Truth.

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.

Ariel Durant

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A stay by the fire day.


Raining again. This weather is supposed to get worse by the weekend. As I have most of the week, I'm staying in by the fire.

 Today I'm reading Genesis 1948 about the first arab- Israeli war.  I think I've read it about 6 times now, but it's a good book and always interesting.



It's good military history.  Then too, I like Israelis and I detest arabs. There's that, too.  Except the Jordanians.


 The new American Survival Guide quarterly is out. It primarily addresses natural disasters in this issue.

I always enjoy their equipment reviews. In this issue, they didn't go with the top end gear, but highlighted affordable things that the average individual could buy. I found a couple of radios in the reviews that fill some gaps in my inventory and are within my means.

These magazines tend to be for beginners, but I regard the articles as refresher training, and sometimes I do get new ideas from them. I also enjoy the reviews because once in awhile they go over equipment I really want. It's like a Consumer Reports for survivalists.

This particular magazine costs $9.00 but I get my money's worth of enjoyment out of it.





So, unless something unforeseen happens, today will be a quiet, coffee drinking by the fire day. I am about due for a day when I don't have to work on anything and can just relax.

Here's a good short video sent to me by a friend. It pretty well sums up the fascination and allure of the old guns.




18 comments:

  1. It is a good day to stay by the fire with a good book here as well. The rain and wind and sleet have moved on, but it is still chilly - down around freezing temps at night. Time to dig out the wool socks and red flannels. Sigh.

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    1. That's ok. This summer was pretty miserable, winter couldn't be much worse.

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  2. I enjoy military history myself. Lately I've been following a lot of History Youtube channels. Some are pretty good.

    Weather had been nice here. Another beautiful day. Florida is a sunny place for shady people.

    Most people have no idea how many deadly chemicals are in their town. Even if they don't have a chemical plant, there are train cars of deadly stuff traveling across America every day.

    Had to keep up on this stuff when I was a firefighter. We had a plant in town that used more chlorine than any other place east of the Mississippi. They also had stuff much worse than chlorine. I was the guy in charge of the MSDS info.

    We kept a pair of powerful binoculars in the fire truck. When we came to a truck or train accident we'd try and read the chemical info from a great distance away. Only when we knew what we were dealing with did we drive to the scene. There are many things that if you are close enough to read the label, you are close enough to die.

    I keep binoculars and a hazmat book in my van.

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    1. Probably anyone who remembers Bhopal keeps a tab on chemical plants. Fortunately for me, there are no train crossings or rails, no chemical plants near me. But they've built three nuclear power plants upwind of me since I moved here.

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  3. Nowdays when so many in the world hate us because of ignorance it is so good to know that there are people who don't:)

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    1. There are lots of people that don't hate Israel, like 99.99 percent of white Southerners here. As for the people around the world who do, they mostly seem to be pin heads with no knowledge of history. I get a kick out of some of the stuff I hear on Al Jazeera, which is the purest garbage, but after all it's an arab propaganda station. I watch it for the coverage of events around the world, which is far better than any American station, but I know if they are putting out the B.S. about the middle east, or trying to make the U.S. look bad with their stupid little series about life in the U.S. that it's just propaganda. Like listening to Lord Haw Haw in WW2, you don't believe much of what you hear.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I really liked that video on old guns. That was cool.

    'Besides Mosin's. I really like old M1A's and HK 91's. That latter being almost too expensive to buy. The HK 91, Im throwing in there because they are the last of the best German rifles.
    German technology started to go to hell in a hand basket when East Germany was absorbed into West Germany. There began the down hill ride.

    Generator woes.
    I had not started my generator in about six months. I knew I would have trouble starting the generator. It spent a good twenty minutes trying to start the generator and finally got it started and ran it for a good thirty minutes. That was about a week ago.
    I started the generator today just to see if the same problem occurred the first time. The generator started on the second try. It worked better than I expected.
    I guess the moral of the story is too test the generator on a monthly basis and not get lazy and let it sit for six months.

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    1. Especially, if you have a diesel like I do. I run it at least once a month with a dummy load on it.

      Right now I need to go buy a new heavy duty truck battery for mine. The old one won't hold a charge and there's no way it will turn over in winter with the manual activation. That compression is murder, the oil goes almost solid, and it will kick back and pull your arm out of the socket.

      I have a H&K G3, which feel strange with the cocking handle up front on the gun, but shoots just fine. I have a Cetme, which is essentially an early version of the G3. Generally German weapons are pretty good, but I'm not that familiar with the modern ones.

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  5. Harry,

    Sounds like a nice day to relax and enjoy a fire.
    It's raining all day down here too. Getting prepared to head back to the estate for more work. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I've been sleeping during the day a lot , Sandy. I think it's because I really wore myself out fixing a lot of things I had been putting off while the weather was so hot and humid. I sat by the fire for a long time tonight listening to the radio but never good get to sleep.

      I hope you have a good, safe trip and get the issue resolved. I know you have been dealing with a lot lately.

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  6. A nice warm fire, coffee and a book sound good to me. It's so gloomy here. We're having problems with our furnace. My husband made a call to get it fixed. I think it may be that we need to change the battery in the thermostat. If that's the case, then it's an easy fix. I'll have the husband try to change the batteries tonight, while I fix dinner.

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    1. It has been gloomy weather here but I have been forted up and not doing much but rearrange my wife's retirement set up and that is about finished, or at least, I think so.

      I will have to buy even more firewood with her home all the time, because she likes to make a nest on the couch with quilts and read, but she likes the fire going.

      I hope your furnace is just down for batteries. Nobody needs unanticipated expenses just before the holidays. I'll cross my fingers for you.

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  7. Harry, enjoy your autumnal day with nothing to do but read, life is made for days like those!

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    1. I'm having a lot of quiet days now Kirsty, as all the furor is dying down now and most of the jumping through hoops changing all my financial planning and set ups around is finished.

      I do like to sit by the fire. I moved my favorite easy chair from my study to the living room, as I plan to spend more time in the living room with the wife home. It liked to have killed me though, because I had to haul it down stairs without any help and it's a big Lazy Boy. Also had to put screws in it so it won't recline , don't want to squash any ferrets and they will surely get up inside the chair.

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  8. I like reading info I've read before sometimes too. You never know when you might pick up something new. Sounds like a good magazine.

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    1. I'm really interested in the Middle Eastern wars. Some of the Israeli officers at Quantico had fought in the 67 war. And of course, later I got to participate in making history over there, even if it was in a purely negative manner. I liked the IDF. They are different from us, but they are square shooters. I got a very negative impression of moslems in Lebanon, even before the bombing.

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  9. Sounds like a good day to spend by the fire. I think you would like my WW2 rifle, it's a gorgeous gun. My husband had another one also, one that his dad got off a Japanese soldier also in WW2. I gave that to one of my brother-in-laws. It came with a certificate and everything. I hate the new automatic weapons, but love the old guns.

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    1. Inger, I think you mean semi-auto, like the AR-15, don't you? I have several modern weapons for defending myself , my family, and my property and they are tools to me.

      The old guns are really nice and fun to shoot and maintain. They are a hobby that keeps me busy. I bet the gun that your dad got was a Type 99 Arisaka, Very nice gun. You should have a Swedish Mauser. Like most things Swedish, built like a battleship and highly desirable!

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