Monday, November 12, 2012

Finally finding what I seek (in beverage)

Around here, the Keurig is near unto God.  It makes the coffee that sustains my wife, and provides me with warm beverages, too.  Green Mountain Naturals' Hot Apple Cider is utterly phenomenal, and a personal favorite.  However, until tonight, the other of my favorite hot drinks, tea, has utterly eluded me.  I've been spoiled by having some very excellent teas, particularly my favorite, asian green teas.  Tazo's Awake is a rather acceptable generic black tea, if you give it enough honey.  However, last night we picked up a box of Celestial Seasoning's Lemon Zinger that was exceptionally tasty.  I'm still on a quest to find a good green tea (and may have to go away from packaged K cups, and use my filter basket instead, or stick to my kettle and teabags), but for now, I'm set for black teas.  And considering this weekend's weather, the timing couldn't have been better.


Big news, everyone!

So, I mentioned working on some big news.  If you know me on Facebook, you already know it, but for the rest of you...

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

Sorry for the silence

Didn't mean to go quiet there.  I had a few posts syndicated, which due to a recently-discovered fight between me and Google's scheduler doohickey, ended up scheduled for NEXT August.  I've got them rescheduled, and will be kicking them out in the next week.  Beyond that, school has been stupid busy (second year electrical training is supposedly the hardest year), and Bex and I have been working on some Big Damn News (tm) that I'll be revealing very shortly.

I promise to try not to do that disappearing act again.


Monday, July 23, 2012

On the day that I die

I hope all of my friends and family remember this.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Raising Hell Victory Tour: The Album


Bex here.  Loki took me on the Raising Hell Victory Tour this past weekend down to Green River, UT.  Loki had his own agenda to fulfill over the weekend, about which he will post himself.  I went for the photo ops and a giant jacuzzi tub in our hotel room. Since I wasn't able to fit the tub into our truck, I guess y'all will have to settle for the pictures I took.

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

Raising Hell Victory Tour

By the time you read this, I'll already be well on it.  Can't tell you the details, that would spoil the fun.  However, I can post fun times music videos!

I'll catch everybody when I get home, hopefully with all sorts of cool pictures.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

D Day

I know it's late,  it's been a long day.  But today, this picture pretty much sums up all of my thoughts and feelings about D-Day.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Official Redneck Command Product Review Policy

It's gotten to the point where I have to have one, so here goes.

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

Today we remember

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

Life is hard

Our cats are so put upon.  Can't you tell?

I don't know how they survive.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

That most burning of questions

As a matter of fact, I am! 

That's a whole ammo can full of 7.62x39, plus I have another 1000 round sealed case.  I need a couple more zombie cans, though, to stuff with the preferred pistol calibers of the house.

Are you ready?


Monday, May 7, 2012

Search term fun!

One of the hits I got in the past week was "How to carry a gun in a suit."

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.


I have found my new God

And Keurig is it's name.

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

It may not be with Bill Dance

But I'm going fishing. The weather is gorgeous, I just got my license, and it would be criminal of me not to put some mileage on it.

Don't make a mess while I'm gone.


Saturday, April 21, 2012

BAG Day 2012

I know it's almost a week late, and ironically, the gun was bought about two weeks early, but here it is.

It's a Beretta Tomcat in .32ACP.  I've wanted a mousegun for a while now, particularly in .32, 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

Things I Never Thought I'd Say, Hard as Hell Edition

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.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

30 years ago today

The baddest dude on the planet was born.

And I've only gotten better since!


Monday, April 2, 2012

So far today

I played Capture the Flag at work, capped the flag hard core, and am currently in the process of building a flagpole to display that bitch for all the world to see.

How has your day been?


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Things I never thought I'd say #5(I think)

There's a zebra at the petting zoo at the rest stop in Scipio.

If you're from Utah, you know Scipio, and the whole thing is hilarious. If you aren't, you don't, and the joke can't be explained.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

I really wasn't going to say anything

About the Smoke & Thunder nonsense. Because if Miguel is 4th tier dreck, seriously, I'm last row GA at a festival.

But then he got all sorts of froggy all over Miguel's comments.

A short summary of my comments there:

Boy, you stepped in the stinky pile, and then you proceeded to jump up and down in it for punctuation.  When you were called on it, you doubled down on stupid, and proceeded to retreat to insults and vulgarity as your only defense against facts presented and opinions that differed from complete adulation of you and your little baby.

And honestly, you probably could have survived, if you'd been taking shots at guys like me.  But I guess, if you're gonna do something, you don't do it half-assed.  So you went after the A-list, the biggest names in the game.

