Happy 2nd Anniversary to my wife!

29 04 2016

Time sure flies. Ups and downs, left turns and right turns, you have hung in there like a champ. I love you, and want to say that I love you more today than I did that day in Las Vegas! You totally get me, and understand my goals, dreams, and vision. It is rare in life that we are able to connect with someone that we are totally compatible with but my luck was all there in Las Vegas with the not-so-convincing Elvis singing for us under the sign.

As we embark on the next year of our union, I will remind you of the statement when you first agreed to go out with me, I told you to “hang on, it is going to be one HELL of a ride!” and you took the bait… hook, line, & sinker!





Losses in life…

13 04 2016

Let me start out by saying that emotionally, I am fine. I have come to terms with the fact that my elders would soon be passing, and have made peace with that. Everyone mourns in their own way, and I am not special, by any means. PLEASE, there is no need for well wishes, or condolences, you will simply be wasting electronic ink… having said that…

The circle of life is an interesting thing. The saying “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family” is so very true. 3 or so months ago, my grandmother passed away, (on my fathers’ side) and just this week, my grandfather (on my mothers’ side) passed away as well. The thing that I learned after my father passed is the “death” part of the circle of life will show the true color of the people around you.

Today was one of those days. I asked a simple question, to provide some clarity for my benefit, of one of the family members, and it turned into a very vile, nasty, threatening, conversation. It took a hard left turn REAL fast… it confirmed and clarified to me the true colors of people. My family is NOTHING like the “Chrisleys”. More than 25 years ago, my father told me there would be days like this, I did not know what he was talking about, but now, I understand. Wisdom sometimes comes at strange times in life, today I am a wiser man because of the events of the day. I am pretty sure that the worst is yet to come, but I now have some clearer vision on how to handle things.

On a happier note, I would like to wish my youngest son a happy 17th birthday. You have grown into a young man, who on most days is a pain in my A$$, but one who has a good moral compass, who has good work ethic, and who will achieve anything in life that you set your mind to. 17 years ago 4/14/1999 you were born into this “circle of life” that will make you tough and successful.

I may razz you every now and again, (OK, really all the time) but you have learned to take it and dish it back out as well. I am so very proud of the things that you have accomplished so far with the market pig and the dedication you have shown to that project.





Just when you think that you are done…

1 02 2016

One day at a time… faith in the system of justice comes slow, but we get our day in court.

For more than 10 months, we have been trying to femove squatters from a property that we purchased. Their attorney tried & failed to keep them there, but to no avail. We will have a couple of good, clean, affordable, rentals available in a month or two. There is a lot of work to do, but we will push through & get it done.

I would like to give a special thanks to my VERY special wife for meeping the faith. We had a few setbacks, but we won!!

I feel really good when I lay down at night and I am tired, but I can snuggle with someone who I know actually appreciates what I do and what I am trying to do in life. She really gets it…

Michelle, I appreciate all that you do, I may not say it enough, and I may be cranky more so than not, as you know I have a lot on my plate. I am not sure if I will ever not have a full plate, but I will always make time for you. Keep the faith, relief comes one day at a time!

One day soon we will be on permenant vacation… every long journey is many tiny steps.





“Like sand through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives”…

12 01 2016

There was never a truer statement. The older I get, the more I “look back” and evaluate my life, what I have done with my days, and what I would like to get done in the days that I have left…

My grandmother passed away peacefully on Friday 1/08/16. I had been expecting that news for the last few years. I have “said goodbye” on a number of occasions, fully expecting that I may not see her again, and in her stubborn, gotta have the last word way, she stuck it out for 97 years. Her funeral, as most funerals will be a gathering of family that I have not seen since the last funeral, and sitting around being uncomfortable, luckily I have the opportunity to go out and escape to the RV for some much needed relaxation.

fixed01This photo was from about 1991 or 1992 at my grandparents 50th anniversary from some photos that I found at my fathers’ house after he passed a few years ago. They were such a happy couple, they had their “bumps in the road” as we all do, but overall they really loved each other, at least from the view that I had.

Even though I am sad that she is gone, I know that she is no longer unhappy because of the dementia, which “took her” years ago and became the empty shell of a woman that she was the last years of her life.

I will always remember them as the ones that I could go to in my life when my parents were not available or were not the ones that I wanted to talk to. I just wish that I had had some more meaningful conversations. Like they say, hindsight is 20/20…

 

fixed13This last photo is a throwback of the “porn ‘stache” days from when I was young and had no fashion sense… (circa 1993?)

 

Have a great week, mine will be a doozy!

 





DON’T BE A SHEEP, BAAAAAAAAA

16 11 2015

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The mainstream media is talking to you people “the sheep” of the world. Their advice? “Find an exit and run” BAAAA BAAAA BAAAA if you are a sheep then that is my advice as well.

I do not know what the carry laws are in paris, so my advice below may possibly be illegal and reason for the residents of France to get their laws updated.

However, if you are on US soil, BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION if necessary. The school shootings, the theater shootings, the attacks on civilians in any public or private venue, be prepared. Learn to shoot, learn when to shoot, learn how to shoot, learn NOT TO BE A SHEEP! There are going to be wolves in the world, it is the way of life, the solution from our government is “more gun laws, stricter gun laws, ban certain types of guns” Do I fault them, no, they are uneducated in the ways of personal protection and may even have a fear of guns. They only see the side if what criminals create when they break the law and attack innocent sheep.

