Remember all those big plans I had for my surplus cash, post re-fi? I had all sorts of ideas. New roof! Writer's Shed! A natural gas generator! Then some pistols! But first, I was gonna have a driveway put in. That was definite.
I figured, based on the work a buddy was having done on his and how much he was paying for 3 cars worth, that my out of pocket was going to be around $5,000. If it was $7,500 I'd bite the bullet and just go for it. Then save up more for the next thing on the punch list, always having a significant amount for the next car I'll eventually need to buy.
Well, I got the estimate from the guy.
$22,800. "But it will look SUPER-nice"
If you don't count the new car I bought 11 years ago (never again), I haven't paid $22.8k total for all the cars I've ever owned in my LIFE.
[Update... The contractor may have been thinking on shoehorning into a tiny spot the driveway for 2 vehicles. I only want one. So less retaining walls and whatnot.]
And I was doing so well. I've gone bingo on blog fodder.
Plenty of current events, but they've been done over in other blogs. Usually better than I can do.
Hmmm. MBtGE and I were scouting, AND gathering a passel of bloodsucking parasites for later enjoyment, this past weekend with an eye to maybe doing primitive weapon hunting. I'd have to borrow his blackpoweder muzzleloader, and he would use his crossbow. We have new alternative stand locations, too. One is closer to the house (facing away, tho) so the house smells would mask the hunter smells. And the deer don't seem afraid at all to approach the house.
The muzzleloader has an EOTech scope on it. So even I can use it. I know stuff zeroed by MBtGE shoot to zero for me, too, so no worries there.
At the time of this writing, I am half an hour out of a HOT shower and the bites don't bother me at all. I'd be comfy at work if only they'd let me take a hot shower ever 2 hours.
When we were done scouting deer, MBtGE took out his Glock 21 with a suppressor attached and he fired off a couple rounds. We didn't have hearing protection. That was the point. To see what it sounded like without.
It wasn't quiet. Not at all. It was quite loud. It would wake everyone in a sleeping house. It wasn't loud enough to hurt your ears, but much louder and it would be. I was surprised.
With hearing protection on at the range, it sounds as quiet as the suppressed .22. Not so in person.
How big would the can have to be to make it as quiet as the suppressed .22 for that .45ACP? How much can was the DeLisle?
I got a game camera to play with. It was on sale and what the heck.
In my yard. I want to catch the neighbor throwing crap into my yard. And maybe see the rats. I got rats. Well, my neighbor does. Too much garbage. But they traipse into my yard, too. We used to have feral cats in the neighborhood. I wish we still did.
For a Lefty. $5250, to be exact. On page 22 of the latest American Rifleman. A Left Handed 1911. Everything is reversed. The casings eject to the left, the mag release is on the right, etc. From Cabot Gun Company.
I want to get a custom 1911 some day, but this may be a bit much moneys, even when I have lots.
Plus, there are lots of things on the standard 1911 I like as a lefty. I use my social finger to release the magazine, and that seems to work better than folks that have to use a thumb. About the only thing I don't like is the fact I need an ambidestrous thumb safety.
Still, it's a very nice gun. The grips are beautiful, too. For use, I prefer VZGrips, so those nice burls would be wasted on me.
To do Fast and Furious? Well the same sorta scheme worked against the Black Panthers in the 60s and got more gun control out in California. Then the pretense was for the Cold War and against subversives. Now it is for the War on Drugs and against illegal immigrants.
A stranded American military flight engineer is stuck on the dark continent during a Level 4 outbreak and his evac means fails. So he is trying to get to someplace with a modicum of safety. He ends up with an African soldier who is looking for his son. Together they set out for military base in a rickety vehicle.
The zombies are EVERYWHERE. They are pretty slow at least. Between them they have 2 pistols, an AK, a machete and not enough of anything else. Gas, food, water, ammo.
The West African countryside is practically a character in itself. It seems like a blasted scrubby heath, hot and uninviting. Yet it has a beauty to it. If I were to find myself in such an environment that unfamiliar land would be daunting. Familiar Mid-Atlantic forests and rivers is one thing to be stuck with, but to be there, with all the unfamiliarity, plus the equatorial heat... It gives me shivers.
All the time they are walking in that landscape I am reminded of various safari videos I have watched. It would be ironic to be escaping zombie jaws only to be eaten by a lion.
The gun handling is actually pretty decent. The movie isn't listed in the imfdb, so I can't ID the pistols. Here is pic of the more serious pistol:
The other is a smaller one, .380 or 9mm. Looks kinda Warsaw Pactish. I was thinking Hi-Power for the pistol in the pic, but that trigger guard is the wrong shape and throws me off. Maybe a SIG 220? But that stuff forward of the dustcover doesn't feel right.
