17 March 2018

Saturday Afternoon at the Gun Show

Older Daughter (the Appleseed instructor) is working at a gun show down the road, this weekend. Since there are far fewer demands on my time, as a newly-retired fella, I figured "What the hey!"

So I set off in Ye Olde SUV, and promptly received a text message from said daughter. That's nothing unusual, of course. She has an uncanny tendancy to begin texting me as soon as I'm behind the wheel. :)

I asked Siri to read the message to me, and then told her I'd like to reply to yon message. Whereupon the phone bricked.

(For those few who may not know, a bricked phone means one thing: your phone won't turn on in any way, shape or form, and there's nothing you can do to fix it. It is, for all intents and purposes, as useful as a brick.)  Don't blame me: I do not invent the slang ... I merely repeat it.

So I motored on, arriving shortly thereafter at the show. I had one of my Navy ballcaps on, and a challenge coin in my pocket, because ... hey, ya never know. So I approached the check-in table with wallet in hand, and the nice young lady glanced at the hat.

Please note, for purposes of this discussion, that the cap has a) the name of my ship, b) a picture of my ship, and c) my rank insignia on it.

So this chipper young lady asked, "Are you a veteran?"


Several answers flittered through my mind. "No, I just like wearing the cap" was among them, but not the only one. But I restrained myself, and admitted that yes, I am a veteran.  She said, "Someone else prepaid for the next veteran who came in, so welcome to the show!"

Coolness and groovitude. 

So after chatting with the Appleseed folks, I moved on the first vendor. He had a rack full of shooty goodness: M1A, M-1 Carbine, M14, M4, Barrett .50, in both wood and synthetic stocks. Prices were quite reasonable. But with my retirement so newly-minted, I chose to refrain.

Darn it!

So I wandered further, met another sailor (USS LaSalle during Desert Storm). We swapped a couple of quick stories, as I was in the same general part of the world nearly 20 years earlier, and moved on.

I didn't see much else which would convince me to part with the green stuff in my wallet, but enjoyed what I saw. There was a decent mix of both new and used firearms, parts, and other goodies. One fella had an 8' table covered with nothing but M1A Garand parts, hardware, stocks, and accessories including a one-piece cleaning tool. I very nearly grabbed that thing, but he wanted $30 for it, and that was a bit much for an upgrade to something I already have. 

Which reminds me: I need to fire the Garand. Starting to get the itch again. :)

There was a table of Marines in the corner by the snack bar, but they all looked considerably older than I, and deep in conversation. Last thing they needed was a young whippersnapper squid like me, nosing around. So I moved on, and came on home.

p.s. Plugging the iPhone into the computer managed to get it going again, so all is well.

God's Word for Saturday, 3/17/18

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd. I always have more than enough. He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love. His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life. He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.
Psalm 23:1-3 TPT

16 March 2018

Police Blotter: Friday Follies

The captain of a fishing vessel told police that one of his crew had, against orders, returned both late and inebriated to the vessel. The crewman had, after being told several times that he was an idiot for having done so and an idiot for then arguing about it, punched his captain in the neck. The captain did not wish to pursue charges but asked for help getting the angry inebriate off the vessel.

Complaint about small humans riding small motorbikes on Steward Road. Officers this time found and identified the miscreants, and spoke with both the small humans and their parents about the laws regarding motorbike use.

Liquor Law Violation
Officer advised an extremely intoxicated man he was not allowed to enter any bars or liquor stores this night. The inebriate, after having uttered quite a few vulgarities, was led away by two much more sober and polite companions.

A most inebriated [man], 31 yoa, became increasingly combative after he was asked by staff to leave the bar due to his decidedly unpleasant demeanor, and attempted to fight with several security officers and a responding police officer. [He] was ultimately restrained and arrested on three counts of Assault IV.

Traffic Crime
Complaint about small humans zipping about on small motorbikes. Officers attempted to trap the miscreants on Steward Road but discovered alas that they were nowhere to be found.

Witnesses and video surveillance identified a man who had stolen a bar patron’s jacket and cell phone moments after the victim left the items unattended on a bar stool. The suspect, when located, denied all wrongdoing. [The man], 47 yoa, was charged with one count of Theft III.

Assistance Rendered
A driver crossing the end of the runway found herself mere feet underneath a landing Ace Cargo plane, and was quite upset that the runway gates and crossing lights had not been activated prior to the plane’s landing. Information passed on to DOT.

Suspicious Person/Activity
Officers responding to a report of a man wandering about a residence, banging on doors and windows, found a cold, wet and befuddled inebriate who had been dropped off at the wrong location and was looking for help getting home. Taxis being unavailable, an officer provided him with transport.

15 March 2018

Quotes of the Day - March 15, 2018

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a bit longer. 

Henry Kissinger

The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it. 

James A. Donald

Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence. 

Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winning economist

God's Word for Thursday, 3/15/18

With that, Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, let loose: “Rulers and leaders of the people, if we have been brought to trial today for helping a sick man, put under investigation regarding this healing, I’ll be completely frank with you—we have nothing to hide. By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the One you killed on a cross, the One God raised from the dead, by means of his name this man stands before you healthy and whole. Jesus is ‘the stone you masons threw out, which is now the cornerstone.’ Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.”
Acts 4:10,12 (MSG)

14 March 2018

Joar Leifseth Ulsom wins Iditarod XLVI (Updated)

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After years of hard work, Ulsom arrived under the burled arch in 9 days and 12 hours with eight dogs. "Awesome, fantastic, unreal," he said to a Channel 2 crew about winning.

The new truck that comes with a first-place finish for Iditarod couldn't come soon enough for Ulsom. Both tires and his rear axel fell off his truck while driving on a highway before the race start and three tow trucks were needed to bring it to a mechanic.For the estimated $50,000 in prize money, Ulsom said all of it would be going back to the dogs.
Nicolas Petit came in second to Nome and three-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey is set to come third. Congratulations and messages of support came in for Ulsom from across the mushing world, including from four-time Iditarod champions Dallas Seavey and Jeff King.

Seavey’s Facebook page lit up with the hashtag #roarforjoar while King told a Channel 2 crew in Unalakleet that he was “rooting for Joar.” "[He] has shown an air of caution that is serving him well,” said King.
2018 is the first time a member of the Seavey family has not won Iditarod since John Baker took first in 2011. King said he was "ready for a new champion, as much as I love the Seavey dynasty."
Ulsom, 31, is also the second musher from Norway to come first under the burled arch after Robert Sørlie pulled off victories in 2003 and 2005.
His victory is the first for his kennel Team Beringia and adds to his enviable record at the Last Great Race: He has started six times, finished six times and always placed seventh or higher. His first race in 2013 saw him place fourth, finish as the fastest rookie in the race’s history and win the coveted rookie of the year award.

Read the whole article here.

God's Word for Wednesday, 3/14/18

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.
2 Peter 1:5-8 MSG