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Arlen Specter

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Getting back to normal


I'm getting my normal routine reestablished.  I'm back up to a mile and a half a day on my daily walks. I wasn't supposed to go back to walking for another week or so, but I need that quiet time, and I need to get out.  I know they always tell you to take it easy for a lot longer than you really need to anyway. I have never sued anyone in my life but I live in a society where everyone just assumes you will sue them if you get the chance. It's not the only facet of life today I am out of step with.





There was a big gun show near here last weekend. I went over early to be sure I had the right place, but in the end I didn't wind up going.  Gun shows are like a carnival, big crowds and a lot of jostling. My budget doesn't roll over until 1 November and I'd already spent my shooting allowance on ammo because there was a good sale at one of the on line places I shop. I could have busted the budget, but there's just something about going out of budget that makes me feel "out of control." I almost never do.


It was a nice drive over there, anyway.  This is from the road that goes over the ridge line near my house. It's really steep and twisty, so you don't see many people on it. This view is looking down from the mountains towards Atlanta.


I pulled over where the road crosses the Appalachian Trail. This is looking back towards where I live, and up into North Carolina.



In all the land you can see in the two pictures above, there are no people living there.  This is all National Forest.  Nobody goes out in there on foot much anymore, and most of the dirt roads that used to be there have been blocked and are no longer viable. Hunters stay pretty close to the roads that do exist, because they have to pack the meat out to the road.



This is the old dirt road that the county is supposed to maintain. It leads to an old forest service road nobody maintains, and that leads to the Jeep trail up the mountain to my place. If there's snow, I just stay home most of the time.


This is a satellite photo of my place. In the upper left corner, you see a small open area in the forest. That's my meadow.  The reflected light is from the solar panels.  I don't have to buy Halloween candy as nobody comes up here......



Thought for the day:



Just in case there are any young people who read this blog.


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26 comments:

  1. Hi Harry, good to read that you are ok. Still take it easy.

    You know, the more I read on American blogs the more I realise how really different The States is from over here. I cant imagine a carnival like that here. There would be people protesting and dressed as flowers or something.

    Your pictures of your drive out are lovely.

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    1. Hey, Sol. It's good to hear from you, hope you are doing well over there.

      America is really a bunch of different cultures loosely tied to one another by the federal government, and those ties are going less and less binding with each passing year. I know I'd be happy to let the Feds keep California, Oregon, Washington State and New England, and the rest of us go our own way!

      I went over that very gap one year when we first got here, after it had iced over. I'll never, ever try that again. In summer though, or fall, the views are really great.

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  2. Stunning scenery - so green and lush too! Love the wooded track up to your place. Looks very restful and peaceful.

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    1. Dani, we settled here so long ago because it really is a beautiful place. And back then, almost nobody lived up here. It was perfect. Still nice though a lot has changed.

      My wife likes the drive up the mountain to the place too. She says it's like leaving everything "outside" behind. The trees make a green tunnel in summer, and a red and gold one in the fall.

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  3. I have voted early. I'm worried about our fate.

    Regarding terrapins or box turtles: I'm not sure what killed these and it makes me a little nervous. I have never seen this many shells at one time. I fear poison from the utility power lines and then wonder if it's seeped into our water. Asked Game and Fish and they have had no reports. Does make me wonder. I like a fair and balanced nature like I prefer my politicians and news media to be but...oh, well.

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    1. We are going down to vote on election day. I know we will have to stand in line. I have seen hundreds of little yard signs here and all of them have been for Trump. Not a single Hillary. But I am told in Atlanta they are all for Hillary. I guess they figure she will increase the dole.

      The turtles here went from plentiful to nonexistent as far as I know. I just don't know what killed them off. We don't have a lot of farming here. But I think more traffic and the four lane might have something to do with it. Some people swerve and run over them intentionally, for fun.

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  4. This post double posted. When I deleted one of them, I lost at least one comment, from Rob. He said "glad you are getting back to normal. Sitting around is for the birds.

    Rob, I'm glad too. I'd like all that behind me.

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  5. I am the same way - I have to get out! They always tell you not to do anything much for 6 weeks after childbirth but I needed the stress relief so I started running again about 10 days later. I just ran slow and it was fine. To be honest, I think it helped me recover faster.

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  6. Lisa, I think you must have been a Spartan woman in a previous life.

