Wednesday, January 26, 2022

When I was Young - I Had A Major Crush On Debbie...

 ..Harry. I saw her perform twice as the lead singer of Blondie, maybe three times but times were pretty fuzzy back then as it especially is fuzzy trying to recall them now. Anyway, I'm 99% certain I saw them perform twice at Belmont Racetrack in Nassau County, NY. What a babe and I must say she looks pretty good nowadays considering she was born in 1945 or at least she did in a 2019 video of an interview of her. 
The video below shows how she looked back in the day.

I look at the music video above and I remember why I fell head over heels for her. She was, I think, one of the most beautiful women on the earth at that time. Funny thing is, a girl I used to hang out with, while not looking too much like her, always reminded me of her. Her name was Linda T. Another one on whom I had a crush but who also was a good friend. Sadly, I lost touch with her but at least I can watch Debbie Harry videos to remind me of her - worked both ways, each one made me think of the other.
All the best,
Glenn B

Biden - Racist If He Does & Racist If He Doesn't...

 ...but no matter what he does - he is and has been one of the worst racists to ever hold high political office, maybe worse than was Obama.
The so called squad is demanding he pick a black woman as the next Supreme Court Justice now that Breyer is retiring (or has already). That's not too racist is it, at least not racist for leftists since it suits their agenda of obliterating cancelling the white man race. More at the source.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

My First Day Back In The Stock Market...

 ...was today, after over a year of not investing. My account took a small plunge to the tune of $2999.90 today, that being the purchase price of the stocks I bought. As for the day, it turned out I lost $8.13 cents after making my investments. Oh well, there is always tomorrow to make my killing!
I also own a small amount of silver & gold. I think I will be buying more gold after this coming weekend depending if I can sell somethings that I plan to try to offload. I would be happy if I can sell the few items I plan to put up for sale even if I only break even on them. Then, I'll use the money on a bit of bullion. 
I figure I need to be ready if:
 1. We go to war with Russia
 2. We go to war with China
 3. We screw ourselves so badly we wind up like Venezuela recently (and probably currently) or like Germany right before WWII.

Maybe I am an optimist, I figure it will be #3 but who knows. All I know right now is that the near future looks as if it could get dismal quickly no matter how much I hope otherwise. So am just trying to be prepared for the worst; yet, I hope to be happily surprised and wake up to find we are over The Lost Horizon and in Shangri-la. I'm just not betting on it!

All the best,
Glenn B

I Wonder What Odds The Bookies Are Offering In Las Vegas... to whether or not Russia invades the Ukraine and if so whether the USA gets involved on the ground! Me thinks Putin is testing us and the rest of the world (like it essentially says here but he is unpredictable with accuracy & reliability). Meanwhile we are led by leaders much akin to those in the below video (the second one). I mean look at the sleaze bag we have in the White House (by whom I mean Biden not Harris, although...) and believe me Putin and Xi both are checking him out. 

 If Putin decides to invade the Ukraine, my money is on Biden folding like a wet noodle that babbles to itself about how great it is while peeing his pants. Of course, that is me being optimistic; Biden could prove me wrong and launch WWIII because he is a frigging pussy who might be unable to figure any other way out of such a mess and who is too afraid of making himself look weak and thus he may go tough. 

Not for me to say one way of the other but I lived through the first Cold War and believe me plenty of people thought it was going to go hot. Living through that one is probably why I have a few months of supplies and lots of ammo. 

Seriously, I am concerned because if we go to war with Russia, I see China going after the winner after the winner's resources have been depleted by the war. Of course, we may all just go nuke at once and that would be that. Nice knowing you if that becomes the case in which event I'll be singing you this song as the skies light and then as the lights go out if we live that long:



Just in case you do not know why I used that song - here is a hint - and this I suppose is mostly for younger folks who've never seen 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb':

All the best,
Glenn B
PS: I was just saddened to read that Vera Lynn passed away in June 2020. If I heard about it back then, then I have forgotten that I knew about it; so, it comes as new news to me today. I must say, she had a magical voice and she sang We'll Meet Again as lovely as it could be sung. My bet is that when she first sang it, she never dreamed it would wind up as the closing song in a movie about the end of us all. Let us just hope - that what was portrayed in this film nor what was seen in another movie from the same year 1964, that one being Fail Safe - never comes about!
Of course, there is always hope some of us might survive at least in some folks' minds:
On a final note and let me say this and say it with absolute certainty: Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson was George C. Scott's finest role, yes even better than was his role as Patton - much better! Then again, this movie had some of the finest acting done by at least a few others such as Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden (who certainly was at his peak in this one) and Slim Pickens!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Of Course, The NPR Reporter Wants Us To Believe...

