“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Three days of storm.



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.






24 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your troubles with govt entities. Been there, done that. It is raining here, too, tonight, but I think you would call it a drizzle where you are. I, too, am just to the point where I don't even want to know what is going on anywhere. Find I am getting paranoid about everything newswise. I just want to stay home and enjoy peace and quiet. Our pullets started laying eggs a couple of days ago and that is great! Nothing like fresh eggs for breakfast. Take care.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My dogs get most of the eggs because they know all the places my free range chickens lay. That's probably why they are verging on morbidly obese.

      I've taken a couple of weeks off from the world while I focused on adjusting to our new plans. That is slowly getting settled now.

      Lots of wind and rain here. The leaf season has been just about destroyed as the wind is stripping the trees.

      Delete
  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Damn!

    Your back.

    I was worried there for awhile that you would retire from blogging.

    I survived the rain in South Texas and a few other things. The only big news is my mother tripped over a cardboard box and broke her arm on Sunday. She's okay.
    A simple break but she is seeing a orthopedic surgeon tomorrow/today (its 0235 HRS) she may have to have the break pinned back together.
    I reached a mile stone. My mother took a pain pill she did not tolerate well and she vomited/puked on the wall near a bathroom at her house and I got to clean it up. Don't mean to sound gross but its a milestone because this is the first time I ever had to clean up after a parent like this before.

    You know when your adult kids are truly dedicated when they clean up after you in our old age.

    My mother is strong and she will pull through this. Im just glad its not a broken hip or something worse. A pin or two stuck in the arm to mend a clean break is easy to fix.
    Recover for someone in their 70's will take a lot of time. I guess she will be doing much better by the spring.

    Hey Harry. I read about your 'rusting butt plates' I use old t-shirts on butt plates. I'm just glad you did not do this to a Mosin:)

    Anyhow, I am glad your back' Harry.

    ReplyDelete
  3. No, just very preoccupied these past few weeks. I'm trying to get back up and running.

    Sorry about your mom, but it's pretty common for kids to have to help the parents when they get older. Fortunately for me, I live in the South and the rest of my family is in Oregon, so my two younger brothers take care of my mom. My sister is there as well.

    I used some cotton waste to work on the butt plates, but had to use a drimel, however you spell that, to take the rust off. It was pretty bad. I'd actually have been better off with Mosin Nagants, since parts for them are still a dime a dozen.

    ReplyDelete
  4. We're on our second day of rain here, from the same storm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gorges, this morning it was windy, wet and cold. By two o'clock the sun came out, it shot up to 75 degrees, and the humidity is off the scale. Very unusual for late October, which is usually clear, blustery and cold.

      Delete
  5. I've also learned hard lessons about leaving synthetics in contact with firearms. I have a Kane gun sleeve (camo zippered sleeve made back in 80's that camo'ed the gun stock without any paint). Well, little did I know that the sleeve and Remington RKW finish really don't like each other. When I removed the sleeve from one of my Remington 600 bolt guns, the finish was stripped off where the material was the tightest. I was punching the air for a minute or so, muttering incoherent phrases, I will admit. We leave our gun racks here with bare wood, not even shellac and have noticed no issues over 40 years.

    In spite of being president of Russia, Putin makes a lot of sense and (to me) makes more sense than nearly all of our leaders. That 'postit' above to me makes perfect sense.

    Captaincrunch, I hope your Mom makes a full recovery. Moms are great - last year, after I had my heart surgery, Mom took it upon herself to make sure I was okay, insisting I stay with her so she could keep an eye on me. She did a great job, especially considering her age (high 70's). Definitely an angel.

    Glad you are back sir - I hope you get your paperwork resolved. Why does it have to be so hard anyway.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Largely because of idiotic regulations, and outright corruption and inefficiency at the Va as far as health care goes. Then there's trying to use the Obama care system, which was written by special interests and bureaucrats who had no knowledge of the system. It's been pretty tough to work on that.

      I have some hunting rifles I was given by a relative. They are in gun bags, in the safes. I haven't opened the bags in years. Now I will go check them, and I hope I am spared your experience. I thought the carpet would help keep the guns stable, and I had some ancient scraps laying in the barn that looked good. Turned out to be a disaster, but fortunately not one I couldn't repair and I have gotten rid of all the carpet, now the guns out of the safe awaiting cleaning or whatever are standing on bare wood.

      Delete
  6. Glad to see you are back in the blogosphere. Careful with using mechanical means and abrasive wheels to remove rust on valuable parts. You may remove more than just rust. If you soak the but plates in a bit of vinegar it will remove the rust and only the rust and leave you with a mild bluing. For the seriously corroded electrolytic rust removal is the way to go. Here is the method.
    http://isserfiq.blogspot.com/2012/09/making-hydrogen-electrolytic-rust.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This was surface rust and cleaned up ok with the little jewelers wheel in my dremel set. However, the vinegar trick is something I never heard of which will come in very handly in gun and other applications. I will look at the link you sent on electrolyte rust removal, could be something I need at my disposal.

