This is Thursday morning. I am pretty sure it is, anyway. Went to bed last night at 9:00, which is very unusual for me , then slept until 3:00 a.m. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to my sleeping patterns lately. One strange phenomenon that has started to "manifest" itself is going to take a nap, and then waking up just at dawn or dusk, so when I wake up I don't know if it's morning or evening. A few days ago, I got up, thought it was dawn coming on. But when I went out, none of the security lights were on, the air conditioning in the outbuildings was running ( I turn all that off at night, and turn the security lights on.) Took me about five minutes to figure out I was off by about 12 hours.
I have set the clock on the microwave to the 24 hour system, and my new routine is to check that after a nap.
Tuesday night, there was a storm that came through here, and it was something special. First, it came from the North West, and our weather almost always comes from the gulf, up through Mississippi and Alabama. Next, it was a big cold front pushing down into the hot, humid gulf air over the mountains. So it was very, very violent. The lightning was amazing. Big fingers of lightning, constantly, you could almost have read a paper by the light. Thunder that shook the window panes.
I knew it was coming because my weather radio started beeping early on. Then I got on line and looked at the Intellicast page. I could see it was going to be a bad one. Half an hour before it got here, the ferrets trooped down the stairs and went into their "safe room" under the cedar chest in the lowest level of the house. Then , after a bit, I heard thunder.
The wind picked up. We get strong winds here but according to an on line weather station some guy keeps in his pasture about 9 miles from here, we were getting 60 mph gusts. That's really bad. If you look at the picture of my home and outbuildings in the header, you'll see everything is under huge oaks and poplars. In summer, when all the leaves are on the trees, a sharp wind gust after several days of soaking rain can bring them down. If one comes down on the house, it will be major destruction. If you are under the part of the roof a tree comes through, the branches will either impale you or crush you.
Then rain came. Horizontally. I mean, it was howling across the forest parallel to the tree tops. A lot of branches came down, hard. One fell right where I usually park the truck, but I'd moved the truck out into the top of the meadow. No trees.
I had already shut down the power to the house and the outbuildings. When something like this is going on, it's the fastest and most efficient way to take everything electric off line. I disconnected from the grid. If you have a transfer switch on the power line coming in, that's easy. Moved the two vehicles to the open space. Put the dogs in the plant room. Fired up the LED lanterns. I have gas and kerosene storm lanterns, but if you live in a log home with a shake roof, and you think you may have a tree coming through the roof at any minute, you don't want any sources of fire .
This storm put down 1.94 inches of water in the two hours or so, from start to clear skies, that it lasted. I know this by reading the weather station I mentioned earlier. I know places like Florida and Savannah get more than that, but up here this is a lot of rain in short time.
I got by relatively unscathed. No loss of equipment, no real damage to the house, no injuries to the animals although I expect some of my chickens are walking around making a mess in the Munchkin village there in Oz. There was a time when I found this kind of weather exhilarating. Now, it's just one more challenge to get through.
On another note: After the G3 comments in a previous post, I got two emails asking about "automatic fire." A lot of people, non shooters, get confused about terminology. They hear "assault rifle" and they assume the weapon will fire full auto, because that's what a real assault rifle does. But the MSM calls every "scary" looking gun an assault rifle, which is spurious but serves their purposes. Either that, or the people writing the teleprompter dialogue are just ignorant themselves. George Stephanopolis once distinguished himself by describing a self defense shooting in Georgia as involving a .36 caliber revolver. It was a .38 special. If any one has a .36 caliber revolver that does not predate the late 1800's let me hear about it.
So: a semi-automatic weapon, you have to pull the trigger to fire. One pull, one shot. Yes, this is confusing because it is common to call a self loading pistol "an automatic." But a self loading pistol is really a weapon that functions on a semi-automatic system. One pull, one shot. Now, before I am inundated with comments about the "schnellfuer" pistols like the Astra copies of Mausers, or the automatic functioning of some Mauser Broom Handles, like every other rule in life there are exceptions. There's even an automatic functioning Beretta 92. But you can't control the damn things and they have never really caught on for that reason. You can't hold them on target. With every shot the muzzle jerks around and you are just spraying, not aiming.
The big drawback to automatic fire, is this "jumping around" which means it takes a big person, with big muscles, and a lot of training to have any hope of holding a burst of automatic fire on a target. This is why the Marines switched from an M16 with a simple selector switch ( semi or full auto) to one that fires a three round burst if you set the switch that way. I don't know what they are using now. They were still using the 3 round burst switch equipped version in 1986. (note: I am talking about hand held or shoulder fired personal weapons here. I am not talking about bi-pod, tri-pod, vehicle mounted or crew served automatic weapons)
A bullet is only effective if it hits the target. If you shoot one round and get the bad guy between the eyes, you have been effective. If you fire 30 round magazine after 30 round magazine off into the sky (people shoot high, as a general rule) then you have not been effective. When you see these Iraqis on tv, hiding behind a berm and lifting their AK-47 rifles over the berm so they can "spray and pray" you are seeing an example of wasting ammo and accomplishing nothing. Aimed fire is effective. That's why the Marines spend so much time on small arms training. That's why they go to the range every year. That's why they say "every man a rifleman."
Feel free to add your thoughts on this. I don't pretend to be the most erudite person alive when it comes to explanations of this nature, but it's my best shot. (good pun, eh?)
|Friendly ferret does not agree with the canard that you should aim center of mass.|
He says "aim for the belt buckle, especially with a pistol".
Instead of burning Confederate Flags, throwing paint on Confederate monuments, and kicking over gravestones in Confederate cemetaries, South Park has a better suggestion for white guilt trippers.