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Monday, November 24, 2014

Doldrums


It's been some time since I wrote a post, largely because the mountains have settled into winter. We've had unusually cold weather and much more rain than would previously have been considered normal.  I've had a fire burning continuously day and night for more than a week. It was warm enough today to let it go out so I could clean out the ashes, but I built a new fire as soon as that was done.

For the most part I've been staying inside and reading.  I've rediscovered some good books which have been sitting on the shelves for thirty years and I am getting reacquainted with those.

Some of them are about flying.  When I actually was flying I hardly read about anything else.  But once I finally got to be too long in the tooth and couldn't get a medical certificate anymore, I didn't read so much aviation orientated material anymore.

Now I'm pulling some of that old history back out, and I find I enjoy it more now than I did then .

The same is true with some of the books I've collected over the years on the Old West. I may not make it back out there again but I've been all over that part of the country and that makes reading about the history of the region all the more enjoyable.

In all honesty, this is as much about escapism as it is about anything else.  So much bad news, so quickly, can be overwhelming, especially if you realize that you can't do anything to effect the onrush of events to diaster.


  • The rise of the supreme dictator, with the infux of new illegal immigrants he is fostering and the eclipse of the rule of law.
  • The failure of the U.S. to stop the theocracy in Tehran from obtaining the bomb.
  • The revolting spectacle of the Ferguson circus.
All these things and the dismal ramifications thereof, just get to be overwhelming. So, I've just started focusing on enjoying life more. I am not oblivious to what is going on, but I am not going to be transfixed by it.  Let come what may.

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  1. I was begging to get concerned about you. We're sitting here in a State of Emergency watching the Ferguson coverage as we await the announcement. Out here, where I live I would not anticipate any issues but we are all wondering about tomorrow when we have to drive into town and where our office is at a major highway intersection. They are closing some schools and businesses plus and have the National Guard staging themselves. They had St Louis County mobile command units parked across from out office last week. Lets hope all of the protestors stay calm but we have heard that they will riot either way.

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    1. I think I'd take tomorrow off and see how things go. I'm listening to the incredibly long winded prosecutor making his statement now. I am relieved that the politicians were prevented from throwing Wilson to the mob as I am sure they would have been glad to do. Be careful.

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    2. Tom is listening to the ham radio. They are looting and shots have been heard on West Florissant red. The news here has not reported it as they arestill doing the press conference. If all is clear in the morning I will go in. I can take lots of backroads and avoid most of the highways. I had to take unpaid leave after (using all my vacation time) to care for mom so I have
      been off too much.

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    3. It's Wednesday afternoon here now. I know things went bad there in Ferguson, I hope you were able to bypass all the danger areas. I know how it is with leave, as well. My wife has 32 days of sick leave saved up, but no personal leave left.

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  2. Sometimes it is best to turn the TV off and ignore the world all together otherwise life is too depressing.

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    1. Or frustrating. Events seem to be acquiring a life of their own.

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  3. I was a touch worried also. Glad you are well if a bit blah. Getting into winter can be that way. At least you have a nice fireplace and some good books; there are lots worse ways to spend the winter. Pour a cup of coffee or a glass of whiskey, sit by the fire and read. While not exactly productive it is a pleasurable way to kill time.

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    1. Winter is a good time for recharging. Besides, so much going on at the same time causes overload.

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  4. I wasn't worried. You weren't called "Arsenius the Hermit" for nothing.

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  5. Just low on steam. Winter is that kind of season.

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  6. The doldrums seem to have arrived early this winter. I find myself making lists of fabric and supplies needed for various quilting and scrapbooking projects, scouring the internet for new patterns and books that I haven't downloaded for my kindle as yet and bookmarking YouTube channels that contain information on sewing or crafty projects I want to learn more about. I usually don't do any of these things until January. I lack the fireplace, but seem to be settling in for a long, cold, dreary winter anyway.

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    1. The latest prognosis from the government is for a tough winter. I'm feeling it.

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  7. I have been stocking up on my knitting stash and gathering patterns, too. Fire going here day and night.....so very cold in the high desert. DH has decided to start brewing beer...that should be interesting and fun.

