Showing posts with label life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label life. Show all posts

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Productive Saturday

This morning I took the rug rats out shopping and doing errands. Wifey was able to get a bunch of cleaning done while we were gone. Got back and cleaned the garage. It was a big mess and I have been putting off dealing with it. Well today was the day. Put some nails up to hang folding chairs and strollers on. Organized a bunch of stuff. Threw junk away. Reorganized my ancillary gun gear. Also split my general mag storage from one huge container to two large containers. This will make them easier to move around (a 30 gallon tote full of mags and spare parts is pretty heavy) and if/ when I work out the details to store them separately. The garage is now a well organized useful space.

Wifey did some much needed landscaping.

Fired up the chainsaw just because. Going to do the same with the generator tomorrow.

The way things have worked out right now the prep fund is flush with cash. Sadly not FLIR kind of money but I guess I could buy a rifle, if that's what I needed. However since I am preparing not just buying guns I'll probably get some #4 shot in case I need to hunt little stuff, some buckshot for two legged predators and those Baofeng radios if just to finally get them off my list. Of course I plan to order a month or two worth of food also. Also toying with a knife purchase.

Put a couple items up for sale. 

Given that we usually get nothing done on Saturday this was an excellent and productive day.

Additionally I found a source of some more wood so tomorrow I'll probably do that. Also got to rig the tarp over the chicken coop up better. Water is pooling in low points and putting stress on the structure. Given the roof is a redneck setup I made from free components stress on it is sub optimal. Definitely something I need to fix before winter really sets in.

Anyway lots of stuff got done today. Did a little shrimp boil for a late dinner now I'm sitting by the fire. Going to read for a little bit then go to bed.

Hope you all had a great day.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cold Weather, Fires, and Minutia

Seems it has finally gotten cold here in Central Louisiana. Well it's hitting the 40's at night anyway. Good morning running weather. Had the first fire of the season Saturday and another yesterday. Sitting by a fire in the evening is very nice and relaxing. Something in that experience is hard wired into the human psyche.

Today the darn dishwasher gave out. I got to messing with it. Kinda didn't read carefully in the manual and unintentionally disconnected the inbound water line BEFORE TURNING IT OFF!!! So uncomfortably hot water started spewing everywhere. Wifey came into quite a mess of spewing water and me quite uncomfortably trying to get the line reconnected while getting spewed in hot water.

Eventually got the line turned off then we cleaned up the giant mess of water on the floor. Thankfully at least I got it reconnected OK so we can have hot water while figuring this mess out. Will do some research and see what to do next. Hopefully we can fix this because it has already been an expensive month and we're rolling into the holidays.

Had planned to write something smart about the elections tomorrow or something but my time was spent messing with the washer. Talk to you tomorrow.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween

It was quite the day here. Of course I had work and Wifey had her usual stuff. This evening of course we took the kids trick or treating. That was quite the event.

To start out evening holidays are REALLY hard for little kids. They have to wait days till the correct day and then they wake up and still have to wait. A pair of little, impatient messes.

Walker was a Dinosaur and Princess was well, a princess. Except Walker refused to wear the hood part of the costume and princess needed a shirt under her dress. Anyway at the appointed hour of 6pm we went out to gather candy from the neighboring homes. A big bowl of candy was left at our place along with a sign not to ring the bell because it bothers Dog #2. The door opening bothers her less than the bell, which is not ideal as crooks probably won't ring the bell.

Dog #2 stared at everyone who came by. Some folks thought Dog #1 was a bear. If anyone had been casing places they probably scratched ours off the list.

Took Walker to the Fire Station to get a piece of candy and look at the trucks. He completely lost his shit but it had been a long day.

Anyway it was a crazy day but had some high points.

Oh I should mention it is almost ten at night and my kids are still awake, 2 hours past bed time. Madness I tell you but a time or two a year won't hurt them.

Hope you all had a great Halloween.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Neighbors Doing Good Turns

Awhile back a couple from the neighborhood knocked on the door. An older man who, according to his hat was a retired Army CSM and Vietnam Vet and his wife. The CSM said they walk by here twice a day and we had an abundance of something they enjoy. He asked if they could grab some when they were around. The thing they wanted was something we had in abundance and did not need. Wifey said of course.

