Carry a gun and is lead magnetic? Finally got out between snow banks and went with Nancy yesterday to the "big" city. Dubuque, just North of us. I rarely go to a town of over 8000 people anymore, but she had "shopping" to do and was in one of her "moods". Needed to keep piece, whoops, peace in the family. I no longer pay much attention to "world" news anymore. I have finally figured out I can't do anything about what is going on and I have more time to devote to thinking about when my cardiac infarct is going to occur. I have been aware that the price of metals has skyrocketed. For instance copper. Here they are stealing copper before they will rob a bank. Stripping new houses, tearing down telephone lines, going into power substations and hacksawing out cable. We have a major, major rail line here. Just across the river in Illinois there is a primary substation for switching and communication out in the boonies. George probably knows about these things. It has been hit twice for about 3000 dollars worth of copper each time. Fine and dandy, but it leaves a rail system with multiple multiple coast to coast traffic high and dangerously dry. I am getting junk men coming to the house more often than Jehovah's Witnesses asking if I want my farm "cleaned" up. I sold my old pickup to a young fella for a wood hauler last week for a price that I could have gotten more for if I had junked it. Now here, finally is my point. I stopped in a favorite bait/tackle shop yesterday to pick up some no-rolls. I got a little over a pound of assorted sizes. My bill was 7.86 cents. I about puked. I think I will drill some holes in rocks and use them for weights and put the lead in my safe deposit box. Can't ya just see it now. Go fishing finally, to forget life for a little while. Standing on a bank a guy comes up to you. I don't want your money, just give me all the lead you got in your tackle box! I have a buddy that used to race stock cars. He has a number of lead wheel weights he used for racing. I am gonna get some molds, utilize the BOC library and start smelting lead. And then I am going to start carrying my favorite 38 when I go fishing. I also might take a scuba diving course. Think of the money in those holes where weights have been eaten up for years and lead heads have been eaten up for years. Sure beats picking up recyclable aluminum cans in the ditches anymore. Is lead magnetic? That would work slick with my new scuba gear.