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Thursday, November 24, 2016

190 Miles round trip.

Yesterday we got up really early,  and then headed for a doctor's appointment in Cumming, Ga.  It's on the wrong side of the mountains from us, and a good drive.  When we got down there, the office was all plush and swank. It reminded me more of the lobby of a good London hotel than it did a doctor's office. There was a gourmet coffee bar in the waiting room with everything your heart desired, and a fruit and soda bar with all kinds of exotic drinks.  All gratis.  I knew this guy was going to be expensive.

My wife had her visit with the doctor, who told us that he would have to refer us to another kind of doctor. Of course, we still had to pay his fee but he had two things going for him. One, the good coffee in the waiting room mellowed me out.  Two, all the women working there looked like Victoria's Secret models. They were all so pretty I wondered if this guy had a side business going.  They were really good at pretending they cared about the people coming in. It wouldn't have done me any good to ask why we got referred down here, if we had to now be referred to someone else. Generally   I am a firm believer in being very ugly and unpleasant if I feel like I'm being played.  So this doctor's practice of making you feel like "something special" paid off.

The visit was early, and didn't take long.  So, we went to two big grocery stores. In our town, we have a couple of chain grocery stores but they are pretty small.  Down in Cumming they had a Publix and a Kroger, and nothing would do but that we went and shopped in those. Finally I went out and sat in the car until my wife called me on the cell and told me she was ready for me to come push the buggy out. I usually do that if she is shopping. She did get a lot of nice things to eat and drink that we don't have access to in the mountains, so it was a good deal all around.

Then we went back by Amicolola Falls and had a late lunch. This is a state lodge up on the top of a mountain. It has great views and a good buffet.




You better have good brakes, because otherwise you can get up there but you'll never make it going back down.  

The restaurant has big plate glass windows looking out over the mountains. Since all the land you can see is National Forest, there are no ugly houses or buildings in the view. Just unspoiled mountains and forest. While we were having lunch big hawks were flying by the windows, almost brushing the glass.

This time of year, there are not usually many people at the lodge. There were a great many Japanese and Chinese tourists this time though, which surprised me.  Usually it's almost deserted there in November.  But they have opened a new "zip line" thing where you put on a harness and go zipping through the trees to different tree platforms down the mountain, and that seemed to be doing a land office business.



The falls themselves were not flowing very strongly because of the drought. There is a wooden walkway that goes from the bottom to the top if you are feeling adventurous, but we weren't.


After we left there, we stopped at a couple of stores in small towns on the way back, so my wife could run in. She was willing to go to some gun stores we passed but I was tired and I wanted to get home before dark.  All in all, it was a fun day.

In 1986, Cumming was a farm town. It had one two lane road going North to South, and that was "the highway." It had a couple of feed stores, some little cafe's and shops, and a couple of grocery stores. There was a "Hardy's " burgher place and a "Dairy Queen."

But now Atlanta has swallowed it up. There is a six lane highway going through town. There are massive malls, all kinds of swank doctor and dentist offices, huge grocery stores. We had a little trouble finding the doctor's office and accidentally got into a residential "community" of McMansions. These places all sat on little lots, you could touch the side of your neighbors house from your house. They were all three stories, and all looked fantastically expensive. They were huge. I don't see how people live in a  place like that.



I took some protection down there because we were going to be so far from home.  I have fixed a rifle case on the back of the front seats in the Jeep, until I can figure out something better. That's mainly to stay legal and not have a hassle with Deputy Dog if I get pulled over for something.



I carried my Browning in the shoulder holster,  my SKS paratrooper, and a Mossberg 580 Shotgun.


The Mossberg is not for hunting birds.  It has a heat shield and an extended tube magazine for those situations where being polite doesn't cut the mustard.

The SKS I've mentioned before. Very light, very short (but legal) and 11 rounds of 7.62X39 attitude adjustment ammo.


To tell the truth, by the end of the day I was wishing I hadn't brought the handgun. I have an excellent Jackass Leather Company shoulder rig for it. I've worn it for so many years the leather has faded. But yesterday the cross piece on the holster, which is supposed to distribute the weight across my shoulders, just irked me to death. It kept rubbing.  My wife got me some new khaki "safari" shirts and I half way suspect it had something to do with that, though the shirt itself was really comfortable.



Today we aren't doing anything. We are both worn out, and just taking it easy. I am going to do a little reading and my wife is watching television.  I got her a big soft Indian blanket to get under when she sets up on the couch, so she can be comfortable. The cats like it about as well as she does, so now there are lots of cats keeping her company on the couch.

Thought for the Day:











31 comments:

  1. It was good that you could offset the pick-pocket visit with a little enjoyment on the way home. I hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving.

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  2. I'm getting used to be shuffled from one specialist to another. They can't seem to get a handle on what my wife's problem is. So they order tests, read the test results, send us to another specialist a long way from home, and the cycle repeats itself.

    We will have a good day. I built a fire in the fireplace, she made cookies, and we have all kinds of exotic things to eat and drink that we never see here. Hope your Thanksgiving is a good one too.

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  3. I swear all doctors have a deal set up and the bounce you from one to the next doctor so they can all get a piece of the action and pay for their overhead and all those swanky ladies to make you feel better while you get hosed. Happened to me already.
    Bought a couple inside the waist band leather holsters for the .380 and the Rossi 5 shot for cheap money on Fleabay this week. Also scored a cheap used single shot Rossi in .243 Winchester, with a 23 inch barrel and wooden furniture last night for 120$. I know it is not a tacticool black gun but it appeals to the cheap thrills bottom feeder in me and I did not have anything in that caliber. Need to get a scope, some dies and brass for it now.
    Check your email. Sent you an email last night with a listing for a fellow down your ways selling 4 brand new, un-issued, still in cosmoline Enfield N-4 Mk2 for 500$ ea.

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    1. Nothing wrong with an inexpensive gun.

      I have three of the new Enfield MK 2 rifles that came in about 15 years ago. I bought four, but one was for a friend. I cleaned mine up and they have darkened over the years a bit but a re still in unissued condition. I checked back and I paid $129.00 each for mine. I know the old guns have gone up astronomically, and they are hard to find. This fellow is selling his guns at a very good price for today.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I hope your wife feels better.

    I figure that all these doctors may not know whats going on. Being shuffled around, maybe make arrangements to have your wife go to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. I'm being serious. You got some serious doctors there. I have known people that have gone to the Mayo clinic and it helped them out.

    Get their phone number off the net and give them a call. You got nothing to lose by asking.



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    1. There's a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, also.

      Really nice campus, hotel on the grounds (or you can cheap out and go to a couple next door.) They'll send you a whole bunch of paperwork that points out that they're expensive, and that they'll only charge you what you can afford. Seriously.

      Nice thing about the Mayo program is that they look at the whole body. If your wife goes, she may see up to 4 doctors (each a different specialty) in one day, and then the doctors as a group will give you the results.

      I highly recommend them.

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    2. Oh, and it's in the decent section of Jacksonhell. And you can carry in Florida. Don't know about the hospital, but elsewhere we be cool about guns.

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    3. CC, Minnesota is a long way from here.

      As it happens, my kids lived in Jacksonville, Fl before they moved to the city they live in now, and both my daughter and my wife went to the Jacksonville Mayo clinic. They helped me daughter a lot, but were not able to do much for my wife. I liked the way they did business, though.

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    4. Andrew, M has been to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and we liked it very much. My kids lived in Jacksonville for a couple of years after they came back from Canada.

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    5. This may sound like a stupid question, but have they tested your wife's thyroid? That stupid little organ leads to more miss-diagnoses than anything else. Even if her thyroid values are at 'low-normal' the thyroid could still be acting up.

      Hope you find out what is wrong soon, and that it is fixable.

      Good luck to you and yours.

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    6. Not a stupid question. She does have thyroid problems and takes medication for that. The current issue they can't fix is respiratory.

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  5. Harry,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Sweet Wife.
    I hate going to the doctor for a scheduled appointment to get referred to another doctor. Nothing like having to pay two fee's for 1 diagnoses. Good to hear the trip gave you both an opportunity to shop (for things you don't have close to home) and have a wonderful relaxing lunch together.

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    1. Sandy, we wound up having to go watch my mother in law over the holiday because my sister in law wanted to go to her daughters in Augusta. It was short fuze.

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  6. We are in the same boat when it comes to seeing a doctor. Our local place is a good place to die, but if you want to live, go down the road. When I was a firefighter we had a bad car accident right in front of the hospital. Had to rip the car away from the driver. She kept saying she wanted to go to the hospital 75 miles away, not the one she was in front of.

    If you are lucky they'll put a patch on you and ship you to the good places.

    I've got one more month of insurance and then I'm dropping it again. Prices got too high. Besides, I need the money to pay for the stuff my wife's insurance doesn't cover.

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    1. I see your point. I only keep paying for mine in case one of us gets cancer or something big. It is worthless for anything else.

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  7. love my bhp's. i should carry them more...my mom got shuffled like that for years by ivy league doctors thinking she had neuro problems like ms, lupus etc. then one day she felt bad at lunch in a small town, went to local e-room. old doc walks in, says hey you're having a heart attack, one of many you've had. next day had multi bypass surgery. problem solved. find your wife and old doc or a really new intern. new intern just saved my bosses wife while hot shot docs looked on in awe. good luck.

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    1. I have little faith in the medical profession as a whole. Long on tests , short on results.

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  8. I'm a fairly new gun owner, three years, two guns. I always learn something when I read your blog, be it survival tips or firearms tips. Thanks for that.

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    1. Donna, I'm glad you come by. You never know what you will pick up from some of the people who visit.

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  9. Hey Harry, I read you all the time but rarely remark. Why carry an SKS when you could have an AK with the same ammo but greater capacity and reload capabilities?
    Unbreakable AZ

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    1. Well, I'm only looking at using the weapon from a vehicle. The SKS is very light, very short, and has no extended magazine. The AK-47 is heavier, even without a fully loaded 30 round steel magazine. Also, it's cumbersome, the banana magazine makes it difficult to use in a constricted space. That's why the Russians first came up with an underfolder, and then the Krinkov, because people trying to use the weapons in armored vehicles needed something lighter and shorter than the standard AK-47.

      Since I'm only looking at circumstances like those I ran into in Chattanooga, i.e. people running up to my vehicle with me in it, I don't think a lot of magazine capacity is critical. If I planned on getting out, I'd take the shotgun.

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  10. I hope every things going to be OK.
    You'r wife "was willing to go to some gun stores" SOME and you say "no thanks"....
    I think you should see a Doctor.

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    1. Simon, it's true I don't often pass up a chance to browse around a gun store. That day though, I was running low on energy and it gets dark here by 5:30 because the mountains block out the sunset. I'll catch up next time. ;-)

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  11. I have to ask have you ever read any of Brian Plummer books if you do not know who he is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUhM6ds6ckI (TV Outtakes Richard Whiteley and the Ferret).

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    1. Simon, I haven't as far as I know. I will take a look at the link. Thanks for sending it.

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  12. I used to enjoy long drives but now just a hr drive, I get out and feel like I just drove straight from Fla, no stops. If I stop about 3/4 of the way, I'm good. Just to get out and walk to the rest room and back helps.

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    1. I don't like spending a lot of time in the car anymore. Used to enjoy it but it wears on me now.

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  13. I bet the holster was rubbing a seam of the shirt. I have one that I think was sewn with fishing line.

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    1. Something was not right. I've worn that holster for many years and never had it drag down on the shoulders like it did.

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  14. Sounds like you made the most of your day. I would've been all over that gourmet coffee too!

    I hope you're getting some of this rain!

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    1. Just a little, Lisa. But we will take what we can get. I've been spending a lot of time in doctor and dentist office's lately. This guy's set up made for a nice change.

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