Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ever Since I Was A Kid...

..I have paid attention to the ground or the floor as I walk. I don't know if that was due as much to me being accident prone or due to me having found money on the floor or ground many more times than once. I figure I used to watch my step not to fall over my own feet and then was lucky enough to find some dough and then started paying even more attention to where I was stepping. Of course, it may have had nothing to do with me being an accident prone klutz and could have just been due to me having stepped in a large pile of doggy doodoo. I simply do not recall the reason but to this day, I still look down fairly often when walking while at the same time keeping my eyes open for cash. Last time I found a considerable amount of cash was probably two or three years ago, it was a fifty dollar bill in a Home Depot parking lot. I was quite the happy guy.
 
Today, I hit up the same Home Depot to buy some grass seed, potted flowers and vegetables among other things. As I got out of my car, the memory came to me of finding that $50, I guess because it was right near where I parked my car today. Maybe 20 minutes later, while walking around the gardening department, I looked down and my usually slow pace went into immediate overdrive while at the same time I glanced around to see it anyone else was walking toward what had gotten my immediate interest. No one was walking toward that way and no one was walking away from the area either. Mine, mine mine! What soon became mine were two twenty dollar bills there on the floor. I almost could not believe my luck as I quickly bent over to scoop them up and put em in my pocket. Not to let lady luck leave too soon, I made sure to walk around the immediate area looking for more but alas she had already departed and left me with what I had scooped up. Yet. she had not left me disappointed since the two bills I had grabbed were indeed real. Not a bad deal at all. They substantially helped pay the $140 toward my purchases. 
 
I wish I had luck like this more often but I am not going to wish that too hard because I am afraid to piss off whatever power above laid that cash in my path. That does not mean though that I will stop looking down now and then when I walk.
 
All the best,
GB

I Want One - Hell I Want Two




I wish they were commercially available in the US of A at a decent price. Need I say more.

All the best,
Glenn B

Not Even A Hint Of A Connection To Terrorism...

...is mentioned in an article about two guys who reportedly were arrested after a passerby called police to report they had threatened him and told him they were armed with guns. All that after he merely asked them to clean up some trash they had thrown from their vehicle. The informer was smart enough to get their license number, before walking away, and he then called 911. What he did may have thwarted a terrorist attack in the making, maybe even an imminent one. Yet, neither the police nor Homeland Security are saying anything about a possible link terrorism relative to the reported arrests of Abdullah N. Alrifahe and  Majid Alrifahe. Hell, one of them has already been released according to the article. (Is Minneapolis a sanctuary city???) More here.

One would hope that the police and or DHS (or better yet the FBI) do enough of an investigation to obtain proper search warrants and go through those computers thoroughly. It is not every day you find a hand grenade during a vehicle stop.

All the best,
GB

Boy Gives Dog A Bone And Woman Pulls Her Pistol...

...and points it at him. As he runs away, she fires a warning shot. She gets arrested and treated like a criminal and I simply do not understand why on God's green earth she was charged and the kid will probably get off again.

Yes, there are some sarcastic puns in those previous sentences. Read the linked article and you will understand.

How I missed this news item, dated May 8th, while I was in AR is beyond me except maybe that while my son has a television he only has it hooked up to his computer to watch YouTube and Netflix; a subscription for cable was too expensive (welcome to the real world my son). I am sure he will get cable soon though now that he has a decent job. Anyway, I digress so let me just say again, read the linked article and be amazed and maybe disgusted. I think maybe, had it been another person instead of this particular woman, he might have been shot being it was the second time he gave the bone to the dog and giving the same bone twice to the same dog could be considered a shooting offense by some.

All the best,
Glenn B.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sometimes Things Work Out Okay For Me

It is so nice when I find out I did not screw something up, like me having thought I forgot my Remington 870 folding stock in AR at my son's place.

How bad ass will that make my Remington 870 look! I have no clue but I do
know it will make it kick much harder, than it does already, with that metal butt.
I was going through my stuff today to pull out my dirty laundry from the trip and found it in one of the bags. That was a good thing indeed. Of course, washing my laundry was good too.

And yes, that does say "FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ONLY" on it but that is not a legal requirement anywhere or at least was not when I acquired it. I have had this folder for decades, since the early or mid 1980s, and there was no legal restriction on this when I got it and there is none now (at least if not in a commie hell hole like New York City where I am guessing it may be illegal or somehow restricted). That allegedly was put on there by Remington to make it more appealing to police departments and LE agencies, or so it was explained to me when I got it (and by the way I was a federal LE officer then). It probably commanded a higher price too merely because of those four words.

All the best,
GB

Happy Armed Forces Day


Happy Armed Forces Day to each and every loyal member of the United States Military. God bless you, Mother Nature watch over you, may the Fates never cut you short, and may The Force Be With You always and keep you safe.

Of course, I know you do your best to keep us and each other of you safe and thus my appreciation for you and what you do. You keep American free!

All the best,
Glenn  B

Friday, May 19, 2017

Damn, It's Vampire Hour & Where Is My Rem 870 Folding Stock

It is well past the hour when vampires would start coming out around my place already; although, in AR where my son lives (in that other time zone), it would still be fairly bright sunlight at this hour. Heck, he is only one time zone west of here!!! I may have to move back to AR just for the sunlight. Of course, I may have to at least visit again soon just to get my OEM Remington 870 folding stock that he brought with him, then gave back to me while I was there, but that I apparently forgot to take with me when I left. I checked my car and cannot find it, so I am assuming I forgot it but he cannot find it in his apartment either. Maybe a vampire grabbed it.

All the best,
GB

Home Again

I am happy to be home again but I must say that two days ago I did what made me just about the saddest I have ever been in my life. I left Brendan in Arkansas. Don't get me wrong, I am happy he is there and making it on his own and am quite proud of him for working to achieve the American dream. When he left NY, it was a bittersweet day for me; I was sad he was leaving but was also happy he was going out on his own and he happiness outweighed the sadness. I guess any parent who loved his children would feel likewise. There was something different though about visiting him in Arkansas and then leaving him behind. When I drove off of the Interstate highway, on the day I arrived, and got onto the local state highway a big smile broke on my face and I was exceedingly happy that I was about to see him. I cannot remember being that happy since my grandson was born. I had missed Brendan a lot after only less than 3 months so how could I not be happy.

The thing was though, when I left him on Thursday, I was sad, about as sad as I have ever been! Sure, I am still happy he is making it on his own, that he got a decent job and is working hard at it driving a big rig (and there I was thinking he was driving a box truck but he is driving 40 footers and larger), that he has a nice apartment, that he has made new friends and strengthened his bond with an old one, that he bought and own his first pistol and that we had a great time together (especially since I caught more fish than him for a change). What I am sad about is that I had to leave him. That feeling overwhelmed me when I got up to see him off to work at 330 on Thursday morning and again when I drove away from his apartment complex later that day. Still though, as I said, I am happy for him. That, and knowing I plan to visit him again, within a few months or so, makes the sadness over missing him somewhat bearable.

