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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday; Windy and Warm.



Sunday in the mountains. I stayed up late last night, so I slept in this morning.  Retirement is like that, "every day a holiday, every meal a feast."  Not literally of course, but psychologically.


I sat down with my coffee and decided I would do something different today.  Thought about going to the mall in Chattanooga. But that's a 200 mile round trip. And there's the fact that the area around Hamilton Place Mall is not the bastion of civilization I once considered it to be. That's where I had my run in the with the four Morlocks. Maybe that's not a good place to drive with the different insignia on my Jeep.

What about Gainesville, Ga?  Only about an hour and a half away, but on the wrong side of the mountains. I'd have to cross the mountain ridge on the old two lane highway. Then when I got to Gainesville, I'd have to reconcile myself to being in little Mexico. Everything is in Spanish there now, and most of the people are Hispanic. And some of those are not nice people. There's only one book store there, but it's a good one.


I could go to the small park near the house, or walk down to the waterfall in the woods near my house. It's pretty bleak and barren this time of year at the lakes, but it's peaceful.  Or I could go up to the big lake, to the Marina, and have a late lunch. They have a nice cafe looking out over the water.


I think I'll just head out and see where I wind up.  Sometimes it works out better if you don't have a plan.




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  1. Land of the free...home of the brave; press one for English.

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    1. Too true. And getting more and more so. Pretty soon the initial greeting when you call some business will be in Ebonics or Arabic.

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  2. Sometimes my best laid plans end up in a heap. haha Hope you had a wonderful day, Harry.

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    1. It wasn't bad, Hobo. I just drifted up towards Franklin, North Carolina through Rabun county. Pretty country up there, the mountains are a lot bigger and higher than ours here in Georgia.

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  3. I hope you had a great day, whatever you ended up doing!

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    1. It was a pleasant day. Clear, windy and warm. I had lunch at a lake side cafe to the Northeast of us, in a county I very rarely go into, then headed on up into North Carolina.

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  4. "every day a holiday, every meal a feast"....kinda reminds me of this classic from Aliens: https://youtu.be/woB1zvaSXag

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    1. I never saw Aliens, I'll have to look at that.

      As far as I know, the phrase comes from a Marine Corps running chant (the Army calls them Jody Calls) that goes like this:

      A Home !
      A Home !
      A Home away from Home!
      Every day a Holiday!
      Every Meal a feast!

      When you get two hundred men chanting that in unison, it makes an impression. It also helps you take your mind off the agony and keeps you in formation. To "fall out" is a great disgrace.

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  5. We've got this big, bright, yellow thing up in the sky today!

    And more rain coming tonight.....

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    1. The weather channel is making things look really bad for the whole state. A big storm coming in up in the northern part today I think.

      Maybe it is the flood, sent by Yahweh to punish the iniquitous. California is an evil place and will be washed away! You heard anything about building an arc?

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    2. Nope, I haven't heard anything lately from Brother Noah.

      Good news is that our in-laws have a small place fixed up for us to stay at in Colorado while we house shop. And it's on a few acres of fenced, secure area where we can have some of those "U-Pack-It" pods stored as we begin our CALEXIT in a few months!

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    3. Hope you don't wash away.

      Sounds like a good set up in Colorado. There used to be a fellow who had a cabin up in the mountains, and he wrote a good blog. Young guy who was still working. But he disappeared, don't know what happened to him

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  6. Yeah, the best plan is not having a plan sometimes. Sounds like my life since I retired three years ago. Life is great when every day is like Saturday............

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    1. Do you ever feel like you ought to be doing something productive, but you can't think of anything to do?

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    2. Almost every day. Must be the decades of conditioning from going to work and then spending most of my free time doing maintenance at home. Maybe that will wear off someday.......

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  7. Anything worth doing in my area is an hour away and costs money. I have the time, but not the money, so we stay home a lot.

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    1. I stay home a lot too. Mostly because it's such a pain in the rear to trim my beard, put on "town clothes" put on my gun, turn out everything electric in all the buildings, drive down the jeep trail taking down this and that security device and setting them back up behind me, opening the gate, closing the gate, then driving 32 miles round trip to town and back for a cup of coffee at McDonald's.

      At least it's only 64 cents, as my gray head and beard mark me as one of that privileged class so entitled, a "senior citizen."

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  8. Hope you had a nice ride in the mountains. I would have choose a ride to a good restaurant .The only one I know near you is a German one in Helen. Great snitzel !!

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    1. There's one cafe right by the river, where the bridge is, that's pretty nice there. The problem now with Helen is that all the shops, which used to be clean and sold souvenirs to tourists, are all owned by Pakistanis and now they sell t-shirts with vulgar pictures or slogans on them, and nasty little rubber adult novelties.

      That was such a nice place in the 1980's and 1990's, but now it's Islamabad West.

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    2. That's a shame I liked that town in the late 80s . The small restaurant upstairs mid town was German family owned. I had a belt made by an old man in a leather shop from there. it lasted .

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    'Sounds like I will stay out of Gainsville,GA. Not many places in Texas that bad. A great many of the Mexicans that have lived here for generations don't like to put up with the border jumpers and dirt bags. You would be surprised at what some of them say.