The Wife was quite embarrassed by her husband. She asked if we liked egg rolls. Wifey said of course we do. She offered to bring some the next time she made them.

Fast forward to today. I answered an unusual knock at the door around noon. An older Asian women was at the door and she asked if we were going to be around at 5. I said we would be. She said something about egg rolls. Honestly the conversation was pretty broken between us. Had I not known this was coming at some vague point I would have been quite confused.

We were not quite sure what to have for dinner that goes with egg rolls. Well around 5 there was a knock at the door. I answered, as always, and it was the lady. She handed me a plate covered in tin foil. Wifey came to the door and they talked for a minute. After she left we uncovered the plate.

It was a whole bunch of hot, fresh egg rolls and some sauce. Turns out we didn't have to worry about what to eat with egg rolls because egg rolls were what was for dinner. We figured they would be good. At the risk of being offensive if a person who is of a generally non everyday white American culture offers in broken English to make their particular flavor of ethnic food it will be good. They were amazing. Hands down the best egg rolls either of us ever had. The sauce was amazing too.

I guess we are repaid for the nice things we do sometimes in life.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Stay At Home Mom Discussion

I talked about this not so long ago but this topic has come up in our social circles a couple times lately so Wifey and I have been talking about it.

[Note I am going to speak of dad (or to account for different paternal situations the man in the relationship) as the one who is going to keep working and mom as the one who is going to stay at home. I do this not because I am sort of old fashioned, though I am, but because it is by far the most common situation. So if Momma is going to work and Dad is going to be Mr Mom swap the titles in your head. Additionally if you have some sort of other non traditional situation where Tim and Sue are going to work and Bob, Jill and Ally are staying at home with the kids then adjust in your head as appropriate. I am not judging any of these scenarios it is just that I am writing to the situation I have experience with that is also the most common.]

I have said simply "For momma to stay home you need to live on at least a dollar less than what dad makes" before and while that is accurate it is a bit simplistic.

We will touch on what I believe are the most important parts of deciding whether momma staying at home is feasible and if it is something YOU AND THE SPOUSE want to do.

Agreement that momma staying home is a common goal: Unless you are rich to the point where mom's income does not factor into the lifestyle it is absolutely 100% essential that BOTH PARENTS AGREE MOMMA STAYING AT HOME IS IMPORTANT AND THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICES TO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. This is not biting the bullet and going to the restaurant or movie the spouse wants, this is a major decision that will have a massive impact on your economic, social and family lives for at least several years. I would say this is probably something that if a partner feels strongly about they would be well advised to discuss it prior to making a (at least theoretical) life commitment to another person.

Obviously you have to be able to live on dads income for this to work. The three biggest points here are debt, income and lifestyle.

The thing about debt here is that, especially if the prospective momma has been working in a good job for awhile it is easy to accumulate stuff, or more accurately in the current American fashion stuff 'bought' with debt based on that situation.

I have long been on the record about hating debt. Personally I think debt should be used to fund education and purchase reasonably priced homes. The only exception I can think of is if you need to borrow to get a vehicle decent enough to get out of the clunker car $500ing you to death trap. Even then it is more like a 10k commuter car not a 50k extended cab 4wd diesel truck. The biggest reason I hate debt is that by promising your future earnings you are limiting your options. Want to quit your job because the boss sucks? Too bad you have a jumbo mortgage, a line of credit, 2 vehicle loans, a motorcycle loan, 4 credit cards, 3 store cards, 2 student loans and a vacation loan from last year's trip.

[The second biggest reason is that you pay extra to get a hamburger today and pay for it tomorrow. Fundamentally personal debt is currently and has historically been a vehicle of the poor. There is a reason for this. The third reason was good too but it just slipped my mind.]

