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Outdoors in RI: “Hot” dogs, hairy moths, and small towns – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer

With summer in full swing, we cannot forget our dogs.  Abby rides shotgun with me as much as possible. Tuesday, after a train pick up in New Hampshire, we stopped at Cabela’s in Hudson, Massachusetts and Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro.  While I was after a navigation light, it was also a treat for Abby. She enjoyed meeting the store clerks as they had cookies for her. There were only 2-3 customers in Cabella’s, so Abby did not get to socialize with them. My main goal of bringing Abby into the stores was to show her the pheasant mount on display. (See header photo)  She wanted that bird in the worst way.  Fortunately, for the mounts sake, it was behind bars.

To give your pup some change of pace and keep them stimulated, the following stores welcome dogs:  Petco, PetSmart, Tractor Supply, Lowes, Home Depot, Cabella’s, and Bass Pro Shop. These stores are more than willing to accommodate your dog and would rather see them in the store rather than be left in a hot car. 

Speaking of a hot car, some dog owners are leaving their dogs in the car or truck with the AC on.  While that seems reasonable, this writer confirmed if the dog is in the direct sunlight even with the AC on, the dog can overheat.  On the way home from Maine on July 8th, I had the AC blasting and still Jada got hot in the co-pilot’s seat as she was in the direct sunlight.  I needed to pull up the center console and have her half in my lap to cool down.

Jason Aldean – Try That In A Small Town (Official Music Video) – YouTube

Jason Aldean’s “Try that in a Small Town” is the epitome of of what is going wrong with this country.  People do not realize what a powder keg we are sitting on.  Up in Maine manners came first. While up there for 1.5 months I can say Maine has changed for the worst. Maine’s state motto is “Vacation Land” – not anymore!  Don’t get me wrong there are still good people up there and I am good friends with many of them.  However, the anger, hostility, lack of caring in Maine is rampant.  I saw 2 Maine guys get out of their cars and get into a fight over who got to the intersection first. Hell, if I wanted to see that nonsense I would have stayed home and gone to one of our Rhode Island cities or towns. Maine drivers are fast becoming as dangerous as Massachusetts drivers.

Talking to a woman in Waterville – I asked her what is driving the anger and hostility in Maine.  Her reply was “people are fed up with the drugs and the crime”  and, also  “Now the Government is importing illegal aliens”. There are a lot of people that do not belong legally in the US. In Jason’s song – the last verse is about farmers coming together to help one of their own.  I am worried those days are numbered for the farmers as the Chinese (CCP) are buying up much of America’s farmland – including in Maine.

I bring these negative issues up as there is indifference toward the Brown Tail Moth problem in Maine.  After a total of 6 calls to Governor Janet Mill’s office – she, or a staff member, never called me back.  Talking to a large number of Maine residents, and they are very worried about these moths. Talking to a couple of others, I hung up the phone thinking they could care less about the issue, as it appeared they thought the conversation was slightly comical. 

Maine’s change for the worst occurred after Maine became a Blue State.  Coincidence?  We as the citizenship of our country need to do the job ourselves.  I would recommend going against the state recommendation for leaving your outside lights off, and in fact leave them on.  The moths and other harmful insect will congregate around the light, and you can dowse them with a can of Raid. This was tested here in Rhode Island and works very well. I have not seen any mosquitoes around my outdoor light in 2 nights as well.  My experiment will be concerning to some state officials; however, the general public has lost faith in the government. Feel free to call Janet Mills at 207-287-3531 and ask her to take charge and eliminate these moths.

Within the last few days another case of voter fraud has been found in Rhode Island with a potential second case, as well.  It is time that we Americans remind all government officials they work for us, and not vice versa, and these same officials answer to us, and not vice versa.  A key example is displayed on the YouTube video taken by the Warwick City Government where a citizen gets his 1st amendment rights violated.  This is not the first time this happened in the Warwick City Hall chamber.  I witnessed the same actions by the same bad actor years ago at city hall.  If they can so readily violate the 1st Amendment, then they can just as easily violate the Second Amendment (2A).

Pay close attention to the 2:18:50 time stamp:

Warwick City Council Meeting – 7.17.2023 – YouTube

To finish on a positive note:  ladies here are some other nail patterns for you as I am seeing more and more patterns show up by the week! Some of these patterns are done with those in the medical fields and culinary fields in mind that need to keep their nails short.

‘Til next week – Jeff


Jeffrey “Jeff” Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a “great learning experience for everyone”, Jeff says, and I’m an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them”.Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. “Determined seeker of the truth”. Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.

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