Baptists on Missions, Pender County NC

Spent a couple of days with some wonderful folks working hard to restore peoples lives post Florence down in Pender Co., Mike Moser and his team work tirelessly accessing sites and assigning Volunteers to do Tear Outs, Mud Outs, Tree work etc. I will say I learned the hard way that a COPD/Emphysema sufferer like myself needs to stay away from the sites themselves but we can provide funds, Prayer and many other services.

Help if you can, whether money, time or whatever forum you can, thousands have lost everything, the major damage is flooding and since most were not in flood zones they did not have flood insurance so have nothing left. The Home where I worked not only lost all his household goods but several Cows, Hogs and Horses, truly sad.

Micheal just what we didn’t need…

I was stationed at Hurlburt Field Florida for most of my four years in the Air Force, we had a couple of Hurricanes brush us but nothing really bad, but Tyndall and Mexico Beach just to the East got a real blow this week. I know that Baptists on Mission and their Disaster Relief teams are there by now, at least is as much as they can reach the area. I pray for those who have been affected by this Storm and those who will go there to help them. Here locally our efforts will continue to be directed to the Eastern NC relief and rebuilding.  I can’t imagine what they’re going through. God be with them all.

NC Baptists are invading the Coast…

Actually they have been since the minute they could get through the flood waters, two feeding stations have been in place for about 10 days, supplies and workers have been pouring in. Our Church sent 16 workers down Thur. and will be sending more, my COPD has my Wife saying I’m not going but if they can find a job I can do…I’ll go. This time I sent money to defray the costs of the trip, each of us doing what we’re able. They’ve sent us a lot of photos, hopefully I can share some later.

 

Florence…the guest that just doesn’t want to leave

Started raining pretty steady again late yesterday afternoon and is still pouring off and on, more Thunder and Lightening than the past few days. Radar shows Showers and Thundershowers continuing to flow in from the South, should be her last gasp in this area but she’s determined to let us know she visited. Rivers and such will continue to rise for a few days, bad for those already inundated with water.

CZ 452 FS and idle thoughts…

I’ve mounted a Weaver Grand Slam 4-16x scope and took it out to zero and do a bit of ammo testing yesterday, it shot well but definitely needs some trigger work, most 452’s do. It was a quick trip and rather than drag a lot of equipment around in the heat I took my smaller Caldwell Bull Bag.  All in all I was pleased, with CCI SV/Norma Match .22/SK Standard plus and SK coming out the clear winner, no surprise to any CZ owner, that oily lube just seems to suit them.

Speaking of Oily things, slimey Spam artists, hows that for a Segway. My Anti Spam system has thwarted 10,490 attempts in the past six months, that from a sight that sells nothings, promotes pretty much nothing…IE no monetary advantage to hacking me. Scumbags abound in our society.

Fortunate decisions…

Spending time this week with an old friend from Our early FAA days in Georgia, her husband passed about 4 years ago and she and the Wife had reconnected so we’re visiting. I went to work for the FAA in 1976, the drums were beating within PATCO (the controllers union) for better equipment, higher pay, unfortunately hot heads prevailed and in ’81 most went out on strike. I did not and spent the next couple of years in temporary duty status. Her husband did strike and the consequences cost them dearly, losing a home and most of their property while raising three kids, I knew it had to have been hard. On top of all of this her husband began suffering symptoms related to Agent Orange exposure from his time in Vietnam. Eventually the VA in Ga. got him classified correctly and their assistance helped them greatly. You seldom know where your choices will take you but I look back now at a couple of fateful decisions that had huge implications for Our future and Thank God for his Goodness towards us.

The Trust is just the beginning…

Wow do they ever make this process complicated, especially for something even the BATFE says is pretty unnecessary, just having the Trust set up is pretty simple but talking  with the Dealer there’s a lot more to be done..

For a retired LEO and former Federal Employee who like has pretty big electronic file/files in the belly of the beast so to speak, finger prints in duplicate etc. Like they’ve not got 20  or more sets already on file. LOL

 

Delays in the Trust..

Attorney called and he has had a tough week in court and it will be the end of next week before its done, not really a problem. Rain has set in for a few days, Church responsibilities continue to increase, ah well, just because you buy toys doesn’t mean you have time to play with them. Picked up a bit of an odd one this week, FN 5.7 pistol, a firearm I was very much against back when I was a Police Officer. With some loads it will defeat most common Body Armor, not something most Cops want widely distributed , truth is the Keltec PMR-30 with some loads is right there with it. Another Nut Job shot up his School in Texas, we need Mental Healthcare not Gun Control, this one used Daddy’s Shotgun and .38 revolver. Where the heck was Daddy?

Recent additions…

Talk about extremes, a Taurus PT-22 Poly, I was at the Pawn shop when a gentleman was talking trade with them on this one but had to leave, later saw it sitting there. His wife had put less than 40 rounds through it and didn’t care for it so he traded it on a revolver. I got it for just over 1/2 price.

A young man who works there had a Alexander Arms 6.5 Grendel upper with 24″ Shilen barrel, he’d been trying to sell it for a while, I got it for 1/3 of what the equivalent model sells for now. Actually less than the barrel alone sells for from Shilen. Now those are extremes, lol.

 

Musing…

The Wife and I were eating lunch at Cracker Barrel yesterday and three Wildlife Officers were sitting at the table next to us, two young officers and a middle aged Lieutenant. They were discussing various things and as we finished up and were leaving I asked how the Turkey Season was going and they replied it seemed to be a good season so far. The Lt. asked if I’d hunted any and I told him, nope hadn’t been and had no idea when I’d go again since my hunting Partner had passed away back in September. He expressed condolences and then said, you know he’d want you to find someone else to hunt with don’t you. This was Rick’s time of the year, he was never so happy as when he was calling Turkeys and he was good at it, usually tagging out within the first week or so then he’d start taking Kids and other new hunters out and call for them or teach them to call. Standing around one of our favorite haunts (Haw River Gun and Pawn) we were telling stories of past hunts, several of the folks had hunted Turkeys with Rick. Great memories.