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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Summer is getting here early.


We haven't had rain in some time. The rivers are down, and ground is starting to crack. Given all the rain we had in April I thought it would be a wet summer.

Usually people can kayak on this river, but at the moment it's pretty low.  Although this particular spot is in Tennessee, my wife and I go up there ever so often because it's only about forty-five minutes from the house, and it's really a pleasant place for a picnic.






 It's good to live right where three states comes together. They all have unique attributes and when you live on the corner section, you can take advantage of all of those with little trouble.

Atlanta is a hell hole. We never go there. But Chattanooga is clean, and has lots of things like a good mall, an aquarium, a steamship you can ride down the river, have a great meal on, and just relax.

Chattanooga is well policed, and well maintained. You don't go downtown after dark, and you have to watch yourself just as you do in any American City.  There is also a huge gun store just across the state line that sells everything a person needs in the firearms and shooting departments.  It's in Benton, Tennessee.


You go through this little abandoned looking town, into the fields, and suddenly on the left side of the road is a massive fortified building.  I can get powder, bullets, primers, magazines, cleaning supplies, and even firearms if I needed them. Of course, buying from out of state you have to get the gun transferred through an FFL holder. That means, the store, which has a federal firearms license, ships the gun to a FFL holder in your town, and you buy the gun and do the paperwork through him. I don't mess with that unless I find something really rare. If the gun I want is on the Curio and Relics list, I can use my own FFL to buy from out of state. No "modern" guns there, mostly World War II and earlier.






North Carolina has an ABC Store, and the Outlet Grocery Store.   That's well worth the trip up that way.



Our location is a good one.   We can get everything we need by making a day trip. Sometimes we stay over night in Chattanooga but that's just for the pleasure of a change. It's easy to go in the morning and come back in the afternoon.

I'm running the air conditioning and dehumidifiers in all the buildings tonight. The outside humidity is up around 67%.  I try to keep the indoors spaces between 40% and 50%.  That's proven a good range for  keeping out mildew and rust.



22 comments:

  1. Sounds like you ARE well located!

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  2. I think so, Georges. Sometimes with all the changes going on, and all the new things to be concerned about, I forget why we chose this place. It's still a great place to live.

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  3. Been dry and cool with no rain to speak of here in Maine as well. Temps dropping down to the mid 30s at night and no more than 65 at day time. Still running the heat at night. Clear and dry makes for some beautiful blue sky days. Been thinking about a C&R license for a bit. I understand it makes purchases of qualified firearms quite a bit less troublesome. Went down to Plum Island Massachusetts today for an airplane event that didn't quite pan out. On the way back in to Maine we stopped by the Kittery Trading Post a big outdoorsy store with one of the biggest gun departments in the area. They have 300 feet of double sided racks full of used long guns for customers to paw at will. Drooled over a nice used Stainless Ruger 77 in 30-06 for 450 $. But as I am still paying the bill for the trannie in the Dodge I controlled my self.

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    1. That's cooler than our temperatures. At night we have been getting down to ht high sixties, but the humidity is up now to the point where I can't just open the windows and let the air flow through the building. Before long the humidity during the day will be in the 80 percent range and it will stay there until mid October.

      I have enjoyed my C&R license. I just renewed it in April, and I gave it a lot of thought. Nobody does paper catalogs anymore, which was one of the nice things about it, you could get the dealer paper catalogs and they were like gun books. The surplus firearms market is virtually non existent now, in terms of buying from dealers. If you want a surplus rifle other than a Mosin Nagant you just about have to pay top dollar at a gun show, or buy from an on line auction. And even the Nagants are now three times what I paid for mine, so I wouldn't be buying at those prices.

      Sorry the fly in or whatever type event it was did not pan out, but at least you got to plunder around the gun store. I always enjoy that. I used to enjoy going through Army surplus stores, too, but they've mostly gone the way of the dinosaurs here in the South now.

      There are always more things to pay for than there is money to pay. I don't expect that to get any better the way things are going now.

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    2. Sunday noon time and it finally has hit 80 degrees here. The airplane event yesterday was an aviation Fly-Market, where folks sell used airplane parts for restorers and home builders. But it is usually held at Hampton NH, where they are currently rebuilding the runway so they moved the Fly-market down to Plum Island but they forgot to get the word out, so showing was very thin. Did manage to find a serviceable carb heat control flapper box for 20$ for my home-built project.
      Classic Firearms usually lists a few C&R guns in their inventory.
      https://www.classicfirearms.com/c-r-eligible/
      But I suppose it's a moot point as until I hit the lottery I likely won't be able to justify the expense.

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    3. I look at the Classic Firearms page a good bit. But buying individual weapons from a dealer like Classic or Empire is just too costly. For instance I got one of my SVT 40's by trading a set of Lee's Lieutenants for it, and paid about $300 for the other. When Classic Firearms lists one they ask $1200 for it. My kindle just ran out of power, will have to recharge it and come back.

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    4. I ought to play the lottery but the only thing I ever win is the audit lottery held each year by the IRS. I've gotten a few of those in my time.

