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Vela Von on overwatch as I do gate guard stuff

Vela Von on overwatch as I do gate guard stuff

It ain’t new news. No sir.

I left my PC at the door some months ago simply because I find it most unfortunate we all live in a hive, packed to psychosis with other people. You can read about it here or here or here if ya care.   Like it makes any sorta difference, right?  One old fat man that seldom goes to the Big Town, doesn’t facechat or twitter book and has all of 9 contacts in his NOT-a-Smartphone.   So the ripple my aberrant behavior caused in my small sphere of influence went absolutely unnoticed by 99.99999 percent of most folks in the world.  Besides, most of those 9 important people knew I was already well down that curmudgeonly turnpike.  Gone are the days when you could shit in my pocket;  call it a dime and I would say Thank you sir, may I have another.’

I was running the traps this last week, skimmin’ right along and pickin’ just the tasty bits to drill down on when something caught my eye on one of my regular boards.  Now this is a huge online message forum more or less focused on all things bowling;  I just checked and there are 6597 users visiting there this very minute so they play in the Bigs for sure.

M101A2 military trailer AKA Desert Tan Baby around these parts

M101A2 military trailer AKA Desert Tan Baby around these parts

This picture is what caught my eye – a milsurp M101A2 trailer.  The message thread was tin foil hat flavored with the original poster wanting to explore the efficacy and practicality of a “bug out trailer”.  Certainly not a new subject for me since I helped the Houston Clan acquire one several years back for the express purpose of evacuating the area with their goods if a major hurricane threatened.  They were plenty cheap back then and in the days since delivery the desert tan baby has been happy livin’ at the end of their driveway under a tin roof.

I skimmed through the thread and then went back up to the entry with the pic of the trailer because it was nigglingly familiar.  Pshaw!  I reckon so!  The pic was of MY DTB from a post way back in 2011!  Worser yet the image was hotlinked.

Hotlinking is a term used on the Internet that refers to the practice of displaying an image on a website by linking to the same image on another website, rather than saving a copy of it on the website on which the image will be shown. So, instead of loading picture.jpg on to their own website, a website owner uses a link to the picture as When the hotlinking website is loaded, the image is loaded from the other website, which uses its bandwidth, costing the hotlinked website’s owners money.

Bastards! So I wrote this message in the forum……..

The first pic is MINE.

Please learn what a hotlink is and understand why it is rude behavior. Every time this picture is displayed it costs ME bandwidth which I have to pay for. My blog is not published on one of those cheesey free sites and I would appreciate you not stealing from me, OK?

Vela Von on duty

Vela Von on duty

Thinkin’  I would get some sort of reply like ‘Sorry Bro,  I didn’t know about hotlinking – let me fix it right now.’  I didn’t give it a second thought once I posted my message and I went on about my day.  After all,  we were dealing with a group of mostly adult men who shared my outlook on most things.

Next day, me being a creature of habit and all I logged back into that same same forum and scrolled down to where the new replies were and started readin’ the blowup.  I distinctly remember thinkin’ when I saw the bullies pilin’ on ‘Oh, what fresh hell is this?’

The fella that hotlinked my picture chose to reply with all matter of underlinement and bold red text and such.  It reminded me of a note a sixth grade girl caught fast in daily, life threatening turbo-hormonal drama might pen.  He said this……….


Guess You might consider

(A) maybe letting Google Images know you don’t want the photo hot linked, because that is where it came from. Not your blog, just from a simple image search of typed in M101a2 trailer and this is one of the first images that came up. It showed the cover, which I just wanted the Original Poster how it fit and sealed the trailer.

Also, you might want to consider making your precious blog (or at least the photos) private if you are worried about people “Stealing from You”…

Most of us in the .MIL Vehicle family really enjoy sharing the knowledge and experience we learn with others. Kind of like the shooting fraternity does too…

I’ll be happy to de-link the picture since it offends you so very very much to have it “STOLEN” from You…

Hmmmmmmmm, that message and some more pile-ons basically telling me I was an asshole. I have the scars from the USEnet flamewars back in the ’80s  before Al Gore invented the internet and I know how rough the online game can get when you try to fight the hive. One of the rules learned from back then is you don’t reply immediately when someone throws a gauntlet at your feet. Cogitate on it a bit, let the agitation abate and then go back for a fresh look to see if it is even worth the fight. I decided if I had a hair on my ass, it was time to step up. So these electrons were sent spinnin’ out to the interwebs………..

