Sunday, February 18, 2018

Moron at the car wash. New magazines on the display stands. Getting around the non-availability of British .303 and 8mm Mauser surplus ammo. "Trash and Treasure". Night Vision and bumper stickers. Get it while you can.



Saturday.   Raining sporadically, sometimes fairly heavy rain coming down. My wife and I got up early, went into town for breakfast, and then made a supply run. Came back loaded down, the Cherokee couldn't have had one more thing crammed into it.  We've run down a lot of our stored supplies in the last month. Between the cold and the rain, we haven't been doing nearly as much going off the mountain as we usually do.  Sacks of feed, 12 packs of paper towels,  48 rolls of T.P.  can all take up a lot of space. We made a dint in it, but that's about all.



We also went to the county "trash and treasure" show at the community center. It's really an event for women. Even my wife says there's nothing  there for men.  Mostly knick knacks, jars of different canned goods, cloth, and lots of jewelry. I mean, lots of jewelry.  "Trash and Treasure " is like a  gun show for women.

When we were first married, I brought my wife jewelry whenever I went out with the MARG or on a TAD deployment.  Gold and turquoise from Turkey,  pearls from Majorca, Wedgwood Jasper pendants from Britain, silver necklaces from Norway, gold earrings from Spain, she has jewelry from just about everywhere.  But it's not enough. We blew through her budget within about 20 minutes of getting there.



 Fortunately for me, it's close to the bank. My wife sent me to get more cash.....



After handing over the little bank envelope stuffed with wampum, I sat out in the car in the parking lot and listened to talk radio.  Nice way to spend a couple of hours I guess...


Where there's a will, there's a way.


Here's a way around the shortage of  .303 British military surplus ammo, and 8mm Mauser.




If you aren't one of those old guys who have cases of Pakistani and Greek .303 stashed away, but you still want to shoot an Enfield, get an Indian Ishapore 2a.


Built to use 7.62X51, it's based on the Enfield SMLE.   I have several, and they are all good shooters.  They don't cost a lot, and ammo for these is a snap to round up, surplus or commercial.


If you don't have plenty of 8mm Mauser stored away, but you want to shoot a Mauser K98, find an Israeli K98 converted to 7.62X51.   Shoots fine, and no ammo worries.



These guns are often in really good shape, don't cost much, and they are great shooters. The same modifications that make collectors turn their noses up at the guns make them great weapons for Americans who need a good rifle.


New Magazines on the racks:



Not a bad issue.  About half "field craft" type articles, and half equipment and specialty articles.
I'm not really interested in kayaks, but the article on avoiding ticks was worthwhile because I get them on me all the time out working in the woods, come summer.  The articles on herbs and their medicinal uses was good. There was an interesting article on water cisterns.  I have a cistern on the property, from before we sunk the well, but I've let it go to pot. Reading this article, I think maybe I'll put it back into working condition.  You just never know what idea or inspiration you'll get from a good magazine.


I don't know who Centennial Outdoors is, but this is the second Survivalist oriented magazine they've put out in two months. I didn't buy the first one, because it was so basic I just couldn't justify the expense. But this one, that's a different story.  It's designed more for preppers than survivalists. I've had friendly arguments with people as to whether or not the words are synonymous. I don't think so, some folks think they are.  Regardless, there's some useful information in this issue.  Some of it is pretty basic, but some of the articles are worth reading again no matter how long you've been at this process.  The first magazine was priced at $16.00, but this one is just $10.00




ATF comes to pick up the weapons






The Dims haven't changed their goal one iota since 1994. Feinstein is still out there, and the bruja is just as obsessed with enforcing the collective liberal will on the population as she ever was.






Bumper stickers and night vision devices. Brother, can you spare an AK?






Hank's got it right.  These are not good times.



40 comments:

  1. Its getting so I can't watch the evening news for more than five minutes before I blow my top at the lies and garbage they make up. Problem is that there is a whole segment of society that knows no better and can't tell reality from this made up garbage that passes for news cause that is all they have ever been exposed to. And they are all too eager to engage in deranged behavior just to do some virtue signaling and make them selves feel less hollow. If we are to change this lefty loony trend in society the purveyors of this hogwash need to be held accountable for their lies. Take the whole Russia collusion story. The only reason it ever existed was cause the media kept pushing the lie when they knew it was a lie but felt morally justified in destroying someone they spent the last 30 years glorifying so long as he did not oppose their perverted plitical vision of things .
    As for bumper stickers it is best to not advertise your stand. Way too risky in this environment today. Especially if you live in any kind of mildly urban area. Just too many screwballs out there itching to pick a fight. Best speak softly and carry a big stick.
    Just about all the guns I have are bought after the background check was instituted. So I'd be skunked if the next mook in the administration changes the rules of the game on us all. I suppose I best hurry up and finish that 80% lower I have. Not sure I'd trust anyone to do a private sale either. Way too easy get stuck with a stolen gun or one that has been used to commit a crime, and if you are later caught with it you'll be spending a good bit of your life at the pokey.

