“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunrise. The snow is still out there.


Just coming up dawn now.  The snow is still all over everything outside, but I'm going to try to get out today.  First, I'll walk down to make sure I can get the Jeep out.  The worst thing I could do would be to just drive on down , slide into the bank or across the trail, and be stuck. The walk won't hurt me.

I made a big pot of coffee about ten last night, which insured I stayed up because I never got sleepy. I just felt like something hot to drink and I'm tired of tea.

I'll have to shave to go to town.  That's one of the big drawbacks to not having a beard.  I could just go on in as the hairy, gibbering wild man but I feel self conscious about that.

Assuming I do make it out, I'll have breakfast in town, then go to the grocery store and look at the magazine rack. Maybe a new gun magazine or survival magazine is out. Then I'll go to Walmart to pick up a few things.

I wish I had something more interesting to write about but I've been stuck up here 7 days now, no mail so no new books or magazines, or catalogs.  Just not much to tell.


31 comments:

  1. We watched season 1 episode 1 of a TV series the other night- "Tha Alps from Above". One of the places they highlighted was "Ferlach" - where they hand make rifles, etc. Very interesting.

    I thought of you :)

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    1. Stunning rifles by the way - both short and long barrel.

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    2. Sounds like my kind of place. I bet the rifles would be expensive ,though. I have a couple of sporting rifles handed down to me by my uncle. One was stocked by a very famous stock maker and gunsmith of the 1960's. I've never actually fired them, because I don't hunt. They are real works of art in their own right, though. I offered them to my brother Robert, who does hunt, but he said they were "gun cabinet queens" by which I gather they are more to look at than to take to the field and beat up.

      Wish I had known about Ferlach, I'd have gone when we lived in Italy. Miriam and I crossed the Alps a lot, through the Brenner Pass. But we only really stayed up there in Bavaria and Switzerland.

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    3. Hope you manage to make it down the track soon and can get a change of scenery and some goodies.
      I've done the Brenner pass route the opposite way, to visit Italy when I have been spending time in the Austrian Alps :) The mountain ranges in the Zillertal valley are probably my favourite place on earth - so far at least!

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    4. I checked the trail, Dreamer. There are two bad spots but I think I can make it out to the paved road. I'm going to try here in a few minutes.

      I envy you Europeans your access to all the beautiful scenery and interesting places over there. Driving to different countries for you is no harder than driving to different states for us.

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  2. Morning, Harry....as requested here's the link. https://www.oldcolemanparts.com/home.php.
    We're out and about today too. The agenda is to resupply and take in a flea market, after we first attend church. I made a promise yesterday I'd hold her hand while she attends. I'll take my Kindle and pretend to listen. Hey, take those rifles out and put 'em through their paces. Even sporting rifles need a range session. You might be surprised the fun you'll have.

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    1. Oh, forgot, check Ebay too....for parts. Search, Coleman. You'll find an endless supply of odds and ends. Refine it to parts if you must....

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    2. I did a search some time back, using the stove model, and I got a manual that way. But I've tried searching using the part number and it doesn't come up. It may be in the too hard category, but I hate to have that nice little heater and it doesn't work for want of one lousy part.

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  3. Bah civilization is over rated but sounds like you need to get out so I hope you make it and enjoy it!!!

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    1. It is indeed, but we have to live in it until something better comes along. I'm just about to head down the mountain. There better be a new American Survival Guide or something of that nature to justify the trip. Just wanting to get out is not a very good excuse.

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  4. Not much to tell? Dude! Stories of your deployments, antics of the brothers, ideas and philosophies youve read and why you agree/disagree with them, how you got started in preparedness, what your family thinks about your interest in preparedness, how you found you property, etc, etc, etc. Trust me, man...you've got LOTSA posts still in you.

    Assuming, of course, youre not flat on your back own the road with your jeep pinning you against the ditch slowly freezing to death.

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    1. That's a better way to go than wheezing away in the old folks home. But I figure I'm good for another 15 years at least. With luck.

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  5. Harry, In my opinion the best part of prepping is knowing you don't have to go out because you need something. Are tire cables legal in your area? I would imagine they could be a big help to you driving down your driveway. I'm sure Amazon has them if your local stores don't. You might look at a few sets for those that come visiting and as a backup.

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  6. I don't have any chains, but I think they are legal. After the big snow before this one, I thought about buying some but I didn't do it. I should, though.

    I just wanted out of here. It wasn't so much I needed to go, though I wanted some fresh vegetables and fruit. It was more than I was tired of being here without a break. I got back here from town Monday morning and hadn't been out since. It got really old. But you're right, there's a world of difference between "well, I think I'll try to go to town" and "I have to go to town."