    Getting out helps you maintain a balance. This is the best time of the year for it, too. No humidity, not hot or cold, and so beautiful out of doors!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful scenery Harry. Glad to hear that you are going on your walks again. I try to walk a couple of miles a day-partly walking my dogs. I always feel better when I do. That is my time to pray or think things through. Jana

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    1. Jana, I try to go every day, but I didn't make it today. One of those "low energy" days everybody has. I wish I could take my dogs to the lake or the park, but they have to be on a leash and they hate that. I used to walk through the woods with them a lot, but I don't do that much anymore.

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  8. Great to hear you're getting back into the swing of things, Harry!

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    1. I'm working on it. At least I don't have to dread anything now; every day before the "ordeal" I'd think, "13 more days" or "6 more days." I hate hospitals.

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    2. I don't care for them, either.

      When I had my stents put in, I was admitted on a Saturday afternoon, the procedure was done Sunday morning, and I was released Monday afternoon.

      That's enough time for me!

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    3. Hospitals take away every shred of your dignity. You have no control whatsoever over what happens to you. And, to be honest, I don't trust them at all. Maybe we will both get lucky and not have to go back for awhile.

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  9. Nice view from your mountaintop!

    I have a feeling that the gun shows are about to get a lot more crowded. I think we can expect a run on magazines and cheap ammo. And you can bet that Comey's boys will be snooping around there as well.

    I'll be standing in line at the voting booth as well. Who knows...maybe I'll bump into some Russians? haha. --Troy

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    1. troy,
      just hope you don't bump into any dead people.

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    2. Bwahahaha! no kidding right? Hillary voters...literal and figurative! -T

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    3. Troy, the gun shows across the country have apparently been doing record business, but the down side is that ATF is going to the shows and photographing the license plates of attendees. What a bunch of clowns.

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  10. Glad to hear you are doing alright.
    I really understand when your wife says you are leaving the "outside" behind. Oddly enough, I feel the same way about my little apartment. Your "outside" is miles away and my "outside" is in the street below, but I can lock my door, pull down the blinds and ignore the insanity for a while. Leaving the "outside" behind is a good thing, no matter how we do it.

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    1. I read a science fiction story when I was in High School. It was about a future where nobody ever went outside their own homes. Everything a person needed was delivered by robots. People grew up without ever seeing the sky. If Clinton gets elected that may become the life style of choice for people who just can't take any more! ;-)

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    2. Isaac Asimov wrote a story like that. There were transport gates that teleported people from one gate to another. Everyone stayed inside, just gating from one building to another. Until a kid questioned what would happen if the gate failed while he was in it.

      Really good story, if I remember. Not anti-technology, just anti-stupid acceptance.

      Funny coming from a commie like Asimov.

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  11. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I voted today. There were some technical glitches involved but I don't think it was nefarious. I think it was bad equipment and mismanagement.

    I still was able to cast a ballot for Trump and a few local politicians that are useful.

    I hear more stuff on gun shows too and more of a run up to buy stuff. I think companies like Cabela's and other will 'jack their prices up' that morning after hillery wins so if anyone is thinking about buying anything. Nows the time.

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    1. There have been lots of news stories about "problems" in Texas with people voting for Trump but their votes being registered for Clinton. Seems awfully wide spread. I hope they get it under control pretty quick.

      I haven't bought a whole lot of stuff in the run up to the potential "end of the world" scenario where Clinton wins, but I have filled in some holes in my situation up here.

      I have also been reading Cornwell's books on when the Saxons were being overrun by the Danes and Norsemen in the 700-800 A.D. period. I figure we may be like the Saxons, and the Islamic immigrants, Hispanics, Africans, et al will be like the Norsemen/Danes.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      In retrospective. If I lived on the British Islands during the 700-800 A.D. and knowing what I know now and how 'screwed up the monarchies were back then' I would have sided with the Norsemen and taken a few heads as trophies.
      I think a nice alternate history would be if Christianity never made it to north to Scandinavia and during our revolutionary war. The Norsemen invaded Scotland and rampaged south through English lines despite Brown Bess muskets and cannon fire and took London, beheaded King George and killed off the entire nobility class and English elites. 'Despite their brutality, I admire the Norsemen over the sniveling English.

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  12. You might be eligible for a new government sponsored solar energy rebate program.
    Discover if you qualify now!

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