Next weekend is my foray into the mountains for sassafrass root. My Taurus 66 goes with me, on my belt, loaded with my "super-duper, overloaded shot cartridges". As a tool, it is just as important (maybe more so) than my pick. No cottonmouths here, just timber rattlers the same color as the leaves on the ground - and the sneaky darned copperheads, which hide in those leaves.
But the sassafass tea is worth the trip.
Then, in another month, when the leaves have sprung full out, another trip for the sassafrass leaves to dry and grind for file powder.
Everybody's got to have a good reason to go into the mountains, even if it is just to fool around My now-long-deceased buddy and I used to go up to the rhyolite outcrop and gather indian arrowheads, but that is now too long a hike for these gimpy old legs.
You must be careful what you pretend to be, because in the end, you are what you pretend to be.
....................Kurt Vonnegut, in "Mother Night"
All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted. . . . . . . . . . . . .. — Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune
Thank you. I'm short guy therefore have to stretch everything. Not going to get any sense out of me today. Not even a few pennies.
I have a nice big King snake that live out back I dont have problems with other snakes
avatar is VA-34 Blue Blasters squadron insignia one of the many I wore from 1977-1998
Aw yes the ole snake shuffle, jump ... aim ... miss - repeat.
BE YOURSELF - EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN
I was pacing off the dimensions of my planned swimming pool when my across the backyard neighbor said, "Don't move." He then grabbed a golf club and pounded the cottonmouth that was stalking me from behind.
"The large print giveth, the small print taketh away..." Tom Waits
"If the Dawn Patrol's gotta tell you twice they're gonna do it with a shotgun..." Steely Dan
"Actually that is a pistol in my pocket..... But I am glad to see you." coopercdrkey
Nemo me impune lacessit No one provokes me with impunity
Florida Concealed Carry Permit
There's a species of pygmy rattlesnake here that the state claims is protected but obviously they're mistaken. They're actually quite easy to kill......they've got no helmets, no body armor......no protection at all.
Ammo will get you through times of no money, better than money will get you through times of no ammo.
Criminal's lives DON'T matter!
I miss my 286.
Some years ago my youngest son was operating a big trackhoe for an oil pipeline company outside of Phoenix. He tells how one afternoon he came back from lunch and found a good sized diamondback rattlesnake coiled on the tread, next to where he needed to step up and get in the cab. He grabbed a shovel, killed the snake, and moved it next to the bucket. Then he dug a big ol' hole deep as he could get it. When he started back filling the hole, that first scoop of dirt somehow had a dead diamondback in it.
Shoot (whack with a shovel), shovel (scoop), and shut up, indeed.
"Humans more important than hardware."