Shinies!

Sorry for the delay here, but this post was going to be really time-consuming…
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So Friday night Landlady fought her way for hours through a snowstorm (not quite) solely for the purpose of delivering to the Secret Lair a ginormous tub of care packages that piled up at the maildrop for the past couple of months. It’s been a sloppy winter.

I’m gonna go ahead and admit that I love getting care packages from readers. It’s not the only reason I maintain the blog, never think that, but it’s a reason.

Many pix below the fold.

Yeah, you've seen this pic. I know I said something about sending canned meat in an earlier post, but I was really only commenting on the cost. You didn't really think I was serious when I said "Don't do that," right? Clearly several people didn't. Also: Granola bars? Yes.

Yeah, you’ve seen this pic. I know I said something about sending canned meat in an earlier post, but I was really only commenting on the cost. You didn’t really think I was serious when I said “Don’t do that,” right? Clearly several people didn’t. Also: Granola bars? Yes.


Somebody sent a swivel and a serious climber's snap link for LB's cable. Really I think that swivel is a little light-duty for LB - who can straighten out a small Quick Link threads and all - but I just replaced the cable and don't want it getting all kinked up too early. I'll probably replace the swivel with something bigger but the snap link will probably work.

Somebody sent a swivel and a serious climber’s snap link for LB’s cable. Really I think that swivel is a little light-duty for LB – who can straighten out a small Quick Link threads and all – but I just replaced the cable and don’t want it getting all kinked up too early. I’ll probably replace the swivel with something bigger but the snap link will probably work.


Speaking of LB, he wishes me to tell you that he likes leather bones. A lot. I don't know why he thinks you need to know that.

Speaking of LB, he wishes me to tell you that he likes leather bones. A lot. I don’t know why he thinks you need to know that.


Books I haven't read before! Yes!

Books I haven’t read before! Yes!


I really can't believe I've gone this long without my own Kill-o-watt. Kept borrowing them from neighbors. Older Brother finally took pity and sent one.

I really can’t believe I’ve gone this long without my own Kill-o-watt. Kept borrowing them from neighbors. Older Brother finally took pity and sent one.


30.06 dies! This will ingratiate me with Weekender Neighbor S, who only has the one rifle...

30.06 dies! This will ingratiate me with Weekender Neighbor S, who only has the one rifle…


Manly hugs and kisses to the person who sent this sign, which immediately found an honored place on the Wall'O'Kitsch. I have wanted one of these for years, but never bought one for myself. Somebody also hit the wishlist and sent me a new sweatshirt, for which I send thanks.

Manly hugs and kisses to the person who sent this sign, which immediately found an honored place on the Wall’O’Kitsch. I have wanted one of these for years, but never bought one for myself. Somebody also hit the wishlist and sent me a new sweatshirt, for which I send thanks.


Storm-proof mega-matches. Okay. Y'know, these are going into the Jeep's permanent kit, where they will serve no purpose whatsoever until the day they save my life at the bottom of a gully or something...

Storm-proof mega-matches. Okay. Y’know, these are going into the Jeep’s permanent kit, where they will serve no purpose whatsoever until the day they save my life at the bottom of a gully or something…


Older Brother sent me two additions to the Lair's 12V lighting. This LED strip will complete the interior coverage by going under a kitchen counter. It's so small I don't even have to move anything around.

Older Brother sent me two additions to the Lair’s 12V lighting. This LED strip will complete the interior coverage by going under a kitchen counter. It’s so small I don’t even have to move anything around.


And he sent me four of these cute little things, on the theory that the Lair needs exterior lighting. Which I must confess, sometimes it kind of does. I'm going to mount two in the front yard, and one inside the powershed to replace the 110V lamp that never has worked right. Don't know what I'll do with the fourth. Something.

And he sent me four of these cute little things, on the theory that the Lair needs exterior lighting. Which I must confess, sometimes it kind of does. I’m going to mount two in the front yard, and one inside the powershed to replace the 110V lamp that never has worked right. Don’t know what I’ll do with the fourth. Something.


Being not all that detail-oriented, I may have left something out and if I did please don’t be offended. And thank you all for such a lovely late Christmas.

Oh, wait…There was something else!

I got the Taurus a present! I've worn out a few speed strips with the old 431, and finally decided that they're just very badly named. Being a late convert to centerfire revolvers, I've gone all this time and never used a speedloader in my whole life but I finally broke down and bought a couple. Assuming they don't turn out too cumbersome on the belt, they really are much faster. Much.

I got the Taurus a present! I’ve worn out a few speed strips with the old 431, and finally decided that they’re just very badly named. Being a late convert to centerfire revolvers, I’ve gone all this time and never used a speedloader in my whole life but I finally broke down and bought a couple. Assuming they don’t turn out too cumbersome on the belt, they really are much faster. Much.


Thanks again, guys. I am loved.

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12 Responses to Shinies!

  1. Claire says:

    Yay, Joel. Thank you for sharing. That was fun! Great bunch of presents.

