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

― Frank Herbert

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Warmer today, colder tomorrow.

Today wasn't so bad.  High of 44, some wind, and clear skies. But the clouds are coming in and we have snow on tap for tomorrow night.  I worked in my shop some today, cleaning rifles. I love British Enfields but they are hard to clean.  A quick wipe down is no problem, but with the old military guns, you have to get under all that wood, so each gun is a complete project in and of itself.  I take good care of my guns.

Got some books ready to mail when I go to town next.  Commander Zero sent me a good one, which I have finished and now plan to send on to The Other Ryan.  I have a few others to go out, as well.  You have to know the folks you are trading books around with, at least by having blogged with them for awhile, because they know your real address and you know theirs.  Some people set up "drop" addresses but I never do.  I just figure when I get to the point of trading books with someone I wouldn't do it anyway unless i knew they were "Pukka Sahibs" and not "Cuch Sahibs".  How well do you know your history of the Raj?  If well, you'll know those terms.

My wife has been watching the Olympics. I watched some.  The Russians have style, you have to give them that.  I like their national anthem, too. It has dignity..  When I was stationed in Italy, every day the Carabinerie raised the Italian Flag in the middle of the AFSOUTH Headquarters.  By unhappy chance, the tune of their national anthem sounded just like the tune American ice cream trucks played at home in those days, and people used to sing under their breath "Ice Cream Today! Ice Cream Today!" while it played. We didn't mean to be sarcastic or anything, I think everybody  liked the Italians, it was just the two tunes were almost identical.

Rowena and Ragnar are coming along.  Ragnar is getting his hair back but he has a thing like a boil on the side of his head. I think we are going to have to go back to the vet to have it looked at. Rowena isn't growing her hair back as quickly, but her poor skin, which was all red and rough, is now a better color and not itching her.  I watched a video on You Tube not long ago entitled "watch this before you buy a ferret" and the guy was right about everything he said. They are not animals to take into the family without forethought. They have lots of medical bills, and they can and will bite like fury if you mishandle them or if they have been abused. Not good pets for anyone with pre teen kids, but that's just my opinion.  They are excellent pets for older guys who live on mountain tops though.

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  1. You are spot on about cleaning those rifles. The enfield or any other wooden stock one I am familiar with. I absolutely hate cleaning my SKS I get so confused. Unlike you though I am never enthused about cleaning them, prolly why I don;t shoot as much as I used to. The only rifle I can say I have ever been happy to clean on a moments notice have been M-16/AR-15's now any of those I will just grab and clean just cause I am bored.

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  2. I can clean an SKS or AK47 without much trouble. Strangely, I have more trouble wiht the M1 Garand and the M14. I say strangely because when I went to OCS in 73 they were still issuing the M14 to OCS platoons and I learned it forward and backward. But today I just don't remember.

    I don't shoot modern weapons a lot. I have them more because I bought a bunch of them when William the Bastard and Queen Hillary were trying to take them all away from citizens. I figured if I didn't get them then, my son would never have access, and I also hoped, in some way, it would irritate the arch bitch Janet Reno, may she blaze in Hades like a grease fire. Now they sit in the gun safes, awaiting my demise before being transferred to my son, who will certainly sell them or trade them for computer equipment.

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    1. I'd be happy to take 'em off your hands and stash them with my own where they await the upcoming revolution with determination and purpose.

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  3. Don't I remember you were interested in the Napoleonic Wars? If you want some good reading material, touch base with me by email at harryflashman23@gmail.com. If you want to stay off the radar on your address, I can send them to your mom or anyone else you know.

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    1. Harry - I am the worst email person in the world. I go weeks and sometimes months forgetting to check it. I also go through spurts on things like reading and the like which rarely aline up with others so I usually don't do things like that. I hear it works against me from time to time as it gives my "fans" a means to torpedo me in private but who cares. Just isn't my cup of tea. I also hate burrowing anything, even when offered because I am afraid something will happen to it when it is my responsibility.

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  4. Oh, hell. I forgot to sign off my brothers blog. Well, you know it's me.

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  5. Weather here to stay cold until mid week. They say more normal temps then mid 20's. Will see.