Obviously for momma to stay at home the family will have to be able to service all their debt as well as live on Dads salary. This is where planning comes into play. A couple, unless they were anti debt for other reasons, often cannot decide a few months before the kid is born for momma to stay at home because of decisions they made months and years before. This is really the hardest problem to unravel and the only one where there is not a very good way forward for families. I know multiple families who are stuck in this debt trap of their own making.

Income is something we Americans have a hard time talking about. There is a reason folks working low/ no skill jobs for 25k a year living in old  single wide trailers and professionals with advanced degrees earning 250k living in McMansions both self identify as middle class. This topic is taboo to us for some reason; I think it is our egalitarian national identity or something. The hard truth is the family has a lot more options if dad makes a decent living and a lot if he makes a good one.

Families certainly can live 25-35k or whatever a year if they are in a place with a very low cost of living and have no debt combined with significant discipline. However transport them to a medium cost place and live them a pretty typical student loan, a vehicle loan and a bit of consumer debt and less than perfect discipline and dad's 40k is not going to make it work.

In the overall income to expenses discussion the income side far too often gets ignored. Sometimes if the family runs the numbers and falls short the answer is for dad to figure out how to earn more money to close the gap. Maybe he is in a job where extra shifts and or side work are an option or maybe he is not maximally employed and needs to seek out a better job. Along these lines momma doing a bit of something is an option. It is important to be reasonable here if dad can work harder. more at work going from 42k to 46k is realistic but 40 to 60 is probably a hard sell without some significant game changers

Lifestyle is a big one. I would argue aside from already existing debt (which is arguably the non smart way to finance a lifestyle;) lifestyle is the biggest single barrier to momma staying at home. As the saying goes you can have anything you want but not EVERYTHING you want. Many if not most Americans live a pretty materialistic lifestyle. We like cool shiny new things.We like traveling. We like eating out. We like tv with 7,000 channels in super 30,270HD.

Having momma stay at home means less money and that your things will be older, duller, smaller and fewer than they would otherwise be. Relative to your situation you are going to have less cool stuff than neighbors, friends and co workers.

Personally I would like to say I/we are not materialistic at all but that is simply not true. I would love to drive an awesome new shiny 4 door Toyota truck with all kinds of cool tactical/ SHTF mods but we do not want (and can't afford) the inevitable payment that would go with it. Ditto a motorcycle, a riding lawn mower, a sweet cabin/ bug out location, an awesome vacation every year and a Steyr SSG.

I/ We have chosen to have Wifey stay at home instead of having somewhat cooler stuff. There are times when that sucks and you get a bit jealous of the Jones's. That is called life.

Will not go as far as to say a couple are bad parents if they both choose to work in order to have bigger shinier stuff, travel more, etc. We all make choices for our lives that others could criticize but at the end of the day folks are doing what they think is right. There are lots of factors involved and it is hard to judge a persons choice. I will however say that if momma claims to want to stay at home she should be brutally honest with herself and admit to choosing a newer car and a bigger house or whatever over doing so.

So those are my thoughts on that. To recap for momma to stay at home the couple needs to agree it is a common goal, avoid debt that can't be serviced on one income and adjust their lifestyle to what the remaining income allows.

I do not want to be a kill joy. In most cases I have seen it is possible for momma to stay at home if they are willing to take the lifestyle hit. Maybe they need to ditch a vehicle with a big note and/ or a fancy toy in the process and generally living more modestly. YOU CAN DO THIS. Now whether mom and dad are both willing to take that hit is the question that matters.

Thoughts?


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Animal Update

A week or so back we lost a chicken. I was in feeding and checking for eggs and only saw 3 hens which was a problem since we have 4. Looked around their small enclosure and in the house. Definitely just 3 of them. Looked around the area . Some wire that was covering the gap between the door and the enclosure was pushed back. Also I found a few feathers and a wing on the grass nearby.


Had meant to better reenforce that roughly 3" cap but it never happened. That night I blocked it with a big chunk of wood. The next day I covered the gap with a board and shored up the surrounding area. So we were down a chicken.

