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Just an observation on this warm 3rd of July. By every modern standard, The Sons of Liberty were a Terrorist Cell.....
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The Chieftains most onerous duty. Mary Ellen Meehan, Known as Baroness Elanor the Fair, Patron Saint of House 3 Skulls, passed from this earth today at 10AM. There are no details known to me as yet.


"Bye Ma"....
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Good Bye, Sis. See you on the other side.
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Long,  gun related post again.   Skip if not your thing...

So, a concept that I have ALWAYS adored is that of  "Cowboy Logistics"  For those of you unfamiliar with the phrase, it's owning a hand gun,  and  rifle/carbine in the same caliber for commonality of ammo/ease of logistics. Given unlimited funds, I'd LOVE to  put together  a number of these set ups. Here's what I'd like to own. 

1. U.S. M-1 Carbine -  7 1/2" Ruger Black Hawk  .30 Carbine.

2. U.S. M-1 Carbine - AMT Automag 3 .30 Carbine

3.  Kel-Tec CMR-30 -  Kel-Tec PMR-30  .22 Mag.

4. Excel Arms Carbine -  RIA XT  .22 Mag.

5.  IAI Timberwolf -  Coonan B .357 Mag.

6. Ruger 77/357 -  Chiappa Rhino 50DS  .357 Mag.

7. Marlin 1894 -  7 1/2" Ruger Blackhawk  .357 Mag

8. IAI Timberwolf - Taurus Raging Bull .44 Mag. 

9.  PPs-43 Semi-auto carbine -  CZ-52  7.62x25 Tokarev

There are a WHOLE LOT of other possible combos.  These are just the ones I'D like to put together.  Chime in if there is one you'd always wanted to do. Only rule,  NO SELECT FIRE!!! 
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Ohhh....NICE!!!     I THINK Marlin made the 1894 in .41 Mag for a VERY short time.  I think Taylor may have one......
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Long, Angry, Angsty. If you're tired of me complaining, skip it.

Bunch of random threads. I'm tired. Like physically, and mentally tired. 2 days off a week isn't enough. I'm too fat, and it's made me weak, sick, and exhausted. Every fix never lasts. I've been dizzy, and disoriented for 2 days. NOT Sugar. That's fine. It took me 45 minutes to REMEMBER the word "disoriented" yesterday.

Stress. 14 days of uninterrupted work. All last week short handed and covering for folks not in. A trip to the ER for the wife in the middle. A domestic here that required me to sit waiting for a violent break in with a loaded shot gun. Getting dissed by my family so I missed the memorial service for a beloved relative.

Medical stress. My Cardio was very uncooperative about supplying info. Spent 12 hours with no Food/Drink/Caffein on Friday because I couldn't get them to simply TELL me if the appointment I was suppose to be there for was on or not. When I finally got through, I found out it had been rescheduled for next week, at a different facility. I was so hungry, thirsty, and undermedicated by this point I binge ate and made myself sick. It was not a fun day.

Upside to the rescheduled appointment. It will be the full monty, Echo cardiogram and nuclear stress test. Down side, it will cover part of 2 days, 2 UNPAID days. Unless I can convince the HR guy to burn a sick day for this, it will be a painful hit in the wallot.

Pennsic : In short. I DO NOT WANT TO GO. Linda does. very adamantly. IF I could go for a week, I'd be OK with it. Over the course of a week, I could actually relax. We can only go for 4 days. Fr.Sa.Su.Mo. in the middle. I have no Vacation days left. But that is actually 2 days, because Fr. and Mo. will be spent on set up and tear down, plus driving. We should be saving the time/money for this for the move. But there is SO much more.

I don't LOVE Pennsic anymore. I've been going for 30+ years. I used to go primarily to try and get Laid, Party, hit the merchants, and fight. I don't fight anymore, the merchants have THE SAME shit they have EVERY year, only for MORE money, I don't/can't drink like I used to, and I'm married now. Since the advent of social media, I don't even have the excuse of going to Pennsic to "see" people I only see there. I can chat with most of them any time I want. My age, weight, and health make Pennsic more and more of an ordeal every year. Frankly, I'm kind of ashamed of myself, and don't really want to be around groups of people. ESPECIALLY big groups of people I don't know!! Then there's the drive. It terrifies me. If we loose the van, we are screwed to a degree I can't begin to express. She's an old girl. with A LOT of miles on her. The Problems we had at Pennsic with her last year felt like an Omen or a warning.

