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CIEMR / Mornin' Gents
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:50:36 AM »
I guess it's about time I check in with you folks to let you know what's happening. I know I'm terrible with keeping up over here. Anywhere really. It has been a super busy several months since I was on here last. I took a leave of absence and spent a good chunk of the summer in Costa Rica. It was probably the only CA country I hadn't visited yet. It was gloriously uneventful and was a much needed respite from the daily. Not to mention I got to fly my daughter down with her girl scout troop for 10 days! Upon arrival home, I went back to work immediately. I am still in my position with the local PD. I took on a job at the college as an adjunct instructor for the LE academy. I mostly teach defensive tactics and physical training, but I help in other fields as well. The DT/PT portion is about 8-12 hours extra a week of work, so that is about enough as it is. The family is all doing well. My oldest boy is about an hour away at welding school. He is due to graduate in December and will hopefully go off and do great big things and be happy doing them! Weston is still cancer free, but not without effects from the treatment, which are all live withable... The rest of the crew is fantastic, all the way down to the little's and mama bear is great too! I'll try to update some of the threads I started in the Spring. We had a fantastic garden, the chicken project has kept us in protein like you wouldn't believe! There hasn't been much time for working on the trucks and what not, but things will slow down some day maybe!
Ya'll take care,
HC

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CIEMR / Re: Standing the line vs holding it
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:27:41 PM »
Not sure I?m qualified to answer this question but I can only say that as I get older I look for more ways to avoid conflict( as opposed to instigating it- and I still fail sometimes, especially in traffic). I avoid it but want to be aware and ready if it ever comes my way. 

Oh and for you Blaine.




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I would trade ?shovel and back yard? for a tractor and 75 acres! That?s awesome!


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CIEMR / Standing the line vs holding it
« on: April 21, 2018, 03:01:51 PM »
In a private room void of consequence would you admit to your inabilities? On a field of battle, drowning in combat would everyone find out anyway? The fortitude to *stand* the line comes from within. The ability to *hold* the line is more complex.

I would never minimize the sacrifice of a fallen brother or sister in arms. Those who have paid the pinnacle consequence should be revered for their service, no doubt. However, to confuse heroism and tragedy is counterproductive to those warriors who develop in their wake.

When a warrior is created, a fire burns within them. The fire is a light of the guiding sort only. Warriors are not inherently super, nor heroic. Without cultivating, the warrior is simply a dog chasing a car with no damned idea what to do once it?s been captured.

A warrior must hone their craft, not just their sword. The sharpest of swords in the hands of a novice *might* kill, while the empty hands of the master *will* kill before the sword clears the sheath.

A warrior must remain physically, mentally, and spiritually fit for combat. There is no objective test comprehensive enough to examine the fitness of a warrior. The warrior?s fitness may never be tested in their lifetime. When it is tested the results are often futile, one way or the other.

A warrior for good must remain good.  Operating unsullied by the toxicity in which they operate is a task. Whether spiritual, personal, familial or organizational a warrior will remain true to their guiding creed in the face of adversity.

It is a sobering contradiction how all at once warriors are incredibly resilient yet fragile as any other human. Choose this day which principle you will serve. Is it enough for you to stand the line... or will you prepare to hold it?





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D.O.T. / Are you tracking?
« on: April 07, 2018, 12:50:32 AM »
Modern diesel electric locomotives can generate somewhere between six and seven-thousand horsepower. They have transported millions of tons of commodities from coast to coast and they are largely responsible for the occupation and industrialization of our nation, but you can?t steer one.

Trains embark on a predetermined destination, largely automated nowadays, but fundamentally they are confined to their tracks. The proprietors of the railroad industry laid out courses of travel from coast to coast. Thusly, trains traverse the deepest of canyons and gorges, to the highest of mountain ranges. The Cascade Tunnel in the Great Northwest penetrates solid rock for nearly 8 miles in order to get trains where they need to go.

