Yesterday, I thought I had a doctors appointment. So I trimmed my beard, my wife trimmed my hair, and I got out a decent pair of khaki shorts and khaki shirt. I usually don't go to such trouble over a trip to town. But when we got to the end of the drive way, I couldn't remember if I was supposed to be there at 1:00 or 1:30. So I asked my wife to check the card in my wallet, and she said that I was right, I was supposed to be there at 1:30. She said that I had the time right but I was two weeks off on the date.
That aggravated me, and I said the card must be wrong. I was sure it was yesterday. But when I called them, they said, no, it was in two weeks. All dressed up and no place to go!
So , we went on into town. I got the new Firearms News Treasury #17 at the grocery store.
I have all 17 of these. They're an annual publication. I've been reading Shotgun News for many, many years. Recently they got all high tech, and started putting out flashy color magazines.
As a result, instead of three a month, now you just get 1 some months and 2 others. Supposedly, once they get all settled down, it will be two a month.
Shotgun News (now Firearms News) is basically a catalog for the firearms user. All the big parts dealers and gun dealers advertise in there, and there are good deals on ammo. Used to be, the big surplus houses advertised too, but now there really aren't any big surplus houses left.
I worked on my tin can trip line rig. I'm putting one all around a much reduced perimeter with my buildings inside. I used to have an electric fence that surrounded the meadow and all the buildings, but it was too much to keep it up. First off, every time we had a big storm, down would come trees and smash it. It was five strands of heavy gauge wire, but wild hogs went through it like butter. I'd come out in the morning, and it would have a section all torn down, with little bristly hog hairs caught in the wire on the insulators. Or, a bear would walk into it, and when he got a shock on his nose he'd instinctively swat the fence and take out all five strands. So the fence has been swallowed up by the woods, and now you can just see some of the yellow insulators on trees once in awhile.
But the trip wire works because it wakes up the dogs, and they wake me up. I use tin cans with marbles in them, and hang them from a piece of trip wire, so mine are not so elaborate as the sketch, but it's the same principle.
You can go to this much trouble if you want to, but I use the system below.
All it has to do is rattle when someone or something walks into it, and the dogs will do the rest. All they have to do is wake me up. This is primarily something you would expect to work at night, but maybe not so much so during the day. One nice thing about it, tin cans are free, the trip wire is just heavy duty cord, so you don't invest a lot in it. And nobody can sue you , like they can if you use some less passive item of equipment. Remember, it's a lot of work to dig a hole deep enough to dispose of the evidence if all you have is a pick ax and a shovel. And if your soil is all hard red clay and flint and roots, it just doesn't bear thinking about. Still, you do get to keep any weapons or equipment you recover...
Obligatory Parody of the Day:
(Warning: Some vulgar thoughts.)