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Fantasy Football Time!

LPC Fantasy Football is Here!

LPC Fantasy Football is Here!

Who’s in?  The league is open and accepting members.  If you want in, send your name and email address to pjohnson@email.com and let me know you want to play.  The league will cap at 20 teams.  Last year’s league was a little smaller, but we had a great time.

Yahoo will be hosting once again, so you have to register a yahoo ID.  The league ID # is 588253, the league name is Life Pointe, and the password is lpc.  You can find more at Yahoo’s Fantasy Page.

What can you expect?  Lots of trash talk, lots of activity, and some really good fun.  We will also be getting together for a draft party on Saturday August 29.  More details on that as the final plans are nailed down.

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Kayaking in North Key Largo

Here’s a brief report of my Friday activities:

I met Dave V and family at Jack’s down in Florida City on US 1 at 10 AM and we headed down Card Sound Road, made for Key Largo and swung into the old ramp just beside Garden Cove. We put in one kayak (for me) and a large tunnel hull canoe for Dave, his wife, and two little ones around 10:30. It was very breezy out, so the waves were a little on the choppy side. Dave hooked up a 45 lbs thrust trolling motor to his canoe, and tied mine to the back and dragged me across the channel, then we abandoned our plans to head to the barge and beach due to the rough weather. But we did stay in the creeks and flats protected from the wind by the mangroves and it was very pleasant. I made sure to lather up with SPF 35 waterproof sun block so I wouldn’t fry. Inside the creeks we saw lots of mangrove snapper, a few very big snook, and even a black stingray with white spots. At one point, Dave tied off on some of the mangroves and went for a swim in the surprisingly cool water. I let him use my snorkel gear since I wasn’t going in and in the course of exploration he located a honey hole of a lobster spot. According to Dave, the ledges were jam packed with lobster of all sizes. I believe him because he dove down and came up with a lobster in his bare hands. He also reported seeing a French Angelfish and plenty of tropicals. After all that, we headed to the grass flats and tied off the canoe and kayak while we ate lunch. Dave also showed me that the upside down jellyfish all over the grass flats are almost completely harmless. Just about the only way their stinging cells can effect you is if the are left on your most sensitive skin, like the inside of your are or your neck. I actually handled a big one with absolutely no problem. I’ll post the video later.

As the tide continued to go out, we almost got stuck in the grass/sand flats when they actually were out of the water. We cleared the flats and made our way back to shore and headed for home around 3 PM. When I got home, I realized that the sun had burned a stripe on both of my knees where I missed putting on the sun block.

Overall, it was a beautiful day, though a little windy and we had an excellent time. Friday night, the plan is to go back for a little night excursion to do some fishing. We shall see how that goes.

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Monday March Madness

The Final 4 is set, and the cast is strong.

UConn faces Michigan State and Villanova will go up against UNC in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. This is a solid crew and any of these four teams could win it all.

As for my brackets, they’re done. If Villanova beats Michigan State in the championship game, I could still win it all based on my current points lead. Even though neither of my choices for the championship made the final 4, and only 1 of my 4 selections (UNC) even advanced to the Final Four, I built a big enough lead in the early rounds to have a shot at outlasting the other 49 contestants. Since the league was made of mostly southern homers, the majority of competitors selected North Carolina, Duke, or Louisville to win it all. Nobody picked Villanova and very few people even picked Michigan State to make the Final Four.

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10 Thoughts on Firearm Personal Defense

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.

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Tourney Brackets

Memphis let me down with a loss to Missouri. Other than that, the rest of my Elite Eight teams in place. Unfortunately, I also picked Memphis to make the Final Four. I’m counting on Pitt to beat Louisville. If Pitt beats Louisville, I’ll win my bracket challenge against about 40 opponents. Even losing one of my Final Four choices, I am still having my best bracket picks so far. I know everyone is just thrilled.

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Taxing Thoughts

-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.

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Monday Armchair Baller

This has been my best start for bracket picks in an NCAA tourney. I know things can change very quickly, especially if any of your final 4 teams lose in the sweet 16. Here’s a quick rundown so far…

I’m 40-8 in picks so far with 15 of the Sweet 16 teams still in the hunt. All 8 Elite 8 teams are still in the hunt. Wake Forest has been my worst choice; I had them losing in the sweet 16 but they decided to get whooped in the first round. Pittsburgh (my choice for champ) and Louisville (my runner up) mustered just enough to win their games against big underdogs. I am concerned about those picks now. I’m a perfect 12 of 12 in the west, 11 for 12 in both the East and South, but a sorry 6 for 12 in the upset filled midwest.

