Now, I know that for some of you- and you know who you are so please don’t embarrass yourself and others by denying it- that are frankly bored with the whole pointless existence of modern life, essentially doing little more than devoting all your efforts and treasury to other less worthies engaged in such endeavors such as siting all day on front porches drinking malt 40’s, or a boss reporting to the corporate suits that your work was all his idea and would that bonus check be in before the holidays? And it does you little good to wish upon a star that you were back in a simpler time like when men were men and sheep were nervous and armed gladiators clashed for the rights of bedding fair maidens so that they weren’t very fair once you got done with them. But if you lived back then you just would have been a flea bitten serf, so don’t go there. I mean, sure, you’re a serf NOW. But there is much better sanitation and even if you have to work fifty hours a week and commute ten and must give the wife seventy percent of your pay and Uncle Obamy the other thirty, hey, at least you get to watch seventeen all sports channels all weekend long. And yet, as great as those sports channel sound, you still dream of arming yourself with plastic carbines with attached red dot sites and cool front guard vertical grip and built in compass and clashing in gladiator combat to win the hand of maidens a little past their prime and definitely in need of a bath before you despoil them.
Too bad you don’t have any disposable income left from being a debt serf. You keep hinting that for Christmas all you want is an AK with folding stock, but there never seems to be enough extra left over for that and so you get a scarf instead, and while you suspect that the wife just got a boob job and is getting an awful lot of deliveries from the same UPS guy, you can’t really confirm this since you never get to touch them anymore and yet this seems to be where your cool semi-auto acquisition fund went to. As I keep telling you, you need to downsize your expectations. You don’t need the best two grand AR platform in 308, nor do you have to settle on a $150 Russian bolt rifle built by the Czar and then used by five different proto-communist countries after that most of which involved jungles and rust combated only by liberal amounts of coconut oil. Sure, if desperate and in a hurry and facing prospects of never earning much ever again, go low ( then upgrade if time permits ). But there is nothing wrong with middlin quality. It might not be the best, but it ain’t crap churned out at factories even the Chinese peasants fresh off the turnip field wouldn’t buy from.
As I keep whining about, every time I buy from one of the China-Marts, I get screwed. Abysmal quality ( and oh I’m sure it coincidentally starting about when the economy took a bit squishy- but not to worry, green shoots!!! ). Wal-Mart is especially bad, even with name brands. K-Mart is not quite as bad. A Wally pair of slacks might last four months, the K-Mart ones go six to eight before they rip at the seams. I loved my $15 K-Mart boots, so much more comfortable than Wal-Marts and they did last twice as long but still only six months. Those were the last pair of shoes I bought cheap. I went ahead and ordered a pair of GI style Rothco boots from Amazon. $55 with free shipping. You had to immediately replace the laces, but great otherwise-real dead cow skin. It took half a day to break in and while I need to wait to see how long they last it’s looking promising. For slacks I ordered Dickies from Amazon. Spend twice as much, and get four times the use. It ain’t top of the line, and doesn’t cost it. Middlin.
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