    I never have visitors. That time in October when my daughter brought home all her friends was a real surprise. Other than my children and their significant others, the only visitor I've had in probably the last 10 years or more was my mom. She came for a week and drove me crazy.

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  7. I agree with Zero, put something out there and get all sorts of opinions for and against! Ask everyone to recount a specific instance and write about it on their blogs too. Do a show and tell on some of your more strange or unusual possessions.

    Give us a movie of the ferrets! :)

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    1. Kathy, I did a little video based on your suggestion this morning. Spike the ferret starred in it.

      I certainly have enough unusual items in the house, the result of years of living overseas. That's a good idea.

      This is supposed to be a survival blog, but it's like survival magazines. After awhile, everybody having written about the same things, there's not much new left to talk about. So I have to branch out or perish.

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  8. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    If I had money coming out of my butt (which I don't) I would spend $250.000 on a WInnebego RV, Diesel Pusher. I would hook up my old Toyota to the ass end of that land yacht and drive out to your mountain (with your permission of course) and visit, shoot guns and drop off several cases of Shiner Bach Beer from Shiner, Texas to keep you cool (and happy) in this up coming summer.

    I know how you feel Harry. I have no family, or wives or kids, but I have gotten used to the solitude and I actually enjoy it. I think though I could stay up on that mountain throughout the winter except for occasional excursion for haircuts, Pizza Hut Pizza (and Shiner Bach Beer) and still maintain my sanity.

    I work out here on Padre Island as you know and who knows, I may bump into some woman some time. If I do I do, If I don't I don't. Either way as long as I have a peaceful existence (minus the occasional adrenaline junkie stuff and surfing) I'm happy.

    back to the Winnebego RV thing, I would like to circumnavigate Texas (kinda like a land bound Magellon) and I would actually do a daily blog on it and maybe even write a book and take pictures from a really good camera. Maybe call the book, "Circumnavigating Texas" or "Best Road Kill of the West"

    Maybe do one of those big coffee table books with big graphic pictures of 'flatten Skunks" ran over by oilfield trucks multiple times etc, etc. (a little dark humor)

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    1. Harry,


      (captaincrunch)

      I found this over at western rifle shooters association's blog.

      You may want to check this one out.

      http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2014/02/dear-beautiful-america-please-stop.html

      This article will bring back memories of what we saw and heard during the Cold War about the Soviets.

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    2. CC, I've given a lot of thought to either living on a houseboat or buying an RV. I used to read a blog by a guy who lived in his RV, and it was really good. But he was having such a good time he almost never did a post!

      If you want a spouse you'll have to make an effort to find one. They don't drop from heaven as the gentle dew, it's a lot of work. Then you have to work hard to keep her once you've got her. There are lots of nice widows here in North Georgia, maybe you should leave Texas and come up here to live. Seriously.

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    3. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      I'm not that old, Im only 47 and If there are lots of widows in North Georgia I'm worried about how they became widows in the first place (it would make a great manuscript for a Stephan King Novel, "The Widows of North Georgia" or "The Confederate Widows"

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    4. Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      One final thought I almost forgot. Yeah' I would like to check out Georgia but my family has been here since 1865 (originally in Vernon, Texas) My Great Grandfather was the last hanging Judge in Vernon, Texas and his father was the one who fought in the 42nd Infantry in the Georgia Volunteers (CSA)
      My Great, Great Grandfather had a small farm outside of Atlanta and it was abandoned right after the Civil War as the family story goes. I have paper work and deeds from as far back as the 1820's as proof.

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    5. Christ, I thought you were my age. You're still a young guy, not even 50.

      This is big logging country. That's why there are so many widows.

      If he had a farm around Atlanta during the War, there probably wasn't much to abandon. The Federals killed all the animals, trampled the crops, stole the food, burnt the homes and threw animal corpses down the well.

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  9. Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I was just over on Kymbers blog. I can't get over on all the Parka's and stuff they are wearing and all the ice all around.

    It was 80 degree's yesterday and today will be 80 degree's also and I'm wearing boardshorts, t-shirts and running my refrigerated A/C during the day.

    If Kymber and her better half came down here for surfing lessons, I fear they would melt.

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  10. They live way up in Canada but they have nice summers. They go swimming there in what looks to me like a river that goes to the sea. I don't know if they have ever been to the U.S. or not. I know if you get on the freeway going to Atlanta in summer, there are zillions of Canadians going to Florida because I see all the license plates from there, headed south.

