Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I don't often post links. Hum Drum Existence.



I usually don't post a whole lot of links. I usually just post an excerpt of stories I think people might be interested in.  But the link below goes to a story that you really have to look at in it's entirety to get the full import.  I hate people like this.  They're detestable, and the logic of their "friends" is so warped and sick that it would make a Nazi blanch.

Professor found guilty.......




This has been a week of strong thunderstorms and heavy rain showers.  When the sun came up this morning, there was so much moisture in the air that the sun light coming through the tree tops was a translucent green.  Looked like something out of a horror movie about the Amazon jungle.  You can live here with dehumidifiers, and air conditioners, but how they did it in the "old days" is beyond me. Everything you owned would rot or rust in this humidity without the equipment to control it.

One of my dogs died.  Belle had a stroke on Saturday night and passed away Sunday morning. She was relatively young, not even ten years old.  She was a good dog, and a valuable member of the family.  She's buried at the foot of an oak tree where she liked to rest.

We've started walking at the lake again. M is well enough after her accident to make the 1.3 mile walk around the lake. We go early, before it gets too hot to walk.  




The walk along the river at the park in town is just over three miles, so we will have to work our way back up to that. I don't want to push too hard and set her back.




We are driving down to the waterfall.  We used to walk down there and back, it isn't far. But you have to ford two streams, and she's not up to that yet.







Got a new American Survival Guide.  Strangely,  the survival magazines and gun magazines have virtually disappeared from the news stands at the grocery stores in town.  Instead, we have more women's magazines and style magazines. Lots of things like "Log Home Living."  I've gone ahead and subscribed to the magazines I want since I can't buy them in town anymore.




New BudK and CH Kadels catalogs came in the mail.  I enjoy looking through them, and I pick up some useful item that way from time to time.


I  guess Sportsman's Guide has stopped sending out catalogs. I used to enjoy those, but never get them anymore.  It's like Southern Ohio Gun's monthly flyers. They were really fun to read, but now they don't publish them anymore. It's cheaper to just send email advertisements.


Cartoons:







The God's Truth



Quote of the Day:





What's on the agenda for today up here on the mountain:

  1.  Go the lake and do our walk.
  2. Go to the library.
  3. Go to the grocery store.
  4. Go to the post office.
  5. Go to the bank.
See what you have to look forward to when you retire?





39 comments:

  1. I really agree with the Samuel L. Jackson quote. If guns were taken away people would make bombs, or run vans into buildings. The value of life is what's most important.

    I did read that most if not all mass shooters were on Ritalin. I wish they'd look into long term side effects of that. Another thing, it's mostly boys/men. People often categorize boys as being hyper because they are typically more active than girls.

    My Mom for awhile thought something was wrong with my oldest son. Why? Because he was more active than her 3 girls were. He does super well in school. Isaak had a friend birthday party last weekend. The boys were so active I had Travis take them up to a park. They weren't bad. They just wanted to play. Boys can't wrestle at recess. I think it's natural for them to do so. I know I've gone way off track. That's how my mind works lately. Somehow it's all connected.

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    1. It really is all connected, Alissa. Part of the problem stems from a lack of mental health facilities to help people who are having issues, and that includes the educational facilities and young boys and young men. When I was teaching 5th grade, I had some boys that I got because no one else could control them. 5th graders, and they were already in trouble with the police for violent behavior. But that was all we did. I "controlled" them and kept them from disrupting the school, but there was no effort whatsoever to deal with the root causes. I can just about guarantee that most of those kids didn't finish High School and wound up in jail. With some basic psychiatric help, some of them might have led normal lives. It just wasn't there, though.

      Boys are an active group, but they don't get many opportunities to demonstrate that behavior in an interactive setting. Parents worry about someone being injured, naturally, but they have to take some risks or raise a young man who can't cope with his own problems.

      I think that there are a lot of people who believe writing a law down on paper solves the issue it was designed to address. They don't make the connection between their air conditioned offices and their nice home , nice car, nice club and the real world out there. Because they have no inkling of what life is really like, they can't deal with it.

      When my son was in public school, which was a couple of years, the Ritalin thing came up. It was a panacea for anyone who was different, because it turned them into a zombie and made them malleable, which was the real desired result. We did not go along with that program, and eventually, we home schooled our kids even though were both teaching in public schools at the time.

      So, I don't think you were off track at all. It was a pretty astute comment, in my opinion.

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    2. When I was a kid in school, there were always boys who were 'figgity' and just could not sit still. "Stop figgiting" the teachers would always say. These boys were the first out the door at recess and got moving. Nowadays nobody is allowed to play dodge ball or tether ball or tag or anything like that to let off steam. In my day the adults channeled all that extra energy into something productive. Of course, there was real physical exercise then, not playing video games.