    We dropped our satellite TV and now I find myself reading the news on my lap top. It is like an addiction. Going to break it and get more done around here. Netflix is great in the evenings and I get to control what I watch.

    You guys near the riot zone.....please be careful out there.

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    1. We are safe up here, and I am told the "protests" in Atlanta were virtually non existent. My daughter, unfortunately, went to pick up her boyfriend from work in the city where she lives, and the mob came howling down the street just about the time the mounted police came in and moved them out of the business area. However, they were, according to her, just a bunch of kids looking to get on tv and didn't represent a threat.

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  8. I never really used to read or watch the news when I was younger. Now I take a lot of interest in what's going on and it can bring you down if you let it, but I'm a pretty upbeat person! i think if you can sift through the opinion and get to the news that helps a lot with what we have to watch.

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    1. Well, I want to know what's going on. My problem is I get so damned mad. It's bad for my blood pressure and my "wa" or inner harmony. I saw some guy being interviewed this morning in Ferguson. I thought from the way he dressed he was a homeless person, but he was introduced as "Reverend" so and so." Black people here are "reverends" like old white guys used to be "Colonels" or "Captain". It's just a term of address for most people. This guy said the rioting and looting last night were the fault of the police, because they didn't act fast enough to keep the black people from burning down and looting the black businesses. Jesus Christ. They really think that way, it's never their damned fault, it's always somebody else and they are the "victims."

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Yeah' when Spring comes, I need to get out and surf more.

    What really sucks is all the women are wearing winter clothes and those funny cold weather fashion boots (and its in the sixties and seventies outside)

    I'm used to seeing women in bikini's and wearing other pieces of fabric on the beach and not 'funny fashion cold weather boots'

    On the Furgusion, Mo. thing....

    I watched it in close detail, being that back in April, 1992, on the riots in LA when I was at NMSU in Las Cruces, working on a beer guzzling degree in my post military 'lost years'
    I was not into the stuff I'm into now, so I guess the Furgusion riots are a study for me to understand breakdown of civil behavior and the rise of disorder.

    I watched until about 2:00 am everything online that I could find and I listened to the a live streaming radio broadcast I found on drudgereport from a local radio station on the riots, looting and fires.
    I want to better understand this kind of mass 'madness' so I can better gauge when it starts to erupt and be far away from the epicenter when it does erupt.



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    1. I could explain it pretty easily but then Eric Holder would have me arrested as a racist and a person who was not a right thinking member of the community.

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  10. Harry - glad to hear that you are enjoying reading your old books - i am the same way. i love to re-read some of my favourite books during the winter. winter hasn't set in here yet, it's been a very nice november except for one little storm which gave us about 2cms of snow that melted the next day. we are still experiencing mild temps, however it has been quite windy but that is normal for here.

    the craziness happening in Ferguson scares me to death. i can't believe it is still going on and no one seems to be able to stop it??? what the heck???

    there are times when i get too overwhelmed with the news and such and i just stay away from it and recharge a bit. i think we all need to do that from time to time. i am sending much love your way, and to your family. like always.

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hey Kymber,

      (captaincrunch)

      The only solution to mass civil unrest involving rioting, looting and general mayhem is armed National Guard troops firing warning shots and then firing 62 grain green tipped 5.56 rounds at the anarchists.

      Only one warning will be given....

      trust me, I'm real, real big on the Constitution but when someones protest's turns into outright destruction of property, all bets are off and its 'game on'
      The Libertarian in me says basically do whatever you want, but when a person becomes a threat to my health, well being and a threat to my property, a line has been crossed.
      If that happens a size ten cowboy boot gets lodged in someones caboose.

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    2. I feel like a Roman who has just heard about Adrianople. You know things are going to get bad, but you don't know how soon or how bad.

      I'm safe enough up here. But I worry about the kids. You know where they are. Talked to them on the phone today and they said they were ok. Elizabeth saw some of the "protesters" up there but they were not on the same order as the howling Zulu mob in Missouri.

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  11. thanks for posting. worry allayed. even if u r not going to post post a post saying 'no post for days.
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, I'm thinking about a hiatus until after Christmas. If I decide to do that I'll put a little notice on there.

