Solitude is on us again, “us” meaning Your Humble Blogger and his faithful Small Dog Mark II, after a few eventful days. With Small Dog, is it “solitude” or is it “dualitude”? Don’t cop an attitude, we just want to know.
Kid visited from Wednesday through today, and while he spent much of the time with his 17-year-old peers, he also spent much with his mom’s grumpy old ex, which made that man less grumpy than he’s been in a while. We’ve already recounted the range visit and Mauser/Luger shoot, but Saturday we hit not one but three gun shops: Kittery Trading Post, the SIG Academy pro shop, and our favorite kitchen table/transfer dealer (we had a rare Czechoslovak firearm to pick up). We have promised Kid a firearm for his 18th Birthday next year.
Everyone has low-cost ARs now (low cost being relative at SIG, though). The el cheapo king was probably the whole rack of DPMS factory demo rifles for sale at Kittery — typical optic-ready carbines for $450. .22 ammo is back on the shelves in quantity and in bulk packaging. And suppressors seem to be really taking off, even without the hearing protection act.
Plaintiff II showed up somewhat unexpectedly Saturday evening. She brought her nephew, a kid who has fallen on hard times. He’s not a bad kid but does not excel at looking out for Number One, consequently he’s in a jam — unemployed, broke, no car, and his mom, Plaintiff’s sister, just passed away after a long illness with many devastating complications. (Which is what brought Plaintiff back to NH).
Supposedly there’s a will, which no one can find. He’s selling off his possessions on LetGo to try to raise enough for his mom’s cremation (we said he was broke, we mean broke). Another relative helped him out with a GoFundMe page.
This kid is 26, he’s a one-tour Iraq vet who isn’t asking for much, but if you would like to help him out, the GoFundMe is here. Even $5 or $10 gets him closer to his goal. As you may see, Your Humble Blogger has made a contribution; we would not ask you guys without our own skin in the game. Nobody, not Darren nor us here at WeaponsMan, expects you to do this, nor will anyone think less of you if you aren’t able to donate, or would prefer not to do so.
With all the family eventfulness going on, we did not review a movie. In fact, we didn’t watch the GD movie we intended to. It’s been that kind of week.
Update at 2200
I did finally watch the movie, so there is that. Kid’s ride to the airport wasn’t as locked it as he thought so I got to spend an extra hour with him. He should be home it St Louis soon. Small Dog Mk II rode all the way to Boston in his lap, and most of the way home in mine.
Darren has raised the minimum amount he needed to get his Mom cremated (not accounting for the 8% GoFundMe gets, but that’s OK), and the lion’s share of it came from you guys. We are humbled by your generosity. Any extra that goes in should improve Carlene’s send-off (and put the cremains in an urn instead of a bento box or whatever the default option is!). And we’ll see if the kindness of strangers is what he needed to get his life going back in a positive direction.