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WARNING: With temperatures and wind chills this weekend projected to be an adjusted negative 20 degrees fahrenheit, the department of supernatural affairs has issued a class 4 Wendigo alert. Please do not leave your homes after dark. If evening travel is unavoidable, try and remain under tree cover, and avoid areas with clear access to the sky. Practice vertical situational awareness in circumstances that expose you to the clear sky, and never travel alone. This alert is in effect for the entire north east until dawn Monday, where more mild temperatures will render the conditions necessary for a Wendigo manifestation impossible. Thank you for your attention.
For more information on how YOU can avoid unnecessary supernatural threats, please send a self addressed, stamped envelope to D.S.A. Box 777. Pueblo Colorado, 81001.
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NH Trip part 3. Sunday and Monday

> Sunday Morning, we once again arose early.  We didn't have quite as solid a plan for this day as the others,  so, over the "numerous delights" of the "Free Continental Breakfast....siiigh"  We planned the day.  With our agenda set and the help of my wife's hand held device, we soon got on the road for Portsmouth.

> The trip was quick, and smooth.  We love the country up there, it feels very....comfy.  Very familiar, which is ODD for a place I've never been before.  And even in the dead of winter, it just looks less.....somber than the Island.
 We decided to make a small detour before we hit Portsmouth, so we took the bridge north to Kittery Maine.  (thereby adding 2 states, New Hampshire and Maine to the list of places I had not heretofore visited.)  Our goal was the legendary Kittery Trading Post. 

> Great tap dancing Ahura-Mazda on roller skates.   KTP is amazing.   It's better than any Cabellas, Bass Pro Shop, or Gander Mountain I have ever been in.  It was SHEER HELL to be in the place with almost NO discretionary cash!!  The sheer breadth of the assorted firearms on the guns FLOOR was kind of over whelming.  And the prices were GREAT!! And they have EVERYTHING sporting goods related there....EVERYTHING!!!  ALLL THEEE  THINGSSSSS!!!!!  I WILL return there with money next time we are up that way.  I broke down and did a dumb thing, and bought something.  It rankled that I wasn't getting anything for my birthday, so I cut our return margin from thin, to  width of a cell wall thin,  and bought myself  a piece I had been wanting for over a year, a CRKT Mah-Chete.  Happy birthday to me.

>At one point I went down to the fishing floor and  chatted with the counter guy for about 45 minutes.  Gleaned a great deal of info on local work, housing, and, unsurprisingly, fishing.  Unfortunately, this is also where we found out that Linda's card had been hit when she tried to buy a small thing. It was hurtful and irksome,  We spent a bit of time in the parking lot with Linda on the phone to her card company shutting it down and cancelling the hinky transactions.  No fucking Bueno. 

> In a somewhat less joyful mood, we headed back across the river to Portsmouth.  We had decided to just get a feel for the city, so we drove around a bit and ended up at the waterfront where we strolled through a park, and along the docks. Gorgeous day for it.  Just a lovely area. Place was lousy with happy couples and people walking dogs.  I Like the look of the waters there.  Need to do a bit more research about the area though.

>The town itself.... huh.....yeaaah.    The one thing EVERYONE local we talked to told us was "Portsmouth is really nice, but DON'T MOVE THERE, IT'S EXPENSIVE!!!".   Yup.   Wall to wall Hipsters. Trendy shops,  avant guard little restaurants,  art galleries.   All  overlaying  the VERY narrow and strangely laid out confines of a 18th C port town.   NOT our cup of tea, but a nice place to visit. 

>Linda spotted an attraction she wanted to visit, so we navigated  our way over to the U.S.S. Albacore museum.   sadly, we found the place closed for major renovations,  but as the barriers weren't very close together we drove in anyway and looked at the boat. She's an ODD pig boat.  Only one of her class. used to test experimental designs.  Glad we got a look at her.  We got turned around trying to get out, but managed to find the seedy part of town where all the adult stores are!!!   I don't trust ANY town that doesn't have a seedy part. 

