Sunday, December 25, 2022
Friday, December 23, 2022
Then after watching that episode - and I suggest only after watching it - read up on Festivus here. Amazingly, it was a holiday tradition, in rebellion against the commercialism of Christmas, for at least one family for over 30 years - long before being made famous on Seinfeld.
Thursday, December 22, 2022
...commenced yesterday (or any day you choose for that matter) but to give some significance as to why I chose yesterday; well, yesterday was the Winter Solstice and days are getting longer after all. Anthropologists used to think that Stonehenge in England was built by the Druids to celebrate the Summer Solstice what with the warmer weather, growing of crops and then the harvest to come. A couple or few years back, I heard an interesting theory on some quasi-scientific TV show. It said that some had come to the belief that it was actually the Winter Solstice that the Druids were celebrating because the days started to get longer and signified the renewal of life after the Winter Solstice. They supposedly had evidence to support the theory if you can call guesswork about thousands of years old stuff evidence.
Anyway - Happy Winter and happy longer daylight hours.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Each year, some guys on a gun forum, of which I am a member, run a Secret Santa. I got my recipient several gifts this year and whoever was my Secret Santa got me a single gift.
These are what I sent out to the guy who was my assigned recipient:
Starting from the upper left and going more or less clockwise are:
NERF pistol, field cleaning kit, Browning Patriot knife, a Santa Claus Pez dispenser with two packs of Pez candies, Silly Putty, The Total Gun Manual (I considered reading it first but that just would not have been right) and a "Big Ass Brick Of Soap Gun Smoke" (it's all on the label). The idea is you are assigned someone to whom to send a gift of at least $20.00 in value (not including postage).
Like I said above, I got one gift:
That's a RangeMaxx AR-15 case. It is going to get a good deal of use. Came as it appears and has a shoulder carry strap inside. I like it.
Lots of fun is the Secret Santa deal.
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
I received my latest Ka-Bar via UPS today. I had the high bid on it in the last Hessney Sportsman Auction ten days ago. I had been looking for a boot knife to carry for some time now and now that I have this one, I may just keep looking. There is nothing wrong with this one and that is exactly why I am debating (with myself) as to whether or not I will carry it, it is that nice I think.
When I saw that the box said Ka-Bar Knives by Cole it piqued my curiosity. So I googled that phrase. One thing that came up was a link to the history of Ka-Bar. Thus I learned not only about why & when Cole produced Ka-Bar Knives but also about the history of the Ka-Bar brand from its beginnings long before the name Ka-Bar was thought up. One of the more interesting things is how & why the company name was eventually changed to Ka-Bar from its preceding name of Union Cutlery Company (and there were other names before that), that company was located in Olean, NY (still is there or at least has returned). For an interesting read about Ka-Bar, go to the page at this link:
I had not bought a Ka-Bar in awhile because my other four of them have held up well. Those four are all versions of the USMC WWII fighting knife, two regular size & two compact. This new knife, having been manufactured in Japan under the Ka-Bar name under the direction of Cole of Ohio, was made sometime between 1966 (when Cole took over) and 1996 (when CUTCO bought KA-Bar and returned manufacturing to Olean, NY)..
I figure I did okay on this one because I picked it up with a bid of $75.00 plus 13% buyer's premium and approximately $13.00 shipping (it was in with two other items so I divided shipping by 3). I think that just under $98.00 was a deal since I saw the same type of knife sold for $165.00 online, see this.
For now at least, the mental debate between the opposing views within my psyche continues - use it or keep it as new in the box!\