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    3. Kids today just don't have the positive environment we had as children. A certain amount of "rousting around" was not only allowed, but encouraged. We competed in rough sports like "slaughter ball" at school, and that's the kind of competition that helps you prepare for life as an adult. They don't get that anymore.

      "But some there were, who resisted!" My brother's boy got into a fight at school, because he intervened when a bully was beating up a helpless little sheeple. The Principal called my brother in, and told him his son was being suspended because "although his intentions were good, we cannot condone violence under any circumstances." My brother is a former Marine, and a retired police officer. He laughed in "Sir Mucho Pomposo's" face, and told the guy his son did exactly what he had been trained to do. He told the Principal he was taking the week off , so he and his boy could take the boat and go fishing.

      Not everybody kisses the ring of the liberal left. They live in Oregon, so you can imagine the environment there.

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    4. Oops. I just remembered you live in Oregon! Your part of Oregon is different from Corvallis.

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    5. Our part of Oregon is conservative and armed. Check out the new gun control they are trying to push thru via ballot measure this November. Worse than Kalifornina.

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    6. They really should make your part of the state a seperate political entity,and let the flakes have the rest of it. I have often wondered how my family, as politically conservative as it is, wound up in Oregon. They were fleeing the People's Democratic Republic of Kalifornia, and that's part of the reason.

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  2. retirement day...sounds lovely. mine goes: get up at o-dark-thirty, drag my butt across the mountain, service 100 or so rifles, drag my butt back across the mountain, prepare to do it all again tomorrow. so yeah, your day sounds lovely. have fun....but yeah I noticed the mag stand at my morning stop suddenly stopped with the survival/gun rags too. some snowflake probably complained about seeing guns, o m g! ...we have a couple days of sun then another ten days of rain coming. might be why I'm cranky. or it might just be the unfilled need to slap the crap out of all these snowflakes. lol.

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    1. You've got a good job, I'd like to work in an armory too!

      The magazines just dried up very abruptly. We only have two stores that sell them, and they both have essentially dropped the survivalist magazines and cut way back on the gun magazines. They seem to be stocking the gun magazines like "Gun Digest" which are less intimidating to the snow flakes, I guess.

      We've been having sporadic heavy rain showers, but starting this weekend it is supposed to be heavy and constant. I dread it, because of all the damage we get around here, and because trees will surely fall on the power lines. Go's with the territory, I guess.

      I would like to fall on a crowd of snowflakes, wielding my ax handle and surrounded by a ring of my slain, as well. Where's Ragnar Loftbrook when we need him?

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  3. We got a Sportsman's Guide catalog just last week. Also Natchez shooters supply catalog. We have been retired for 25 years and love it. Maybe you need a hobby or other interest, Harry. So sorry about Belle...it is always heartbreaking to lose a furry pet. We have had more rain in May than I can remember and it is beautifully green now. Showers almost every day and no frost. Wonderful. Grew up in a humid climate and remember never being able to leave anything out at night, including leather shoes or they would be mildewed the next morning. My folks had some kind of crystals that would absorb moisture in the closets. One thing about your climate, you skin should be plump and beautiful, not all wrinkly and dry like in the high desert. climate.

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    1. I wonder why they cut me off then? I just bought $300.00 worth of stuff from them and they still don't send me catalogs? I joined their damned "club" too, thinking that would get me back on the mailing list. I called them some months ago and the person I spoke to just brushed me off. Then I called again, and they said they didn't publish
      the catalogs I asked for anymore. I only wanted the "Shooters Guide" and "Surplus Guide" I didn't want all the ones with clothes and fireplace tools, all that stuff.

      I don't know, I already have a bunch of hobbies, I'm just bored. We've been doing little one day trips, maybe it's time for a couple of days at Tybee Island. But I'll have to take the ferrets, they can't stay here on their own at all. They aren't any trouble though....

      Belle should have lived a lot longer. She wasn't that old. It was very sudden. We dug her a nice grave, but all these damned tree roots and the flint in the clay made it hellish hard, plus it was hot and humid. I thought for a while I would keel over myself, but it was something that just had to be done. We owed her at least a decent grave.

      I know those crystals you are talking about, I remember them from when I was a kid. I think people just use dehumidifiers here now. Doesn't help the electric bill any but what can you do? I need to be comfortable in my buildings, so I guess I will just pay higher bills.

      I look all wrinkly like all the other geezers, and I am sure "plumb", despite working hard to not be!

      It's all just part of how things are. I could have it worse, I know.

