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  1. I walked into the woods today, and came out with three of the nasty buggers on me! Argh, I hate ticks. Fortunately, I found them before they attached, but my skin's crawling even after a triple-scrub shower. And I had sprayed myself pretty liberally with OFF, too.
  2. Howdy Hodgie, and welcome to the forum. I'm a relatively new comer to Tennessee, having moved here 3 1/2 years ago. My wife and I love it here and are happy that we moved. One thing I'd suggest is checking to see if you can get the health care you need in whatever area you choose to move into. My wife and I have been disappointed in that regard. We have excellent insurance, but still have had some trouble finding doctors that meet our needs. I've never before experienced what seems to be common here; being asked to "apply" to become a patient. But maybe I've just had bad luck in that regard, and fortunately we just need routine health care, nothing too specialized so far. (knock on wood) We're lucky that in our rural neighborhood we have friendly, helpful neighbors, And the government here suits us just fine. I expect to stay here until I die.
  3. There IS that pesky Constitution, though.
  4. My granddad asked me to dig one under a shed for him. Now, if my father had made me dig one I'd have felt terribly misused, but I was happy to show my papaw that I was a hard worker, and I busted my hump for a couple of days to get that hole in the ground. My uncle owns that property now, and on the rare occasions that I go there I make sure to admire "my" root cellar, still there and functioning almost 50 years later.
  5. I can hardly believe I'm gonna write this, but that sounds like a decent deal, and I'd probably buy 5K at that price, too.
  6. I enjoy the beach on a stormy day when cool stuff is being washed ashore. But just to lay there.... nah, I'm bored after 10 minutes.
  7. What did you pay for them? American Reloading sells that brand at $100 / thousand, sold in a 5K unit. I'd be interested to hear how well you like them, fit, reliability, etc.
  8. Do you have any hints that might encourage MY brother to buy a motorcycle for me? Wow, you're a generous fellow! Seriously, great bike, and good luck with the sale.
  9. Some can, sure. But the work that causes callouses and sore backs still must be done. Not everyone can make a living conceptualizing or striking a keyboard. I spent most of my career in a Navy shipyard, and during the last quarter of that career the yard had to start sending new employees to school to teach them how to use basic tools like screwdrivers and wrenches. We old timers came in with those kinds of skills learned from childhood. I also noticed a marked difference, generally speaking, in the work ethic of younger new-hires as compared with people nearing the end of their careers.
  10. I think your age and general condition has a lot to do with recovery. I'm 65 and had my knee scoped last Dec. I played racquetball only a week later and had much less post-game pain, but there was still some. A couple months ago I had injections of Duro-Lane (I think it's called) in both knees, and WOW, what a difference! Pain is all but eliminated now, BUT, the orthopedic surgeon made it clear that the injections aren't a fix and will last only five or six months. Eventually my knees will have to be replaced, but if the injections help me put that off, then I'll keep taking them.
  11. That's a steal, and if it wasn't such a long drive for me I'd snatch it up this afternoon. Somebody is going to get a heckuva deal!
  12. My wife and I both had three shots, and we both caught Covid anyway. Both of us experienced what could be described as flu-like symptoms, pretty similar to what I experienced in reaction to the shots, but of much longer duration. I dunno, maybe it would have been far worse without the vaccine.....
  13. I hope I'm a long way from my death bed, but I am glad I worked a lot of extra hours back when. Working a lot of OT let me retire my mortgage early and build a pretty good nest egg. I was able to retire in my mid 50's while I was still young enough to enjoy it. I'm now debt-free and worry-free, well, mostly worry-free. The politicians keep me worrying a bit. On the other hand, and to support your statement, I knew a lot of people who worked a lot of overtime and spent every penny. There were people I knew who HAD to have OT in order to meet the payment on their fancy truck or their big boat. I never understood that mentality, but hey, it was their time, their money, and their choices.
  14. It's criminal that the US is no longer governed according to the Constitution. You are correct that laws are to be made or rescinded by the congress, NOT by the executive branch, and certainly not by unelected bureaucrats working for the executive branch. I blame the members of congress who long ago passed along their constitutional duty to executive branch departments like BATF, CDC, EPA, etc. The people are supposed to be able to fire those in government who don't respond to our will, but no longer can.
  15. It's been my experience that there are a lot of folks attending those shows who have the same interests as I do. Sometimes you'll find something you like, but if something is desirable to a whole lot of people AND reasonably priced, it's gonna sell quickly. I think some of the collectors pieces, priced like collectors pieces, will sit on the tables waiting for the right buyer, but the buyer looking for a bargain better get there early. If you're interested in an SKS send Fujimo a quick PM and see what his price is. He's a easy man to deal with.
  16. I used to have one of these in my truck for mobile operation. It's an outstanding radio, and whomever buys it is sure to be pleased!
  17. You can actually start out with pretty low expenses for the hardware, but finding primers right now is tough.
  18. I'm loading for a 338 Lapua. I really like Retumbo for this cartridge, and a second choice is H-1000. I've also used Magpro, which is pretty good powder, too. I've not seen any data for military pull-down (or surplus) powder for the Lapua, but it may be out there, and expect that WC860 would work okay.
  19. It's $50 a pound on the Hodgdon site, but good luck finding it there. And $330 for eight pounds. I'd be pretty pleased to find an 8 pound jug at about $330 right now! Powder Valley lists it (out of stock) at $41 pound and $287 for 8#. So maybe $56 isn't so terrible if, as Quovodus says, "you have to have it,"


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