I quit blogging every day, that is. The truth is that it got to the point where it was more of a responsibility to make sure I had a blog entry every day than it was originally. I am going to continue blogging, but not every day. Being away and unable to make a daily entry let me realize that it’s not that big a deal if I don’t blog. Maybe I’ll take Kelly’s advice and post more pictures on my blog than I do. TTFN!
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-I’m sick again. Seems like every other week for the past few months I have had a cold, cough, or sore throat.
-This one is strange. I got a cough, then a fever and headache, then body aches, then I felt all better this morning when I woke up, then I got all the symptoms again only worse around 8 AM.
-My fever and headache has subsided, but I still have the cough and now a stuffy head.
-I think I am going to make it through the day. I almost called out last night, but I hate to miss work for a cough.
-I’m finished with my interview process for this iteration of the new operations class. I think I will find out the results within a week.
-The outage has been extended. That means more work opportunities, but also less rest to recovery from my mystery sickness.
-I promise to work this weekend on getting some pics and videos up from my trip to Cozumel, Cayman, and Jamaica.
-I think you’re going to like the videos of the stingrays, that may have been the best part of the trip.
-I was inspired to go snorkeling this weekend with Marcela, but I am not going unless I feel better.
-In case you wondered, Max didn’t even notice we were gone. My mom and dad took care of him while we vacationed and he had a good time being trained by “The Hammer” (my dad’s new nickname) and petted by my mom.
-He’s been very sleepy since we got back. Marcela theorizes that he is going through a growth spurt. He’s perfectly content to sleep nearly all day.
-I ran 49 rounds through the Kel Tec on Monday and had 3 rounds that failed to feed correctly. 450 rounds through the Glock and no issues, and 50 rounds through the Mossberg.
-I also picked up 50 rounds of 00 Buckshot and 50 rounds of rifled slugs. Another 50 rounds of each and I should be pretty well set for a while.
-The tea parties that took place across the nation yesterday drew an estimated national crowd of 150,000 Americans fed up with the waste and high taxes in this government.
-The parties were poo-poo’ed by the left wing media as right wing kooks organized by powerful interest groups and Fox News.
-Regardless of whether that was true or not, what happened to the message that “vote or die”, “rock the vote” and other left wing movements pushed over the past 8+ years that anything which draws people to the political process is good? This is the finest example of hypocrisy I have seen in a while.
-Janet Napolitano and the Obama admins Homeland Security department is casting some serious derogatory and nasty light on God-fearing people who believe in smaller government and the right to life. They’ve categorized people like me (I am pro-life and against a massive federal government and for local control) as potential threats to homeland security in a memo sent to all state and local law enforcement agencies.
-She also stated that another potential threat comes from military personnel returning from warzones over seas who may be having difficulty adapting to civilian life. It’s downright sickening what the left will stoop to in order to secure power.
-Enough political rant, I’m out. Hopefully I won’t be assigned to mandatory OT and I’ll be at church Sunday morning. See you then!
I don’t think so, but I won’t rule it out.
-I am a strong believer in the Bill of Rights. Some politicians would love it if the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution would just disappear.
-In 1998, I applied for an received my FL Concealed Weapons/Firearms License. From application to receipt took about 24 days (weekends included).
-When my permit expired in 2003, I was a little tight on cash, so I didn’t renew it.
-Now that the permit is good for 7 years instead of just 5, I went ahead and reapplied. The process is supposed to take no more than 90 days.
-I applied on the second week of November and I just received my shiny blue card from the agriculture department’s licensing division last week. That’s well over 90 days.
-As I mentioned in a previous entry, I purchased a Kel Tec PF 9, the smallest 9mm manufactured right now.
-All the background and serial number checks were cleared as of yesterday (this was a used gun) and I picked up my new back up pistol for concealment yesterday.
-I have a picture that shows just how small and slim this 9 is. You would have to hold it to believe how little it weighs (under a pound).
-I am prepared for a lot of recoil and hand shock due to the size of the gun. I’ll test the gun at the range April 13 when I return from my cruise.
-I am trying something different today. Instead of my normal Fuji apple today, I am having a big juicy Golden Delicious apple. I’ll let you know how that goes.