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    2. People tell me I am a bit strange. Might be, probably comes from living up here for thirty something years now and staying off the radar (most of the time.)

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  4. Harry, I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your dog, I understand the loss. At least it's good to know that your wife is improving.

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    1. It's always hard to lose one of the animals, although I confess I'm not overwhelmed with sadness when one of the chickens dies. But the dogs, cats, and ferrets are really part of the family.

      Yes, she's getting better and we can do some walking now, although we have to walk pretty slowly. Still, that's an important benchmark in her getting well.

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  5. Harry, I couldn't get that link to work, but it may be just my server. Wonder if anyone else had trouble?

    Sorry your dog died. I had too many die on me in my younger days, maybe that's why I don't have one now. RIP dog.

    I can't figure out why Trump gets flak for calling MS-13 a bunch of animals. These are the guys who chop people up with machetes! It must be racist to condemn murderers if they happen to be brown. Beats me. Interesting also (Rush mentioned it) that there has been almost no reaction from the anti-gunners after the Houston school shooting. I guess the fact that the kid used a shotgun and a revolver didn't fit the narrative.

    I'm looking forward to retirement...only 14 more years to go!! --Troy

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    1. Troy, I checked the link and it worked on my Windows 8 machine. However, in the past, I have found that some of them won't pull up on later Windows versions, or on Kindle. Might be something of that nature.

      You got me. I guess it has to do with the idiocy of people who thing we can all stand around and sing Kumbaya while the flower drums throb. I was reading a book recently about correspondents covering some of the more repulsive wars in Africa. One story was about a Brit who was all down on the South Africans, calling them racists. Then he ran into a bunch of drug crazed "guerrillas" who were about to murder him until at the last moment he was rescued by the South African army. He said he had an epiphany at that moment, and ceased to be an admirer of the "freedom fighters" in that instant.

      I'm sure you are right about the fact that a pistol and shotgun don't fit the media's story line. Also, the fact that it occurred at the same time as something "really important" i.e. Prince Harry and "Sparkle" getting married, shoved the story to the back pages.

      Well, retirement is ok. I think keeping busy and trying hard to keep a positive attitude are the keys to enjoying it. At least you live in a nice place that isn't likely to become "Damascus West." But then, so did I.....

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  6. sympathy on belle's death.

    better to be occasionally bored than to live in interesting times.
    if you live long enough you may look back on boredom with nostalgia and affection.

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    1. Losing her was sad, and unexpected. Disconcerting , too. I'll be better about taking my medicine now, at least for awhile.

      Boredom breeds frustration. I'm fine as long as I can keep busy, even if it's doing things like working outside that I'm not particularly fond of.

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  7. G'day Harry,
    Sorry to hear about the dog, always hard when you loose a friend. Our new rescue Whippet is going great guns, I will forward some photos shortly, we are concentrating on his training and so far he is responding well.

    For some reason I never imagined it would be so humid in your mountains, but then I realised that every photo you put on your blog has water in it somewhere, lakes, creeks, ponds!! Down here we have had such a dry summer and autumn that the creek out the front of our house has dried up, it is now just a series of ponds, we really could do with some rain soon.

    Found a surprise on our front lawn this morning, in fact several, piles of deer droppings. Deer are becoming a real problem here on the outskirts of Sydney, they are Rusa deer that were released in the Royal National Park in the 1800's and are now heading out of the park looking for food. This is the first time I have seen signs of them this close to suburbia, although it is very bushy around our house.

    I am still in the dreaming about retirement stage!

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    1. Hey, Sgt. Got your pictures of the new addition to the family, and left a comment on the page. I liked the hot tub you have, too. We thought about getting one, but I am pretty sure it would have to be out on the covered porch, and if the cats didn't tear it up, they would be sure to fall in and drown.

      It's murderously humid here in summer. The forest canopy is about thirty feet up, and it's thick. The air gets trapped under it, and the ground is often very damp, so the water vapor forms up under the canopy. We also get a lot of very warm, moist air coming up from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. That's what is happening this weekend, which is our Memorial Day, a big vacation time but a wet one this year. There are four big lakes in North Georgia, three rivers, and innumerable ponds. I used to fly the Civil Air Patrol T-141 out of our local airfield back in the early 1990's, and I was surprised at the number of farm ponds, small lakes, and innumerable streams in the county. You can't see most of them from the roads because the forest is so thick.

      I have deer come up in the meadow all the time. They are so frequently there that my old dogs don't even raise their heads to look at them. I like to sit on the porch and watch them. Hunting used to keep the deer herds here thinned down, but now there are few hunters left, and the one's who come up from the city seem to shoot each other by accident more often than they shoot a deer.

