Cold Weather, Crime Wave & 2016 Queen Catalog

The 2016 Queen Product Catalog was released last week and there are some great looking products coming up.  One item I knew was coming and I personally like is the Blue Bone.  This is a ‘distressed’ blue so don’t be looking for a perfectly matched solid blue.  It’s a great looking handle material and the variation in color adds to the look.  The prototype Barlow’s I received had the MOP keystone shields which won’t be present on the production run knives.

One surprise was no production knives in the CPM154 steel or 154CM.  After seeing some of the short run/proto knives last year, I had myself convinced we might see a series offered in the high tech steels.  The nice thing is it allows Queen to mix things up once in a while and use the CPM or CM as a specialty steel we’ll only seen on a few knives.  No doubt it doesn’t matter to a lot of collectors as it does bump up the price but if you use your knife heavily, gotta love that steel!

We finally got some winter weather this weekend in the form of coooold temps.  How cold? Well here’s what we saw first thing Saturday morning.

DSC_0894I’ll admit it did warm up to around -8F during the day, but it was a bit brisk in the morning!  No one’s really complaining as we’ve had one of the mildest winters I can recall.

With the cold weather and winter we suffer from a malady up here commonly referred to as ‘cabin fever’.  It’s that restless, I gotta get out of the house before I go crazy feeling you get after being cooped up due to lousy cold weather.

On the positive side, we try to cure it with activities like ice fishing, snowmobile races and motorcycle races on the ice regardless of the temperatures.  Our Winter Carnival starts up in February with all kinds of craziness including golf on the lake, folks jumping through a hole in the ice into the freezing cold lake water.  Great distractions and it does make the winter go by a little faster.

One of the  negative aspects to the cabin fever syndrome is the increase in crime.  While we don’t live in a major metropolitan area, don’t kid yourself, we do have a criminal element to be dealt with.  I caught these two reports in the Sunday paper police blotter and thought they were worth sharing.

Police Report
Police Report

Granted, that may not qualify as a crime, it does make you realize how alert we are this time of year to potential criminal activity.  The really serious issue was in the following report.  You have to understand, there are some items of personal property we value greater then others this time of year.  To attack / vandalize someone’s fish house in the dead of winter is….well, …. it’s a bit like cattle rustling in the old west.  It’s just not tolerated.

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