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  12. I, too, get a little worried when you don't post, but figured you were doing real stuff in your real world. The things you mention worry me, too, but I stock up on essentials, do my job, learn what I can, and try to stay out of the way of the destroyers. I finally watched "The Rover" over the weekend-prophecy, maybe? I think I'd be grateful if a midget offered me a nice Browning Hi-Power for $300, and wouldn't shoot him in the head as a reward for the offer, but that's just the way I was raised. KB

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    1. I figured the guy had a thing about midgets. The morale of that story is, don't hand a guy a loaded gun and then dicker over the price.

      I have just been worn out, so I have been taking it easy and doing non- tiring things like sleeping and reading.

      I don't know where things will go from here. It would serve all those people burning and looting if they brought the whole government down and had to take care of themselves, no more checks in the mail. Then they'd probably start eating us so I guess I need to be careful what I wish for.

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  13. ...and of course, I only mention "The Rover" as I first learned of the movie via your blog, and thank you for that-I forget to add these things as I'm trying to get out the door and get to work on time... KB

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    1. Not to worry. Did you see the whole adventure was about recovering the body of his dog for decent burial. My kind of anti-hero.

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  14. I was wondering where you'd been. The weather hasn't been so great here either, although Monday was nice. I'm headed in to town with one of my boys this morning, who can't seem to get the asthma under control. Hopefully they'll have some new trick they can use since the meds they gave us on Sunday are not helping.

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    1. My son has asthma. He has to carry one of those inhalers around with him all the time. The doctors were able to keep it under control but unless they invent something else he'll always have it. I hope your son does ok, and that the trip to the doctor alleviates some of his trouble with it. Asthma is very frightening.

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  15. We are also covered in winter. I know how you feel.
    It came really early this year.

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    1. Let's hope this is not the harbinger of a hideous "little ice age."

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  16. I always wanted to fly and as I grew-up overseas spent much time reading the encyclopedia about WWI aircraft. Snoopy and The Red Baron was ahit song one year. My older brother and I built balsa-wood models from scratch, using a paper template, covered the wings with tissue and dope, weighed it to find the center of gravity... I read the Biggles books from the railway station newspaper-stand... And then later when we were back in the US, all the George McDonald Fraser books. ;-) But with my vision an Aviation-Service career would have been only as a mechanic.

    Now I live in a town that has an "airpark" and we're on the glidepath, they go right over the house (we're at the top of a hill on the ridgeline, right on the approach - and they're throttled-back so it's not real noisy. Bunch of old planes too, mainly all Pipers and Cessnas, two Texans and a Stearman - and lady with a T-28... I like it a lot.

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    1. The T-28 is a classic, I loved that plane. All but the air brake in the landing procedures.It always seemed to bounce me up 50 feet no matter how hard I tried to anticipate the bump.

      Sounds like you and I share some common interests. Have you read the three books in the "MacAuslin" series. They're as good as the flashman books.

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  17. I was wondering where you were at. Reading is a great hobby for when it's cold. My oldest seems to be a fan of the old west. Stay safe. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Alissa, I like old west history. I spent four years in the Southwest while I was in college. I'd have gone back there when I left the Marine Corps but I couldn't find a job in the region.

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  18. It might be redundant/ unneeded given your knowledge on the topic and deep collection of references but Antique Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: The comprehensive guide to pistols, rifles & shotguns seemed right up your alley. The paperback is $31 on Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0873497678/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0873497678&linkCode=as2&tag=vifrthpo-20&linkId=N35GTYNMNSWPKMEL

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    1. Thanks, Ryan. I have some disassembly books but not that one,I think.Sounds like I should give it to myself for Christmas.

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  19. If this is a double post I apologize, my first seems to have vanished. My daughter was showed me this earlier and I thought of you Harry.
    http://ifunny.co/fun/JHg9FMPU2

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    1. Ryan said some of his posts were not showing up either. I sure didn't delete it. Sorry about the trouble, I should switch to some other program but I have been using blogger a long time and inperfect as it is, the thought of having to learn a whole new system is more than I can handle. I'll check out the link.

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