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Thursday, November 3, 2016

On the Home Front

We went to town yesterday.  The TV is squawking about the gas pipeline and all the dreadful ramifications of the new explosion. Even the MSM is running segments on it. But in town, all is well. The initial panic is over, all the gas stations have fuel, and the price even came down. I expected it to go up, but the Walmart gas station is telling everyone they have back up supplies set up, so the Pakistanis that own all the other stations in town except the Ingles can't jack the price up. I am sure they are devastated since they love to really give  their customers a good hosing at every opportunity.


Walmart is also telling people they don't foresee any supply shortages even if the pipeline is down for a couple of weeks. So there is no big crowd there trying to buy "just in case" like there was two months ago when this same thing happened.


Halloween is over.  I have been looking at family blogs and seeing all the fun costumes, and get togethers. I miss that, but your kids grow up and move away.  Living where I do, nobody is going to come by here trick or treating.  But, my wife and I still enjoy remembering when the children were  home and Halloween was a big thing for us then too.


This would have been about 1989.  My wife made my daughter a lizard costume.


She made my son a Punchinello the Clown outfit.

In those days, there were not really any housing developments here, and people were all scattered out. So we would take the kids to the town square, and the merchants would have things for them to "trick or treat."  You didn't have to take your kids candy to the hospital to have it x-rayed, to see if it had pins and razor blades in it back in those times.

Back then she sewed a lot, and made most of the kids clothes. I had a job as an AS-400 mainframe operator at a big sewing plant , working nights. They gave me the bolt ends of the fabric, and we had huge amounts of fabric of all kinds at the house. None of it went to waste.


Still very warm here, the weather is perfect except for the lack of rain. We are going to the lake in a few minutes to walk. 

Other than that, nothing earthshaking to write about.  Lots of people whose blogs I've read for a long time have been taking a break, but some are coming back now and that' s good. I've missed them. 





30 comments:

  1. What a cute costume! We have never had a trick or treater either. We have to drive the kids in to town if they want to trick or treat. I had to work on Halloween this year, but they did do some trick or treating around the campus prior to evening classes, so at least I got to do that with the boys.

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    1. I hate that you have to work, but that's how it is these days. My wife worked, teaching , for 20 years. It's not how it ought to be, maybe things will get better for everybody if Trump wins and the economy does better.

      I'm glad you got to do some trick or treating with the boys. Good memories last a long time.

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  2. We take a tractor, small trailer, and several bales of hay over to the grandkids neighborhood every Halloween. Adults and kids load up for a hay ride, then return for pizza, followed by an hour or so of trick or treating. We man the door to pass out candy, and are quite happy to return home around 9 pm to a nice QUIET House! Great memories are still being made for the next generation...

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    1. I'd enjoy doing something like that. My kids fix up their apartment for Halloween and lots of children come by because it's a nice area and the residents are usually receptive to giving out treats. My son and daughter dress up, and they have no shortage of "props" because my daughter has some snakes and a giant iguana, and a monitor lizard. All big hits with the kids, but it's all look but don't touch!

      Sounds like to me you have a good time, best of both worlds. You get to enjoy the holiday and being with family but don't have all the minutiae to deal with.

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  3. Halloween has only recently become popular here. We didn't have it when our kids were small.

    I agree - so many blogs I follow have gone quiet - sad. But understandable I guess. People just ran out of inspiration / enthusiasm or energy. Pity kymber went quiet - I enjoyed her ramblings...

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    1. You live like we do, way out in the boonies. Can't celebrate Halloween too well without little kids to give treats to. I miss that part of it, we always tried to give the "good" treats, like little candy bars, before we moved up here. After we moved here, nobody could find us....

      Some of the people I enjoy reading are sick. One of them died, and some, like Kymber, have just kind of gone off the loop. I don't know why.

      I look at my blog list and only about 1/3 of the people on it still write frequently. I guess it's a combination of the things you mentioned. People here feel enervated, the political turmoil just drains everyone.

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  4. It was my year to take the boys out. Travis and I switch. That way someone is at home to hand out candy. We give the big kids candy, and little kids snack size bags of pretzels.

    I've been noticing that less and less people participate in Halloween. Here's the thing: 20 to early 30 year olds tend to take their kids out, but leave their light off. I think it's so odd. They like to take, but don't like to give. I notice that too with helping when it comes to school events.

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    1. Part of it is the low birth rate for Caucasians. My parent's had four children and that was not remarkable for the 1950's. My wife and I had two in the 1980's. My own kids, and most of their associates, have no overriding interest in marriage and no interest whatsoever in children. The times are unsettling, the future looks dim, and they have little desire to undertake the responsibility of parenthood under those circumstances.I tell them this is a mistake, that children are the essential part of a strong family relationship. Right now it doesn't resonate with them.
      It may be that the things you noticed about that age group are somehow associated with the idea that it's every man (and woman) for themselves today.

