The snow started early this morning, just after sunup. It's not supposed to get too deep, maybe 3 inches or so. The temperature outside is falling as the arctic air mass arrives though. We won't get above freezing today, and tonight it will be in the teens.
In all probability, I won't be able to get out until Thursday or Friday, but it doesn't really matter. We have everything we need up here, and we have plenty of books from the library. My wife insisted we go into town and stock up.
As Dr. J remarked in a previous comment, when you have snow things get really quiet. If you get those hard, frozen little balls of snow you can hear them rattling down on the tree limbs. As long as the power doesn't go out, I don't mind snow. When the grid fails, I have a lot more work to do and I don't much like using the generator. Too noisy.
When I was in the Marines, I did a lot of cold weather training in Korea and Norway. Never cared for it. I'd rather be in a hot climate than a cold climate. But if you are going to live here, you have to be able to handle bitter cold in winter, blistering heat and humidity in summer. Flexibility and prior planning are a prerequisite. That's why there are so many "summer homes" vacant here in the winter.
The good old days, or not so much so. Yechon, Korea winter of 1979. It was cold.
Can't remember what airfield this was, but it was cold enough to keep everybody grounded. I think this was taken in 1977, so it could have been a lot of different places.
|American Troops in Russia, 1918-1920|
Appropriately enough, I've been reading about the 1918-1920 military intervention in Russia. Having participated in a forgotten military expedition myself, I have been researching other American military interventions that no one remembers anymore. There are more of them than you would think.
In 1918, we sent troops into Siberia , ostensibly to guard the vast quantities of military supplies in Murmansk and Archangel, ordered by the Czar but not paid for. In reality, it was an attempt to prevent the takeover of Russia by the Bolsheviks. Fascinating reading but it wouldn't have been much fun to be there.
Most of these books are available as Kindle Ebooks for a few dollars. Some you have to buy hard copy, and most of those are out of print. You can track them down though through on line used book sellers. My library wasn't able to get any for me, too esoteric I guess. I've enjoyed reading about that conflict. Sometimes, the truth really is stranger than fiction.
|Museum display of U.S. Soldier in Siberia. Note they were equipped with Mosin Nagants.|
Hitler singled out the Jews. Today, it's the Christians turn.
I've mentioned how the real, on the ground effects of "multiculturalism" and unbridled illegal immigration have impacted my own small community. Georgia in general is reeling from the onslaught of left wing "activists", and these people flooding into the state have a particular hatred for Christians. Largely, I think, because Christians tend to be among the few who actively oppose the new socialist agenda in this country. They do it from the pulpit, and they do it by their daily lives. Bear in mind, I'm not a Christian, so I'm not touting my own faith. I do admire Christians for their strong moral values and their courage, however.
Yesterday there was a long screed on one of the Atlanta evening news programs, condemning a pastor who spoke up in his sermon against all the degenerate behavior being lauded as "ok" in these times. The newscasters told in gloating detail how they thought the church should lose it's tax exempt status, how the pastor should be fired, and on, and on. They were furious that he'd opposed things like same sex marriage. And this was just a bunch of local penny whistle talking heads. There have been things up here that go in the same direction. I thought this One America News story was worth posting. Incidentally, if you have a Kindle Firestick, or a Roku, something along those lines, you can get One America News for $5.00 a month on it. I don't watch Fox anymore, it's just a platform for limp members like Shepard Smith these days, and I don't need that. But One America News is something I can get some value from.