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

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I can finally see the night sky.


This is the first clear night we've had in a long time.  There's a moon out, and it's good to see stars again. It's still cold and windy, but at least the rain isn't pouring down.

The UPS guy called me and told me he left a package at the gate. I walked down to get it, and it was Omaha Steaks , which is nice. Unfortunately, the FEDEX guy had left a can of ammo for me down there too, and I had to carry both of the boxes up. The Styrofoam container for the steaks was big and bulky, while the ammo was heavy.  I barely made it back up to the house.  I didn't drive down because I thought I needed the exercise and it wasn't raining. I certainly got what I asked for.

My computer "blew up" and shut itself down today.  I went through the whole drill of starting in safe mode, then restoring the system files from a restore point, and it seems to be working ok now. I guess I am going to have to buy a new computer. They are cheap these days and buying a new one isn't the issue. It's trying to get all the correct drivers and niche programs I use on a new computer. I dread it.

A friend sent me a book, which came in the mail yesterday.  I finished it a few minutes ago. The book rates a posting in it's own right, but tonight I'm not up to doing it justice.  If the computer will start and stay on, I'll try tomorrow.

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  1. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    Its super cold here in South Texas. I got a job working on the beach and their are no bikini's out until at least March (everyone's in hibernation mode) So much for global warming. I could use some of that now.
    I got a good deal on some magazines (the kind you stick in a rifle) Im waiting on the UPS guy for that package.
    On another note' speaking of magazines. Ruger has a new .22 out (a bolt action rifle) that uses the rotary 10/22 magazines and the 25 round BX-25 magazines. The rifle even has a hammer forged barrel. If I recall, its called the 'All American Rifle'
    Theres another .22 that I would like to get and that's a CZ 452 Military Training Rifle, bolt action 5 shot tack driver, with a 24 inch barrel. That one I would recommend checking out. It may be my next .22.

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    1. I have three .22 rifles plus some youth rifles in .22. The one's I use are a Ruger 10.22, A Remington Viper, and a single shot bolt gun sold by some Hardware store in the 1950's. I can't remember the name off hand.

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    2. There's a question for you in a comment down below.

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    3. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I have owned four Ruger 10/22's so far. Now I have two. The 10/22's made during and before 1986 have a higher resale value and have nicer finishes, better construction etc. The triggers though gotta be 9-10 pound triggers. I would recommend trigger jobs or Timney or any other well made after market triggers.
      the newer 10/22's have three and half pound triggers but have lots of polymere and other plastics.
      I am not a 10/22 expert, I just know a few things. If someone has any older 10/22's that are in really good condition, they are sitting on a real treasure.
      Again, I think that .22's are a very underestimated rifle, however they are not the end all, be all, one size fits all platform. A .22 is like having a hammer in the house. A small but great tool to have.

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  2. Clear and cold here, down to 17 now. It's way too early for this much cold I am starting to worry about my bees. Next warm day we get, if we ever get one again I am going to have to be sure to feed em more dry sugar just to be safe.

    I agree the new computer isn't a problem it's getting everything set and working the way you want that is the issue.

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    1. I hope your bees make it through the cold. I know they are money in the bank for you and you work hard with them.

      This thing is working ok today but that is what happens, it works just fine till it shuts down.

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  3. Finding that ammunition at the botttom of the hill must have been bittersweet. Maybe next time take a firearm chambered in the anticipated delivery to decrease the load ? :^)

    Yep, yesterday afternoon was 1st time in 10 days we had no cloud cover, sure was nice to confirm the sun is still there. :^) Quite a cold spell - stay warm! Sorry to hear of computer troubles - never break down at a good time do they.

    Captaincrunch - do not have the Ruger All American (the youth .22 Magnum looks REALLY interesting!) but own several CZ 452s and the parent Brno .22 rifles. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you want to install a scope, the American, Varmint or Silhouette are stocked for their use. The Trainer, FS (Mannlicher) and Lux are stocked for iron sight use. If you want a 452, better scoot because I hear they are fixing to be discontinued for the newer 455. Compare and decide which one you like better.

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    1. I was glad to get the ammo but I swear, honestly, I thought it was heart attack time coming back up the hill. Couldn't catch my breath. I thought about stopping and resting, but decided if I was that decrepit I might as well go ahead and check out if that's what it came to so I kept on climbing.

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    2. empty backpack every time you go.
      djh

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    3. Hey Anon,

      (captaincrunch)

      I will take what you have to say and under advisement. I would recommend against a .22 mag at thjs time because the cost of .22 mag has increased so much it almost may be better to run a .223 bolt action if you look at cost per round.
      I would like to own a .22 magnum, but again, .22 mag's hard to find and really expensive compared to what it was several years ago.

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    4. Yep, I agree - .22 Magnum has never been inexpensive, especially now. I've been a long time fan (35 years +) and have some 'put back' so the current scenario does not worry me that much. CZs come in both long rifle and magnum as well as the.17 twins if that floats your boat. Where I live, javelina and turkey are around and they are a perfect target for the .22 magnum. It is a hunter's cartridge, pure and simple, too expensive for plinking, in my opinion.

      Mr. Flashman, lifting and moving large ammunition packages is hard on heart - back - knees and ankles. I'm a flat lander so cannot imagine the trouble of carrying UPHILL.

      When I was younger, I had a wooden military foot locker full of different ammunition (mainly rimfire). Had to move it once - I think stars shot out of my eye sockets.

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  4. I can relate to that Harry, I use a computer every day for work and I have a laptop at home but I know only the barest minimum on how the systems operate to get by. Thank heavens my best mate is a computer nerd (he has worked in IT since the 80's), any time I have a problem he drops by for a few beers and fixes things for me, although the beer is consumed after the problem is solved.

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    1. I have to get my son to talk me through things on the phone. My mom hires a computer dink to come out to her place at the retirement village, and she gets charged $85.00 an hour for simple things like fixing her messed up email account. Then the guy tells her not to screw around with it and he hasn't been gone ten minutes before she is in there changing things and messing it up again.

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  5. Should have let me know about the ammo, i could have carried it away for you. You wouldn't have missed it.

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    1. Anybody could have. FEDEX and UPS leave my stuff down at my gate in big plastic bags. UPS calls me to let me know, but the FEDEX guys aren't the same drivers, like UPS is, so they just lay it down by the gate and go. Never lost anything yet though, I guess because no one is out in my neck of the woods. ;-)

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    2. Where you are at that's a great thing.

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