In other news, Patriot's Day is of course a Big Thing here. In going to meet a couple new acquaintances, I heard once again this wonderful speaker. We've crossed paths a few times, and every time I come away more impressed.
We were at a historical lecture/reenactment at Barrett's farm, where he took on the role of Col Barret. The man is quite simply amazing. He can go from discussing the minutiae of the Mayflower Compact to his own stories from early tech venture capitalist life in a heartbeat. He's one of the most fascinating conversationalists I've ever had the opportunity to run into, and very much look forward to crossing paths again.
In a related vein, I've tracked down through interlibrary loan a copy of one of the source books used for a certain White Rider by historians of April 19th -
One of the advantages to living in New England now is that the place is filled with libraries, all packed with old "history of our town" books printed up by local historians and antiquarian societies. Lots of them never made the national publishing scene, many still aren't digitized - but the originals are tucked away in local libraries all over this part of the state. Every library trip is like a treasure hunt!
Speaking of antiquarian societies - I got a new toy! See that lantern next to Mr. Jefferson's bust? It's a copy of the Old North Church lantern made famous by Paul Revere's Ride. The Concord Antiquarian Society had some made up for the bicentennial, and I finally manged to find one on eBay that didn't cost a mint. It's found a new home in the "Americana Corner" in the breakfast room TJIC has let me claim -
Let's see - what else? I got to the range once - the 10/22 front sight is finally staying put. Thanks all for the recommendations for red loctite - worked like a charm. The general range won't let us do field positions, so these are all "unslung rifle resting over a backpack" at 25 yards. Not perfect, but I'm kinda proud of what I managed, what with making it out maybe once every month and a half or so these days -
And of course, taking walks in the woods with family and friends - one sweet dog and one young boy, exploring the great wide world -
For all its craziness, life is still pretty sweet these days.
Time to go clean the garden.
God bless you all, and may your weekend be a good one.