Sunday, January 3, 2016
Being back feels good. Feels like me.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Erin reveals her big secret.
My response, at a gut level is "That's it?" But I understand how big this reveal is for her. My response is much more an indicator of the level of effect this has on my friendship with her. She's still a kind and giving person. She's still the person who researches nuclear physics for the sake of accuracy in our rpg, because she strives to give us a good game (and she does). And above all, she's still my friend.
And a warning any potential trolls reading this: You WILL be nice about this, or you will kindly shut your digital piehole and be somewhere she's not. Whatever your thoughts on this matter, violating Wheaton's Law will go very, very poorly for you.
(Yes, I'm using the feminine pronoun, and will continue to do so until I'm given a reason to change. It's how I know Erin, it's how she identifies, it's how my mind perceives her.)
Friday, August 9, 2013
It seems that MIT (Yes, THAT MIT) has a program in which one can become a certified pirate.
It appears the course involves training in “pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing.” If you've been here for long, you know I know pistols. I haven't shot my bow in a couple years, but I can hold my own well enough with it. I've got a foil and glove in the garage, awaiting the return of my old fencing partner, and an ultimate goal of learning saber as well. But not epee. That's just some nonsense.
I've never run anything with sails on it, but I own a small motorboat, and have driven plenty of others, up to and including a large tour boat on Lake Okanagan (it's amazing what you can get away with if you're friendly and willing to ask...) I guess I need to get one of my friends to give me instruction in the older ways of travel, though.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Action of Second Continental Congress,
July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
Friday, June 7, 2013
I'm gonna work myself to death, but at least my corpse will be rich.
We're working 9's, 6 days a week, at a jobsite 2 hours from home. I've got two bids out on side work, which I'm going to get, and working on another. I've also got a line on a higher-paying job with a different company, and no idea when I'll be able to interview for it. It's a grind, but car parts and Boomershoot rifles cost.
At least I have the summer off from school.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
In the happy camp, I found I have somewhere around 5000 rounds of rimfire ammo, split pretty evenly between .22LR and .22WMR. I also have about 4000 small pistol primers. Since you can never have enough of that stuff, yeah, happy.
On the sad side, I have 1200 Large Pistol primers. I have virtually no .38SPL (but a metric butt-ton of brass just needing loaded). I have all of 50 rounds of defensive shotgun ammo, including what's in the gun, and less than 200 rounds of game/target shotgun ammo.
Yeah, my buying priorities just got realigned.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Sorry for the radio silence. We've had some pretty healthy thunderstorms the past couple days, so the computers have been off. I'll pull some doubles to get back on pace for the better man project, and I've got a couple other posts in the cooker.
Monday, April 29, 2013
After about 12 hours and 600 miles, we're finally back home. It was a long trip, but well worth it. Met some great people, made some great booms, and I think refreshed the blogging batteries. AAR and pictures will follow when I have some semblance of energy.
We'll be back...
Friday, April 26, 2013
Its been a busy couple days at Boomershoot. We're camped on the firing line, and its been beautiful. We've spent most of the past couple days assembling boomers, and it feels like we're starting to get it down. Bex has been open carrying, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me smile. She and I also took Tango's Utah CCW class, and I highly recommend it if you get the chance.
Its late, morning comes early, no rest for the wicked.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
On the upside, in less than two weeks, I'll be on the line at Boomershoot! Anybody who's going to be there, look for a short dude with a beard running a Winchester 70 (and probably missing a fair bit!)
So, who am I going to see there?
Monday, November 12, 2012
Bex is buying me a two-car garage! With all the accessories, including a house and a yard, and everything! We close at the end of the month, and should be able to do Christmas in our new home.
The thought of that much debt kinda hurts my head, but it's far lower than most folks. Our house payment, insurance, and property taxes will be within $200 of our rent, and we've definitely got the money, so we'd be stupid not to buy. It's definitely a starter home, but it'll give us equity in a few years to buy something bigger and better.
