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VOLUMES 211 & 212-------- JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

January/February 2020

With things pretty much locked down here, along with the rest of the country, and nowhere to go, I'm trying to convince myself to get this very late newsletter done.  It's now March 23rd and we had not been away from the place for ten days except for a trip to the filling station for tractor diesel.  I did have a medical appointment this morning in Coeur d'Alene, ID, but now back home.

We have done some work around the place over the last few days.  We had a big wind storm Friday, March 13th, extending into the weekend.  Didn't really want to see the snow and cold that came with it.  The good news: It cleared up by Tuesday and we've had sunny, warm days since. 

We did have a couple of blown down trees.  One fell across neighbor Larry's fence and just missed his tractor.  That was only one of the several cleanup projects we've been working on over the last few days.  By the end of the day Sunday we were both worn out with plenty of sore muscles.  (How about ALL of them)

I need to turn back the clock on something I should have included last time.  I've written about this before, but to repeat, our Elks Lodge has been providing some sort of music for the residents' Christmas Party at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake for over 100 years.

The music has varied over the years from the days when the Lodge had an actual dance band of the Glenn Miller genre, to more recent years with a few of us playing vintage country music.  This past Christmas party included only three of us, but the residents and staff alike seemed to enjoy our efforts.

  Dennis Hurd on drums, Chuck Crowley lead guitar & vocals, and me singing with the old Gibson

Gotta get on the Soapbox here for a minute.  I'm sure we have all seen and heard the exchange between the Union Autoworker and Joe Biden regarding the worker's concern about Second Amendment issues.  That Joe has a way with words don't he?

Also, about that time, it was announced that Biden now has Secret Service protection.  Then shortly in response to the current pandemic, the Mayor of New Orleans signed a proclamation that made it clear she had the authority to suspend the sales or transportation of firearms.

Those incidents and recent Washington gun restrictions, either by vote of the people or the legislature, prompted me to pen my thoughts on the subject in the form of an open letter to Joe Biden and my fellow Washingtonians who favored measures like being required to make firearms transfers through a FFL Dealer, 10 day waiting periods, etc.

Here it is:

Hey Joe, I see you now have Secret Service protection.  How nice for you!

Also, see the New Orleans Mayor signed a proclamation that she is “empowered” to suspend or limit the sale or transportation of firearms.  Could things like this be affecting the unprecedented spike in firearms and ammo sales in recent weeks?

Is there a fear that unrest due to the current pandemic might lead to rioting and looting?  Shucks, Joe, no worries.  You’ve got protection!  Those Agents may even be armed with those “AR-14’s” loaded with “100 clips” you want to ban and confiscate!

Dang, the rest of us law-abiding citizens are on our own.  If faced with a gang of violent criminals and no LEO’s in sight, we, and I’d bet even some of your gun ban cronies, would be mighty grateful to hold an AR-15 with two or three 30 round magazines!

Also, to all who voted for our recent idiotic Washington State gun restrictions:  Should you suddenly feel the need for a pistol, I’m sure criminals will be glad to stand down during your 10 day waiting period, or until you have time to visit a Licensed Dealer so you can legally borrow one from your neighbor!

Oh, and let's not forget the home invader.  I'm sure they will be glad to 'hold up' (pun intended) while you remove your firearm's trigger lock or retrieve it from locked storage.

Ok, I'm done now.

Another milestone in married life sneaked up on us February 4th.  Like the country song says, "We can't be that damn old!" but somehow that 58th anniversary happened anyway.  We admittedly have slowed down some but thankful to be able to keep on keepin' on!

Past celebrations have included an overnight in a fancy hotel suite with dinner in a classy restaurant.  This year we did a repeat of what we did for number 57.  Burgers at Hudson Hamburger in Coeur d'Alene, followed by a big dish of 'Strawberry Blonde' at Cold Stone Creamery.

I've touched on this before, but Hudson's began in 1907 as the "Missouri Lunch" in Coeur d'Alene selling 10 cent burgers.  Still in operation today, still being run by Hudson descendants.

Pretty roses for a pretty lady!

Anniversary Selfie at Hudson Hamburgers

Love that Strawberry Blonde at ColdStone!

Gonna wrap this up with a few pictures of the annual deer hunt out of my Brother Ed's cabin on the farm back in Missouri.  Ed is recovering from knee replacement and a subsequent injury from a fall before it healed, so doubt he was too active.  The rest of the crew are mostly Ed's two sons and some of their friends.  I have said for years that I want to go back and hunt with the boys one day, but it just doesn't seem to happen.

Ed's land is smack in the middle of some of the best Whitetail habitat in the country, so they do raise some trophy bucks back there.

Chip Burns, Shawn Bogle, Jason Parman, and Matt Schmitt with lots of 'bone' on those heads.

If you look closely, just to the right of the 'rustic' old cabin stands the only outhouse with a clear glass door that I know of anywhere in the world!

Chip Burns' wide 8 point.

Shawn Bogle

Jason Parman

Matt Schmitt

Scott Parman

This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from a story told by Will Rogers:

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him . . . The moral:  When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut!"

Well, it's time to shut down here, so. . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!

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