Saturday, February 1, 2014

P52: Week 5 "Self Portrait"

P52: Week 5 Jan 26 - Feb 1 "Self Portrait"

This weeks was easy, I suppose.
I took several pics of myself throughout the week, with different backgrounds, and making different faces. I decided, I liked this one the best, as it is somewhat comical looking. I was just playing out in the snow, I know it isn't really much of a self portrait, more of a goofy selfie (man I dislike that word, no adult male should ever say selfie, haha) maybe I will update this later with another one, but for now this is what you guys get.
 I hope you guys had fun with this one trying out different poses or faces, and deciding what to go with.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


So, I am sick, I was a lot sicker. I apparently got Pneumonia. I have never been so sick in my life. I felt awful. Thanks to a wife who takes great care of me, and a literal TON of meds. I am on the mend. 

In the meantime, I missed a couple of my P52 posts, and I will get that rectified ASAP. I will be retro posting them and publishing them "on time" on the days they were due, so they wont actually show as new posts, but they will be here. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

P52: Week 4 "Macro"

P52: Week 4 Jan 19-25 "Macro"

I tried several pictures for this week, I figured the thing I spend the most time at work, and around my computer and my keyboard, so I tried to get a cool macro picture of my keyboard, but it just wouldn't turn out like I wanted.

I opted to go a different direction, and show you guys what passes for a potpourri bowl in this house. Didn't QUITE get the picture I wanted from this either, but I'll show you guys what I got after several attempts.

Here is the keyboard shot.

 Here are three of several shots of our 'potpourri' bowl. It is all just mixed brass from many of our range sessions. I think 1 and 3 are my favorites - What do you guys think?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

P52: Week 3 "Favorite Color"

P52: Week 3 Jan 12-18 "Favorite Color"

I thought long and hard about this week's Project.

What is my favorite color?
Do I even have a favorite color?
If I had to pick a color, what would I pick?

As it turns out, like a lot of guys, I don't really have a favorite color. If I did, I suppose it would have to bed red, but I will let my picture go with the "I don't have a color" variety. Once I decided to go that route, I considered doing a black and white picture, but decided instead to go with this. Enjoy.

What are your favorite colors?

Going with an "All The Colors" approach.

IF I had to choose a favorite, it would be UGA Red, I suppose.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

P52: Week 2 "Something New"

P52: Week 2 Jan 5-11 "Something New"

"New" is relative in this instance, FJ is the newest member of our family, although he has been with us for almost a year now. He was a rescue, and is a very loved member of our family!

FJ is a Catahoula Cur. He has been mentioned on this blog before, so I wont go into details other than to say, here he is! My "something new", what a fun and challenging subject he was!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

P52: Week 1 "Resolution"

P52: Week 1 - Dec 29 - Jan 4 "Resolution"

Starting off my Project 52, I had some difficulty thinking about how to show my resolutions in a picture...

I finally decided to just go simple.

My resolutions this year were varied, but included to buy at least two new guns, and read at least 12 new books, get out and shoot more often. Since I got a reloading press for Christmas, I should have plenty of low cost ammo to practice with. This is what I have for this week.

So, here is my "Resolutions" picture.

What were your resolutions this year?

Just giving a shout out to the originator of this particular Project 52.
march to december

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Project 52!

I have been invited to participate in a friends Project 52! It is a project where you take one photo a week, and post it, or share it on some form of social media. There are a lot of prompts out there to follow for what to photograph each week, or you can go completely freestyle. It is all about getting out there and taking pictures, and making memories. Here is a more complete rundown -

Here are the prompts my friend went with, and the ones I will most likely be following. I encourage you to follow along and try the project as well!

Here is a schedule of the weeks to make it easier to follow along. I am planning to post my blog post with each picture at midnight on the Sunday at the end of each week. On the calendar below Week 1 runs from Dec 30, 2013, to Jan 5, 2014. My post will go live on 1/5 at 2359. I hope you follow along, and hopefully do it as well, and get some enjoyment from it! Happy Picture Taking in 2014!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lone Survivor - The Movie

I know I have pushed this book on family, friends, and even the occasional stranger if I thought there was a chance they would read it. I finally got Cort on board and reading it a couple of months ago, she got through it quickly, and said she truly enjoyed it.