 ...everyone else, other than him, are the liars relative to a story he broke about alleged bickering over a reported Supreme Court Covid mask mandate between Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch & Sotomayor. The thing is both of the justices have said the report is wrong and there was no such quarrel between them about anyone wearing or not wearing a mask on the bench nor did Sotomayor request Gorsuch to wear a mask because she was allegedly uncomfortable next to maskless people. Furthermore, Sotomayor did not then work from home because Gorsuch reportedly had refused to wear a mask.
 As I said, both justices have denied this happened:
"Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor issued a joint statement Wednesday disputing a recent NPR report as "false" after the liberal media organization claimed the conservative justice refused to wear a mask on the bench despite requests to do so." (Source.)
Yet, the NPR reporter who authored the original piece now supposedly is angered and has reportedly at least implied both Gorsuch & Sotomayor as liarsin that regard.
"An NPR reporter appeared to call Supreme Court justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor liars on Wednesday after they issued a joint statement disputing a recent NPR report as "false." (Source.)
My bet is it was a way for NPR to attempt to divert attention from the fact that Sotomayor reportedly recently lied, or at least grossly exaggerated, saying essentially that the U.S. had 100K young children " serious, condition, many on ventilators" due to Covid (source). She said that during the Supreme Court hearing relative to Biden's failed mask mandate on  some U.S. employers. While it seems par for the course for the majority of the media, the democrats/liberals/leftists and many republicans & conservatives to lie relative to Covid-19 (about preventing it, treating it, curing it, and the numbers of folks infected & dead from it) it truly is almost unbelievable she would tell such a lie in one of the most venerated halls of justice in the world. If a Supreme Court Justice could be expelled then lying during a session of that court should require mandatory immediate expulsion for any or all of them who so violate the spirit of that court.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, January 17, 2022

Beretta 92FS Compact L M

    The Beretta 92FS Compact L M is a rather unique pistol among Beretta's 92 series guns. At first glance it looks much like all, or at least most, of the other pistols in that lineup. Of course, it is a compact model so, it is smaller than the full size models but there is something much more different about it that makes it (in both black and stainless steel versions) stand out from the crowd. 

    Not one to dance around the maypole on such a subject let me get right to it and reveal it is a single stack magazine version of the normal double stack magazine pistols in that series. Until I bought one in February 2021 at an auction last year (as of this writing), I did not even know they existed. In fact, when I first received it, I was at first very surprised it was a single stack and then became rather upset that the auctioneer made no mention of that fact in the description. I became even more upset, I suppose irate, when I realized what it would cost to purchase an additional magazine for it since it only came with one (they are expensive) The only OEM (original equipment manufacturer) magazine I could find was going for $75.00 on Ebay and yes I bought it. In fact I just purchased another tonight, used, from Ebay @ $95.00, plus shipping and or tax it came to about $102.00. They are not easy to find and expensive once tracked down. As someone on one of those reality picker or pawn shop shows once said: "The time to buy it is when you see it". I would change that to "...when you first see it"! If you take your eyes off the treasured item even for a moment, someone else may snatch it up and you may never see it again. I missed several purchase opportunities in the past before I ever heard that saying but it really makes sense so nowadays I try to go by it (or go buy it) whenever I can for something I really need or want but is hard to come by. I miss/lose nowhere nearly as many purchase opportunities since I have heard that adage & follow it.
    Other than the costs of extra magazines though, I am quite pleased with the Beretta 92FS L M Compact. Note, it only is stamped 92FS L on the slide but the box says 92FS L M and the serial number on the box is the same as on the gun. I know there is also a 92FS L that comes with a double stack magazine; so, I am surmising that the M designation on my pistol's box indicates the pistol is a single stack version. I digress...
    As I was saying, I am quite pleased with this Beretta. It looks like new, shoots seemingly better than I aim (only shot it at paper at 3 yards but the single & rather small hole impressed me). It functioned flawlessly too as did both mags I have for it right now. Its size is much more concealable than the longer & thicker 92FS full size pistol. It fits in the hand better because the grip and pistol grip area of the frame are thinner than on the full size. While the mag is only single stack, it holds 8 rounds plus one in the chamber makes 9 altogether - not great but not too bad at all. Everything else was fairly the same as on the full size 92FS and all of the controls were the same. So, not only do I like the controls, I am quite familiar with them in that I already concurrently owned three other 92 series pistols when I bought this one. I love it.
    Once I have the newly purchased extra OEM mag from the Ebay seller, I will stop buying OEM mags and maybe buy some aftermarket ones. I saw them on Ebay for about $60 each. I like to have lots of spare magazines for my possible carry pistols. I also like to shoot them enough to be quite competent with them. This one will be no exception to the others in that regard as I believe I will shoot it as well further out and at least quite proficiently at 25 yards. Did I already say: I love it!
All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Went To An Indoor Range Today...

