“Wyrd biõ ful ãræd.”

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bit off more than I could chew.




We went to the gun show closest to us. The traffic was terrible. There was some kind of big bicycle event going on up in the mountains. The police had traffic blocked in several places along the way, and often the road was completely choked with the spandex suit crowd, riding in swarms across both lanes, and happily backing up traffic for miles.




  The  gun show itself was ok but I was pretty worn out from the drive over, I knew the drive back would be worse, so we looked around and then just came home. Anti-climatic but it was foolish of me to have thought I could get to two shows so far apart in one day, especially on a weekend.

So I am home now, and having one of the beers my son left in the ice box when he was here in April. I don't usually drink beer but a cold one is just about right for this moment.  He likes imported beer, so at least it's the good stuff.








Time flies when you're having fun.  


Me  these days

Me, summer of 1973 Fort Benning, Ga.

17 comments:

  1. I always wondered how they made beer over there! I support that flag. You look more dangerous NOW! lol Incidentally, I've done a LOT of reading and believe Lee was, perhaps, the most upright man to ever walk the soil of this nation.

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    1. Georges, he was the epitome of a Christian gentleman. Even his enemies of the day had nothing bad to say about him.We had to wait for modern times for people with absolutely no values at all for slanderous comments against Lee.

      Getting older is tough. I try not to let it bug me but sometimes I have to make allowances for my age.

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  2. Oh, yeah, the bicycle crowd.

    The first time we were in Fort Collins ( a "college town") we noticed them everywhere. My stepson and his wife call them "turtle heads" because they all wear the goofy helmets.

    Makes me wonder how we survived as kids without all this modern "safety" equipment.

    At least they used good lane discipline, and didn't do all the STOOPID sh1t that bicycle riders out here in Kommiefornia do all the time.

    Glad you made it back OK.

    Oh, and thank you for your service!

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    1. The bicycle crowd drives me crazy..our twisting, winding narrow two lane roads are bad enough without having to watch out for bicycles.

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  3. Hey Harry,

    I don't think I could do two gun shows in one day either. On the previous post you left a response to my comment that was brilliant. I never really thought that the new laws are written to protect the minority over the majority. I honestly did not think of it that way. I have concieded that we are living in a system that favors corporations at the expense of citizens, I.E. Obamacare etc. Making new laws to force citizens to purchase products. The corporations make more money and all three branches of government profit through 'kickbacks, stock advice and political donations'
    I should run for the house or the senate so I can be a millionare in a few years.

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    1. You can certainly get rich peddling influence and access. You just have to use a modicum of restraint. I always had a lot of sympathy for Randy Cunningham. He was America's top navy ace in Vietnam. Retired, went into politics and became a U.S. Representative from California. Started accepting "gifts" in return for "favors." When he accepted a yacht from a government contractor he wound up in Club Fed.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      I just saw an article on drudgereport.com on a book that looks interesting called 'Prepper Guns' The writer is a field writer for NRA and he wrote some stuff that may 'ruffle a few feathers' I'd check out the article on drudgereport. It was an interesting read.

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    3. Sounds like a book I should read. Ever since Mel Tappan wrote "survival guns" that's been a big issue of contention.

      I'll look for the book on line. Thanks for the heads up.

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  4. Spandex....shudder. At the truck stop where I used to work the waitresses and I used to dread the spandex dressed men on bikes. There are some things we just didn't need to see!

    I loved the beer commercial!

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  5. Yeah, the outfits are bizarre, to say the least. So are some of the riders. The Japanese make the best commercials. Some of them you couldn't air in America, even in these times.

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  6. Harry, I just noticed you are back (better late than never on my part). Just in time I might add, as I was seriously contemplating going offline forever, moving to Costa Rica, and taking up surfing. --Troy

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    1. Hey, Troy. Do you need a neighbor? I'm still fiddling around with the notion of Costa Rica. Ever so often I look at all the pictures my brothers took on their visits down there, and then I watch the Survivor Man episode filmed in Costa Rica. It sure does look inviting. When I look at what I am paying for medical care here, and at taxes, and at the just generally negative , downhill slide in the U.S. I ask myself "why not?"

      I will stick to beach combing though. It's safer.

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    2. Hey Anon,

      Surfing is the hardest sport ever to master. Be prepared to worked like sock in a washing machine. It looks easy on TV but you can and will get your butt handed to you by mother nature. If you really want to be a surfer and be good at it you gotta have the discipline to stick with like a Marine trying to make it through 'Recon' training or some other kind of special forces training. Anyone who questions what I am saying or has been active duty military or special forces and thinks I am mocking what they went through needs to dedicate themselves to learning how to surf and after they get good, push the limits for better. One thing about surfing, there is no 'Team' to back you up. You are on your own. No coach, no buddies, no back up. You could very well drown out there with a 100 other surfers and no one may notice. Surfing is an individualized sport and that means the drive to succeed has to come from within. That weeds out the 'team players' that need constant drive from others to push them forward.
      Anyone who wishes to argue this with me is welcome to pick up board, bar of wax, leash and attempt to paddle out. The first time your ribs will feel like you got hit with a baseball bat multiple times. Go out the next day, the next day and so on. Keep it up for two years and you will start to get somewhere and get some respect in the lineup. I'm not trying to discourage you. I hope you pull it off. Just get ready to have your ass handed to you and if you can take it. Go back the next day for some more. That first real wave you pull off from a few hundred yards from the beach and ride all the way in will be like savoring victory, pure euphoria, adrenaline. You will feel like your eight years old again riding a bicycle for the first time without training wheels. That wave will be magical and you will remember it.....

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  7. harry, you are younger than i but i have been forced to realize--which my daughter has been telling me for years-- that there will never again be this running around trying to get 20 things done in a day. it is slow and steady wins the race, or at least places or shows.
    it is so difficult to realize- make real- to yourself that you are not the young sprog you used to be.
    look in the mirror for a second. i did it in the rehab place and won't do it soon again- it was a shock to really look.
    i am old. i must live life within the parameters of possibility, which is more circumscribed. it isn't bad but it is do a little less and rest a little more.

    at your age i prescribe one small nap per day, preferably in a hammock. for my age- near 70- i think two or three naps are not unreasonable especially since i have to do the physical rehabilitation exercises to build the strength. i am so easy on myself!
    enjoy your next outing!

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    1. There can't be a soul who, getting older, doesn't look back at the past with some regret or nostalgia. On the whole, I try to look at the good things that even out the bad things. It's really nice not to have to worry about work, and to have more time to spend with my wife. On the other hand, it's not so much fun to have to deal with medical problems, to feel sub par sometimes. The aches and pains aren't that great.

      I try not to think too deeply about it, but I suppose, at least subconsciously I do, because it pops into my mind a lot.

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  8. Harry,

    Sapporo makes a great beer!!!

    You look as if you're going to say go ahead make my day in the picture while holding your drill.

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    1. Sapporo and Kirin beer. Good stuff.

      I remember when that was taken, it was hot, humid and I was working on a tin roof. Not fun! ;-)

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