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It’s raining here! What am I gonna do?!?!

Earlier it was like a cow ****ing on a flat rock! Winter in the AV and The High Desert. Currently 47 and light rain here in Cal City. I was hoping to do the back yard weeds with Roundup and rake/shovel doggie doo today. Such fun plans ya know. Ah well, I will adapt. The dryer needs a new lint screen. And this here internet is a useful tool to find such things.

It may be a short trip to the Sears and Blowback tomorrow down there in Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Mall.

Who knows? The Shadow. I heard he took the weekend off and went to Lake Arrowhead.

And tomorrow somewhere between 0800 and 1200, the Direct TV guy will show up and the Casa De Sharon y Glenn will be watching satellite TV. OMG!I have finally caught up with the 21st Century.


Olympic Hockey

I have managed to get to watch a bit of the tournament so far. I did not get to see a single women’s game. The cable company we have here and the NBC Universal Fine Family of channels have managed to screw that up in a most magnificent manner. The best info and coverage I got was from our dear buddy, Buck at Exile in Portales. Yeah Buck!!!!!

As for the men’s side, I figured the Russians would be in the semis/medal round. I blew that one didn’t I? Hat’s off to Buck. He picked them to be eliminated. And I totally agree with him on Mike Milbury. What a P.I.T.A. He would be better off somewhere in the juniors on the Canadian Prairies that I lived on as a kid.

And as for NBC, what was the IOC thinking, anyway? But the one bright spot was Doc Emerick on the play by play. Remember, I grew up on Danny Galavan and Howie Meeker. That is saying something, mmm’kayyyy?!?!?! Doc has a love for the game.

The on ice celebration by the Canadian Women’s team was a blast! The IOC and the COC have no clue do they? Just Canadian Girls having a good time. First hand experience with that, eh. The IOC and it’s subsidiaries need to grow up and deal with things as they happen. They should read a wonderful book by Dan Jenkins. “Life it’s Own Self” It fits that ‘get a grip” attitude. It is the current attitude by the “enlightened ones” that a good old fashioned victory party is some how inappropriate. Rat Bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Still in form, ain’t I? 8)


Picture(s) A Day – 26 February 2010

It’s been a heckuva week as I’ve said before.  I won’t go into it too much, but suffice it to say that I’ve had two stress related headaches.  There’s going to be even more turmoil in the office.  I’m glad I still have a job, but I’m also glad I’ve got some good friends I can rely on to help take the edge off after stuff goes sideways :)

Today was a bit of a trip through the wringer, but it got quite a bit better after work :wink:

26 February 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Glock 26

26 February 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Glock 26

Yep, I headed on over to New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms after my time toiling on the phone lines was done for the day :)

That Glock 26 is the one I plan on getting when I get around to picking up a Glock.  It’s the smallest 9mm Glock made, but that’s not the only reason I like it.  While it fits my hands fairly well, it also happens to take any 9mm Glock magazines including the big 33 rounders 8)

Just remember that the prices are always subject to change :wink:

26 February 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Serbu Super Shorty 12 Gauge

26 February 2010 - New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms - Serbu Super Shorty 12 Gauge

The firearm you see above is a pretty cool one that’s regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934 as an “Any Other Weapon” or AOW.  According to the NFA, AOWs can be several different things.  This qualifies as an AOW as it’s a smooth bore pistol.  The Serbu Super Shorty is a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun that’s been cut down to just a 6.5″ barrel.  It holds two rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.  Designed more as a breaching weapon for the military and law enforcement, it’s also a fun gun for civilians and there’s even a drop leg holster made for it :)  While machineguns and suppressors transfer with a $200 tax, AOWs transfer on a $5 tax which makes them easier to afford.  Still, at a (very low for this firearm) $650 (again subject to change), I still can’t afford one right now.  But some day…

26 February 2010 - My new Kel-Tec PF-9 - It finally came in :mrgreen:

26 February 2010 - My new Kel-Tec PF-9 - It finally came in :mrgreen:

Now, I like going to New Frontier Armory / Infinite Arms any time as y’all might have figured out by now, but today was special – I got to pick up my Kel-Tec PF-9 after a month of waiting :mrgreen: !!!

I brought it home and after taking a few pics, I took it and the magazine apart, cleaned all the factory oil, dust, and fouling from the proof shots before applying some proper lubrication and dry firing it with some snap caps to protect the firing pin :wink:  I loaded it up with Speer Gold Dot 124 grain+P rounds (7 in the magazine and one in the chamber) and it weighed in at just over 18 ounces 8)  I still have to take the class for my concealed carry permit before filling out the paperwork and all, but at least I’ve got a gun to fill that role.

