Monday, February 24, 2014

Night vision and other ponderings

Rock and I put in about 20 miles over the last week. It's fun yelling out (but not at) for people to leash up, and then reminding them there is a leash law. It's odd that nobody really says much, or gives me any crap. Walk softly and carry a large frame semi auto on your hip (or perhaps it's the pistol sticking up over my head from my backpack, they probably think it's a rifle). Only one person commented, they told me they have been walking without a leash in the area for 15 years. Had it been a pissing contest I would have told them I've been walking with leash in the same area for 18. Instead I just kept on hiking telling Rock how good he was, good boy's are on leashes.

Walking softly is something I always do well, my Dad would yell 'quit stomping your feet' so I learned at a young age how to walk differently than most people do. It seems many clomp around, making all kinds of noise. At work I often scare people when they turn at the top of the stairs and find me right behind them. Ninja like.

I got a little bored Saturday night so I organized all of my 'prepper' type books. I have about 8 I haven't read including a couple I don't really want to read anytime soon based on horrible writing styles. I ordered another 6 or so from Amazon to arrive in a week. I'm getting up earlier each day in preparation for the time change and spring to be here in force. I always get a lot done this way, including some reading. Finished up the latest Holding  Their Own book, the next one isn't available in paperback yet and there is something oddly satisfying about real books vs. tablet/pad books.

I started shopping for something we've both talked about for a long time, a really nice night vision item. We have a generation 1 monocular that works well for checking the yard for bears and racoons in the warmer months, but it's not really good past 100 feet. The downside to good night vision is the cost, around $2500, and that's really hard to swallow. I'm sure we would have no problem spending that on a couple of new firearms, but this just seems different. We have it narrowed down to perhaps some PVS 14 3rd Gen pinnacle autogated ITT exellis 3+ but there is still more research to be done.

Speaking of research, we had a family lunch out for a brother in-laws birthday. The discussion came up about how he was addicted to playing a game called candy crush something-or-other. I play games, I have one on my phone but the rest are on a computer. What I don't do is walk around like a zombie addict with my eyes glued to the phone/pad screen constantly. There isn't anything that important to make me miss what life is trying to offer.
It's a horrible trend and one habit that we are calling each other on if we notice the other glued to the ipad. Come home from work, sit down, grab ipad and suddenly it's time for bed. We have too much to do but it's easy to get lost in the technology.


7 comments:

  1. We've also noticed the iPhone/iPad zombies in public places, watching as they walk into people/things/each other. Condition Opaque is no way to survive ... or rather, it's a good way not to survive.

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    1. I still prefer a real computer when it comes to doing anything online. I really don't like researching on the ipad, too small and I can do so much more with a mouse.
      Too many people can't break eye contact with the devices, and of course they are designed better than ever to suck you right in. Forever.

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  2. These people are the real zombies.

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  3. I never put a lease on my dogs except once a year, when I take them to the rabies clinic. Of course, I stay on my own land or out in the national forest. I much prefer the company of dogs to people.

    I use Night Owl night vision devices. They work well enough and don't cost an arm and a leg.

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    1. You are fortunate to have that luxury. I'm afraid Rock would bolt after every little critter, I bet he could do a 4 minute mile.

      I'm still researching, I might just pull names out of a hat eventually.

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  4. My dogs do run off in the woods. Some of them, over the years, have gone out there and not come back.

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