That's a pretty good price. Of course, you have to add shipping on top of it, and SOG is the outfit that wants you to pay more money for a "signature only"delivery. I haven't decided if I will buy any or not. .30 carbine is not that common. IMI makes it commercially, but it's pretty expensive.
I have been working half a day, and resting half a day since that storm came through last week. Most of the roof damage has been repaired. Lots of shakes got blown off and it is time consuming (and expensive) to replace them. I am trying not to overdo, and be careful. The work goes better that way.
It has gotten rainy and cold again here. Although it's one in the afternoon, I'm running the heater in the main house. It's been cloudy this morning, but we didn't have any rain until just a few minutes ago. It's supposed to rain on and off through Wednesday.
Hamilton Place Mall, Chattanooga, TN. Never a dull moment.
Hamilton Place Mall is a mega-mall in Chattanooga, TN. When my kids were little, we would drive over there on Sundays when we could get away, and spend the whole day there. It's quite the attraction for out of towners.
Unfortunately, as Chattanooga has gone more "ethnic", there have been problems around the mall. Gun Barrel road, where I had my little "tete a tete" with the four young black men on their way to bible study, runs along one side of the mall.
Last week, there was what the papers are calling a "riot" at the mall. Two black gangs mixed it up, shots were or were not fired, depending on what paper you read, and everybody that was just there shopping ran like hell, or rushed into stores before the clerks pulled down the chain gates and locked themselves in.
Chattanooga depends heavily on tourist dollars, and they are in full damage control mode. The city government and police have been putting out the line that this was an aberration. They're doing everything they can to play this down and minimize what happened. Pretty soon, the official story will be that somebody popped a balloon and that was it.
Sadly for them, this week there was another gang fight right in the concourse by the Barnes and Nobles, with mamma's snatching up the kids and fleeing while the Barnes and Noble staff locked themselves in (and everybody seeking refuge out.)
One of the primary gangsters from the first brawl has been captured.
But I am confused. He is a "confirmed gang member" with an arrest sheet full of felonies as long as your arm, but he has now been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. That makes no sense, it's against the law for him to have a firearm if he is a felon. So why did he have one? I can't figure out what went wrong. I'll ask the next liberal I meet to explain it to me. They understand.
At any rate, this series of incidents is related to a turf war between two black gangs. Usually, when you hear about gang violence in Chattanooga, some poor stiff got off the main roads in the wrong place, or pulled over for gas in the wrong place, and the local "brudda's" took exception to the presence of a "White Devil." That always ends badly (for the White Devil and his family).
Personally, I fill up in Cleveland TN before I get to Chattanooga.
However, all is not lost if you run across some young black men holding a bible study meeting. You can communicate with them, if you speak a language they understand. I'm not talking about Ebonics, here.