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    2. I know what you mean. Most of my students that are smart, and graduate at the top on their class tend to want to work to pay off their student loan debt and travel to see the world. That's not a bad thing. They don't want to have kids at all.

      More and more drop out because they are pregnant, and feed off of food stamps because they are can't get jobs.

      It's sad really!

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    3. It is sad. When I was younger I used to be very disparaging about anyone who needed public assistance. But having lived a long time now, I know that good people, who work hard, sometimes need some help to get by til things pick up. It's the professional recipients I can't abide.

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  5. i think some web logs are not as frequent because it is harvest and canning time.
    a lot of them are like me, ageing.
    and some have plainly said that the coming police state has caused them to use great caution and are following the Bible's advice; 'the wise man hides himself in time of trouble.'.

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    1. I'm not sure myself what I will do if Clinton takes over the government. I may go off the air myself.

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  6. There are no more kids living on the lake. Guess the young families can't afford to live here anymore. Didn't even buy any candy just in case. I'd have ended up eating it and I don't need it.

    However, I did get to see one of my grandkids in costume in a parade so that was fun.

    Some years costumes have to fit over a snowsuit. :)

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    1. I would not imagine too many people with kids could afford lake homes. Only very well heeled retirees live on our lake.

      It's good you got to see the grandkids all dresses up. Maybe one day I'll have grandchildren. I would sure like that.

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    2. Grandkids are a blast. Should have had them first. :)

      My dad bought property on the lake back in the day. Cost him $4000. People didn't realize the property went all the way to the water so no one was looking at the camp.

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    3. Wish I had bought a little property on our lake when we came here in 86. It was cheap then but I just didn't have the extra cash.

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  7. No gas shortage here in our small town in mid-Tenn. Prices went down with the exception of one station. We had about 70 trick or treaters come by the house, the joy of living in a neighborhood!They were all well behaved, no tricks or toilet papered trees. I have also noticed that many bloggers I used to read are gone, maybe after the election they will come back.

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    1. Hey, it's really good to hear from you. It's been awhile. I'm glad all is going well in Tennessee. You had a lot of people come by the house! Good thing they were all well mannered.

      I think people are getting burned out. Part of it is the election, but as you know, just doing a blog can start to be a real energy consumer.

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  8. We have a gas station in town aptly named the "Iraqi shack". Not long ago he went out of business because he refused to lower his gas prices even one cent below everyone else.

    I'm really sick of Halloween. When the kids got home I asked them for the peanut butter cups. Now I'm paying for it. Time to get back on the treadmill again.

    Politics--Absolutely stunning the news coming out that we have some patriots in the FBI trying to stop shillery. They are calling it a counter-coup. So now we know it wasn't the Russians leaking all this stuff to Wikileaks. It's a few patriots. They deserve a medal. --Troy

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    1. Troy, I think most of our convenience store owners make their real money on Sudafed and Smurfs. They're typical rug merchants, and I try to avoid going to those stations.

      I love peanut butter cups. Like you, I try not to eat them because they do put the weight on you. My wife and I are trying to walk every day, at least a mile and a half. We have one of those "elipitcals" down in the family room for bad weather. She watches tv while she walks on it. I hate it and just try to get through a half hour session if I have to use it.

      I used to have a lot respect for the FBI. I grew up watching "The FBI" with Efram Zimbalist Jr, and they were always the straight up honest guys.

      Then came Bill Clinton and Janet Reno, and the FBI was just a tool for Reno's psychopathic Hitler tantrums. She polluted the FBI and gave the country Waco and Ruby Ridge, Elian Gonzalez and a lot of other black eyes.

      The white wash of Hillary was the frosting on the cake. But I will say, I was impressed that some in the rank and file had the courage to stand up. There must have been one person who was willing to sacrifice their career, because the payback from the FBI Director, who is Lynch's lapdog, will doubtless be severe. I do admire and respect those guys.

      This B.S. with "it's the Russians!" was typical squalid politics. Governments have used that old saw for centuries. If they get caught doing something bad, they blame an outside entity that the people in their country are afraid of. With the MSM in lockstep with Obama and Clinton, it was easy to whip up anti-Russian sentiment and obscure the horrendous disclosures of the original emails by distracting the low information voters with a hail of "It's the Russians!"

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    In that pic with your daughter in the lizard custome theres a gold Jeep Cherokee with a town name and phone number on the side.
    If that is okay then disregard this comment.

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    1. That's ok. Those pictures were taken in another county. We went over there because my wife had a good friend who was sewing costumes for her kids, and M went there to help.