Well this week we went to the local feed store/ farm supply for some chicken food and ended up coming home with not one but 3 young chickens. They are not chicks but aren't laying yet. So now we have 3 layers and 3 layers in waiting. The girls have been doing an egg or two a day. We switched back to the first food they were on so hopefully that helps a little bit.

My sister and her family were over that weekend and brought their dog. He got on with ours just fine which got us thinking about a second dog. Also Dog is really showing his age lately so we are not sure how much longer he will be around. We want a dog that will play more with the kids than current Dog is capable/ willing to.

Wifey started looking. We ended up getting a 3 year old female Mastiff/ Boxer mix. She is a large dog (probably 80lbs but a bit on the lean/ skinny side) but her head and neck are HUGE. Like ridiculously comically so. Also she has a freakishly giant tongue. She is super easy going and loves the kids. She is interested in being around them but not TOO high energy. So Dog #2 is looking to be a great new pet for the family.

She does however have a few quirks. She farts pretty often and they smell a lot. Also she is really drooly (which was a given). She eats food off the counter if it is left unattended. Also she carries stuff around in her mouth. Doesn't hurt it but just carries it around. So if something was left on or near the floor you might have to look around for awhile to find it.

So we currently have about 170 pounds of dog and 6 chickens. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Huge News: PRK Eye Surgery Complete!

I have been wanting this for awhile and things finally came together. Didn't want to say anything beforehand because I could have been disqualified for one reason or the other up until the day of the surgery. Anyway my eyes are pretty sore and vision is a bit blurry. They say pain should subside over the next couple days and vision should continually improve over 3-4 months.

Anyway right now my  vision is infinitely better than my previous uncorrected (no glasses) vision so it is definitely a huge improvement.

The next couple of days posts are scheduled. I won't be around much because 'screen tie' honestly hurts my eyes.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Note: Correspondences and Due Out's

Over the next few days I may be slow about responding to emails and completing various due out's. Please bear with me.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Random

Like many families we have a running grocery list. The one where you write down the things that come up or you run out of (or need to replace one from storage) during the week.

Our list said
BBQ Sauce
Wolves

Both were in my handwriting. Really not at all sure why I would have added 'wolves' to the shopping list. I looked at it for a couple minutes to see what else it could potentially say and it was definitely wolves. Obviously I do not want Wifey to pick up some wolves from the grocery store so heck if I know what that was about.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day

I do not have deep thoughts about Labor Day. Organized labor did some great things for people and arguably was a major contributor to America forming a strong middle class and becoming a great nation. On the other hand in the last couple (or arguably few) decades Unions have lost sight of reality and one could say they have driven some businesses into the ground. The historically strong union areas of the upper mid west recent history read like an article about how to fail at business. I hesitate to say unions no longer have a place because I think they do. Also in other countries, most notably Germany unions are very strong and businesses do quite well. I do not know the answer to this and honestly don't really care.

Without getting muddled into the current state of unions; I greatly respect the sacrifices of folks in the first half of the 20th century. Those men who organized and stood up to exploitative and intentionally neglectful businesses in the face of clubs and bullets from hired guns as well as various levels of murderous thugs for hire with badges 'law enforcement officials' to be respected and treated decently. People like my uncles are able to make a good living for their skills and sweat in no small part due to their sacrifices. Maybe I should be more thoughtful about the whole thing but I am not.

I did not have to work today. It is approaching dinner time. I'm cooking ribs and having some Blue Moon. So it's a pretty good day here.

Hope you all have a great Labor Day.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Ryan vs Everything: Opening Discussion

For the sake of adding a bit of variety to the blog I am going to discuss my take on a variety of different issues in contemporary society. Sort of my thoughts on the matter and in some cases how, if given a free hand, I would fix the issue. Potential topics include:
gay marriage
food stamps
rape culture
affirmative action
social security
gun control
illegal immigration
border security
the war on drugs
taxes
politics
political zoning
political parties
anarchists
republicans
liberterians
Israel and Palestine
the IRA and Northern Ireland
drunk driving
open container laws
open carry
concealed carry
the National Firearms Act
Obama Care
Baby Boomers
Other topics as they come up

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Family Tent, Single Stack 9mm's and a Saturday Night ER Trip

Awhile back our larger tent finally kicked the bucket. Since, IIRC, my Dad bought it for me as a Freshmen in highschool it stopped owing us anything years ago but it still left a vacuum. Also honestly we needed a bigger tent. The one I had technically slept three which actually means it sleeps two unless 2 of the 3 are small children or all three are very intimately close.