>We hit the road west for Manchester after this, and with no real issues, went back to our hotel to kill some time.  We read and watched TV.  The local news channel is very....nice.   Like Really, REALLY NIIICE.   Like a gallon of liquid cane sugar sweet nice.  It was kind of.... disturbing. 

> By and by it was time to head out for dinner.  We went over to a joint called KC's Rib shack,  where in the redoubtable Ross Schacker stood linda and I to dinner.  Excellent BBQ.   A fine feed was had by all, and it was damned good to sit and chew both the literal, and metaphorical fat with an old Bro.  (Whose knitted Monster Hunters Inc,. cap was delightful)
  Eventually,  it was time to go, and after some photos, it was time to head back to our hotel.

>Monday,  after once again partaking of the "Free Continental Breakfast...siiiigh"   we got on the road with little ceremony.  The trip back was uneventful,  and smooth.  The weather was  wonderful,  traffic was light, and we made New London in good time.  We were LITERALLY the last vehicle on the ferry, and I had to park catty corner so they could get the gate closed!!!
  The trip back was a bit choppier than the trip over, but good for all that.  Got to look at an attack boat being built over at Electric boat, and there was a Boomer being serviced at the pier!!   Cool to see. Once we got back to the Island, the ride home was uneventful.

All in all (barring the bad bits)  it was a fruitful, productive, and pleasant 4 days. Linda and I learned a lot about the area, and we have had to concede that NH is neck and neck with PA as a real possibility for a move location.  We're going to check out some spots in PA in about 6 weeks,  but 4 weeks after that, we're going back up and looking at some other town near Manchester, specifically,  Hooksett, Merrimack, and Auburn.  We will most likely make our final decision about where we're relocating to after that.

Scary but exhilarating times.
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NH Trip. Part 2....> Linda and I were up and going fairly early.  The complementary "Continental Breakfast"  only ran from 6 until 10.   Not sure what continent Raisin Bran is from, but there was a lot of it.  And mediocre "Farmers Brothers" Coffee.  (Actually didn't have a decent cuppa all weekend.)   The small lobby was crawling with SCAdians.  Guess the Super 8 is the cheap overflow.  With the assistance of lindas device, we  made it to the Radisson with no issues. 
 
>Birka has grown tremendously. I haven't been there in over 10 years.  Maybe 20!!!   It was mobbed, and crazy, and bustling, but in a very good way.  It was good to be surrounded by fellow SCAdians.  I was pleased to see so many kids!!  And this is a pet friendly event, so there were a number of dogs, and even 2 cats.  One, a  Sphinks kitten,  got my wife squeeeeeing.  Watched the fighting for a bit,  WHAT a brutal meat grinder!!!  Even the light list was a scrum!!...(Damned Northern Region Thugs...grin)  Had fun watching a local cop surrupticiously grab a card of Ice Falcons table after looking his gear over. 

>The star attraction of course was the merchants.  DAMN. Once again, it was PAINFUL to be so damned strapped.  Biggest SCA merchants area outside of Pennsic.  Damn near EVERYTHING for sale.  Fell in love with some of the blades on Ragnarok forges tables.  Got their card, and will be doing some business with them in the future.

>Best part of the merchants area though was all the old friends and clan I ran into, or got to spend time with there.  Ewen, and Ruth,   Patrick, and Rivka,   Pirs and Rosemund,   Scott and Liz,   Jaji, Finnbar,   Wise old Sheik Diablu,  Leo, and Andrew,  Hell, I think I even managed to make up with Drea!!!   I Honestly wish I could have gotten to spend A LOT more time talking with all of them. 

