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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Morning Coffee

You've got to love the first cup of morning coffee. I'm on my third or is it fourth pot. Not sure as I've lost count. I've been awake for over forty-eight hours. I have a cough. My throat is tender.

But what the heck at least I'm alive.

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Recently I answered an ad on Craigslist.  The fella had ammo cans for sale, several sizes. Informed the guy I'd take five of his 20mm cans. He responded and said he'd drop them at my shop, last Friday. He arrived yesterday afternoon.

Five big cans to fill. These are really too big to load with small arms ammunition. If one were to do so it would take five grown men and a boy scout troop to move them. Instead I'd suggest you utilize the big suckers for storage of sensitive electronics gear and or valuables. They are water proof but as a precaution apply a lubricate to the rubber seals. Vaseline works quite well. They're prefect for things like - night vision, rifle scopes, binoculars, and small amounts of ammunition topped with spare clothing. In the past I've even packed a spare pair of boots atop six boxes of shotgun shells. Think of them as portable vaults.

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I have far too many projects underway. There are the two AR builds. I have two Coleman stoves and two lanterns to restore with more on the way, and last weekend I decided to finally take stock of my ammunition supplies. I bounce from one to the other and never completely finish any one project due to my fickle nature. With our current summer heat and relentless rain it's just flat out uncomfortable to work in the garage. This is the excuse I gave Sweet Wife when she asked why in the world is all that stuff stacked in the garage. I need help. Think I'll ride downtown today and hire an urban camper. That is if any of them want employment and can rip their lips from the governments tit.



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I arrived at the shop early this morning and sat and paid bills. It was quiet, very quiet, for most of the first hour. Out front there was little to no traffic.

About an hour into my labors I heard a faint yell. At first I didn't recognize the sound so stood and opened the back door of my shop. Then again, a very faint scream. A child. Then it hit me. Somewhere back in this neighborhood a little boy or girl was under attack from his or her parent. It was the distinctive screams of a young child being whipped. I walked towards the street, not sure why, but I felt it necessary to try and locate the child. I reasoned if I could hear the child's screams, cushioned by the walls and windows of a house, then how terrible must be this little ones pain. I had not given a moments thought as to my actions if I were to indeed find this child. It was pure instinct, I wanted the screams to stop. 

Then nothing.

I turned and walked back inside. With another cup of coffee I returned to my work. The morning hasn't been the same since.

Sometimes I hate this city.

Stephen

  
 

27 comments:

  1. I know you know this already, but you need some sleep, Stephen. Even the smallest things are more difficult to deal with when you're not rested. And the screaming child? I'd probably have done the same thing, with the same result.

    I hope you rest soon, sir.

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  2. What Rev Paul said... get some rest

    If you need to go to the doc then go while you can. You already know that there may come a day when going to the doc is a thing of the past.... then you can tough it out all you want. you know I'm right.

    Thanks for the Vaseline tip. I like the way you embed good info in casually written text.

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    1. You're welcome for the tip, Matt. Doc tomorrow. Thanks, my friend.

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  3. What they said . . . .

    As for the parent/child issue . . . . even things here in Iowa are getting stretched thin, people on edge, increase in break-ins (in rural Iowa for Pete's sake), frustrated and angry people . . . .

    And, they are probably on edge for good reasons . . . .

    Get some rest, it will all be here when you get up . . . . just take the time to rest now.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Sorry it's taken me so long to answer your nice comment.

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  4. Get some rest. Sleep is better than coffee sometimes.

    Yeah, I hate that kid scream too.

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    1. A child in tears or a little ones screams sets me on edge...thank you, my friend.