Walker has been asking about it and since the budget was looking OK this month we decided to go get a tent. So we went to Academy in the nearest decent sized town and walked down to the tent aisle. Ended up with a big ole Coleman. Honestly it is a bit bigger than we want/ need but there is sort of a size gap in options and we'd rather be on the big end. It is like 12x7. Definitely a car or other mode of conveyance type tent.

We set it up in the living room so kiddo and I can sleep in it. Honestly sleeping outside when the low is 80 or so sucks so we are doing it inside.

On the door of the tent there is about an 8 inch lip at the bottom. Walker tripped on it and slammed his face into the floor biting his lip pretty bad in the process. Of course there was some blood and lots of crying. His sister joined in with some sympathy crying for good measure.

We got him cleaned up and the cut was pretty good, solidly in the 'maybe it needs stitches' range. So we hopped in the family hauler and went off to the ER. Just what everyone wants to do at 6pm on a Saturday. The injury was more in the 'urgent care' range but with our medical coverage it is ER, a few rare same day appointments (M-F of course) or waiting several days to a month for an appointment. Consequently in addition to relatively minor issues like Walkers there are always lots of moms with kids who have the snivels.

I dropped Wifey and Walker off then went to do a couple things with Princess.

Walker got checked out and the verdict was since the deep cut is inside his mouth (vs the lip) they would not do stitches due to infection concerns (and I think the mouth cures pretty well plus a scar there is not an issue).  The advice was to feed him lots of popsicles and keep an eye on it.

We had a quick drive thru dinner on the way back. After getting home we let him watch a tv show then it was bed time. Read stories in the tent and he passed out shortly after.

I have been doing some more thinking and research on Single Stack 9mm's. I have been looking at the S&W Shield for awhile but recently came to a revelation. I think the Shield is a tiny bit too big to really be a meaningful difference from other guns on the inventory.

The Shield is 4.5in tall which for reference is roughly in the middle between a Glock 26 (4.1in) and a Glock 19 (4.99in). Honestly (and interestingly my initial observation from the first time I handled it) the Shield is sort of closer to a single stack COMPACT pistol in terms of height and grip length than a true subcompact.

As I have learned with small guns you can always get a bit more grip (and usually an extra round) with a mag extension but if you want a gun to be smaller, to say fit in a pocket, you cannot remove a half inch off the grip of a larger handgun.
Now I want to get my hands on a couple other guns to see if they might better suit my needs.

Going to read some junk on the net, watch a bit more TV then go to sleep in a tent that's in my living room.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tiny- A Story About Living Small

We started watching Tiny- A Story About Living Small on Netflix. Pretty interesting. Lots of people living in tiny houses between about 120 to 250ish square feet. Lots of them are built on utility trailers. Their individual reasons vary between environmental and economic with lots of intermix between the two. Honestly the whole thing is pretty hipsterish so if that bothers you it might not be the movie for you.

A pretty interesting concept for sure. However the need to seriously minimize possessions is a bit problematic, especially for us survivalists who tend to accumulate all manner of stuff.  Honestly I am guilty of this. Part of it is practical. Having redundant redundancy to your back up's as well as more than a few guns, cases of ammo and a bunch of food won't work in a house that is smaller than my kitchen.

Wifey mentioned early on a lot of these folks would be better off just buying RV's or travel trailers.

Also noteably they seem to be single or couples without kids.

The concept of having a paid off home is huge. Honestly this is something that seriously interests me and even at the best possible projection I could not have a paid off more conventional, even pretty normal, home inside of a decade. We would have to seriously adjust our expectations to shave that to cash on hand or say a 2 year plan.

