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

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Life is good.


I am not going to do anything productive today.  I slept until two this afternoon after staying up most of last night listening to short wave and fiddling around with the computer.  Today is warm and overcast, with some light rain. It's a good day for staying up on top of the mountain.

Jet the Ferret has come over to dump out the desk trashcan and sort through it. He sometimes finds saltine crackers there and ferrets are notoriously curious anyway. Ever so often he comes over and tries to climb up my trouser leg. This is his signal that he wants to be petted, so I stop and scratch his neck for a bit. The others are all asleep at the moment in various hidey holes all over the house.

It would seem the great ammo shortage has finally abated here in the Smokey Mountains. I went to Walmart yesterday and the ammo cabinet was full of everything , including 9mm.  The prices are about 20% above what they were before the last Obamaniacs Show, which isn't good.  I bought a box of .38 special and then when I got home I read the specs (which I should have done before I bought the stuff) and found out I had full metal jacket instead of lead round head bullets. Oh,well. I didn't need it anyway, I was just seized with the urge to buy something. This is one reason my wife doesn't like me to go to Walmart without her, but we all have our little quirks. I just have more than most people and some of mine are stranger than normal, like not being able to be around crowds.




24 comments:

  1. "like not being able to be around crowds."

    I don't call that a quirk. I call that wisdom.

    I was in the local Cheap crap from Chinamart last week and the ammo shelves looked as empty as they normally do.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Matt, there was plenty of ammo at ours for the very first time since all this started. They are still limiting purchases to two boxes per customer per day, but the clerk I talked to said they had been told to expect no limits on sales shortly.

      Crowds stress me out. Also, if someone is doing something rude, like talking on their cell phone loudly next to me, I have to really struggle not to do something about it. I don't need the stress.

      Delete
  2. wow that is a stunning picture. I would frame that one.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It isn't bad, is it? I took that with the same crummy little $65.00 digital camera I got from Walmart years ago. I can't take pictures like a lot of people do that look like they are from a Sunset Magazine, but once in awhile I get a good one.

      Delete
  3. You and me both on the crowds buddy. Makes my wife so irritated as she is miss social butterfly or something. Not me.

    Getting ready for the storm up here in almost 70 degree temps and t-shirts lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I need to turn on the weather channel, I know there's a storm coming but I don't know if it is a rainy warm one, or a frozen icy type. It's really nice here right now, about 70 degrees.

      Delete
  4. I try to avoid Walmart during the stretch between Thanksgiving - Christmas. You are brave.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, between pay days here most people are broke. So unless it is a holiday, or there is a sale, it's pretty tame there early in the morning. I can get in and out most riki tik.

      Delete
  5. Ole Remus says rule number 1 is "Stay Away From Crowds"


    -Moe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I used to read his page, but he went off the air. I heard from somewhere or other that he is back, I need to go check him out. He had some pithy observations to make from time to time. I concur with his suggestion about crowds. I'm not really a social type.

      Delete
  6. The wife and I have both developed aversions to being around crowds. Sometimes it can't be helped. I'd rather be stuck in the crowd at CostCo rather than the one at WalMart, though. Different demographic. We're at the stage where when we head to Walmart we both take 'real' guns (G19's) rather than the more convenient pocket guns. WalMart is a 'no mousegun' zone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We're lucky here in that respect, it's relatively safe everywhere in the county when you contrast it with urban or suburban areas. Of course, our shopping resources are very limited as well. Last night on the scanner I heard of one black cow in the road, a flock of goats in the road, and one drunk sitting on an overpass singing songs. That constitutes a crime wave for us.

      Delete
    2. my gawd you are scaring me from visiting America! Guns in the supermarket? It would have to be a cricket bat over here.

      Delete
    3. Sol, you are infinitely safer in an area where decent people are armed than in one where they aren't. Laws don't stop psychopaths from getting weapons and never have. If one of the crazies tries to do a shoot up, he can kill a lot of people before the law gets there. On the other hand, where many citizens are armed, one of them will get him in short order.

      I carry because I am responsible for myself and my family. I would never rely on someone else to protect my wife, that's my job. Also, at 61 years old, I know I can't go "mano a mano" with some 20 something thug. As they used to say years ago , "God made men but Colonel Colt made them equal." ;-)

      Delete
  7. I am learning that I am allergic to people. I hate crowds as well. the Christmas shopping I do, will be online.
    Lucky for you on the ammo, our Chinamart has nothing but empty shelves...
    We get the alerts from Midway USA and as soon as we seen ones for .22 Senior and I both jump online and order..
    Beautiful pic of the mountains, I love the Smokies

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Several other folks mentioned they still could not get all they wanted, so I guess it is just here in our little neck of the woods that there seems to be plenty. That's a new development and I guess I should wait a bit before declaring the drought over, next week the cabinet could be empty again.

      I buy most of the things I want on line, too. Sometimes I just get ancy and drive into town, that's when I wind up at Walmart. I usually do that when it's going to be fairly quiet there.

      Delete
  8. Wifey and I do not go to Walmart together very often either. I always end up tossing some food or first aid stuff in the cart or buying ammo when they have it. This bothers her to no end.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Probably because it's not in the budget. I'm an impulse shopper, where as my wife goes with a list and if it's not on the list, she doesn't want to buy it. If I go with my wife I wind up sitting on the bench in the shoe department because I get worn out.

      Delete
  9. Too bad you don't have a Gander Mountain around you, the prices there are more around a 50% markup. It's good to take a day off and do nothing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's outrageous! I know low availability and high demand create high prices, but seems like they should take a fair profit and not try to gouge their regular customers. I'm sure they get as good a deal on wholesale as Walmart does.

      Yes, it's good to just do nothing once in awhile. You feel more rested and can get more done the next few days.

      Delete
  10. I have been wanting a shortwave radio for a long time. Just don't want to fork out the money for one. The more I read about them, it seemed that unless I bought a real expensive one it would just be a waste of money. Do you have to have a special large antenna to get good reception?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are all sorts of shortwaves. A little cheap one can be had for ten dollars. A decent set with external antenna connection, digital read outs, etc will cost as little as $150.00 and of course you can spend as much as you want to from there. The radio that I listen to the most at my place went for about $200 new a year ago but they are less now. You can also get a nice radio used from Amazon.com.

      The antenna I use the most is a long wire. You can make one easily and just run it out your bedroom window to a tree or pole. If you want to listen to Hams and military HF you will need to do that for best reception. If you want to listen to the big international broadcasts, the whip antenna on your radio will do just fine.

      Shortwave is a lot of fun, very entertaining, and it's a hobby you can do from home when you feel like just staying home and not going somewhere.

      Delete
  11. I'm glad you got caught up on your sleep!

    I hope your daughter is out of the hospital now.

    I can believe that prices have gone up with Obama in office. A lot of people voted for him because he kept talking about change. They really didn't figure out what kind of change he was talking about.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Alissa, she's home but she is off work for a week. Her mom and I will cover the lost income, but it's really hard on her and no matter how nice the people are at her work, and they are nice, it must be a strain on them. But she was honest about her medical issues when she applied for the job.

      Yes, I'm feeling better. Insomnia is very enervating and there really isn't anything you can do for it, especially if you have high blood pressure.

      Prices are much higher now. I keep a good record of what I buy and what I pay, going back to 1993. Money is worth much less than it was, in terms of the goods and services it can buy. As inflation kicks in, which it must given the asinine economic policy the country has pursued since 2007 and even before, our earnings will buy less and less. Hello Weimar Republic.

      Delete