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  6. I just checked here and Tuesday they say freezing rain for us. I am definitely not going anywhere that day.

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  7. Harry, if I was tromping around the north Georgia mountain Forrest, and I ran into some old coot, it would seem more natural for him to be named "Muley" rather than "Harry".... ;^D

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  8. Muley Graves is my favorite character from "The Grapes of Wrath" He wouldn't be run off his land, wouldn't cave in to the banksters and the corporations. Of course, he undoubtedly came to a bad end but he had "dignitas" and "gravitas" in his own way.

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  9. Muley, Harry, Hermit....sheesh, I need to take notes. Just call me Stephen and we're good to go. The Grapes of Wrath is one of my all time favorite movies.

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    1. You can't tell the players without a program. I use restricted access blogs instead of email. So, I have one blog with my two brothers, one with my extended family, one with an ever dwindling group of "alte kamaraden" from the the USMC, this blog, one that's a daily journal, and they all have different log on names. This is the only unrestricted access blog I have, so this is the only one that I ever wind up using the wrong "blog name" on. But by now people know I do that. Alas, I think as I get older it will get worse. All the men in my family make it into old age but they all get senile, so that's my ultimate fate unless I get run over by a truck or something. Even if they come up with a cure with the terrible insurance Obama Care forced the state to give teachers in Georgia this year, I won't be able to afford the treatment! ;-)

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  10. I still have to look at a sheet if I take a 1911 down past the non-armorer level we were taught.

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    1. I don't think you really have to take a pistol down to the springs to clean it well. The old rifles, the main problem is that so much is covered by wood, and if you don't get under that and keep it oiled, rust will show up. I have a little tool for polishing almost imperceptible spots of rust off, but I don't like to use it.

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  11. How did you choose the names of your ferrets? I hope they will be doing much better quickly!

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    1. Ragnar was originally named Jiggles. When my kids lived in Florida, the gardener found him under a bush, sunburned almost to death. Someone had dumped him off. The gardener brought him to my daughter because she was known in the apartment complex for taking in needy animals. She named him Jiggles, but I renamed him Ragnar when he came to live with me, because he is aggressive and the Alpha ferret.

      Rowena is a sweet little female, so she is named for "The Fair Rowena" in Ivanhoe.

      My two young ferrets , Jet and Spike, already had those names when their owner decided they were too much trouble to care for and gave them to my daughter , so I just kept the names. Ferrets don't recognize names anyway, like a dog does.

      They are doing better now that they have had their implants. I hope they will be completely well soon.

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  12. Harry,


    (captaincrunch)


    Its warming up today, another cold front tomorrow.

    a warming trend will have us in the lower 70's by the end of next week. Don't know when the next artic front will come in (if there is another)
    I think maybe the artic fronts have run out of energy way, way, way up north. Now it will be just pacific fronts that will much more mild. I am still holding to my original prediction of an early spring in my area starting around March first.

    The Spring Break mayhem begins in mid March down here.

    On the Olympics thing. I watched part of the opening at my mothers house since I don't have TV. I wanted to see on the Russian innovation stuff on the Russian propaganda and innovation, if they would have the AK-47 featured.

    Guess not, they chickened out:(

    It was something on a 1000 years of Russian history (really its a 1000 years of alpha males bashing each other and then bashing others, then bashing each other, then bashing others again)

    Russian history in a nutshell.....

    I actually have respect for the Putin and the Russkies. Russia is a country filled with Alpha males. The only way to control Russia is the man on top has to be the biggest alpha of them all and rule with an Iron Fist in order to keep all the other alpha's in line.
    I prefer a Constitution and living in a Republic, but Russia is Russia and they prefer to live the way they do, its their culture. Far as I am concerned, Putin can make himself the new Czar as long as he leaves us alone and stays on his side of the street.
    I despise the fact that we try to 'export our political and social culture" on other countries like our complaining of "human rights abuses" in Russia.

    I don't mean to digress from my topic, but maybe we should start complaining more about what goes on in our own backyard like "Unconstitutional No Knock Raids" be LEO's etc, etc, etc.

