Care packages – “Aren’t we fancy!” edition

Landlady came up this morning with care packages!

Longtime Reader CH sent something that caused one of my sins to be remembered…


…a whole bunch of .44 Magnum brass, which reminded me that in the Fall I moved all my reloading stuff to that new bench I built early last year and then never set it up. Need to look for a plastic shelving unit at the hardware because that’s what held me up – and this new ammo crisis and the advent of Spring will hopefully get me off my lazy ass and get reloading again. I stopped when I racked up my shoulder but that was years ago and only inertia stops me now.

I think Terrapod sent this…


…and you might be thinking, as I did for a moment, “Why is somebody sending me one shock absorber?” But that enclosed sticker clued me in to what it is, and believe it or not…


…yeah. I could maybe kinda sorta use that. In fact it might the last element in fixing what was for a while an alarming case of death wobble on pavement, which rarely bugs me because the Jeep so rarely sees pavement, but still. That was almost telepathic.

The same package contained a whole set of combination wrenches and some other stuff…


…most of which will also end up permanently in the Jeep, seriously upgrading its complement of tools which have always been a little ad hoc and occasionally embarrassing.

Thanks, guys!

And then I got a completely unexpected package from Ian. Check this out and marvel in frustrated envy…


That, friends and virtual neighbors, is not only a copy of his new book but the fanciest, most limited of limited editions of his new book. I got paid, and pretty handsomely, for being one of its text editors and so of course I possess digital copies of both the text and the galley proofs but a copy of the actual book was not in the agreement; this is just generosity on his part. I’m reluctant to even take it out of its shrink wrap, though of course I’m going to. And then I’ll sew together a nice cover to protect it from the desert dust.

Here’s something I didn’t know about until just now: Look at the attention to detail here…


That’s the included “from the library of” sticker, a nice but mundane touch until you look at the engraving; not only fancy scrollwork but also both sides of – what else – a MAS-36. I wonder who he got to do that?

Thanks, all! Out of the blue, this turned into a significant day.

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15 Responses to Care packages – “Aren’t we fancy!” edition

  1. terrapod says:

    Karnak the magnificent is still with us in spirit.

    That and you are benefiting from an itinerant auction goer who gets pretty good deals for very few pennies. I remembered the condition of the jeep steering from a prior photo you had posted. Just hope it fits. Says it covers a whole series of models but don’t know for sure on yours,.Same goes for tools, I buy them by the bucket load for pennies, then sort and clean them up for use or giving away. .

    That said, having worked for AM General for many years, Jeeps and HUMVEEs tend not to change much where the major frame attached hardware is concerned (ignoring all those modern non-Jeeps with badges and sedan underpinnings)..Have fun with it all. 🙂

  2. Did he write anything special in the book for you? I have that same Kickstarter edition. I’ve no interest in French guns, but Ian is doing such important work I wanted to support him.

  3. terrapod says:

    Like Joel, I have not yet peeled off the shrink wrap on mine. Want to contemplate the work of art for a while before doing so. Copy should have been signed by the author and I intend to put it up on the shelf along with my “History of Winchester” and other similar books that deal in the history of small arms. Having watched Ian many a time on his videos on rare weapons, expect it to be meticulously researched and written.

  4. Joel says:

    CZ: No, this one isn’t signed. I made it into the acknowledgements, though. 🙂

  5. TK421a says:

    Very nice, and yes I’m jealous of you getting a copy of Ian’s book. I’d have ordered one but Ian just too cheap. 🙂

  6. TK421a says:

    I am, not Ian… I hate auto correct.

  7. Jay Ater says:

    If you are having the Death Wobbles in the Jeep be sure to check the upper and lower track bar mounts and the bolts holding it in. 9 times out of 10 that is what’s causing it. The steering dampner will help for a while but it is a bandaid not a cure.

    On TJ (Your Jeep) the lower track bar bolt was slightly undersized from the factory and if not kept tight it will allow the track bar to waller out the hole and no matter how tight you get it it won’t stop it from moving about. Once it starts moving you get the Death Wobbles.

  8. Hoeverse says:

    I like you, Joel, and I’ve followed your blog for years.

    Just don’t pretend you are some kind of self-sufficient hermit living in the desert, because you’re not. Every time you need something you post it on your blog, and… WHAT DO YOU KNOW… it appears.

    Try it without handouts and let us know how it goes.

  9. Q says:

    When has he pretended that?

  10. Doojit says:

    He hasn’t, really, although I did once find it a bit irritating that when Finland’s basic income experiment came to its scheduled end, Joel, like a lot of Americans, tried to spin it as having being embarassingly abandoned as a failure, because “Giving people free money is a bad idea, who knew?”, and I almost made a sarcastic comment of the “Yeah, why don’t these Finns just get free money from their big brothers?” kind.

    But I love this blog, and see nothing wrong with people who want to support it voluntarily sending Joel useful stuff (or the Finns trying basic income!)

  11. coloradohermit says:

    “Try it without handouts and let us know how it goes.”

    I think you’ve missed a major point, Hoeverse. If you were trying to learn something new, you’d happily pay the teacher to impart their knowledge and experience, and that’s a service that Joel provides. If you’ve never attempted to live off-road off-grid, you can’t truly appreciate how much work is involved. As Joel shares his experience, successes and not successes, we each have the opportunity to learn important lessons without the pain of having to figure it out for ourselves.

    Having had the hermit experience for 20 years, although not so minimalist, I assure you that Joel isn’t really getting free handouts. He’s being paid to teach. It’s no more a handout than the paycheck you get for the work you do. And most of the donations and care packages he receives are totally voluntary on the part of his readers, rarely rarely a request for help/raise in his teacher’s pay.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Coloradohermit said it better than I could. Just look back at the thousands of pages of engaging and useful content that Joel has posted over the years, and then imagine how many hours of toil all that took. Joel shares his life and his writing talent freely with the world, some of his readers choose to share in return. That’s how the blog world works!

  13. bill says:

    Coloradohermit says it the way it is from my point of view. I learn all kinds of sh!$ here and though half of what is said from Joel and other posters is over my head (because I am a nurse and not mechanically inclined….well being a nurse is kind of like a mechanic of sorts) I do pick up a lot of interesting things and I do learn. Plus the people who are on this forum are just really cool people!

  14. Q says:

    I think anyone who sends anything probably does it out of solidarity and respect. And out of a desire to live vicariously through Joel.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I personally love the blog. If someone doesn’t like the way Joel runs his life well….. move along..

To the stake with the heretic!