Oh well, enough of the emotional ranting. I will try to get in some blogging this weekend, then will be working all of next week. That is good because I need some way to pay for the trip, especially what I spent on guns and things at the firearms auction that I to which I detoured on the first weekend of my road trip. More on those guns in a later post.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Fishing Trip(s)

In anticipation of getting in some fishing, while visiting Brendan in Benton, AR, I went to Walmart and picked up a cheap rod and reel combo. I went out a few days ago with it to' the Saline River at a local park (really more of a boat launch than a park) and got in a few casts before the reel fell apart, a piece f it going into the river too deep for me to retrieve without taking a bath. Needless to say I did  not catch a fish. A few days later, I finally brought it back to Walmart and got a refund. Then I picked up another one, the same thing. I also wound up getting some basic tackle to add to Brendan's tackle box and had previously bought some lures for him at Bass Pro Shop,

We had planned on renting a canoe this weekend in Brenton to fish the Saline River but the one place there is only open Saturday and Sundays and was booked on Saturday for an annual canoe race. On Sunday, it being Mothers' Day, they were closed. So yesterday, we headed out west to Glenwood, AR and Caddo River Camping & Canoe Rental. We paid for a canoe and were soon being transported about 7 or 8 miles upstream to a launch site.

We picked our canoe and were soon on the river fishing very close to from where we launched. The river was teeming with fish at that point. We saw bass (either largemouth and or smallmouth and rock bass), suckers, alligator gar, other fish that resembled trout  (but we were told there are no trout in the Caddo River), sunfish & probably crappie and carp. We did not catch and after about 15 or 20 minutes of fishing we realized out canoe was leaking and headed back to the launch site to pick up another. The guy working for the canoe outfit was pretty surprised to see how much water we had taken on. We figured that if we spent another 5 60 6 hors on the water we would have sunk and that might have been a bad thing.

Once we got the new boat, we fished there a bit more but did not hook anything. The canoe guy had told us that spot has some of the wariest fish on the river as it is overfished (not as in too many taken to too many fishermen trying to catch them). So we moved on. We paddled on over some small rapids and fished soon again. We continued that for the next 5 or 5 1/2 hours.

The water was crystal clear in may places and we saw a lot of fish but never any as abundant next to where we had launched. Something tells me we should have fished them some more and tried a larger variety of lures or bait. We had meal worms, superworms, red wrigglers and night crawlers for live boat. We also had catfish bait pellets, and a few different trout baits (like salmon eggs). Brendan also had a good selection of lures.

Brendan caught one sunfish - the first fish of the day - on glitter strewn Power Bait. Then it was quite the while before we caught another, or should I say until I caught one. That one fish was it for Brendan, for fish anyway. He did catch a craw dad and a baby turtle with a net. At one stop, he got out on a gravel bank to stretch. He asked if I wanted some minnows for bait and grabbed out net. I spotted a craw dad and he netted it. Used it for bait at that spot but to no avail,


 As I was hooking up the crawdad, he scooped something else up and was beaming with satisfaction as he walked over to me and showed me a baby turtle. That was, I think the best catch of the day. As with all the fish we caught, we released the turtle in the same spot where he caught it. I wanted to keep it but Brendan wanted to let it go, so off it swam.

Shortly afterward, I changed over to using night crawlers. That was the ticket for me. I caught two sunfish, a smallmouth bass and what I think was a White Crappie. I have never know crappies to go for night crawlers but that is what the fish looked like. All went back into the water. I might have kept the crappie and the bass had they been bigger, the crappies was about 8" long and the bass was maybe an inch or two bit larger.

After that we fished some more but had to get paddling. We had only until 6PM to get back to base and had been fishing for a couple of hours and maybe went about 2 miles at most. So it was back to paddling. Of course we stopped now and again to fish. At one spot Brendan went for a swim. At another, he waded up to his waist to fish. As I said though, there were o more fish for him and I maxed out at the four I already mentioned. We stayed pretty dry for the whole trip, that is until maybe a couple hundred yards from base. There we hit some white water that cam up over the prow and soaked  most of me. I was smart enough to have brought a change of clothes in the car so I was dry again soon enough. Brendan had worn a swimsuit and despite using at least three applications of a 50 SPF  sunscreen, he got a very red and very sore set of canoe knees.

All in all we had a good time regardless of the pretty excruciating pain I had in my still aching tailbone (from a fall down the stairs in late January). Sit on a life jacket helped with that some but I will not be canoeing again in the foreseeable future until it heals completely.  My hips and back were also pretty bad and my shoulders and neck got quite sore not being used to all the paddling. Even Brendan, who is no stranger to physical labor, had aching joints and muscles both during and after the trip. I am certain he will be canoeing again and hopefully catching more fish the next time.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Gun Show - How Could I Have Forgotten?

So, I wrote the most recent previous post about what Brendan and I have done together son far here in AR and I said it had not amounted to much. Thing is I forgot to mention one thing we did last weekend - we went to a gun show in Hot Springs, AR (the boyhood home of Bill Clinton - or so the signs said). Since, in that last post, I wrote about how AR is not all that different than NY I do not know how I forgot to mention the show both because of how different it was in maybe two ways and how alike it was to NY gun shows in other ways.

First of all the differences:

1) They had a good number of so called assault weapons on display, ones that are forbidden in NY'istan, such as semi-auto AKs and ARs. Of course, you don't see that stuff in NYbecause of the NY SAFE Act and the tyrant of a governor there.

2) They had full auto guns for sale (some were real assault rifles).

3) They had suppressors for sale.
 

4) The place was just about empty of attendees and we got there around an hour after the door opened. I met the promoter and he told me since it was a Sunday, it would be their slow day and it had had a lot of attendees on Saturday. Maybe that is a Bible Belt thing but in NY the heathens, right along with the church goers, would have packed the place on Sunday too. In NY, any gun show I have been to within the last 10 to 15 years has packed in the customers like sardines in a can or worse yet like Japanese commuters on a train in the peak of rush hour.

Now the similarities:

1) Cost to get into the show - $10, the same as many NY shows.

2) Things for sale that should not be allowed for sale at guns shows, like non-firearms or ammo related items such as: jerky, jewelry, toys and even teddy bears and a whole table of scented lights and candles.

