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

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If it can go wrong, it will.

This has been a mixed sort of day.  On the one hand, Kymber and J are still alive and that's good news.

Everything else has been a pill today.

Loaded up the truck with all the garbage. I go to the dump maybe every three months or so. Got to the dump, and the compactors were all down. So there was a big, long line of vehicles waiting to throw their garbage into big piles , so a bulldozer looking thing could load it onto a truck for the trip to the incinerator. The stench would have knocked a buzzard off the death cart at 30 paces. It took forever because the people from out of town would drive their Mercedes or Caddy SUV up to the dump off place, but then there was two inches of swill on the floor of the shed. The ladies wearing sandals had the worst of it. Usually you just throw your bag in the nice, clean compactor but this was like walking through a sludge mine. So they had to tip toe through the sludge to the pile to toss their bags. Then they had to dance around trying to get the hideous reeking slime off their feet before they got back in their cars. It was a long wait.

After I backed in and pushed my whole load off the back of the truck, I smelled diesel. I just got the truck out of the shop for fuel line repair, but I pulled it over and the fuel was just gushing out of the fuel filter. The O ring had cracked.  Well, that fuel filter has been in there a long time, it was about due to be replaced. Went to the one parts store in town. Got a fuel filter, and then couldn't get the old one off for love or money. I tried everything except the old thing of punching a hole through it with a screw driver and then twisting on the screw driver.

Went to the shop. They were able to get the old filter off (it took the proverbial two men and a boy), but it also cost me $30.00 for labor. Since that thing would never have come off with just me working on it, and diesel fuel that costs more than blood was spurting out of the filter, I guess I got off easy with a combined expenditure of $66.26.

I went to the Home Depot to get some thick plywood for some security precautions I am making at the house. Couldn't lift a single sheet by myself, the guys who work there were all busy consulting with old ladies about what flowers to plant, so I said to hell with it and came home.

While I was in town I went by a store that has a contribution jar for the humane society and put some money in it. This was a penance for running out on Ragnar when he was so sick. I've been feeling really guilty. I should have stayed in there with him. I hope he didn't know I left him in the hands of strangers for his final moments. He was almost unconscious, but he was very perceptive.  I feel badly I did that. So putting this money in the jar is a way of making amends. I don't do charitable contributions very often, but I feel better.



Here's a good movie that a lot of you probably haven't seen, because it's quite old. Dates back to the early 1980's I think. But, it was very well done and is very realistic. If you haven't seen it, I bet you can get it from the library.



That's about all there is to tell.  I'm going to take a nap.  Old people must have their nap, you know.


28 comments:

  1. All in all it could have been worse. I too am happy that kymber & jam are ok. I bet their ears where burning.

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    1. Yeah, we could have found out the Canadians were dredging the bottom of the river looking for them. That's what I was afraid of. If you live way out in the sticks, and something happens to you, it can take a long time to be discovered. Like the old guy in Oregon who fell into the hog pen. By the time somebody went looking for him, there was nothing left but his dental plate. No lie.

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  2. It's on youtube if you don't mind watching it on a computer screen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2B7sdLPMfc

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    1. forget the first link, this one has a better picture.... sharper picture so that you can watch it full screen.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUEINQCKLHc

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    2. Thanks, Matt. Some places the library will order DVD's for you, but some won't. Getting on a computer is just as good with a good picture.

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  3. Its days like this that you wished you had stayed in bed lol!. We have a couple of our vehicles causing us trouble at the moment. The engine light is on in one and the gears are playing up in the other...Sorry to hear about Roger, I have been a bad blogger and not spending so much time looking at blogs. The only thing with doing that is you miss out on a lot! I will take a look on youtube for that movie, as I haven't seen it.

    xTania

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    1. Whoops that should have read Ragnar :/ Too early in the morning here, brain is not fully awake...

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    2. I know how it is with newly weds. ;-)

      Glad to see you back on line. I always really enjoy the pictures of your place, the strange lizards, the outstanding sunsets. Australians tend to be really interesting bloggers, for some reason. Maybe they are just expressive folks.

      Yeah, I miss Ragnar a lot. I haven't gotten rid of his favorite box yet. I keep meaning to.