      Retirement is ok, but it's not the nirvana that I thought it would be. Or, it could be that I'm the kind of person who is never satisfied and always finds something to grouse about.

      Don't let the salties , sharks or giant snakes get you down there!

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  8. Morning Harry: We could sure use a little of that rain out here in the mountains of AZ. They have most of the woods shut down with stage 3 restrictions...no access to most of the forest...no fires of any kind...nada, zip, lock you up for thinking hot thoughts while near a tree kind of restrictions. Hope it works. LL over at virtual mirage had his new place survive being in the "Tinder" forest fire...jumped over him apparently...about 60 or so miles from here. Looking like it may be a long summer.
    Sorry about Belle...we have buried our share over the years and losing family like that is never fun.

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    1. Bob, we are looking at another 5 inches of rain here in the mountains, over this coming weekend. There's some sort of tropical storm coming up out of the gulf, and as nearly always happens, we'll be on the windward (and wet) side. We've had so much rain that there isn't much for me to do about it, the diversion ditches up slope are all clear, the gutters are clear, it's just a matter of seeing if the bridge at the foot of the mountain washes out and that kind of thing. I know what the fellow you mentioned felt like. Dry summers here are a nightmare, because with all these new people living in the mountains who are short on woodcraft, we get accidental fires and they get way out of hand. The big fires of two years ago, that killed so many people over in Tennessee, were set by 14 year olds, "for fun" so there's that, too.

      Belle was a good dog, she had no bad traits, and she was relatively young. We miss her. Poor old Tuggy, who is very old, seems especially dispirited. They were boon companions. I get most of my dogs when they just show up here after being dumped off on the old forest service roads. Now I am down to one outdoor dog, and one indoor dog, so I may have to get a couple of puppies. They need to be young so they can be trained not to kill chickens or cats. You can't live up here safely without a few dogs.

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  9. I'm sorry about Belle.

    We've had a lot of storms and a lot of flooding here lately. It's the rainy season for certain.

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    1. Lisa, it's very good to hear from you. I knew you were sick, but I didn't know how badly and I didn't want to bother you if you were. I knew that a tick bit you and that was worrisome.

      You may get some of the rain heading up into Georgia and North Carolina this weekend, too. I'm not looking forward to it, we've had all the rain we need for May and it looks like we are still going to get another five inches over this weekend.

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  10. Oh Harry, I am so sorry for your loss of Belle. She was blessed to have you guys as her family. I know she will be missed. I lost two of my dogs last fall, as I have mentioned before; they both were 10 and had cancer. I still miss them terribly. I am so glad to hear that M is doing better and you can start back to your walks.
    The humidity and heat here have been horrible. This type of weather usually starts in June. All the signs point to a hot, hot summer. Man, do I dread it.
    At least the garden is producing. I canned some green beans today. Since retiring, I don't get bored; in fact, it seems as though I don't have enough time to do all that needs to be done. But, I do sometimes yearn to be doing something more exciting and less mundane. Jana

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    1. Jana, I have had some good dogs over the last 30 plus years, and I still remember them all. Belle was a fine dog, very loyal and very vigilant, and it will be hard to find a dog as good as her to take over her responsibilities.

      I'm running air conditioning and dehumidifiers in the main house and the outbuildings. It has not been dry here in over two weeks. Now this big storm is bringing more gulf moisture, so it probably will stay sultry at least two more weeks. I heard the weather out there was going to be unusually hot and muggy, I watch the Weather Channel a good bit and they mentioned your area in that regard.

      I feel the same way about not having enough time to take care of everything, but the things I have to do are not fun things.. I get bored working outside on projects. Yesterday I was cleaning out drums I got from the car wash in town, to store non-potable water in. It was good to get the job done, and I need the extra water storage, but it was more like a "chore" than something I wanted to do.

      You pretty much summed it up to a T when you said "something more exciting and less mundane." That's exactly the problem. I live in a beautiful place, but I really would like a change for a bit. Yet, driving off and leaving everything untended for several days won't work, and I don't know anybody here I'd want up at the place taking care of it...

      Oh, well.

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  11. My adult kids have learned more after high school then while attending. They know who are friends, and those who are not.
    I too have learned who to trust and who not too. We have been living here going on 5 years. I don't know my neighbors names, nor do I want too. The less I know the better off I am.

