrets to add to your gang yet?

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    1. Hey, Dreamer. Ragnar is under the china cabinet, sneezing his head off, as I write this. He has allergies and needs to come out for some benedryl but so far he refuses.

      Not yet. I may have to do some traveling to pick some up from a ferret rescue.

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    2. Can ferrets digest honey?
      Just wondering as on one of my bee classes it was mentioned that if you find some really locally produced honey it will have been made from the pollen from that area. A teaspoon a day is supposed to build up immunity to allergies/hayfever symptoms caused by local allergens, plus it contains bee enzymes and other substances which are naturally healing. A ferret shouldn't even need as much as a teaspoon if you reckon on it's bodyweight compared to a person.

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    3. I don't know the answer to that. I can ask the specialist about it. Ferrets are very susceptible to intestinal blockages. You have to be really careful that they can't find anything on the floor to eat, like a peanut, because it can kill them. Honey ought to be ok. I am sure someone here still makes honey, although the one bee keeper we had in the county that everyone knew died some years back and nobody took his place.
      I'll call the vets office, that's a good idea. Ragnar has allergies and I hate to keep him all doped up on benadryl but it's the only thing for allergies that I know of they can take.

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  9. The ferrets don't intentionally jump off the porch. But what does happen is they get carried away and start tussling and dancing, and someone goes over the edge into the void.

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