I’ll probably shoot it for the first time on Sunday up at the Clark County Shooting Park when Uli and I go to play with the toys :)

Time to get some shut-eye for now – I get to work tomorrow from 1000 to 1400 :wink:  Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:


Archive Picture A Day – Originally from 22 July 2009

24 February 2010 - Originally posted 22 July 2010 - The Stratosphere

24 February 2010 - Originally posted 22 July 2010 - The Stratosphere

I don’t quite know what’s hit me the past few days, but I’ve just been beat.  I mean, I’m even getting to bed at a reasonable hour :shock:  I’ve only been going from home to work and back lately, so there hasn’t been much in the way of opportunities for pictures.  But I’m trying to get some energy and get out of this little rut I’ve been in :wink:  This weekend promises a change of scenery from the two mile commute I’ve seen lately and I’m sure looking forward to it :)

In other news, it looks like a shipment is on its way to a certain store.  I’ve been waiting patiently excitedly for this item for nearly a month now and I might just have it by Friday 8)

As for the pic?  I don’t really care to pay the price of admission for the Stratosphere tower, but I sure like the way it looks :D  This pic was actually taken by holding the camera out of the driver’s side window, so it just goes to show you don’t have to be a pro to get great pics :P

I swear I’ll be back with more posting tomorrow, so have fun until then :mrgreen:


Picture(s) A Day – Nevada Shooters Desert Shoot – 21 February 2010

Sunday was nearly as good as I’d hoped it would be – about 99% :)

Uli and I got on the road a bit later than we’d planned, but we still got out there plenty early.  I’d say there were a couple of hundred people in attendance who brought all sorts of stuff – regular rifles and pistols, suppressors, machineguns, and even a mortar :D  Yes, this is all completely legal here in Nevada as it is in a large portion of the United States and I’m here to tell you that you’ve got to try it sometime :wink:

21 December - Lots of fun - Some of the guns brought by Infinite Arms

21 December - Lots of fun - Some of the guns brought by Infinite Arms

This was the table full of guns brought by Infinite Arms 8)  No, they’re not all NFA items, but quite a few are :wink:  After all, Infinite Arms is a licensed NFA manufacturer :wink:  They don’t have to do it, but I know it’s a good time for Infinite Arms and their customers

The Yugo M70 I shot is second from the left and I also got to shoot the Sterling you see to it’s right :mrgreen:  I’ll have to bring some .223 and some .30 Carbine ammo next time – I’m all for paying for the ammo if someone’s nice enough to let me shoot their gun :)

21 February 2010 - Full auto FUN :mrgreen:

21 February 2010 - Full auto FUN :mrgreen:

The reason you see a picture above instead of video is user error with relation to my camera :oops:  Yes, those are all machineguns and yes, it was incredibly LOUD :twisted:  That’s my kind of fun!!!

Oh yeah, there’s video, too :mrgreen:  This is the video Uli and I shot to give you some idea of what was going on out there :)  Uly and I both shot the full auto 10/22 and the AK-47 and I apologize for not having more video, but we were having more fun than we’ve had in a very long time 8)  Also, I thought the video would be better from my camera – I’ll be sure to use the real camcorder next time :wink:

OK, now THAT’S my kind of fun :twisted:  This video was posted on YouTube and Nevada Shooters by Pachinko Pistola and shows a lot more than mine did :D  There’s even a bit of yours truly with the suppressed AK-47 in this one :wink:

I can’t thank Infinite Arms and the owner of that 10/22 enough :)

I’ll also remember to get some pics and video of the suppressors we got to shoot next time and not get quite so caught up in shooting them :P  Those suppressors were really cool and I’m thinking I may just have to get one for my .22 rifle…  Mr. Stoner, you’re a class act and I can’t wait to see you at another one of these shoots – you and Infinite Arms both made the day even better than my normal day shooting which is pretty good to begin with 8)

21 February 2010 - Not everyone played nice - this shouldn't have happened

21 February 2010 - Not everyone played nice - this shouldn't have happened

Remember how I said the day was 99% good?  Well, this was part of the 1% that wasn’t quite so good.  Infinite Arms brought these targets out and they were supposed to be for rimfire (like .22 LR) only.  Someone or several someones shot at it with full power rifle rounds and put those holes in it.  Not only that, but they pinned the left stake in with a couple of rounds through the steel support tube.  To make matters worse, a bolt and carrier assembly from one of his AR-15s went missing somehow.  The great majority of people were great, but these losers need some retraining.  I’m thinking they get to run to the 1,000 meter targets on foot all day as part of their penance if they’re ever caught.