> The time I DID spend though was productive!!  I gleaned a lot of local knowledge, and was introduced to quite a number of recent transplants who gave me quite a lot of very good local info.  Even the guy at the front desk who validated my parking was really helpful!!....(Random Libertarian, but not a free stater)

>Later in the evening,  Jaji took Linda and I out to dinner across the street from the Hotel at the Queens Inn. We were joined by the irrepressible Finbarr.  Good food. EXCELLENT Scotch eggs, and  damned fine bangers and mash.  Many horrid jokes went around,  and a very pleasant evening was had. 

>By now, it was tired, and we were late, so we said our good byes, and after a short but fraught search for the van,  we headed back to the Super 8 wherein we once again collapsed into our comfy bed. 

(There were SERIOUS considerations given to stealing the bed,  but we couldn't afford the penalty fees)
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Going to bullet point this as it's going to be long. Most likely going to break it up into parts.  4 days of musings, and observations, so read at your own risk.

> Lets get the bad stuff out of the way first.  Firstly, there was actually VERY little bad stuff!!!   Amongst the primary issues were my side acting up.  It's not really my back/side, it's actually my stomach, lower left side, under where I sag, which leads me to believe I may be developing a hernia.  Not sure yet what KIND of DR. to even go to for that. The periodic stitches of extreme pain made the weekend A LOT less pleasant than it could have been.  Second, was my wife getting her bank card hit by hackers.  They cleaned her out and she had to cancel it.  We're still not even sure where we used it that they got us.  That leads to the  tertiary issue, which may actually be even with the primary one.  We were  unpleasantly, nerve wrackingly low on funds for the entire weekend.  It seriously cut into our enjoyment and made every decision one of.."Can we afford to do this and still get home?"   I BUSTED MY BALLS to get my taxes done early so as to have access to my refund on time, and it STILL isn't here.    

> The Important stuff. : When we decided to check out NH, it was because it's somewhere I really wanted to see.  I'm incredibly taken by the idea of the Free State Movement. Linda has always been kind of...MEH about the idea, for honestly very reasonable and sensible reasons, so to some degree she was  indulging me by going.  Now that we have gone up there,  NH has gone from a very vague maybe, to  a 50/50 contender with PA.  We BOTH really liked it!!!   And we both agree we could make it work up there. We have changed up our future itinerary a bit.  Instead of the next 3 trips being to PA, we are  going to give PA another go in March, then one more to NH in April.  If we haven't decided one way or the other by then, we'll give one of them one last go.  If we HAVE decided, we may instead use the time and the few vacation days I have left to do a short Pennsic. Either way, PA or NH, we will decide by June.  

> The trip itself:  Friday.  We got up and going in good time. Fast swing by the bank for cash, and a stop for gas, and we were on the road.  The trip out was pleasant.  The weather was gorgeous.  Some of the slow poking MF'ers on North Country we're irritating, but we made the Orient ferry on time and were on the water by 9AM.
  We grabbed some bad Seattles worst coffee and breakfast on the ferry.  The ride across was near glass smooth, and we enjoyed the view.  Nothing interesting to see at Electric boat on the way in sadly.  We docked, disembarked and  toodled along through Conn. 
  Linda had some variety of small, hand held device, possibly her kindle.  To my great surprise and delight, it functions as a GPS, and provided us with good, and reliable directions all weekend.  Kudos to my favorite  Navigator!!
  The trip through Conn, and Mass. were relatively uneventful.  Pretty country once you're out of the cities.  We made one short stop to use the restrooms, and grab a snack in a gas station/C-store in Berlin Mass. Linda thinks this may be where she got hit by hackers. 
  We rolled into town about 1:20.  The Super 8 was pretty strict about no check ins before 2, so as we had noticed  that MANCHESTER FIRING LINE RANGE!!!! was diagonally across the street form the Motel, we decided to head over there to kill time.
  Ohhhh...... oh my......3 of the 4 walls of the warehouse sized building are COVERED in machine guns, submachine guns and automatic rifles..  COVERED!!!   If you can name it, they have one.  WITH the exception of a Lewis gun, they had at LEAST 5 weapons I'd hock an organ to fire there.  They had 2 different 20mm cannons!!!  A Lhati, and a PZB 39!!!   Unfortunately none of them are for rent, as they are a SMALL PART of the owners personal collection!!   The manager referred to then as "Merely the tip of the iceberg!!!".  The place itself is NOT a retail business.  If you want to buy something they direct you to their retail store about 3 miles away. they're strictly a range.  They DO rent firearms though, including full auto,  MUCH cheaper than the place I was in for Matts wedding too!! 
 However, regardless of HOW cheap they were, we could NOT afford to rent any of the guns. It was incredibly frustrating.  We did get to chat with the counter guys, and got our first good shot of local info on the job and housing markets. 