Have you laid your tracks so you can get to where you need to go?? I didn?t. I failed to lay my tracks as expeditiously as I should have. I rushed to build my train and set myself up for failure. It took me a while to realize, but I manage my failures one cross tie and eight spikes at a time. I?m not the only one. We have all been failures at some point.

Some people drive cars and can?t help but spin their wheels. Some captains struggle to keep their boats afloat, and some pilots never even leave the ground. Even in the best of circumstances each of these can easily stray because of the erroneous human element which steers them.

Trains however, don?t get lost. In absence of catastrophe, a train will remain on its tracks until it reaches its goal. Even if a train derails, the tracks continue.

Set goals and lay the tracks to your own predetermined destiny. Build your train and invite good people aboard. Embark on the great journey of life with peace of mind knowing you have laid a solid transit through trial and tribulation. If you derail, and you might, know that the track goes on and all you need to do is work on getting back on it.

In a world of Kia?s and Hyundai?s, be a damn train! It?s hard to stop a train.


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:03:02 PM »

End of build day... ready for exterior raptor liner operation


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:58:53 PM »
It might be the paint fumes but unfortunately I?m falling in love with this truck again. Its going to be bittersweet handing it off to the boy for sure. I hope he treats it right and appreciates it like I did. This ol girl has a lot of history in it!


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:51:39 PM »

Insulation and rubber flooring

Black seatbelts were on sale. Maybe a mistake? We will see.

New Dash, door panels and grille. Some are budget ?rock auto? parts, some LMC. The interior parts are a combination of red red and darker red red... I hope it will flow with the two tone red seat.


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:41:00 PM »

I was going to re-cover the old bench seat. But I picked up this 60/40 on the cheap at a swap meet. It already has tracks for the square body, so it?s just a matter of punching some new holes.


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:37:19 PM »

Started lining the interior and jams.






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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:34:33 PM »

I?m kind of using this as a primer base and blue coverer in the hard to reach cracks and crevices. Also used it to even out/darken the body filler and what not. I picked up a case of it at a discount store for $10 and I?ve always liked rustoleum stuff.


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:31:22 PM »

He says it?s cold under there!


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Build Threads / Re: The Reclamation of Blue
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:27:24 AM »

Headed for a good washing!


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Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Seems legit
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:32:49 PM »
http://theduffel.co/2HLHl5h


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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 10, 2018, 11:30:09 PM »
That buzzard scat looks delicious!

Has anyone ever heard the term bat hide to describe a $100 bill? Maybe it?s a southern Missouri thing cause these folk in Alabama haven?t heard of it. Anyway, I traded four of them for this pistol this morning. I know next to nothing about Sig pistols, even less about 1911 pistols, but for the price I couldn?t pass it up. On second thought. With a 4? barrel and external extractor is it really a 1911?



On second thought, the barrel probably is 5? but i don?t think the slide is. What the heck is this thing?
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Looks like a tacops. I have one. I love it. For showing my buddies. I wouldn?t carry it though! Your barrel is threaded for a suppressor.



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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:17:12 PM »
Isabella has been on me about putting steps on my truck. I haven?t found a set I like so I decided to build some. Only problem is I don?t have time. I found this set at a liquidation warehouse for $75 so I figured they will do for a while and when I?m ready to build my own the 1/4? flat metal mounting brackets will be a good investment as opposed to re-inventing the wheel. Because it was her that was complaining, I made her install them!



Those look like the iBoard steps that I just sold a set of. Friend bought them for me as a gift but they weren?t what I was looking for.



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Yep, that?s what they are


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Share Your Recipe / Buzzard Scat
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:57:22 PM »
I don?t know specific amounts, I always just kind of wing it depending on how much I?m making but here ya go-

Set your smoker to 200*

Quarter jalape?os long ways and lay them on a broiler grate with a bunch of green onions.

Throw some bacon on top of the greens, tent with parchment paper or tin foil to hold smoke.

