I'm going up to the big lake for lunch today. There's a nice marina up there on one of the inlets, and they have a shaded, outdoor cafe. The food isn't bad and I need a break. I don't think I've been off the mountain since last Monday. Time for a change of scenery.
After lunch, I'm going to the lake in the next county. They have a "sunfish" class sailboat at the marina down there , and the price being asked for it is reasonable. I had a sunfish when I came here to the mountains, but I was working all the time and never used it. I gave it to my brother in law. But I think it would be fun to have one now. It's just a little tiny boat and you can tow it on a trailer.
This is the wholesale price today for these rifles. When I was collecting full bore, you could buy the hex receiver guns, in unissued condition, with all the accouterments, for $60.00 . Of course, you have to have a Federal Firearms License to buy wholesale. I have a Curio and Relics license, which qualifies me to purchase these older weapons. But I wouldn't pay today's prices. I have plenty of the different variants of the M1891. I even have one of the original rifles, not the 91/30 but an unaltered Model 1891, Boxer Rebellion era.
I was looking through some old photos and found pictures from a trip I made to New Mexico with my son in 2004.
My middle brother set it up. One of the things he planned was a balloon trip over the mesa to the west of Albuquerque.
Having since seen all those videos of balloons bursting into flames and people plummeting down into the ground, I doubt I would have hazarded my son on the trip today.
But back then we gave it a go. It was my only flight in a lighter than air vehicle.
When I was in college at the University of New Mexico, that was where the airfield was located . Not the Albuquerque Air Port, but a little civil aviation field called 7 Bar.
I got my pilots license flying out of there in 1973. Like so many other good things in my life, the Navy paid for all my lessons. They used to have a Flight Indoctrination Program for reservists who were slated for flight training.
The airfield is long gone now. But this is what it looked like when we used to fly out of there. That was 43 years ago.
This picture was taken about the same period, out at the arena there in Albuquerque, where we had our drill sessions. Take a look at the rifles being issued at the time for drill. Gun enthusiasts will appreciate them. We had more than 200 of these, in pristine condition, in our armory.
Oh, well. I need to get up from this computer and get about the business of the day. Put everything else on the back burner and just enjoy Friday, that's the plan.
Thought for the Day:
So we just have to deal with it.