Thank you sir for removing the link. None of us are made of money. I called you out instead of IM; maybe not the best choice but I will not recant.

The other images in your post are hotlinked as well. I am sure those other folks would be as unappreciative as I was if they were only aware. I regularly read this forum or I would have not known until my bill for hosting came in. Hotlinking is no bueno -ever.

You know what? I am sick and tired of people telling me how I should act or admonish me on proper and correct behavior. I know what polite behavior entails and I know what sharing free information means. I have been writing my “precious” blog for almost 8 years now. It is MY time, MY effort and MY money that puts it online for Google to index and afford you the ability to see the picture you searched for. I have no idea who the .MIL vehicle family is and I am under no obligation to please them or the shooting community by sharing my efforts and then paying the freight for them to do so -all without my approval I might add.

I freely share the copyrighted information on my blog with anyone who has the common courtesy to politely ask permission. I also use Google images at times but I copy the image to my computer and upload it to photobucket for sharing purposes. When available, I give proper credit for the image. That is the way I do it.

What it boils down to is this —

I paid extra money out of my pocket today because of your ‘oops’. Your cavalier and entitled outlook that I should be willing to share just because and it is not really stealing* is just typical of the world we find ourselves in today. You neglected to render the slightest apology for your ‘oops’ and instead chose to offer excuses and then lecture me on polite behavior.

“I hate rude behavior in a man. I won’t tolerate it.” Woodrow Call – Lonesome Dove

*def. stealing – take another person’s property without permission or legal right

Well, there ya go; that is how the cow ate the cabbage — I settled in to see what happened after I kicked the hive. BTW, I had NO one speakin’ positive on my behalf on this dealio. The alignment was definitely against me and it was mighty lonesome.

What happened was it got real,real quiet after I posted that message until the original poster came back with this……..

Well, just IM me what ever you honestly believe I owe to you for your photo being on for a few hours, and I’ll be happy to PayPal you that amount.

Most people make money by having their blog / postings viewed by others, (there seem to be a LOT of commercial ads all over the margins of your blog) so If it is really just for your private viewing, I’m more than a little confused by all those commercial links…

But at this point that is neither here not there. You asked for the link to be removed and it was.

Please let me know what you feel I owe you for the dozen or so extra viewings from this thread, and I’ll settle it for you on PayPal tonight…

Since I was born at night – but not last night; I went back and reviewed the entire exchange from message one just to make sure I was still knowin’ all I know. What I found out was I was dealin’ with a slimy rat bastard bereft of a fair dose of moral integrity. Prior to posting his quasi-apology, he had gone in and edited his original post  in order to remove most of the cheap barbs. Stuff like takin’ out the part where he ridiculed my precious blog and this….  He changed ‘I’ll be happy to de-link the picture since it offends you so very very much to have it “STOLEN” from You…’ to read ‘If you had any “issues”, you could have done the simple man to man thing and just IM’ed me asking for a de-link. ‘

Time to wind this down so I sent …….

Hotlinking drives zero traffic to the blog so none of the ads on there that defray my monthly fees are ever seen. Dead loss on my end.

Pay it forward on the bandwidth.

So why all the blather about some inconsequential thread on a message forum???  Look at the weather vane Bucky.  This all occurred on a decidedly 2A-leaning forum that is very conservative.  I am thinking you would be hard pressed to find many liberals amongst the members. Even so……..

  1.  Information was changed to shift intent and misdirect / misinform the reader when he edited the original message.
  2. The expectation was I should contribute time, money and effort for the greater good.  My contribution was a given and fully rationalized by the socialist hive.  My input and approval was not solicited or even considered.
  3. Long standing definitions were changed to benefit the narrative ie. stealing is not really stealing.

Does any of this sound familiar???   We just went through 600 days of pre-election hype where all 3 items listed above were everyday doin’s.  This rattled me folks since it came from a group I thought respected the same line in the sand as me.   Maybe I really am hopelessly naive and this is the new norm.  God help us all if that be the case.

End Note: Loving County by Charlie Robison from the Life of the Party CD.   Check the youtube for a near fatal serving of Texas – By God – Music.   This ‘un is a fave of both BFF Cait and myself.    Prompted by a screening of the movie Hell or High Water, made me homesick for some West Texas it did.  I mean, the soundtrack features Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Scott Biram, Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver.  Each and every one of which have appeared in an End Note here over the years.


