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Another Mouth to Feed

June 30th, 2011 | 6 Comments | Posted in Furballs

I headed outside tonight to throw some last minute items into the garbage bin before pickup in the morning and to wheel it all out to the curb.  As I accomplished the second part of my task I heard a meowing from near the neighbors trash bin and when I looked over I saw two tiny eyes and a patch of white fur peaking from under their bin.

When I went to get a closer look this little guy came out and began rubbing up against me like I was his long lost friend.  As I petted him I noticed he was not only thin (I could feel his ribs) but he also had some fresh cuts on him and no collar or tags either.

Since I wasn’t sure if he would let me take him inside I decided I would at least set out a bowl of food for him and some water.  I really shouldn’t have worried about it though because as soon as I got to the door he walked in like he had lived here all along.

The other cats didn’t seem to appreciate his presence though.  Misto hid, Wicket hissed and ran upstairs, Cooper sniffed at him and then hissed and backed off, but Zane, our cat who has no fear of anything, sniffed at the new guy until he got hissed at and then he just backed up and laid down like “It’s OK, I’ll stay over here so we can still talk”.  He even tried to bat a toy over to the new guy so they could play ball – the gesture wasn’t returned though.

We have decided that if we can’t find the owner of this pretty boy we will keep him and name him Quigley.  As of now Quigley is up in the painting studio with some wet food, some dry and a big bowl of water and seems to just be happy to be away from the great outdoors.  Zane is hanging out near the door wanting to hang out with the new guy, and the others are looking at us like “Why did you let that one in here?”

I hope we can find the owner, but I get a strong feeling that we have another mouth to feed from now on.

**UPDATE**

Quigley is hanging out in the painting studio right now to keep him away from the others.  When I walked in he was curled up on the shelf near the window enjoying the sunshine.  He barely moved but it was more out of being comfortable than anything else.  He drank about 1/4th of the water we put out for him (I refilled it) and has eaten some of the dry and wet food too.  Seems like all he really needs is a steady supply of food, a good brushing (and a bath) and a neutering which will cost $85.00

**UPDATE 2**

Well, no microchip and the vet says he’s about nine months old.  Handled the drive really well but is now conked out under the easel.   Guess it’s all up to the fliers now

Freedom isn’t Free

My mom sent this to me:

We must never forget who deserves the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be
eternally grateful.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He’d stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers’ tears?

How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free

On the ‘Do Want’ list

June 28th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in It's all about me, Sharp Pointy Things

Separate from the Armory list is the ‘Do Want’ list.  Most of the things on this list are either survival/ camping items or general thing that I see and start grunting and drooling over.

So, as a hint to the wife for Christmas I now present a few of them.

Maxpedition Fat Boy GTG I like the left side carry version. Or, I guess I could get the right side version and just carry it on the left.  That would put the keys on the front rather than the back and the water bottle would be in easy reach.

Since I shoot either hand, if I have it in the bag it’s fine and If I have in on my right hip the bag isn’t in the way.

The other good thing is that it has room for the kids bottle, a diaper or two as well a snacks and extra ammo.  Yeah, I know ‘baby gun blogging’, be glad I haven’t stuck in any cute baby pictures yet.

Next up is more of a survival/ camping item, the Trailblazer Axe/knife combo.  I’m very much a dual use kind of person and this axe does that.  Hammer on one side, axe on the other and utility knife in the handle.

I like that feature because it means you have three tools in the space of one, and an extra knife is never a bad thing to me.

So, there they are, the beginnings of a “do want” list that isn’t about weapons.  Well, kind-of not about weapons… a little.

Sporting Some Wood

June 17th, 2011 | 2 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, work is good

Went down to to Stock Building Supply today and grabbed me some wood.

For those who might remember, I mentioned in an earlier post that I was thinking of making my wife some grips for her pistol.  Well, that’s what the wood is for and so I picked up a linear foot each of African Padauk and Jatoba.

The Padauk has a wonderful red color to it that I think will work very well on its own as the entire grip, or also as an accent wood to a grip.

The Jatoba on the other hand is a very nice chocolate brown color that will be great for give the grip a nice classic feel with a rich, dark color to it.

In either case, though, both of these are VERY hard woods so if this takes off I’ll probably start looking for a bandsaw to help make my life a lot easier.

I’m a Denier

June 16th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Humor. HAR... HAR!, Libtards, webstuff

H/T to Borepatch who is smarter that ten Whos plus two (saw this in a comment over on Six’s site)

What I learned

June 15th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in work is good

I work for a major wireless communications company and the other day they decided that we all needed to see the new and current products that our manufacturers were providing us so that we could better describe and sell them to the customer.  Now, you would think that would mean a little hands on time, some question asking, and generally a real ‘hands on’ approach to the whole thing.

You would be wrong.

Someone decided that would take much too long and instead set all the vendors up in one large room, we were all shuffled in there by team and then given five minutes at each vendors table so they could blast out as much info as possible before the people running it blew an airhorn and told us to move to the next table.  Yep, speed dating with cell phones.

When each vendor has multiple phones with different features and capabilities I’m sure you can guess how much information they were really able to give us.  Not a lot.  Then as we were hurried to the next table they would shove some swag in our hands as we hurried on.

You want to know what I retained out of it all?  Blackberry gives away Frisbees and that goes well with the sunscreen Kyocera was passing out.