  • When you are at your home, have a gun available on each floor.
  • When you leave your home, at least have a gun in your car, or your purse, or on your person, better yet, all 3.
  • The only way to stop a bad guy (ie: wolf) with a gun is for a good guy (ie: sheepdog) with a gun to get involved.
  • Learn to shoot, learn your gun, how it works and what to do if it jams or does not shoot.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Spend a day every month or so at the range, “blow some stuff up” it really is fun.

My prayers go out to those who did not make it in Paris, and Colorado, and Connecticut, and every location where the wolves have attacked unsuspecting, innocent children, adults, and others. I do not place blame on the victims, they were just doing what they do in life and someone came and took that away.

We live in a different world, we live in a time where people, for the most part, do not care about fellow man. Terrorist wish to do harm to us ON OUR SOIL, be prepared. Our government is NOT going to protect you, they are overworked, underpaid for the sacrifice that they make everyday, and the police will only be there to write a report after the incident has happened. PLEASE DO NOT INTERPRET THIS AS ANTI-POLICE, I am VERY PRO-POLICE, many of my very best friends are current or ex-police, deputies, military and the like. I will work with them, I will help them if they need the help, I will even supply them with hardware if they needed it, but, because they have such a busy job to do, I will not depend on them when the world starts to turn to “shit”…

So back to my point, be prepared. Find a firearms instructor, get some knowledge, go to a range, get some practice. Practice at 15 yards or closer, you don’t need to be a sniper at 100 yards, just up close and personal 15 yards or less. Have a gun by your bed, be ready for those wolves who will enter your home and take the stuff that you have worked so hard for, or harm those that you love. Society teaches the wolves to take from the weak, because it is easier than working for what you want. That is why the jails are overfull and crowded, wolves in cages that have attacked society.

I will leave you with this: BE PREPARED.

If you would like me to assist, please get in touch with me, and I will give you my advice.

Until then, be safe, be a sheepdog

Steve

 





IDPA 11/15/15 Titusville Rifle & Pistol Club

15 11 2015

First time at the Titusville Rifle & Pistol Club for an IDPA shoot. As expected, the squad was excellent even with a previous person who made a shoot weeks earlier difficult. The club has several mock buildings and it is always fun to be able to shoot from simulated windows, doors, and from cover of actual “structures” instead of barrels or fake walls. One of the stages had a mover that was pretty cool, started by a heavy piece of steel, that when falls, it activates the gravity moving “guy”.

Overall, the weather was perfect, not too cold, but again, not too hot, light breeze (as you will hear from the video) and long jeans were not entirely necessary, but I wore them just in case. The Sig Pro 2022 operated flawlessly, and even though I think that I may want a new “piece of equipment” the Sig just has not let me down to this point.

Scoring today was very good, only down about 15 points all day with 1 FTN (failure to neutralize), 1 HTN (hit to a non-target) but I will qualify that with the fact that it was REALLY tight to get the bad guy without hitting the good guy. The technicals (which usually kill me) were zero!!! My accuracy is getting better, and it was mentioned to me that I should consider shooting in the Florida State IDPA match in March 2016, that I was “good enough” to be a competitor. I think that I am CLOSE to good enough, but I am going to keep practicing each weekend to see if I can get to a point where I am good enough to actually win something, even if it is a T-Shirt…

The one thing that I DO know, is that I have to lose some weight, you can hear my breathing and my groans as I get into some of these shooting positions. I am going to try to get out a couple of days per week to walk and exercise to get my cardio up. I do have a “fit by 50” goal that I think I am going to start on sooner than later. No time like the present…

So, here is today’s video, the “hat rig” is just not working for me, I believe it is the wrong type of hat. I had a failure where the hat fell down into my field of vision, so I threw it off (stage #6) and it sat upside down for the last part of the stage. Maybe I will try the headband setup from GoPro since I have a couple of those, and see if that works any better. If I could just get the damn thing to stay on and not move that would be an improvement. I did switch back to my other GoPro camera though, and I think the image is much better. The sound seems to be not the same quality, however, an external mic may be the solution for that.

Next week that are 2 shoots, both at the Flagler Gun Club, one is a night shoot, which I have never done before, and the other is the regular IDPA shoot Sunday. Stay tuned “kiddos” cool things to come.

Have a GREAT day!

Steve





IDPA Shoot Ancient City Gun Club 11/14/15

14 11 2015

Good evening HAPPY CAMPERS!

This was a GREAT day… cool, few clouds, wonderful weather. I was with a good squad today, helpful friendly people. I was a little concerned with the closeness of the spectators to the firing line in a couple of stages, but fortunately, NO accidents, just a little too close for my comfort level as a chief range safety officer.

What can I say about shooting sports, it makes me happy… “slingin’ lead down range”, the jump of the firearm in your hands, just puts a smile on my face, can’t help it. Tried out a new set of earplugs today instead of the over-ear noise suppression type, I had in the ear, “still hear conversations around me” earplugs. Surprisingly, they were only about $15 via mail order. Mostly comfortable, I think my left ear canal is a little smaller than the right one. Kept having to reset it into the ear.

I am having a few growing pains, in that, I am starting to upgrade my equipment to items that are IDPA rule compliant because I am planning on attending several state matches in the next five or six months. On the Radar, Texas, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida state championship(s) coming up before June 2016. Club shooting, and who knows, if I can get some RV travel in as well, then we might be on the road for some fun…

Video for today’s’ IDPA shoot at the Ancient City Gun Club in St. Augustine is below.

Have a GREAT day.

Shooting Titusville tomorrow.. Stay tuned!

Steve








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