Smoke 3 hours or until peppers and bacon reach desired permeation.

While it?s smoking brown some JD breakfast sausage, toss in some cream cheese and pre-smoked shredded white cheddar. Mix until evenly distributed add sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and your favorite rub seasoning ?to taste?. Let it sit and season.

Once your peppers and bacon are done cut the bacon to bits and mix 2/3 with your cream cheese/sausage mixture.

Pur?e your greens to relish and add to the dip. Might need to add more sugar at this point to taste.

Once you get it where you want it, scoop into serving platter and garnish/top with fresh green onion and the rest of your bacon.



Serve with your favorite crackers or corn chips




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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:05:13 PM »
Isabella has been on me about putting steps on my truck. I haven?t found a set I like so I decided to build some. Only problem is I don?t have time. I found this set at a liquidation warehouse for $75 so I figured they will do for a while and when I?m ready to build my own the 1/4? flat metal mounting brackets will be a good investment as opposed to re-inventing the wheel. Because it was her that was complaining, I made her install them!


I also made my infamous ?buzzard scat? dip for a fundraiser for the girls school!




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CIEMR / Too much common sense
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:27:25 PM »

Since Sandy Hook in 2012 there have been 239 school shootings nationwide. 438 of our children and school employees have been shot with 138 killed. In the same period there have been over 5,000 fires at educational properties averaging only one death a year. As many as 7,000 children are struck down by cardiac arrest each year, yet with AED intervention within 5-7 minutes some statistics show up to an 83% survival rate is realized.

We have fire extinguishers on every corner of our school?s hallways. We have automated integrated fire suppression systems as a matter of law in most educational facilities. We have AED machines in almost every gymnasium. Yet we have 17 kids dead as of yesterday. What is the difference? What is the blindingly, obvious difference about our responses to each of these tragedies?

If yesterday there had been a gas leak which led to an explosion killing 17 children, we would have put every measure possible in place in every school in the nation to make sure if it happened again, we could save more lives. If the homecoming king collapsed on the 50-yard line yesterday, 100 brand new AED?s would be donated to school districts who couldn?t afford them in his name in an effort to save lives.

Yet today we argue. Half of our nation argues about the atrocities of ?gun violence? and the need to ban guns, while the other half argues for the right to keep and bear arms and the use of them in defense of our children. Nothing changes. We will argue until things calm down and the issue will be put to bed until the next active killing incident.

A spattering of politicians and law enforcement personnel will grace our television sets for the next two weeks telling us how this must stop and how they will insure us for the safety of our children every effort to eradicate these tragedies will be employed. This line of thinking is ignorant and sheepish. You can?t stop a tsunami, you must put up a wall. Even so, there will be deaths if the tsunami is of greater force than the integrity of your defense against it.

You cannot eradicate fire. Fire will always be fire. You cannot eradicate the potentiality of sudden cardiac arrest. There aren?t always warning signs such an event will metabolize. You cannot eradicate the active killer. Until the end of time, there will be individuals with the propensity to commit violence against other human beings.

Fire suppression systems don?t prevent fires, they prevent deaths in fires. Automated external defibrillation doesn?t prevent cardiac arrest, it prevents death due to cardiac arrest. ?Gun control? doesn?t prevent active killers and it sure doesn?t prevent death due to active killers. The second amendment doesn?t prevent active killers, nor does it prevent death due to active killers, yet that is all we argue. All our efforts and energy are being focused on mitigations which would have no effect on the active killer *or* the preservation of life.

You can put millions of dollars into mental health research and social media surveillance. You can put millions of dollars into gun buy back programs and efforts to eliminate firearms falling into the wrong hands. I applaud you for your efforts and you might just save a life or two which is priceless. But if each of you put half a million of those same dollars into mitigating the risks posed by an active killer, how many more lives could we save?

