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

― Frank Herbert

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Sometimes I sits and thinks. And sometimes, I just sits."


Haven't been doing anything noteworthy.  Things in the mountains are fine, and I'm enjoying a few days of just not hustling around trying to do this or that.

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  1. Sometimes the last part is the safer bet.

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    1. That thinking thing can get you in trouble more often than not.

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    2. Harry, buddy - listen to Matt - he knows of what he speaks. he's a troublemaker like that - bahahahahah!

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    3. Oh, I know that. Matt is the only person I ever met, I think, who gets mad faster than I do. He needs to move to a mountain top in the forest. ;-)

      I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and I have been doing things lately that let me enjoy that. Like being a tourist in my own back yard.

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    4. It would have to be arid. I can't tolerate excess humidity and mosquitoes....

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    5. I'm not holding up all that well here myself. I have never, ever had a summer that was so wet and humid. It's playing hell with my cedar log buildings and cedar shake roofs. Not to mention my vehicles, or the cost of keeping air conditioners and dehumidifiers going all the time in the environmentally controlled spaces. The mosquitoes are here too. ;-(

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    6. I used to not sweat the Mosquitoes until I caught something that knocked me flat on my rear several days after being bitten 7 or so times right down the road from where a bunch of horse died from equine encephalitis in 2004 in FL.

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  2. It feels good to have days like that. I was hoping for a calm weekend. I wanted to take the boys to a park. It rained most of the weekend. We did go to my parent's house to watch King Kong. It was my oldest's request. He saw a preview on one of our other movies. I had never seen the whole thing. It was great that we could all sit, and watch it together. Such a sad ending though.

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    1. When I was little I watched the original with my dad several times. I always felt bad when King Kong got shot off the Empire State Building. I was scared of the dinosaurs on Kong Island. Ironic, since I later became very interested in paleontology. I read Roy Chapman Andrew's book, and I still think I would have tried to study paleontology if the Marine Corps hadn't paid for my college.

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  3. Harry - please check your email - there is something there that will make you happy. and drool. please try not to drool too much over my email ok, buddy? much love to you and yours, always.

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Ok. I haven't checked my email in several days, but I will go check it now.

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  4. I hope your weekend was restful and relaxing. I'm still working on the long distance issue we have so I stayed by the phone most of the time. I had my granddaughter here and my husband grilled kabobs. Storms last night caused the weather radio to go off ending any chance of a good night's sleep, but better safe than sorry. I see coffee in my future today at work.

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    1. It's good to hear from you, Kathy. I hope all that gets worked out soon so you can return to your gardening and cooking without anything weighing on your mind.

      Everything is wet here. Wet, soaked, even the forest is not able to absorb the rain anymore and the streams are way up.

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    2. No, not yet. But thank you for your concern. I am limiting info since it involves people other than my immediate family but if you want to know what is going on you can email me. My email address is on my blogger profile.

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  5. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I;ve been surfing now for days. Real sore and I feel water logged.

    Yesterday on the beach down from where we surf. I was starting on my way home when I passed a big pickup truck with a large horse trailer. On the horse trailer was a 'Mexican Flag' with a bunch of Mexicans and horses. On one of the horses there was a short kid, about eight years old or so and the kid looked down at me from that fullsize horse and "flashed me" a gang sign (Flashed me, means show me a gang sign with certain specific hand gestures representing a gang, for those of you who are fortunate not to know what I am talking about)
    I had to laugh, the scene was absurd.

    I wanted to go back and steal their Mexican flag, but whats the point, 25 million and counting every day.

    On a good note; I got to the beach right before dawn (dawn partrolled as we call it) and with the clouds on the Gulf of Mexico, surfing during sunrise was a real treat. The water had shimmering gold highlights from the sunrise on the surface when I paddled out, water temp. about 86 degree's, waves about, waist almost chest high. I got several good rides. What it is like is imagine looking behind you as a waist high wall of water coming in. You start to paddle, lining up parralle to the wave. The wave hits you from behind and picks up the board. You watch to keep the nose of the board from digging in the front. Gotta keep the nose up. All this at the same time, you will start to paddle as hard as you can. The board starts to drop down right in front of the wave and your really hauling ass at this point. This is where you will stand up. If your right handed, you stand up with your left foot out about one foot in front of your right foot (opposite if your left handed) and you can get your balance at this point. All you gotta do is lean left or right to steer the board. if the wave is breaking to your left, you steer to the right. If the wave starts to drop and you slow down, try to walk up to the nose of the board and regain speed and hope you can keep riding up the point where the wave reforms and you can drop in on another wave and ride all the way to the beach.

    Tomorrow will be a "Big Wensday" event with the latest trophical storm evolving off the coast of Mexico. I think they will call it 'Dolly'
    The surf is showing to be eight foot, which means it will have some size and power behind it. I gotta write what its like to take off on a 12 foot wall of water, tomorrow or in a few days.
    By the way, I got a really bad knee injury and lower back injury with a nasty case of Arthritus and the surfing really, really helps. Its all upper body so I don't strain my back or jam my knee. The warm water really soothes the bones too. When winter sets in. I just shut down because of the arthritis. Theres a bunch of guys in their 60's that surf down here. None of them surf in the winter. I know why.

    Harry,

    real fast. On your comment in the previous post's. You said your to the point where all your major events in your life are behind you. I respectfully disagree. You run this blog that many are addicted too. Your a leader of sorts and we listen to your wisdom and experience. Harry' you are much admired and more well liked than you realize. You will have other major events in your life, good and bad. The way I see it, living and surviving is a form of evolution. You have to adapt to survive and be successful.
    You survived a very cold winter this year and you made prep's to survive another rough one by buying propane this summer at discount rates. That's proof that your still surviving and growing.

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    1. CC, Surfing sounds like fun. I might try it if I ever went out in salt water over my ankles, which I don't. Like I told you, flying down the Pensacola beach setting up for the traffic pattern at Whiting, I used to see huge sharks between people and the beach. No thanks!

      All is well here. It's a matter of math on what you've done and what you'll do. If you figure the average life expectancy for a male in this country is 78 and falling, I'm on the backside and spiraling down. That doesn't bother me, not at all. I've always admired the Indians attitude, when they felt like they'd lived long enough they'd do something heroic to inspire the younger men and go out in a blaze of glory. The Greeks always said a man should die on the day he reached his physical peak, since every day after that would be a lesser day.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying life very much. I just cruise along.

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  6. I agree to what the good Captain just said. You are among the one of the wisest men I know. I learned back in JROTC who to respect and who thinks they need to be respected. Enjoy the week, and I look forward to more posts to come.

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    1. Thanks Rob. Everything I know I just learned by doing. And even now, I find people who have better ways of doing something and I copy them. I have no pride of authorship, I just want things to work smoothly.

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  7. Sometimes it is good to just sit. Even though I am on the downward slide, I find myself enjoying this time of my life more than I did when I was young. I think it has something to do with not needing to be one of the rats in the race any more.

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    1. Well, we "seniors" don't have the energy of younger people. And ,if you are like me, you have a lot of aches and pains that make it harder to move around . I am pretty happy at home, although I worry that I'm not keeping pace with the task of keeping everything in good repair. This summer has been so wet and humid, that there's a lot of extra work to be done with cedar log buildings and cedar shake roofs.

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