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August 31, 2015

Cleaning up the bureau

It’s often joked that alcohol, tobacco and firearms should be a convenience store and not a government agency. I call my basement the bureau because it’s where I keep my beer fridge, humidor, ammo locker and gun safe. Anyhoo, spent the last couple of days getting organized:


After my safe bleg, I settled on a Browning. I like it. Two things, first being I should have spent the extra $500 for the next size up. Everything fits but it’s snug. Second, they make rifle racks or the door with a cut out for scopes. These are not set up for 16 inch ARs. I had to move the rack because I mostly have AR-15s.

Picked the safe up at The Knoxville Safe House. Good people and do recommend. They answered my questions on fire ratings and explained the pros and cons of interior and exterior hinges.

Speaking of mostly having ARs, if one is none and two is one then this is some number. Math is hard:


Top to bottom: Colt 6920 FDE, Colt 6920 Gray, Junior’s Gun, the 12 incher, and a 7 inch dedicated 22LR suppressed.

August 19, 2015

Hazel the rednosed pibble

So, this is our nightly routine. Whines to get me to play:

August 03, 2015

Gettin’ wiggy with it

Those that saw me at the NRA convention noticed and made fun of my long hair. But, I had a plan. I was donating it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths, which makes wigs for cancer patients. So, here I am before the festivities (with some help from Junior):




And the final result.


Junior is also going to donate but she wants to have long hair after, so she’s growing it a bit longer. I told her I’d race her.

July 16, 2015

Increased water reserves

Sorry for the quick and out posts lately. But I’ve been busy building a thing:


July 06, 2015

Heard around the house

Hey, Junior, you’re famous on the internet again!

But that’s an old picture. I really need some new ones.

June 21, 2015

Grainger County ‘maters

This is one of my favorite times of year. Sure, the weather is hotter than the flames of Heck, where Fluffy went. But it’s that time when one of East Tennessee’s greatest foods is in season. Grainger County tomatoes:


Most of the local and, even, chain stores carry them. I just put salt and pepper on them. If you’re ever in this area, try them.

May 03, 2015

SCAD Sand Art Festival

From Savannah. Cool looking castle:


Some sort of critter:


Another castle:


Jabba the cat:


A face:




May 02, 2015

Savannah, GA

Except for the occasional McStore, the downtown is quite lovely. And lively. I guess local people want Panera and a Starbucks.


I had a Sazerac. It was delicious. Note to self: get some absinthe.


The kids loved the Pedicabs:


He doesn’t look mad at all:


The house we rented had a sundial that was accurate:


There were lighthouses:



Every picture of a dolphin anyone ever takes:


The kids posing in front of George Washington’s cannon:


3 dozen oysters. Challenge accepted:


Some hippie:


February 22, 2015

Snow daze

With the kids out of school due to icemageddon, we had a lot of down time. And the kids got bored. So, I was showing them things to do with cards, like building a house of cards, throwing cards, and tossing cards into a hat. After a couple of attempts at house building that ended in collapse, my son went and got tape to put them together. Then, I showed them tossing cards into a box. My daughter tried it. But my son grabbed the entire deck and tossed all the cards right in the box.

At first, I was disappointed he was cheating. Then I realized it was also pretty smart.

He is a little rules lawyer.

January 29, 2015

SIRT Initial Impressions

I snagged a SIRT when they were on sale for $199. Anyhoo, I’ve put about 200 “rounds” through it today and I like it so far. More later. But, as the kids pointed out, it’s the greatest cat toy ever.

I’m trying to figure out why they come with eye protection.

January 28, 2015

Heard around the house

Me: If you don’t get your homework done, I’m going to crack you upside the head.


Me: No, that’s hyperbole, which you should be learning about right now.

January 25, 2015

Heard around the house

My dad came by to grab some homemade kimchi and Junior was doing her homework:

Poppa: What kind of homework are you doing?
Junior: I need to do a limerick.
Poppa: Want some help?
Junior: Sure
Me: It better not involve a man from Nantucket.

January 09, 2015

The president came to town

Well, through it, mostly.

But he came here to push free college for everyone, which is a myth. Because someone has to pay. And he celebrated manufacturing innovations. He pushed education and manufacturing while shutting down a couple of schools and a couple of manufacturers for the day.

As he left, the plane flew over our house. The Mrs. got the kids so they could see Air Force One fly over. Junior looks up and says: “Why are you so excited. We didn’t vote for him”

December 28, 2014

Why didn’t they have these when I was a kid?

My nephew let me shoot his BOOMco. Rapid Madness Blaster:

Man, how toy guns have evolved. And fun.