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    1. I gave up watching the news for awhile, but I felt like I couldn't plan properly without some idea of what I might have to deal with. I don't watch it nearly as much as I used to, for the same reasons you delineated. In fact, I watch the first few minutes of the evening network news, where the most atrocious B.S. is promulgated for Sheeple consumption, then I stop.

      This arschloch at the car wash was typical of the left. No facts, no research, no first hand knowledge. Just a pathetic parroting of what some talking head spewed out on a news program.

      The media can get away with just about anything by hiding behind the "freedom of the press" banner. Even when they get caught flat out making things up, they just get quietly moved off the air until the coast is clear, then they are back on the evening news. Time after time, the "stars' of the evening news have been caught out with B.S. but there's no real consequences for them. So it will just go on forever, getting worse and worse, unless something is done to make them suffer consequences when they are dishonest or irresponsible. But I don't see that happening, alas.

      I guess I am just too old to change. I readily acknowledge the validity of the logic about the bumper stickers, but I can't stand to go out and scrape off my Confederate flag or my NRA stickers.

      Five years or so ago, there was a big flurry when ATF acknowledged that the NICS data wasn't being deleted by the beginning of each following business day, as the law required. But again, just as in all the spying on Americans incidents, no one was held accountable and no one was punished. So it just keeps on.

      I've bought some guns from individuals that I knew. These days, buying from someone you don't know is dangerous. I might do it if they had something I really, desperately wanted, though.

      There are not many things today you can do without taking some risk. Just driving your car to town can have unexpected consequences.

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  2. Hi Harry :) I laughed at your comic. You know, I'm not like most women, I LOATHE shopping of all kinds and I'm not a jewelry woman!! I'd rather be at the gun show lol...

    I wanted to get a pair of night vision binoculars for Alex for Christmas because he likes to see what critters come to visit our yard at night, but they were a little too pricey for me. I see the value in having a pair though, and we will eventually have trailcams and night vision when we move more into the woods.

    I liked hearing your roosters!!

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    1. Rain, you really are the exception to the rule! My wife dotes on shopping. She loves new clothes and she loves jewelry. Just like I love guns and ammo. I guess it all evens out in the end. ;-)

      Sportsmans Guide has a nice night vision device right now that resembles the one's worn by soldiers, in that it fits over your head on a strap rather than being hand held. I think it runs about $140.00, somewhere in there. Somewhere down the road you can get some NV equipment. I'd get the trailcams first though. I have been shopping for some of those myself.

      Did you hear the roosters on the video? I missed that, but they are so much part of the background noise here I never even notice them! Unless they are fighting, of course.

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    2. Yes, I heard the roosters several times! I figured you must have done your video at sun up lol...of course, all my knowledge of roosters is from cartoons when they ONLY crow at sun up lol...

      Oh yes, trail cams are a must for people like us. We would even love to have them now, but all extras costs like that have to wait, because the priority is the new property.

      It's funny because I'm not really a tomboy...but I'm not a girlie girl either...I guess I'm a happy medium! I'd rather watch an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie than a romantic comedy! :) But then I get all mushy at Valentine's, lol...go figure! :)

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    3. Chickens are a lot of trouble, particularly when they are "free range." I've gotten to the point where I hardly ever even notice the roosters, unless they are fighting hammer and tongs with one another. I have about twelve right now, and around 4:00 a.m. they all start crowing, go on for about five minutes, then stop. I've never figured out what the purpose of all that is.

      Trail cams are nice to have items, but you are right, on the priority list they are certainly not as important as saving for your own place. It takes years to get everything you want, but if you keep chipping away at it one day you'll find that there's nothing you really need left on the list.

      I think there are lots of women like you. Country women tend to be that "happy medium."

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  3. I agree with you on the .308 Israeli Mausers. I've been wanting one badly for a long time now and can never find a decent one that isn't owned by some goober wanting enough money for it that I could buy an FAL instead. I've got an FR-8 leaning up here next to the computer, but I really would rather have the Israeli .308.

