Truth.

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

Ariel Durant

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Three hours til dawn.


Cold outside, or perhaps I'm just not used to it yet.  It will be a lot colder, soon.

Two more months left in 2015. Hasn't been all that great a year and I will not be sorry to see it go. Maybe 2016 will be less frenetic at home and less hopeless and depressing on the national and international side.

Have been burning a fire since about two this afternoon. Heats the house without using propane and a good fire burning is relaxing.




Because my wife will soon be home full time, I expect to spend more time in the living room, where she usually stays during the day. So I moved my favorite easy chair down from the study to the living room. It was hellish, as I had to carry it down the stairs myself, but it's done. I also had to turn it over and put some long deck screws in it to prevent it from reclining. I don't trust myself not to inadvertently put it in the reclining position without thinking, and thereby squash one of my ferrets. It's a dead certainly they will get up inside it.  They'll be safe now, an elephant couldn't push the reclining handle and make the frame shift.

Spent part of the day in the shop, cleaning two Swiss K-31 rifles and an Australian Enfield MK.III. They hadn't been fired so I didn't take them completely down, just gave the furniture a good going over with "Pledge", wiped the metal down with Remington wipes, and gave the slings a rub down with Neatsfoot oil.






I got this from a friend. I was struck by how true it is, although it's something you rarely if ever talk about.  You are never the same person you were before you joined up. I think you are a better person, in a lot of respects.

Incidentally, if you are into farming, and raising your own food, seeds, etc then you will enjoy this post. This young woman is the real deal, and knows farming.




24 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' being a veteran is a different state of mind.

    I cant speak for others but we I don't mesh well with many non-veterans. When I was in college I had a difficult time dealing with the open minded young people. I still do. Now I look like a surfer dude and if I keep my mouth shut about being in the military people assume I have never been in the military.

    I know a few 'doomsday prepper' types that were never in the military. They dress up in 511 tactical clothing and the ultra cool shooting gear. I notice the veterans don't really wear that stuff unless they are Law Enforcement. Hell, I get some funny looks at gun shows and at the range because I wear board shorts and t-shirts. You should see me at gun shows wearing beach 'flip flops' for shoes. Many people think I'm nuts, but I'm comfortable in the hot and humid weather. I also think its better to be a 'wolf in sheeps clothing' so to speak. If people cant get a bead on how you are then that throws them off and keeps them unbalanced and at times that can be an advantage.

    'Stop Border Patrol Abuse'

    Years ago I was in college in a border town and there was a protest one of the radical Hispanic college student organizations protesting abuse by the border patrol. There was a banner, a very, very large banner that said 'Stop Border Patrol Abuse'
    I had to restrain myself from going over to the protest organizers and tell them because of their poor grammatical skills in English that their sign is really saying that people should 'stop abusing the border patrol'

    Its things like that, that get me in trouble so its better keep my mouth shut or stay home.
    Another thing too. I can only sleep in three to four hour intervals. While waiting in doctors offices (which I have done lately) I sleep there too. Last doctors office I was in. There were three veterans (one was myself) I could tell the other two were veterans and we were all sleeping upright in our chairs while waiting.

    I learned to sleep on the steel decks of ships, and anywhere else. I sit idle for awhile and my instinct is to sleep because I don't know when or where (or how long) I will be allowed to sleep again.

    Hey Harry, the last thing I want to do is take Pledge to the stock of a Mosin. Hell the damn cosmoline will never come off. If I took a Mosin to the beach some environmentalist would flip out saying that, that thing is worse than the BP oil spill from three or four years back.

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    1. CC, the kind of life experiences people have early on tend to mold them and define their characters. I know my years in the Marines certainly changed the course of my life .
      Why do you still have cosmoline on your rifle?

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I worked on getting the cosmoline off a year or two ago. I got most of if but it seems that some of that red stuff comes off on my shirt everytime I shoot the Mosin.

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    3. That might be the lacquer they put on the rifles when they refurbished them for storage. It's notorious for coming off.

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  2. Good idea with the ferrets. That kitten that was dumped at our place a few months ago is always climbing up inside out couch.

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    1. Ferrets are burrowing animals. They like dark places. Recliners kill a lot of ferrets every year because people take no precautions to protect them from household dangers. I try to be really careful.

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  3. Can't have been easy moving that chair on your own. How's your back??

    Thanks for the link - will pop over there now... :)

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    1. It was a tough job and I worried more about falling down the stairs more than anything else. I'm trying to get the house back to a normal configuration. For instance I got all the computer equipment off the dining room table.

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  4. Always a veteran mindset for sure, especially after I woke up one day to what the stark and harsh realities of the world really are.
    I was tempted to get a fire going last night, and this morning but we need to pull the fireplace insert out tomorrow and make sure there aren't any issues. Decided I would survive with electric heat and some fans to spread that around. Think I'll make a pie later, that will heat things up some too.

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    1. After my wood stove chimney fire back at Christmas time in 2012 I am a big believer in stove and fireplace preventive maintenance. Cooking will certainly provide some heat. That's why I try to avoid doing much cooking in summertime.

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    2. Sad to say you are correct on all counts. We rarely cooked anything in the city house this summer. Up here in the hills you can get away with it because it drops to 50 and lower and normally thee is a breeze at night.

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    3. The extra heat is welcome in winter, not so in the summer. Glad we have microwaves today.

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  5. Things will certainly change, I hope she will be very happy up there, I know I would prefer it to town other than the inconvenience of running to get unplanned supplies.

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    1. It's been a long time since my wife was home every day. I don't know what her reaction to being retired will be. Just have to wait and see I guess.

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  6. It's weird we had someone come look at our furnace. He said our thermostat may have needed a battery, and our furnace an update. I hope that's all it is. It's warm this week, but it will cool down at any given moment. This winter is supposed to be cold!

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    1. It's cold here tonight, Alissa. I have been out on the porch with the dogs and it's very chilly. Time to build another straw house for them.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I saw an interesting interview with Chris Hedges a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author on Vice news on youtube. This guy is spot on, on many concepts we talk about. I have to differ with him on that he is an anarchist liberal of sorts and a supporter of the black lives matter group (nobody's perfect)

    This was a very eye opening interview. I recommend it.

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    1. I never heard of him. I'll take a look.

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  8. It's hard to believe winter is almost upon us. I just don't feel ready, although I'm very glad to leave the hot weather behind us. I hope you all enjoy your wife's retirement! I'm sure it will be an adjustment, but a good one.

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    1. I'm never really ready for winter. It can be an anxious time in the mountains.
      I have adjusted and modified our retirement plans to reflect this earlier retirement date. I will certainly enjoy spending more time together.

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  9. We were outside all weekend taking care of leaves. They get mowed or sucked up, put in water, and laid out under bushes, plants and trees. Yep we're getting ready for winter.

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    1. The leaves are so thick here now I have to clean the trail and parking pads off with a leaf blower or I can't get up or down the mountain after a shower of rain.

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  10. Just to give you a heads up Harry:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1585005/storms-could-hit-millions-in-central-us

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  11. I appreciate the link. Nothing would surprise me weather wise these days.

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