I've been handicapped in getting projects completed this summer, not only by the weather but by continual problems with the truck.
Having solved the idiot switch problem, now the assembly that holds all the clutch control components in alignment has to be replaced.
So, my mechanic has tasked me with going out and finding an auto machine shop that will build me one from scratch. I have five shops on a list, and will have to drive to each and see if they will undertake the task, and if so, what it will cost.
You cannot live in the country without a truck, plain and simple. My mechanic tells me the F250 is in excellent shape other than this current problem, and that it would be a real shame to scrap it at this point. I don't want to do that anyway. It suits me. Old, comfortable things suit me.
I just finished watching this six hour mini-series again. Michael Wood and Michael Grant are my two favorite historians. Grant wrote a long time ago, and his books on classical history are excellent. Wood is about my age. He's an English historian, and many of his books are companion pieces to documentaries.
In 1979, I did an exercise in Turkey. Display Determination 79. It took place in Saros Bay, and I flew over the site of Troy. When I was a kid I had a picture book of the Trojan War, and the Iliad was one of my favorite books and remains so. So actually seeing Troy, even if I didn't get to see a lot of it, was a big thrill.
Wood's documentary is excellent, really good! He did another on The Dark Ages which was great too, but the Trojan War show is my favorite. It was produced in 1985 but you can still get it through your library.
Having finished the Trojan War, I am watching The War That Made America. My primary interest is not so much the historical aspects, as how the settlers defended themselves.
They lived on the frontier, constantly subjected to raids from savages of the most brutal nature. They lived in isolated , forested settings.
So far, the documentary has not been particularly encouraging. I had thought that the settlers on the frontier must have evolved some sophisticated means of guarding themselves from attack, but if they did I haven't gotten to that part of story yet. Up to now, when the Indians attack they pretty much massacre everybody except the young women, and those they haul back to their villages to be "wives."
Not very encouraging when you consider the same situation in a modern setting.