      I didn't know you were building a "home built". Be sure and spell my name right in your will! Remember poor old John Denver.

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    5. Michael, I just realized we aren't talking about the same "Classic Arms".

      I look at that one too but the one I was thinking of is out in Texas.

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    6. Yes the Classic Firearms I meant does not have anything quite as fancy 1200 $ SVT. Most of their stuff is just run of the mill. Still a bit over priced for what it is.
      As for the home built airplane project, due to other obstacles in life it is progressing at what could only deemed a glacial pace. And that is why I don't talk about it on my blog. Its a plans built french design called a Jodel DR1050. A two seat side by side, low wing, wood built, taildragger. http://www.jodel.com/
      Wing is complete fuselage is at the boat stage. It will be some time yet before it sees the light of day. Sadly Mr Denver got to horsing around in a new to him somewhat unconventional plane he was not familiar with. Ran out of gas at low altitude and was unable to reach the fuel selector to switch tanks in time.

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    7. I heard he was drunk, but that might be just gossip.

      I was thinking of "Collectors Firearms". They have lots of high quality C&R rifles, with high prices to match.

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  4. One nice thing about where states come together is being able to play to the advantages of each. Maybe you go over the bridge to shop in a tax free state, live in the one with the low property taxes, etc. Places with easy access to other states are handy.

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    1. Yes, I didn't plan it that way when I bought my property here, but it's turned out to be one of the advantages of living here. Between the three states we have access to just about everything we need.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Nothing new here really, just lots of rain. Way too much rain.

    I am waiting on that dry high pressure to park over Texas for the summer and dry things out before hurricanes start rolling in. The soil over a large chunk of South Texas is fully saturated.

    The Chickens down here are starting to grow gills and the fish are drowning.

    Texas is getting all the storm fronts that normally hit Oklahoma this time of the year. The Jet Stream is being pulled south by the 'El Nino Effect' and lots and lots of moisture from the Pacific is coming through Mexico and dumping water all over Texas.

    This is payback for 7 or 8 years of drought.

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    1. I've been watching the weather and I've seen that your part of Texas is getting a lot of rain. I would imagine that's preferable to drought, since at least you can turn on the tap and get water.

      Out in California they are still trucking water to some small towns. That would't be much fun. I remember the bad drought here in the late 80's, where they had to do the same thing in South Georgia. Lots of people moved away and just never came back.

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  6. You do look low on water. I think it has all headed our way because once again we got slammed on Friday with hail hitting the office windows, the sky black and sirens everywhere as people slid on the highway that is already a mess from construction. It stopped by the time I had to leave and on the way home I could see the gravel driveways that washed out across the county roads, the low water bridge was under and culverts/ditches full to the brim. We must have had 2-3 inches quite quickly. Saturday rain, this morning rain and into next week. Our tomatoes will never dry out enough to grow.

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    1. Kathy, your part of the country has really been getting beaten up by the weather. Lots of damage. I don't know why this year the tornado season and it's accompanying weather has been so dramatic. Maybe it has to do with the El Nino effect CC was talking about.

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  7. We have an FFL that we use fairly infrequently. Over the last ten years its been used mostly just to purchase guns for my wifes coworkers (Don't let anyone kid you...cops like AR-15's as much as anyone else) and a few of my buddies. Nowadays I use it mostly for buying cheap 'disposable' or tertiary-level backup guns off GunBroker. Once in a while, though, it really comes in handy....usually for accessories, rather than guns. Many times a vendor will have a smokin' deal on magazines or something but its only available to an FFL.

    I got mine back in the late 80's before the great Clinton FFL Purge. Back then it was a very simple process. Nowadays they purposefully make it difficult so they can discourage people from pursuing it...and the fact that they want to discourage people from doing it is reason enough for me to put up with the occasional paperwork headache.

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    1. I only got a C&R because that was my main interest. The fact that the fee for an FFL like you have was astronomical compared to the $30.00 I paid for mine did enter into it. Also, ATF did , as you say, add a lot of crapola like store fronts and open hours that I couldn't meet the requirements for. I worked for a guy who had an FFL like yours for twenty years. He was pretty much a monster, but was good about handling purchases from wholesalers for me without charging me for doing the paperwork like everybody else was doing.

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  8. It keeps raining here. My sinuses hate it. It kind of sucks because planting season was here, and every weekend it was raining.

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    1. I just went down to the mailbox , and the humidity is horrific. When it rains here and it's hot, the humidity is killing. As you point out, it also causes sinus problems because the pollen is all over everything. Sorry it messed up your gardening, I know that's important to you.

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  9. Harry,

    The water levels are very low there, I can try to ship all of our rain to you....this will help with water levels and any drought situations........ in fact, were getting more this week. The humidity levels down south used to kill me too. We have some humidity here, it's not as bad as living in the south though.

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    1. Sandy, I'm running the air in all the buildings again today. Humidity out side is 82%. We need a cold front to come blow this warm gulf air out of here.

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