3) Prices on both guns and ammo were, for the most part outrageous just like in NY. In fact, I think they were probably higher than what you would have seen in a NY gun show for the most part. One perfect example was a Remington Model 141 in 35 Remington. It had an asking price of $750 and that regardless of the fact that there was extensive pitting on the metal that had obviously been reblued right over the pitting. The wood was fairly dinged and I think refinished as well as was the metal. I picked up one of these rifles in NY (at an auction) for $350 or was it $375. The metal on mine was in much better condition with no pitting at all and about 75 to 80% finish remaining and the stock had what looks like a factory repair (or one done by a very skilled woodworker). Also, the forestock may have a hairline crack, I'll have to look better with a magnifier to see if it is a crack or grain. It is a shooter and a good one from the 7 or 8 shots I fired through it while here in AR. Yes, I got it at the Hessney Auction on the first day of this road trip and it has been with me, so to speak, since then.

4) Some of the dealers were typical gun dealer gurus and others were very nice. Nicest guys I met were the promoter and another guy who was selling knives (and I think sharpening service).

I did not buy a thing. Meant to get a metal "Nuthouse" sign showing a family of three deranged squirrels and wanted to get a few confederate flags but wound up forgetting about them when it was time to leave. Brendan picked up some patches and other trinkets to send to friends back in NY and also gave me a couple. The guns and ammo were, as I said, just way to expensive to even consider buying. Regardless, it was fun as has been just about any gun show I ever have attended.
 
All the best,
GB

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Arkansas - It Sure Ain't NY...

...but then again it is not all that different. Traffic sucks proportionately and yes there are plenty of out and out arsehats driving down here. Prices on many things are just about if not actually the same (except for a buy I just found tonight on Franziskaner Hefe Weizen Bier). People are nicer somewhat but there are obnoxious arsehats here just like anywhere, simply not as many per square inch as in Nuevo Yorkistan. One thing that seems lacking although I am told that they are everywhere is Mexican illegal aliens. I have seen maybe two so far but have not heard a single word of Spanish being spoken since  arrived here, nor any language excepting English (how nice).

Have not done a whole hell of a lot since I got here except hanging out with my son. We did go on a bit of a pub crawl on Sunday with Brendan's friend Walter and his mom and dad who were also visiting from NY. That was fun, they have some nice brew pubs with some excellent IPAs in Little Rock.

It is the damnedest thing, in Arkansas you can buy beer and booze in a bar or restaurant on Sunday but not in a store to take home. I guess going to hang out in dens of iniquity is A-Okay on the Lord's day in AR but just do not try to buy booze at a liquor store cause that might be a bad thing somehow. So, I bought an extra 6-pack of cider on Saturday night because I have had enough experience inside the bible belt to have known enough to ask at the supermarket if they could sell beer on Sunday and they said no. Regardless, I had a case of Hofbräu München hefe weizen bier with me from NY along with a 6 pack of McKenzies seasonal cider for Brendan, so with that extra 6-pack of cider I picked up at the supermarket we had plenty.

I stopped by Bass Pro Shop to pick up a fishing license and a box of 35 REM ammo. Went to Gander Mountain yesterday expecting to get a deal on it but they did not have it. They did have their going out of business sale ongoing but to tell the truth I foind most of their prices above their competitors even with the offered discount figured into the mix. Maybe more on them in a later post about the BS I went through trying to cancel an order I had placed for a scope while in West Palm Beach last week. With prices like theirs and customer service like I experienced, they need not wonder why they failed and were bought out is all I will say for now.

Tomorrow, while Brendan is working, I think I will head out to the post office to send some mothers' day cards by priority mail (from both he and I), and then after getting anything else done that needs be done, I am going fishing. Funny, the only other thing I can think of now that needs be done is making a reservation for  canoe for this coming Sunday or Monday so Brendan and I can go fishing on a local river on one of his days off.

We have wanted to go shooting but there is a lack of public indoor and outdoor ranges in the area around Benton. The one indoor range I found, that is open to the public, that allows rifle as well as pistol only allows rifles on Thursday and Friday - go figure - and that is in North Little Rock. I think there re less ranges in close vicinity to Brendan's place than there are to my home in NY and that my friends seems quite odd considering how pro-gun they are in AR and how anti-gun most folks are in NY. Most ranges here are accessible only through private membership and there are not many of them. There is a National Forest west of here that offers several free ranges and we may go to one of those (probably more like sand pits than rifle ranges but who cares).

Other than that, I went grocery shopping a couple of times and cooked fresh dinner for us twice. Used a Crock-Pot slow cooker for both means and I must say both came out excellent (and Brendan said so too). One was a rack of lamb in a sort of stew and the next was a beef stew both with a slight to medium flare of peppery heat in a beer or cider base. Delicious.

Wish me luck in  my fishing expedition tomorrow.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Road Trip So Far

My first day was only a 5.5 hour drive to Geneva, NY. I just felt compelled to attend the Hessney rod & gun auctuon last Saturday. So I drove up on Friday for the auction preview. After the preview, I checked into my motel and then headed to the Hotel Echange bar for dinner and a couple drinks. I spent most of the day on Saturday at the auction. I also spent most of the money for my trip there too plus cashed in 20 silver eagles to help pay for the guns, ammo and knife that I bought. Picked up a CZ 527 Thumbhole Varmint rifle in 223 REM and a Remington 141 Gamemaster in 35 REM.

I headed to West Palm Beach, FL as soon as I exited the auction house parking lot at 330 Saturday afternoon. I stopped at my storage locker in PA and picked up about 30 so called high capacity AR & AK mags (that I had stored there before the NY SAFE Act kicked in) to bring them to Brendan in AR. Only made a couple of other very quick stops for gas and in Winchester, VA at my motel at 1130OM.

Next day, I left the motel at about 1030AM. Late start but the day before had wiped me out getting up at 510AM and not hitting the hay until about 200 AM. What can I say, found a decent open bar in Winchester. On Sunday I planned to stop over in southern SC and visit Palmetto State Armory on Monday morning and then continue. Got a text in Sunday from a friend who had delayed vacation by a day just to see me on Monday so I kept driving until I got to Brunswick, GA. So, on Sunday, I drove about 685 miles with a stop for gas and one to eat. The stop to eat was breakfast in Elkin, NC. It was in the afternoon and was a long one, at least 2 1/2 hours of a 20 oz ribeye and two IPAs.

Departed Brunswick at about 945 AM on Monday.Got to WPB at at about 345 in the afternoon. Oh my achin tailbone was happy to be there at last. Other than visiting my uncle, I have not done a heck of a whole lot while here.hope to get some fishing in before I leave.

All the best,
GB

Thursday, April 27, 2017

At Least A Few Hours Left Of Pre-Road Trip Packing...

...and other preparations but I got a good deal of it done today along with some other necessary stuff I needed o get done before leaving. The thing is I have not gotten enough done of what I need to do before leaving. Thus, I am a bit doubtful that I will be able to depart early enough to get to Geneva, NY on time for the Hessney firearms auction preview tomorrow evening. I guess that just means I have to be up at getting things done early tomorrow. I figure I can leave by 11AM and still make it to the auction preview on time to see enough although, I do want to leave no later than 10AM.