      Thanks for the heads up though, I've made that kind of mistake before and I appreciate your backstopping me.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    I read the comment above about mentioning low birth rates of Caucasians.
    I like what you wrote in response pretty much nails it. One thing I have to add is that the desire to live the American dream and the desire for material goods has caused more and more Caucasians not to marry and not have kids.

    Many Caucasians also see a decline in America with fewer resources, higher prices, taxes and inability to achieve the American dream. If a prosperous future is unattainable. Why bother having kids and bringing them into a collapsing western society?
    'Technology and the inability to interact in the real world also another strong reason for a decline in birth rates. 'Quite frankly, sexual intercourse and procreation is not a smartphone app. One cannot order a baby from Amazon.com (at least not yet) with custom features such as blue eyes and Ivy League college aspirations.

    'Being a parent and raising a child is like buying a used car that's in poor shape and restoring it'

    You have to baby it, fix it. Spend lots of money (and time) on it to make it roadworthy and reliable. If you put a whole lot of time and money on it and it really shines. Others will admire it.

    I never had any kids (I guess I was ahead of my time) but from what I have observed, restoring a classic car and having a baby are similar including the expanse of purchase. I know many parents may in incensed at what I wrote but I wrote it with a 'tongue and cheek' humor intent:)

    I also read that you worked with AS-400 system 'Harry. I worked with a few AS-400 systems years ago. Good old reliable UNIX. Damn near hackproof. Easy to maintain, used etc. The advent of file servers and networks were the death of AS-400's.

    On Kymber, she's still out there ghosting I think. I saw one person from her island on youtube on a chat and I inquired 'carefully' to see if it was her and it was not. It is getting cold up there so maybe Kymber and her husband have hibernated in a cave for the long winter ahead:)

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    1. I'm glad we had our kids, and they are well and truly the focus of our lives. But, if I had to make that decision today, I am not sure I would have kids. Not because of the expense, which as you point out is truly horrific. It's more because of how bad things have gotten in the country, and how bleak the prospects are for everyone going forward.

      The AS-400 was an interesting machine. I was going back to school then (to get the rest of my VA benefits before the old "Vietnam Era" plan was replaced with a far less generous one. So I went to the college days and worked at the sewing plant nights. It was rough but we needed the money. The AS400 is a museum piece now, as you noted.

      I am not sure why Kymber isn't blogging much anymore. Maybe they just got worn out. It's not all that easy. You get people who want to argue, you get trolls, and you have to make decisions every single day about how to run the thing, what to write. You get tons of emails from people who don't want to make comments because they are in "silent running" mode, and you have to answer those individually.

      Maybe they just want to rest. I know Sandy took several months off and said she felt a lot better when she started back up.

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  11. I was on good terms with a cutting room where they gave me more than I paid for. Thanks to NAFTA, the sewing industry is gone here. Sad.

    I thought someone was adjusting a blue-checked tablecloth. finally, I saw the child. Cute costumes. I made all my children's costumes, too. I miss little kids in the house and Halloween.
    pparsimony

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    1. There were many, many sewing plants in North Georgia. It was a mainstay of the economy. Within a year of NAFTA, only Warren Featherbone was still in business and they were gone in a few years. All the old sewing plant buildings are still here, but they have been turned into storage facilities, or workshops, or they are just falling down in ruin. The Warren Featherbone plant, which was huge, is just a bunch of cement slabs with pipes sticking up out of them now. They tore it down...

      It was funny to watch E in her lizard suit. She would leap around like a lizard and do her little claws out. We had so much fun when our kids were little and we were young.

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  12. Down here, we have 'Trunk Or Treat', a gathering of vehicles in a parking lot with open trunks with individuals handing out candy or prizes. Mainly churchs, but some businesses do this as well. A handy way for people of a like feather to get together and visit and have a good time.

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    1. I don't think I've ever heard of that, but it sounds like a great idea. I'm sure our churches here have Halloween parties and the like, but since I'm not a church goer and I stay home on Halloween night, I'm not really certain how they work.

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  13. Harry,

    It's always nice to see all the kiddo's excited and knocking at the door for Halloween. We haven't had kids at our door for years because of where we live, and our kids are all grown as well and on their own. Down the street are these 2 sweet little girls, their family just moved into a home for sale. I went into town and bought 2 pumpkins...filled them with little things for to keep the girls entertained and some candy. Both girls were so happy and surprised.

    People are talking around here about being careful on election day because they don't know what to expect. So were voting, and hunkering down just to play it safe.

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    1. Sandy, it was nice of you to do that for the children. Little things mean so much to little kids. And so many of them have very hard lives.

      I don't think any of us know what may happen tomorrow. I am not expecting it to be a good day. I ordered a Trump sticker on line today for my Jeep. Even if Clinton wins I want everyone to know I do not accept her as President.

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