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    1. I've never actually met a Russian. There seems to be a lot about them to like, though. I'd trade them Obama for Putin in a heartbeat.

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  13. Harry, my friend, you will have to excuse me as i am tired, just got out of the hottub and am waiting another 5 mins before the lasagna comes out of the oven - yummeh! this one has a layer of meat sauce with mushrooms, riccotta cheese and spinach and then 2 whole pounds of mozzarella on top - deevine! wish you were here to have some!

    so about cleaning weapons - hey - i can field strip and clean an FNC1 with no probs so anything else should probably be a cake walk eh?

    about addresses - one of the THE ORIGINAL THREEPERS sent me my first Rawles book and i was incredibly proud. his only rule - pass it on. since that time at least 15 or 16 other people have got it.

    maybe back in the city i would have been worried about OPSEC and addresses...but since getting here - it's not even something i consider. whether the invaders be from canada, the US, be vampires or zombies...they're all gonna have to get across the canso causeway...and if a couple of my drunk buddies are sitting on the cape breton side of the causeway, holding their great grandfather's single shot 12 gauge - well, i am feeling pretty safe.

    i give my address out to anyone who asks for it - i really like gifts and books and stuff. i even gave my address to captain crunch - bahahahahaha!

    i am glad that Rowena is doing better..and i hope that Ragnar will soon follow her lead!

    much love to you and yours. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, I think we just have an inherent sense of wanting to stay off the skyline here. In my case, as far as my guns go I am pretty much on the Gestapo list anyway, since I have an FFL (federal firearms license) in the form of a Curio and Relic license. That means they have my name and number anyway. I also have a concealed carry permit, have had both these things for years. However, if I didn't have those licenses I would not want for the feds to be able to figure out who I was or where I was. When the day comes, as inevitably it must, that they try to confiscate firearms from citizens, I am not going to give them mine.

      Also I think in Canada you are safe from home invaders, but here if you have a lot of guns it's a really bad idea to advertise your where abouts.

      I think the ferrets will be fine. Tonight they are sleeping on my bed. They like the comforter.

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    2. Kimber,


      (captaincrunch)

      Yeah' what you said about that causeway' Kymber. We got rednecks down here with Barrett .50BMG rifles down here and all kinds of toys that can defend their homes.
      We got welders in the oilfield by the thousands that can 'zombie proof' cars with steel plate and make battering rams out of 'three quarter inch' drill pipe.
      In Texas we have been fighting wars since the early 19th century. We've fought Mexicans, bandits, French, Indians, Union troops, Drug Cartel's, and Nazi U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico (Im probably leaving a few others out)
      What I am trying to say is that we are more used to fighting and shooting than then the people in Montana and Idaho are (Unlike Mexicans, Canadians are too nice and genteel to go raiding cattle and act like "Pancho Villa" invading American territory. On a side note, In South Texas, The King Ranch (800,000 acres) used to have a 'Gatling Gun' mounted on top of its main building and headquarters)
      When Mexican Bandits would invade, rape and pillage, we used to send 'posse's after the bandits into Mexico and we would track down and kill every one of the bandits. Screw their territorial boundries, Mexico still can't control the banditry, one hundred and fifty years later and so we still shoot Mexican nationals every day and sometimes they get executed in Texas prisons.

      One more thing, Kymber. at some future date when I got some big bucks, I will mail you a full size set of "Long Horn Horns" (off a Long Horn Bull) for your house in Canada. I will guarantee that no "wolf or Polar bear" will get within 20 miles of your house ever again.

      Maybe I will send a pair of Horns to Harry too:)

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  14. Harry, make sure you get all you need, heard the ice and snow is coming for Tuesday and Wednesday. I will be around your latitude next weekend, hope the roads are clear when i get there. Also, dont let you truck try to run you over.

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    1. Senior, I saw we have a big storm coming in, three days worth, starting tomorrow. I plan to run into town early in the morning and pick up a few things. We are supposed to have ice Wednesday and Thursday, and unless it gets above freezing it will just sit on most of the roads, you might want to check before you start out. Our capacity for road clearance in North Georgia and Western North Carolina is slim to none.

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