Friday, July 6, 2012

Teaching My Fingers To Fight


Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth
my hands to war, and my fingers to fight
-Psalm 144:1

Today is as good a day as any to think about such things for I have seen hell. . . . .

. . . . . and it's Wal Mart on a Friday at 5 pm when it's 104 degrees.

I've got company coming over for supper. .  

"What's for supper B?"

"HOTR Hambush surprise?"

"huh?"

"you'll like it,  bring eye protection."

It's brutally hot across the Midwest and elsewhere. Record breaking temps across Indiana for 7 out of the last 9 days. Arm yourself, get plenty of liquids (heh), stay cool, and be safe. And while you're at it, pray for our soldiers who are putting up with this kind of heat and worse every day, in harms way and in hot, heavy gear, while we sit in relative safety with air conditioning.

 - Brigid

19 comments:

  1. Yeah...summer has made it to the inland Northwest...they are predicting 107 for Sunday...

    I see many meals of cereal and sandwichs for dinner...I'm just not as tough as you ma'am.

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  2. I'd like to hear more about that HOTR Hambush Surprise...

    Stay cool and feel free to keep your Hoosier heat in Indiana... ya'll sent us quite a blast of inferno fury today...

    Dann in Ohio

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  3. Indeed. The sand and dust does not help our people either. It's 2100 hrs here and the outside thermometer is reporting 90 degrees F.

    This week at work has been taxing as the manufacturing plant is not air conditioned.

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  4. Try Meijer. The clientele is less scary.

    If not for seeing with my own eyes (in any Walmart) at 3AM, I would have dismissed peopleofwalmart.com as a hoax. Nope, it's true. Some are more scary than others, but any of them look to be full of Texas chainsaw extended family at that time of the morning. (I always thought carnies moved around with county/state fairs, but the unfortunate overnight visits confirmed they came out from under their rocks at night.)

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  5. "Hambush" "Bring eye protection"

    I love it!

    Have a great weekend!

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  6. Stay cool! Had a friend with a sailboat that had a very large slingshot for water balloons. He used to lob them toward shore at folks in the park on really hot days, and most of the time they asked for more.

    Continued prayers for our soldiers overseas. Have some friends that moved back to northern Iraq. When it gets this hot in the summer over there, people sleep on their roofs because the inside of the buildings get so hot.

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  7. Stay cool! Had a friend with a sailboat that had a very large slingshot for water balloons. He used to lob them toward shore at folks in the park on really hot days, and most of the time they asked for more.

    Continued prayers for our soldiers overseas. Have some friends that moved back to northern Iraq. When it gets this hot in the summer over there, people sleep on their roofs because the inside of the buildings get so hot.

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  8. On a hot day, your are better off ordering Pizza or going out to eat with all the others.

    Better yet stay in the cool air.

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  9. Here, in Hell, where temps regularly exceed 120 in the summer, we sneer at lesser beings who wilt at 90 degrees or so. Quit whining, hydrate, and....welcome to my world. :-)

    p.s. In my world we never have to wear long pants! :-)

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  10. The only PPE I usually need for cooking is oven mitts, I'm intrigued. Pics and recipe to follow?

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  11. Same here in Virginia.

    Too hot for shooting.

    Did I just say that?

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  12. That's putting it in perspective. We've got a few days of heat and we have air conditioning. They have it every single day.

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  13. greg - 105 today, then it's supposed to cool, just in time for me to fly off to some hot box o' sand somewhere for a week or so on business.

    Dann - it was pretty simple. Chopped a big sweet onion, caramalized it in a pan and then hit with a splash of honey vineger. Tossed that in with a big can of Busch baked beans, some red pepper and a dollop of blackstrap molasses. Nestled in that was a big pork roast, rubbed with herbs and a dash of onion and garlic powder and then drizzled with a few drops of Scoville Brothers Singing Smoke sauce and a tiny bit of maple syrup. Cook in a crockpot if it's hot. Serve with blue corn cornbread and and a shot of whisky (served with a splash of water bwahahahahaha). By the time the fesetivities ended it was midnight but everyone was wet, cooled off and happy.

    Mrs. S. - I crewed with pals a couple times on a large Taiwaneese ketch that belonged to a friend that flew for Air America or some mumble mumble group I associated with as pilots. Strictly amateur stuff, we never won any of the local regattas up and down the waterways as usually there was the cry of "look, they sell beer there!" and we'd go ashore and lose our place. But there was some great slingshops made with surgical masks and tubing to launch the balloons.

    Stephen - it's not the temps it's the 68% humidity that comes with it. I've lived in the desert and I'd take 120 there over 100 here any day. You are tough though, and the area you are in brings a beauty we just don't get to experience. Stay cool.

    Fog45 - I got a picture pre cooking, but no pictures after. Recipe such as it is up above.

    Cathy - welcome and you are so very right. Bless our troops!

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  14. We are due for a season high of 72 tomorrow in Friday Harbor. I'm real glad I left Auburn, IN last year. I hear people out here start to complain when it hits 75.

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  15. I have plenty of sympathy for y'all out there across the midwest and farther east. I grew up in northern Illinois with 100 degree days, 90% humidity, no a/c, and listening to the corn grow in the field next to the house. So don't feel too harshly toward me when I say I just stepped in from the deck, and it's just nudging 80 at 4 pm here in the Central Sierra Nevada at about 4500 feet above the valley floor. Most days over the last two weeks or so it's been in the low 70s or maybe up to 75. Nights are cool enough to turn off the fans, toss on an extra blanket, and even sometimes shut the windows. Driving off my ridge on a clean evening is like flying as I look out over the valley to the coast range and the Tehachapis clearly visible at 100 to 150 miles in the distance. In winter that same view is like looking over a sea of fog at the distant skyline.
    Cheers.

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  16. Temps in Kandahar reached 102 yesterday.....hotter in Helmund Province and will stay that way until late September. Sorry to see that so much of the USA is experiencing what is the norm over here.

    Our military are doing their best here and glad to have them in the general area....I am working here helping the Afghan people and luckily we have good offices. When we go outside, we bring cold bottled water to the Afghan military that guard our location in Kandahar City.

    All my best to all back home. We miss our homes and the simple pleasure of sitting in the porch and sipping an ice cold Gunness. R&R is about 88 days away.

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  17. Keep cool!
    Those 'cool snake' neck scarves they hawk at gun shows are wonderful in such weather!

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  18. Right next door to you from western Illinois, the Land of Lincoln and No CCW, I'm darn proud to say our youngest son took his girlfriend and his new Howa rifle in .308 out for its first time; temp at 99, virtually no breeze. Got groups, though; Federal 150's cutting cloverleafs at 100 yards. I'd have gone but work precludes; going back out for a follow up today plus a pair of 10-22's to plink with, double-check the scopes for 50-yd. zeros. Plenty of water insisted on by Dad; the young lady can go up to a blind spot should need arise!

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