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Fabric of Life - Sad News to Report

A long history of personal protection around my place

Fulltime RVers are a pretty independent lot.  Those that choose to try their hand at oil field gate guarding kick it up a notch further.  It is little wonder then that some of the discussions over in the MyOldRV Gate Guard Forum get ummmmm – lively.  One of the liveliest discussions recently has centered around basic search and seizure rights as an American citizen when your recreational vehicle also happens to be your home.

I am just going to barely touch on all those going’s on here.  Not the time nor the place ; besides that old horse has been beaten thoroughly over on the forum.   It’s funny what things you remember after spending almost six decades livin’.  My earliest remembering of a firearm outside of Gunsmoke  or Have Gun Will Travel on the TV was coming home to my grandparent’s house one night a good piece after dark.  My grandmother put her crochet work down and got up to let us in the house.  On the end table beside her favorite chair was a baby Browning 25 Auto.  That would have been maybe 1962? ’63?.  Sweet Baby Jesus, could it really have been fifty years ago?

#1 grandboy Hank the Tank straps on the iron

Lots of things have changed in fifty years. To be sure, we have experienced some truly wondrous things and some not so good.   Sittin’ here in the quiet pre-dawn, just cogitating on it all;  I just realized I have been responsible  most of my adult life.  Responsible as the head of a household, responsible as the primary wage earner, responsible as the protector, responsible as a role model (!).

Looking back, I guess I shoulda been scared witless but I was just too young and naive to realize it.  I was also too  young and ignorant of history’s wheels inexorably grinding onward to fully realize the quality of life we had back in the day…  and the fact that one day we would stand idly by as it slipped away.

Our quality of life and freedom to pursue a dream started almost 250 years ago.  All those folks who spent those days in Philadelphia drafting our Constitution and the subsequent Bill of Rights  —inalienable rights that shall not be infringed surely never saw this day coming.  They envisioned sovereign States governed by a body of citizen farmers who resided briefly in our Nation’s Capitol.  How in the hell did we end up as slaves in our own country?   Acccck!  Don’t even get me started on that one!

Most all of my adult years have included the presence of a firearm somewhere in the house or on my person — it just gets to be a habit after a time.  I saw gun ownership as neither special or unusual.  A discussion of the various merits of Colt vs Smith and Wesson was as natural as Chevy vs. Ford.  Just the way it was.  WAS?  Did I just subconsciously write that past tense?  Damn amighty, that is a sad slip if there ever was one.

Sad slip but not the sad news to report as stated in the subject line today.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, all firearms in mine and Miss Kathy’s possession  were lost in a recent tragic boating accident.  Details of  said tragic boat accident where all my firearms were lost are much too painful and grisly to relate at this time.  Miss K is experiencing full  psycho-psychotic  amnesia as relates to the tragic event.  Just like those gals that have that psycho-twitching disease up north,  the top neurologist at Iraan General has no explanation of  the phenomena.  She has no recollection of the fateful day’s events after we left the Stripes beer store.  Myself?  Dr. bin Laden advised me that my brain, being protective and trying to shield me from the abject trauma due to the tragic boating accident in which all our firearms were lost,  might try and erase it from memory as well.  Twitching may/may not be included.

I can  tell ya it (said tragic boating accident resulting in substantial loss of firearms)  is getting fuzzier by the hour.  Most likely, in a few short days, if you ask me about firearms in my possession you will just get a dull, heavy lidded stare – and maybe a teeny bit of drool out of the corner of my mouth; mebbe some twitching but don’t count on it.   Don’t ask Miss K either; it does get her all twitched up.

 

 

End Note:  The Beauty Way by Ray Wylie Hubbard from the Delirium Tremolos cd.  If Frat Boys had never been hatched up, most likely REK would be sellin’ insurance and drinking too much over around that Kerrville…. seems to be the logical future of rich boys more often than not.    If there had a been no REK,  most likely more folks would know about Ray Wylie Hubbard.   Re-visit you some Ray Wylie off this seldom heard cd.

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11 comments to Fabric of Life – Sad News to Report

  • Joel

    Whatever you’re smoking these days, Andy, you need to share it . . .

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    • Andrew

      Anytime Joel. The original idea of the citizen militia was to keep the government in check…and perhaps foreign enemies at bay as well. In WWII, the Japanese discarded plans for an invasion of the US mainland because they feared “an armed American behind every blade of grass.” The unarmed civilian meme is not working out too well for the Syrian citizenry right now either.

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  • Joel

    LOL! Andy, the only way that US civilians can keep the government in check by force of arms is when the right to carry includes tanks, mortars and thermonuclear warheads. Look, I know you never served in the military, but you can google the kind of ordnance our government commands–your silly little popguns don’t stand a chance.

    As for the Japanese, they didn’t fear a bunch of poorly trained, undisciplined, overweight yahoos in military surplus camo pretending to be citizen soldiers. They feared invading the US homeland for the same reason the US military feared invading the Japanese homeland. Indeed, it was precisely that fear the motivated the detonation of atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    And I guess you haven’t been paying attention in Syria. There is civilian armed resistance in Syria, Andy:

    http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-08/middleeast/world_meast_syria-armed-resistance_1_idlib-province-assad-regime-deir-ezzor?_s=PM:MIDDLEEAST

    The political leaders claiming that the federal government is coming to take away our guns are just following this advice:

    “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
    and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
    country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

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    • Andrew

      Thoughtful as always Joel. I hope the future is as positive as you depict.

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  • Miss Kathy

    Can we please raise the gold dredge boat we sunk in Homer AK?

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  • MissV

    Granny, git yer gun! My Grandmother did not have a gun, but she did carry on her person, between her ample bosom a 6″ push button, switch blade knife with a pretty pearl handle. I swear that cotton bra from J.C. Penny was like a Journeyman’s tool belt! It held the knife, her coin purse with all her money, damp Kleenexes, and my personal fav, warm Dentyne chewing gum and God only knows what else! As big as it was there could have been a hand grenade in it! Oh,it also held a small silver flask, just for medicinal purposes of course!

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  • MissV

    JOEL: WORD!

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  • Ken

    Andy, sure glad you survived the boating accident where all your shooters were lost. Have you considered having the Ft. Stockton dive rescue team look for them? I don’t think Horsehead Crossing Lake is too terribly deep. They should be able to find them. Sure glad I have not had a boating accident and lost my guns. Having the current administration and the AG is enough to make get ’em out and oil ’em up. Of course all I have are cork guns and air soft pistols, so They ain’t likely to come after me.

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    • Andrew

      Sadly I fear they are gone forever Ken. Every one of them. Gone. It is so tragic.

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  • don

    I’ve still got the single shot .410 that my mom kept by the back door. That would be the 1950’s anyway. Hell, I even bought a box of shells for it.

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