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    1. Nothing wrong with the FR-8. I knew a guy who had one. He was a contractor, got into debt, and tried to pay it off by transporting drugs from Florida to North Carolina. He wound up floating face down in a ditch in Florida though.... now that I think about it, I wonder what his wife did with the rifle?

      I see those Israeli guns from time to time, next one that comes up, I will touch base with you. They show up on the gun auction pages fairly frequently, with minimum bids around three hundred or so.

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  4. Guns, jewelry and John Wayne......nuf said.

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    1. Years ago, I told my husband that I did not want any more kitchen appliances or gadgets for birthdays or Christmas....hint, hint (jewelry). Well, he got me a Ruger Mark II instead. The rest, as they say, is history. Now, I have more firearms than he has and I also can outshoot him any day of the week, lol. ;)

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  5. Those Enfield .308’s are cool! I want one. However for the price I’ve seen them at I could get a new Ruger or Savage scout rifle.

    I would urge you to reconsider a light on your handy long gun. The commonality of home defense tragedy’s is failure to identify the target with white light. You can always not use it if the situation calls for that. A $40 sure fire and simple mount give you a lot of capability.

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    1. Next time I see one on an auction site, I'll let you know. They go fairly cheap sometimes, because there's a lot of bum gouge out there on the net about them. Most of it, if not all, is pure fantasy that somebody made up.

      I'd rather have the Enfield .308 than a modern scout rifle. Just personal preference, of course.

      My situation here is a little different from the average J.S. Ragman scenario. Nobody is going to get into this house unless they are Ninja, who can defeat the various alarms, cameras, trip wires, dogs etc that are on the avenues of approach. At night, the interiors of my buildings are lit with red light , so I am not going to be walking down any hallways in the dark.

      If something happens, it will probably start with me out on the porch, in defused green light, and the bad guy/guys/bear/hog whatever out in the tree line. In winter, I can penetrate the tree line for perhaps ten feet. In summer, not at all.

      If I were surprised and didn't have time to get myself squared away, I might be in trouble but I think it's more likely I'll be out in a relatively dark spot looking at the area I am interested in with night vision.

      Never can tell, and not all surprises are pleasant ones, of course.

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  6. When I retired, I got rid of most of my dressy clothes. I used to love to shop and did love jewelry. But now, I seldom wear jewelry unless I go to church or out somewhere. And, I just hate shopping. Besides, I am working outside so much; jewelry would just get in the way.
    I agree with you about the bumper stickers. We have a right to express our beliefs; the liberals always want to shove their beliefs in our face. That guy at the car wash is a jerk. He had no right to question you or verbally assault you. Just another rude, loud, belligerent fool.
    Please keep up the videos. I don't think they are too long and I find they are very informative. Jana

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    1. Hey, Jana. My wife loves nothing better than to go shopping. I've sat through the entire 3 hour Rush program out in the Jeep while she shopped in just one ladies store over in Murphy, N.C. M never goes out without great attention to detail to her clothes, and she always picks our her jewelry carefully to match.

      I am pretty sure this is because she was a "mission kid", raised in Africa until she was old enough to go to college. The clothes the family wore came out of the "mission barrels" that were shipped to them three times a year. Her mom and dad were very traditional Southern Baptists, did not approve of personal adornment or clothes that weren't "plain." My wife had to join the Navy before she ever had any money of her own, and it wasn't until after we got married that she ever had any really nice things, because a lifetime of not having any money made her afraid to spend any.

      I'm more like you. I wear a college ring with the Globe and Anchor on it, a wedding ring, a Marine Corps Saint Christopher medal from college, and a "Thors Hammer." Left up to myself, I'd wear khaki work clothes all the time, as they are comfortable. But my wife buys my clothes and when we are going out to eat, I wear what she sets out, right down to my shoes. It's important to her that I don't look like something out of the Beverly Hillbillies and I go along with the program so she will be happy.

      I like to plunder flea markets, thrift stores, and gun stores. I like book stores, too. But I don't get to many o those anymore as they all seem to be in cities, and going to a bookstore is not worth running the risk of another traumatic experience, especially with Amazon I can get books from so easily.

      There are a lot of violently hateful Dims out there who think their dissatisfaction with the last election gives them free license to show their rear ends whenever they feel like it. I guess it's just part of life today, but if they weren't such ignorant buffoons it would be easier to take. I honestly thought about turning the wand on the guy, it was spraying soap at the time and I thought it would do him good. But the car wash has cameras all over it, and I would probably have been charged with assaulting him with a deadly weapon. He looked to me like the kind of person who was not exposed to soap very often.