One of the main things I did today was to get stuff ready to bring down to my son and that included finding some of it although I had most of it ready to go. Well, most of it except for the ammo I am bringing him. I have depleted my ammo stash by a small amount and I think he will appreciate it. This is the ammo I first decided to bring to him:

 
That made a tidy little package of ammo for him. He just bought his first pistol, since arriving down in AR, a Glock 43. So, I figured some 9mm would be welcomed by him. He does not own a pistol in 45 yet. The operative word in the last sentence was yet. I am bringing him a brand new Rock Island Armory 1911. I bought it months ago for myself but my plans for it changed when I learned Brendan was planning on moving to AR. I put it away and never shot it figuring I would give it to him. I confirmed through BATFE and my local county PD (issuing agency for my pistol license) that it would be okay for me to transport it to AR myself and then have it transferred to Brendan through a dealer with an FFL.
 
Well, after I got the ammo in the can, I decided it wasn't enough and I added a few more boxes of the 45. What the heck, I can spare it. Then I did some more chores but I got to thinking that Brendan could also use some 7.62x39mm for his AK. Once I got about half an ammo can full of loose rounds of that together, I also grabbed two 180 round range packs of Red Army Standard 7.62x39mm ammo and added that to the heap. I also remembered to grab an ammo can Brendan had left behind that contained 420 rounds of 5.56x45mm ammo for his ARs (he also has another that I recently ordered for him). As the afternoon progressed, I wound up grabbing this and that which included Brendan's Ruger 10/22 All Weather rifle. He did not forget it, it just did no fit in his car with all the other things he took with him. Yes that meant several hundred rounds of 22LR was also put into the pile. Then I remembered that he had left his Remington 870's rifled barrel behind. hH took the smooth bore barrel with rifle sights and the long one with vent rib but forgot the rifled one. Once I found that, I pus it aside with the ammo and grabbed several boxes, all I could find, of sabot slugs and threw them into the mix. I also piled on some rifled slugs, buckshot and number 8 shot shells.
 
This is what that mess looked like before I packed it into my car:
 
 
 
I imagine once you saw the pic, you also saw he pistol I am going to give him. You may have also noticed the Ruger Redhawk in 44 Magnum to the right of the ammo cans. I am bringing that too but that will return home with me. My bet is Brendan and I will have some fun with that and with his guns being I am bringing him all that ammo.
 
Did I mention, that put a small dent in my ammo inventory. There are 600 rounds of 45 AUTO, 400 rounds of 9mm Luger (he already has a few hundred rounds of that), 12 gauge 55 rounds of sabot slugs, 25 rounds of #8 shot shells, 20 rounds of 12 gauge rifled slugs, 25 rounds of 12 gauge 00 buckshot, a few hundred rounds of loose 7.62x39mm HP rounds in the ammo can, 360 rounds of boxed 7.62x39mm ammo, and 925 rounds of 22LR. I am guessing at least 400 rounds in the ammo can and using that number added to all the rest it comes out to just over 2,800 rounds of ammunition in my care package for Brendan. All that ammo, along with a set of brakes for his car (that he ordered online then wound up leaving here) and some other of his things has my Toyota Corolla much lower than usual and I still need to pack my clothes and the guns. Oh well, I imagine the car can take it.
 
I still need to mow the lawn, get the gas can for the lawn mower filled, fill up the car's tanks, do some things with my animals, leave instructions for my wife on how to care for all the critters (did I mention, I am going on this trip alone), vacuum and tidy up the basement, pack the rest of everything into the car (and I get the sneaking suspicion I may have to remove something to fit my two bags). If I get it all done to be able to leave by 10AM I will be ecstatic. Then it is off to Geneva, NY for the Hessney auction preview tomorrow and the auction on Saturday. I am headed to FL after the auction and will drive as far as I can although the auction only ends at 4PM so it will not be more than a few hundred miles. I will drive further on Sunday and Monday, which is the day I expect to arrive in West Palm Beach. A few days there with my uncle and then I will be off to AR to see Brendan. As long as I get a week and a half or so in AR with Brendan, I will be happy. I plan to be home on Saturday May 20th or Sunday May 21st. I have work the week of the 21st.
 
I am looking forward to it all.
 
All the best,
GB


 

Self Identifying Can Be Dangerous


As it should be.

All the best,
Glenn B

Some Not So Fine Police Work

A police woman in LA (not Los Angeles, the other one) essentially went berserk, threatened to kill her own brother's wife and it was all caught on a police body camera. Go to this link and watch the video, heck you may even want to read the story. They let her resign. I wonder if the other officers reported her and if not are they facing departmental charges?

Just imagine her pulling you over for felonious mopery!

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cutting Corporate and Personal Income Taxes

So President Trump is talking about tax reform and so is Congress (more here). Well, I have some advice for President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress:

Shit or get off the pot already.

It is about time you stop talking and start cutting taxes. Get it done now, do not delay. Giving big business tax cuts can only help our economy. But - why the fuck do you want to cut taxes on repatriated big business profits! Keep those taxes high to encourage business being done here in the US of A.

All the best
Glenn B

Wednesday Already!

Holy shit, it's Hump Day already. I have been busy this week, last two days and today getting ready for my road trip that will start either tomorrow or Friday. As each minute passes though, it seems like I will hit the road on Friday and not tomorrow. I satill need to have an oil change and I am thinking that is not getting done until tomorrow morning or afternoon.

When I do finally hit the road, I'll be heading down to West Palm Beach in FL to visit my uncle and some others and then onto Benton, AR to visit my son. Cannot wait to see my son! Of course he will be happy to see me too, especially since I will bring him a decent quantity of ammo that he left behind and some I am gifting him. I am thinking we will have a good time both shooting, fishing, hiking, eating and whatever else we get to do. Of course there may be a little drinking in our free time. 

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Qualifications

I shot a perfect score today while qualifying with my Glock 26 for my armed guard license and LEOSA and a 245 out of 250 with my Ruger Redhawk for the same qualifications. I must have gotten the windage spring in correctly and set the windage adjustment just right to center it because most of my shots were pretty much near center going left to right. As far as the elevation adjustment went, well I had screwed around with the elevation adjustment screw when trying to figure out how to the windage screw back into the read sight. When I set it again, I did not get it quite right. Most of my shots were somewhat low. I need to sight it in better. I would have done that today except for the fact that after firing 50 rounds of 44 REM MAG my right hand was not in any condition to take any additional punishment. In fact, it still aches and tingles a little - I guess because I am not used to firing that hand cannon. Anyway, I plan to bring it down to AR when I visit my son and should have plenty of time to sight it in down there. Next time I shoot it though, I think I will wear gloves or have new grips on it like a set of Pachmayr grips.