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Things in the Road

Piddlin' ouiside the NO Princess Palace

Piddlin’ outside the NO Princess Palace

It is just sorta the way it goes down here in the Puckerbrush. The weather has been admirable; after all it is my favorite time of the year. A few mornings down into the high 40’s and then quick to warm up to 80 or better. Still shorts and sandals weather for sure. And then this morning, frost on the windshield of the Big Ass Suburban.  BAM!; just like that! No easin’ into it or getting acclimated. It just was.  I got a flowback crew that come in yesterday so I was out and about early for a first-hand wakeup.

It had been the talk of the San Antone local news for a week so I was ready.   I remembered where I had stashed my 2 Broan-NuTone Big Heat Heaters and fished them out.  I have talked about these sturdy little bad boys before.  I reckon one of them has got to be six-seven years old and they still provide adequate heat down into the 30’s for the NO Princess Palace.  Gotta note though that I run one of them on a separate 30amp feed comin’ into the Palace.  On low heat they draw 6amps each so two on the same circuit would be loading things up pretty good on a 30amp travel trailer.

Italian copacolla ready to go into a Foodsaver bag after 2 weeks hanging in the cooler. The dark red color is indicative of cured meat products.

Italian copacolla ready to go into a Foodsaver bag after 2 weeks hanging in the cooler. The dark red color is indicative of cured meat products.

Electric heat is fine and dandy as long as you have plenty of electrons flowing into your RV from a source that won’t break the bank.   Since I have the Winter Adventure coming up in about a month and I know I am going to be off grid at least part of the time I had to shape up on Plan B.  If you are thinkin’ the propane furnace is Plan B you would be wrong – that is Plan C.  A typical recreational vehicle furnace is a propane suckin’ devil and the one I am saddled with is no exception.  Plan B is a Mr. Heater MH9BX Buddy Indoor-Safe Portable Radiant Heater.  I finally managed to wear a Little Buddy heater out 2 winters ago after 5 years of use. It spent its’ last days on life support with a pair of vise grips on the propane valve.  Another one is on the way from Amazon and I will connect it to a 12′ hose that snakes out the utility port and connects to an outside 30-Pound Propane Cylinder . BTW, that is a GOOD price on a 30lb tank considerin’ Amazon Prime will deliver it free to your front step for nada mas.


AT&T Unite Explore hotspot

AT&T Unite Explore hotspot

I have folks pull in here and ask what all the antennas  are for that sprout off the Palace.  A fella gotta have internet, DISH HD and cell phone, right? Way, way back yonder, I had an AT&T Unlimited internet account that was killed by corporate sumbitches and for the last 6 years I have used Millenicom and Verizon for internet and kept AT&T for cell phone  Anybody will tell ya Verizon is not real peachy for rural Texas where AT&T is the undisputed king.  After price increases and frustration with a 1xRTT connection,  I finally had to go back to AT&T for my internet.

Things have changed plenty in 6 years what with smart phones and data plans and the like.  I was able to add an AT&T Unite Explore 815S hotspot and by the time I was done mish moshing the plans, my phone and internet is $5 dollars less a month than before.  On top of that I have a 4G LTE connect here which is about as much different as going from ridin’ a donkey to blastin’ off in the Space Shuttle.  The Unite Explore is all MIL-SPEC too with dust covers and waterproofing so it fits in well with my Panasonic Toughbooks.


Puckerbrush ring tail

Puckerbrush ring tail

This place here is a decent size ranch (20,000 acres) and I see my share of critters crossin’ the lease road.  Bobcats, ‘yotes, a herd of 15 javelinas daily regular, deer, turkeys,quail, rattlers and such.   Vela Von, Hound of the Puckerbrush, and I were finishing up a walk about dusky dark the other evenin’ when she kept turnin’ around to look where we had just come from. Now, to tell the truth, she can be easily diverted – a puff of dust, flyin’ bugs, a rock that might just fit perfect in her mouth etc etc.  So sometimes I just blow it off unless a)  the hackles go up or b) there is some growling action. If she does both at the same same time, you best clear for action ’cause somethin’ is up.  She got more intense and satisfied a)  above and I turned around to see a buzztail almost done crossing the road.  Put another notch on the blackbrush staff – 4 footer, 9 rattles, unremarkable.

