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Old 07-17-2016, 01:00 PM   #61
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This week I went to an F.O.P. meeting to help start a fund raiser for the families of the slain Dallas Police Officer. This morning I got busy scraping the Fraternal Order of Police sticker of my car and truck.
 
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:26 AM   #62
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With the house closing (selling) next thursday, got a lot of organizing/cleaning/moving going on. Cleaned out the shop, 90% at least; will finish this weekend. Said goodbye last night to a lot of people that I may or may not see again before moving. Gave away some furniture that I really didn't want to move. Spent a couple hours arranging gun-related stuff in our other shop the other night to make room for more stuff soon to join it, and cleaned a bunch of brass (tumbler’s still going) that has been sitting around dirty from the range.

Had lunch tuesday with the colonel (commander) of the state police, state police commissioner, and the director of the arkansas state police foundation. Had never met the colonel or the foundation director before, but I’ve known the commissioner since before he was commissioner. Nothing really immediately tangible benefit-wise from those kind of things, but it certainly can’t hurt to be on a first-name basis with some people.


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…This morning I got busy scraping the Fraternal Order of Police sticker of my car and truck.
Strangely perhaps, I was actually debating putting a state police foundation sticker (being a donor) on my vehicle. In a lot of situations I wouldn’t consider it, but we’re pretty rural overall, my truck already has state-mandated alarm & security company info on it, and half the people in the county know me anyway, so “grey man” is kind of out the window in my situation.
 
Old 07-28-2016, 11:58 AM   #63
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Just finished packing the car......... again. Leaving first thing in the morning for the Saskatoon in Saskatchewan and the warm up match for next weekends Western Canadian Regionals.
 
 
Old 08-09-2016, 07:49 AM   #64
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Finally... sold... our... friggin... house.

Been a while coming, but it's done. Now renting temporarily while building our final house, on property we already have. New house on sloped ground with a walk-out basement that's basically set up like an apartment with living quarters and a large safe room; so we plan to rent while building the basement and live in it while finishing the upstairs. May sound an odd approach, but this way we can have the new house livable (though not truly 'finished') without borrowing anything; using just the equity from the sale. Certainly plan to borrow & finish, but it's nice to know we don't "have" to.

One thing that worked out really well for the interim is having our big shop at our business. There was a space in our warehouse that wasn't usable for vehicles due to some support columns and the way the previous owner had welded up some heavy storage support arms (on those columns) for lumber & pipe, so I closed it in creating a room about 11x18 or so, and using the welded supports was able to make some extremely-heavy shelving. Now have a ton of stuff temporarily stored in lockable, previously-unused space.
 
Old 08-09-2016, 11:37 AM   #65
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Congratulations, John. Living far from the maddening crowds is well worth the hassle. My back yard,
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:30 AM   #66
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The rain finally let up and the ground finally dried up enough that we could finally walk our property saturday, marking which trees to get rid of & such, marking the location (at least the starting corner) of the house itself, and then sat down with a family member who recently built a basement/safe-room in the area, and recalculated our building costs on the basement of the new house.

When I originally estimated it, I knew I was being overly cautious & conservative; figuring worst-case on everything. But I was off even more than I thought I was on labor costs; turns out it'll cost less than I'd figured. No idea what I did wrong at the time (several years ago), but I was off by a bunch. Which is a good thing.

Didn't encounter any snakes on the property which was also a good thing.

Found the water meter, which wasn't easy as grown up as things are now. Years ago, the family member who owned the property let a welfare-case lady live in the old house several years rent-free, and because she was on govt assistance, they actually ran municipal water (miles) to the property for her use. Don't recall if it was the county that did it, the state that did it, or who; but now in addition to the two wells and pond, there's actually "city water" on site as well. Plan is to use municipal water as primary in the house, well(s) for backup house water and animals, and rain catchment for one or two greenhouses.

No gun-stuff / fun-stuff lately, but surprisingly I don't mind at all. I'm seriously enjoying finally getting some actual progress on this project. We've had it in the planning stages for several years and it's hugely gratifying to finally get some physical traction on it.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 07:02 AM   #67
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Restarted the ‘thermos cooking’ for breakfast that I used to do. It’s been quite a while, but during our recent move I got to thinking about it, and did it for the first time in years this morning. (Really last night.)

For two people, take one cup or just slightly less of plain-old cracked wheat or barley (or whole grain instead, but my wife prefers cracked), and a pinch of salt into a "pre-warmed" one-quart thermos, fill the rest of the way with boiling water, close up & let set overnight. I do this before I go to bed, and leave the thermos lying in the sink overnight, just in case it ever leaks. (It never has yet.)

Boil a quart of water in the microwave or on the stove (takes 6-7 minutes for a one-quart measuring cup to boil in the microwave). While it’s heating up, I run hot tap water into the thermos to pre-warm it, and measure out the wheat along with a pinch of salt. When the water starts to boil in the microwave, pour the tap water out of the thermos, pour in the wheat thru a funnel made from the top of a 2-liter coke bottle. After the wheat, pour in the boiling water, cap, & let set overnight.