21 December - Sunset on the mountains from our shooting spot 8)

21 December - Sunset on the mountains from our shooting spot 8)

At the end of the day everyone was pretty darn tired out and I can’t say that I blame ’em or that I think anyone would change much :)  We had some great fun with great people and some awesome scenery to go with it.  It don’t get much better than that 8)

Have fun out there, everyone :mrgreen:


Peaceful Sunday


Still winter sun

At work for a few hours today and took these this afternoon.   One of the nice things about my office is being able to see this view.    Well, yeah, of course I wish I was seeing the ocean instead, but this will do. 

And,  no,  I didn’t tramp over there to look, but I think that tree really is growing like that!   And flexible are you??    :)

Hope y’all had a good weekend!!


Just A Minor Delay…

There will be a minor delay in posting pics and such from today’s activities in the desert.  I apologize for it as I know y’all were expecting something today, but I’m just flat worn out and I have to be in to work at 0700 tomorrow :wink:  I also wanted to let everyone know that I did read your comments (Thanks again for taking the time to leave them!) and I will respond to them sometime tomorrow as well :)

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:


Picture(s) A Day – 19 February 2010

I’d like to start off this post by thanking everyone for their support in the past week along with their continued understanding when I’m slow to post during times like these.  Today (20 February 2010) was largely spent resting up after a stressful week.  Aside from that, I helped out Ulises with some technical issues relating to firearms (he’s got computers down and he’s a great tech at work :wink: ) and he was kind enough to buy dinner at IHOP as a way of paying me back.  It was greatly appreciated, but entirely unnecessary – I’m doing what I can to help out a friend 8)

The pics here are actually from Friday night.  Yep, Kyleigh, Anthony, and I headed down to Mr. Lucky’s for dinner :wink:  What’s more, Kyleigh just got her first car and decided that she should drive for a change which worked out great for me – I got to just relax and give directions :P

19 February 2010 - The appetizer - super jumbo shrimp with Ketel One cocktail sauce

19 February 2010 - The appetizer - super jumbo shrimp with Ketel One cocktail sauce

19 February 2010 - Kyleigh and Anthony's fajita dinner

19 February 2010 - Kyleigh and Anthony's fajita dinner

19 February 2010 - My 'Three Sevens" special - steak, shrimp, fries, and salad for $7.77

19 February 2010 - My 'Three Sevens" special - steak, shrimp, fries, and salad for $7.77

19 February 2010 - Dessert - We shared a hot fudge sundae 8)

19 February 2010 - Dessert - We shared a hot fudge sundae 8)

With no warning whatsoever, Anthony insisted on buying dinner for which I was very thankful :D  I always look forward to nights like these – good friends, good food, and good fun in Las Vegas of all places – it just don’t get much better than that :mrgreen:

19 February 2010 - Close-up of the waterfall wall at City Center

19 February 2010 - Close-up of the waterfall wall at City Center

19 February 2010 - The waterfall wall at City Center in full flow

19 February 2010 - The waterfall wall at City Center in full flow

19 February 2010 - The waterfall wall at City Center surging

19 February 2010 - The waterfall wall at City Center surging

After dinner we found our way to City Center which is a group of hotels, shops, and condos which collectively cost over $9,000,000,000 (yes, that’s NINE BILLION DOLLARS!!!).  I wish I could live there, but I haven’t worked hard enough yet.  Truly, we were all impressed with the new place – it wasn’t just like all the other places with the decorations and theme which was refreshing.

But City Center was impressive for far more than that – I have to say that I felt like I was treated as a high value customer even though they didn’t know whether I’d spend any money there.  From the free valet parking (yes, we left a tip – I used to do that job once upon a time :wink: ) which was done with impeccable professionalism to the people whose job it was merely to stand in the cold night air in finely pressed suits and to open the doors for people, the place made me feel like they wanted me there.  That’s becoming more rare these days and I applaud City Center for going the extra mile to exceed my expectations 8)

Times like last night go a long way to reminding me that I have an incredibly great life.  Really, I can’t say enough just how awesome it is that even during the current recession I can go out to a fine meal with good friends and then go to a place like City Center where I feel like I’ve been transported into a book or movie about The Roaring Twenties that’s been updated to modern times in which we’re the lead characters.  Las Vegas, the entertainment capitol of the world, is our playground.  There’s no place quite like it and it’s ours.  Millions of people pay thousands of dollars to travel to Las Vegas.  They pay hundreds of dollars per night to stay in a hotel here.  My friends and I only have to drive about 30 minutes to be in the middle of all that.  If we save up just a bit, we can enjoy some of the best restaurants, the best shows, and the best of just about everything else to be found anywhere in the world.  We’re some of the lucky ones – we’ve got Vegas and we’ve got each other, and we’ve got good friends!