The other week I told you about my ghost sheep in the road and it troubled my mind because I know what I saw and at the same time I was disbelievin’ because how could that possibly be so?   I did not mention it to anybody in person because I figured they would think I was on that Jim Beam or nibblin’ peyote buttons and I don’t need none of that scrutiny.  One of the hunting guides here is pretty discrete and it finally bubbled out of me one evening when he pulled up after scoutin’ deer.  He was puzzled as me and he returned the next night for the Rest of the Story.

My resident aoudad. Ain't he the woolly rascal?

My resident aoudad. Ain’t he the woolly rascal?

I wasn’t crazy – it was an aoudad. Story is he started showin’ up on the other side of the ranch a few days ago.  Nobody knows if he just wandered in or if he was dumped because he had foundered (look at his feet in the pic).  I was tickled as punch to know I was right on the beam and not puckerbrush crazy.  I mentioned it to one of the pumpers the next day and he had seen it as well and caught this pic on his iPhone.


Ain’t no secret I am a big fan of Texas Music.  Part of this past week was spent squarin’ up the new Toughbook laptop and Zune music player re: all things music.

Texas Music is different.  Americana, Roots;  all kinda names put on it but it is different in a way you sorta soak up if you are a Texan.  Going all the way back to Bob Wills  it has been thataway.  In Texas,  you can get a rabid cult following and never show up at the CMA awards or on a Nashville Top 10 list.  Robert Earl  Keen is like that.  He is two weeks younger than me and has been doin’ Texas Music since the early 80’s so I guess you can say he really shaped this unique form of artistry.  He did the typical musician thing and defected to Trashville and lasted 2 years.  Nashville don’t care nuthin’ about real music – not then; not now and maybe one day these Texas boys will figger it out.  This past week, REK came out with Robert Earl Keen – Live Dinner Reunion which is just about as good as it will ever  get.  In 1996, REK released a live CD recorded at Floore’s Country Store  (been there with BFF Cait on an EPIC road trip!).  Floore’s is  the same level venue as Gruene Hall or Sons of Hermann if you are knowin’ about Texas Music.  This new album is again live at Floore’s and features the likes of Lyle Lovett, Cody Canada, Cory Morrow and Joe Ely.  Like I said – just about as good as it will ever get.


Been a year now since Tuco the Dog left me and I still get chokey in the back of my throat when I think of that good dog lost.  Vela Von don’t know nuthin’ about that and there never was two dogs more different.  Me and Vela are comin’ up close to a year now that we have never been separated more than a few hours at the time.  I still keep a special little place in my heart where Tuco the Dog will live on.  Vela Von, in her own doggish way, has filled the rest of the massive, lonely void that emptied me out that mornin’ I laid Tuco’s precious blanket wrapped body down in that rocky South Texas dirt.  it t is what it is. don’t make it no easier. not one bit.


Well sir, it bein’ Sunday, that means the cast iron skillet is heatin’ up this very minute for a big breakfast.  Pancakes this mornin’ I reckon along with bacon an’ sausage and maybe a piece of copacolla.  We don’t do gluten free nor vegan. Period.

End Note: I Gotta Go by Robert Earl Keen from the Live Dinner Reunion cd.


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Born Fighting - Makers and Takers

A deplorable in training called Andy with his Granddady

(Sung in a curmudgeonly voice)

My Life chorus by Billy Joel ca.1978

I don’t need you to worry for me cause I’m alright
I don’t want you to tell me it’s time to come home
I don’t care what you say anymore, this is my life
Go ahead with your own life and leave me alone

I never said you had to offer me a second chance
I never said I was a victim of circumstance
I still belong, don’t get me wrong
And you can speak your mind
But not on my time 

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Arrested Development

Texas Desert Bighorn

Headscratcher for sure ………

Last night during our last foray outside before bed,  I saw something down the lease road at the very farthest limit of my floodlights.   This time o’ night I don’t just fall out the door like I am taking out the trash at my house on the corner of Fairyland Drive.  Don’t work like that down here…………..  First off,  Vela Von scoots out and if she doesn’t go into her all teeth and bad bark mode, I figure things are pretty safe for an Ol’ Fat Man to venture out of the NO Princess Palace.  Caution is

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