March 23, 2018

She's Back!

Brigid is back up and blogging again at Home On the Range.

She writes good stuff.  You should be reading her words.

March 12, 2018

Had To

I've been trying to stay away from any online debates or discussions about firearms, gun control, etc. simply because I'm tired.

Intuitively, I know that nobody is going to change anyone's mind, and the two camps couldn't be further apart on the issue.

But today I saw a comment that was just begging to be replied to, so I did.

As usual, it was a rehash of the same tripe we always hear about the AR-15 platform, and included the "these are guns used in warfare, and shouldn't be available to non-soldiers".

So, I replied:

"What common characteristic do my Remington 700 bolt action rifle, my Mossberg 590 12G pump shotgun, and my 1911 .45ACP pistol share that my AR-15 does not?"

When (if?) she replies, I'll inform her:

"The first three are all, or have been,  used by our US Military in time of warfare.  The latter never has been, and never will be."

February 27, 2018

Still Got The Skills

One of the perks of living as close to my office as I do is that I can walk home for lunch, eat something from the fridge, and walk back to the office and still be under the hour duration of lunch break.

Today, I was headed back to the office when I came upon a lady, probably in her 60's or so, who was walking her dog.  Dog was a puppy of some mixed breed, and quite rambunctious as puppies are wont to be.

At any rate, the dog saw me, and excitedly lunged, pulling the lady off balance.  I tried to grab her as she fell, but she still managed to whack her forehead on the sidewalk fairly solid.

Her forehead was lacerated, nice sized gash that needs stitches, and was bleeding fairly well, as head injuries do.  I grabbed some gauze from my IFAK (you DO have an Individual First Aid Kit that you carry on your person, right?  RIGHT?) and put pressure on the wound.  Helped her gently to her feet, and took control of the dog by taking the leash.  I offered to call her an ambulance, but she declined, and a quick down and dirty neuro exam revealed no deficits. 

I walked her to her car, grabbed some facial tissues she had handy, and added them to the gauze.  The bleeding was stemmed with the direct pressure, so I wasn't terribly worried.  Normal pulse and skin color, etc.  Just a significant gash to her head. 

I pointed her to the nearest Urgent Care clinic, gave her my business card that has my cell phone number on it, and offered to train her dog for her. 

It's been 10 years since I worked on an ambulance, but it's nice to know I still have those old paramedic skills when I need them.

February 15, 2018

Five Easy Steps

Over on the Book of Faces, an associate of an associate of mine is making the usual arguments for banning guns in the wake of yesterday's tragedy in Florida.

His comment:
"Jeff, what we should do is repeal the Second Amendment, have a mandatory buy back of most guns, outlaw the sale of most guns, and develop an import inspection program that would keep most guns out of our country."

I slept on it, because I'd had a couple beers last night and I know better than to get into internet discussions after drinking.  This morning, I wrote my reply:

OK. That's simple. Five easy steps:
First, get 2/3 of both houses of Congress to pass a bill that proposes repealing the 2nd Amendment.  Have the President sign it.   
At this point, you haven't done anything to reduce gun violence. 
Next, get 3/4 of the states to ratify the amendment. 
Still haven't done anything to reduce gun violence.  
Third, get another bill passed that makes possession of any firearm a federal offense. 
Still haven't done anything to reduce gun violence. 
Fourth, call for citizens to turn in any gun they own. 
Still haven't done anything to reduce gun violence.
Finally, mobilize the FBI, BATFE, state and local police agencies, and every other law enforcement office you can find (some of whom are pro-2A/civilian gun ownership) -- those law enforcement agencies that are well known for their restraint and professionalism in the face of violence (/sarcasm) -- and have them go door to door all across America, every house and apartment, searching for firearms.  You'll have to go to the homes of some 80+ million gun owners, searching for and seizing all firearms.  Ignore that pesky 4th Amendment while you're at it.  It's for the children, right? 
A great number of those 80+ million will refuse to comply, and you'll have to use force to get them to comply. Force that will, undoubtedly, turn deadly. The results will be bloodshed on a level this country has never seen before. Cops and citizens alike will be killed, all in the name of your objective. 
That's all you have to do.

I've yet to hear a reply. 

February 5, 2018

Today is a Good Day

Woke up this morning and just to make sure I wasn't dreaming, I checked the local news station app on my phone...

Yep, Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the Eagles and their backup QB.

Today's gonna be a good day.

January 31, 2018


Ya gotta hand it to 'em: Putting a Kennedy politician in front of a camera to bemoan a "system that is rigged towards those at the top" was a pretty bold move.

Took stones, that.

January 25, 2018

Southwestern Chicken Noodle Casserole

This time of year brings cooler weather, obviously, and thus the desire for warm, hearty, comfortable food.  Having a few different items in the fridge/freezer to quickly heat makes dinner time easy, and variety is the spice of life, after all.

Earlier this week, I put the following together, and it turned out pretty decent, actually.

Southwestern Chicken and Noodle Casserole

Get a couple chicken breasts (boneless and skinless) and plop them into the crock pot with some water and a bouillon cube or some chicken stock.  I started with frozen breasts and left the crock in the fridge overnight, to buy myself some extra cooking time.  

Turn the crock pot to low heat, and let the chicken cook for a few hours until cooked through and easily shredded with a fork.  

Remove the meat, and reserve a bit of the liquid (save the rest to pour over the dog's kibble... dry kibble tastes bland).  Chop or shred the chicken, and return it to the crock.  

Add in a can of Cream of Chicken Soup, about 4 ounces of shredded "taco cheese", and half a jar, more or less (more), of 505 Southwestern Green Chile salsa.  Stir well, and put back on low heat until warmed through.

Meanwhile, cook a big pot of egg noodles until _just_ tender.  Do NOT overcook the noodles.  Drain the noodles well. 

Mix the noodles in with the chicken and salsa/soup mix, and enjoy.  

This freezes well in plastic "Tupperware" type containers.  


January 23, 2018

Cast Iron

Weer'd has a post up on his site about a company making Cast Iron cookware the old fashioned way.

I've got my cast iron, which I use frequently, and can't justify the expense of one of these new skillets, but if you're in the market and of a means to drop solid coin on solid cookware, give it a look.

January 22, 2018

Glad That Wasn't Worse

Worked rather late into the evening on Thursday, and woke up Friday feeling a bit sick.

Nothing horrible, just a mild fever and a cough, bit of body aches, but decided to exercise a bit of caution and I took the day off work.  If it wasn't anything, then so be it, but if I was actually coming down with an illness, I certainly didn't want to risk spreading it around the office.

Spent most of Friday and Saturday holed up.  LOTS of fluids, a few naps, and orange juice and chicken soup by the gallon.

Feeling normal now, and I think maybe I dodged a bullet.  Probably just a bit of a cold, but certainly not the flu that's causing a lot of folks a lot of frustration.

There's something to be said for living alone and not being a very social person: I don't interact with many people, which means the risk of catching whatever illness they might have is mitigated to a large degree.