Sunday, December 25, 2022
Friday, December 23, 2022
Then after watching that episode - and I suggest only after watching it - read up on Festivus here. Amazingly, it was a holiday tradition, in rebellion against the commercialism of Christmas, for at least one family for over 30 years - long before being made famous on Seinfeld.
Thursday, December 22, 2022
...commenced yesterday (or any day you choose for that matter) but to give some significance as to why I chose yesterday; well, yesterday was the Winter Solstice and days are getting longer after all. Anthropologists used to think that Stonehenge in England was built by the Druids to celebrate the Summer Solstice what with the warmer weather, growing of crops and then the harvest to come. A couple or few years back, I heard an interesting theory on some quasi-scientific TV show. It said that some had come to the belief that it was actually the Winter Solstice that the Druids were celebrating because the days started to get longer and signified the renewal of life after the Winter Solstice. They supposedly had evidence to support the theory if you can call guesswork about thousands of years old stuff evidence.
Anyway - Happy Winter and happy longer daylight hours.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Each year, some guys on a gun forum, of which I am a member, run a Secret Santa. I got my recipient several gifts this year and whoever was my Secret Santa got me a single gift.
These are what I sent out to the guy who was my assigned recipient:
Starting from the upper left and going more or less clockwise are:
NERF pistol, field cleaning kit, Browning Patriot knife, a Santa Claus Pez dispenser with two packs of Pez candies, Silly Putty, The Total Gun Manual (I considered reading it first but that just would not have been right) and a "Big Ass Brick Of Soap Gun Smoke" (it's all on the label). The idea is you are assigned someone to whom to send a gift of at least $20.00 in value (not including postage).
Like I said above, I got one gift:
That's a RangeMaxx AR-15 case. It is going to get a good deal of use. Came as it appears and has a shoulder carry strap inside. I like it.
Lots of fun is the Secret Santa deal.
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
I received my latest Ka-Bar via UPS today. I had the high bid on it in the last Hessney Sportsman Auction ten days ago. I had been looking for a boot knife to carry for some time now and now that I have this one, I may just keep looking. There is nothing wrong with this one and that is exactly why I am debating (with myself) as to whether or not I will carry it, it is that nice I think.
When I saw that the box said Ka-Bar Knives by Cole it piqued my curiosity. So I googled that phrase. One thing that came up was a link to the history of Ka-Bar. Thus I learned not only about why & when Cole produced Ka-Bar Knives but also about the history of the Ka-Bar brand from its beginnings long before the name Ka-Bar was thought up. One of the more interesting things is how & why the company name was eventually changed to Ka-Bar from its preceding name of Union Cutlery Company (and there were other names before that), that company was located in Olean, NY (still is there or at least has returned). For an interesting read about Ka-Bar, go to the page at this link:
I had not bought a Ka-Bar in awhile because my other four of them have held up well. Those four are all versions of the USMC WWII fighting knife, two regular size & two compact. This new knife, having been manufactured in Japan under the Ka-Bar name under the direction of Cole of Ohio, was made sometime between 1966 (when Cole took over) and 1996 (when CUTCO bought KA-Bar and returned manufacturing to Olean, NY)..
I figure I did okay on this one because I picked it up with a bid of $75.00 plus 13% buyer's premium and approximately $13.00 shipping (it was in with two other items so I divided shipping by 3). I think that just under $98.00 was a deal since I saw the same type of knife sold for $165.00 online, see this.
For now at least, the mental debate between the opposing views within my psyche continues - use it or keep it as new in the box!\
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Many years ago, probably around 20 to 25 or so - a
waitress asked me if I wanted change after I paid for a meal with a
higher amount of cash than the cost of the meal. I do not recall the
exact amount but as an example let's say I paid for a $41.00 meal with
three twenty dollar bills. I was amazed at her brazenness and told her
so, that was the first time a waitress had ever asked me if I wanted my
change. Normally, the proper server etiquette was to take the cash bring
the change and collect any tip left after the customer got up to leave.
I wonder did she really expect me to give her a 41% tip (and yes those
numbers while not exact are a good example because I recall whatever was
the tip amount, it would have been extraordinary then as it still would
be now, especially after her poor service). Shortly after that, it
seemed at least half of the wait servers in restaurants were doing it -
that is asking if the customer wanted change. I have always considered
it quite rude.
time, I left a waitress a $75 tip or so, as I recall, for serving just me at a
restaurant in DC. She was not only a good waitress but had gone up and
down the line outside the restaurant to try to seat folks as appropriate
sized tables for each party opened up. She pulled me out of the line,
which prevented a long wait for me and seated me at a seat along a wall ledge. She even got me a second seating
after first seating me next to three or four drunken gay idiots who were
being very obnoxious and were trying to hit up on me and other patrons
seated near them. Her table service was also great. She deserved that
tip as far as I was concerned and what more she showed how much she
deserved it when she chased me down the street, in the rainy coldness of a winter's night, after I left the
restaurant to ask if I had realized how much of a tip I had left for
her. I guess she had thought I had made a mistake. She was extremely grateful and shed at least a few tears
when I told her there was no mistake and she was the best waitress to
have ever served me. I don't often leave that high of a tip, it was probably
1.5 to 2x the cost of my meal but I am not a bad tipper either.
Well, last night, I stopped at a Sonic to grab a quick bite. I usually give the Sonic servers a buck or two and whatever loose change I get back after paying. The total I owed last night was $10.10. I handed the server, who brought the meal to my car, a twenty. She quickly folded it in her hand and as she was already turning and stepping away from my car without offering me my change, she asked: "do you want change". I reamed her a new asshole, telling her of course I wanted my change and how dare she act offended (which she did) when I said I wanted it. I handed her back the bag of food and told her I wanted my money back and while she acted more offended she did give it back to me. She also seemed flabbergasted that anyone would say yes they wanted their change. I took my twenty back and left but only after telling her she should be ashamed of herself for expecting a 98% tip! Are the woke of today, who look at jobs at fast food places as career choices, all getting as ridiculous as her seemingly expecting a 98% tip for walking maybe 25 feet over to a car to hand you your food!
Monday, November 21, 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Saturday, November 12, 2022
If you are interested in firearms history, you likely know that there probably is not a more eminent figure when it comes to firearms patents and models than John Moses Browning. If you'd like to know some of his history, watch this video. It is just under an hour long but I think definitely well worth your time:
Maybe two out of three isn't bad but I sure wish it had been three out of three!