December 24, 2014

Notes from Christmas

It’s kind of bittersweet. My daughter, who no longer believes in Santa, is helping me play Santa.

December 08, 2014

They have questions

So, last weekend, my dad gave a little piece of rolled up foil. In it was the first tooth I lost as a kid. Today, more than a week later, my son, out of the blue, says “So, how did Papa get your tooth from the tooth fairy?”

I told him to call Papa.

November 17, 2014

Saw this sign in the restroom of the local Asian joint

At Oriental Cuisine:



November 13, 2014

Heard around the house

My son: Do you have an extra mouse?

Me: It’s in the office, by the desktop computer, under the monitor.

Son: What’s a desktop computer?

Me: *explain*

Son: What’s a monitor?

August 25, 2014

All done

Spent part of the weekend loading with a helper:


Got that work done, I mentioned. And more.

June 22, 2014

Light blogging, getting sued

One of my neighbors likes to let her chihuahua run loose. It charges other leashed dogs with seeming regularity, based on the complaints I’ve heard since finding out I was getting sued by her, and a number of other neighbors asking about me about getting sued. Anyhoo, apparently her dog running loose is my fault because, it turns out, the new dog doesn’t care for Mexican, when it’s growling.

June 18, 2014

Sorry for the lack of posting

But Junior turned a decade today. Kind of a big deal. Busy. Talk amongst yourselves.

June 15, 2014

Happy Fathers Day

The Mrs. made me crab California rolls and wrote “dad” in sriracha:


June 13, 2014

We mustache you a question


May 20, 2014

Heard around the house

Me: Does taking earplugs to a concert make me old?

Wife: Yes.

Blogging later, going to a show.

April 24, 2014

Don’t see that every day

Mentioned before how I have a carpenter bee problem and I tend to thwack them, or have the kids thwack them, with a tennis racket. Well, I really tennis elbowed one and didn’t see the body corkscrew to the ground and thought ‘da hell?”. Then, I look at the racket and see this:


This creeped the kids right out. It was still buzzing.

April 21, 2014

Instant libertarian, just add capitalism and bureaucracy

So simple kids get it

Couple of weekends ago, our neighborhood had a garage sale. We set out to rid our home of various useless crap. Being neighborhood wide, we had hundreds of people come through. Junior gets the brilliant idea that, since these shoppers are in the hood for a long time, some of them must be thirsty and they’ll buy lemonade. She makes up a pitcher and sells out quick at a $1 a pop. On her second pitcher, I introduce some reality:

Me: So, for every lemonade you sell, you know I get fifty cents, right?

Junior: What?

Me: Well, you’re using my water, my lemonade, my cups, my sugar, my table, my chair and you’re on my driveway.

Junior: But I’m doing the work!

Me: With my stuff.

Wife: Oh stop it.

Me: I’m just trying to teach her something.

Junior: Oh.

Me: And you’ve got to pay taxes. I’d figure if you’re selling it for an even dollar 8 cents or so should cover sales tax. Then F&E taxes. And income taxes. Plus you probably need a permit and an inspection to make sure there are no cooties in your lemonade. And you’ll probably have to buy some sort of approved device for maintaining the lemonade at a safe temperature.

Junior: It’s called ICE.

Me: Yeah, but it melts.

Junior: That’s stupid. I’m keeping the money.

Me: Good girl! But you’re still paying me.

Junior: *evil stare*

April 01, 2014


When it comes to kids, a parent’s job is to teach them things. A lot of times, we teach them things they aren’t interested in, like teeth-brushing, how to take out the trash, how to make their own damn sandwich (I’m looking at you, son). Other times, we teach them things because they express an interest in it. Such as I did when my daughter said she wanted to shoot and I bought her her own pink AR.

Some hand-wringing, bed-wetter thinks that giving my kids guns and involving them in the learning process is overkill because . . . well, I’m not sure why. It’s not articulated. I’m guessing because some guns are scary. I’d think a supposedly on prepping would realize that teaching my kids useful skills that could come in handy some day.

Need has nothing to do with it. My daughter does it because she wants to.

March 29, 2014

Show me how

In prep for this pic, we took this one:


March 22, 2014

When it’s heavy, adjust

Hers and his:


At age 7, I got Junior her AR. My son reminded me that he is now seven and was wondering where his AR was. I asked what color he wanted and he said green. Coincidentally, I had one. So, I gave him my Colt. Now, I need my own AR. And I’ll probably get him a different sight.

Photo by Oleg Volk.

March 18, 2014

Women don’t need an AR-15 because ARs are too complicated

Said Noted Gun Expert Joe Biden once. Well, don’t tell her.

Remember, I do this to entertain me, not you.

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