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  4. Is that the one where the Russians shot missiles at empty silos throughout the Midwest after their payloads had already been expended, and people with radiation burns and sickness were walking hundreds of miles?

    Lord of the Rings is more realistic.


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    1. Well, you know how hard it is to reprogram those wretched MIRV's.

      Hey, what's a little hair loss and diarrhea, anybody could do it.

      Lord of the Rings is based on actual history, so of course it is realistic. Everybody knows Middle Earth predated the Sumerians. I myself have some Orc blood.

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    2. Actually if I remember at the time the only systems able to reach out and touch the Midwest were waaaaaay over powered in yield to be wasting on empty silos, there was also a question about number availability at the time as well. Not to mention things in the movie like guys heading to Sedalia Missouri and ending up over 300 miles away in Lawrence Kansas and people being able to traverse hot spot zones that should have dropped em like a rock.

      If I was a Lotr race it would one of the Dunadain prolly up guarding Evendim although I do love Hobbits!!!

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    3. Well, it all seems perfectly plausible to me.

      I bet you are a lot of fun to go to the movies with.

      You have to engage in the willing suspension of disbelief sometimes to get the real point of a movie. Yes, it does detract from the movie if the German soldiers in "The Blue Max" are all running around with Enfield No. 1 Mk. IV rifles, which weren't invented in 1916, but the real point of the show is about the class differences in the German Armed Forces of the Day (like the British today) and how hard it was for a common man to make the transition to the officer corps. You could always say it was about power and competition, too, but that would be trite.

      The pertinent part of the movie as regards you is when the farmer comes home, and these refugees are feasting on one of his cattle they have just killed. He says "you can't do that" and boom! Shotgun in the face. Then everybody goes on munching beef. People who live on real, productive farms with livestock are going to be sucking wind come the day, unless they have the wherewithal to kill off would be interlopers. As for myself, I plan to courageously hide out on the mountain top and hope they don't find me. Remember the scene in "The Road" when the cannibals are chasing down the woman and her child. That ain't happening to old Watash. I'll be up to my belly button in cartridge cases but nobody is chowing down on me.

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    4. No. You have suspended belief until it has reached fantasy land. Those so called refugee would have never made it to that farm to begin with because they could not have traveled through the hot zones that would have been created. Secondly who is stupid enough to do something like that? Suspending belief does not account for suspension of common sense. In the particular scenario you are trying to use there would also be zero reason to save said beef because it was contaminated as well as I remember the scene and poison to consume if you were not already poisoned.

      You are in fact using a nonviable apple seed to try and pass it off as a fully grown orange. The discussion at hand is are roving bands of looters really that much of a threat. I say as a whole no. Not going to be any comfort to the few who might get caught by them but by and large looter bands die out quickly because most of the operation is dependent on luck, attrition and continued motivation. The defenders will have the overall advantage.

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  5. Well, I think you are completely underestimating the threat. If you think an entire society can collapse and the shock waves not reach your enclave I think you are mistaken. This will be an issue we will have to disagree on.

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    1. Who said shockwaves wouldn't reach me? I simply said your fear or theory of looting hordes is completely overblown. You are thinking random people will simply form together into cohesive units that will wander around the countryside taking what they want and it will be easy. I say there is no way such a mix matched horde of people will ever form into looting groups and even if they do those groups are at a much greater disadvantage than you are seeing. The factual examples you used were all unified tribal groups that considered themselves one people on a large scale. The mish-mash population we have today could never form into something like that naturally and small groups would die of attrition quickly.

      Which all comes around to the original question that I believe most Amish and other pacifists will still have a natural line of protection as these looters will never make it past the communities that defend themselves.

      Now if you want to discuss government sponsored looters. Well that's a different discussion.

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    2. Again, I disagree. Your perception of human beings and their survival mechanisms is completely at odds with my own. While I can see the logic from an academic standpoint, in reality I think a post collapse environment would be a very different one than you postulate. I don't see the masses laying down and dying quietly. I think humans would adapt.
      They might band together with those whom they had a cultural affiliation with, but the idea that no large groups would form for mutual support is not one I accept.

