One of the silver linings in the COVID-19 stay-at-home protocol is that we have time to pursue trivial matters that previously would have been preempted by more important things like…well, don’t ask me. I’m retired; I can pursue all the trivial matters I want, at any time. But, perhaps you aren’t that fortunate, but you… Continue reading A minor diversion…
My mom’s iPad recently cratered. It wasn’t a huge deal, since it was a hand-me-down of my 1st generation model, and I replaced it with another hand-me-down of my 2nd gen tablet. I was able to coax it to life just long enough to wipe it clean and destroy the SIM chip, and I planned… Continue reading Shooting an iPad: It’s what we do.
I recently took possession of a 1960s-vintage 12 gauge single-shot shotgun, formerly owned by my father-in-law, who says the gun was shot only a few times. This was partly because the unchoked barrel made the gun pretty uncomfortable to shoot, but he also wasn’t a hunter. So, the gun has been rusting away in a… Continue reading Contest! Turn this shotgun into yard art!
One of our local TV stations posted a link on Facebook to its report on the decision by Midland Park Mall to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns on its property. It’s unclear whether these are new signs, but the mall’s policy and the station’s spotlight on the signs are drawing the reactions you’d expect… Continue reading Concealed Carry at the Mall? Not in Midland, Texas.
After almost a year of fearful contemplation, and thanks in no small part to a bit of cabin fever (it’s been really cold for TWO DAYS!), I finally worked up the courage to mount a sling to my Henry Golden Boy rifle. If that doesn’t sound all that courageous, then you’ve never seen that beautiful… Continue reading Slinging Henry
I’m a sucker for sculptures constructed from found objects. Are they art? I’ll leave that debate to those who know what they’re talking about, but I find such pieces to be a pleasant addition to my environment, and that’s all I demand from my art. I also like the idea of making something whimsical for… Continue reading Studebaker Fish: The Backstory
This is the first in what I hope will be a periodic – if not regular – series in which I share, well, two things. Each pair may or may not have some relationship to each other; it’s possible that the only thing they have in common is that they happened to catch my eye… Continue reading Two Things
Around the same time that Janie was qualifying for her Concealed Handgun License (CHL), Debbie and I were taking the renewal class. Texas CHLs are generally good for five years, but through a quirk in the scheduling and the way our birthdays fell, we got only about 4½. So we found ourselves at Gaylene Stansberry’s… Continue reading Concealed Handgun License Renewal
George over at Sleepless in Midland has run across an interesting tidbit: it’s legal to openly carry a handgun in California as long as it’s unloaded. At first glance, this seems like a senseless legal right. As I mentioned in a comment on George’s post, carrying a hammer would actually be a better choice than… Continue reading Unloaded Open Carry (UOC): What’s the Point?
A story for those who hang Christmas holsters instead of stockings.