I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Friday, June 30, 2006

Katuah Earth First: Round River Roundevouz JULY 3-10, 2006

This might be a fairly interesting week here in Coeburn. A group called Katuah Earth First is holding a rally this week. They are camping out next to "Falls of the Little Stony"
just over in the next county about 7 miles from here. They are expecting between 200 to 400 people to show up. According to the State Police they are classified as Environmental Terriorists. (scroll down to the list of groups) Their own web site suggests this when they say they believe in using ALL of the tools in the tool box from from grassroots and legal organizing to civil disobedience and monkeywrenching. While I am in basic agreement with their goals I do not agree with their methods.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Close Encounters of the Shark Kind

My oldest son and his wife were in the surf at Topsail Island, NC today. They were standing in waist deep water when he felt something bump his leg. He turned around and a 4 foot shark swam by them. Needless to say they immediately got out of the water.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Another Road Trip

Just got back from Charlottesville. Went up to help my youngest son do some work around his house. It's a good thing that my Dad used to come down and help me do the same kind of things so now I know how to help my sons. While reading Contrary Goddess Gestalt of Dad I couldn't help but think about my Dad and how he was the one I always called when I needed something fixed around the house.

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

If I were...

Borrowed from madcapmum's site.

If I were a month, I would be: One in the spring

If I were a day of the week, I would be: Any day at all

If I were a time of day, I would be: Dawn

If I were a sea animal, I would be: One from the deep

If I were a direction, I would be: Meandering

If I were a sin, I would be: An Unforgivable one

If I were a historical figure I would be: Not famous

If I were a planet, I would be: In another galaxy

If I were a liquid, I would be: Overflowing

If I were a stone, I would be: A common one

If I were a tree, I would be: A tall one

If I were a bird, I would be: One that sails on the air currents

If I were a flower/plant, I would be: A wild one

If I were a kind of weather, I'd be: A blustery spring day

If I were a mythical creature, I'd be: A dragon

If I were a musical instrument, I would be: In the brass section

If I were an animal, I would be: A wild one

If I were an emotion, I would be: Love

If I were a vegetable, I would be: A green one

If I were a sound, I would be: Silence

If I were an element, I would be: Air

If I were a song, I would be: Unchained Melody

If I were a movie, I would be: A true story

If I were a book, I'd be: Science Fiction

If I were a food, I would be: Bread

If I were a place, I would be: A secluded woodland

If I were a taste, I would be: Delicious

If I were a scent, I would be: Pleasant

If I were a religion, I would be: One that doesn’t force its values onto non-believers

If I were a word, I would be: An adjective

If I were a body part, I would be: One that is not covered with clothing

If I were a facial expression, I would be: One that wouldn’t scare a child

If I were a subject in school, I would be: An elective

If I were a cartoon character, I'd be: A funny one

If I were a shape, I would be: Easy to draw

If I were a number, I would be: 3.14159265

If I were a piece of jewelry, I would be: Made of gold

If I were a piece of furniture, I would be: useful not ornamental

If I were a car, I would be: A family car

If I were an item of clothing, I'd be: Functional not decorative

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Now That's One Tough Pussy Cat

Jack, a 15-pound orange-and-white cat, sits under a treed black bear in a backyard in West Milford, N.J., Sunday, June 4, 2006. When the bear climbed down, the cat chased it up another nearby tree. Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat. The cat's owners called it away and the bear ran off. (AP Photo/Suzanne Giovanetti)

A couple of summers ago we had a large (500+ pounds according to the game warden) bear wandering around here in town and on the 4-lane. We followed it around for the better part of 2 hours trying to run it back into the woods. Finally a small dog about the same size as the cat above chased it full speed over the hill, across the road, and back into the woods.


Him Speak With Forked Tongue

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Getting rid of the evidence AKA What's the price of copper today?

What you're looking at is the insulation that has been cut off of copper wire that most likely was stolen from some job site. With the price of copper at around $3.50/pound it's a hot item for thieves. I came across this while riding my motorcycle on some back trails. On up the road about 1/4 of a mile I came across another site shown below.

At this site they took the easy way out and burned the insulation off. This was probably done at night to hide the black smoke.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

OK...which one am I suppose to use?

If you'll look close, both bathroom signs say MEN.


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