 ...with my son Brendan and his girlfriend Nikki. She had never shot before and my son wanted me to give her first instruction. (Truthfully, I am sure he could have done just as well.) Anyway, while the photo may not be that great, as you can see her shots, shooting my Glock 19 with the target at 3 yards, are purdy rootin tootin darned good shootin for her first ones!

She shot my: Glock 19 GEN3 (pic above) & Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works Model I.J. Target Sealed 8 and Second Model .22 LR double action revolver (pic below). She fired almost all of the shots with the revolver in single action as she could barely pull the trigger in double action mode. She is shooting the revolver at the same target as above.
She also shot my son's Glock 21 in 45 ACP and his HK VP9SK in 9mm. Not only did she get off good shots but she did so safely and followed instructions very well. I see a future firearms enthusiast in the making and yes, she said she wants to go to the range again. I think her goal is to get her carry license and of course, my son gets a new shooting buddy.

It was a nice feeling breaking in a new shooter, it's been a long time since the last one for me. It was also nice going to the range with Brendan, it's also been a long time, in fact too long, since the last time we had done that together. All better now though.
All the best,
Glenn B 

Friday, January 14, 2022

I Was Awakened By An Explosion...

 ...this morning, at around 0755. I was getting some decent sleep for a change and if not for the big bang I would have slept another hour or so. Oh well, at least I did not awaken from uneasy dreams and think I was a multi-legged vermin.

So, this bang wakes me up and as soon as I was up I was pretty certain it had been an explosion and not a gun shot but who can tell for sure when a noise wakes them. I checked my son's house for smoke - none. I went out on his deck and checked the breaker box - almost touched it but kept a good 1/4" away to see if it was hot, it was not. I also checked his HVAC unit and it too seemed okay. Looked around the whole house & garage, saw nothing that went bang. There were no dead bodies as if maybe one of the dogs somehow shot an intruder (or one shot himself). I checked my carry pistol, it was fully loaded so I had not grabbed it in my sleep and shot one off. Then I went to the back yard and took a look at the two transformers up on the electric poles - no smoke, they seemed fine. Went out front and saw neighbors across the street and the house to right of my son's house had power. Went back inside and texted my son asking him to send me phone number for the electric company. 

A little while later I decided to go outside and look around the base of the electric poles to see if there were any transformer parts on the ground. Looked up again and this time, since I was much closer with an open view of the transformer, I saw this:

 Yes, that is, or was, a gray squirrel sitting atop the transformer. The metal thing hanging down to the viewers upper right was a breaker. Apparently the little bugger kissed a hot spot and pop went the weasel, so to speak. I found it odd that it made such a loud bang yet did not knock the bushy tailed rat off the transformer. I headed back to the house and met Brendan's next door neighbor who was also outside to check on what had made the noise and shut his power off as well (he was in house to the left of my son's). Told him about the squirrel, he took a look, had a chuckle and confirmed my eyes had not deceived me. 

About an hour and a half or so later, a guy from the electric company showed up with a telescoping pole with a kind of hook at the top end of it. He extended the pole and knocked the crispy critter off of the transformer. It went thump into the leaf litter and was undoubtedly dead.


Then the electric company guy used the hook at the end of the pole to grab the breaker, took it down, changed a fuse in it, then set it in its proper place and snapped it in with that telescoping pole. The power was back on just like that. He mentioned the explosive noise was the breaker which is essentially a metal tube and acts like a gun barrel when it is tripped shooting out whatever it shot out as its parts separated. Sounded much more like an explosion that a gunshot though.

As for the dead vermin, I retrieved the squirrel because it has fallen on Brendan's side of the fence and saw this:

The zap line ran from its neck all the way to it's right rear foot. Ouch, that looks like it must have hurt, that is if the squirrel lived long enough to feel it.