The thermos thing isn’t my idea; I got it from Kurt Saxon's site a long time ago, and it works awfully well. For long-term storage, I put up the whole-wheat, due to its longer shelf-life. IIRC, when I worked up the per-serving cost a while back, it was something like 8 or 9 cents to feed each of us when paying 59 cents a pound for the wheat, oats, or barley at the Whole Foods store in little rock. I’m sure it’s gone up since then, but even at double that cost, it’s still crazy cheap and very healthy.

I personally prefer barley to wheat, and my wife really prefers rolled oats over wheat or barley either one. Since oats are softer than wheat, it’s mushy by morning, and is really best-suited to shorter ‘cooking’ times than the hard grains like wheat & barley.

Also fwiw, one advantage of the harder grains is storage shelf life. The barley I used last night and ate this morning was out of a bag labeled “November 09”, so it was near seven years ago that I broke up the big bulk bag into the gallon ziploc bags that we use out of. No idea how old it was before that; probably not a lot. But at least seven years old, just setting in a ziploc bag in a container in the pantry, and still as good as I remembered it being.

There are now thermos bottles specifically made for cooking in, with wider mouths on them. I’ve bought two of them, one thermos brand and one aladdin iirc, but nothing holds the heat all night as well as the old black Stanley does.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 08:19 AM   #68
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i got my wife set up with some English tutoring classes, and she's made some friends, making her a lot happier with being here.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 11:05 AM   #69
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I've been doing load development with the .45 Long Colt this week and finally came up with a load for competition that I like.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 01:30 PM   #70
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Worked out at the gym before work,each morning the last four days.
Worked out shooting my M92,one of my Chicom SKS'S and my two Mosin Nagant Carbines(M44&T53).. but about 250 rounds downrange with the x39 stuff,300 with the x54R ...had to restrain myself from opening the spike bayonet on the M44 Tula and running amok stabbing silhouettete targets while shouting " UuRAGH!"... Almost as an afterthought,I did some hasty 7-15 yard strong hand/weak hand work with the Makarov(Bulgarian Circle 10)I happened to be packing under my shirt in a paddle rig.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 03:43 PM   #71
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I bought the CZ P-09, haven't shot it yet. Murdered Carp. Beat the Wife, the usual.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 05:22 PM   #72
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Just got off the golf course, played 9 holes with the wife. How's that old saying go "a bad day at the office is better than a good day at the golf course"? 2 problems, 1) I'm retired 2) it wasn't a good day on the golf course!
 
Old 09-07-2016, 05:46 PM   #73
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Is this an actual Browning, or one of the Argentine "FM" versions? I briefly had a full-size FM 'Hi-Power' 20+ years ago, and while it was functional, I never liked the trigger. Friend had a Belgium Browning, and its trigger was pretty awful too, for that matter.

As much as I dislike glock triggers, both of those were worse.
Sounds like a Fabrics Military(de Arms Operatives). Good guns,but like all HP's benefit from the removal of the magazine safety.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 05:47 PM   #74
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" Fabrica" and " Portatiles". Freaking autocorrect.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 06:19 PM   #75
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i did lunges with too much weight. The set I wanted to start with was in use, so I moved up 5 lbs for all 5 sets, and it was too much. Legs are sore as hell. But also did a lot of swimming with fins and that usually makes for sore legs, also
 
Old 09-07-2016, 06:24 PM   #76
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Lunges are useful training. For iron work these days,I seem to focus on Kettlebell work-Go heavy on the Russian Swings,American Swings, deadlift and squat combination. Tricky,but I just focus on the basic moves and try to get the range of motion&technique locked in as I up the weight. Burpees,bridging drills,push up&chin up variations on alternating days. Run the stairs for sustained cardio. Nothing crazy,but I try to keep it honest.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 08:36 PM   #77
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I've not done any structured working-out in a couple weeks. With the clearing of our property going on (chainsawing trees, cutting and pulling brush & briars, barbed wire and woven wire fences removed, one chicken house torn down & burned, and probably some crap I'm forgetting), on top of my normal work and rotary club commitments (our biggest scholarship fundraiser of the year comes to a head this friday), I've been staying as busy and as tired as I've been in a long time.

Been losing more weight and sleeping better than normal, though. Life's good. 😀
 
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Have a major project to do in the next month. At least two 6 wheeler loads of pea gravel for the beach area. Then at least 40 tons of riprap on the North side of my dock area to bring it up two feet then fill in with clay to level an taper back into yard 150 ft. by 20 ft. that some black dirt over that so grass will grow. Was not going to do it this year but a new house is being built down the road so I can get all the dirt for free. The riprap has to be dumped in neighbors driveway, loaded in trailer behind tractor then hauled an unloaded, placed by hand. Anyone one want to help? Two years ago I brought the hillside up 18in. One hell of a lot of work for a old man. Then starting the end of Oct. the lake is going to be dropped 10ft to dredge, that will give a chance to clean the muck out of the South side.
Neverending around here.
And I have one neighbor that disappears when work starts, know who that is? Guy called FordPerfect.
 
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...And I have one neighbor that disappears when work starts, know who that is? Guy called FordPerfect.
Would Mosins make good chinking for riprap..? Just wondering.
 
Old 09-08-2016, 05:34 AM   #80
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About all they are good for, he will never miss them! Will throw the 523 spam cans of ammo down as a base.
 
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