Southern Ohio Guns: Where are they?
I have been trying to call Southern Ohio Guns most of the afternoon. I wanted to place an order for a case of the 7.62 ammo for the Model 1895 Nagant pistol. I have two of the pistols but only about 100 rounds of ammo for them, and I'm never going to try to reload this round. It's the very weird one with the bullet way up inside the case.
But when I call them, I have to listen to their recording go on and on, then it says it will transfer me to the next sales rep, then it puts me on hold and that's it. Nobody ever picks up. Southern Ohio Guns is really about the last of the great surplus houses from the old days, maybe they are going under too and the janitor is supposed to answer the phone....
Guy Sajer was right:
I've been on exercises in two countries that were frozen hells. One was "Bold Guard, Northern Wedding " in Norway, back in the mid seventies. The other was "Team Spirit", in Korea, in the late seventies.
Both of them were miserable, no bones about it.
But Sajer fought on the Eastern Front, in WW2. His is the best book I've read about it, and I've read a lot of them that were very good.
One of the things you get from the book, even if you have never been out of the states, is how hard it is to do the simplest things in the cold. Everything takes longer, is more difficult, there are more problems associated with any action.
That's what it's been like here since this snow storm. We haven't had weather anything like "deadly cold", at worst it's been in the mid teens. But it hardly warms up above freezing, and when it does it's only a few hours just before sunset , which is now about 5:30.
Getting in and out of here has been tough. You get out, and one stretch is just mushy, but when you come back it's frozen solid. Or you start down, and where you had no trouble yesterday, you start sliding today. It's all well and good if you live where the sun shines, the stuff has melted. But most of us here live where the mountains block the sun part of the day. The sun NEVER shines on my jeep trail, because it follows a ravine on the mountainside.
Everything that normally has to be done, still has to be done. It just takes longer and you are much more worn out when you finish.
I still like winter better than summer, but I could do without the snow.
Got a new book:
"There's always the ten percent who don't get the word." That's a Marine Corps saying for those who just aren't in the picture. The civilian equivalent is "he's a day late and a dollar short." I am that way in one respect. People tell me things that are happening, and I just don't believe because what they are telling me is too bizarre. Then it turns out they were right.
"The government is monitoring all your email, blogs, texts, and telephone calls." I laughed at this idea right up until Snowden proved it was true and the government said "well, yeah, so what?"
"George Soros is financing a One World Order agenda." I explained to my friends why this was unlikely and it turned out to be God's Truth.
I could go on, unfortunately, but you get the drift. If you have been reading the news lately, you know things have gotten outright frightening. One of the big wheels associated with the so called "special investigation" of President Trump turns out to be a Trump hater who sent hundreds of emails demeaning the President and saying he had to be "gotten rid of." Another of them was married to a woman who worked for the company which paid the X-British MI6 guy to dummy up the notorious "dossier" on the President. Another was a rabid Clinton supporter who helped Commey white wash Clinton. And on, and on, AND ON.
A friend sent me this book. I read it, and I liked it very much. For the first time I know of, someone came up with an idea as to how Americans could fight back, individually, and published the game plan. Granted, this was some time back, but the book is so relevant to our times it's eerie.
A lot of friends had previously recommended the book to me, but for one reason or the other I just never got a copy. Now I regret that.
It's not that the story or the characters are that great , it's the conceptualization of our current environment, of how things are, that is so compelling. For me, that's what made the book terribly interesting.
You can probably get it from your library, through inter-library temp loan, unless it's gone the way of "The Turner Diaries" and is now banned.....
Thought for the Day: