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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Cold and Windy

  

The wind is really blowing this morning. I don't even want to think about what this will do to the fires burning all across this region.


This is what the smoke is like here.  At night, the security lights here on the mountain top, which are red, make it look like a thick red fog.



None of these are getting "put out" and most of them are not contained.



This is the wind condition today. I can't imagine how the fire fighters (and there are now more than 5000 from seven states working these fires) are going to cope. Many of the fires are in wilderness areas, and due to a shortage of helicopters, the fire fighters are having to hike in as much as 16 miles to reach the fires. Atlanta news affiliates are saying they are working 12 to 24 hour shifts without a break.

If you ever have a fire in your area, here's a good web page that will help you keep track of your status. I've not found any government web pages that can touch this guy for information on wild fires.

This is the link:  Wildfires Today


You'd be surprised how interesting this can be if your area is surrounded by wildfires.



Meanwhile, we got the winter dog house built, so they are set up for the cold coming in tonight.


Up until now, everyone has been sleeping on the dog blankets on the front porch. But they need to get in out of the wind starting tonight.









Now that the post election wind down on ammo and firearms purchasing is in full cry, I think the wife and I may load up and make the loop through the small towns in the adjoining counties, to see if there are any specials or good buys. There are lots of little drug stores that sell guns and ammo, and there are two nice gun stores we can run by.





Heads Up:


If , like so many other American men, you've been wanting a Springfield M1903A3 Sarco is selling some that were used in the mini-series, "The Pacific." They want about 900 per rifles. (Revised 2359 Saturday night) It's a great show, based on "Helmet for my Pillow" and "With the Old Breed", if you haven't seen it. It was produced by the same team that did "Band of Brothers."






In the UP AGAINST THE WALL category:

Link: Passengers Boo and Hiss Gold Star Family on flight.

I have to say, I think this country needs a few more ditch digging machines and back hoes to solve this kind of thing. All these people are good for is compost.


A little music:

I notice lots of people put music they like on their blog.  I'm an "old country western" fan, and I like smooth jazz.

Here's a smooth jazz piece from a band called X. At least, as far as I can tell, as they aren't conventional smooth jazz musicians.






And a little song from Dolly Parton.  She's a very nice person, and did you ever see a woman with such great, big , beautiful....... eyes.

31 comments:

  1. Drugs and guns/ The feds must LOVE that combination! - lol

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    1. Well, you know, it's handy for us old folks. We can pick up our prescriptions and our ammo at the same time. ;-)

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  2. Your fires are of serious concern. Conditions are dangerous. Looks like they will spread. Big fires can pop up out of nowhere. I'm sure you are keeping a weather eye out.

    We've been lucky here. Old time Forest Wardens used to call our area the asbestos county. It rarely burns. Even in drought years we tend to be wetter than the rest of the state. It was a dry summer but fall rains have dropped fire danger down to low.

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    1. The power was out here for several hours, and I was a bit concerned we might have had a fire burn the lines, but it came back on and no smoke to be seen or smelt. Probably a tree down on the lines. With no rain for nearly three months the trees are weak.

      I wish our area resembled yours. This is the worst fire season ever. No rain, high winds, low humidity, and now people are setting fires.

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  3. Drugs and guns....who knew! I think this is just the calm before the real storm. Keep buying ammo....it is a commodity like bread and milk. The pavement apes will not go down easy. It is snowing here today....wish I could send some your way to help with the fire situation. We have this stuff most summers here in the west with thousands of firefighters setting up camps in fairgrounds all over. How is your wife's asthma doing with all the smoke? Not a good situation.

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    1. Drugstores selling guns and ammo is something that started about four years ago and has really taken off up here. They carry common chamberings, and usually low end revolvers. The market is the older crowd retiring here or those who spend the summer here. It seems to be a money maker.

      M is having a lot of problems with the smoke. We have tried to go out a few times but since all this started we are spending more time in the house. We have an elliptical we can work out on on the lower level.

      Watched some of the MSM today and they were attacking Trump and Trump supporters tooth and nail. Lots of whiny wimps. Footage of the new Vice President being harangued by some black guy at a performance of "Hamilton" while the crowd of theater goers cheered. If I was Pence and paid $700 for a ticket and got that I would want my money back. No, if anything the barbarian hordes are emboldened and motivated by recent events. But so are the decent people in the country, many of whom have just had enough of the left's B.S.

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    2. If you are really buying things for barter/trade, store what fueled the Age of Exploration. Buy spices, even the cheap ones from the discount bag-em-yourself stores. And salt (had a priest joke that Lot was the richest man in the bible, and the only one who could truly get away with selling his wife.)

      Store them in dark containers, preferably air-sealed or in nitrogen, and they'll stay very fresh.

      Buying them in small containers also makes them better for exchange purposes. But buy the large, bulk spices for yourself, especially if you're curing and sausaging your own food.

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    3. Trump supporters protested outside of "Hamilton" yesterday and today. Not just one or two, more like a bunch (minimum 30.)

      Things are bad when conservatives start protesting.

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    4. Harry, take a look at the Austin Air HEPA filters. They have several models. We have had our for 15 years and I would be dead from asthma attacks with smoke if I did not have this unit. You only have to change the big filter every 5 years. Well worth the investment.

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    5. Andrew, those are all good thoughts. If you have read "Lights Out", "The Deep Winter Trilogy" or Rawle's book on the subject, there are some practical suggestions on the topic in those as well.

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    6. Tewshooz, I'll take a look at those. Our house is just about air tight, but on the other hand, with my wife's respiratory problems that would be a good avenue for me to explore.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    I'm keeping you and your Sweet Wife in my prayers in hopes the surrounding fires are contained and put out so you have no issues. The wind has been picking up here as well, I think the snow storms to the north of us caused these winds.

    We went out early today looking for ammunition for our shotgun. Found some real good deals at the local Academy Store. We needed to pickup another very larger cooler for hunting next week. Our original large cooler final broke down and cracked.

    I like the sound of "X" seemless, never heard of them.
    Dolly is an all time favorite....big eye's and all, LOL!!!!

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    1. I thought that was a good pipe smoking song. I never heard of X either. I subscribe to Pandora, and I listen to the Paul Hardcastle smooth jazz channel. I find a lot of new music I like that way.

      We don't have Academy stores. Sounds like we should. I get most of my ammo on line now, though we sometimes make a swing through the adjacent counties and visit all the nooks and crannies type stores that carry ammo. Murphy, North Carolina has a bunch of small gun stores and sometimes I get a case of this or that at a good price.

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  5. I went to a gun show this morning. There were maybe 10 tables there. Only 4 had guns; 1 was high priced antiques, 1 was high priced private sales (4-5 guns) and of the other 2, 1 was the promoters own table.
    I did get 11 g3 mags for $3 each after figuring the price of admission.

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    1. Sounds like it didn't get off the ground. Sometimes that happens. I have noticed the last couple of years that the old military guns I like haven't been much in evidence at the shows and when I do find once the price is outrageous.

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  6. Thanks for the fire website link. The other day we had a smoke smelling haze in the sky. It was the first time that happened. Then the wind shifted and it cleared again. Serious stuff.

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    1. Doesn't take much to burn down a place in the mountains when it's dry and windy. The rain from the off shore storm the weather people promised never materialized.

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  7. I checked out Sarco. I guess I was thinking the M11903's were in firing condition. But then they would certainly go for far more that $400 wouldn't they?

    Wouldn't it be great if Trump allowed all those Korean M1 Garands back into the country?

    That Jazz totally surprised me. No saxophone. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I went and checked my copy of Firearms News and you are right. The functional guns are the O3A3, listed at $890.00. I couldn't find any standard 1903 rifles in their add.

      Maybe he will. The import licenses had already been issued for the Korean Garands and Carbines,then Hillary got wind of it and cancelled them. There aren't many arms importers left now so I guess we'll have to wait and see.

      There are several channels of smooth jazz on Pandora. I like the Paul Hardcastle channel because it's really more smooth jazz and not traditional jazz, which I'm not fond of. There are several others which are good, Deep Green is a good one.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I read some of the comments above. If Trump imports them Korean M-1 Garands. I may pony up and by one just to piss off a liberal. I also want a Sniper, National Match model. I don't know if I will have the cash for it but I will look into it. I don't collect old rifles so I could use your input. The reason I don't collect is because there is no one to pass the rifles onto when I 'kick the bucket' However just to piss off a batch of libtards, I may buy a Korean M-1 Garand.
    Drugstore and gunstore. Good idea.

    Now I cant watch that video of the crowd giving the Gold Star family hell. That's another example of why I don't think this country will survive much longer. The actors in the multiracial, garbage compactor live action play know as 'Hamilton' are another shiny example of why it maybe good to have a third world war with islam so they can get drafted off to the front lines and used as 'cannon fodder' against the 'combined Islamic horde' One can only dream.

    One other item of note. Theatre owners have some special government tax break that makes them tax exempt evidently the during the first year of a play. That tax break expires next year. Seams to me they are pissing off the hand that feeds them:)
    I would like to see all the government money for the arts, PBS and anything to do with entertainment dropped. 'Entertainment is not a necessity like food, water or energy.
    One day our currency will be useless and at that point the cast of Hamilton will be eating out the dumpsters behind broadway with Bankers and stock brokers. Enjoy the 'bourgeois buffet' out back with the rest of the bums. If your gonna go dumpster diving, make sure you got a way out of the dumpster:)

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    1. CC. the sniper version of the rifle is very rare. The only way I know of to get one of those today is to bid on one at an auction. You can imagine how much that costs.

      I have a Korean import M-1, and it's in pretty good shape. Shoots fine. The furniture was pretty dinged up, and I bought all new wood for it but have never put it on.

      That business with "Hamilton" is even worse than it sounds. When they were auditioning for the play they had several auditions that were closed to white actors. "Persons of Color" only. Bunch of hypocritical shitbirds.

      Those people on that airplane are typical of the Hillary Clinton crowd. Selfish, smug, ignorant and with no thought of anything but themselves. I meant it when I said we'd be a lot better off putting them up against the wall and getting rid of them. I know that isn't practical but they deserve it.

      I feel your anger. I know my hand sweats for my ax handle when I see things like this on the news. They cry out for an attitude adjustment.

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  9. It was pathetic what those passengers did to the military family...and disgusting.

    It was really windy here yesterday too, and cold. Still is this morning, we were going to try and do leaves today, but the wind is back howling again..so I guess I will get on it tomorrow when kids are in school.

    Are you near Franklin, NC? Trying to figure it out if that area has been evacuated, or inundated with smoke just trying to get an idea on if my brother is still living in the campground there..

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    1. Glock Mom, Franklin is a good long ways from us. It might be effected by the big fire burning up near Hayesville, N.C. That's a huge fire, out of control, and Franklin is not far from the area burning. I have been watching the news every morning and evening out of Atlanta, though, and they have not said anything about Franklin.

      I've blown the leaves off the parking pads here twice but it was wasted effort. All this wind had just piled more leaves back up everywhere.

      I agree, those people , I sincerely hope, will get what is coming to them one fine day.

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  10. we are right in the middle of that red flag box in va, with the 30-60 mph wind gusts. came home from grocery run to a bright red glow and smoke two ridges over, maybe three miles. looked to be on the dirt road, probly some a-hole tossed a cig out. anyway, listened for the evac notice but they squashed the fire in short order. that's the only thing that'll cause me to bug out...booing the family, um good thing i won't on that plane. it'd be film at eleven, "deplorable goes psycho on plane".

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    1. glad you didn't get in the fire's path and that they got it out quickly. Those people will get theirs, what goes around comes around.

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  11. oops check that...just went out to the stop and gossip. saw the fire still going. uncontained, they say. lucky its going to pass north of us unless the wind shifts. my situational awareness needs some work, huh?

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    1. That's not good. I thought you were ok but maybe not. Hope it doesn't get near your house. It's hard to be situationally aware about fires, they just spring up and move fast.

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    2. today they say it is entering the mt. pleasant management area and will be "managed" rather than extinguished as no homes are at risk. that said, from higher up i could see several fires at once this afternoon. it would have to get pretty huge to threaten my place as we have several possible breaks between us and there. still i know how eerie it must feel up on your mountain. i need to pack the camper for bugout while i'm off.

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    3. The creeks here are so dried up the fire just jumps them. The roads don't stop the fires because we are knee deep in leaves and the burning leaves just blow across the roads in these winds.

      Fires are so unpredictable in the mountains. I hope we both get through unscathed.

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  12. We may be southern where I am but we don't have any drug/ammo stores. What a combo! They do sale ammo and other hunting supplies (as well as drugs) at Walmart but that's a close as it gets.
    That wildfire site sounds handy. I will bookmark it.

    I did my race this weekend. Windy and cold! I did not stay the full 24 hours. I did thirteen and a lot of that was walking. But I had a really fun time despite the weather and covered a total of 46 miles. Went home to a nice warm house around nine pm. I may do it again next year and hope for better weather and try to break fifty miles.

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    1. I think the combination drugstore-gunstore may be a North Georgia/Western North Carolina phenomenon, because there are so many more old people up here than there are any other age group. I think a lot of the part time residents or people who have just moved up here see people doing open carry, and realize that being armed is socially acceptable. So they go into the drug store to pick up their medication, and they get themselves a pistol and a box of cartridges.

      I'm glad your running evolution was fun and that you didn't get injured. That's a lot of physical stress. It has to be hard on your knees and ankles to run that far. I used to love running but I am way to old for that now. Quiet walks along the river with my wife is my style now.

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