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Thirty-Four And Counting…

I know I’m going to catch a ton of flak for saying this, but it feels like I’m getting rather old. I’m up to 34 years on the clock now!  Yeah, I know that’s still young in the eyes of many of my friends, but it still feels like a long time to me.  Looking back, some things seem like they happened just yesterday and then I realize it was 10, 15, and even 20 years ago.

Rather than dwell on the negative aspects of all of this, I figured it would be better to look back on just the last year and pick out a few of the good times :)  Yep, it’s time for a bit of a photographic look back :wink:

2010 - It's been a pretty 'Dam' good year :cool:

2010 - It's been a pretty 'Dam' good year :cool:

I try to get to cool events when I can.  I wasn’t about to miss the opening of the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge :cool:

2010 - Connie and me at Aviation Nation

2010 - Connie and me at Aviation Nation

2010 - Kristen and Steven

2010 - Kristen and Steven

2010 - Korey and me at Mr. Lucky's

2010 - Korey and me at Mr. Lucky's

2010 - Kerry and me back in high school

2010 - Kerry and me back in high school

While heading out on my own is fun, I much prefer to have friends along :D

2010 - Tommy gun fun in the desert!

2010 - Tommy gun fun in the desert!

It wasn’t until this year that I finally got my hands on automatic weaponry, but it was worth the wait!  Here’s a big THANK YOU to Adam at Infinite Arms and everyone in Nevada Shooters and Vegas Shooters for some great times and for making me feel so welcome :thumb:  I’d always wanted to shoot a real Tommy gun and I got my chance a few months ago.  Great fun!

Glenn on the flight line at Edwards AFB

Glenn on the flight line at Edwards AFB

2010 - One of my favorite contributions from Kath :)

2010 - One of my favorite contributions from Kath :)

I can’t tell y’all enough how glad I am that I brought Glenn and Kath on board :thumb:

112010 - Joe and Darryl on the flight line at Nellis

112010 - Joe and Darryl on the flight line at Nellis

Airshows are even better when you’ve got photographic airplane nuts as friends :wink:

2010 - View towards Mt. Charleston from the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - View towards Mt. Charleston from the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Fabulous Las Vegas as seen from the Hard Rock Hotel

2010 - Fabulous Las Vegas as seen from the Hard Rock Hotel

I still have times when I miss San Diego’s weather and beaches, but I really do love living in Las Vegas :cool:

2010 - Cove Creek Fort in central Utah

2010 - Cove Creek Fort in central Utah

2010 - Corral near the San Rafael Swell in central Utah

2010 - Corral near the San Rafael Swell in central Utah

2010 - Flash flood waterfall during a thunderstorm on the San Rafael Swell

2010 - Flash flood waterfall during a thunderstorm on the San Rafael Swell

2010 - Picnic in the mountains of central Utah

2010 - Picnic in the mountains of central Utah

2010 - Visitor center at Capitol Reef National Park

2010 - Visitor center at Capitol Reef National Park

2010 - Sunset on the red rock near Lake Powell

2010 - Sunset on the red rock near Lake Powell

2010 - Utahraptor at the CEU Prehistoric Museum

2010 - Utahraptor at the CEU Prehistoric Museum

2010 - Doyle and Stevie at the dinosaur quarry

2010 - Doyle and Stevie at the dinosaur quarry

2010 - SR-71C Blackbird at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - SR-71C Blackbird at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - B-29 Superfortress at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - B-29 Superfortress at the Hill AFB Air Museum

2010 - Kyleigh at Margaritaville

2010 - Kyleigh at Margaritaville

My trip to Utah was a real highlight of the year :)  Seeing Kyleigh, Cindy, Doyle, Cindy, and all the rest of the family was a really good time.  The rest of the trip was wonderful, but good people made the destinations icing on the cake :wink:

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Lisa shooting in the desert

2010 - Lisa shooting in the desert

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

2010 - Uly at the Clark County Shooting Park

Oh yeah, I somehow found time to go shooting in and amongst all the rest of everything else :P  I’ve known Uly for a while now, but I met Lisa at one of the Nevada Shooters’ shoots in the desert.  Quality people are who I’ve found at desert shoots and at the Clark County Shooting Park for the most part.

2010 - Storm chasing in the Nevada desert

2010 - Storm chasing in the Nevada desert

Let’s not forget storm chasing in the desert!  Yes, I love a good thunderstorm and the night this was taken looked like something out of a movie with the veils of rain and bolts of lightning in an absolutely black night.

2010 - Cindy's excellent gift to me

2010 - Cindy's excellent gift to me

2010 - Several guns on the table Cindy painted for me

2010 - Several guns on the table Cindy painted for me

Cindy’s birthday present from last year is something I really cherish :)  Knowing my favorite shirt and one of my favorite pastimes, she gave me one of the most useful and coolest gifts I’ve ever received :cool:

2010 - Silencerco Osprey!

2010 - Silencerco Osprey!

Another wonderful addition to my experiences in firearms has been a rather quiet one.  Suppressors!!!  Yep, that’s a Silencerco 45Osprey on the end of an FN FNP-45 pistol in the picture :)  The Osprey is one of the most advanced and quietest suppressors on the market today and something I wouldn’t have had the chance to try out if it weren’t for my move to Nevada and the generosity of my friends :wink:

2010 - Fire in the sky over Las Vegas

2010 - Fire in the sky over Las Vegas

Yet another sight you don’t get in San Diego – Gotta love the sunsets here in Vegas :D

2010 - Andrew Breitbart in Laughlin, NV before the Tea Party rally

2010 - Andrew Breitbart in Laughlin, NV before the Tea Party rally

2010 - Tea Party rally in Searchlight, NV

2010 - Tea Party rally in Searchlight, NV

San Diego has a more conservative population than many places in California, but you won’t find this size of crowd at a Tea Party rally in the formerly Golden State :)

2010 - That PSL sure is fun!

2010 - That PSL sure is fun!

My PSL may be up for sale, but it’s not due to a lack of fun factor.  In a sea of AR-15s and AK-47s, the PSL stands out with the long barrel, fat magazine, unique stock, and side mounted scope.  It certainly looks lethal and this is one machine that lives up to appearances :twisted:

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

2010 - Snow on Mt. Charleston

Driving up to Mt. Charleston doesn’t take too long and it’s something I enjoy doing year round.  I really enjoy seeing snow as it’s something I really never had the chance to play around in back in San Diego.  Beach, yes.  Snow, no.  Mountains in the summer are something I’m used to.  This looks like something from a painting to my eye :cool:

I can’t help but throw in a Buffett reference here and this is the one I’ve thought of every year since it was released.  “Trip Around the Sun” really hits how I feel this year and the video is almost as good as the song :)  The lyrics can be found over at Margaritaville.com :cool:

That’s all for this post, but it’s nowhere near the end for me or my blog :wink:  Have a wonderful December First everyone :mrgreen:

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