All the best,
GB

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Two 2 Pistol Qualifications Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will be taking both my annual LEOSA and Armed Guard firearms training and qualification courses. To that end, I finally got the replacement rear sight windage spring into the rear sight of my Ruger Redhawk (44 REM MAG). After some finagling of the spring to get it held in place, to be able to drop in the rear sight blade, I finally got it right or at least it seems that way. Then I cleaned both the Redhawk and my Glock 26. 

Some folks consider me a bit on the nutty side to consider qualifying with the Ruger Redhawk and I will say that when I did it last year it made one heck of an achy impression on my right hand and wrist. I imagine it will do likewise this year although I will be using somewhat lighter loads than the Prvi Partizan 300 grain semi-jacketed flat point solids I used last time around. I plan to use Remington 240 grain lead gas check rounds (a sort of semi wadcutter). I'm praying they will be a bit easier on my old bones and joints. Now that I think of it though, I have not shot the Ruger since the sight blade broke many months ago. I imagine that means my hand is in for a pounding to which it has not been recently accustomed nor which it is ready to receive! Ouch...

Should be some somewhat painful fun.

All the best,
Glenn B

Target Sports USA - My Go To Ammo (and more) Dealer

I have no clue how much ammo my son has on hand now that he has moved to Arkansas (about two months or so ago). I am sure he did not have room to bring all that much and he did not take any from the basement where I keep mine - so I am pretty sure it is not too much. Once he go to AR, he ought himself his first pistol a Glock 43. I recently ordered him a couple of extra magazines for it from Sportsmansguide, they had a decent price on them at $50.38 for two shipped.

After that I ordered him some ammo too. It was not 9mm ammo since he said he bought a couple or few hundred rounds of 9mm when he bought the Glock 43. So, I bought him some 5.56x45mm for his ARs. I ordered an ammo can of 420 rounds through Target Sports USA for about $155 shipped. I sent it to him with an adult signature required.

Target Sports USA shipped the ammo via FedEx. The ammo was delivered within 5 days of my order, maybe even on the 4th day. That was great but the thing I noticed when I checked the FedEx tracking information was that they essentially left it on his doorstep without getting an adult signature. I had requested and paid $4.50 extra to assure an adult signature for the shipment. He got the order but I got charged for something that was not delivered - the adult signature. I called Target Sports USA about it.

As was explained to me, and I believe because I had difficulty assigning my son's address to the Target Sports USA order as the delivery address, they had to create a manual shipping label. When they did so, it appeared as if they forgot to add the adult signature requirement for FedEx. Well, as a result of my call to Target Sports USA customer service, I received a refund that same day for the adult signature option. That was quick and handled well and the rep was extremely courteous.

They have been my go to ammo dealer in the past two years or so. I shop at others too but I like them the best for price and speed of delivery and now because they seemingly have excellent customer service too. A hat tip to them and especially to the lady who handled my call.


All the best,
Glenn B

So Speaking About Costco (as I did in my previous post)...

...I figured I should share why at least one person will no longer be shopping there:

"A RETIREE'S LAST TRIP TO COSTCO

Yesterday I was at Costco buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Necco, the Wonder Dog, which weighs 191 lbs. I was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had? An elephant? So, because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that "No, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet, again".

I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a "Perfect Diet.” The way it works is, to load your jacket pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete, so it works well and I was going to try it again.

Now I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me?

I told her "No, I stopped to pee on a fire hydrant and a car hit me".

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was howling with laughter as he rolled on the floor. The rest of the folks were just bent over and laughing.

Now it's not that I don't want to shop at Costco any more. It is that Costco won't let me shop there anymore and they revoked my Costco card.

Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the world to think of crazy things to say."
 
All the best,
GB

I've Been Meaning To Pick Up A Set of These...

...for quite the while but kept forgetting while on my weekly or biweekly grocery and dry goods runs to Costco. Today while I was walking out of an aisle where I had just grabbed some needed stuff, I saw a guy at the end of the aisle rummaging through a stack of ammo cans. I had seen them before and I thought maybe I could use a set but did not pick any up because there was no room in my cart. Then, when I really needed another can or three, I just plain out forgot to grab a set. Today tough, the other guy grabbing a couple of sets was the kick in the head I needed, so to speak, to grab myself a set.

The set I am talking about is a heritage Security products 30/50 caliber set of two ammo cans. The 30 caliber sized can comes packaged, wrapped in bubble wrap, inside the 50 caliber can.

I have no clue if they are as good as ones I already have that I think were made in the USA. These were, (I found out after I got home) made in China. I guess the quality probably lacks some as compared to those made here but they look and feel alright. Anyway, I took a shot  without checking where they were made and grabbed one set. I figure as long as the gasket creates a good seal they will be alright and the gasket appears well made and fitted. They seem about the same gauge steel as the USA made cans but I am not sure about that and have no way to measure. The paint looks good and so too the welds. The hinges also look good and function well. My guess is they will be as good for my purposes as any other ammo cans I already own. If the ammo boxes stored in them don't smell moldy after 6 months to a year, I will know I made a good purchase. Time will tell.

Compared to prices I have seen online, that require a shipping fee as well as the cost of the cans, these were offered at a decent to good price. At $18.99 (plus tax) per set, it was about as good as it gets for one of each of these cans and I did not have to wait for them to be shipped, was able to examine them before making the purchase, and have ammo in them already. In fact, these are brand new and they were offered at a better price than the prices most places ask for used cans. Now if only Costco would start selling ammunition (and American made ammo cans)!

All the best,
Glenn B

Working In Retirement Sucks...

...but it does help put some cash in one's pockets. Working full time, for the past three weeks, has been a a good thing more or less. Less because the job is boring, sucks, takes a lot of my time, has me too tired to blog when I get home and requires me to spend just over a full days pay (after taxes) to commute each week to the particular job site at which I've been working. Of course what is left over, after taxes, is mine to help pay the bills. That is the more part of more or less because it is going to help with my upcoming road trip to see my son. Hopefully I will sell one or two of the things I have up for sale before tis weekend and that will add to my gas and motel money.

All the best,
GB

Monday, April 17, 2017

I Could Use 5K Quickly...

...so if anyone who reads this knows of a legal way for me to make $5,000 quickly (within a week or two and without selling all or most of my guns) let me know ASAP. It definitely has to be legal; although I am not as concerned that it is very ethical or very moral (yet still somewhat within the limits of each) but am not looking to sell my soul and no one would want to buy my body.

That is all.

Thanks,
GB

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Buy A Gun Day - Not Yet In The Past This Year

Most years, Buy A Gun Day falls on April 15th, the traditional federal tax deadline date. This year things are a bit different. The deadline to file your federal income taxes is April 18 or two days from now as I type. So, you still have time to buy yourself a gun on BAG day. Me, I am none to sure I will buy a gun that day but if not then I will at least order some ammo. I cannot let as good a recent phenomenon as that fizzle into nothingness.