If you are anything like me, you likely wont be able to read it without a few allergy issues. Darn eyes just keep watering.

For those that don't know Lone Survivor is the story of Operation Redwing written by retired Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell. It is a story that has plenty of military information and action to keep anyone interested, but enough meat to the story, and brotherly love, duty, honor, and grief to moisten even the most cynical eye.

There have long been rumors of it being made into a Hollywood movie - they are finally coming to fruition. The trailer has been released, and while I will reserve judgement until I see the film itself.

 The preview looks pretty spot on with the book. I'm not 100% sold on the casting decisions, but I know Marcus has been relatively closely involved with the whole production, so I'll definitely give it a fighting chance and the benefit of the doubt, but I wanted to share the preview with all of you, so here it is.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New section, and possibly a new direction...

Okay guys. I've struggled a lot in the past to think of things to blog about consistently. I think we can all agree on that.

To that end, I have decided to add a new section called Weapon of The Week. It may not always be on the same day of the week, but I am going to try and highlight one weapon each week. I may even let some guest writers pop in from time to time for this section.

I know a lot of you are already rolling your eyes, and thinking in your mind that you will just gloss over those posts as you don't really care. I am going to do my level best to not turn this into an all guns blog, although that has been a strong topic in the past, and will likely remain so. Bare with me, and lets see where it goes.

As Always please feel free to leave any comments, suggestions, or even just a "I hate this now" to let me know how I am doing.

Thanks from The End Of The Pavement!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

When you carry - Don't be an idiot.

I am all for exercising our rights for open carry of firearms. I have even participated in rally's to that effect. The point is to let the "general public" know that not everyone with a gun on their hip, or slung over their back is a bad guy, and that it is in fact legal to carry it.

In fact, I carry my pistol every single day. I only open carry occasionally though. I carry concealed, and that is usually just a better idea all around, but if you must open carry, please don't be an idiot like the "gun guys" below.

This video is a perfect example of a couple of guys with good intentions, and very poor execution. I think any of you who know me, know for a fact, that I am not all about bending to the will of police who have, by and large, way overstepped their legal powers and responsibilities. This Officer though, handles these guys with professionalism, and courtesy. I am all for this.

I don't want to be harassed by a police officer when I walk down the street with my gun, which is mostly why I carry concealed (with all needed permits and training - of course). At the same time, if a member of law enforcement did stop me, I would comply within reason with his questions, he can see my ID, I'm not going to argue with him unless he is in the wrong, and attempting to violate my rights or unlawfully detain me. I understand that the sight of a guy with a firearm makes a lot of people nervous, and so the cops may very well get called (which is a whole other discussion - Police are for crime, not for checking out what makes you nervous).

These two guys try to thwart this cop in his duties at every turn, they argue about why they should show their ID, as it is their legal right to carry that weapon. (which is a semi-automatic AR15, not an assault rifle, or anything of the such)  The officer also has a right to ask for your ID. Part of the implied consent that comes with living in a state in this nation.

I have no connections to these guys, or to the company they represent in the video and descriptions. I have nothing negative to say about the company, or these guys in a personal way, I think they made a mistake here, and I think most true "gun guys" know that, I hope these guys can learn from this and move on.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Living Part of Life.