I wish to GOD ALL MIGHTY I could find a ride for just Linda.....

Then like all things, there is money. I just had to do something incredibly scary and distasteful. I cashed out our vacation change jar a month early. We usually go a full year, Pennsic to Pennsic. And use that money AT war as spending cash. Prereg caught up to us too fast this year. If we have to prereg, we have to use THAT money. But here's the thing. That change was absolutely THE LAST of anything resembling savings we had. Literally the very last. We have NO emergency money at all now. But wait, it gets worse. There is usually around $250-300 in the jar. There was only about half that. Someone has been hitting it.

That leads to this place. We can't leave yet. We simply have NO OPTION but to stay until the money we are waiting for that we will move on comes in. (I am also terrified to the point of wanting to curl up in a fetal position and die at the prospect of something making that cash NOT appear when we need it) I don't understand how this has happened. We are paying A LOT less in rent than we were at Selden. Bills are about the same. Somehow. we are PROFOUNDLY more broke that we were at Selden. But it's also the living conditions. We NEVER have any privacy. Our Housemates are indifferent to cleanliness. NOTHING will change this. And I'm simply not mentally strong enough to learn to accept this for the 155 remaining days we have left here. The fact that there is at LEAST a light at the end of the tunnel is one of the only things that keeps me from exploding.

But I don't have much hope even for that. The move will make things different, but SO MUCH is going to depend on sheer LUCK, that I have ZERO hope that things will be better.

So, in a few minutes I will begin cleaning the house and doing the dishes. Because seemingly no one else...(Except Linda) gives a shit about it. Because that's how I want to spend my "relaxing weekend" after 14 straight days of work.

We need a real break, we so desperately NEED a real break from this life.
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Hey Folks, Saturday, June 18th,  Linda and I will be holding a yard sale at our place,  49 Lambert Ave. in Mastic from 10AM to  6PM.   (Weather permitting)   If anyone wants to come by and set up a table of their own,  the more the merrier......
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Very sorry for the short notice folks, but I just got in and got the information. 

Mary Ellen's Funeral will be Wednesday at 10 AM At Calverton National Cemetery. 

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So,  PA trip, in Bullet Point Format. (Still Gonna be REALLY long)

> Genuinely, the ONLY traffic problems, out, or back were in NY.  Cross Bronx on the way out, Cross Island/Southern State on the way back.

> Loved the Days Inn.  It was a bit threadbare, a bit shopworn around the edges, and a bit run down, but it was reasonably priced, CLEAN,  the staff was very nice and friendly, the location was perfect,  and they allow pets.  We  met many friendly doggies!!!.  The Pool was good, the Jacuzzi was HEAVEN!!   Linda and I par boiled ourselves each evening.  Oddly the place was CRAWLING with Quebecoire.  Not sure why.   Linda and I were highly amused by the resident  Woodchuck that lived in the topiary in front of the building and made a game of looking for him every time we went out.  Only downers of note, the  "Sumptuous" Continental Breakfast was a bit.....sparse.....and only available from 6-9AM.   Raisin bran 2 days in a  row make for a  "Noisy" Turk.   A bit mind blown by the presence of Cigarette machines in the lobby!!!  

> There were 2 local places that delivered to the hotel.  Both were mediocre.  Italian and Chinese.   (though the cinnamon sticks from the Italian place were REALLY good) 

> Can a PA native PLEASE explain to me what the HELL is up with PA and hair salons?   EVERY TOWN we went through, no matter HOW small,  and even a  few wilderness areas with NO town, have at least 2 hair salons!!!    The HELL PA?  

> Found the fact that the opening day of Trout Season was major news on the TV very amusing.  Found the LITERALLY shoulder to shoulder pack of people whipping every body of running water to a froth a bit disturbing. Found the sheer NUMBER of lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks to fish in VERY intriguing.  