This sort of thing certainly is not for everyone. I have difficulty imagining living in such a tiny house for any length of time. Honestly I could do it but would need a shed or big ole barn with a root cellar to store supplies, bolt down the gun safe, etc. That is admittedly sort of gaming the scenario and it would make more sense to just have an apartment in the loft of the barn.

I cannot imagine living in such a place with kids.

I do not think the truly tiny homes are a break through so much as I think the idea of smaller, generally more affordable, homes is. A family of 4-6 in a 200 square foot house would not work but the range of options between say 300 square feet and 1,000 sf has a lot of space to work with.

Personally I can think of two individuals I know who have done things that roughly fit 'in the middle'.

An uncle has lived for years in a roughly 600 square foot cabin. It is well designed with 2 small bedrooms, a bathroom and 'not so' great room with the kitchen and living room divided by a nice big brick fireplace. He loves it though admits if he built it (he is a contractor) it would have a loft.

A friend of mine built a small 1 bedroom house a few years ago. All in it cost him about 40k spread out over 2 years. His place is about 800 sq ft. Next he built a huge 2 story shop. When they had the second kid an always conceptually planned addition of 2 more bedrooms a family room and another bathroom got put into motion. With cash of course.

Anyway that movie was pretty interesting. Also it lead to some interesting conversations with Wifey. You might want to check it out.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Family Fishing Day

We, largely thanks to Wifeys efforts, got a lot of chores that can often become weekend duties done during the week so it was a wide open Saturday, time to do something. So we went fishing. Had to get new licenses for the adults and got the Mrs her own setup. After a pit stop for lunch we hit the lake.

Kids were little terrorists. Walker finally caught on his little pole only had a bobber attached and considered that a significant grievance. So I actually put a hook on and then a worm. Daughter kept trying to climb the rails on the side of the dock. About five minutes later Walker accidentally dropped his pole in the water. Kid's had it since last season and loves the thing. That cheesy little Wally World fishing pole is one of his prized possessions.

Tried to grab it with a hook and line but it sunk pretty fast.

Thanks to previous trips I am pretty skilled at hauling shoes, hats, etc out of the water but they float, at least for awhile. Tried to fish out the pole to no avail. Other folks tried to help. Walker was crying profusely.

Went to the family hauler to get my swimming shorts. I was more than a little concerned about the cumulative amount of tangled up line with hooks still attached at a popular fishing spot but what can ya do. Figured the realistic worst case is a hook gets buried in me, Wifey gives me a knife to cut the line and I climb out of the water then get the hook out. Nobody said fatherhood was for the weak.

So I jump in the water.

Conditions were hampered by the murky green water and presence of lots of weeds. Also without corrective lenses my vision is really bad. On the plus side he has a bright red 'Cars' fishing pole.

Got it on about the third dive. Thankfully the bobber was floating above the weeds so I was able to see it. Walker was happy but too distracted running and screaming with another kid to go back to fishing. I was wet but so what, at 90+ degrees and about the same humidity staying outside any length of time means you are soaked in sweat.

Wifey, who fished as a kid, spent most of the day trying to get me to commit to some sort of bet on total fishing results. Given that she is better at this than I am and has the ability to (albeit with the kids) theoretically go fishing every day I declined.

She caught a fish and proclaimed we were done fishing for the day (the kids were melting down anyway). So far the count is her 1 me 0.

Went swimming after that. Got some ice cream on the way home which was a huge mistake, well a huge mess anyway. Turns out I finally found the thing baby wipes are not good for, melted ice cream and sand.

Got some hot dogs on the way home and BBQed them for dinner.

While both children cried more than a little and at different points both adults almost (or did) completely lose their shit it turned out to be a pretty good day.

'Merica

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Evening Thoughts

It was a long, busy week at work. One of those brain numbing weeks where you get home and after eating (and if applicable) hanging out with the kiddo's just want to veg out.

I have always hated Gin with the sole exception being the ultimate 'white girl wasted' drink the Long Island Ice Tea which, best I can recall I last drank 6 or so years back at Applebee's in Columbus, Georgia with Wifey and Stephen (RIP).  Anyway a week or so back at a guys house (waiting to carpool somewhere with a DD) said guy offered me a gin and tonic. Said sure half to be polite. It was delightful, light and fizzy. I have a new summer drink, at least for now.