Seemed Appropiate. I wish I could find a decent video of this song on Youtube somewhere, but alas - this is the best I can find. So sit back, listen and enjoy. (lyrics below)

I woke up early this mornin’
An’ I’m already runnin’ late
There's a list of things long as my arm
I won't get dont today
Is it Tuesday? Is it Wednesday?
They’re runnin’ into each other
Somebody tell me, when is my day
Man, this life is sure bein’ a mother
So tomorrow I'm takin’ me fishin’
Hang a sign on the door of my life
Tell the world that I’ve gone missin’
An’ I won’t be back for a while
I’m so tired of only wishin’
I could leave my troubles behind
I wanna be front porch rockin’
With a big sun droppin’ in a blue sky
Kick back an’ get high
On the livin’ part of life
They say to keep your spot on the ladder
An’ keep that money rollin’ in
They say keepin’ up with the Thiles, boy
You can’t back off one inch
But I been puttin’ in my time
An’ I built up a pretty good deal
I'm gonna spend some, maybe waste some

Before my time comes an’ I wind up dead

Yeah tomorrow I'm takin’ me fishin’
Hang a sign on the door of my life
Tell the world that I’ve gone missin’
An’ I won’t be back for a while
I’m so tired of only wishin’
I could leave my troubles behind
I wanna be front porch rockin’
With a big sun droppin’ in a blue sky
Kick back an’ get high
On the livin’ part of life
When I get home tonight
I’ll open the window an’ let whatever roll in
An’ if there’s no breeze, that’s cool with me
I’ll just raise my sail, an’ wait on the wind, yeah

Yeah tomorrow I'm takin’ me fishin’
Hang a sign on the door of my life
Tell the world that I’ve gone missin’
An’ I won’t be back for a while
I’m so tired of only wishin’
I could leave my troubles behind
I wanna be front porch rockin’
With a big sun droppin’ in a blue sky
Kick back an’ get high
Kick back an' get high
On the livin’ part of life

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Have you guys seen the Virtual President Of The United States?

You can check out the site of the Virtual President of The United States, Bill Whittle, HERE.

The project is a website designed to be a rhetorical device used to interject some common sense discussion into American Politics.

I stumbled onto the website when I found the below video of VPOTUS Bill Whittle speaking on Gun Control during his State Of The Virtual Union in 2013.

There are a host of videos, inclduning his Inaguration SPeech, State of The Union, a press conference regarding rising tension onthe Korean peninsula, and  town hall meetings on Immigration and Entitlement reform.

From my perspective it truly does offer some common sense and things that NEED saying in today's political climate. Spend some time and check it out. You can even share and follow along with updates via the website widgets as well.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

FJ - Mans Best Friend

I'm not totally sure if the statement that a dog is mans best friend is historically accurate, but I sure do love ours.

His name is F.J. I always have to explain it to people "like Frank James", but in fact his name has nothing to do with Frank James. He just looked like an FJ when we got him, and it is a play on the fact that FJ's are really great Toyota off roaders, and we are an all Toyota family, and Cort actually drives an FJ 80.

He is a Catahoula Leopard Dog, also referred to as a Catahoula Cur. This breed gets its name from the place where the breed originated. the Catahoula Parish of Louisiana. 

There these dogs are used to herd cattle, or hunt hogs in the wetlands and swamps. They don't attack the hogs, they work in groups of three to "run" or herd the hog to tire it out, and then use aggressive posturing and defensive blocks to keep the hog in one location until the hunter arrives to dispatch the hog. These are not hog fighting dogs as you see more often here in the mountains of TN.

These dogs are an original breed very well suited for their job in the swamps and wetlands, between their toes their skin is almost webbed to help them be very good swimmers and to help them spread their weight on soft and watery ground and stay on top.

We rescued him from the Shelter here in town, and I fell in love with him as soon as we saw him there. He is very high energy, and that is a marked change from the Plot hound we had before. It is definitely an adjustment.

Most days he is busy playing with everything he can get his mouth and paws on in the yard. Including his favorite toy, a black 5 gallon plastic bucket.

He spends a good bit of time in the house as well, which can be a challenge with a high energy dog, but he usually calms down relatively quickly, especially if it is just me and Cort at the house.

His relationship with our two indoor cats is probably best described as "strained" most of the time, but they seem to tolerate him well enough. I think he mostly just wants to play with them, and they are not at all sure  how they feel about that, and dont mind telling him so with a light paw tap to the nose, or the occasional hiss when he is becoming to bothersome.

