When all this first started, we could look at Europe and see what was happening. But we had Barrack Hussein in the White House, and the Snow Flakes and Wing Nuts were all for it. Now I'm living with the consequences, but I doubt Barrack has any "refugees" in his neighborhood.
Well, no point in wringing my hands about it. I'm not the only one dealing with this issue in North Georgia. All I have to do is turn on the Atlanta news at 0700 in the morning to have that fact reemphasized.
It's relatively cool this morning, 68 at sunrise, and drier with humidity about 80%. It will warm up as the day goes on, but there's a nice breeze blowing outside and it's pleasant.
Rufus passed away last night. He ate a good supper, and had his usual break out in the meadow about nine in the evening. Then , around ten, he was asleep on the couch in the living room and he went peacefully. He was very old, we think he was over 17, and he had a good life. Most of it, he lived with an old lady in Cincinnati, in an apartment. But he came to live with us a year or so ago, when she went in the nursing home. He was a very lovable little guy, and got to be part of the family in no time. We buried him up on the edge of the meadow that has a good view of the mountains, next to the ferrets. Being the pagans that we are, we put his grave goods in with him. Some costume jewelry and some of his toys.
I have agreed to teach one of the young fellows I met at the "get together" how to reload . I was mentored by an old guy in his sixties when I learned how in 1986. He was one of Johnny Rowland's supporters up here, and that's how we met. He's long dead now, but I appreciated his help back then and I suppose I should pass it on down the line.
His grandfather gave him a mint condition M-1 Carbine, so that's what we will start out on. These days, carbide dies are de rigieur , though I still use a lot of old dies you have to use lubricant on the cases with. We''ll get him set up with the "Rock Chucker" kit . I started out with the Lee Reloader basic kit and then expanded over the years . The plan is to set up a reloading bench in one of the buildings on his farm. I'm a firm believer that if you are reloading, you need to be completely away from any possible distractions.
In this young man's case, grandpa gave him 4000 rounds of M-1 Carbine ammo , sealed in the original metal cans. Good news, that means he has 4000 rounds of Boxer primed brass. Bad news, it probably has been "crimped" so the primer pockets will have to be swagged out.
Reloading has a lot of positive aspects.
- It's peaceful and relaxing, and you can do it when the weather keeps you inside.
- You can work up your own loads once you know what you are doing.
- You can reload ammo for old guns that commercial ammo isn't available for.
- You can get lots of use out of the brass, so it's not wasteful .
- You can store vast quantities of components, stretching your ammo if Janet Reno comes back.
- It's more cost effective than shooting a round once and buying another one.
- It's fun.
What to do today. We don't have any plans. In the last few days, we've done a lot of driving. Mostly, shopping for the wife, but we went out to dinner and just did some sight seeing as well. Today, it might be a good idea to just stay at home. I have things I can work on.
For instance, satellite television equipment.
I started out with satellite tv when we got here in 1986. There was no over the air television, because of terrain masking, and there still isn't. I set up a C band system. That's the ancient gear with the huge dish made of steel mesh that you used to see everywhere. It was susceptible to lightning strikes, so much so that you had to keep spare down block converters, which you used to replace the damaged ones, then you sent the damaged ones back to Uniden or whoever to have them repaired.
There wasn't much on the satellite, and what you were watching was actually the feeds from ground up link stations to down link stations. It was not encrypted so you could watch TV from all over the world, for free.
But when programs like The Disney Channel, CNN, and The Weather Channel started coming on line, you had to buy receivers that could decrypt the "pay channels."
C band eventually just phased out in favor of the two satellite television providers who emerged. That was Dish Network and Direct TV.
I've had both and neither are particulary good. Their technical support is a joke, and they are constantly trying to rook you with "special deals." They change programming without warning. You buy a "package" that has the channels you want, and then they replace one you like with "the Philippine underwater basket weaving channel" or something equally ridiculous. But, they are all there is.
Now there's another issue. I called Direct TV yesterday to order a second receiver for one of the outbuildings. I had satellite tv out there before, so the dish is already there and all I have to do is plug into it.
But I was told that Direct TV doesn't manufacture or sell non- HD equipment. This came up some time ago when I tried to switch to the HD system , ordered new gear, and the installer came out and told me I couldn't get HD service out here due to terrain masking.
Now they tell me that when the receiver I have now either breaks or is "phased out" they will only offer HD and if I can't get it, I'm SOL. (Surely out of luck.)
I can't believe they actually intend to lose all the business from people like me, but I can't get in touch with anybody at Direct TV that knows anything. They don't speak English, they read from scripts. You ask a question ,and they just go back and start reading the script again. Direct TV has always been pretty poor at customer relations , but since AT&T bought them out, they are abysmal. I tried "chat" and had no luck there. They don't let you get an email address for them. I guess I will have to send a certified letter to their "investor relations" department. I don't own any AT&T stock, but they don't know that and I've found that's the best way to get action out of a corporation.
The installer who came out to put my new system in told me that the HD receiver won't work with the "old style" one satellite system I have now. So, if that's true, I'm pretty much out of luck, I guess. Unless I blow the top off an adjacent mountain, which seems a bit extreme.