Am looking hard at getting a single stack 9mm pistol. Efforts into reloading are on hold as I am putting that on hold for fear I might smash a rifle in a fit of rage. Also I would like have a better compromise between concealability and firepower than is currently on inventory. Am leaning hard towards the S&W Shield though if I find a deal on a Khar CM/CW9 it would be hard to turn down. Am for it on a conceptual level, just a question of this month or the next, in comparison to other options.

Have recently started watching Archer. It is awesomely amusing mindless entertainment.

Also started reading a new (to me) Brad Thor book. Picked it up at a garage sale for a buck. So far it is quite fun in a contemporary spy drama sort of way. Am looking forward to reading it.

This weekends plans are to take care of some chores at home and spend a lot of time with the midgets.

So that is what I am up to this week. What have you been up to?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Crazy Week

You've had posts but not quite up to the normal standard. It's been a pretty crazy week at work. Next week things will go back to normal. Please bear with me on replying to comments or emails.

Monday, August 4, 2014

RE: The Property Line Murderers by Max Velocity

Max Velocity talks The Property Line Murderers AKA 'retreat snipers' . Very interesting stuff. The discussion about property rights, self defense and common sense are excellent. They remind me a lot of a discussion on Applied Ethics and Ballistics with our bestie Blogger gal from OK pt 1, pt 2, that we had here way back in 2009.

To rehash:
Any way you cut it legally shooting someone for trespassing on a piece of land, especially from distance is a non starter. In most situations you are going to be held accountable for your actions at some point. Also even if you are remote enough, or the situation is bad enough that nobody asks questions you still have to live with your actions. I am not what you would call a touchy feely person but shooting some dude because he stepped off the county road (or whatever) is not acceptable.

Invariably the people who take this stance work under the assumption they, and all their loved ones, will be home at their magical retreat. That is, especially considering the distances one needs to travel to earn a living in the hinterboonies or reach basic goods and services, not especially likely. The we/ they paradigm is really strong here. Folks seem to believe it is acceptable to cordon off the county road and shoot anyone who happens to wander into their hay field but start talking about situations where they might be traveling and face similar problems it is "I'm an American and have rights! Nobody can tell me where I can travel and if they try I'll shoot em!"

Anyway read Max's post and do some thinking about realistic defensive plans that are legal, logical and ethical.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Making Changes

 Maybe you want to change something about your life. Mend some relationships or build new ones, lose the mythical 20 pounds, get the Vehicle Mortgage company and Visa out of your life, whatever. So the question is how to do it?

The thing about us Americans, and maybe to some degree westerners in general, is that we want that miracle 180 degree turn.

Those do happen and actually stick occasionally. A guy I knew in a 3 degrees of Kevin Bacon sort of way had one. He was a pretty hard drinker and a smoker. One morning getting his morning smoke a group of guys running some local road race came by. He thought it looked like fun and got started. Over the course of that journey he quit smoking and drinking plus lost 20 pounds. There is always the anecdotal person who wakes up after a long weekend of sinning and somehow ends up in a church. They get the calling and spontaneously fix their life.

A super sharp adjustment is fine if you will stick with it. However more often than not these require a serious motivator. True example, a girl I peripherally knew ODed on God knows what and woke up in the hospital under the name Jane Doe. Pretty quick after that she seriously reevaluated where substances belonged in her life. Had she woke up hung over at home or a friends house (which had likely happened before) it would not have gotten the same reaction. Last I knew she was doing just fine years after the incident.

A more successful if less 'wrap up the show in 5 minutes' sort of way is to make consistent improvement. You didn't get fat/ out of shape/ in debt/ atrophied relationships in a day and you are not going to fix them in a day. So instead of shifting from a day full of terrible food and a half rack of beer to broccoli and green tea overnight make a little improvement every day/ week.