Overall though, I'm not sure I could be a lot happier with him, except of course, if he would stop eating all of our plants in the backyard. Last year he tore up and ate our cabbages from the Garden and this year he was messing with the tomatoes before we could even get them planted. We will have to see how he does with the garden this year and come up with some solutions if I cannot get him to leave it alone.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Back From My Hiatus Abroad!

I’m glad to be back from my month long hiatus abroad!

…okay “Abroad” is a pretty grand term to say that, truthfully, I was away from my blog for the past month, but not far. Just busy as all get out at work and at home, and have had several family illnesses which makes a tight schedule tighter.

But as I said, I am glad to be back!

The only thing is, in my absence, I see I have been overwhelmed with SPAM comments. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the last several days cleaning up and deleting all of the spam around here - SPAMMERS ARE THE WORST!

In my absence I have also fallen way behind on my reading, so I am off to catch up on the blogs that I follow, and I will have more for you guys to read shortly!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombings

This isn't a post full of gory pictures, or grisly tales of the day.  - If that is what you are looking for, keep going.

This is a simple, short post praying for all those affected by yesterdays bombings during the Boston Marathon.

I sincerely hope we can find, and bring to a swift and merciless justice those responsible for this heinous act.

I pray that every need that victims and their families have will be met with outstretched arms.

I hope that each of them can find comfort in the coming days ahead.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Warmer weather

Weather seems to finally be warming up around here, it has been a very nice weekend, despite the rain late in the week.

I can't wait for this kind of weather, although I enjoy the cold, I am tired of it. This time of year usually brings lots of rain, but we need it, I suppose. I know our garden will, so I guess I can deal with it.

Didn't do very much this weekend. Spent some much needed time with my better half, thought I would have to make a mad rush of a drive 2 hours southwest to help my dad who got him and his brother stuck in the woods in the truck while camping, but by the time I got my gear loaded up and got ready to roll out, they had managed to save themselves.

All in all a wonderful lazy weekend, just the way they are supposed to be!

How's the weather in your area, and what do you have planned to do this spring?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

NEWS ALERT!! Senate voted on S649 today (4/11/13)

The senate voted today to open the floor for debate on S 649, a gun control bill requiring background checks for gun show firearms purchases and purchases of firearms from online websites, BOTH of which ALREADY require background checks if done legally. I am going to post below the content of a letter I sent to one of my republican senators on this matter, they both, shockingly, voted FOR the debate. Please feel free to comment below.

I will also be calling their offices AGAIN tomorrow. I feel like I have been betrayed, I didn't think I had to worry about my OWN senators from a state like Tennessee, Republicans no less to vote for this debate.  I have a small hope that this may be a clever bit of political strategy, but I always fear the worst when the government is seeking to limit my constitutional rights. I will let this come to an end before I REALLY get wound up, please read the letter below.

Senator Alexander,
This is an email I am sure you are not looking terribly forward to reading.

I was severely disappointed to see that you voted Yea earlier today on the Senate's motion to invoke cloture on S. 649.

I cannot understand your reasoning, and I am hoping you can explain it to me.

Below is a direct quote from an email you sent me dated 1/8/13.

"I’m a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights. Congress should not pass laws that take away these rights from law abiding citizens and leave criminals to terrorize the streets. Good citizens don’t abuse guns – criminals do. I will continue to support legislative efforts to protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding Americans, and oppose efforts to overturn the Second Amendment."

The most important part of that, in my opinion, is where you mention that criminals abuse guns, rather than law abiding citizens doing so.

As near as I can tell from my layman's reading of the proposal - it is going to close the fabled 'gun show loophole', and require background checks to purchase a gun online as well.

I hope, and assume, that you are aware that if you LEGALLY purchase a firearm over the internet, it already requires a background check when the firearm is transferred to your FFL. Any other procedure is breaking the law.

I also assume that you know that if you purchase from an actual gun dealer at a gun show, you already are required by law to pass a background check.

So if we are proposing to make it illegal to do it any other way than mentioned above, isn’t that already illegal? What are we hoping to accomplish here?

