I need to just stop asking myself what’s next I guess.
We are predicted to have High East Winds this evening starting around 5:00.
Because it is drier than a popcorn fart around here they upgraded the alert to Red.
I was outside at 3:45, about a half hour ago and the wind has already started, the sky is hazy as fuck because of the smoke it is blowing down the Gorge from the fires in Eastern Oregon and it looks like it is going to happen right on schedule.
Winds with gusts from 60-65 miles an hour are predicted so I tipped the garbage and recycling bins over on their sides just in case. I don’t need to be hunting for those later on.
Then we have that dead tree in the backyard that someone decided to shine on when I informed the rental management outfit a couple of months ago.
It’s at least 50 feet high and has about a 3 inch thick branch tangled up in the other ones at the top that is broke off already.
I’ll be keeping an eye on that shit amongst other things.
In the mean time I have been out in the Disaster area filling magazines and reworking my battle rig.
I had to take out the Mini 14 mags as that thing is Out of Service at the moment but that just made more room for AR mags.
It pretty much has a full load out now.
The First Aid kit I ordered off of Fleabay got blown out of the sky when Ebay sent me a notice that they have De-listed that particular seller and I haven’t gotten around to getting my money back yet.
It was only about $12 and I just need to inform Paypal about it.
I reordered a bunch of stuff to replace it for now and still have a bunch already so I am trying to put a decent First Aid kit together. Some of it came in yesterday.
If you shop hard on Fleabay you can get some pretty good deals. I found the replacement contents for a First Aid kit like you would see hanging on the wall at places where I work occasionally and the whole batch was only $13. No Eye Wash and that kinda crap but all of the bandages and other goodies. It showed up in two days too.
Some reasonably priced Tourniquets showed up the other day and a couple are already on that rig now. One up front and one in the First Aid kit.
Dicking around with this rig has been like painting a big bridge.
Just about the time you think you are good to go you have to tear it apart and start over.
The vintage leather sheath for an old hunting knife I had attached to it decided to give up the ghost and split clean in two when the sewing came apart all at once so now I have to shop a knew knife with a sheath too.
I am going to look at Military Surplus for a new Pig Sticker.
It was a last minute add on anyway as it was basically the only fixed blade I had that wasn’t big enough to qualify in the machete class.
It never ends.
If you are in this area I suggest you hunker down a bit and keep an eye on what’s going on outside, especially if you have a bunch of dry grass, brush or trees around you.
I got woke up this morning at 8:00 by my phone and a group message from someone concerned that Aunt Eefa or her Brutha’s may use this High and Dry wind event to start some fires just for fun.
With their track record of playing with fire lately I’m thinking even those assholes might not be quite that stupid but ya never know, they seem to surprise me in that regard on a regular basis.
Welp, one branch has already come down and landed on the deck. Scared the shit out of the Wifely Unit as she is as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs already.
The wind has blown so much smoke across the sun is actually dim an you can’t see more than a quarter mile.
This is the dead tree I’m keeping an eye on.
It’s gusting pretty good around here and the wind is swirling from different directions now at 6:30.
It’s supposed to blow until tomorrow afternoon.
We are charging cell phones and I am going to go get the battery powered lantern out just in case. It will be dark here in a half an hour.
I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we lost power at some point.
It is what it is and I ain’t stressed about it at all.
Barring roof damage of some sort I’m just going to chill out all night.