Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It truly is the people that make the difference

I've been reading blog roundups from folks who were at the NRA convention.  One thing that everyone has mentioned was the people.  And that's one thing that has struck me at both blogmeets and even in this larger group.

Bill at Eastern Iowa Firearms Training I think says it best:
But what I really enjoyed most was meeting some of the personalities that I read and comment on in the gunny blog world. Quite honestly, they were – without exception – the most welcoming bunch I’d ever met and virtually all conversations had the touch and feel of long-time family friends.
 Gotta say I feel the same way.  We've got quite the tribe. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NRA convention recaps have been interrupted by this meme....

The Shekel started it here.

Here's my contribution with the quote from Ambulance Driver....  More NRA convention stuff tomorrow.



Monday, April 28, 2014

NRA Convention--Day 2--The Meet!

After the Shooter Self Care class and lunch with some friends who live really close to us, but who we only seem to meet when we're either out of town or going out of town, we met up with Karl and Mrs Ushanka for some meandering around Broadripple before the Big BlogMeet that Old NFO put together for Saturday night.  Mr. B had met Mrs Ushanka before, but this was my first time--really nice lady.  It was a nice time with some very interesting conversations and we got to make a stop at the famous Broad Riplle Brew Pub for some home-brewed root beer and the most delicious fried cheese curds I've had.

Then, The Main Event....  The folks in attendence were the Who's Who of The Blog Tribe (partial list below).  Additionally, Don the Avid Reader and Kerry, (formerly known as 'the Lurker', but who shall heretoafter be known as 'the Kilted' were there).  I'd seen Kerry at the Self Care class earlier and was glad he was able to make it to the party.  Hadn't seen Don in a couple of years and, though was sorry to hear about his health issues, was really glad he decided to come out.

Being just a blogger at the kid's table of the cool kids' world, I was, however, able to keep (mostly) from Girly Squees of Joy at meeting some of the people who were there.  I usually sit in a corner and people watch, but tried to change my modus operandi and get out and introduce myself and chat with old friends and now, hopefully, some new ones.  Old NFO was busy running around and making sure that the food and drink kept flowing and the crowd was fairly mobile, going from the room with tables to the room with beer, pop, and pizza.

I was lucky to be able to chat with Larry Weeks from Brownells for a while about the trials and tribulations of buying a firearm while being female (little lady, you don't need that single action SIG P238, you need this snub nosed revolver that's going to rock your world so you'll only want to shoot it once).  Very nice man and really interested in people and their perspectives.

I'm hard pressed as to who to give the prize for Quote of the Night to either Ambulance Driver or Kerry the Kilted.  In a short discussion about our host, I said, screw the Dos Equis guy, Old NFO is the Most Intriguing Man in the World.

Ambulance Driver, in AD style, responded with:  "Before he goes to bed at night, Chuck Norris checks under his bed for OldNFO.".  

In a later discussion regarding kilts and the accoutrements worn underneath, Kerry, with a smile, says "The only thing I wear underneath my kilt is lipstick...  "

Paint me with woad and call me a Scot, I'm truly appreciative of Men in Kilts.  Kerry and Linoge (one of the folks for whom I was barely able to resist the Girly Squee of Joy when meeting) were both rockin' the Utili-Kilt.

I could really go on at length about the conversations I had (I really enjoyed talking with Kerry towards the end of the evening--hadn't had a chance to do that before), but I don't think I could do any of it justice since it was a moving target of subjects and people involved.  Part of the problem is that most everyone has two names--their name and their blog-handle so keeping everyone straight is kind of interesting.

Roberta live-blogged a partial list here (added with links below).  Additionally I saw these folks (and this is not nearly everyone, even with Roberta's list).
Old NFO-the Host with the Most
Murphy's Law
The Shekel
EMS Artifact
Dennis of Dragon LeatherWorks
DaddyBear and Girlie Bear
Kathy Jackson (The Cornered Cat)
The Scribbler of Scribbler Scrawls (and Scribbler the Elder)--Serendipity struck more than once meeting you both!
Slow Facts (ETA to change name and add link)
ETA:  Keads!

ETA: Don, the Avid Reader

ETA:  Kerry (the Kilted)--email me--I didn't get your email addy before we took off!

From Roberta's post (some with my comments):
     Danno of Sandcastle Scrolls
     The Smallest Conservative
     Linoge
     Larry Weeks (!) of Brownells!
     GayCynic
     Tam Keel
     Turk Turon
     The Miller
     Mr. B.
     Midwest Chick--that would be me....
     Erin Palette--glad we got to meet in person!  I'll give Brigid a hug for you when I see her next.
     Ambulance Driver
     Matt G
     Mad Saint Jack
     Don Gwinn--very nice to meet you!
     Eric Wenthe
     The Jack
     New Jovian Thunderbolt--Yes, you were there, yes you had a good time!



NRA Convention 2014--Day 2--Shooter Self Care Class

Day 2 started with Kelly Grayson's Shooter Self Care Class.  He was helped by EMS Artifact a.k.a. Too Old to Work, Too Young to Retire and Murphy's Law--Old NFO also threw in words of wisdom regarding the history and usefulness of some of the items that came up.  The collective knowledge contained in the room was impressive.

I did learn a few new things and I think the triage portion was very important--things that look like they are important may not be and things that look inoccuous might have caused extensive damage.  I'm not sure I will ever get the 'liver picture' out of my head--no, I wasn't the one who hit the floor.

