We have a number of decent FM stations that you can receive in the basin. I spent the late afternoon and evening listening to them while puttering around in my workshop. I took a page from Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged, and changed the frequency whenever a news broadcast came on. Much more relaxing that way. When it starts getting dark out, I switch to AM and start getting some really distant stations. It’s a fun exercise anyone can do with a simple AM/FM radio.
Yep, I used RKBA and gun control tags in this post to lure you in. As a Type 3 FFL holder and owner of a working homestead, I have certain keywords enabled in my blog reader. Its functionality has been all screwed up for the past 24 hours because of all you jackasses who think you have the answers. You had the same answers five years ago, and they didn’t work then, and you had the same answers 25 years ago, and they didn’t work then either. Your answers are wrong.
And with that rant done, I can now attend to the topic at hand. The weekend. You know, those two days out of seven that most people aren’t working their day job.
Go take your family someplace this weekend, and go do something with them. Be grateful that you have them. Life is short.
Here’s a suggestion: http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/
Here’s another one: https://www.doi.gov/blog/20-public-lands-explore-this-winter
Here’s yet another suggestion:
Notice how Edward had directed his armed ire against a guilty (on multiple counts) target that truly deserved it. He wasn’t a ham radio hobbyist, so I’ll give him a pass on not scrounging the useful electronic components out of the infernal device before putting a round though it. Just one word of advice: pop the vacuum seal on the picture tube before shooting at it.
Then go make a blog post about what you did this weekend.
Seriously folks. Turn your computers, tablets, televisions, and other media CONsumption off this weekend, and go do something productive with your family.
I have often talked about the “walled garden” and its role against personal freedom.
I have a friend who is an arch-conservative Republican type. He’s the CIO of a company in downstate New York, about as downstate as you can get before reaching New York City which those of us who are from upstate would rather see become part of New Jersey. Actually, totalitarian statist politics of the five boroughs aside, NYC is a nice place to visit, although I wouldn’t want to live there, or work there again. Even for my good friend Dan who helped me learn how to hack computers, and runs one of Manhattan’s best IT consulting firms that I had the privilege to work for. Dan, BTW is not the CIO I am talking about as he is a moderate Democrat, a CEO, and someone I can talk politics intelligently with despite our occasionally differing viewpoints. But I digress. BTW, Dan if you’re reading this give me a call the next time you’re in Jackson. There’s a few restaurants we gotta drag the wife and kids to try. Now where was I??? Oh yeah.
So my other unnamed friend from New York lives surrounded by “the enemy” a couple towns away from where the Clinton’s place is. He’s got enough money to pretty much pack up and move anywhere, and is a good enough CIO that any company in the US would hire him in a heartbeat. He often asks me about life here, and says he’s jealous that I went and made the move off the East Coast. Yet, when I tell him he too should relocate he comes up with the usual excuses as to why he won’t. I say “won’t” because from a logistical, financial, and employment standpoint he can be out here next week. Instead, he stays in a place where the next disagreement with his neighbor is likely to result in his extensive gun collection (by Eastern standards) being shown on the evening news. For whatever reason he’s decided to stay in this walled garden, a prison of his own making.
For those of you who may in a similar situation, but have that small voice in the back of your head whispering “take the red pill,” I have found a book that might help you along a bit. Of course, ultimately the decision is up to you and you alone, but sometimes a little encouragement proves to be helpful.
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In the meantime, here’s a little number from one of my favorite Rock and Roll bands.
I just finished attending to the pets this evening, and being that it’s after sunset needed some lights to help me out.
Here’s what I grab for when I’m attending to chores after dark.
On top is a Black Diamond LED head lamp I’ve had for a few years. It has a large white LED, two small white LEDs, and two red LEDs. The red LEDs are for preserving night vision. The smaller LEDs provide a modicum of light to work on projects. The large LED is like a spot beam for seeing at a greater distance or for when you need more light up close. I’ve found a headlamp to be essential for working on stuff in the dark because it leaves both hands free.
The bottom light is a small no-name white LED flashlight that was part of a national park adventure kit my wife got for me a couple Christmases ago. It’s bright enough to throw a good beam out about 50 yards or so, and doesn’t eat batteries. (Both these lights use AAA size.) It’s for when you need to throw some light at a greater distance than a headlamp can offer you, and don’t need both hands free. The body is also beveled so you can lay it flat and not have it roll around on you.
I use both lights when working outside after dark. The flashlight is for general navigation and inspection, and if I need to work on something, like untangle a dog, I switch to the headlamp.
All family members possess two working light sources. LED mini-Maglites are inexpensive enough and come in pretty colors that are astheticly pleasing and hard to lose on the ground. The local sporting goods store had nice reasonably-priced headlamps with a single bright LED and a variety of body colors. So, each family member has a headlamp and a mini-Maglite in their kit. Including the 3 year old.
Bright pretty colors are important when you are trying to get daughters into day-to-day self-reliance and preparedness. Not are they more pleasing to their eyes than the “tactical” colors, buy they are also easier to locate when placed on the ground. Different colors also help resolve ownership issues, assuming they have different color preferences. At any rate, the objective here is to get them to start thinking about being prepared and self-reliant, and to equip them with useful and practical tools they will enjoy having and using such as flashlights and pocket knives. If making it look pretty helps that along, make it look pretty.