I’ve gotta go now – it’s getting late and I still have some preparations to make for Uli and my trip to a remote desert location tomorrow morning for the purpose of practicing modern martial arts with some of our own tools as well as with tools which belong to someone else which would normally be denied to average Citizens by the Federal Government.  I’ll let you think about what that might mean for now, but I will say that there’s going to be video and pictures, and lots of fun :D

Have a great Sunday everyone :mrgreen:


Last Post of the Day – Mary Smich’s Guide to Life for Graduates

Enough with the stress and strain.  Enough with the money problems.  Sometimes it seems like most of what money does is create problems, but like I said, I’ve had enough of those.  Enough with problems in general.

It’s time for something a little better – a bit of my philosophy for life :wink:  No, it doesn’t involve firearms, explosives, pyrotechnics, aviation, knives, or cars.  Just advice I’ve liked the sound of since I first heard it on the radio as it was re-formed by Baz Luhrmann many years ago and which has proven to be wise.

Some of y’all out there might remember the “sunscreen” song.  If you don’t remember it, click here.  If that doesn’t do it, you’ve been under a rock for too long :P

While doing a bit of research, I found out via Wikipedia that this song wasn’t written by Baz Luhrmann, nor was it intended for the radio at all.  Its first incarnation was actually as a newspaper column in the Chicago Tribune by Mary Schmich.

No matter the origin, I can’t help but think of just how accurate some of it’s been as I’ve gone through life.  It’s one of those things I reflect on and laugh at when I’m stressed out, bummed out, or just plain worn out by life.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

Mary Schmich

June 1, 1997

Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who’d rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there’s no reason we can’t entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.

I encourage anyone over 26 to try this and thank you for indulging my attempt.Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.


Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Yeah, y’all probably know me pretty well by now :)  Still, every once in a while, I’ll tell you a bit about just what makes me tick :wink:  Here’s hoping this helps you out sometime like it’s done for me on more than a few occasions.

If Mary Smich is out there and reading this, thanks for writing it :D

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:




I’ll make this as short as possible while still covering the important points.

Before we go any further, let’s revisit that letter I got from AT&T:

The letter I received from AT&T - the only reason I left

The letter I received from AT&T - the only reason I left

That letter was the only reason I left AT&T for Verizon.  I was pretty happy with AT&T over the years.  And I do mean years – I was with them for nearly a decade.

But as I’ve said before, it wasn’t AT&T that caused my troubles, at least in large part.  It was the “authorized retailer” I got the phones from.  Turns out there was a part of the paperwork that said I’d stay with AT&T for a set period of time or they’d charge me $250 per line upon termination.

Now, I understand how this works and normally I’d be pissed off at myself for a while and chalk it up to lessons learned.  The problem with that approach is that the third party signed me up for the plan that caused this situation.  The way they present their store makes it very easy to confuse them with AT&T itself.  I’m a bit annoyed that AT&T didn’t have better communication with the people who did this, but I blame the “authorized retailer” for the lion’s share of this goat rope.

There are a few facets to this situation that have me royally fuming.  They waited from 30 December 2009 until 16 February 2010 to do this, there was no communication – not even a phone call or email, no bill, and there were no questions.  On top of that, they electronically showed the charge as coming from Nellis when it came from California.  I know this because they sent me a charge card receipt in an envelope postmarked from California.  I can only assume that it was done this way so as to avoid tripping any red flags with the bank.  And I didn’t get any of this in the U.S. mail until today.

I grabbed the letter and called AT&T to see if there was any way they could help as the “authorized retailer” is an agent of theirs in a way and it was very confusing to me before this point.  They washed their hands of everything.  While on the line with AT&T, I headed down to the store where I got the phones in question and after hanging up, I spoke with the manager.  He was a nice guy and very sympathetic.  I was as polite as I could be under the circumstances meaning I didn’t make a scene and kept the language civil and the tone of voice mostly so.  I’m pretty sure my face was a shade of crimson and I might have been trembling just a bit.

Mr. Manager made copies and after I’d left managed to contact someone in accounting.  Per their request, I scanned and emailed the letter above (minus the redactions, of course) to the accounting person while including Mr. Manager as a CC.  They hope to have this cleared up somehow by late Friday or early next week, but I still have no guarantees that I’ll ever see that money.

My plans for the near future in this matter are to let it play out first and give them a chance to make it right.  OK, to go back to the status quo ante where my money is mine without any sort of legal wrangling.  Failing that, I’m prepared to use one of the free legal consultations I’m afforded under my employer’s employee assistance program.  The last line of defense is small claims court.  I’m hoping the first option works as I really don’t want to deal with the others.

In the mean time, I get to call up my bank again and spend my lunch time on the phone with them tomorrow while I adjust the claim.  After I get out of work, I get to deal with my renter’s insurance company and apartment complex.

God, I can’t wait for this all to just be over with!

Thanks again for the support, the comments, and the good vibes everyone.  I’ll keep posting updates until this thing’s done.