If in the future next to every glass encased fire extinguisher was a ballistic shield, heroes like Coach Feis could have used to engage an active killer how many lives could potentially be saved? If instead of $500 iPads, students were issued clear vinyl backpacks with a layer of 4A ballistic Kevlar sewn into them, how many lives could be saved? If instead of imprinting upon our children and staff the potentiality of them becoming victims, we imprinted upon them the fact they are all potential weapons, how many lives could be saved? If the same amount of money spent on the football stadium was put into the security and surveillance systems of our schools how many lives could be saved? What if just like integrated automatic fire protection we had the ability to confine an active killer to a certain area of our school with the touch of a button? How many lives could we save by simply recognizing, active killers exist and the only thing we can do about it, is to prepare to mitigate their effectiveness.

The future of mitigating the risks associated with active killers is not in the failed mistakes of our past, including gun control and mental health legislation. It is not in the hands of the talking heads who sensationalize these incidents for profit with their every breath.

The future is not in waiting for legislators or criminal justice practitioners to tell us how we should handle business to save lives. To save lives, we must recognize the threat exists, identify our vulnerabilities, assess our resources to mitigate our vulnerabilities and employ those resources to their fullest extent in order to handicap the effectiveness of active killers. The rest is just political agenda and noise.


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D.O.T. / Winter driving
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:40:01 PM »
I wrote this after a day of working back to back traffic accidents after a little ice storm this weekend-

Before embarking on a wintry wonderland journey, keep these tips in mind. When it comes to winter driving, preparation and planning are key. Make sure you literally have the baldest tires available to you. The more rubber surface area in contact with the ice and snow, the better traction you will have. Think ?racing slicks?.

It is important to wait until the very last minute available before you step outside to get in your vehicle. This way you will not get distracted clearing your windows and lose track of time, potentially causing yourself to be tardy. An area roughly the size of your hand scraped off with a quarter, coat hanger, card board Dairy Queen box, or potentially your finger nails is all you need. (Pro tip-In a pinch you can use a few tablespoons of your coffee to melt a small area.)  A less common option we should mention is to hang your head out your driver?s side window. (Use caution when approaching other drivers exercising the same technique.)

Do not pre-warm your vehicles! It wastes gas and it?s horrible for the environment. While we are talking about gas, make sure you have *just* enough to get to where you need to go. The lighter load of the empty tank will make your vehicle easier to recover from the ditch or a death spin on an exit ramp.

Furthermore, When your vehicle is warm and toasty it encourages a relaxed driving experience. In the winter you need to be on top of your game. Shivering  encourages you to be more alert. Your bodies natural effort to ward off hypothermia will also literally assist in reactivity and mental clarity!

When driving in winter weather conditions, keep your side windows down to increase your peripheral visibility. Instruct your toddlers on how to monitor your blind spots for encroaching vehicles. Winter driving is a team effort.

Aggressively accelerating away from stop signs and stop lights is encouraged. You don?t want to still be in the intersection when the other dumbass in cross traffic slides through the intersection because they tried to use their brakes (more on that later). It is also important to accelerate around blind curves, braking in a curve could put you in the ditch. Curves are not your friend in the winter. Use straight roads when possible. When approaching a curve, quickly GPS a straighter route.

GPS units are required by NASA to only display safe routes during winter. Trust your GPS!! Especially if you are a truck driver... with 80,000 pounds of dynamite! If your GPS offers a route up or down a steep grade in an ice storm, it?s because the other way had a curve and the DOT has cleared the hill! NASA and the DOT are in constant communication during winter. 

On brakes- don?t use them, they don?t work in icy conditions anyway. The only time braking is advised is to check road conditions. If you are unsure whether or not you are traveling on black ice, a quick assertive stomp and release of the brake pedal is your litmus test.

It is important to not be trapped behind slower moving vehicles. You never want to be the middle pancake. Tailgate the forward vehicle while passive aggressively flashing your lights and honking your horn to warn them of the danger you are in. The decreased distance between your vehicle and their vehicle will limit the inertia of impact if you are rear ended. It is of the utmost importance that you pass these slower moving vehicles. Oncoming vehicles are required by winter driving doctrine to yield to drivers in your distressed and compromised position.