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    1. Gainesville is a sad tale. It was once a place where rich people from Atlanta used to go for the summer, back before the Civil War. After that, it was just a red brick agrarian Southern town. There was a black section and a white section but everybody got along and there was no trouble to speak of.

      Then in the late 1980's, there were strikes in the chicken plants. The workers wanted better wages, and even more important, safer working conditions. Con Agra, Fieldale, Perdue and the other big chicken companies got permits from the federal government to import thousands of Hispanics from Mexico to break the strike. Which they did, in short order. There are no unions here to speak of, so there was no strike fund and no real organization.

      But the Hispanics stayed. The workers weren't bad people at all, but the young people they brought with them learned American ways really fast. Work in the chicken plants? Hell, why do that? You could make a lot more money selling drugs, and the Hispanic gangs moved into the county in no time to manage that business.

      First most of the black people moved out. They had lived in white "shotgun style" houses over across the tracks, and that's where the Hispanics went. The gangs ran the working class blacks out, and the Hispanics took over that whole section of town.

      Then Middle class white people starting moving out , because if you went to the mall to take your kids to a movie, you had to walk past ten or fifteen "Hispanic Youths" sitting on cars out in the parking lot making comments about your wife as you walked by.

      Only the rich people who lived on the lake there weren't really effected, and that's because they lived in fortified gated communities, with security at the gate and they didn't do their own shopping, they sent their Hispanic maids into town for the groceries.

      It's a hell of a world.

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  10. HF, I do the same sometimes--fire up a bike, get to the end of the road, & decide then. At the end of the next road, I repeat the process. Sometimes I find interesting things to see, sometimes I find enlightenment, but I almost always find greater serenity.
    --Tennessee Budd

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    1. Tennessee Bud, I guess it's an escape, however short lived, from routine. Even if a person's routine is pleasant, you still begin to feel caged in if you don't get away every once in awhile. I used to go down to Tybee Island, Georgia, to the beach for a couple of days, when the kids were home. But now I have to take care of all the animals by myself and I can't get away for more than a day.

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  11. It was a gorgeous weekend. I spent a lot of time outside. Finished a stretch of wood fence line that has been a work in progress since Christmas. Put a load of rabbit manure and compost and hay in the garden. Planted four fruit trees. Good days :-) I love temps in the 60s and 70s.

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    1. You work hard on your place. I feel like I have difficulty keeping mine where it is, let alone improving it. I'm going to try fruit trees again this spring. I don't have goats anymore, so at least they won't get eaten. And the winters just haven't been as severe this past five or six years. Not as much snow, and not as much below zero or single digit days.

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  12. Retirement is something I aspire to. But alas, I have a long way to go. Everyone has to put in their time though, so I'll just keep plugging along.
    -Blind Ambition

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    1. Mine sort of snuck up on me. But once I had been retired a year or so, I settled down and started to enjoy it. It took me that long to adjust to the new life style. I hope you get your social security when you retire. I worry they will do away with it or "means test" it before my kids retire.

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  13. I'd be outside hiking all the time if I were you. It has to be so pretty there!

    It's been in the 70s on Fri, Sat, and Sun. Today is up there, but it's a spring type rain. I wonder what the real reason is for the weather doing what it's doing. I'm not going to pretend to know something when it comes to that. Nebraska has never been this warm in Feb. We're now a zone warmer for planting. We used to be a zone 4, and now we're a zone 5. The same as Missouri. I've read that allergies are going to get worse and worse, so why is that?

    Travis planted seeds this weekend. Isaak went to the circus with a friend. The circus is going away, so it's good he got to go because he enjoyed himself. Mica read and read. I painted.

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    1. I like this weather too. I know the earth goes through warm and cold cycles. I'm very interested in the Anasazi culture, and why it disappeared. One theory is that they started settling down and building the "Great Houses" at the start of an abnormally warn and rainy period of weather that lasted 200 years. Then, when that ended and it became much cooler and drier, the culture collapsed.

      I know when we came here in 1986, it got much colder and snowed a lot more in winter. Now we typically have one or two snow storms, of brief duration, and many fewer days of single digit or below zero weather than we had then.

      I heard the circus was going out of business. I can remember going to them as a child, we used to go over to Iron City, Alabama to see the circus when we lived in Seminole County, Ga.

      My dad liked to paint. I think it was a great way for him to relax. Has Mica read "The Wind in the Willows."? That was my favorite book as a youngster.

      I don't hike a lot now because my knees aren't so good. But I do get out and potter around outside. It's very beautiful here.

      I'm going to wait to plant until April, because we can and do get snow storms here right up to the middle of March.

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  14. The no plan plan is the plan I would plan on.

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    1. A little variety is a good thing. You never know what you'll find out on these mountain back roads.

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  15. Sounds like a great plan, we have days like that too

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    1. Everybody needs to do a little "kaboodling" now and then. If you always do the same thing, life gets stale in a hurry. Especially if you are retired and don't have an "office" to go to.

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  16. "warm" being the operative word here lately..... all the trees are sprouting over here.But, I keep telling everyone that how ever mild this winter has been, next winter could be the exact opposite... its been good for the heating bill though. : )

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    1. Maybe winter really is over. I keep waiting for it to come roaring back out of nowhere. We still have heavy snow in March up here some years.

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