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    3. i hate chiming in here when i see both of your points - but one thing for certain - even the stupidest city folk that have ever taken a trip out to visit and amish or mennonite village to buy a quaint quilt or a jar of pickles know that the amish/mennonites do not fight. i figure the amish and mennonite villages will be the first place that a rag-tag group would hit.

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    4. Well, unless they can find someone to protect them, which I gather is what they have done in the past, anything they have is there for the taking.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I think I know what your going to do with that plywood you wanted to buy from Lowes.
    I change out fuel filters once a year or so whether they need to be changed or not. I know how hard they are get off a gas or even a diesel after they been on forever.

    Harry, Sounds like your day was not that bad after all. You were able to fix the filters and get a few things done, albeit with lots of hassle. However you were successful.
    Harry, in your discussions with Pioneer Preppy you mentioned you had 'Orc' blood in you.
    I say your wrong. I picture you as more of a "Gandolf The Grey" type.

    Myself, I would say that I had some of the blood of those little guys with the battle axes, Dwarf's. I gotta give the little guys credit for their "Can Do" attitude and spirit. Now I am considerably taller than a Dwarf. I just like their attitudes in the Lord of the RIngs.

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    1. I'm pretty sure I have orc blood, CC. You have no idea how hard it is for me sometimes to keep my temper and try to be reasonable. I make herculean efforts to control my temper but I am always struggling against my orc heritage. ;-)

      I'm putting very thick plywood shutters over some entry points like windows in some of my buildings. I know they won't stop bullets or anything of that nature. The sole intent is to give me time to take action before they gain entry.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Heres some bad news from the border.

    http://www.krgv.com/news/agent-s-murder-shocks-border-patrol-union/

    A border patrol agent and his dad are robbed by two illegal alien dirt bags and they are both shot and the Agent was killed in Kingsville, Texas late last night.

    This only going to get much, much worse.

    The feds are just letting thease shit bags in through an unsecure border. Nobody in D.C. gives a damn. Its all part of their plan to destroy America. There is no where to hide, no where to go and no ones gonna shut the border down nor will they deport the streaming masses coming over (too many new Democrat voters)

    There will be several possible outcomes long term and none of them will be pretty. The new normal will be living behind large walls in fortified houses. Look at any old third world country and that will be America in the future.

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    1. CC. I agree completely with your analysis. There's nothing I can add to it. Our problems here with illegals are increasing. It's as if they now feel they have absolute carte blanche to do whatever they want to do. Suddenly our town seems to be flooded with them.

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  8. I remember trying to change a pair of oil filters on a farm hedge trimmer a few years ago. I'd managed to do the one but the other was stuck fast. I called my dad over and asked him how to do it if it was stuck. With a big grin on his face he grabbed a screwdriver and thrashed it straight into the filter. Of course it was the one I'd just changed! It did make us both laugh!

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    1. Kev, well, at least his theory was correct if the practical application left something to be desired. I leave my filters on longer than I should, and so that's a problem I run into from time to time. Diesel truck engine filters are pretty expensive here, so I tend to try to squeeze the last ounce of use out of them.

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  9. Oh yuck! I couldn't imagine the smell of all that trash, and having it be all over my feet. When I lived in Savannah, there was a paper mill. There was a bad rotten smell every so often. It was an odd mix: Yucky paper mill with beautiful scenery.

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    1. Paper mills smell worse than trash. I felt sorry for the ladies in sandals and nice open toed shoes, but if I had gotten out of my truck and off loaded their trash, I guarantee someone would have tried to give me a "tip." Lots of these people expect you won't do anything to help anybody unless you get money for it . Changing tires for ladies on the highway is the same way. The locals call somebody to come fix it, so it's usually people from out of town. When I get done they always offer me money. I know they mean well but it makes me feel cheap, like they think I'm a different sort of person than they are.

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  10. Harry,

    When I have those days, I stop doing anything else, grab an ice tea, and sit on my porch. Tomorrow will be a better day!

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  11. Harry, buddy - there is a reason i call Sweet Sandy above a pure genious! sorry that you had a crappy day, thanks so much for worrying about us, and honest to goodness i think PP recently went off whatever happy meds he was taking and is just looking to be argumentative and contrary.

    no wait, he's like that even on his happy meds. bahahahahahah!
    your friend,
    kymber

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