The young man approached the 150 foot long, 4 feet high stack of split sugar maple and every stick of wood is enshrined in a diamond-like coating of inch-thick ice. Not only was each piece covered with ice, it was cemented to its neighbor.
In the U.P., you don't talk about what you are going to do. There is not time. You just do it.
He went to the 'tool shack' and got some dynamite. He guestimated how much he was going to need. Found some voids in the cemented up stack of wood, inserted and packed the sticks of dynamite.
There was a time when knowing how to intelligently use explosives was common. Sticks of dynamite were just another tool. He had watched the men-folk lift stumps and boulders many times. He also knew about sympathetic detonation but was prepared with extra lengths of fuse if need be.
The wood pile, all 150 feet of it, levitated 4 feet into the air and came down as separate sticks. The boy was particularly pleased that the ice had delaminated from the sticks.
When he entered the kitchen with an armload of wood approximately 30 minutes after "Ma" sent him out to get a load she asked, "How much did you use?"
The boy's answer was a classic: "Enough."
Looking and Enough:There are two kinds of reloaders, "Looking" and "Enough"
For the most part, I fall into the "Enough" crowd.
The "Looking" crowd will sometimes slam the "Enough" crowd by calling them "hoarders".
My perception is that the "Enough" were buying before there was a crisis. If anything, we are not buying much during this time of shortage. And our steady support of the reloading industry contributed to a healthy infrastructure. There would be less ammunition and fewer reloading components hitting the shelves if the industry had retired capacity in the lull between buying crazes.
Jumbled time:The beautiful and talented Mrs ERJ just started using a CPAP machine. Consequently, her sleep patterns are very disrupted. And that throws us all off.
I find myself with odd slivers of time that are begging for work to make them go faster.
One of the improvements I have been making in many areas of my life is getting organized so I can productively use those small slivers of time.
Nothing turns a 20 minute job into a 6 hour job quicker than not being able to find your tools.
|Case prep tools are small and easy to misplace. This box by Plano has THREE latches holding it shut.
Gratuitious eye candy:
|Re-sized, primers removed, trimmed, inside and outside chamfered, primer pocket crimp reamed. 7.62mm X 51mm fired from an M-60 SAW
|Sloshing around in paint thinner to remove the resizing lube.
|In the bottom of a box lined with newspaper to dry out before priming.
Somewhere in this archive is a quote that reads like this: "The whole point of having a standard load is so that you will have absolute confidence that you will know what will happen when you walk up to the firing line."
The load listed above is safe in my rifle, may not be in yours. It is my "Standard Load" for .308 Win.