      The problem with the videos is that blogger will not let you put one on that's too long, and I can only upload at .7 mps, so it takes forever to upload one. If it's too long , my computer sits there for half an hour, churning out the video, then an error message says the video is rejected because it's too long! ;-)

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    2. I can certainly understand why your wife loves pretty things, given her childhood. After so many years of having to dress up in business clothes and high heels, I totally enjoy my casual clothes now. I do enjoy going to estate sales and thrift stores; I find it a challenge to look for bargains.

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    3. Next time, trip over your own feet and give him a little spritz, recover and apologize profusely as you try to dry him off...lol. He won't let you near him, but if you look sorry, you can pull it off. A woman shoved me to get by when I was on crutches. Using the "I am falling" moves, I swatted her squarely in the back and struggled a bit to keep standing.

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  7. Waving hand...

    I do not like to "shop". I do not go to any "Trash to Treasure" things. Do not go to Garage Sales, Yard Sales, etc., etc. Do not go to Thrift Stores of any kind.

    I do not wear any jewelry. But! I am very conscious of my appearance. Just because I am old, I have not 'given up' on that aspect. ,-)

    I purchase needed clothing and shoes, on line. No trying on in stores. Try on at home, return for different size, if needed.

    If I need something from a store, I walk in, find a clerk, ask for specific item, look at it. If it's right, I buy and leave.

    My husband is the opposite, he wanders and compares and etc., etc. Needless to say, I do not wander/shop with him. Except to a Gun Show.

    Message? Men are Men and Women are Women. But that is where the usual stereotype (can) end.

    Just sayin'........... :-))))))))

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    1. Wisp, I would say you are an unusual woman in that regard. In my 65 years, I've found that most ladies like to shop. There's nothing wrong with not wanting to, if you don't like it though;

      I can spend hours at a gun store , or a flea market. I love Thrift shops, where I find many good thing I can use, from radios, to tools, to candles and more and pay almost nothing for them.

      When I deal in generalizations, I'm cognizant of the fact that there are exceptions to every rule. I recently met a liberal who was rational, polite, and well spoken. Anything can happen!

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  8. It was raining where you're at. Here it was raining ice. We had to go get our car back from the fit it shop. I was worried I'd get in a wreck right after getting it back. That would be just my luck. I'm safe and sound.

    I do wear jewelry because Travis has made me some rings. My Mom insists on having 1 jewelry thing in a stocking every year for Christmas for me. I usually pick out necklaces for her to get me.

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    1. I'm getting the better part of that deal. Rain is actually kind of nice sometimes, but ice is never pleasant and sometimes miserable. I know up your way and across the Northeastern part of the country, the weather has been awful. My kids are trying to shuttle back and forth between Cincinnati and Nashville, moving to an apartment in Nashville, and the weather has really thrown a wrench into the spokes on that.

      I think most women like jewelry. I was reading an article on the neanderthal, and the graves of females often contain jewelry made of bone or stone. So the women have liked adornment for good long while.

      There's an old Greek story about the Trojan War. When the Greeks were gearing up, they wanted Achilles to come fight with them. But his mother knew if he did, he would be killed, but if he stayed home, he would have a quiet, peaceful life. So she dressed the young Achilles up like a girl and put him in the palace harem. Odysseus , who was sent to get him, figured out what Achilles mom had done, but couldn't identify him while he was in the harem. So, he disguised himself as a trader, and laid out his goods in the palace courtyard. He has fabulous silks, and a huge array of rare and beautiful jewelry. On one side, Odysseus put out a suit of armor and weapons.

      When the women came out to shop, they all clustered around the jewelry and fabrics, all but one, who went over and started fingering the weapons. Odysseus snatched that one up and made off with him, and that's how Achilles went to the war. That's not Homer's version, of course, but it's a good old story.

      It's great your husband is an artist and can make things like that for you. I have no such skills, so I had to buy things but I did it for the same purpose, to make my wife happy and show her I valued her. ;-)

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I sent a comment. I hope you got it.

    also, if your going to talk. Get set up on youtube. Upload video video's of up to 15 minutes in length. Hell it might be up to 30 minutes now. I would listen to you talk for 30 min's and I am sure a great many others would too.