If you are ever involved in an accident, no matter the damage, do not move your vehicle. Instruct the other involved drivers you will have them arrested for tampering with evidence if they try to move their car. Take as many photos from as many different angles as possible regardless of other traffic.

Other drivers are required by Good Samaritan laws to stop and render you aid. If they drive around you, document their license plate numbers and provide them to the Traffic CSI unit upon their arrival. If a dispatcher tries to pull the ?emergency road conditions? BS on you, immediately remind them who pays their salary and what you plan to bring up the next time you are at coffee with the chief.

In the event of an accident it is always the fault of the other car that came in ?flying out of nowhere?! (This, along with testimony incriminating others who may or may not be present, should be your only statement to law enforcement, period.. oh, and reminding them who pays their salary.)

Safe winter driving is everyone?s responsibility, including Jesus Christ. If all else fails in a catastrophic pinch just close your eyes, hug yourself let Jesus take the wheel and hope for the freaking best!


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D.O.T. / Our flag
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:38:19 PM »
The Flag of the United States of America is simultaneously the most reverent of symbols and the most disrespected of symbols. If you want to poke the bear, burn the flag, turn it upside down, or have a picture taken of you wiping your ass with it. Even FedEx guys won?t have any of that!

This being said there are many other ways to unintentionally disrespect the flag of our great nation which are often misunderstood, overlooked, or down right ignored. I would encourage any individual who intends to handle the flag of our nation to study its history and to consider the following.

Our flag is a living breathing entity of Americanism. As our nation grew, the field of stars grew with it. In 1777 our first flag was resolved, ?That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.? Arguably however, it wasn?t until roughly five years later in 1782, Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress first epitomized the meaning of the colors in the construction of our nation?s seal. Thomson said, ?White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue? signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.? Our flag lives and breathes with our nation.

The flag code was adopted in 1923 but was not made public law until 1942. Although it is considered ?law?, it is not enforceable by punishment. The flag code is merely the guidelines by which our flag should be treated. By its very definition within the code our flag lives as we live and we are instructed as a matter of respect to handle it as such, guided by the code, in our endeavor to revere it for what it symbolizes.

There is, within the code, room for differing interpretations on the use of the flag as a symbol or depiction in print, however the definition of a proper flag is pretty consistent within the code-

- ?That a flag must be capable of being displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall.? The flag is always displayed with the union in the upper left corner (per code) whether horizontally or vertically. This defines the flag must be a two sided object because in order for the flag to be displayed correctly in both positions, it would have to be flipped over when changing from horizontal to vertical.

- ?That a flag must be capable of being hoisted upon flagstaff? A billboard or the back glass of a pickup truck is not capable of being hoisted upon a flagstaff, therefore these items are merely representations, or depictions of the flag. You could hoist a t-shirt or a pair of boxers up a flag, but chances are they are not printed on both sides and therefore are not a flag.

Yesterday and again this morning I found myself in debate with another individual on the United States Olympic team?s use of the flag as a drape or shawl around their shoulders after a victory. The jest of the argument was the individual would rather see it proudly draped around the shoulders than printed on a pair of underwear. I realize there is no intent to disrespect our flag in this manner (draped upon the shoulders). It is still my feeling we should not detract from the flag code as it is written and individuals representing the United States should be trained in proper flag etiquette, if they intend to display it. There are many arguments to be made for using the flag as a garment in the spirit of Americanism and Patriotism. I realize the pride in country people bearing witness to this may feel and how that feeling could be in a sense, contagious. At which point do we hold transgressions against the flag code, in the name of patriotism as going too far. Is every trespass of the flag code ok, so long as it is in the name of patriotism? Do we allow drunks to drive the last block home? Is it ok to hit your wife, just a little bit? I argue the only time our flag should be displayed as a cover, is when it drapes the casket of an individual who swore upon his life to defend it.