Funny thing was after the guy knocked the squirrel off of the transformer, I mentioned to him it looked like there were twigs sticking out of it. He said that those were the squirrel guard, little metal spike-like wires to prevent squirrels from doing exactly what this one had done. It had fried itself extra crispy by giving the transformer the kiss of death - only it resulted in the kisser's death as as well as that of the kissed.

I am pretty sure Brendan was quite relieved that was the cause of the power outage as opposed to something wrong with the electrical stuff in the house. Electricians and electrical repairs ain't cheap. As for the squirrel, Brendan sent me a text saying: "poor guy"! At least it was quick or so I guess. I am also guessing it was the shock of that little gray bushy tailed high-wire acrobat's life!

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, January 13, 2022

RIP Veronica Yvette Bennett...

 ,,,better known as Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes. Her voice was heavenly, she was beautiful and thoughts of her bring back memories of good things my youth, a youth that was not that bright except for ladies like her. Sadly she married a piece of shit - Phil Spector - who allegedly abused her but she broke free and hopefully lived a good life for several decades after their divorce. She will be missed.  


Damn, I am tearing up like a baby. It was a different & wonderful & all too often a scary time but she was a part of it, a big and truly enchanting part of it. 

All the best,
Glenn B

You Know, The Folks in Venezuela...

 ...probably did not think want to believe their country was in for a total financial meltdown right before it became inevitable just like most of the folks in the USA do not believe it now. But damn it folks - all the signs are their. All it needs for you to see them are the cleansing waters of the truth for it to be reported in the media; then if our economy could speak for itself this is what it would be saying and of course Joe would be blaming it on whomever washed away his lying filth to show us the truth:


I should not need to post links to articles to clue anyone in. If you have no clue as to what I am talking about then you have not been reading the news - at least not on more than MSNBC or CNN but even they to some extent, I think, realize what is happening as to the destruction of our economy by Joe Biden's administration! We are fucked screwed short of a miraculous turn around after the next election, or if we cannot make it that long, then short of an outright revolution to overthrow the current regime in DC and in libtard states. I neither condone nor advocate a revolution because one is not preferable if only because this is the US of A (or used to be) and we should be able to come together across party lines to fix this. Then again, if not, maybe a revolution is what is needed - just saying.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Guess What The Mail Lady Just Delivered

 I've been waiting on this little beauty hoping it would arrive none too late because I need to go somewhere this afternoon. Just a few minutes ago there was a knock on my door and when I opened it up - there was my beautiful mail lady. Seeing her is always a pleasure but when she is holding a package for me that I know contains a gun, it makes my smile even bigger when I greet her.
This is another auction gun and it is in excellent condition. It is a Charter Arms Pathfinder in 22 LR. There are a couple of slight wear spots and a very slight cylinder ring that is barely visible. Being it is a C&R gun (over 50 years old having been manufactured in 1971) it shipped directly to me from the auction house.
This is a keeper. It replaces one of the same guns I had back when I was a young Border Patrol Agent. I sold that first one and have regretted it somewhat ever since. Never found another, in really nice shape, to replace it until I found this one. It likely will not look as good after too long because I intend to carry it as a back-up but first a trip to the range to test its function and reliability. Small enough to comfortably fit in a pocket or so I seem to recall from back in the day when I had the other one. 

All the best,
Glenn  B

Got A Nice One...

 ...from a Hessney auction. It is a Remington 870 Express Magnum, 3" chamber, with a fully rifled barrel with rifle sights. It appears to be in unfired condition. No loss of finish at all on the mag tube is a pretty good indication it has not been shot or at least no shot a lot. Not as pretty as a Remington 870 Wingmaster but it will do for home defense or deer hunting.
Me thinks this one is a keeper. I have two other 870s; one is another Express 2 3/4" chamber, also with a wood stock but not a magnum and the third looks like an Express but does not say so on the receiver, it has a black synthetic stock and also has a 3" chamber. I believe that last one is also unfired. The first one has had the hell shot out of it. I got that in the mid 1980's and have used it for everything from trap shooting, to deer and small game hunting, to home defense to an authorized personal long arm on my job when I was a federal agent. I do like my 870s.
I've got some extra 870 barrels around here someplace, one is a 20" barrel that is fully rifled with rifle sights, another is an 18" smoothbore with bead front sight only, and the third is a 20" smoothbore with rifle sights. Until sabot slugs become available again, at a decent price, I think the 20" smooth bore barrel with rifle sights is going on this new shotgun.
All the best,
Glenn B

I Actually Have Been Dieting...