    You can also upload on minds.com where there is much, much less censoring. There's one guy on mind.com that is called BombIslam. He has 500,000 views in three months. I actually find that very interesting.

    You may be right about Trump not winning the next election. The Socialists always win in the end. Then 70 years of hell, then we start the whole damn process again.

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    1. CC, where do you find the energy to do all this stuff. I know you are somewhat younger than me, but not that much.

      When I think about it, these days I try to do one post every three or four days, and I try to read about 30 blogs. That pretty much wears me out.

      I wonder if I had faster internet, where everything didn't take so long, and wasn't so laborious to do, if I might not really enjoy the things you have told me about. They sound intriguing, and I have looked at some of the places you told me about and enjoyed the content. BombIslam sounds like one I have to visit!

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I have super high speed internet, Folgers instant coffee and enough long term testosterone build up from eating Navy food to last me another 20 years:)

      I really miss the Meatloaf on the Puget Sound. I mean I ate more meatloaf than any other man on that boat:)

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  10. Harry you said you had a driveway alarm for the jeep trail. Get a second for a ways away. If one goes off, deer. if both go off may be a problem

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    1. Had two transmitters for that alarm, Gary. I had them spaced 20 feet apart, so if the first one went off, and the other went off shortly thereafter, I knew something set them off and it wasn't just a quirk. However, one went down and now I just have one transmitter and one receiver for that section of the trail.

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  11. Thanks for the heads up on some good shooters. Also, will keep an eye out for the new magazine.

    While there is a lot of overlap between preppers and survivalists, I think there's a different mindset. Of course, if you aren't into survival, what are you into? Dying?

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    1. Sixbears, it was interesting and a bit different, which is always welcomed. I'd agree that there are a lot of similar interests between the two, but enough differences to make them separate philosophies.

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  12. For several years I was a vendor at craft shows, the ones held in civic centers in major cities. I made Cabbage Patch clothing and accessories. Men mostly ignored me until I started dressing the boy dolls in camouflage and college team colors. The girl dolls were in cheerleading outfits. Men started pulling the wife to my booth, showing her the Alabama or LSU outfits. THEN, they bought. I had outfits for 32 college teams. So, men bought doll clothes.

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    1. It's all marketing and demographics, no matter what your product is.

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    2. Yes, that was the point. I figured out how to get men to buy doll clothes. The women were not hard to engage.

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    3. From what I've seen here, people will buy anything associated with teams they like. Clever idea, to tap into that.

      I've been to the Cabbage Patch Kids "nursery" in Cleveland, Ga when my kids were very little. Haven't seen a Cabbage Patch Kid in many a year now.

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  13. hi last comment did not go through. this computer connection at&t is nigh on to worthless.
    cc is right go on youtube; cannot get your video to go most of the time although i sometimes get the sound.
    i suggested gettin removable nra and flag stickers for the inside of the windows, put them in the glove compartment when you go to town.
    you have more patience than i. as far as orcs and he carwash idiot are concerned.
    i read your log about the orcs but missed that they had laid hands on your vehicle. outrageous.

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    1. Blogger is hard to get on some computers. Sometimes my video will play on my kindle, sometimes it won't. I don't know why.

      I didn't go into all the gruesome details right after it happened. I felt bad enough that it happened at all without that. Sometimes I regret having mentioned it at all. That's one of the pitfalls of blogging, of which there are actually many.

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  14. I'm not a jewelry person but I've always been a bit of a tomboy. I do wear a plain gold wedding band and small earrings that I never remove. I keep things simple.
    It was perfect weather here today and I enjoyed riding the new horse for about an hour. Sure was a treat to get some sunshine.

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    1. Even my male ferrets collect odd bit's of "sparklies" which they put in stashes. When they pass on, I bury their trove with them , as grave goods. I guess some species are more fond of jewelry than others. ;-)

      Seamus got to the new stables in Nashville today. There had been some concern about whether or not he could stand the journey at his age, but he did fine.

      We had no sunshine today, just showers. Supposed to be that way until Friday.

      Nothing wrong with a wedding band and earrings. That's quite becoming, actually.

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  15. Harry,
    I regularly watch 45 min videos on you tube.

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    1. I don't use youtube to do my videos. I have an old program that came with the computer. Then I have to use the blogger function to upload them. If the video you are trying to upload is too big, instead of loading it , the screen comes up and says file size too large, then I have to start the whole thing over.

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    2. I am probably the only one left in America who doesn't know how to post videos on Youtube, and does it this way. I'm about maxed out on technical ability right where I am, though. :-(

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