You can get the girl (no word on if you can get the boy, too, if that is where your preference runs)
It makes life simpler
There are no more rules
Unlisted reasons why you should love zombie flicks
It's good simulation training. (Should I go down to the basement? No. Should I get a well stocked defensible bunker? Yes. You see the pitfalls of what doing something stupid entails)
It inures you to the horror that is definitely coming (see: Friendships Final Duty)
You won't waste time on center mass shots on Zed, now, will you? Again: the Learning Curve is flattened because of cinema
Remember: You never select a shotgun as your primary anti-zombie firearm. It's great for onesy twosey, but zombies travel in hordes. The reload time is onerous, and the ammo, while effective, is heavy and bulky and short ranged.
So, I re-fied, my house, and I got some decent money saved up that is liquid, I am spending 200 less a month on the mortgage, and am financially stable right now... What to spend my extra money on?
I want off street parking. A driveway would be a luxury AND add to the value of my home. An expenditure, not an expense. Maybe even an investment.
So might a shed in the backyard. Ya know... I always wanted a room out there. An outbuilding I could go to. Like an office. Or a workshop. Or a writer's shed. My grandfather had an office...
Like Roald Dahl had. Or Mark Twain.
Been thinking on this since before my vacation and did the rough draft for this post back in July. I am not the only one thinking on these lines, serendipitously. At least I came upon it independently. Hey, all the cool kids are lusting after small outbuildings, now.
And electrify it so it could have fans and lights and maybe a window shaker AC. Maybe a fridge and a small microwave. With that set up and a cot, I could live in something that looks like a garden shed. Handy in emergencies like after fires or major renovations.
Another thing to spend money on? A new roof. Even considering a metal roof. More practical than a writer's shed...
Same with replacement windows. These, on my house now are all failing. But THIS line item might be the most expensive of the group.
New doors. Strong doors.
A natural gas generator is $5000 installed. As soon as I get one we won't have a power outage for 12 years.
What? No gun? No new gun is burning a hole in my pocket. Custom 1911? Meh. That's an idea. Spares. A 640 #2, a Commander #2. A bolt action .45 with a can like MBtGE is thinking. The single stack XD. Must update the ol' Master List.
The other thing? I have enough saved up now to replace my car with the same, but newer, model, and pay cash. Lotta power in that freedom. Of course if I blow that money on sheds and a roofs... I'll have tapped too much of it. But right now the pile is growing. And $200 extra, per.
On Borepatch's hint, I changes the column width a bit. Much wider and it was less readable. This is the closest compromise I liked. Didja notice? It was trial and error with the template HTML changinging pixels in the body width.
Actual quote from the Contrarian, a work buddy that's been shooting all his life:
"My 10/22 is jamming a lot. Like every other shot. The rounds are pretty scraped up but will go through a second time if I put them back in the mag. I want to grind down the feed ramp to fix that, but need to know a good gunsmith you might recommend. Otherwise... I am pretty handy with a Dremel."
His first thought was to gallop right to the receiver-destroying grinding tool...
I told him not to use a Dremel. Use a full on Angle Grinder! And use that to chop up the cheap 50 round drum mag you are feeding your .22 into.
"How did you know I was using a cheap 50 round after market magazine?"
Oh, I knew. This is not my first rodeo with 10/22 mags. Luckily, MBtGE made all the mistakes in that department for me and I learned from his experience. That said, the new 25-shot Ruger factory mags have worked pretty nicely for me. Him too.
A work buddy's Father In Law died. He is now in charge of dispersing the dangerous firearms. Mother In Law reports to him that "It must be hundreds! He was a nut case! It's a danged arsenal!" Everyone in the family knew it was that bad. Arm a small Central American country bad. So, to me, GOOD!
My work buddy knows nothing about firearms and asked my advice. I told him to send pics of what must be a warehouse full of guns. Don't point the dangerous ends at anything. Don't get your fingers or what not near triggers. And then you'll be as safe as houses.
So what was the haul? Dozens of BARs and Barret .50's?
Nope. A lever gun, a couple deer guns, a shot gun, a .22, a revolver, a Lugar, and a Glock. Ammo. A compound bow. The Father In Law was a hunter, it seems. Even my work buddy is wondering about the fuss other fambly members made over it. But he's been exposed to me and knows not to get excited over sub-JayG numbers of boomsticks.
I'm sure you've noticed the same phenomena. For those unfamiliar with firearms what to us gunnies looks like a very few or a good start looks like holy Hell to the unintiated or to hoplophobes. This is a thing we can calmly change. You don't have to make a shooting enthusiast out of a hoplophobe to make them think that kind of gunsafe is no big deal. I mean, they have an over, a toaster, a microwave, a gas grill, and a George Forman. All those different ways to burn up a piece of beef... Works the same with guns. Different guns for different things.
I can buy an AR lower without issue (the only part the gov't cares about). I'm a good boy, and I pass the NICS check. I can also now make one, buy an 80% kit or with a 3D printer. Eventually, the price will be the same either way, and I'll just go with whichever is most convenient for me. This is not a problem, the constabulary isn't really worried about me as they have many more bigger fish to fry and fret over.
