JB Weld and the Fifty Caliber Pistol – The Dad Chronicles
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There are certain things that absolutely nobody who is living off the grid should be without. JB Weld is without any shadow of a doubt, one of the things that should be purchased in excess and stored in its very own private location in every off-grid environment or homestead. JB Weld has been instrumental in our efforts to keep generators, engine blocks, wheel rims and a virtually endless string of items running long after they would have been formerly retired and quickly trashed in more “civilized” society.

While there are likely more than a thousand different uses for JB Weld on any given day, perhaps nothing will serve to better demonstrate its strength and importance, than a minor demonstration … and some tightly packed high-explosives.

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An Introduction to Andy B by Aldis Ferlach OPeigh
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If there was ever a man who fit the bill of both the proverbial and literal meanings for “Old School” it was Andy B. I have recounted this moment in other works of writing, but it still serves as a poignant example of just how “old school” Andy B. really was. As Andy B. was a distant relative at best, I had not had occasion to meet him in my youth, though I would be called during my teen years to help my kin blast out a grave and haul the rocks out, and to bring in some fill dirt for cover … so I asked how to get there. The instructions were such that I remember verbatim to this day, exactly what was said. “Go back that away and when you crest the third ridge, look off to the left for the hollow that runs up and follow that hollow on up until you hear the dogs barking. When you hear the dogs barking, holler out or old Andy B. will shoot you!” I did as I was instructed, and when I came upon this family living even further back into the mountains than I did, I was at once struck by how surreal and at the same time, how unabashedly real the entire scenario was.

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What is an electrical fart sucker
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I am actually old enough to remember a time when not many people had electricity back up in the mountains of home. When I was a kid, I remember being overjoyed at the introduction of a hand pump at the water well so we no longer had to dip the buckets down some forty feet and reel them in by hand just to fetch water for the house. Suffice it to say that when we did finally get electricity piped in to where we lived, a bunch of people were anxious to have it installed and begin enjoying some of the more modern luxuries of life. Some others though, it would seem just needed this as an excuse to carry on their crazy ways and to look for opportunities to pass the time, no matter how crazy the end results would be.

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Aldis Ferlach OPeigh talks about the dead of winter
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It is funny how karma sometimes comes around to bite us when we are in the wrong … or even just too judgmental for our own good. As much as I hate to admit it, there are times when I have been judgmental, and it seems that virtually every time, something will come back around and slap me upside the head to remind me why this is a bad idea. Sometimes however, that slap in the head is a bit more immediate … and obvious … and detrimental.

Such was the case on one occasion when my brother took me to introduce me to some people who had just recently moved into our neck of the woods. While they were from West By God Virginia, they were not from around there, and we knew it would be difficult for them to make friends at first … because … well that is just the way it is where we grew up.

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Awoken from a drunken stupor by a bull
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One problem with having a very young, extremely beautiful and very appealing business partner, is that people are often distracted from taking care of business. This is true in every issue from building up a Guest Ranch from nothing, all through to the hands we work with on a daily basis. On one such occasion when this was apparently an issue, my partner and I had gone out to hear a different style of band, and joining us on this particular occasion, was an exceedingly rich and annoying “hand” … who had been hired as a personal favor to a friend of the owner and who would have been much more well-suited to the world of Rodeo Cowboys. His intentions were anything but honorable, though even then, it would make for a most interesting experience. Such is the world of the cowboy I suppose.

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Aldis Ferlach OPeigh talks about the Albino Buck
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Every once in a while, nature shows off some extremely amazing sites, and rarer still, will share those amazing acts with a few select humans … generally those that have gone out of their way to escape the rat race and who spend enough time out in the natural world to gain even a glimpse of such sites. One of the most fascinating sites I have ever seen in my life, not just in appearance, but in attitude and bearing, was a truly fantastic albino buck, Whitetail deer.

From its youth to its final demise, I happened to see this particular buck on many occasions, even to the extent of sharing a meal or two with it … in a manner of speaking at least. A great many of the local people had seen it, but as far as I know, I was the only one there when it made its last stand against humanity, paying the ultimate price, merely for being what it was.

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190 Proof Homemade Hooch
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A funny thing about living in the mountains, is that, despite the generally hospitable nature of people in public venues, driving along the road, walking down the street in town, or other areas wherein a relatively large number of people gather, we are still by and large, a mostly inhospitable and intolerable people when it comes to the bar on our side of the hill, and perhaps even moreso in regards to our homes. For the most part, people from the other side of the mountain do not stop on our side of the mountain and vice versa … though there are certainly exceptions to this rule, such as when a vehicle may have broken down, an accident has occurred or other similar emergency wherein they are generally welcomed as it was not any manner of intentional intrusion into what we consider our home.

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