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April 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments | Posted in It's all about me, Pass the ammo

So, I went shooting the other day with my dad. The original plan was to go with my brother too but since he is studying for his Lt. promotion board we ended up deciding to meet him at the range and he would just catch up.

I brought the 1911 and the LCP figuring that since the LCP is new and I haven’t shot it that much I should get some more time with it and since dad reloads all his brass shooting the 1911 is relatively cheep especially when you are using wad cutters instead of FMJ or JHP.

Things started off just fine. Had a new set of grips that I made out if Teak for the .45, two new 8 round magazines (don’t want to make the liberals scared of my excessive number of rounds), and a new magwell I was trying out. All was golden and glorious right up to the tenth round.

That’s when it happened.

Pulled the trigger and instead of BANG there was ‘click’.

Now when it happened I will admit I first thought misfire so I waited a moment to make sure it wasn’t a slow burn, dropped the mag and ejected the round. What came out was a very dirty looking casing. The outside was black but otherwise it looked normal. I assumed (wrongly) that the ejector hadn’t grabbed it and tossed it out which, if I had been thinking, I would have realized if that was the case I would have been dealing with a mis-feed and the slide would have tried to grab a new round.

I showed it to dad and he said something about the round not being crimped enough and needing to have a look at his reloading equipment when we got home and I went back to my lane not thinking anything more about it.

It was when I put the magazine back in that I realized all was not right with the world. The round wouldn’t chamber.

I STILL wasn’t thinking squib, and I should have since I have read about them plenty of times, instead I was thing ‘magazine not seated’ ‘bad magazine’ and even ‘bad round’ or ‘dirty feed ramp’.

After trying a different magazine and checking the feed ramp I grabbed my dad who immediately called an end to range day and we headed home to see what was going wrong. Once we had it stripped there it was, jammed just far enough in the barrel so it couldn’t be seen but enough that another round would not load.

According to our gunsmith, he thinks the round didn’t get any powder and was all primer.  Dad is going to have his reloading equipment checked by the manufacturer and the round was extracted from the barrel with no damage.


Moral here, I guess, is never take anything for granted and pay attention to your ammo and your weapon.  I should have realized all was not right when the ‘click’ happened.  My initial thought of the cartridge not be ejected from the last shot couldn’t be right because the pistol wouldn’t have been cocked.

I wasn’t expecting a squib and when it happened I didn’t follow the signs that were right in front of me.  That’s when bad things happen – pay attention to the signs.

Amoxicillin – 0 Ear/Sinus Infection – 1

March 11th, 2013 | 4 Comments | Posted in It's all about me

Yep. You read it right.  Just like the famous Rumble in the Jungle, George Foreman (played by my Amoxicillin) was handily beaten by Muhammad Ali (played by my infection).

The drugs came out strong and swinging hard, after day 3 it seemed that the infections were on the ropes. By day six I was feeling pretty dang human again.  Like Foreman, the sheer power of the antibiotics seemed to overwhelm the opposition, but alas, this was just part of the ear infections rope-a-dope tactic and because of that I ended up back at the doctor again today with the ear and sinus back in full blown infection mode a mere three days after finishing my antibiotics.

So now we have a new contender – Cephalexin – which is a “wide spectrum antibiotic’ which I take to mean “doesn’t give a crap what it kills” kind of drug.  It has apparently killed everything living in my intestinal tract and is now moving on to the rest of my body.

With all this going on, looks like I am off the workouts for a few more days.  Gonna wait till Friday, see how I feel, and if I’m good then back to the running and weights.  If it’s still no, then I’ll wait till Sunday.

Yeah, this kinda sucks.  Again.




March 2nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted in It's all about me

Because I was sick on Sunday and Monday, I took those as my days off instead of my normal Thursday and Friday.  Thankfully though I had already scheduled Saturday off as vacation, so at least I had one day off instead of having to work ten days through.

So, today I had to pack in two days of work into one day.  I began by cutting the sail for some wind chimes I am making.  I have already cut the suspension ring, the clapper and the copper tubes for the chimes so the sail was the final part.  Since I am trying to get them into a local pet store that sells higher end stuff, I decided to do a cutout in the center of the sail of a Golden Retriever.  Once that was cut, I oiled it all up and then used the rest of the morning to clean out the garage and run a bunch of stuff to recycling.

While returning from that I swung by Target and got the boy a new car seat.  He hasn’t outgrown the one he has, but I figured while the money was here we should upgrade him to one that becomes a booster seat later on so we don’t have to worry about it.  Got home, put it together and got it set up in the car – he was very impressed with it and kept playing with the cup holder by putting his sippy cup in it and then taking it out.

Once that was finished I pulled out the pattern that I am trying to make for a set of 226 grips and continued cutting things, re-cutting and then (for one part of it) starting over when you realize you measured wrong.

After that, it was off to the parents to have a visit.  Matthew especially wanted to see the horses – as you can tell


After that, home with a very tired and cranky boy to have dinner and put him to bed.

Still have five days of antibiotics to take, and I’m still hacking up stuff, but I’m feeling more human now.  Think I may take a walk tomorrow.


Not Feeling It

February 22nd, 2013 | 6 Comments | Posted in It's all about me

Actually, what I am feeling is a fever.  Workout is on hold, wind chimes are on hold, grips are on hold.


Here’s this for you instead.


Thanks for the emails and comments, got into see the doc today and I have done a trifecta of infections, namely – ear infection, sinus infection, and the crown jewel – PINK EYE!

Yep, I’m just all kinds of special to manage this one.  But as my dad always told me “Go big or go home”

Now I’m going to take some drugs and go quietly die somewhere.

So Maybe My Wife is Right

June 3rd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in It's all about me, webstuff

I do read pretty fast

Give it a try for yourself


H/T Ace of Spades

We’re Back!

June 2nd, 2012 | 3 Comments | Posted in It's all about me, ramblings

Well, honestly we have been back since last Wednesday but since then I have headed back to work, been working on more grips and enjoying being in a place where the temperature and the humidity are NOT the same number.  To those of you living in the south and in Ohio – I still don’t know how you can go outside in the summer!  YECH!

I learned on our visit that even though I am not in the shape I would like to be I apparently still have the ‘Death Aura’ since a person (who shall be called Dick) who had no problem making threats at my Father-in-Law, screaming insults at my Brother-in-Law, and also threatened my Sister-in-Law’s boyfriend – as well as throwing things at him – had no desire to meet me face to face.

I had to go by where Dick lives to drop off my Mother-in-Law (she is staying with him – long f**ing story) and when I got out of the car he was glaring out the window.  When I looked back at him he dropped the blinds and wouldn’t come out like he did with the others. To be fair, my wife said that I had a very evil grin on my face at the time.

Shame really, I was looking forward to him doing something stupid to make me laugh.

In other news, grip progress was recently slowed to a crawl when my bandsaw blade snapped.  I had purchased a new Bosch blade for it and learned that Bosch apparently means “won’t cut shit” because not only did it try to just burn it’s way through the wood rather than actually CUTTING, the blade then snapped at the weld spot.  So, I have three new ones on order from Amazon that got very good reviews. When they get here I have a lot of work to do.

Matthew is walking now.  He started walking while we were in Ohio so the in-laws got to see him take his first real steps. He is very proud of himself for it and is so excited about all the things he can do, so much so that he doesn’t want to go to sleep and is upstairs raising hell from his crib right now.  Kid is stubborn – must get it from his mom – yeah, that’s it.

And finally, I have learned that my Access-Fu has grown weak over the years.  I am having to do much reading and research to get my database up and running the way I need it.

All this and in 32 days the website launches…. gulp.