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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Back to what passes for normal

My dad and his new wife are on their way back to Florida. They were here in New Hampshire for a little over two weeks. The first week was all about putting a wedding together. The second week was a bit more relaxed. Good time had by all, but it's nice to have the house to ourselves again.

The next thing on my to do list is to strip down and clean all the firearms we used during the past week. Dad doesn't get out to shoot that often so he took full advantage. I dragged out guns that haven't been shot in years. Good thing I bought .22 ammo when it was $12 - $15 for 500. People thought I was nuts then for buying more than I needed.

Dad's 79, complains he can't see very well and that his hands shake. That may be so, yet he was hitting half dollar sized targets at 75 yards with iron sights. It was all I could do to keep up with him. Perhaps he's mastered the force.

I did miss out on two prime weeks of warm weather. The trailer I'm retrofitting for the Ooze Goose boat got a coat of paint, but not much else got done. During previous boat tests I'd tracked a lot of water in with my wet shoes. Size 14 footwear makes for some big buckets. Today I bailed the rainwater out of the boat and carefully dried it with a towel. Then I rowed out into the lake and checked to see if the boat stayed dry, which it did. My concern was that the water I'd previously tracked in would have hidden any small leaks.

Today I read Scott B. Williams new book Refuge, after the collapse. It's the sequel to Pulse. I really enjoyed Pulse, and it was good to return to where it left off. The new book is better written; he seems to be hitting his fiction stride. Williams is perhaps better known for his nonfiction prepper type books. Refuge held my attention well enough that I read it in a single sitting. The combination of survival situations, conflict, and action involving boats of all sizes and types really held my attention. Can't wait for book 3.

I've a little project that's been in the works since the end of August. When it's wrapped up at the end of the week I'll let everyone know what I've been up to.



  1. I also enjoy reading the Pulse book series. The 2nd book read very quickly for me too - a real page turner.

    It sounds like your Dad misses shooting. That is GREAT shooting for iron sights at that distance - are you sure he is 79 ? :^) He must have enjoyed that a lot.

    1. It was a good read.

      Dad's 79 alright. He's done a lot of shooting over the years. Lot's of crazy impossible shots. Once he shot a duck in the head from a motor canoe with a little .25 automatic. One shot. Shot a lot of grouse with a .50 cal. muzzloader, all head shots. He'd be on the way out of the woods from deer hunting, see a grouse and shoot its head off.

  2. You did good when building the boat, cause it doesn't leak one drop. Aren't you proud? Heck, I would be.