>  We drove almost continually  from sunup to sunset both Saturday and Sunday.   We Probably covered something like 150 miles of roads in a big loop around the hotel.  We hit Gander Mountain,  12 gun shops, 2 ranges,  2 surplus stores,  the Burlington, 2 gas stations,  and  3 restaurants.  We chatted with something on the order of 40 people. We learned a GREAT DEAL of useful, productive info on Housing prices, available work, laws, which areas to AVOID,  local lore. Linda had GOOD success with the local Burlington folks,  and I may have scored a gig as a "Go to guy" on antique fire arms for one of the gun shops.  Once again,  "Our People"  turned out to be a gold mine of info.

> In Re the many gun stores. I can't even recall the names, or locations of the place we hit, but STUFF I remember.   I was a GOOD boy and behaved myself in the face of temptation.  At one place I was sorely tempted by an Izh-18 single shot rifle in 7.62x39 for about $375. I also passed on a used Savage 99F in .308 for $499 at Gander Mountain, I DID however grab a "Work Sharp" , as they were on sale. Also passed on a 28" black Haligan tool for $100. Regretting that one now.  Linda picked up many small items as a way to break the ice in the various stores we hit.  Odd thing, back here in NY the guns shops are lousy with old surplus and used guns. Out in PA it's all new stock, and not many antiques. Prices are about the same. 

> And on the subject of prices, PA gas is about 10 cents a gallon more,  Guns are about the same as NY,  ammo is a bit cheaper.  Apartments and houses are VASTLY cheaper, and restaurants are RIDICULOUSLY cheaper!!! 

> We Looked at, or drove through, Scranton, Eyenon, Archbald, Wyoming,  Carbondale,  Honesdale,  Dickson City,  Pittstown,  Jermyn,  Gouldsboro, Pocono Pines, Clarkes Summit,   and  probably like 5 other towns.  Mostly on smaller 2ndary roads. 

> Observation : NEPA seems to be lousy with Roman Catholic Churches...and Adult stores. 

>  Linda and I stopped in at a rental range on Saturday to play for a bit.  Took out a Sig Sauer P226 in .357 Sig.  Been wanting to sling some lead in that Caliber ever since it came out.  HOT round, really barks!!   But both Linda and I shot pretty damned well for folks as out of practice as we are. 

> We spread Z.E.R.T cards around liberally where we felt they were needed...(grin) 

> LOTS of small restaurants and eateries.  Variety is a bit low, but it certainly is made up for by quantity!!!   We hit an EXCELLENT BBQ joint, and a wonderful Chinese Buffet. 

> As we passed through some of the towns, we noticed TONS of cool, little shops.  Antiques, thrifts, Pickers.  

>At one point, we got a bit lost. (Though Linda's little Kindle proved to be a real trooper as a GPS!!)   We passed a HUGE junkyard, then we passed THE archetype for "The Bad Trailer Park"  Burned out trailers,  cars on blocks,  OLD tired dogs,  Vacant eyed people sitting under awnings, Cig in one hand, beer in the other.  THAT PLACE is officially NOT on the list to move to!!!...(grin) 

>As usual, my wonderful woman was a perfect travel companion, and did a bang up job as navigator....(Even when she got crabby and snapped at me...grin) 

> Only real complaints,  didn't have a good cup of coffee the entire weekend.  Spent a STUPID amount of money.  Like an INSANE amount of money, and don't have anything concrete to show for it.  (It was all on Intangibles/Fungibles, like gas, food, hotel rooms, sundries)  However, the knowledge we gleaned was worth the cost.

>Tons of other images and ideas,  but that's the gist of most of it.  Weather was gorgeous the entire weekend.
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I'm a geek.  LOTS of flavors of geek.  Sci-Fi geek. History geek. Gun geek.  Trivia geek.  Fishing geek,  Nature geek.  Food geek. Philosophy/Religion geek,  Music geek. Book geek,  Blades geek,  Libertarian politics geek,.....all kinds of geek....
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Chieftain of House 3 Skulls
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I fix comercial coffee brewers, and deliver coffee, and coffee related products.
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N. Massapequa NY - Centereach NY - Selden NY
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