Another storm coming in. It's getting a bit monotonous. This is April, and most tornadoes that hit North Georgia do so right about now. There have been two big tornado events up here since 1986. We've been lucky on the mountain, but they have hit within ten miles straight line distance of here, and the two that came through during that period were massive. They tore whole swaths out of the forest, opening up mountain vistas that were blocked by the woods before. They also removed a lot of houses. One day, there were nice houses, the next just cement slabs with pipes sticking up out of them. That was in March, 1994.
The worst tornado event in living memory here in Georgia was in March of 1932. That killed more than 400 people and injured over 2,100 across three Southern states. It's engraved in the collective memory here. I suppose we will just have to wait and see what happens this time around.
We made two big supply runs this week. One up to Murphy and one right here in town. Now we are all set for awhile, and can stay up here for several weeks if need be, without leaving the mountain top. As far as I can tell, the "new residents" in the "projects" have not made any preparations at all. Probably, it's not that important for them since they live right in town, and the power is always restored there in short order. As long as the electricity stays on and the grocery store is open, they should do fine. About all they have to worry about is a direct hit by a tornado. I was going to say "and we couldn't get that lucky" but that sounds mean, doesn't it?
My "air gun" is supposed to be here Monday. Looking forward to that. I've been shopping for a few extra magazines, but haven't found any for under $100 which seems pretty extreme. One of the reviews I read said the magazines have weak follower springs (sound familiar?) so I need to have a few extras.
I need six more magazines if I can find them at a decent price, since I ordered one of these magazine pouch sets already!
I have been watching reviews on line, and it looks like as long as you use the name brand cartridges and pellets, this air gun works pretty well. I have been taking a look at some tests a Swedish fellow did , shooting at about 40 feet, and blowing up beer bottles and water bottles. There was another interesting video of the gun shooting right through watermelons from about 30 feet away, but the guy making it was a really weird looking fellow and every other word out of his mouth was "f this" and "f that." He did make a good video, though......
However, now my latent desire to own the real deal is well and truly inflamed. I know I can't afford a World War II MP-40, but I have written to the IRS in Atlanta, asking them to send me the paperwork that will enable me to legally obtain the version of the new production MP-40 in 9mm currently being imported from Germany. I need the forms, and I'd like to have some idea how long it will take from submission with the tax fee ($200) til I get their ok to buy the gun. I also need to know how to pass on a Class III weapon to my son. I renew my C&R with the ATL office and they generally seem to be pretty efficient, so maybe I can get the show on the road soon. Until then, I'll have to be satisfied with shooting watermelons, I guess.
In search of a Jeep.
I found a low milage, four wheel drive 2008 Jeep Commander for sale, the guy is asking $8000.00 for it. That's nothing like what I was looking for , but it's a good deal and I like Commanders. We bought a 2007 version and that's what my kids are driving. That vehicle is 11 years old now, has been driven hard (and well maintained) and has never had much work needed. The Commander was sold in the United States from 2006 until 2010, but was so large it didn't really take off with Jeep fans, and never was able to get much market share in the large SUV arena.
I'm taking it into the shop this week to have it gone over. If the mechanic gives it a thumbs up, I'll offer the owner $7000 and see what we can work out.
When we were in the store in Murphy this week, we bought 14 bottles of olive oil. While we were in line, some fellow came up and asked me why I was buying so much. It wasn't any of his business, but I told him the price was good. He said it would go bad before I could use that much. I thanked him and he wandered off.
But the truth is, I've kept olive oil in the large cans down in the basement for more than four years, and never had the first problem with it.
This is what one of the olive oil growers association web pages said about it.
"It can be as much as 3-4 years for an early harvest, high polyphenol containing olive variety which has been filtered then packaged in a well sealed tin or dark bottle then stored in a cool dark place by the grocer and consumer."
You can find large cans of olive oil for around $14.00 if you look for sales, or about twice that if you just pay the normal price.
I have a few more things to do outside to get ready for this storm, so I'll finish up here. I think a lot of people are going to get some interaction with this particular storm,so here's hoping we all get through without any major damage.
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|Steve Braunias is a New Zealander, and a free lance journalist.|