And you got your ass beat.  So then, you went after the very people you claimed were your target demographic, again resorting to vulgarity and insults, going after some of our most beloved newcomers.

Trust me, the asskicking you just got is nothing compared to what you're about to receive.

Just sit back, and enjoy the ride.


Overheard in the living room

We're watching the Daytona pre-race show.  This is upon learning that Jimmie Johnson had 0 wins last year.

Bex: He didn't win a single race last year?  There is a God! (cue insane cackling.)


Monday, February 20, 2012

This day in history

Two years ago today was the best day of my life (but the ones in the interim have been pretty awesome too.)  On that day, I married my partner and best friend. I love you as much today as I did then, honey.

Here's to a lifetime.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

I'm not dead

Really, I swear. Bex and I just moved to a new place, and internet access has been incredibly limited. We're getting regular internet on Tuesday, and regular non-posting will resume then.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Presented without comment

Couple Reveals Child's Gender 5 Years Too Late.

Because every time I try to comment, I get a bit apoplectic right about the time I hit "What the hell, you self-absorbed twit?"


If my experience is any indication

You're doing alright so far, Mr Potterfield.

"We will be the best-run business in America."

MidwayUSA's management is dedicated to a culture of excellence, and it shows.  Their customer service in all of my interactions with them has been stellar, they exceed all their promises, and year after year are successful both financially, and as a part of the community.

Keep it up!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Out goin blastin

It's 48 and cloudy, an odd thing for January in Utah. However, it means that not only is USPSA on like Donkey Kong (they shoot rain or shine. We come tough out here) but I've got no excuse for not being there. Quick shower, grab the 1911s and a happy pack, and I'm off to the gun races.

Hope everybody enjoys their day.


Monday, January 16, 2012

I never thought I'd say it

But I have to agree with something Joan Peterson said. (Link goes to Weerd.  I'm not feeding the harpies and trolls any traffic.)

They don’t like victims….It’s odd that they don’t see how failure to do something has resulted in more victims.
She's right.  We don't like victims, or at least, I don't.  And failing to do something DOES result in more victims.  That's why me and my tribe strive to help victims heal, and raise themselves up above victimhood.

This is the ideal outcome for anyone who has been made a victim.  It has nothing to do with her buying a gun or becoming a gunnie.  It has nothing to do with her suddenly having all the answers.  If you read her blog, you'll very quickly realize, she doesn't.  She's still learning, and hopefully will be for the rest of her life.  What she does have, though, is confidence, and a iron-hard determination to never be a victim again, nor allow her children to be victims.

And that makes her very, very strong.  And her strength scares the shit out of perpetual victims.


Saturday, January 14, 2012


Another of the cats that rules the house.


Friday, January 13, 2012

I may have to try this Battlefield 3

In a rare post, not only does pdb sing it's praises, he also puts up a video that makes it look like a hell of a lot of fun.

And fun is what games are still all about, kids.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

The perfect shot

Some days, luck is on your side.


Quote of the day

From the Queen of Snark her own self, in comments here...

Remember: When a masochist begs "Hit me!" a real sadist would say "No."
Within context, it's true, for the most part.  The only reason the antis have any traffic at all is because of the gunnies keeping an eyeball on them.

Without context, it made me snerk.


Well that was interesting

You guys know I love a good cover tune, especially when it represents a unique take on the song.  I was pleasantly surprised the other day when I was bumping around the internet and found this gem.

Definitely different.  Kinda fun.  If you have any favorite covers, share em, I'd love to give em a listen!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Movie Review: Tucker & Dale vs Evil

Disclaimer:  I'm a big fan of slasher flicks.  Scream, Friday the 13th, you name it, I like it.

Now, with that out of the way...  Tucker & Dale vs Evil recently showed up on Netflix Instant.  I'd heard about it, and that it was worth the time, so I fired it up.

The three word review:  They weren't lying.

What do you get when you turn a standard "College kids in the woods" slasher flick on it's ear?  You get Tucker and Dale, and some excellent comedy.  It's College Kids vs Hillbillies, and whatever crazy that can happen, probably will.  Don't expect much by way of plot (it's a slasher flick, and you expect plot?) or character development, and don't watch it around folks who're opposed to violence, gore, and a bit of language (again, slasher flick, turned up to 11.)

But if you like slashers, by all means, give it a view.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Every day, I pray for peace

Weerd asks, and I deliver.

On top is my wife's XDM .40.  On bottom is my ATI Commander.  Two of many, the primary two we choose to keep us safe.

I carry, not because I'm afraid, but so that I am equipped if someone tries to make me fear.