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Old 12-22-2016, 01:51 PM   #141
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Had a follow-up appointment with the oncologist Tuesday; the tumor was roughly twice the size they thought it would be, but in addition to it being benign, all looks good on the nerve recovery as well. The tumor's size made it attach to (and stretch) a couple nerves in my neck & throat, and he had to scrape the nerves clean after removing the bulk of the tumor. No guarantees yet, but he said that in a month or so I should have full facial-muscle recovery and in two months I should have feeling back on the right side of my head.

The return of feeling would be VERY welcome - a big part of the right side of my face is numb, like your cheek is after leaving the dentist. It's weird to not be able to feel my right ear and the area immediately around it; things like not feeling the water on that side of my face when in the shower etc. It's weird & disorienting sometimes. The first night I slept in bed several days after the surgery, I twice got woken up by weird rustling/scraping noises - sounded like overgrown squirrels rushing around in the attic. First time, I couldn't figure out what it was, but was tired enough & drugged enough to just go back to sleep. Couple hours later, same thing woke me up again; weird sound like attic critters or something, but couldn't place it initially. Finally figured out what it was - the blanket had gotten up on my ear, and was rubbing & rustling on it. Was confusing & disorienting at first because I couldn't feel it on my ear.

The doctor's very confident-sounding that it's just temporary.
 
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Old 12-22-2016, 03:18 PM   #142
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It will heal ok, just give it time. Three years ago I had cancer surgery on right side of face, slowly getting back to normal, they had to take a lot out. Scars look kinda bad yet. At my age scars don't matter.
 
Old 12-22-2016, 03:33 PM   #143
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If your confident about your Doctor, and he's confident about you, all you can do is hang in there.
 
 
Old 12-22-2016, 04:09 PM   #144
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Very confident in him; guy literally "wrote the book", six textbooks published including the head & neck cancer textbook most-used by medical schools worldwide. I'm not a fanboi of most doctors nowadays, but this guy is great.

http://doctors.uamshealth.com/profile/?pid=331
 
Old 01-24-2017, 01:23 PM   #145
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Broke ground (finally...) on the new house. Signed the final bank paperwork Friday afternoon and went to the property with the backhoe on Saturday morning. There were two trees left in the way, both ~30 footers. Knocked down the first one, and was in the process of doing the second one when a hydraulic line broke on the backhoe.

So we turned a little dirt with a shovel, just so we could say we finally "broke ground"...

New hoses on order; all good.
 
Old 01-24-2017, 02:39 PM   #146
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Been trying to check the legalities of our Federal Order of Police Lodge holding a Gun Raffle. Not quite sure if we can swing it with a retailer.
 
Old 01-25-2017, 06:42 AM   #147
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When we've done them, to avoid the hassles of actually giving away a gun, what we did was to simply work out an arrangement with a local gun shop ahead of time. We'd get the total price of the gun (including sales tax), and the winner of the raffle was handed a no-cash-refund gift certificate from the gunshop in that amount.

Worked out well for everybody. No "gun sale" legal issues for us, the winner could either instantly swap the gift certificate for the listed gun (it would be in stock ahead of time so we could display it as the prize) or put the gift certificate toward whatever he wanted in the store if he wanted something else. The gun shop was covered because they not only still had the gun in their possession, but we'd also already paid them for the gift certificate.
 
Old 01-25-2017, 09:10 AM   #148
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When we've done them, to avoid the hassles of actually giving away a gun, what we did was to simply work out an arrangement with a local gun shop ahead of time. We'd get the total price of the gun (including sales tax), and the winner of the raffle was handed a no-cash-refund gift certificate from the gunshop in that amount.

Worked out well for everybody. No "gun sale" legal issues for us, the winner could either instantly swap the gift certificate for the listed gun (it would be in stock ahead of time so we could display it as the prize) or put the gift certificate toward whatever he wanted in the store if he wanted something else. The gun shop was covered because they not only still had the gun in their possession, but we'd also already paid them for the gift certificate.
Thanks, John. I talked to a FFL holder and that's how we'll do it. {FRATERNAL Order of Police} I've got Federal on the brain for some reason.
 
