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  1. Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone! I sparred last night, and caught a knee with my shin, and quickly realized I need to buy some new shin pads! My old ones were deteriorated after 20 years. Wow, is my leg sore! On the plus side, my instructor asked if I would attend a seminar with him, which caught me a bit by surprise, since I haven't been back into it for long. I have a feeling I will be overwhelmed, but that's OK. Oh, and Sunday is my annual 5K trail run. Oh, boy... I thought I would take the time to show a picture of my instructor, Dan Distelhorst. At 74, I have a high level of confidence he can still take me.
  2. Our first australian shepherd figured out quickly that we wanted my oldest kept away from my in-law's stairs as a baby and would herd her away. No, we never did any herding training, purely instinct and intelligence!
  3. We currently have another border collie and a jack russell, so she'll have company. It looks like the border collie is going to be strong with her, since she is already "herding" her toys into a group.
  4. Most everyone who cares probably knows I have my day job and a part time job behind the firearms counter at our local Gander Outdoors. That has been keeping me fairly busy, but life is likely to get busier for awhile. As far as hobbies go, after my guitar instructor passed away unexpectedly, I decided to go a different direction. I earned my 1st Degree brown belt in Kenpo in 1998. At the time, I was working to establish myself as an attorney, raising two daughters under the age of five and trying to become the best medic and NCO I could be in the National Guard, so something had to give. Kenpo was one of the things that gave. I've decided to go back and attempt to earn my black belt. At 53 I am sparring, practicing and trying to get back some of what I used to have. For reasons I can't explain, I also agreed to adopt an eight week old border collie-german shepherd mix from a shelter. Meet Rosie, the newest member of our clan. Named such for any number of female figures, real, fictional and archetypal. She is a happy, confident and very busy puppy, and is keeping me busy!
  5. I will admit I've never read the book. As for what I would go with, it depends heavily on whether I would plan staying in place or heading elsewhere. If I am planning on staying in place, it becomes a matter of just stocking as much ammo as possible for what I have. Priority going to .22LR, 12 GA., .223/5.56, 9mm and .38/.357. If I am planning on driving somewhere, then I want to simplify as much as possible. I agree with UB that using a pistol and carbine with common ammo makes sense. One of the reasons a Beretta CX-4 Storm in 9mm is on my list of most wanted. Common ammo and common magazines in a common caliber seems like a good thing. Someone with a Glock or Ruger pistol could grab up a Ruger PC9. Otherwise, as much .38/357 as I can carry for rifles and revolvers. A Mossberg 500 (or an 870) with multiple barrels (18", 28" field barrel, rifled barrel) could pull multiple duties with the right ammo. Some variant of a 10/22 with as many magazines and as much ammo as possible. If, for whatever reason, I anticipate the need to be on foot. Then the pistol carbine idea is even better, perhaps with a 10/22 as many magazines and spare ammo as I can get, along with a Mossberg 500 Persuader with a spare field barrel, and birdshot, rifled slugs and some size of buckshot would just about be all I could carry. I need to ponder this more, though.
  6. I have a cousin who was married to a guy my older brother went to high school with. Joseph Ucker. He went by his middle name, Mark, for obvious reasons if you say it out loud. Evidently if he got called to the office in school they would use his first and last name, much to his dismay and the laughter of all the students. Something he couldn't really help, but in college I considered joining ROTC. We didn't have an ROTC unit on campus, so they would have paid for me to take classes at another school down in Columbus. When I called to inquire, the commander answered the phone "ROTC, Major Dick speaking." I couldn't speak for fear of laughing. I hung up.
  7. http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/(The_Man_from_U.N.C.L.E.)_-_UNCLE_Custom_Pistol
  8. Not necessarily in that order...
  9. Reminds me of Ed Wiseman. https://www.thegazette.com/2014/01/14/marion-man-battled-a-grizzly-and-lived
  10. Not the best opening scene, but one of my favorite character introductions, ever:
  11. I think it is far superior to The Onion, and I like The Onion
  12. My first book on the subject!
  13. That would be a good way of putting it, but I think it does over-simplify just a little. It keys in on the harmony aspect of Daoist thought, but one really needs the perspective of their view of Confucianism and Buddhism to help flesh it out. I learned about The Vinegar Tasters while I was still in college and just beginning to explore Daoism. As a student of eastern philosophy and religion, and, I suppose, as a Buddhist, it is one of those fascinating allegories that has stuck with me. As an aside, in glancing at the small bookshelf I have sitting on my desk I count seven books on Buddhism, Zen in particular, Daoism, meditation, and the like, with a number more to be found elsewhere. More than I have history books sitting on it. Granted, I have more history books total by a large margin, but you get the idea.
  14. I was getting ready to say, it's "The Vinegar Tasters!" It is supposed to be an allegory to represent three of the major Chinese philosophies, Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism: https://www.taoism.net/sanctuary/books/vintaste.htm
  15. We're probably all better off that I don't!
  16. For the record, "Serenity" is the ship's name. It is a Firefly Class 03-K64 Transport.
  17. We are unable to sell to residents of certain states because of their state laws. Did she buy from a private seller? I didn't see that in the article.
  18. What are the laws of Colorado regarding purchase of a long gun by out of state individuals? I'm pretty sure in Ohio we can sell to Florida residents, and certainly other states, but only long guns.
  19. I will keep the two of you in my thoughts and meditations.
  20. Because you're too busy gawking at cameras?
  21. We had a magistrate here that flew the Wild Weasel variant. He didn't talk about his experiences much, other than in the most general terms. He did say he decided practicing law seemed to be a safer profession.
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