 ...for about a week now. That is a good thing I suppose, I need to lose 50 pounds or so (70 lbs. would be better) but I'd settle for 45 or 40. So far, I've cut out junk food items like pies, cakes, candies (except for a couple or few Altoids now and then). If I can stick to this another week or two, I may change over to the Atkin's Diet for awhile but for now just cutting out the snacks will have to do. One other thing, I have not had a bier since Christmas, some booze yes (low carbs) and only very little spirits at that but no bier. I do miss a nice bier now and again but they have to wait until I lose some weight.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

I've Been Thinking Of Dieting...

 ...but the problem is all I do is think about it as I'm stuffing my face with my next piece of cherry pie, this season's fruit cake or some super fudgy chocolate brownies I've baked while washing it down with a bier and as the Atkin's Diet book sits unread on my table. So I've been wondering, what could I do to motivate myself. Then, today by coincidence, a friend up in NY sent me this music video (a hat tip to Charlie F). Well, I watched it and discovered something, it could be just the motivation that I've not been looking for. (Truth is while I need it, I've not really been looking for it, the junk food tastes too good.) Seriously now though, it might be pretty good motivation - I think:
So, what do you think, would it motivate you? Well, now while I had thought it might motivate me, I'm not so sure anymore. At least I'm not as sure, it would be as good a motivator, ever since I saw another older music video along the same idea:

 So which do you think would motivate you better?
The first one was okay, how could a guy (at least a hetero one) not like it but it is no longer that motivational. While I prefer watching it, the thing is it gives false hope about gray hair, a big belly and young ladies flocking round regardless. On the other hand, the second one leaves not one smidgen of hope at all now - does it! That 2nd is almost pitifully to the point for me. I need to throw away the junk foods & crack the spine on that Atkin's Diet book real soon.
All the best,
Glenn B
PS: I'd bet dollars to dietary donuts that the blonde in the black & pink cap with the black top & denim shorts looks good naked!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Just In Case You Were Wondering... to pronounce Omicron:

I posted that because there seems to be a lot of different pronunciations used by the so called intellectuals in this country - how did Biden say it:

Of course, if you do not care ho to pronounce it then you may have more fun watching the below video. It has nothing to do with pronouncing Omicron but it does show a chimp that is probably smarter than many people (definitely more than those in this video and maybe smarter than Joe Omnicron Biden). You can bet the chimp does now care how to pronounce Omicron but what he does seem to care about is showing humans he is a quick learner and knows how to take charge of a situation immediately and completely. That's something Joe Biden needs to learn more than a little bit about, I suppose he could take lessons from that chimp! I love the chimp's victory stance & walk at the end:

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, January 3, 2022

Well, At Least It Isn't Covid

 What is it, it's bronchitis and while not as  bad as my Covid last year, it does make one feel kind of, sort of, almost miserable. I just hope I don't catch Covid while I already have this screwing my insides over. After having had Covid last year, I think if I caught it on top of bronchitis, it would be sheer misery. 
So, I guess for the most part except for dog walking, I'll be staying home this week. That should give me plenty of time to do some maintenance on what guns I have at home. That could keep me fairly busy for at least a few days, I suppose.
All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, January 1, 2022

As With Every January 1st - This One Somewhat Sucks...

 ...but that has not so much to do with the new year but that it is a new month and some bills are due and others though not due are already posted and get paid by me on the first day of the month. So, while I just saw my bank account swell due to the deposit of my increased pension today, I also saw it deflate more than it inflated. That's because with regular bills plus recent spending on a gun auction & on Christmas just gone by - I owe, I owe, I owe and off to debtors court I do not want to go. 
At least I got a decent cost of living allowance in my pension this year as did other federal retirees; in fact the best one in years (probably Joe Biden trying to buy future votes). That would have been nicer by far if it (the COLA money) was not already spent plus more due to the outrageous and record breaking inflation caused by Joe Biden and his dimocrat crew who seemingly are ever spending everyone else's cash (s in the taxpayers' cash). 
Now mind you, I am not complaining about getting a raise. I am saying that I'd much rather have zero inflation, an excellent economy and no raise than a COLA that will only go toward creating higher inflation, thus higher prices and higher taxes in the long run. Fuck Joe Biden! I mean why bother with the libtard code for that of Let's Go Brandon when it is no secret what we mean (after all if was a libturd who tried to keep the actual chant a secret). So let me say it plain and simple once again - Fuck Joe Biden.
All the best,
Glenn B