Is an individual less patriotic for adhering to the flag code, or more patriotic for adorning the flag? There is a story attributed to George Bernard Shaw, in which a man and woman are discussing what people would do for money. Paraphrasing here; the man asks the woman if she would sleep with him for a million dollars. The woman agrees she would. Then the man asks if she would sleep with him for five dollars. The woman becomes irate and inquires if the man thinks she is a prostitute. The man responds by saying, ?That has already been established and at this point they are simply haggling a price.?

The point here is all of our actions have a price. The flag should remain priceless and its display to standard. I would hazard a hypothesis if the athletes waved the flag on a pole after a win, the same contagious effect of American badassery could be realized and the code of our flag would remain unsullied.



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D.O.T. / THIS!
« on: February 09, 2018, 08:11:14 PM »

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Soldier Up / Re: Posture Correction
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:58:11 PM »
Interesting...(the brace, not dave's moobs)

Blaine would more back focused weight training help too?

You would think! But actually has the opposite effect. Yoga, Pilates, plyometrics, chiropractors etc... but not weight training. At least not for me


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:52:36 PM »
Planter boxes look great... what is that little critter running around there, a Welsh Shepherd? A German Corgi? please explain this mysterious creature
That is some kind of Dachshund/Labrador abomination that showed up one day uninvited and never left. I call it ?lil f?er?, kids call it Molly.


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:48:35 PM »


Now just gotta add the dirt!


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:47:43 AM »
This is my second one. Had a 4035 before and it served me well. Upgraded to this 55hp unit so momma could have a bigger cutter.


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:10:28 AM »
Got my shroom compost in!

Don?t think I showed you guys the new tractor I got last spring.
Mahindra 2555



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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 07, 2018, 09:13:00 PM »
That would be a cross between an elephant and a rhino, aka a hellifiknow!!??

Lol! This is my first rodeo! I just hope the low end is deep enough. I know my mother in law grows some huge tomato plants in 12? deep pots, so I think it will be. I have also seen some very impressive marijuana plants in less dirt than my shallow end. So I?m just going off of some limited experience for sure. This is not my subject matter of expertise... more of an experiment. The more questions I get asked, the more I wish I had done a little bit of research first! LOL


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 07, 2018, 06:52:48 PM »

Ran out of screws! Day is done!


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:32:04 PM »

Off to the races!


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Soldier Up / Posture Correction
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:23:15 AM »
https://thenaturalposture.com/products/magnetic-corset-back-posture-corrector-for-men-and-women?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIz9nO_piU2QIVhiaGCh1CUQXkEAQYECABEgI-cPD_BwE

I ordered one of these. I feel like I?m slouching all the time. Too many years of pulling my shoulders forward against body armor and packs etc. my wife is always telling me to put my shoulders back and after seeing some recent pictures I decided I needed a crutch to help correct this problem... not to mention my cricks and locks in my neck probably due to my poor posture... I?ll post some updates along the way gents. First impressions, two hours in today are good. I catch myself fighting to pull it forward and get uncomfortable. When I let my shoulders fall back correctly it?s much more comfortable... I guess that?s the point!


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Soldier Up / Re: Changed my diet entirely to be plant based only!
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:15:51 AM »
Update??


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Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:11:22 AM »
I couldn?t stand the ?bird cage? on my 10.5. Might consider an upgrade to a noveske pig or something. Keeps all the blast out front. First time I shot my issued 10.5 colt in a confined space, (mud hut hallway)I thought I had a flash bang det on my IBA. That was .556. Can?t imagine .300!