All the best,
Glenn B

NYS DMV - A Computerized But Mindless & Oft Times Slow Bureaucracy

I mailed in a set of license plates to NY State's Department of Motor Vehicles. They were for the car I gifted to my son when he moved down to Arkansas. he registered the car in his name down there. Anyway, NYS DMV amazingly entered the info on my surrendered license plates into their computer system within three days of receipt if not sooner. That is a good thing, it keeps me from being penalized for dropping the insurance on my car. After getting that done, in what was apparently record speed for NYS DMV, they went right back to their old standard of being as slow as molasses running up hill on an icy cold day. You see, because I turned in my plates while still having just over a year remaining in the two year registration period, they are going to send me a partial refund of the registration fee. I believe it to be one half of the fee minus one dollar. While that is nice, the thing is that as best I can figure, the paying the refund is going to take them about 16 weeks. When I checked on the status of my plates, it said there would be a refund but that the amount o the refund would not be calculated until June 6th at the earliest. That is exactly eight weeks from the day they received my plates. Then it said to expect payment 8 weeks after that which would make it September 1st. Hell, I received my NY State tax returns in less than two months and while that seemed like a miracle it is easy to see that NYS DMV is as slow as ever in some of its business. It used to be that if you had to go to DMV for anything, in the office that was closest to where I lived at the time, it would take a minimum of 3 to 4 hours and then you were often told you had to do yet something else and wait another hour or more on another line; nowadays the wait has been cut to about 2 hours at most at the DMV I currently use and sometimes less than an hour. That is not as bad as before but still is a long wait especially since you have to go there during normal weekday business hours to get anything done as they are not open after 4PM or on weekends. My last visit to get my most recent license has me there for well over an hour. I imagine the good thing in them being slow is that when I finally receive the refund from them it will come as a surprise because I am sure to forget about it by then.

On another note, I just registered my other car because the registration was going to expire on May15th. Since the DMV kept sending me email notices about it, I figured I would get it done early. I also figured it would be good to get it done early in the event something went wrong. So, I did that online last night. Doing it was quick and easy. Yes NYS DMV has improved in many ways over the years, especially by computerizing many of the processes even though they can be as slows as ever as seen above. They say I should get my new registration within 10 days but if not they were kind enough to email me a temporary registration that I could use. The thing about the temporary registration is that it was effective yesterday April 15th and it expires in ten days of April 25th. My current registration does not expire until May 15th! Did I happen to mention that besides sometimes being notoriously slow at what they do, some of the folks at NYS DMV are mindless morons. Whoever thought up that system of dating the temporary registrations to expire before the expiration of the current registration has a definite short circuit in his thought process. Makes me wonder if anyone used any brain power at all in thinking up that system.

I suppose, if that is all I have to worry about, then maybe I should consider it a good thing. Chances are though, the next thing I will know is that my new registration will not have arrived in a timely fashion or that I will start being charged a penalty for not having insurance on the car for which I surrendered the plates. Time will tell.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Not Drawing Lines

With the recent news concerning the bombing of a Syrian military base and the bombing of an ISIS base (and maybe even the news about all those U.S. Navy vessels headed toward North Korea), I kind of, sort of, just about imagine that means the time to draw imaginary silly red lines in the sand, whilst having a puffed up chest and acting all brave and badass, has come to an end.

All the best,
Glenn B

Take A Second Look...

...at those little figures on my rear windshield.


All the best,
GB

My Airline of Choice


All the best,
Glenn B

Tasty Choices

 
All the best,
GB

A Certain Amount Of Uneasiness...

...courses through me each time I have the high bid on a firearm at an auction. I always wonder if I got a good deal or ripped myself off by bidding to high. There is also the unsettling feeling of uncertainty as to whether or not I got that for which I paid. In other words - did I bid on a gun sure to go bang each time I squeeze the trigger, or did I buy a clunker that is going to fall apart once I fire a shot or three, or maybe I got a gun not capable of firing a shot that will hit the broad side of a barn. Buying anything at an auction is never a sure thing and when they say a gun is "As New In The Box" it does not mean it is new but means it is "as good as new". It's kind of the same thing with the term "Unfired In The Box" which is supposed to mean it is new. Okay so it was supposedly never fired but that does not necessarily mean it was not somehow damaged by the previous owner who may have tried to disassemble and clean it before firing it only to screw it up.


Those holes were made with federal 30-30
WIN, 170 grain Soft Point RN, ammunition.
So, today, when I got to the range (for the first time in too long a time) and stepped up on the firing line and placed the buttstock of my recently acquired Marlin 1936 to my shoulder and sighted in on target, there was that split second of uneasy worry that it may not go bang or that worse yet it might go KABOOM instead of bang when I fired it. There is always that chance that pieces of an exploded barrel or receiver might rip my face apart. Regardless, I squeezed the trigger making sure to have eye and ear protection in place.


It went bang, then bang again and again for my first three shots. In all, I fired it only 9 times but that was more than enough for me to assure it was working flawlessly as far as I could tell and that it was right on target. In fact, there was no doubt left in my mind that an equally competent or better shooter with somewhat better eyesight than mine would have done better. Yet, don't let my saying that fool you into thinking I was not satisfied with how well I shot it. All in all, the Marlin 1936 operated smoothly throughout. I am certain it will make a decent to very good deer gun here in the woods of NY State. The 30-30 cartridge will never replace the 35 REM as my favorite northeast woods caliber but still will be more than acceptable on a deer hunt if I opt for the Marlin 1936 as opposed to my Marlin 336.


The Ruger was firing PMC X-TAC 5.56
NATO 62 grain, green tip, LAP ammunition.

After the Marlin came the "as new" Ruger Mini 14. I fired one magazine's worth of 5 rounds at the same target I had used for the Marlin. Being the Marlin is in 30-30 WIN caliber and the Ruger in 5.56x45mm, it would be easy to differentiate which bullet holes came from which rifle. Then I fired another 10 rounds for a total of 15 with the Mini. Not bad at all was the verdict I reached. The first 5 shots were fired with me wearing the weakest reading glasses available over the counter. I actually wear them for distance vision. It leaves the front and rear sights a bit blurry but I still can focus sufficiently to hit the target pretty well. All shots were fired standing, leaning over  on the bench (it is set at an odd level for anyone but pistol shooters), left elbow supported.


The next 10 shots were fired with me wearing strong over the counter readers, 2.75 strength. The rear sight was a blur and so too the target but the front sight as sharp as a tack (as it should be). The thing is though that the rear sight and target were maybe a bit too much of a blur. So, that second pair of lenses had me seeing things quite differently and the first pair and had the group open up but still it was not bad at all kind of shooting as far as I am concerned. The one flyer was caused by me and as I shot that particular round I knew it was not going to strike within the ring. Now, I'll have to see how me and my old eyes do at 50 and 100 yards the next time I hit up an outdoor range. The range I was at today was indoors and limited to 30 yards. As did the Marlin, the Ruger Mini 14 operated and fired flawlessly from what I could tell and both of them put a smile on my face.