-Momma, thanks for the sweet tasty perfectly ripe banana that I had for breakfast today.
-In 3 days I embark on my stint around the Caribbean from Cozumel down to Grand Caymen and finally Ocho Rios Jamaica.
-My sweet mom will be watching our little dog Max while I am away. I hope he doesn’t get into too much mischief while I’m away.
-I’m not sure if I will get a chance to swim with the sting rays or not, but I’m definitely doing Dunns River Falls and snorkeling the reefs of Cozumel.
-It’s very difficult to get a vacation in the middle of an outage, so I was blessed to be able to do this trip.
-I’m not yet sure if I will be able to make it to church this Sunday. That’s up in the air right now. Stay tuned!
Today was a pretty slow day at work. Though it was an outage, there was not a whole lot of work going on from what I could see. There were grey clouds covering the sun all day (so far) too. I missed being at church. I heard it was an awesome day.
I’ll be out of town the next two weeks, but I should be back the weekend of the 19th. My NCAA Tourney Brackets are also totally wrecked now. Oh well. At least I had a good start. As for the blog, I am not sure yet if I’ll be blogging during my vacation or not. I haven’t missed a day in over a year. If it happens, it happens. Because, “it” happens. 🙂
This blog was generated after reading about a fellow who purchased a 22LR pistol for a self defense weapon. My first response was that it’s better than nothing. But after further consideration, I’m not 100% convinced.
#1. The purpose of a firearm carried for self defense is to protect you and your company from death or great bodily harm. The purpose is not to be lethal.
#2. While a 22LR round is lethal, so is cancer, a BB gun, a drug overdose, a rope, a bucket of water, poison, etc. More people die from 22LR than any other round. But a 22LR is not effective at stopping an attacker regardless of the shot placement. Even a shot to the head possibly will not penetrate the skull. 22’s can ricochet right off bone if the angle is not right.
#3. It’s illegal to hunt deer with 22LR. Why? Because it is inhumane to shoot and animal that may kill it but even with a well placed shot where you are conscientiously aiming may take hours to drop much less kill the animal.
#4. Personal defense is not solely about saving money. Just because the rounds are cheap does not mean you sacrifice good old common sense when it comes to protecting your life. That doesn’t mean you have to have the biggest most expensive gun/rounds out there. But if you need to save money, use a balanced approach. Practice your skills and shooting fundamentals with the 22 and the cost effective ammo, but trust the rounds that are designed to stop.
#5. 22LR is designed for two things: target shooting and small varmint hunting. A bad guy does not have the same structure as a rat or prairie dog. And a bad guy is not made out of paper or cardboard.
#6. Would you pull a pocket knife out to defend yourself against a robber in your home who has a machete? So why pull a 22 against someone who potentially has a 38 sp or bigger?
#7. For those who talk about well placed shots, that simply does not happen in a self defense situation. A head shot is about the closest to a guaranteed stop with 22LR, but it’s difficult enough to hit a stationary target at the range when you are taking time to aim. Picking up even the front sights when an assailant is running at you is hard enough, so you want something that is powerful enough to break bone, destroy muscle, and disable a crazy bad guy by shooting center mass, not something that with a perfect shot will be lethal within a few hours. Put the bad guy on the ground quickly!
#8. Would law enforcement carry a 22LR? Not on duty for sure. I would question the wisdom of any LEO or any self defense person who would recommend a pea shooter 22LR for defense against another human.
#9. It’s arguable that it would be better to have nothing than to have a 22LR for personal defense. You are introducing a potentially lethal weapon that could be wrestled away from you by a bad guy and used on you before you can stop him. Consider the implications of putting 4 or 5 22LR rounds into a BG who wants to rob you with a knife, he continues coming now even more angry, he takes your gun and puts a bullet in your head. It might have been better to give the dude what he wants and then cry later.
#10. Any sane person will run away if you shoot at him even with a 22. A drug addict or mentally disturbed individual intent on harming you is not going to be as likely to run, and surely will not feel as much pain as a “normal” assailant. Consider your adversary a machine without ability to feel pain or fear. You have to have the tools that will disable his mechanical function. You don’t want to simply change his mind. Stopping power is very important.
-Yesterday, Marcela and I filed our taxes.
