Monthly Archives: February 2006

Feb the 24th: Friday!!!

I am charging my phone, to max capacity.

Why?

Because today is the 24th, and I have 692 minutes left to burn, before 7:00 PM tonight.

So, if I have your number, prepare for a call.

Actually, don’t hold your breath. If I was any good at making phone calls, I wouldn’t have 692 minutes left, would I?

And a few more things

One of the things I’ve neglected to post about, is I finished another book a few weeks ago. It was Garet Garrett’s: The People’s Pottage. Anyone who’s read Bastiat should read this. Garet Garrett was born in Illinois in 1878, and by 1920 was a renown financial and economic writer. As Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented his New Deal, Garrett saw through the rhetoric and lofty language, and saw it for the marxian revolution that it was. He saw the methods the Executive was using to establish, by quiet revolution, an empire, to replace the constitutionally limited Executive. At many points in the book, I found myself saying, “Hey, they are still doing that today!!!”

The People’s Pottage is comprised of three essays: 1944’s notable political monograph The Revolution Was, 1951’s ExAmerica, and The Rise of Empire, written in 1952. Together, they form a “real-time” analysis of the breakdown of constitutional limits on Executive power, destruction of our stable currency, and the erosion of freedom in this country. It is particularly poignant, because he can describe what freedom was, before it was twisted and trodden by the ever-expanding new government and bureaucracies.

Having finished that, I moved on to Dueling With The Sword and Pistol : 400 Years of One-on-One Combat, by Paul Kirchner. It is 480 pages of glimpses into people’s lives, snapshots of what they thought important enough to defend with their lives. There have always been quite some interesting characters running around, some base scoundrels, some noble gentlemen. Often, you did not find out which was which until you saw them in a dire circumstance.

One of the things that struck me from these stories, was how absolutely shocking it was, in the old days, to treat someone rudely. Character, honesty, and integrity were so highly cherished and sought, that if one were to proclaim that someone lacked any of those attributes, it was an offense worth risking mortal combat, in order to prove the offender wrong.

How different it is, now, with insults being traded without care, between total strangers, and no one cares.

I’ve had to take a bit of a break from Dueling to read Man of the Family, by Ralph Moody, before we return it to my sister. This book follows directly after Little Britches, as Moody’s autobiography of growing up in the wild west, in the early 1900’s. He teaches us life’s lessons, true values, and honesty, as he learned it, growing up with the teachings of his good parents.

And lastly, Kendo practice tonight was excellent. We only had about 14 people total, and only, I think 3 people below Dan-rank: me, a fellow at 3-kyu, and a beginner in bogu, but without rank. This permitted us to all pair up, and practice non-stop. Very tiring, but very good for conditioning and development.

Attempting to tie up some loose ends

I keep thinking of stuff to blog about, and then forgetting it by the time I get to a computer. Rather than continue to not post any of it, I will now, officially, attempt to recall something worth posting.

  • Last Wednesday, the 8th, not the 15th, I was awarded with an official AUSKF certificate for having earned rank of 6 kyu. Although it sounds cheesy, it was delightfully satisfying to go forth, be presented with my certificate from sensei, and back in the applause of my fellows at the dojo.
  • As of December, I’ve been using my credit union’s online bill pay service, every chance I get, in the hopes of winning $30,000. They are running a contest, where if you use the service at least 10 times, you get one entry, plus one entry for every bill paid, up to 20, for a total of 11 possible entries. The contest runs from Dec through the end of Feb, so I’ll find out some time in the next few months of my efforts to save stamps and time by using online bill pay have paid off big.
  • While being treated to a very delicious lunch by a salesman the other day, we were priviledged to witness an accident, right outside the resteraunt window. The resteraunt was on the corner of an intersection metered by stop signs, and a fellow was attempting to back into a parking spot right outside our window. For a reason that will only ever be clear to her, a woman pulled out of a gas station across the street, and drove right into the rear of the fellow’s car. Luckily, it seemed she hit his rear wheel, as his car was undamaged. Her minivan suffered a bruised bumper.
  • It’s raining again, but with the 2 or 3 weeks of sunny warm weather we had, the interior of my car seems to have dried off, just in time to get soaked again. I need to get a car cover, or something, to keep the rain out. I now keep a squeegee and absorbant chamois thingie in there, so that I can wipe the water and steam off the inside of the windows, but it’s a lot of work to maintain visibility.
  • I was surprised to see Cindy mention the Seahawks a while back on her blog. I thought I was their only fan, but it makes sense, because she’s in Washington, after all.

Well, that’s it for today, I’ll think of more stuff to forget about later on.

Copy cat strikes again!

Blogging is much easier when I do not attempt to come up with new subjects to write about, but instead, steal ideas from people such as my enemy, Kim.

And so doing, I took the Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You? quiz, with the following result:

Gifted and studious, you willingly approach the perils ahead with the help of your talents and friends.

I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Oh well, guess you can’t win them all. At least I wasn’t one of the losers from that Lord of the Rings book.

I did quite well

This Saturday past, I competed in the local high-power rifle match. 50 shots fired at a bullseye 200 yards away, with the bullseye being replaced with one smaller and smaller for the last two strings of 20 shots. Score is determined by where within the bullseye the bullet lands, for between five and 10 points, plus the bonus X if the shot lands in the middle. Shots landing outside the 5 ring are misses, for zero points. Total points possible: 500.

I finished 2nd place in my class! Second place prize is $6 in gun club money, redeemable for goods or services at the club.

My score of 411 points, with 3 X is a personal best. I attribute some of this improvement to the shooting mat I won, which was given to me at the match. It made for a much more stable shooting platform than the old carpet I’d been using. If I shoot consistently at this level, then I’ll need to get a shooting jacket and glove to better my score. Those help the shooter remain steady and still while shooting, for increased consistency, shot to shot.

I’m not sure I compete often enough to warrant the purchase of those items, though. So hopefully, I’ll win them this year!