There have been lots of changes in "conventional wisdom" since I took a first aid course twenty years ago for my first professional job (the science is always settled you know).  What was once bad, is now the first resort, and moving blood around and around inside a body is really important.  Annie looks a lot different too....   I also learned that two minutes of chest compressions is a really, really long time.

It was very nice to get some pointers from Bill at e.IA.f.t.  regarding tourniquets and the best way to put one on yourself.  Also, as Kelly said, practice until it's muscle memory, the same as with any firearm drill.

Kelly thanked a few folks and I'd like to add mine to that:  Thanks to Larry Weeks from Brownells (a super guy) for snack foods and other items, Craig Gray from Bound Tree Medical (helped cut down the cost on the great pack that I'm debating on either putting in my range bag or taking to work), and Jon Kavanaugh at Franciscan St. Francis Health Center for providing a great place to hold the course.  If I ever need a hospital and I'm anywhere close to Indy, I know where I want to go for care.

The other participants were also great--one of the INGO guys was there and we got to chat for a bit.  Gotta say, I am lovin' men in kilts--more on that later.  It was four hours, but dang, it flew by.

After providing some items that I always carry with me to help someone regain their equilibrium, Mr B and I took off for downtown to meet some friends for lunch.


Craig Gray from Bound Tree Medical, Larry Weeks from Brownell’s, and Jon Kavanagh from Franciscan St. Francis Health System - See more at: http://www.ambulancedriverfiles.com/2014/04/26/shooter-self-care-class-after-action-report/#disqus_thread



Sunday, April 27, 2014

NRA Convention--Day 1

Hey there!  I'm going to play some catch-up from this fantastic weekend!

Day 1:
Met up for breakfast with Old NFO, Bill from e.IA.f.t., Murphy's Law, and The Shekel.

Then it was off to the show.  Two things quickly became apparent:  1)  Murph and Shekel did not listen closely as I related my experience when learning how to drive a stick shift back in the day; 2) I really, really need to update my nav on my phone.  The whirlwind tour of most of south Indy is chronicled here and here.

Gotta say that Murphy's Law can really drive since I was making some very interesting moves through town as the GPS is screaming for us to U-turn while Mr B is trying to orient his 30 year old memories of the area with how it looks now and get us on the right track.  But they stuck to us like there was a tractor beam on my rear bumper.  And we actually got there!

Quick meetup with the Kool Kids and then it was off to the floor to look at all of the interesting items.  Holsters, firearms, knives, optics, even jewelry.  Oddly enough, one thing that was in short supply at this convention was the ubiquitous booth babe.  There were a few, but while we chatted with people, the women at most booths knew and used their respective products.

As we wandered, we came across Kathy Jackson, author of The Cornered Cat.  Very nice lady and I have recommended her book to a lot of women who either carry or are thinking about buying and carrying.  She really goes into issues that are important to know about before deciding to carry a firearm--the fact that a firearm does not create a magical forcefield that makes bad guys automatically go away.

We also met the Scribblers--father and son bloggers (ETA link) as well as John Richardson from No Lawyers--Only Guns and Money.  Sometimes these chance meetings are the best!

I finally brought Mr. B to the Darkside at the Benchmade booth where I was able to buy him a belated birthday present.  He'd never before found a Benchmade blade that caught his fancy, but found the 9500BK--Mini-Auto Stryker.  They were also doing free laser engraving so he got his name on it as well.

Mr. B got a couple of pendants for me at Wilderness Mint--they are synthetic corundum, meaning they are idential chemically to natural rubies and sapphires but are lab created.  They also have a great supply of Mt. St. Helens set gemstones.

Last but not least, we also found the A.G. Russell booth.  Mr. and Mrs. Russell are truly fantastic folks.  I receive the A.G. Russell catalog and I get to drool over their offerings every couple of weeks.  Mr. B bought me one of their Odin's Eye (it is now residing on my keychain) as well as a surprise that he gave me at dinner--the A.G. Russell Sting3 (Tam told me this morning that it is one of their most famous knives.).

We got a few other items about which I'll blog later, after I get a chance to  look at them a bit closer and maybe take some pictures.

It was a very full day--started great with some wonderful people.  While the items we got were cool, the conversations we had with people both by chance meeting or who were working really made the day special.  But we went to bed early so that we would be ready for Kelly Grayson's Shooters' First Aid class on Saturday morning.

More later!!



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Buh bye Firefox

When the term inclusive actually means exclusive or inclusive only of 'approved thought', then it's time to take whatever action I can.  So I have punted Firefox on the home computer  and will do so at work tomorrow as well.  I went with Pale Moon for now but someone over at Borepatch mentioned Midori so I'll be looking at that.  Pale Moon written on Mozilla Open Source, but it's not a Mozilla product as far as I can tell.

I have a feeling that the Mozilla people are quite surprised at the reaction from their purging of those who do not fall in lock-step with their approved agenda.  Liberals generally feel that lip service and lighting candles are actually actions.  Conservatives and those who actually believe in free speech and freedom of association will be removing all Mozilla products from their computers. 

Because the main difference is that conservatives take action, real action, and back up their words with those actions, we don't just light candles.  And the thought police can bite me.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

For anyone who rides or has ridden.....

Thinking of Borepatch and Uncle Jay particularly.... 

Mr. B used to ride but business kept him from being able to fully GO!