Plus, for the history nerd in me, I'll finally be original-intent Constitutionally eligible to vote. (White. Male. Landowner.) Not that it's how I think the franchise should be restricted in the modern day (that's a subject for a whole other blogpost), but it still is kinda nifty.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I promise to try not to do that disappearing act again.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The first stop was the Rock House. This one room home can be yours just as long as you can live without things like central heating and air, indoor plumbing and electricity.
The local herd of big horn sheep were all too willing to pose for pictures for me. Even the ram decided to grace me with his presence for a few shots.
The other photo op was down at Crystal Geyser on the other side of town. Unfortunately the geyser doesn't have any set time schedule as to when it will go off, so instead of seeing boiling hot water shooting into the air we got to walk around the mineral deposit terrace and chase lizards.
For those of you who prefer to be more active while visiting the sleepy town of Green River, might we recommend rafting or whatever it is that you call this guy is doing.
And remember kids, be sure to keep your puppy safe from drowning!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Yes, I do product reviews. My email is on the right, feel free to drop me a line. However, know beforehand that I value honesty above all else. I've been helped by the honest reviews of gunnie friends, and I feel obligated to provide the same honesty for up-and-coming gunnies myself.
Any product I receive for review will get a published review. I can't call myself honest if I don't do that. If there is a problem with the product, I will first behave as I would if I were a paying customer. The real world is an imperfect world, and the willingness and ability of a company to make right on problems is at least as important as their product.
As much fun as torture tests can be to watch, they aren't really my thing. They don't tell me anything about how a product performs day-to-day. Sure, your truck can tow 5 tons through fire up an impossible incline (my current favorite overblown TV torture test.) But what really matters to me is what the oil looks like 50000 miles down the road, or whether or not the brakes can stop that 5 ton trailer coming down the back side of one of the mountains I tow through. Real-world is where my focus lies. (Not that I won't do a torture test if a vendor asks. The phrase "Try and break this" is exceptionally motivational to me.)
In short, I owe it to myself, the vendors, and whoever reads my reviews to be as honest, forthright, and practical as possible, and to frame all of my reviews in the mindset of the capitalist's greatest determinant: "Would I spent my own money on this?"
I hope I can help somebody like I've been helped.
Monday, May 28, 2012
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.General George S Patton, June 7, 1945
I've been blessed in my life to know many individuals who willingly and proudly put on the uniform of our great nation. I've also been blessed to never have lost a friend to enemy fire. However, on this day, we remember all of those who paid the price for freedom, in blood, the only currency that can be traded for liberty.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Simple. Same way you carry in any other clothing. Actually, a suit can often be easier to carry in, since it has a built-in cover garment. Suit coats work wonders for concealing shoulder holsters, as well as OWB and IWB rigs.
I don't wear a suit very often, but I've had my very best luck wearing a tuckable IWB rig, if I was concerned about taking off my jacket. Which, interestingly, is the same result I get in standard street clothes.
And that's how you carry in a suit.
Seriously, this thing is the most awesome beast ever. Fresh coffee, faster than a drip machine, no wasted Joe. K cups run us something like $.60 each locally (I know they're far cheaper online, I just haven't gotten that far yet), which beats the guts out of paying $3 or more at the coffee shop.
And in the deepest parts of awesome, it's more than just coffee. We also have apple cider (phenomenally awesome) and green tea (less awesome, but I'm picky about my tea). In fact, most of what I've been drinking has been apple cider. They also make a basket that fits where the k-cup would normally go, to let you use standard coffee grounds or tea leaves, which is something we'll have to invest in. (See the part where I'm picky about my tea.) The only thing I miss from my old drip machine was the ability to set it to brew in the morning, so I had coffee when I made it to the kitchen. However, this thing is so fast, that's a complete non-issue.
Well worth the price, all around.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
seeing as I already keep it in stock, as opposed to the far more popular .380.
It's what Weerd would call a "pack of smokes" gun. It completely disappears in my back pocket, which makes it wonderful for quick trips out of the house when I don't want to holster up something mightier.
And being pretty doesn't hurt, either.
Friday, April 20, 2012
I'm working at a place called the Boneyard, with a dude named Dog Nuts.
You have no idea how utterly hard core that sentence makes me feel.