Ah, but what about the private sales at a gun show? I can legally buy a firearm, in my own state (for handguns) from a private party currently without submitting to a background check, as long as the person does their "due diligence" to make sure I am not legally prohibited from owning a firearm. For most of us, this comes in the form of showing our firearm carry permit, which proves that we have passed the necessary background checks to own a firearm.

The only way that I see requiring background checks for private sales is actually nothing more than a sneaky backdoor path into gun registration. Otherwise there is no way to track and/or enforce this law.

In another email from you, also dated 1/8/13 you said, and I quote, "I think we must look closely at the behavior of isolated young men who develop an obsession with violence.  The problem is not with the gun but with the person pulling the trigger." If this is truly your belief, where do you believe we are going with this senate proposal? 

How is that we think the addition of more laws concerning the purchase of firearms are going to stop anyone other than law abiding citizens? We already know the people who intend to use that firearm for violence or harm of others don't care what the law is, why would they begin to follow the law now?

When one criminal attempts to buy a gun from another criminal, do we think that they are going to call in and perform a background check to make sure that the can own a weapon? Surely you are not that naive.

In short, and if you take nothing else from this letter, please know that this proposal will do nothing, in anyway, to curb gun violence at all. You certainly have the appearance with this vote of doing nothing more than preparing to trample on the rights of those who voted you into office.

I do hope you will take this chance and opportunity to show me differently, lest I begin to regret my vote for you, and be sure not to repeat that mistake.

Thank you for your time.
Chris Redd

Monday, April 8, 2013

My new boots - Courtesy of the NRA.

This weekend we took my wife's younger sister back to Nashville o drop her off with her folks, and spent some time messing around at Bass Pro Shops at Opry Mills Mall while we were there.

I had a $25 gift card to Bass Pro from re-upping my membership to the NRA this past year. (For all the great info on the NRA and what they are doing, click here. Also, for information on the NRA-ILA, ILA stands for Institute for Legislative Action, its the lobbying arm of the NRA, check here. )

So, usually when I find myself with a gift card to Bass Pro, or Dick's Sporting Goods, I use it toward ammo purchases. But in today's market $25 isn't going far, and I would have had to put cash with it to even pick up one box of .45ACP (which I already have a lot of), so I decided to put a little more cash with it and get a nice new pair of boots.

I'm not talking dressy boots or just any old boots, I wanted some GOOD boots, some long lasting boots.

I settled on a pair of Rocky Boots. They are known for their quality boots. They should literally last a lifetime.

The pair I found is a 10" tall round toe roper boot with Rocky's patented Ride comfort system.
Normally $139.99, on sale during the Spring Fishing Classic for $89.97, plus my $25 gift card, and I was out the door for less than $75 cash.

Not a bad day. Here are the boots, raw and untreated. One of the overlooked parts of owning good boots is preparation BEFORE you wear them.

When is the last time you put boots in your oven? 
That is exactly what I plan to do, warm the leather, open the pores, and rub in some mink oil. That will help protect the leather and waterproof the boots. This will aid in their long term longevity, although you have to care for your leather along the way as well.

 I'll try to remember to grab some pictures of the process and update this post with them once I get to it. I might just make a new "How-To" post on prepping leather boots, I guess we'll see how it goes.  

Since hopefully SOME of my readers are outdoor oriented, and quite probably have already formed some very serious opinions about who makes a good boot and who doesn't - I'll ask. Who do you turn to for your boot needs? Rocky? Ariat? Danner? Georgia Boot? 

From experience Ariat's are some of the most comfortable boots on the planet, but for longevity and toughness, you CANNOT beat a good pair of Rocky's. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Getting Outside

Get Outside.
It doesn't have to be as involved as the picture above may seem. Just go outside and sit in your yar din the sunshine, weed a flower bed, heck, plant a flower bed!
Ride a bicycle.
Jog. (Not for me thanks.)

I can;t stress to people enough how much happier your life might be if you spend a considerable amount of time outside. It doesn't have to be hard, it doesn't require any skills, or special gear.
It can be as simple as going to the park, or as involved as hiking the Appalachian Trail.

