Our town is like the twilight zone. Only old people. I went to the grocery store, and I swear I was one of the youngest people there. I had lunch at my favorite cafe, and there were sure some young kids there. I know well because they sat at the table next to me and got on my nerves something awful. But those were the only young people I saw during the entire trip.
Here are some clips from my incoming email today. These are Classic Arms offerings.
If you want an SKS today, you either have to find one on sale in a shop , or on line at something like Gun Auction. These Yugoslavian guns are good rifles. I bought one when the first shipment came in years ago, and they ran $300 even back then. Warning, these are the heaviest SKS rifles I've ever handled, and I have examples of all the SKS rifles produced except Albanian and East German. I think so, anyway.
I have two cases of this exact ammo. I bought the ammunition wholesale while I was still working. I paid a lot less for it, but times have changed. This is not reloadable, by the way.
The M48 is a Yugoslavian copy of the Mauser 98K. It's not an exact copy, as you can see by the missing cut out under the bolt, but it's a good rifle. There are 1948A rifles, all milled parts. There are M48B rifles, with some stamped parts. And there is just the plain old 1948, with no markings as it was meant to be exported. These same rifles have other names as well. To really follow the Yugo guns you need a copy of this book.
Even with this book, trying to figure out the nomenclature of Serbian slash Yugoslavian Mausers is really hard. They broke guns up and reused the parts to make different variants, so you can imagine....
As I was out I took some pictures of a couple of homesteads here that are designed to be self sufficient.
This first place is pretty nice. He has a huge field for planting, a big solar panel set up, and the house itself sits back up on a mountain to the right. Unfortunately, it's a dead end road that goes up there, and the owner, according to his signs, is not partial to visitors. I drove up the mountain once and it's a beautiful place. It has to have been professionally landscaped. I didn't take any pictures of the house though, as there are some prominent security cameras where you have to stop. Didn't care to have a conversation with the owner about taking pictures of his house. I know what I would do if someone tried to do that to me.
I don't know if you can see it, but there's a palatial manor built up on the top of the field. He has his solar array way down in his pastures, though I don't know why. There's a full time caretaker, who lives in a nice house by the gate. He came out and gave me the hairy eyeball while I was taking these, but I don't know why. Everybody in town knows this is the "survival retreat" of a well off individual who lives in Atlanta. According to the word in town, he hardly ever comes up here. It's just a "what if" place.
The flags in town were all at half mast. I don't know if it's because of Dallas, Nice or Baton Rouge, or maybe for all of them.
I went to the park near town and walked there. At least if I keel over, other old geezers will be there to see me go, and the buzzards won't get me. I only saw oldsters there.
There are benches everywhere. So when you get tuckered out, you can sit and catch your breath.
When this park was built, they started having problems with "undesirables" hanging out there after dark, selling drugs, and rousting normal people. So now the park closes at dark unless there are ball games or something of that nature, and then the Sheriff's Department patrols it. It's also the only place in the county where there are video cameras everywhere, linked to a 24 hour dispatch office run by the Sheriff's Department.
But in the park in town, people have erected monuments to family members who have been lost. They are all quiet, peaceful places. You run up on them as you walk the lanes along the river.
This old man is always at the park. He feeds the squirrels all day. If kids come along, he lets them feed the squirrels too. He says that by doing that, he hopes the children will learn to think of the squirrels as creatures, and not things. Maybe, he says, they won't just shoot them with a .22 or a pellet gun for the hell of it then.
Most people think he is "touched" , pronounced "teached". But he isn't. He doesn't talk much, and it takes years to get to know him, but once you do he is an interesting person. He's very well educated, and well traveled. He's extremely articulate. I think, from some things he said, that he is a veteran and given his age, I would guess Viet Nam. He has a small home in the only part of the county more isolated and ignored than my own. He's a good fellow. When my kids were little, he let them feed his squirrels.
Incidentally, the much vaunted "heat dome" is forming over the central part of the country and the last few days of this week are expected to be extraordinarily hot. The Weather Channel says it may set new records. The entire country is supposed to be hit with unusually high temperatures , starting Friday and going through the weekend.
If this really does get as hot as they say it is, it might be a good idea to check your on hand supplies and equipment. (language warning)
Thoughts for the day.
"But don't get me wrong; I loves the womens, I surely do. But I swear, a woman's breast is the hardest rock that the Almighty ever made on this earth, and I can find no sign on it." Bear Claw Lapp