    And yes, you are loved. Well, at least you’re quite well liked. :-)

  2. MamaLiberty says:

    Great stuff! I love the look on LB’s face with the rawhide bone. Have to believe that Ghost got one too, of course. Laddie loves them as well, but doesn’t get them often. Tends to bind him up, unfortunately. But I buy the little bitty ones at the dollar store sometimes and he doesn’t seem to mind that they don’t last long.

    Those speed loaders look like mine. “Speed” is only relative to how much more time it takes to load the rounds one at a time. Hope I don’t ever need to reload in an emergency situation. Probably have to go right from shooting to beating him over the head with the gun itself – if he’s still in fighting mode, of course. But then, that’s one of the reasons I usually carry the 9mm… 16+1 in the gun, and a spare magazine of 16 more rounds… with a reload taking a tiny fraction of the time for the revolver.

  3. doubletrouble says:

    LB is an exact copy of our late dog, Bear. FWIW, Bear was a black lab/Akita; if I can find a decent pic to scan, I’ll send it along (we had him before digital).

  4. coloradohermit says:

    What an interesting bunch of everything! And plenty of food while you play with all those new toys. Merry Christmas Joel!

  5. Claire says:

    BTW, is that fancy canned butter I see in that foodie photo? Pretty cool gift for somebody who doesn’t have refrigeration. Both ham and pineapple, too. Mmmmmm, beautiful combo.

    I assume you’re doing better on the fruit & veggie front than you were that one horrible winter in the interim lair. But occasionally I still get to wondering whether you’re ever in danger of scurvy.

  6. Joel says:

    Oh, yeah. And if that ham turns out to be actual canned ham and not pressed pork byproducts w/salt, I’m going to have to find some non-pizza recipe incorporating ham and pineapple. Because that is an unnaturally wonderful combination.

  7. Claire says:

    Dak, as I understand it, is somewhere between the holiday ham you’re thinking of and Spam. Not gourmet, but good storage food. And heck, Joel, anything even vaguely hamlike is great with pineapple. Oooooh. And brown sugar. And cloves. Whup up a glaze of brown sugar, spicy mustard, and a little water, heat, top with pineapple. Ooooooooh.

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2012/10/dak-ham-review.html

  8. jed says:

    I don’t know what the load rating is for the double swivel. The next step up is stainless, I think – marine supply. Or maybe bigger, but I admit to being a little dubious about the zinc ones, no matter the size. The load rating for the Metolius carabiner is Major Axis 22 kN, Minor Axis 8 kN. I don’t know the conversion factor for kilo-Newtons to Little Bears, or which axis is which.

    And no, those Newtons aren’t your Fig Newtons. :) Um, according to Google, 22kN equals 4946 pounds. It’s true, a pound is a unit of force, a kilogram is a unit of mass. If you’re really curious: Types of Carabiners and What kN Ratings Mean.

  9. Ben says:

    I’m glad to see that you finally got your “shinies”. According to your counter, you only had one more weekend before the world ends, so everything arrived just in time for you to get a bit of use out of it before the apocalypse. (Apocalypse, I hate it when that happens.)

  10. Mark Matis says:

    Put the other light in the Fortress of Chickentude. Turn it on when you want to roust them out and about.
    }:-]

  11. abnormalist says:

    On the carabiner front, I had a length of 3/8″ braided steel rope for my dog terminated by two 22kn carabiners as a tether for a while. the end on my side was mounted to the house, then the shed, and later lagged into the tree with a 6″ x 3/8″ lag bolt after the dog pulled down the shed, pulled out the door frame, and failed to pull over the tree…

    Eventually she snapped the steel rope, but the biners were able to continue to be used to the next tether.

    On the use of KN conversion, I always thought of it as 1KN was the equivilent to a 200lb static load (1G). 200lb load at 2G works out to 2KN, and so on…. In my case the 50lb dog would have to launch herself at the end of her tether at approx 88G to break the biner, Instead the cable broke at about 57.6 G (which I still thought was impossible for a dog to achieve without breaking her neck… but I was wrong)

  12. MamaLiberty says:

    Oh, this brings back such memories! Long ago we had a big, tough Rottweiler mix who weighed about 140 pounds. (And yes, he needed to be on a diet.) He pulled up deep stakes, pulled down a storage shed and the north side of the porch that ran along the front of the house… basically, everything we tried to attach his cable to… and the cable was an aircraft tiedown! Never had trouble with the cable or the swivel snaps much, but snapping the porch support was the last straw.

    Then we finally realized that he didn’t go anywhere after getting loose… and we just left him loose in the yard after that. House and yard maintenance got a lot easier, for sure.

    I understand why LB can’t be left loose, since he doesn’t have a fenced yard and will get into trouble if he wanders, so I feel for him. Maybe it would be more cost effective in the long run, and make the dog much happier, if a fence could be built. He doesn’t look like much of a jumper.

To the stake with the heretic!