We headed  back to the Motel and checked in.  It's a bit run down, but it's clean and suited our needs.  We're probably going to use it again when we go back up.  A Fun aside.  Apparently the crew of the blog "The Young Turks"  were staying in our hotel in advance of next weeks caucus in NH!!  I don't have any use for the Leftist twats, but some of our friends like them as I under stand it. The staff was friendly, and we checked in with no issues.
 We settled into our room, and then began figuring out our itinerary.  We killed some time, watched a bit of TV, then Linda mapped our route, and we headed into Manchester proper for a dinner meet up.
  We went to a really nice little joint called "Strange Brews."  It's right in the center of the city down the street from City hall.  We had been sent here by some folks on the FSP page as there is a semi regular Friday night meet up for the local Porcupines there.  We told the very nice hostess why we were there, and she said none of them were here yet, but she'd let us know when they came in. Not knowing what the time frame was we ordered.  The food was VERY good, (reasonably priced too!!)  and Linda thoroughly enjoyed her sampler flight of some of the Beers.
 The Free Staters finally showed up, and we moved over to their table and hung out with them for about 4 hours.  We met a good 7-8 very cool, very nice folks!!!   We had a great time talking, and milking them for local knowledge.  Just a really cool, solid bunch of folks.
  Around 10, we headed back to the hotel,  after changing the TV remote for one that worked, we fell into our INSANELY COMFY bed and conked out.

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I recently had my account hacked. They got a grand., Used it to by bitcoin.
Wells Fargo investigated, then replaced the money.
Hope your bank does the same.
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Has anyone tried this method? Thoughts?
You may remember Frank Proctor’s method for achieving a 50/200 yard zero at 10 yards with your AR-15 that was mentioned here a few months ago. I have been putting it to good use. It is a very…
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The term kafkatrapping describes a logical fallacy that is popular within gender feminism, racial politics and other ideologies of victimhood. It occurs when you are accused of a thought crime such as sexism, racism or homophobia. You respond with an honest denial, which is then used as further confirmation of your guilt. You are now trapped in a circular and unfalsifiable argument; no one who is accused can be innocent because the structure of k...
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2016. This is the big year. By this time next year I will have been a resident of a new state, for the FIRST time in my life for over a month!! 11/1/16 the big move begins.
That being said. I am going to become less and less social as this year goes on. Linda and I need to begin focusing on getting our shit squared away. We have A LOT to do between now and November. No more toy buying. No more BS. $ all have to go to necessities. I have 3 things currently on lay-away with cash already down on them that need to be paid off, then NO MORE NEW TOYS.
2 big necessities for this year. A New desk top Computer, and a New Vehicle.
Linda and I will be taking 4 four day weekend recon trips before June. 1 to New Hampshire, 3 to Pennsylvania. We will make our final decision as to precisely where we are moving by June. We want to be in whatever new place we end up by 12/1/16.
It's going to be a busy year.
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I fix comercial coffee brewers, and deliver coffee, and coffee related products.
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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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  • Farmingdale HS
    1983
  • Island Tech. and Drafting
    Digital Electronics, 1990
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