But, with the 3D printers, nefarious types that are prohibitted persons will one day easily be able to do the same and not even have to be that clever to accomplish it. The technology will be as if someone waved a magic wand and turned everyone into a master gunsmith. A world of nothing but gunsmiths.
When that happens, we are back to 1969. NICS checks will be nullified and bypassed. It is up to the individual not to break the law, not the government to watch over him and approve or disapprove all prior-constraint like. Which, I think is a good thing, but that the freedom loving libertarian in me.
But man, Hoplophobes aren't gonna like that at all when they grasp the ramifications. They can't put the genie back in the bottle. What WILL they try to go after instead to short circuit things? Case primers are hard to make on your own. Maybe they will regulate anything that has or is a primer.
I mean is their any hope? Will some say, "oh yeah, Faulkner was a hunt and peck 15 wpm with an error every other word... his poor editor..."
In my wildest fantasies, I am not Faulkner. I am not Tam or Marko or Farmer Frank. THEY are my fantasy. SOME coin coming in from scribblings, but still a day job. And I think that bar is set too high for me. SHEER fantasy.
I wish blogger did images as such that this was legible without embiggenation.
Not me. Keep em coming! When the zombocalypse comes, and the supply chain breaks down, and their Charmin is all squeezed out, THEY will have to let their fingers do the walking. I, on the other hand, have a Sears catalog style facsimile, for wipeys after my morning constitutional. Better than corn cobs.
Aw jeez, this is almost verbatim what my previous post of 3 weeks ago. Got sort of jumbled up I guess in the set up for my 2 weeks out of pocket.
I have to add a bleg for this... Does anyone have a source for correction paper/film? Ko-Rec-Type invented it I believe but doesn't seem to make it anymore. Unless... Wait, this might be it. I'll just have to buy some on spec to know.
You know, typewriters used to be ordinary. Pedestrian. Ubiquitous. Now they are a throwback and people use them for the joy of using them. The novelty AND nostalgia.
Hey that explains a lot about me.
Old tools like a Stanley plane or a Disston saw on workshop bench... no rechargeable drills or tablesaws.
Steam and hit and miss 2-stroke engines.
Browning designed firearms.
Pulp fiction now in the public domain.
All appeal to me, and I am drawn to them. If even to dabble with them, in my mind, from afar. I may never touch a working linotype, or see a working steam train again, or another flying B-17. But I want to.
Maybe I wasn't born too late. Maybe I'd whistfully look to the past no matter what era I found myself.
Hey, that typewriter sure beats buying $15,000 worth of linotype machine I have no place for, huh? Hope that itch stays scratched.
But this is the sort of tool I have now. And love. Look at the size of this benchplane, the #8
The biggest plane Stanley made. You do that to make an board edge absolutely flat. Or as flat as wood can be. What he is doing is flattening the sole of the thing. The flatter the better. Though the old stuff came from the factory pretty flat. Stuff made 30 years ago? Well, lets say to cut costs the quality went down. On some stuff you can SEE that the cast iron is warped a bit.
In my opinion, the plane you get from the 'Sweetheart' era of Stanley tools were the best. That was between the wars. The makers knew what they were doing, and all the features that were going to be invented were invented. If you can see 2 or three patent dates in front of the rear grip on the cast iron, that plane is a Sweetheart (Name after William H. Hart)
Frank said farm animals were mean sumbitzes and you had to have a will of iron, like his dad, to bend them to your bidding. I am SO glad I am not of that generation that had to work the land 100+ years ago. Hard HARD work. We are so lucky, living today.
But. Look at all the modern conveniences available for agricultural professionals in the 1930s! In the 1920s, farming was hard back-breaking work. In the 30s it must have been as easy as falling off a log.
When he was a lad, it might have looked like this. More corn though. He's in Indiana. More corn land than wheat, I think.
[sorry for all these videos. I know some of you are bored to tears with this stuff, but it fascinates me. And I am still out of pocket and can't concentrate on the blog. Thanks for checking. More guns stuff in a week, I am sure.]
Now you could set up your own custom print shop, doing letter press job. There is some demand for such boutique printing like this nice lady does.
I did that sort of monotony with a bottling line way back. It is GAWDAWFUL boring to do that. Automation! That's what I want if I have to make a print run of 100 custom public domain books. I'll get Breda to do the end papers, because those have to be pretty.
Here is how it would look in a professional space.
I worked a Hospital as a janitor for years when I was younger. The hospital had a printshop in the basement. Might as well relegate the ink stained wretches to the basement. It was all photostat stuff, no linotypes, but this video had the flavor of the printshop at my hospital I would walk past many times a day...
"You never select a shotgun as your primary anti-zombie firearm. It's great for onesy twosey, but zombies travel in hordes. The reload time is onerous, and the ammo, while effective, is heavy and bulky and short ranged."
Big Mistake for Her
If Ginsberg had let Scalia put the words "strict scrutiny" in Heller and Hillary said "Gun control is just not going to be a priority for my administration," Hillary would have been elected President.
People I Hit F5 on all day, hoping for more content...
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.