All in all I am a very satisfired shootist. I got decent deals on both rifles at the Hessney Auction and thus am also a happy bidder. I, like anyone, likes to get good deals at an auction but I strive not to over pay by always remembering that they add a buyer's premium and sales tax to the total. Still though, I had been a bit concerned I may have paid near or right at near the top end of the value of the Marlin 1936. Both before bidding and after the auction I saw several of them for sale on GunBroker.com on which virtually of the case color was gone and they sold for near or just above or below what I paid for mine. Considering the amount of case color that remains intact on ,mine, I got it at a decent to good price. As far as the Ruger goes, from what I could see of it, it should not have been listed "as new" but as unfired in the box (or in others words NEW). There was no evidence of it having been fired after it left the factory and the Ruger is in pristine condition and came in the box with all papers and accessories. I think both at least were very good if not excellent deals. Now to get some NYS legal 10 round magazines and also have some AR legal 30 round mags sent to my son in AR for use while I am down there.

You may think it foolish to go to the range to fire only 9 rounds from one rifle and 15 from another and my guess is you would be right if that is all the ammo I fired. I spent the remainder of my remaining range time shooting my Glock 26. I am guessing I fired about 150 rounds or more through it and as usual I was more than merely satisfied with my shooting of it. I am happy I remembered to bring ammo for it and thus was able to get in some handgun practice because soon I will be qualifying for  both my armed guard license and for LEOSA. It is never a bad idea to get in a bit of practice before attending qualification courses. Then again, any time you responsibly practice your marksmanship you are doing a good thing.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, April 14, 2017

Road Trip Planning

Been doing a little planning for my hope for upcoming road trip to FL and AR. On the way down to FL am hoping to stop at one of Palmetto State Armory's locations. One the way back I hope to stop at AIM Surplus in OH. Other than that I only have my two main destination of West Palm Beach and Benton, AR planned out.




All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, April 8, 2017

So What's Been Happening?

I ask because I am almost clueless as to the events of the past week. It's not like I was involved in any monkey business, it's that I've been working all week and commuting via train. There are no radios or TVs at work and I have had very little access to the Internet while working. By the time I get on the train on the way home, I am pooped. Once at home I am just about ready to hit the hay since I have to be up at 515 the next morning for work so I have not been watching much TV, news even at home. 

I do know we bombed an airbase, over in Syria, relative to some chemical weapons attack or something like that. I also just heard we staged a second attack that supposedly killed some civilians - also in Syria. Seems like a big turnaround for Trump but I imagine that the use of chemical weapons by Russian backed Assad is a big thing that needs to be hit head-on instead of drawing imaginary red lines in the sand and then not enforcing them. I hope Trump is doing the right thing for all our sakes. He sure has already proven himself more a man of action than Obama ever was in his entire presidency.

Besides the passing of Don Rickles (RIP), that is about it for what I have heard in the news all week. So, I may take some time to read up on this past week's events later tonight or tomorrow. Then again, there was one other thing of note I read about in the news. It was about a young girl who reportedly was found living with monkeys in India. She allegedly had been living with the monkeys for years and had gone feral. The monkeys supposedly had accepted her so well that they were reported to have tried to chase off authorities who came to her rescue. That sounded like monkey business to me and apparently it sounded likewise to Indian officials because now they are questioning the veracity of those reports. More here.

As for blogging or my lack of it - I may actually get in some blogging over the remaining time in this weekend but then again maybe not. In fact, I imagine my blog will be really light on content for the next week or two because I am scheduled to work through the 21st of this month (as I type). Time will tell though if that holds. If it does though, that will be good for me because I am planning a road trip for the end of April or beginning of May and that can give me the cash I will need for my trek's expenses. 

As for the planned road trip, I am hoping to get down to West Palm Beach to visit my uncle and cousins. After a few days there, I plan to head north by northwest to visit my son in AR for at least a week or maybe even ten days of adventure. If I do everything just right, and if I can start the trip a day earlier than planned, I may head out in the same direction (that being north by northwest - instead of south to WPB). That would be toward Geneva, NY to stop by the Hessney firearms auction on April 29th - before I head south. I am debating that detour though because if I get badly bitten by the bidding bug I could deplete all funds I have for the rest of the trip. Decisions - decisions - decisions!



I have a goodly amount of time to think about it and who knows, I may plan one thing, hop in my car and start driving wherever my nose is pointing. So long as I eventually hit both WPB and Benton, AR, for a while before the journey's end, it should be a good thing.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Doomsday Sci-Fi Scenario Most Likely To Be Realized...

...other than us encountering some type of alien life forms could well be the world in which robots and artificial intelligence take over and try to destroy humanity. There have been amazing advancements in both the field of robotics and AI and that a computer may someday become self cognizant is not that far fetched. In that same vein, something of grave concern to me is that some politicians now want to arm drones for police use. More here.

Yeah, it is not like they are about to take over by themselves and destroy humanity but why start combining AI, robotics, and weaponry. All I can see it leading to is disaster especially when in the hands of law enforcement (and you can bet the LE drones will wind up in the hands of criminals) too many of whom believe themselves to be involved in a conflict know as the "It's Us Versus Them" scenario. The "Us" being everyone in LE and the "Them" being the rest of us.  It is bad enough some of them have that attitude and carry a gun but it will be worse when they are even further removed from the people they are supposed to serve and have their fingers on the trigger via remote control and a video link. Thus the armed drones will become an additional threat to our safety even long before artificial intelligence becomes sentient and able to take control. 

Please note, this is not an anti-police rant - it is an anti tyrannical police rant or an anti bad cop rant.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Hillary Clinton Tells The Truth


I Wonder If Anyone Noticed I Have Not Been Blogging...

...for over a week, that was at least until today. I suppose that is because I have been a bit busy doing this and that. Not much to post about during the last week either. I did attend a Hessney firearms auction last weekend. I had a blast as usual. Picked myself up an as new Ruger Mini-14 with box, papers and all accessories. It is pristine as far as I can tell. May go give it a nice test-fire tomorrow. Other than that, I am sick of politics and current events and not much has been happening with my life except for my post immediately previous to this one but that happened today. Will be working all of next week and possibly through the next couple to few weeks. That would be a good thing, I overextended myself a but with that Ruger Mini-14 after picking up the Marlin 1936 just a month or so prior to my buying the Mini.

I have got a new in the box Ruger 10/22, with Reaper Camo design, for sale (this is not an offer to sell via this site - just noting that I have it for sale). If anyone is interested, it is listed for sale here.

All the best,
Glenn B

A Progressive (of a sort) In Freedomland

I never thought of my son Brendan as a Progressive (aka: liberal, leftist, socialist, commie douchebag) and indeed he is not one of them. Yet, I must say he sure has been progressive since moving to Arkansas - that is at least as moving along and making progress in his life goes.