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    1. Rob, if you get involved with people who live on your doorstep, so to speak, you inevitably get involved in their problems and agendas. They may be nice people, but who needs that? I have some acquaintances here, most particularly the old man who lives in his little house at the very foot of the mountain. But as far as people I would want to interact with on a social basis, I'm just not very good at that kind of thing and prefer not to do so. I will sit down with people I know in town if I see them at a restaurant and visit, but I don't go to barbecues, and such. I'm far from being the only one in these mountains like that, so most people don't take it amiss. The feeling is, if you want to be left alone, that's understandable.

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  12. I'm glad she was found guilty, people like that should not be influencing children's minds...

    Oh Harry...I'm SO SORRY about Belle. I really feel for you. How nice that you can bury your pets on your land close by.

    I think your agenda is bliss, minus the grocery store, post office and bank lol!

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    1. Rain, I wish they had stuck her away in prison, where she couldn't do any more harm. But the powers that be just charged her with a misdemeanor, and she'll probably be a hero to the twits at her school.

      Belle was a good dog. We miss her. All of our animals who pass on are buried here. The ferrets have a cemetery up on the top of the meadow, in a peaceful corner with a nice view of the mountains. The dogs go to a final resting place in a little glade in our woods, not far from the house. Most of the cats just disappear, but when one dies at home, they have a little place by the creek.

      Life is pretty good, I admit. There are always things to deal with, in anyone's life, but our retired life has been much less complex and stressful than working was.

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  13. Got an "Access Denied" from the first link. But can figure the stupidity. like the 'sign' though. oh those brainless children today.

    I wonder that too... How did the old folks live, here or there, before our drying and cooling machines?

    Beautiful waterfall your wife is standing in front of. What a wonderful thing to have near...

    Yes! *Excitement*, when retired! And ain't it wonderful???? I like nice quiet *excitement* in my life.

    Have a quiet Memorial Day Weekend...

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    1. Several people couldn't pull up the link. I've had occasions when I put a link on the blog, checked it, and then when I tried to pull it up again I got a "not authorized access" message. It's working right now, but who knows. You can find it by searching something like "college professor guilty NRA" or words to that effect.

      I have looked at a house in one of our parks, that was built in 1846. It was moved to the park from the national forest. It's a small cabin, really, made of oak logs. No windows, one door, a fireplace for heat and cooking. God knows how they survived living in that in the winter, let alone the summer. But they did. Those must have been some very tough people.

      We live right near several nice places. The waterfall is within walking distance. There are two big "overlooks" that we can reach in about 5 minutes with the Jeep. One , you can see into North Carolina and South Carolina. The other, actually just on the other side of the road, you can see all the way down to Atlanta on a clear day. We have a big deep creek 300 feet down slope from the house, and a smaller creek formed by a spring that bubbles up along the Jeep trail. We're 10 minute by Jeep from the lake we walk around. So right in our area it's pretty nice.

      We will be staying home over the weekend to avoid the crowds, so unless the coming storm messes us up, we should have a pretty tranquil time. The woods are too wet for the flatlanders to set on fire this year.

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  14. Not sure why you don't get the SG catalogs anymore. I just got one a couple days ago and still average about one/week.........

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    1. That aggravates me to death. I called those people, I joined the club, and I placed a fairly good sized order. Yet they aren't sending me the catalogs. What catalogs did you get?

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    2. I don't pay much attention most of the time, but the last one was for surplus gear. I also get hunting and shooting ones among others. I get aggravated because they send too many. Maybe they're trying to entice me to renew my club membership which I finally let expire....

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    3. I can't tell you how infuriating that is, going to all that trouble and spending the money to join their "club", plus placing a big order, and they gaff me off. At least now I can tell them I know they are still sending out the catalogs and not let them off the hook. I want those things. I am not going to sit down at their web site and go through their stuff, but I have found some useful and desirable gear in the catalogs. I really appreciate your feedback on that.

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  15. Delayed reaction, but thank you so much, HF, for the shortwave frequency recommendations. I was able to pull in some, do some research, and found, once more, the occasional "pirate" station at 6.925 mhz, which is a somewhat popular spot for same. Also, via this kid who does "The Weekly Report" on YouTube, found some other shortwave frequencies and also the website, www.channel292.de which is tied to a university in Germany that lets you tune a radio at their end with some software I don't quite understand but it's kinda fun and gets me different stations than I'd get here in southwest Missouri using my trusty old Grundig YB400. Thanks again, KB

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    1. KB, it sounds to me like you are far ahead of me in using the web to find freqs. I just sit out in the apartment and slowing tune through the spectrum, concentrating on the bands where I'm apt to find some "off the wall" stations. I have an ancient book called "Short Wave Listeners Guide" that helps, though it is outdated.

      Let me know if you find any good ones, I'd appreciate it. I might not be able to pull them in, given our different locations, but it is fun to try.

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