      Delete
  7. Rain rain rain here too. Sorry about the rust issue and retirement woes. Those don't sound fun.
    I have a doozy of a story about a trespasser on our property coming up next week that you might find interesting. My dog sure earned his keep.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm anticipating your story with interest. That's an issue I've had to deal with as well, from the relatively benign moronic hiker wandering down from the Appalachian Trail, to people hunting here on my land without permission, to the mentally ill individual who came up the trail one day and wanted to "inspect" my home. The rust thing was infuriating, but fixable. The retirement nonsense and bureaucratic blockheadedness has just made me have an even lower opinion of big organizations, be they governmental or otherwise.

      Delete
  8. Harry,

    It took me a while to get through the paperwork to retire from the state of Florida and finally collect my retirement. I find it funny when the government gets paid by us and their happy however, when it's time to dish out money to us for retirement they drag their feet and give us a hard time.

    Hopefully you won't find any problems at home while this storm passes through your area. Plenty of water in TX, and we have found a new issue at the estate which will requiring fixing :-(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Texas got washed out, I heard. I hope the thing at the estate is not expensive or time consuming.

      The financial institutions I deal with are so ensnarled in red tape and regulations that it takes fifty forms and a month to make even modest changes to my own financial holdings. The state bureaucracy is staffed by people chosen for their ethnicity rather than their talents, with predictable results.

      Delete
  9. Two days of rain here, but not all that bad. Where we are in FL just got the bottom edge of it.

    Doing the paperwork shuffle with my step mom. She's been married to my dad for a year and my dad's pension paperwork was still not straightened out. Had to get a notary to the house when dad was having a good moment. Should be in order now. Good thing as he's slowly getting worse. Dad's dying by the inch.

    Had to pick him off the floor the other night. Didn't break anything. At least we got him to use his walker now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds pretty grim. Based on my own experience with my grandfather, no matter how much you don't want to you may have to consider assisted living for your dad. Some of those places are not hell holes, so it isn't as bad as people think.

      Delete
    2. Dad's got weeks at best. With any luck he should be able to die in comfort at home. An aid is coming in to help tomorrow. Aggressive 4th stage cancer. Untreatable. Home hospice is there to keep him in pain meds.

      Delete
    3. Then he's fortunate to be in his own home and surrounded by his family. I know that is hard on you, but it's a rare kindness you are showing your father.

      Delete
  10. Harry,

    Glad you are back. We had a dusting of snow yesterday, more is on it's way here in ID. I'm sure not ready for fall to be over. Hunting season is also over and I did not fill my tag. Oh well. Coming home with some protein doesn't matter as much as it used to.

    That's really frustrating about the public pension system. I still have about 15 years to go and i'm sure it will be a lot worse by then. It's bad enough that I have to deal with people at the school district offices. They are arrogant, rude, and behave like they are just there to collect a paycheck and to hell with everyone.

    Keep your chin up...this too shall pass. --Troy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your assessment of administrators is spot on. They tend to be people with no sense of leadership, obsessed with their own importance and generally an impediment to education in every sense of the word.

      Snow out there, sounds like a real fall. We are just having rain and wind. Too much of it.

      I think I have about got things under control with the teachers retirement system and social security. But it ain't over til it's over and every time I think I have satisfied the bureaucrats some other stupid thing comes up to deal with.

      Delete
  11. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    The latest is that my mother has a hairline fracture in her shoulder. No surgery needed. The Ortho Doc, gave her instructions on therapy etc. Things are looking up.
    My mother grew up on a ranch in New Mexico with no running water or electricity. There was a well about a quarter mile away and my mother would haul buckets of water back to the ranch house for use.
    That kind of hardship breeds determination and character. That is why I think this is a temporary setback that will be remedied with time.

    On a different subject.

    I finally got most of the work to the vehicles for the winter completed. The oil change on the 1990 truck was a nightmare. I went to an oil change place on for the last oil change some months ago and they 'torqued the oil filter on'

    A twenty minute oil change took two hours. I used three tools to remove the old filter. It was a nightmare.
    I got the Royal Purple full synthetic extended life oil and extended life filter that's good for 15.000 miles or one year. That will save me some money and time in the long run.
    So far that Royal Purple oil's been running great. I got my old truck so fixed and tuned up that it will start up on the first crank on a warm day after sitting for six days. Five cranks on a cold day after sitting for the same time.

    I always let my engines warm up at least five minutes or ten minutes if have not driven that vehicle in at least four or five days.

    Its a holdover habit to my diesel days.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No job ever takes the time and effort you think it will. Things always creep up to bite you in the butt. I replaced virtually the entire wrap around porch this year, and I found some things had been done in the original construction that made it a lot more work.

      I take my truck to the shop now to have the oil changed. Getting rid of the waste oil is too hard, and if the jack slips or something I could lay out there under the truck for days. Once my wife is home I may go back to doing it myself.

      Glad your mom wasn't hurt worse than that.

      Delete
  12. It's been a little rainy here to. I hope it clears up for Halloween for my kids.

    Oh that carpet...how awful! Was it super old? I would think the new stuff wouldn't have formaldehyde in it. An annoying discovery.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. At least I don't have to worry about trick or treating. We used to take ours to the town, where the merchants around the square would have treats for them. That's a common phenomenon here, where most kids don't have neighbors they can walk to.

      The carpet was 30 years old. I had some scrap pieces for wiping my feet on before I went in the shop or the barn. Bad move but I won't make that mistake again.

      Delete