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  5. Stephen,

    Shall I say good afternoon based on the amount of coffee you have drank? Wow, 3rd or 4th pot :P
    That's alot of coffee my friend, do you think the coffee is keeping you wired? I know you're having to deal with alot right now and stress has away of keeping the mind working when you really want/need sleep. What if you cut back the amount of coffee and maybe consider slowing down on some of your projects. I'm not sure what your weather is like right now, have you maybe considered walking on the beach or swimming? Sometimes the fresh air and water will help a person relax/sleep in the evening. Lack of sleep makes noises sound more predominant and irritating. When we have a soar throat, a natural remedy is warm salt water gargled 2 - 3 times daily. It tastes terrible but it really does help. I would rather have a nice hot rum toddy with honey but the alcohol would react to my medication. Sorry about babbling, I hope you get some sleep soon, if not take the advice of Rev Paul or Matt and see a doctor. Try to have a good day and give Sweet Wife and hug!

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    1. Crap, spelling sucks today "and" is suppose to be "a".

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    2. I used the salt water treatment and it did help, Sandy. Thank you, sweet lady.

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  6. Bye the way, love the ammo cans (nice size). I need to get my hands on a few of the larger ones! I will check craigslist and ebay (at a reasonable rate, that is).

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  7. Dear Stephen, You, sir, need to take care of yourself. Yea, I'm just an old lady scolding you...but remember you have had some health issues. So, as everyone has said, please go to the doctor and take care of that cough and sore throat AND get some sleep! We care about you and want you to stay well through all the stuff you have been dealing with.
    Hugs to you and a gentle hug for Sweet Wife.

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    1. Thank you for the hugs, sweet lady and I shall take your advice.

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  8. Rock a by Stephen, in the tree top. OK, its time for you to step away from the coffee pot.
    Stephen, my friend. get some rest. Use ear plugs, and unplug from the world for a few hours. Maybe ask sweet wife to give you a back rub. You need to take care of your self, for your self, and, others.

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    1. Maybe Duke would come sing you a lullaby and rub your feet .....

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    2. Flier, I've taken you advice and thank you very much, my friend.

      Matt, Duke smells...he's been known to take a bath but I'll be damned if I can remember the last event. So, that's too close and personal. I'd not survive.

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  9. Man, that's a lotta java. Good deal on the cans. Bad deal on the kid. That kind of thing is hard to shake.

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    1. Yes it is, my friend. Thank you...

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  10. I never got into hunting. To me, animals are like children. Some adult humans, though, they need killin'. They should know better and still act like bastards.

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    1. Well said, my friend. I still hunt small game and birds but I much prefer democritters.

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  11. oh dearest sweetest one...you know what i am going to say and i don't want to rag you. i spent years working shift in the military and the civilian world, working midnights and drinking pot after pot of the strongest coffee known to man (had it shipped in monthly)! i had a coffee pot on my desk for 10 yrs at my civilian job. then i quit work. then i quit coffee. i have a tiny, half cup in the mornings sometimes and an hour later, i am shaking like a crack addict, meth head, severe alcoholics. i hate that feeling. but if jambaloney is making coffee, he only drinks one cup a day - then i just have to have it. i didn't realize i had spent the last 30 yrs jacked up on coffee. i have no serious health issues, thank goodness, but you do. you need to get off the coffee, my dear sweet one...i hate saying it, i don't want to be a downer in your life, but honey, you need to get off of the coffee. it is doing you no favours.

    and it is not letting you sleep. something that you really need right now. go to your doctor. tell him about all of the coffee you drink and tell him that you can't sleep. he will probably prescribe a sleeping pill...i hate prescription drugs but i think that you need a sleeping pill.

    i hate to rag on you. you are an incredibly talented and intelligent man that i admire too greatly to watch you go down before you should. i say all of this, Sir, with respect and admiration. i love you, Stephen, i would never molly-coddle you except for the times that i have done in the past. with the best of intentions. i love you, Sir, enough to rag you when it is the last thing in the world that i want to do.

    your friend,
    kymber

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  12. Sir, I may be the only one who says so, but lack of sleep is not your problem. Your morality and personal responsibility are what's keeping you alert and aware. And God bless you for it. Wish there were more like you. Then there'd be less pain for the weak, the young and the helpless. Keep it up.

    Unbreakable, AZ

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    1. Unbreakable, thank you very much for the kind and gentle comment. Guess, at times, I wear my heart on my sleeve....please, don't be a stranger. God bless.

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