Additionally in some cases you have to be gradual and progressive. Getting in shape is a great example of this. There is not a high speed 'turkey fried' way to do it without risking serious injury. A typical 45 year old who is 30 pounds overweight and hasn't exercised in ages does not need to do some crazy powerlifting and crossfit work out followed by quarter mile sprints. Joe Everyday needs to do some easy body weight stuff and go for a walk then slowly build up to more strenuous stuff over a few months.

Do you want to make some changes? What are you doing about it?




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gun Confiscation Eekk Add!!

I just cannot see it working. Paul Howe whose combination of intimate understanding of small unit warfare and operational planning plus genuine tier 1 JSOC Jedi status is not parralleled by many says it is impossible.

Personally I think about the places I have lived and the people I have known. Also I think of my famiy.

I think of my great grandfather who said "you need a thousand dollars and a thousand shells (bullets)". In his time a grand was worth 10k in today's dollars. He planned to defend Highway 101 from the Russians with his 30-30, Browning A5 12 Gauge and .22 rifle, plus probably some dynamite he pinched from the quary. 

My Grandfather (RIP) who spent a career teaching children and was a pillar of his community. His home had a rifle (6.5 JAP sportster), a shotgun, a .22 rifle, a beautiful Colt .22 pistol, a .357 mag and a snubby .38. 

I think people simply fail to realize how well armed Americans are and how many of those guns are untraceable without serious 'eye of mordor' effort.

Looking at my local area roughly 3/4 neighbors have duck hunting paraphernalia in their yards. Various lifestyle stickers like the Browning buck are not uncommon. One of my immediate neighbors is all primed to go Gran Torino on somebody. He openly mentioned that "We have a nice neighborhood here. If people want to cause trouble we have lots of old people with plenty of guns and nothing to lose. "

The amount of guns floating around America combined with the fact that most states allow citizens to freely sell their property means a virtually untraceable web of purchases. All the agents in every agency in the US Government could not possibly go to every FFL, copy their records, follow up with every purchase and chase down every gun that was subsequently sold or traded.

The only way gun confiscation would work is a true door to door searching effort. That would mean tossing out 2 amendments in the Bill of Rights.

I simply cannot see it working in all but the most liberal areas like parts of California and New England. I know too many good old boys who would find a nice spot a quarter mile from the police station and lay up with a rifle to have any disillusion about the life expectancy of cops who tried to take peoples guns.

All that being said I fail to see a downside, except the ability to get a specific make/ model/ edition of a gun [Odd you will find a limited edition FDE Sig P226 are nil], of purchasing private party firearms with cash. If you are informed and have cash available you can occasionally get good deals and everything is functionally untraceable. Something to think about.

So in conclusion while I am vigilant about the encroachment of future gun laws an all out confiscation does not worry me much.

Thoughts?
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just One of Those Days



Woke up in a bad mood and everything that happened at work was only successful in making it worse. I knew full well that anything people did would push my buttons and am mature enough to consider that but even then cause was definitely given. Nothing that terrible, especially since I am in a job where people literally die even in garrison, but really annoying stuff.

Today I wanted to pick up a box of Remington 168 grain Premium Match and spent my lunch hour driving to a gun store. They wanted almost $40 for a box! Silly when I can get a box of the exact same Remington 168 gr Premium Match for $30 or 200 rounds of the same stuff for $275.I'll probably buy 200 tomorrow but want to sleep on it plus my luck today is shit so I'm sure the order would get all messed up.

Note: One could potentially guess at an acquisition that has been made as well as a concept of use from this discussion. Will not currently confirm or deny anything. At this point I might be trying to figure some things out and am really not sure where it is all going to settle.  In a couple weeks or maybe a couple months we might have a conversation about something but that is a for another day.

Anyway the day started bad and went worse. The golden girls only laid 2 eggs today and somehow I managed to crack them both. Don't especially need the eggs as the produce way more than I individually eat but it was still annoying.

So to get through the rest of the day I am going to have a couple drinks, work on re watching Justified and probably nuking something for a late dinner. After that I will go to bed and hopefully sleep soundly. Maybe tomorrow will suck less. Hope your day was better than mine.








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