I'm in the process of sorting out a large number of boxes of possessions that I brought with me from Louisiana when I came to Tennessee to marry Miss D. and settle here. I've not had to do so in the past because the house we share with a friend doesn't have space for all our stuff, so it's been stored in the garage. However, our housemate will be getting married soon and will want his privacy, so Miss D. and I will be looking to rent somewhere else.
Regular readers will remember that back in 2008 I had a fire at my home in Louisiana, followed within a few weeks by further damage caused by Hurricane Gustav. The upshot was that all my possessions had to be removed from my house so that it could be repaired and renovated (all courtesy of my insurance company, who were a bit taken aback to have two major damage claims submitted within a matter of a few weeks! They paid up like gentlemen, though.) As part of the process I boxed up a number of riflescopes and other goodies that I'd just bought, and the box was duly moved to storage along with the others. Unfortunately I never saw it again. I presumed it had been stolen by one of the hired help assisting with the move.
I've been planning to buy half a dozen riflescopes over the next few months to upgrade some of my long guns, and had begun to set aside money for the purpose. Today, while emptying and moving boxes, I came across a big one that felt strangely heavy. I opened it, and beneath a layer of papers and books I found a smaller box. It was the one in which I'd packed those riflescopes back in 2008! I can only assume that a mover decided to pack my stuff more efficiently than I had, and dropped the smaller box into the larger one.
However it got there, I'm delighted at my good fortune. I now have the following brand-new scopes lined up next to my desk, ready to install:
- A Swift 3-9x40 scope (its box still smoke-stained from the fire, but the scope inside was protected by its plastic bag);
- 4 Weaver Classic 1-3x20 scopes (ideal for lightweight carbines and rifles);
- A Simmons 1x32 shotgun scope;
- 2 TruGlo Red Dot 2x42mm. sights;
- A portable Otis Tactical Cleaning System in its pocket-size case;
- 4 Peltor Tactical 6S electronic hearing protection headsets;
- A collection of scope mounts and rings, knives, flashlights and other goodies.
According to the invoices in the box, I spent less than $400 in 2008 to buy them all at various sales and through special offers. To replace them today would cost three to four times as much - I've just priced them all at Amazon.com. Now I don't need to, because they're still new in their boxes and ready to go.
I think this evening I'm the living definition of a happy