Made it to Texas

Miss D. and I are safely in Texas, staying with Old NFO for a couple of nights while we offload our goods into our new home and give our bed a chance to regain its shape.  (It has a memory foam mattress, which had to be folded double to fit into the moving truck.  That won’t hurt it, but it needs a couple of days to ‘remember’ its proper form and regain its shape.) I mean no insult to U-haul and similar companies when I say that, fully loaded and towing a trailer, their big rental trucks have all the

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Made it to Forrest City, Arkansas

Due to a variety of circumstances, we got away from Nashville much later than we’d have liked.  The process was complicated by one of that city’s infamous traffic jams.  I ended up getting off I-40, and circling around on surface streets until I hit Briley Parkway, a ring road running north of the city.  I took it around the top of Nashville and back down the other side to rejoin I-40 well past the traffic snarlup.  From there it was pretty straightforward, albeit a lot slower in the U-haul truck than I’d do in our car. We’re overnighting in Forrest

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We’re on our way

Miss D. and I are on the road, heading for our new home in Texas.  God willing and traffic permitting, we’ll get there late on Saturday.  Please keep us in your prayers for traveling safety. I’ll try to post something from the road, but I’m not sure whether that will be possible.  Look for an update late on Saturday, or on Sunday. Peter

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The death of LaVoy Finicum: what does the video tell us?

Aerial surveillance video has been released of the traffic stop that resulted in the death of LaVoy Finicum and the arrest of several other activists.  If you haven’t yet seen it, here’s a link. I have several problems with the release of this video footage and the reactions to it I’ve so far seen. Why was only aerial footage released?  Surely the vehicles and FBI agents involved in the traffic stop had dash- and body cameras running?  If they didn’t, it was the height of irresponsibility by the authorities, who must undoubtedly have known that such a traffic stop would

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End of a loooooong day

Well, the truck’s loaded, all except for a few things (particularly our bed, in which we’ll spend a last night here before loading it).  U-haul did us proud, and provided a brand-new Ford 26′ truck with less than 3,000 miles on the clock.  It’s a lot more comfortable than other trucks I’ve hired from them, and from other companies in the field.  Tomorrow morning we’ll do a quick donation run to Goodwill with a few items we simply can’t fit into the truck, then head back to U-haul to connect a car trailer to the rent-a-truck and load Miss D.‘s

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Time to load the truck

Miss D. and I have done as much packing and preparation for our move as we can.  It’s not finished yet;  she and I are both partly disabled due to previous injuries, so we simply haven’t been able to accomplish as much as we’d have liked to, but we’ve done our best.  Thankfully, all the most important stuff is out of the way.  What’s left can be put to one side until we’ve loaded everything that’s ready to go.  The rest won’t take more than a few hours to break down, pack up and slide into the truck;  and we

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The Oregon standoff: Let’s not jump to conclusions

Sadly, the activist occupation of a wildlife refuge in Oregon turned deadly last night, with one of the occupiers killed and one injured during a law enforcement traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of the leaders of the group.  Of course, there were immediate claims from ‘eye-witnesses’ that the authorities had ‘murdered’ the dead man by shooting him while his hands were up and he was trying to surrender.  Unfortunately, those ‘eye-witnesses’ were themselves members or supporters of the activist group.  That automatically means that their comments alone, unsupported by any hard evidence, cannot be accepted prima facie as

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Musings on packing

Idle thoughts as Miss D. and I do the final round of packing before loading the truck tomorrow. Why is there always one gun more than there are gun cases/sleeves/rugs to hold them? Why, when I drove my ammunition stocks down to Texas a few weeks ago, am I still finding ammo in odd corners, drawers, nooks and crannies?  I’ve found enough to fill two ammo cans so far.  No, of course I’m not a compulsive ammo hoarder!  Why would you think that?  (Hangs head, shuffles feet.) What do you do with a cat that’s growing steadily more paranoid as

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Doofus Of The Day #877

Today’s award goes to the pilot and/or captain and/or helmsman of the Olga M, a small freighter that recently found herself in the Euripus Strait between the Greek islands of Boeotia and Euboea in the Aegean Sea.  There’s a historic bridge across the strait in the town of Chalcis, of which Wikipedia says: The “Old” or “Low” or “Sliding” Bridge lies across midtown, and can slide away to allow shipping traffic. It is located at the narrowest point of the strait, where it is only 38 m (125 ft) wide. It accommodates two lanes of vehicular traffic. It was originally

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Coming down to the wire

Miss D. and I are finishing up our packing and sorting, getting ready to load the truck (with the help of a couple of hired helpers) on Thursday afternoon.  It’s been a schlep getting everything organized, but I think we’ll be ready in time.  This morning we made a run out to the airport where she keeps her aircraft, and brought home most of the contents of the hangar where she parks it.  (It’ll remain here for a few months until she’s able to arrange hangar space near our new home, when she’ll come back to collect it and fly

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