“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Monday, December 16, 2013

Full Moon

There's a full moon out tonight,  and it's not so cold as it was last night.  There was a hard frost that covered everything overnight , which was in keeping with the season. The woods looked like they were made of crystal.  Tonight is supposed to be warmer but it's still very clear. There was a star out at twiight that I thought was an airplane for awhile, it was so bright. Must have been Venus although I am no astronomer.

My wife will be home Friday and leaves Saturday to go spend the holidays with the Kids. I wish I could go, but with the property and the animals to take care of,  I can't. Maybe, if it were summer, I could go for a day or two but in winter it just isn't possible. They are moving to a new apartment , something a little closer to my son's job, and my wife will help them with all of that.

I cleaned a good many rifles today. They seemed in good condition, no sign of rust, but I gave them all a wipe down with Rem Oil ,  and ran a patch through the bores.  It never hurts. I don't seem to have the desire to get out and shoot as much as I once did,  maybe I need to start doing more plinking with .22's and less of the full power battle rifle shooting. I was looking at some of the older guns today, and it's strange to realize that every single human being who was alive when that gun left the factory is dead now.  Yet here I'm holding this rifle and it's as good as the day it was made.  People don't do that kind of work anymore. Everything is just designed to have a finite life and be replaced.



I am reading a book about a family from Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War.  I particularly searched it out because it deals with the same Regiment my Great, Great Grandfather was in. The book consists of 357 letters between a mother and her three sons written before and during the war.  Here's an interesting passage:

The day after LIncoln's election:

A public meeting was held at the Masonic Lodge, at the corner of Bull and Broughton, drawing a large crowd. Captain Bartow  spoke for all Savannahians when he said "If any man is to peril life, fortune and honor in defense of our rights, I claim to be one of those men.....I do not wish to destroy the government. I am a Union man in every fiber of my heart.  But I will imperil all- ALL- before I will abandon our rights or submit to be governed by the unprincipled majority........."

..... The platform for speakers was graced with a large framed picture of a rattlesnake, with the words "Don't Tread On Me"....


The sentiments seem familiar , you could just about give that speech today and a lot of people would understand it.


16 comments:

  1. Unprincipled Majority = Mob Rule!!!

    I wonder if we will ever be able to throw off that yoke.

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    1. "Unprincipled Majority"

      That would consist of Liberals & Democrats, right?

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  2. It seems unlikely. I don't see anything that would change current trends, and those tend to exacerbate the situation. I can't really think of any plausible possibility that would reverse this, if anything the sink rate is increasing.

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  3. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    A theory of mine suggest that when 'population density increases in an certain area, people feel as if they need more rules to regulate and manage, so they don't start to eat other like rats packed up in a cage'

    One the other opposite, population density decreases and less regulation of daily activities is needed.

    That being said' if you look at all the densely packed area's of human's, you will find, many, many extra rules.
    If you live in a 'sparsely populated region, such as Brewster County, Texas and the nearby area (10.000 residents, spread out over a 10.000 square mile area) you have few rules.

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    1. Harry,

      (captaincrunch again)

      I forgot to mention in Brewster County, Texas. The Border Patrol (DHS) is the defacto law enforcement and since 911, they have increased the population density of the area probably by about one third and the sky's are littered with helo's, drones and a few blimps out by Marfa, Texas (and it still does not keep illegals from coming in)

      go figure????

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    2. I think that's a valid theory. Of, if the rules exist, fewer pay any attention to them.

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  4. Don't tread on me; when people ask me about it, I just let them know that someone is going to get bit in the ass and I'm doing everything I can so that 'someone' isn't me.

    I'm sure it will be me, but perhaps I can take that bite so others don't. Life, rolling forward.

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    1. I used to be a lot more active in terms of politics than I am now, I would go to a lot more trouble trying to correct things I thought were wrong. Now I tend to stay off the skyline unless something impacts me directly.

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  5. It's too bad you can't go too. Several of our neighbors around here also have farm animals, so we tend to look out for one another when heading out of town. If it weren't for that, we'd never get away either.

    I love to see the full moon, but I always have insomnia when it's full.

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    1. The full moon has different effects on different people. I never used to believe that, but my sister in law tells me they dread a full moon at the hospital, because the ER is always crowded with people who have psychiatric issues. I tend to be a bit anxious during full moon phases, though I have no idea why.

      I don't dare leave the house in winter for long. I have to keep all the enclosed spaces heated, and there's always the danger of fire. It has been so much colder this winter here than usual. It's like it used to be back in the 1980's, when winter was icy and cold and there never seemed to be a break.

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  6. Savannah, GA is such a great historical place! I went to grad school there. I was there for 2 years. I walked everywhere. They have parks on almost every block. It makes it crazy to drive, but again I didn't have a car. There are a few movies film there: Forrest Gump, The Garden of Good and Evil, and Legend of Bagger Vance. I watched parts of the last one mentioned being made. They have Spanish moss hanging from the trees, super old cemeteries, and ghost walks. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts, but they tell the history of buildings - that I was interested in.

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    1. You would love this book. It tells where all the different things happened, and gives the squares names or the street addresses. My wife and I go to Tybee Island sometimes in the early fall when it is too cold for swimming but not too cold to leave the house unattended. We love the beach, but neither of us swim in the ocean.

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  7. By the way it's finals week, so if I comment less that's why. Busy!

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    1. I know you are covered up. Not to worry. Just hold on til Christmas vacation and you can be home with your family without having all that stress from work.

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  8. I can't resist - Savannah just WISHES it were Charleston...
    My hometown.

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    1. Charlie, it's a strange thing, but I have only been to Charleston a few times, years ago. I go to Savannah a good deal, because Tybee Island is there, and my wife and I really enjoy it in the off season when we can walk on the beach and have it pretty much to ourselves.

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