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It came that way, will look around. Have to shoot it first and form my opinions.
Plugs and muffs brother! Not for you, but whoever is beside you! Lol


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Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:59:15 AM »
I couldn?t stand the ?bird cage? on my 10.5. Might consider an upgrade to a noveske pig or something. Keeps all the blast out front. First time I shot my issued 10.5 colt in a confined space, (mud hut hallway)I thought I had a flash bang det on my IBA. That was .556. Can?t imagine .300!



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Firearms / Re: A/R Pistol build
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:52:40 AM »
Will those flip ups co-witness with the eo tech?


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:07:26 AM »
Its made out of untreated fir. going to be lined in cedar on the inside. The only PT are the posts. We are going to treat it with danish oil probably.


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Interesting

I thought for about a minute of the PT pine, then I remembered i had a stack of logs sittin' beside a sawmill I own.

Self correcting problem, and I'd so like to build a raised garden.

Well it?s not because I know what I?m doing here... I?m just kinda wingin? it... better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war I hear. It will more than likely in my mind always be a great source of cover rather than a garden!


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:36:01 PM »
Its made out of untreated fir. going to be lined in cedar on the inside. The only PT are the posts. We are going to treat it with danish oil probably.


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:03:48 PM »


Relatively level! How about that!?


So I started off the day with the wife helping out. She has absolutely zero patience for my pursuit to make the top rail perfectly level. I ended up having to lower it quite a bit, otherwise the low side was too high to work with. That really threw off my materials purchased. After the third comment from the 1/2 about it not needing to be perfectly level, just ?even? I snapped back with a, ?I think your socialist aunts are rubbing off on you?... (they are all Irish)

I ended up finishing the day by myself. Worked about 4 hours today.

The donkey poop is from my pasture. We have a donkey who conveniently relieves himself in one spot, right in front of the gate! This is the first foray into gardening, so any tips are appreciated!


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Re: Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:52:00 AM »
At the lowest point 24? deep. Soil will be a mixture of mushroom compost, organic grass fed donkey poop and top soil from the river plain. This ?wise man? built his house upon a rock. I have to truck soil in! Lol


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Farming, Gardening, and Raising Your Own Food / Raised veggie garden.
« on: February 02, 2018, 09:56:24 PM »
Setting up something like this-


Worked on it about 2 hours tonight.



Total of about 256 ft2 of garden area.


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Firearms / Re: Appendix carry (my experience)
« on: January 28, 2018, 07:05:06 PM »
I too have been thinking of going the aiwb route. I currently utilize an alien gear iwb for the .38 bodyguard on my 8:30 clock. It is rediculously comfy but I print even that small frame. I also have been wanting to carry my Shield 9 more with which I am very proficient. But sitting down in the truck with a seatbelt on is negative for comfort. Maybe I?ll look into the steel clip that can be installed on the back of the slide for a minimal holster footprint. Anyone have experience with that approach?
I hate them. Too difficult to safely reholster. Generally sit too deep for good purchase on the draw. One point of contact (the clip) allows your weapon to rotate too much for a consistent grip. Too many people carrying that way wo a proper trigger guard as well. Alien gear holsters are pretty bulky. I?d encourage you to try out a crossbreed and better cover garments. Dark colors eliminate shadows, decrease signature significantly.

When considering a ccw posture, too many people have their priorities mixed up.

1. Quality apparatus
2. Economy of time, economy of motion (drawing and reholstering)
3. Concealability
4. Comfort

Most people don?t walk around looking for guns printing. Save us, us cops and realmen. We get overly paranoid about printing and overly hung up on comfort when we should be assessing our battlespaces and gearing/training up appropriately for them.





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Firearms / Re: G17 gen 5
« on: January 27, 2018, 09:15:51 PM »
If you shoot a lot of stock previous gen triggers you could describe it as breaking through a wall, with your finger. Lots of people hate it, but I have always been of the adaptive sort... I learned to get good with them, rather than swap it out.

As for the gen 5, it?s more like a rolling disconnect if that makes sense. It?s just smoother.