-After dropping about $200 on tax preparation, I believe we will go ahead and purchase Turbo Tax.
-Tax time is stressful, especially when you have not completely prepared everything.
-It’s also stressful when you owe money. We owed.
-I enjoyed reading Ritz’s review of TSP’s Anthems for a Broken World.
-One week and three days from now, Marcela and I will be sailing across the Caribbean, making stops in Cozumel, Grand Caymen, and Ocho Rios Jamaica.
-Dunns River Falls will be one of our excursions.
-We will also do some snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Caymen, and maybe some snorkeling on the reefs in Cozumel.
-The NCAA Tournament is about to start up the round of 16 and then 8, and as of now I am sitting nicely at 40-8 in my picks.
-This is my best start ever, but I know things can change fast.
-D Wade barely missed a 3 at the buzzer that would have won the game for Miami. In the last couple minutes, Miami out scored Indiana 8-0 and ended up losing by 2.
-Jeopardy is fun to watch. This week was their annual Tournament of Champions where first prize is $250,000.
-This was the youngest group of contestants ever on the JTOC.
-Yes, I also watched some Dancing With the Stars this week. I want David Allen Greer to win it all. He’s one of my favorite all time comedians.
-The outage is in full swing. After two weeks, the work schedule is almost 60 hours behind.
-That means a possible extended outage and overtime.
-I am working OT today, and I’m loving it.
-I don’t love missing Sunday morning at Life Pointe Church.
-President Obama seems to be completely lost, and just throwing money at everything that moves while claiming to be for fiscal responsibility. Excuse me? Fiscal responsibility is not paying off large corporations and calling for regulation. Who’s regulating him?
-I think my crock pot is wearing out on me. I made a pot roast with potatoes and carrots that took over an hour longer than normal.
-I’m interested in seeing Slumdog Millionaire, but I haven’t decided whether to wait for the DVD or go see it at the theater.
-Today is day #4 of the outage.
-I am getting OT on the days of my choice right now.
-Good news, I got invited back for a second interview.
-I’m totally digging Anthems for a Broken World.
-Saturday’s Top 5 is all about TSP!
-I’m craving some football again.
-I guess I’ll have to settle for the NCAA Tourney and NBA season/post season.
-Miami Hurricanes really blew it toward the end of the season and had to settle for a lousy NIT appearance.
-Max has destroyed two harnesses by chewing the front part. What a little dork.
-Vacation is two and a half weeks away. Caribbean here we come.
-Of the two movies that I have seen this week: Underworld Rise of the Lycans and Mirrors, neither was great.
-Obama and the congressional Democrats are really having a hard time continuing to shift blame for the AIG bonus mess considering they created it.
-I am sick of hearing how all our problems are everyone elses fault. Obama is making a mess of the mess he inherited.
-I plan on seeing all my LPC buddies this weekend at Flagship Cinema. I’ll be there at 7:30, Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise!
I love my family at LPC and I love what LPC is all about. I enjoy occasionally visiting the traditional church as well; it’s like hanging out with a familiar old friend who you have not seen in a while. But sometimes I do question the things I see in a traditional Pentecostal service. I have to watch out for the differences between a genuine call for spiritual growth and a manipulation by a charismatic leader who seeks to exert his own idea of what a Christian walk really is. I have witnessed and been victimized by this type of manipulation before, and even thought it may have been born out of a sincere desire by that leader to see results, it is not right. I’m writing today simply to share my heart. I wouldn’t mention names because few people would have a clue who or what I was talking about anyway, but this manipulation was the reason I never returned as a camper/student to the state youth camp of my church’s denomination. I did go back numerous times as a counselor and as a worker.
I love my church, and I have a very big place in my heart for my church’s denomination, the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). However, I have come to loathe the political machinery of church denominations, particularly those of such a strong centralized system. One of the things that has been great about living in South Florida for over 20 years is that I have been able to be in a church (HCOG/LPC) and under pastors (JT and TJ) who have been far enough physically and emotionally from the machinery of the political structure that the they (the church and pastors) were never part of the buddy system which effects and infects centralized governance.
If any of this makes absolutely no since to you, #1 be glad, #2 disregard. I will be working today so I am sorry that I won’t be able to join you at LPC, but I miss you fellas. See you next week!