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May 24th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted in The Boy, The wife and I

Made it in one piece, had some turbulence on the puddle jumper we took to Denver but otherwise it all went well.

TSA was very polite, helpful and got us through quickly (I’ll give credit where it is due).

Now visiting with family, that is all.

You Know You’re a Parent When…

February 10th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in ramblings, The Boy, The wife and I

… a friend of mine said that his job was driving him bananas and my wife and I both said “Did someone say ‘bananas’?”

Yeah, kids programing has taken over the DVR.

And apparently this blog too….

Hanging with the Jellies, Part 2

February 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in pretty pictures, The Boy, The wife and I

Hit the zoo yesterday with the wife and the offspring.  The boy is growing in leaps and bounds and becoming quite determined when he sets his mind to something.

Yesterday morning we had him in his walker and he was trying to go through the doorway and get out of the bedroom where we were keeping him contained.  To keep him in the room we had placed a floor fan in the doorway and had it on for circulation.  Matthew came up to the fan, saw he couldn’t get around it and decided to ram it – and managed to move it about an inch.

He still wasn’t able to get out, so he backed up a bit and hit it again, which moved it a little further but still not enough that he could leave.  So, he backed up about two feet, which made me think he was going to go some other direction.  He wasn’t.  He then moved as fast as he could and rammed the fan at full speed!  At that point I decided to step in and pull him out of his walker before he got a really good run at it and broke the dang thing.

Stubborn kid.

Anyway, we hit the zoo and went to the aquarium where this time Matthew stayed awake for the sharks.  As you can see, he thought they were pretty cool

We also hit the jellyfish again.  Quite a difference from the last time.

Mathew then

Matthew now

They grow too fast.  Everyone told me that, but now I know for myself

Intuiton Get Your Gun

October 20th, 2011 | 7 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, The wife and I

When the wife and I hit Austin we acquired a Ruger SP101 for her with a deal that was too good to pass up, namely – we bartered for it (cue the exploding heads at the Brady Bunch).

Anyway, she is now thinking of getting one a bit different and with a smaller frame that fits her hand better.  To her, the Ruger is just a bit too large and slightly heavier than she likes so while we were over at Charlie’s the other day she started looking at the pistol case while I headed to the gunsmith to find out why my Browning’s slide had jammed up on me.  I had been cleaning it and when I put it all back together and attempted to rack the slide it went half way back and stopped which resulted in me using words that are not acceptable around small children, but lucky for me it was his nap time and he was upstairs. (Turns out that there was no reason, they got it working again and charged me nothing for the service).

Once the guys in the gunsmith shop had worked their magic, which took them less than five minutes, I met up with her and our son Insight near the revolvers and had a very nice talk with the man behind the counter who showed us a number of very sweet pistols.  He talked to the wife about calibers, safety features, and how to see if a gun fit the hand and took his time to talk to her instead of the common mistake I have seen (mostly with buying cars) where they talk to the guy like you are making the decisions for her.  As he showed her a S&W Model 60 he mentioned on of the nice things about it is that if you crack it upside someone’s head they WILL feel it, which I thought was a good side note on that particular weapon.

In the end, she has narrowed it down to two weapons, though I might point out a third one to her.

The two she like are the S&W Model 60

I like the 60, it’s a good solid pistol without too many frills and has a very comfortable grip to it.  Since it’s a .38 and she is a new shooter the recoil would be manageable while still giving her some stopping power.

Plus, the J frame would give me a tax write off since I would be using it to fit for grips.

The other one is the S&W Bodyguard .380

The nice thing about this one is the size.  I have never shot a .380 but since Breda uses one I will not make the common mistake of saying something stupid like “That’s too small of a round to stop a mouse!”  Mainly because Breda would shove a boot up my ass, but also because any bullet can kill you if you know how to shoot.

The one I would add to the list is the Sig P290

This one is pretty much just like the .380 when it comes to appearance, but the 290 shoots 9mm which fits me just fine, one less type of ammo to buy.

In the end though, it’s her choice so I’m just going to shut up and hand the guy the money.



Happy Anniversary

October 8th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in The wife and I

Happy Anniversary to my wife, best friend and partner.  I knew you were the right one from the beginning and time has just proven me right.

You and the boy are the best things to ever happen to me and I hope that every day I can be the man that you deserve.

Following the Meme

September 20th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Sharp Pointy Things, The wife and I

Breda showed us hers, and so did Neanderpundit, North, Weer’d, and JayG (who is also Kilted to Kick Cancer so give him some love and donate) so I guess I’ll do it too.

Here’s the knives my wife and I carry at all times, her’s is the smaller one.  We got them for each other as anniversary presents three years ago when we were in San Francisco.  Romantic, yes?

UPDATE – Mike W whipped his out too