He moved down there without a job prospect and since getting there he has: caught a nice catfish, rented/leased his own first apartment, bought his own furniture, changed his license from NY to AR CDL Class A, purchased his first pistol a Glock 43, found a job within 3 weeks, passed the drug test for that job and started working, may have found a better paying job less than a week after the other (Pepsi has made a contingent offer to him), and so on. Yes, he is progressing nicely but certainly not like a whining anti-American political Progressive.

In fact, today, he progressed one step further by taking the liberty to exercise his right to keep and bear arms. He took and successfully completed the course for the Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License. Yes, I know, there absolutely should be no requirement for such a license but since there is one he stepped up and did what had to be done to come one step closer to obtaining that license.

Brendan's target and certificate from the A CHCL class.
As far as the CHCL course went, I think he may need to use a tad less finger on the trigger and use a smoother pull but what would I know! Anyhow, he has got it down fairly well and passed the course. I am quite the happy dad and proud to see he is keeping alive and well the tradition of being a liberty exercising and rights loving armed American like me.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Only 17 Days In AR So Far...

..,.and so far my son caught a nice sized catfish, went to DMV to get his Arkansas CDL Class A driver's license, been to a party or three, got himself an apartment and renter's insurance, bought himself a new Glock 43 (his first pistol) & ammo for it, hooked himself up with a part time job until he could get a full time one and bought new furniture for the apartment.

Today he was offered a full time job, with benefits, contingent on him passing a drug test. I am certain he will pass - and he says he definitely will pass it (he just passed one for Home Depot - the PT job)! He is staying with the part time job until the offer is fulfilled for the full time one. Right now, he is up on a mountain somewhere "throwing shoes" which I am guessing translates to playing horseshoes but what do I know.

The next thing you know he will tell me he has hooked up with some fine southern belle and they are getting hitched. No, stop right there, before he does that I am sure he will take the AR Concealed Handgun Carry License training class and then put in his application for the carry license. He probably will get in some shooting, hunting, fishing and drinking with his buddies too. After that, he may get hitched but I think not before. Anyway, he definitely is a man on the move. I am quite proud of him.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Bloomin' Spring

Yes folks it is springtime once again as of depending on the source, about 628 or 629 this morning. It actually feels like spring around my neck of the concrete jungle. It's supposedly 53 degrees outside right now and the sun has been shining most of the day. Went out in the backyard before to check my imaginary birdfeeder (it is illegal to feed wildlife in NYS - including birds - so my feeder is make believe) and saw a bunch of sparrows around it and maybe one other type of small bird that flitted away. Then heard a cawing, and after a half a minute or so, a blue jay landed in the bush from a branch of which the imaginary feeder is hanging.  It hopped from branch to branch, landed on the ground, ate some nonexistent seeds, flew back up into the bush, cawed some more and another bird kept answering with a different call but I am fairly certain it was another jay, then landed on the ground again and ate some more imaginary seeds, back up into the bush and more cawing and then it took off for parts unknown. Maybe it was there two minutes at most. That was a treat for me as we don't get to see them too much around here; maybe a harbinger of a wonderful spring.

All the best,
Glenn B 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hey Bro, I Think Mom & Dad Are Asleep...

...it's PARTY TIME!

So it seems were the thoughts of two year old twin boys who spent the night galavanting in their room. More here: http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/242476572-story

All the best,
GB

 

"Dear Parents"...

...begins a letter from Portuguese teachers and or  school administrators to parents of school children. It essentially is a letter in which teachers allegedly point out what are the parents' responsibilities in raising their children so that their upbringing falls in line with the ideals of the teachers. While reportedly scribed in Portugal, it addresses something that has bee happening for decades in this country as well. That is teachers trying to place the parents of school children under their thumbs. As far as I see it, such is virtually all wrong. Source: http://en.newsner.com/the-school-wants-parents-to-take-responsibility-now-their-poster-is-spreading-like-wildfire-online/about/family

My reaction to that letter follows:

I realize the above indexed letter, to parents from teachers, was reportedly sent out by Portuguese school administrators to parents. Yet, it has a lot to do with how things are done in schools within the USA today and seems to be the mindset of teachers here in this country to some great degree. Last I recalled, it seemed our educators (people we pay) were attempting to teach kids that religion is bad, gender change to a third nonexistent gender is wonderful, self-identity outweighs nature and all else in importance and how to use condoms.
 
When I was young, you can bet your sweet bippy that we learned good manners both at home and in school. In school, we also learned things like: common courtesy, ethics, good hygiene, that we as a people were united under one nation, good citizenship (without politics injected), to stand for the pledge and national anthems with our right hand over our hearts, the words of the pledge of allegiance and national anthem and the meanings of both, to be responsible for our actions (by way of rewards for doing good things and punishment for doing bad things - but the bottom line for punishment was with the parents), how to pay attention, how to plan, schedule and organize our work by doing homework and projects.
 
We also learned: English grammar, spelling, reading, printed as well as cursive writing, history (of the United States and of the world - the unabridged version and political correctness had nothing to do with it), mathematics (by the simplest methods available - not by a common core of convoluted algorithms), sciences (without political correctness interfering), that exercise was good for our health, that teams sports were good, that competition was more than acceptable, that we should all strive to do our best, that not everyone can be as good at something as someone who is better at it yet we can strive to succeed - and a lot of other things including respect for the law, for one another and for our elders. Also, when I was a youngster, there was rarely (and I do mean rarely) ever a teacher getting busted for using drugs, distributing drugs, distributing or possessing kiddie porn, sexting students, having sex with underage students, having sex with other teachers or school administrators in the school, using the classroom as a political soapbox for their one sided beliefs, bashing our presidents and political system, or teaching our kids that their religious beliefs were bad. Nowadays, such behavior in schools seems to be rampant.
 
Any teachers who think they have the right, liberty or responsibility to tell us parents how to bring up our children (other than them asking us to help with homework and tell them to act respectful in school) are way out of line and striving to be a petty-tyrants in the lives of our children. If it was legal and ethical, I would give a good swift kick, or three, to the arse of any teacher who tried to tell me how to raise my kids and thus maybe knock some sense into their brains (and please notice where I said  I think they need to be kicked because many have their brains located therein). It is not legal so I would only be able to do so figuratively but maybe that would be enough if a large enough group of parents did so to a sufficiently sized group of renegade teachers. Yes, sometimes a good swift kick in the pants is what it takes to wake someone up and make things better even if not a physical kick. Thus, if a figurative kick in their arses is what they need, I think that is what we should give them. The them to whom I am referring are any teachers who try to control us and our children beyond the scope of what was and still should be the norm regarding the scope of their duties as educators. Their duties do not include intruding into, or interfering with, how we choose to bring up our children.
 
All the best,
Glenn B