It has been raining here, with terrific wind, for three days now. I suppose it is the remnants of the big hurricane that came out of the Pacific, crossed Mexico, and then came up through Texas into the Southeast.
I haven't been out much. The leaves are coming off the trees in vast numbers, and the trail down the mountain is steep. I might get the truck out, but I doubt I could get it back up here as the leaves are so slippery.
I've had plenty to do inside to keep me occupied , though. In implementing the new "plan" based on my wife retiring at the end of December, I have had to do a lot of adjustments and deal with the bureaucracy, both federal and state. It has been a very trying experience. Without going into boring details, every financial and governmental agency I've had to deal with has been utterly incompetent and the "new rules" are absurd. The VA and the Teachers Retirement System are particularly detached from any sense of reality. I am working my way through it.
I have not listened to the news or watched any on tv for the last couple of weeks. Don't listen to it on the satellite radio, either. Just listen to music, for the most part. However, I read some tonight, so maybe things are settling down and getting back to what constitutes "normal" for me.
Guns Sales Surge in Austria as Immigrant Crisis Widens. (link)
I built a gun rack this past summer, and put carpet on the bottom of it to help hold the guns in place. What I didn't know was that some carpet has formaldehyde in it, which mixes with the moisture in the air and creates a corrosive blend. So my Chinese Type 56 (AK-47), a Springfield M1903, and a Swedish Mauser model 1938 all got rusted butt plates. I have gotten the rust off using a drimel tool, but it has been exasperating. I am always learning lessons, even at my age, and usually the painful way.
|The Model 1938 in question is a cut back 1896, dated 1898.|
|The M1903 that rusted is a late World War I rifle with a high enough serial number to be safe to shoot.|
|The Type 56 is all original. That's why I worked on the old butt plate instead of just buying a new one.|