If I could change some picks, I might swap Pitt for UNC in the championship. UNC just might bring home yet another title this year.

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NCAA March Madness

By this time last year, I had multiple posts on the NCAA tournament.  The main reason was that the Miami Hurricanes were involved.  In any case, this year I am having my best Bracket selection ever.  So far I am 37-8 with 15 of 16 Sweet 16 teams in it.  Wake Forest busted my Midwest bracket with a first round loss.  Missouri, Mich St, and Louisville are all in trouble right now, so my brackets are on the verge of falling apart like a $2.00 watch.

If they find a way to come out with wins, I am sitting pretty.  Louisville particularly needs to win considering I have selected them to play Pitt in the championship.  Siena is really putting it on them right now.

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Free Thoughts

-Thursday is the day I post my thoughts. It’s pretty simple, I just type whatever pops in my head.

-The shooting at Wal Mart yesterday was all the talk yesterday at work. Apparently an angry boyfriend walked into the garden center and shot his former girlfriend who had just taken out a restraining order against him. He then fled to his home where he shot himself.

-The stock market doesn’t seem to like the US move toward socialism. Our economy was sick under President Bush, Obama apparently wants to finish it off.

-Hurricane season is just around the corner. I think I am going to start getting my supplies together now. Be prepared!

-Only 2 months since football season has ended, and I am having withdrawals. I hate football offseason. The Dolphins and Canes have a lot to look forward to this year.

-We are going to be even more organized in this year’s fantasy football season.

-The major football related news right now is the boat with the NFL players and agent whose 21 foot boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico in up to 15 foot seas. Friends of mine suggested that probably they plowed the nose of the boat into a large wave going too fast while rushing to get in, or they got sideways and were flipped by a big wave.

-Max had his little bit of masculinity removed this past Friday. It’s not bad enough that everybody mistakes him for a her, now he has been altered. Poor fella.

-My vacation cruise is exactly one month away from today. Snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing here we come.

-Marcela really hooked me up on Sunday. She made some excellent paella mixta with chicken, chorizo, octopus, little necks, muscles, shrimp, and scallops.

-I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I cannot wait for the TSP Anthems CD to be available.

-The work that Trav, the guys from TSP and the People for Care and Learning are doing for the people of Cambodia is God’s work. I’m so proud of them.

-I will see some of you this Sunday at the theater as we come together to worship, enjoy and learn from each other, be inspired, and be the church.

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Monday Armchair QB

I believe I will bring one more Armchair QB, for the Pro Bowl, but I’m not sure about that. Well, unfortunately my prediction for the Super Bowl came true. Pittsburgh’s defense was ultimately too much for the Cardinals. Ben Roethlisberger had the experience and determination needed to win the big game in spite of Kurt Warner who also showed resiliency and determination. Larry Fitzgerald was incredible putting on a second half show of two TD’s one of which was the spectacular fade with the catch off the helmet reminiscent of last year’s helmet catch by the Giants.

This Super Bowl will go down in history as one of the greats with two highlights specifically that will be replayed over and over for years to come.

#1. The longest play in Super Bowl history, James Harrison drops into coverage on a faked blitz and picks off Warner on the goal line and goes rumblin stumblin tumblin down the field through the entire state of Arizona (as one broadcaster put it) to score a TD as the time expires. The implications of this play were enormous. Instead of going into the half up 14-10 or at least tied 10-10, Arizona ends up trailing 17-7. Somebody for Arizona should have stopped Harrison. At least 2 or 3 guys did not try hard enough.

#2. Santonio Holmes grabs perhaps the greatest TD catch in the history of Super Bowl football tiptoing the boundary of the end zone. That, my friends, was legendary. Big Ben put it the only place that could have been caught surrounded by three defenders without the possibility of an interception. Credit should go to Big Ben as well as Holmes.

This was one of my favorite Super Bowl games I’ve watched. I am a bit saddened that Antrel Rolle, Edgerrin James and Calais Campbell didn’t get a ring, but they all played well and contributed in a where the outcome was not determined until 5 seconds left.

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