While Cort's sister is in town, we decided to go over to the "Hippie" (Excuse the non PC reference) side of Chattanooga, referred to as The North Shore.
There are trendy Art Galleries, lots of antique shopping, great restaurants  and lots of green thinking  outdoorsy city folks. Its an odd mix. One of the only places you can see a lot of BMW's with bike racks, and Mercedes with Kayak racks on top.

We went to spend some time at Coolidge Park, which is a nice place on, coincidentally enough, the north shore of the Tennessee River. It has play areas for the kids, an outdoor stage, plenty of open greenspace, a nice walking bridge over the river, a rock climbing wall, and the draw of local flair.

While down there, we decided we might as well make use of the other things that The North Shore is famous for, and went to eat at Foodworks. They have a great Brunch Menu on the weekends, and prices are reasonable for where you are. It is located inside of an old knitting mill, and shares the building with a very nice antique store.

I had a wonderful breakfast burrito with Scrambled Eggs, Seasoned Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Chorizo and cheese all wrapped in a spinach tortilla and covered in queso. Whats not to love?!

In short, you dont have to be an expert at outdoors activities  you don't have to spend a lot of money on specialized gear and accessories. Just go outside and do something, anything.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

A to Z challenge.... I think not.

I debated over and over about doing the A to Z challenge this year, weighed the pros and cons. It was a tough decision. I mean how else can you get your blog that much exposure and traffic from fellow bloggers? You just can't.

I will admit though, I let my fear get the better of me, I am really getting into the swing of staying up to date here again, and I just don't think I could post everyday, even just for 26 days, moving through the alphabet. I'm not sure I have that much to say, nor that I could find/make time to post everyday  Maybe I will give it a go again next year.

 For those of you who are unfamiliar with the A to Z challenge, check it out here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy Easter, belated, of course.

Eggs, candy, bunny and chicks, baskets, and resurrection. Whatever your image when you think of Easter, it usually signifies the beginning of spring weather.

I hope that is the case here in the Tennessee Valley. I am tired of the cold, and already tired of the rain, even though we need it, maybe we can start off this year NOT in a drought.

Sunday morning came and we woke up and got ready for church. We typically dress up for Easter with a
new dress for Cort, and a new shirt and tie for me. This year Cort and her sister decided to go one step further and buy hats! Easter Sunday hats are almost a thing of the past, but they got a lot of compliments at church! I did not receive any compliments on my shirt and tie, but hey -what can you expect?
I was honored to escort these two lovely ladies to church.

After church, we went over to some family's house and had a BIG dinner. I ate way to much, as expected. You don't get this kind of figure by skipping meals, I can promise you that.

How did you spend your Easter? However you did it, I hope you had a good time!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Interesting Caliber Discussion

We have all heard the cliche's about calibers for defense weaponry.
     "I carry a .45 - because they don't make a .46"
     "If you shoot someone with a .22 you'll just make them mad"

 On and on, and on. The argument is likely just as old as firearms themselves. In a new and interesting study done by Greg Ellifritz, a certified instructor of firearms and defensive tactics training for a central Ohio police department, as well as the President and primary instructor of the Active Response Training Institute, it renders the basic argument basically null and void.

In his compilation study Greg compiled data on every shooting he could find reported in a 10 year span and captured many facets and details from the shootings such as the number of people shot, where they were hit, firearm caliber, whether or not the shooting was fatal, and whether or not the shooting stopped the person being shot, and in how many shots.

He has data for a large range of calibers, and this data can be found by simple web searches. For this discussion, I have only pulled his data for the 4 most commonly encountered defense rounds (in my experience).

The chart below details the differences (and similarities) between .22LR, 9mm, .45ACP, and 12 gauge shotguns.

At first glance the chart would lead us to believe that any caliber is basically the same. Take a look at the percentage of hits that were fatal across the calibers. The handguns range from 24% to 34%, and surprisingly the .22 comes out on the top of that race. That basically lays bare the argument for larger calibers over the smaller ones, does it not? Of course the 12 gauge throws the grading curve way out with a 65% fatality rate.