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  11. Harry, buddy - i am glad to hear that you got out and as my dad used to say "blew some stink off you!" - bahahahah! and yes, we have gorgeous spring, summer and fall up here - last year we were still swimming in the river in october! and yes our river is fed by 6 springs and the ocean.

    i have been all over the US, and have always been treated very kindly. mind you, i was on military bases and the US soldiers were always very friendly and made me say certain words like "roof", "out" "about" and "project" ALLLLL of the time and over and over - bahahhahah! i spent many a temporary duty at Ft. George Meade, and then once each at Medina, Pensecola, Raleigh, Monterrey - i can't remember them all anymore. i also did duties at a bunch of your alphabet agencies. like i say, i was always treated very well and very kindly and i loved working with American soldiers and Americans!

    jam has been to boston, maine, florida and las vegas. he doesn't have such a good opinion of the US or Americans. but he understands that he went to some really sh*tty places and doesn't think all Americans are like that!

    HEY CAPTAIN CRUNCH - we gotta get you up here for some ice fishing - you'll love it! just wear your wet suit underneath all of the parkas and stuff and we'll be sure to take care of you! oh and talking about melting - i almost died when i did temporary duty in Maryland during may, june, july and august - i have NEVER been exposed to that kind of humidity!!! but i survived buddy! bahahahaha!

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    1. Hey Kimber,

      (captaincrunch)

      I would have to wear a NASA spacesuit with a jet pack nuclear heater to survive your winters and I can flip the visor up for short periods when chatting with you guys on the ice. I would have to have hot air flow down on my face.

      I read a lot of science stuff and science fiction. The surface temps. on the equatorial regions of Mars are like a really, really cold artic days if you can breath really, really thin Carbon Monoxide (I think that's the main atmospheric gases on Mars if I recall correctly)

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    2. Kymber, I wonder if they were nice to you because you are a good looking woman. I suspect that had something to do with it.

      J's right. There are a lot of parts of this country that I could do without, believe me.

      I don't think you will get Crunch out of Texas. Besides, I have just learned that he is a mere youth, and probably shouldn't be that far from home on his own.

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    3. harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      Touche!

      I walked right into that trip wire didn't I harry,

      I could not stop laughing for five minutes.....

      Just so you know, one of my closets surfer friends just turned 60 and minus a few aches and pains, he's actually in better shape than I am. The secret to longevity and vitality is attitude and staying in as best shape as possible. The two work hand in hand.

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    4. Harry - i must say that the majority of the American soldiers that i met treated me with the utmost respect, never once hit on me and respected my rank and authority. they were quite lovely actually and i thought they were great representatives of American gentlemen.

      as for jam - he just never happened to land in a good part of America but has met many American friends over the internet that have put his bad experiences to rest. i mean, it's hard to visit boston, florida and las vegas and not get a bad vibe eh?

      Harry - being that Crunch is such a youth, i think he will enjoy his experiences up here in cape breton - bahahahahahah! bring your Nasa space suit Captain. you'll need it!

      much love to both of you guys. you both are 2 of the best reasons why i bother blogging!

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    5. Genetics comes into it too. My brother is just past sixty, and has had both hips replaced, has had prostate cancer, and his fake tooth (he got hit with a bat in fifth grade) just fell out. Sounds like your surfer friend has better genes.

      Kymber, if you didn't get hit on you must not have been near a Marine base.

      Boston reeks. Las Vegas reeks. Some parts of Florida are nice, some are not. I don't think Florida would really be a good place to visit as representative of the U.S. It's a little world of its own.

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    6. Harry - i was in temporary barracks at George Meade for a day. i had a little rental car and went off base to the shopper's drug mart and bought up some stuff. when i arrived back at the parking lot of my td hut a whole pile of guys were out bbq'ing. i got out of my car with my bags and at least 5 guys came over to help me carry my bags. then they explained that they were having a bbq and invited me. i was a little shy but decided after i dropped off my bags in my room to head back out. i was the only girl there. one of the guys complimented me on my hair and one of they guys said they liked my daisy dukes. i didn't know what daisy dukes were so they told me they were my cut-off shorts. then we all laughed. had a great bbq together. then all went to one of the guys rooms and watched "the usual suspects". they had been priming me all afternoon about how i would never be able to figure out who the real "perp" was. 5 mins into the movie and i am all "it's the gimp". a whole pile of them got real mad and left, we watched the rest of the movie and it turned out to be the gimp. needless to say, these guys were pretty turned off that i picked the gimp so soon and kinda lost interest in me. i somehow have always had that affect on men in general. dang eh?

      but i know that you and captaincrunch love me for me. and i always love that about you guys!

      your friend,
      kymber

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