You can tell it's Fall in the mountains because:
The number of people going "open carry" quadruples. Georgia is not a traditional open carry state. Largely because we have a whole lot of people living in Macon, Athens, Atlanta, Rome, and our other cities that NOBODY wants to see having a gun, let alone carrying it. So, our law says if you can pass a background check and get a CCW, you can open carry. That eliminates a large percentage of the "undesirables" being able to carry because they have done time. Before anybody says anything about us being racist, the law about felons not being able to own or possess firearms is a federal law. At least until somebody from New York or Virginia gets it overturned, as the dems are trying to do with voting.
However, if you want to open carry and have a permit, you can. (This includes states we have a reciprocal agreement with, which is about all of them except the places like New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and the other communists.) I don't open carry , myself, as I figure it makes me the first target of an active shooter. Nor do I want to be glommed on to by some libtard who wants to debate the issue in the check out line. But please yourself, it doesn't bother me. It's common enough here that no one gives an open carry person a second glance.
In the Fall, when the legions of tourists come up from Florida, they like to open carry. I'm sure they could in Florida, though I am not conversant with their state laws to any degree. However, I am told you get too much B.S. in places like Florida if you open carry. Lots of places evidently won't let you come in armed, and there's always the old hag from New York who has to get in your face.
We had a store here that didn't allow guns, set up by a couple from Florida. They had a sign on the front door, "no guns allowed." But "The Bagel Shop" went under in short order. Mixing politics and business is unwise, and taking an anti-gun stance in the North Georgia Mountains was sheer economic suicide. However, a nice couple opened a country restaurant in the empty space and are doing well .
You can also tell it's Fall because the grocery store parking lot is completely full in the middle of a
The wood smoke is another. You can smell it throughout the county as the evenings get cooler. M and I had our first fire of the season this week. This year, we are bringing Tuggy and Belle inside during the late Fall and the Winter. They are too old to stay outside, even with a straw bale doghouse.
And there's always the red and gold of the leaves. That's a pretty good indicator, too.
History Channel has a new series , Fridays at 2200 (10 p.m.)
The History Channel used to do some excellent documentaries. Then along came "reality tv", and that was the end of that. Suddenly "Dufas the Skunk Man" or "Alaska Bum Family" got all the air time.
Somebody must have woken up recently down there , because last Friday a new series premiered that is really good. Actually, it's a remake of a previous series from the 1990's, updated and with much better graphics. "Asteroid" was on Friday night and it was interesting. Some of the others include Super Volcanoes, Gamma Radiation, etc. If you get History Channel or have one of the multiple digital subscriptions that let you watch all their programs on line, it's worth a look.
Things are going well here. Life is just flowing along and there are no problems to worry about here or up at the kids.
There's a segment on Fox News today that's really disheartening. The situation on the Southern border is so bad that the INS has 58,000 illegal women and children alone in holding areas. They are being processed and released on their own recognizance as fast as the government can manage it. This amounts to legitimizing illegal immigration. Best estimates are that the Border Patrol intercepts perhaps one out of every ten illegals coming in through the Southern border, and most of them are now released inside the U.S.
Every week there are multiple stories in newspapers across the country about illegals who have been deported five or six times for criminal activity, and now they've killed somebody. But Obama keeps facilitating their entrance by flooding the Border Patrol with "directives" which preclude their kicking these leeches out of the country. Anybody who thinks this flood of people from an entirely different culture, people who absorb vast quantities of public funds and services, is not a bad thing needs to come stay up in North Georgia for a month. They need to talk to my wife's friend, a single woman who woke up with two Mexicans in her basement last week in the middle of the night.