Old 01-31-2017, 07:14 PM   #149
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Today turned all the wheelweights and other lead into nice clean ingots, not sure how many, helper lost count. At least he works cheap!
 
Old 02-02-2017, 07:59 AM   #150
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In 1 hour, I'm off to the new indoor pistol range in town for the first time. At $30 per drop in I don't think I'll be there a lot, but it breaks up the winter months
 
Old 02-02-2017, 11:39 AM   #151
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Winter's a pain. I can tough the cold and snow and shoot on my land, but the nearest indoor range is 50 miles and it too cost $30.00 an hour. 10 yard range is the maximum distance for shooting. Forget it.
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:44 PM   #152
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There is 5 indoor ranges fairly close, am a member at one but do not like it, to confined inside.
 
Old 02-04-2017, 07:41 PM   #153
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PSA had complete AR pistol lowers on sale for $139 last weekend, so I snagged one with the idea of gradually cobbling up a .300 blackout pistol. Should be a lot of fun when my mystic-x gets released; it's been almost five months now, so probably another 1-3 months to go. Plenty of time to piece-meal a pistol build in the meanwhile.
 
Old 02-05-2017, 09:06 AM   #154
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Hit a gun show yesterday with a friend who is just starting to reload, I helped him spend $800.00 on kit. I had fun, plus I bought a Lee .45LC factory crimp die.
 
Old 02-05-2017, 02:29 PM   #155
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I'm guessing that the magazine safety was still present in both guns?? That generally contributes to the bad trigger.
 
Old 02-27-2017, 04:59 PM   #156
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Ordered a Trijicon MRO. My best red dot optic so far has only been a Vortex Sparc (old pre 'Sparc-2' style), and most of mine are lower-end like TRS-25's & such; and wanted another good one. It hurt, spending that kind of money on a red dot; but I've never had a real 'top tier' example before and am looking forward to it.
 
Old 02-27-2017, 06:13 PM   #157
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Three day's of Spring like weather, so I hiked my fool head off. I had an old Ruger 10/22 that I was shooting to the left about 1 1/2" at 25 yards. I took a lucky swing with a mallet and got it shooting on target again. Shot 80 or so rounds out of my Colt Series 70 that's been a safe Queen since I bought the Glock 21 and experienced CZ mania. Then watched the temperature drop 40 degrees and a freezing rain mixed with snow hit. Back to Winter.
 
Old 03-01-2017, 01:40 PM   #158
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Just finished building 800 rds of .38 Spl. Now I've got 3,800 ready for this season. In the next month or so I need to build at least another 1,600 rds and then I'll be good till the end of October.
 
Old 03-03-2017, 10:28 AM   #159
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Picked up another free bucket of cast-off wheelweights from a local tire shop; 104 lbs. Based on past experience, should turn into 75-80 lbs of usable lead for casting; or 4,200-4,500 bullets at 124-125 grains.

Makes five, five-gallon buckets of wheelweights sitting back there now to go through. Between the buckets of wheelweights, the ~400 lbs already gone thru & cast into clean ingots, and the bullets I've already cast, it translates into around 40k bullets' worth of lead on hand, figuring 90% of it going to 9mm/.357 and 10% going to .45 caliber. Makes several years' worth of handgun bullets I don't have to buy, other than the few jacketed ones I purchase for heavy-magnum and Casull loads.


Also got (I think) my final range layout figured out with the help of google earth. Big part of my thoughts was to keep it away from the house for noise reasons; gotta keep mama happy...

The 150-yard line (between the house and the berm/backstop) is right about 375 yards from the house, with thick woods between them so it won't sound like a war zone at the house. Shooting longer range will put the shooter closer to the house, but I rarely shoot further than that. Most shooting will actually be done much closer to the berm, meaning substantially further from the house. Plan on using some of the large round hay bales stacked two-high as the base structure of the berm, with dirt covering them after positioning.

Won't be set up any time soon ; still doing foundation work on the house.
 
Old 03-11-2017, 04:10 PM   #160
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In the middle of building another 800 rds of .38 Spl for Cowboy Action
 
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