What you really have to look at in my opinion though, is the number of people that were not incapacitated at all with a given caliber. What good is a defense weapon if it doesn't stop 31% of the people it shoots (in the case of the 22) all of the others surveyed here come in the 12-14% range.

Also if you take a look at the accuracy line, it is a bit misleading I believe. For a lot of novice shooters, or really ANY shooter, a 22 can be almost more inherently accurate due to its low recoil, and ease of follow up shots, and a general lack of a flinch before firing due to less fear of sound and recoil (in comparison to a larger weapon). If you look at the chart though, It shows the .45ACP topping out the accuracy charts with 85% of all rounds fired hitting in the head or torso of their intended target.

Does this mean that a .45 is more accurate than a .22? Doubtful. More than likely it is one of those naturally skewed statistics, in the fact that a lot of novice shooters shoot .22's for the reaons mentioned above, and I would venture to guess that the vast majority of people who carry a .45 are very familiar with the use of thier weapon and firearms in general, and are likely to be more experienced shooters, some even with a level of formal training.

All of this to say, it would appear to me that any gun is better than no gun, and any gun will really do in a defense situation. Some are more well suited to the task than others, but as far as my opinion will get you, I say get a gun that is comfortable to hold and fire, and practice practice practice.

As Always - A Standing offer to any/all readers of this blog, feel free to ask me any firearms related questions, and if you would like to work on some basics, or safety, or shooting, feel free to comment and we can work something out to get you the practice/experience you want/need.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring? Not Today!

I stumbled across this picture this morning right before I left work this morning. I couldn't help but chuckling and thinking I should share it. 
It's one of my favorite Geico commercials, and is definitely true about the weather.
Enjoy! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Land Cruiser Needs Work...

So we somewhat recently finally became an ALL Toyota family, and Got rid of the wife's Ford Ranger in favor of a 1996 FZJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser. Its a really nice vehicle to be a 1996. Has 230 something thousand miles on it, which was a real problem for her mom and nana, as they thought we had gone daft buying a vehicle with that many miles on it.

What they didn't take into account though, is that it IS a Toyota, which means that 230,000 odd miles is just getting good and broken in.

Of course this post is a little counter productive to making that point, as the title states, it needs work. This past Sunday on our way home from church, it made an odd noise for about 5 seconds. Over the next several days it has made the noise a few more times.

It needs to stop. I have my work cut out for me, as I dont know where the noise is coming from exactly, but I am determined to find out.

I have done some looking online, and basing off of my "vast" (its all relative) Toyota experience, have a wonderful check list of things to check tomorrow and either fix, or cross of my possible issues list.

Working 3rds and all, it will be the second crappy day in a row with no sleep, but, it must be done.

May go ahead and order a rebuild kit for the front axle while I am at it, depends on what it looks like once I open it up. If I end up doing that, I'll get some pics for you guys. Everything else should be relatively boring and routine.

Pray and keep your fingers crossed for an easy fix tomorrow.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Duck Pond

Me and Cort recently headed out to Dayton, TN along the TN river to a place we have always called "The Duck Pond" we go there occasionally to feed the ducks, or just on a lazy saturday afternoon, or whaetver.

It is actually  a city park in Dayton called Point Park. It is along Richland Creek, which flows into the TN river.

This is Cort feeding the two ducks that were there when we arrived. I felt a little bit dissapointed that we had made the drive for just two ducks. Soon after we started feeding though, word spread through the duck community and soon we had a small flock of ducks following us up and down Richland Creek as we walked along the bank, lazily feeding the ducks.

We ate at a new (to us) place called Jacob Meyer's Restaurant on the River that is in the center of Point Park. We've seen it many times, but have never eaten there before.  It was quite good, nice atmosphere out on the balcony, and the portions were very generous, and the service was very helpful.

Just one of our many little outings to spend some much deserved time off together. This must be what the good life is all about.