I keep factory guts in my duty/carry weapons. I don?t want to take the chance on having to explain myself to 12 knuckle heads who weren?t smart enough to get out of jury duty why my gun is made to shoot better.

I can defend it on a long range bullet launcher, or an AR I built from the roll pins up so that doesn?t matter.

Glock says 5 1/2 lbs on the trigger if I remember correctly.


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Firearms / Re: Surefire xc1
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:23:46 AM »
Well, I?d say I have banged it around more than most would. It found its way into a salt water pool at a buddy?s house... while on my person. There?s a story there.


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Firearms / Re: Appendix carry (my experience)
« on: January 26, 2018, 11:11:52 PM »
Raven concealment eilodon (sp?)


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Firearms / Re: Appendix carry (my experience)
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:46:50 PM »

Elodon?


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Firearms / Appendix carry (my experience)
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:33:06 PM »
I am roughly 18 months in to appendix carry. I felt it was necessary as I am training more civilian ccw carriers these days and the prevailing trend is toward AIWB carry.

Initially I hated it. After roughly 1000 presentations over a two week period I decided it was time to venture out in the public with my gun jabbed in to my pelvis. You really gotta find your pants that ride a little high, because the low slung Levi?s are less than desirable.

I fought with it and cussed it on 6 hour car rides and we finally decided about a month of EDC that it was going to work out.

Honestly I hate that I like it. It?s nice having it right there in your work space and not printing off your hip when you bend over. It conceals just as good really and honestly speaking if you are disarming to use the facilities, you can just unsnap and leave it in the holster. I added a step to my reluctant re-holster, where I take a half step back with my strong side leg and it effectively removes my femoral out of the line of fire.

To clear cover and present from appendix is stupid fast. From day 1 I could put rounds on paper just as fast as clearing and drawing from 3:30?sh. At the end of my transition period I was nearly a half second faster. My traditional duty draw has not suffered either like I was concerned about.

I?ve evolved... give it an honest effort. You might like it!


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Firearms / G17 gen 5
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:11:48 PM »
I am roughly 1500 rds down range on my new gen 5 g17. I really like this gun. I?ll tell you the added features like the enhanced trigger and the flared mag well really make the weapon, over previous generations. I don?t consider myself a firearms aficionado or anything, but I like them to run.

If you will believe this, my biggest concern is that it hasn?t malfunctioned yet. I generally like them to malfunction a few times in the first 2-300 rounds and then clear up to none or one every 500 rounds or so... 1500 round count today... no malfunctions... is it broke in?? Are they about to start??



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Firearms / Re: Surefire xc1
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:03:13 PM »
Figured I?d give this a bump as me and Bobby were talking about it the other day. Been carrying the xc1 every day for almost two years now. I?m ashamed to say I just realized I haven?t changed the single triple A battery she runs on as a matter of preventative. (Honestly I didn?t realize it?s been this long!) secondary to that I don?t often use its light for much other than clearing my house when I know I?m the only one around coming home to a dark house! Good training!

Here?s a couple pics of light output in an ambient light zero environment...

An excellent way to gather full scene information with a WML, given that most ceilings are white, is to cast the light from the ceiling. This is also my  recommended methodology when seeking out the bumps in the night of your occupied home.

Here is the light focused on the wall-

As you can see the light beam is clear and free of hot and cold spots. For a bulb roughly a cm in diameter the technology in the beam is tremendous.

I?m pretty certain surefire will develop the first light saber available on the civilian market.

Reach demo-


Bobby was looking for a review, but I just don?t have much negative to report on this light. If I could complain for someone else, I would say it needs a better system for constant on... but as it?s designed for a CCW weapon, I can?t think of a situation where I would be doing dynamic low light room clearing with it...


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Parenting / Re: Teach a kid to shoot
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:08:47 PM »

Then was time for some evening exploding target fun! That?s my 17yo behind the super vepr off my back deck!


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Parenting / Re: Teach a kid to shoot
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:06:57 PM »
Yes


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