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My New Hobby

30 Jun

A few weeks ago I got a Gopro Hero 3+ camera for my birthday. Since then I have been playing with it in a bunch of different ways. I put a mount on the dashboard of my truck and filmed my drive to work and I put another on the windshield of my motorcycle for capturing some rides. Then I took the big leap and took the camera under water. For me this was a big deal because I am especially paranoid about electronics in water. But with the confidence from a little internet research and the assurance that the GoPro came with a waterproof case good to well past where I was using it I did it.

Underwater filming may be my new favorite use for this camera. My first videos were just at a local lake with me putting the camera on the end of a 5ft telescopic monopod and catching great glimpses of weeds and such. But this past weekend we took a little road trip out to the small town of Poulsbo, WA and there before me I saw a big dock with tons of empty slips. I waltzed down to the dock and put my camera on the end of the same monopod to see what I could catch on the camera. When I reviewed the footage I was surprised to see I saw a bunch of fish right underneath the dock.

So below are a few short videos I put together, frankly at this point I suck at video editing but I am learning. Most of my experience with video editing was in a video edit lab in HS 10yrs ago so editing on my iPad is a whole new world (but a heck of a lot quicker).

 

Jumping RC Car off Deck

 

 

Fish under dock

 

 

My perspective on the Starbucks thing.

18 Sep

When this whole Starbucks appreciation day and I love guns and coffee thing kicked off I was tepid in my excitement for it. (Feel free to look back on my archives if you want some proof). I thought it was good that a major company like Starbucks was supporting our freedom but I thought that people were going way overboard.

So now the CEO of Starbucks has posted and open letter politely asking us to stop openly carrying firearms in his stores. When I read the letter basically what I see is that he didn’t ask for his stores to be used as a basis for anyone’s political organization activities and he doesn’t want to participate in the debate. I’m fine with that. He also states he is not posting his stores with “gun free zone” signs. So those of us that carry concealed are still legally just fine to drink coffee armed.

I love the gun community but we do have a habit of overdoing it. When people started carrying long guns into Starbucks and when others made it a point to redesign the Starbucks logo into a pro-gun logo I knew this would eventually happen.

To my fellow advocates that are bashing Starbucks and saying you wont buy their coffee. Well so be it your welcome to eat and drink overpriced coffee anywhere you want but I really don’t see this as an anti-gun move by Schultz I see this as him politely asking us to stop using his private property for our political demonstrations.

 

Long day but lots of fun

20 Aug

Today started at 530am when I got up and took the motorcycle out to my buddies about 45miles away. We rode out another 15miles or so for breakfast and then took the long way home stopping to take pictures of snoqualmie falls.

After I got home I was home less than 25minutes before the whole family was out the door to go for a hike across the Tacoma Narrows bridge.

After that it was a late picnic lunch on the waterfront and then as we were leaving a car full of 3 young girls in the parking lot of the waterfront had a flat tire and between the 3 of them they didn’t stand a chance of changing it so my wife gave me the “go ahead we will wait look”. All I can say is if your going to drive a car know how to change a damn tire or have AAA on speed dial.

After 10min later of her looking for her special socket to take off her aftermarket rims we got it all squared away.

Then it was off to Walmart for a few quick things and then costco for a few more. In the parking lot of Costco an elderly lady piloted her full cart of food off a curb tipping it into the parking lot. Luckily a Costco employee was there to help us pick up the cart and to replace the strawberries that were a causality of the fall. After that was off to dinner with the family and finally some grocery shopping for the week.

It’s now 9pm and I have been in the house less than an hour since 5am.

I think it’s time for bed.

 

I proudly supported a Democrat fund raiser and I will do it again next year.

31 Jul

Each year the last weekend of July is automatically the time for my vacation. Since I met my wife every year we have gone to the Sun and Surf Motorcycle rally in Ocean Shores, WA. Its a pretty standard rally lots of vendors some bike games, a custom bike show and a few exhibition teams.

The crowd is pretty much exactly what you would expect, tons of people dressed in leather, lots of loud bikes and plenty of patches on their leather vests explaining exactly how they feel about everything from the fact that loud pipes save lives to remembering those we have lost. This a crowd that screams “I’m my own person back off and let me do what I want”. Its not uncommon to see openly carried firearms on hips and a large numbers of people with patches on their jackets or stickers on their bikes voicing opposition to gun control.

That being said one of the vendors that has been their for a large number of years is the Gray’s Harbor Democrats, they sell onion burgers from a food truck. Oh sure their truck is covered in signs for candidates I don’t endorse but they serve a damn good onion burger at a fair price (at least competitive to that event) and they don’t preach while they serve food. The rally has been loosing vendors in the past few years and these guys have come back every year, paid their fees and supported the rally. So while I know that some of the money I pay for that delicious onion burger will go back to campaigns I’m not a fan of I have to think that they are aware of the crowd and at least partially receptive to the message.

 

I admire his wit but condemn his stupidity.

18 Jul

When Joe Biden famously gave terrible advice telling millions of Americans to shoot warning shots to scare away criminals, most of us were smart enough to know we would end up in jail.

Well here it is.

Full Article

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Washington state man who fired a shotgun in the air to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.

Jeffrey Barton, of Vancouver, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Clark County court to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm. The 52-year-old fired the shot Monday when he thought people were breaking into his vehicles.

 

We’ve all got our vices.

13 Jun

I don’t have a particularly stressful job however I do occasionally have stress from other sources that can make me stress out at work.

While I always chew gum at work and normally go through a 15stick pack in the course of a 12hr shift I have noticed that when I stress out I change out my gum more often. It’s odd but Something I’ve noticed. My coworker this week is well let’s just say he’s a special kind of special. He can twist my buttons in such a way to cause me stress. Well guess what. I’m not even 6hrs into my shift and I’ve got exactly 2 sticks of gum left.

Consider that a barometer of my mood for the day.

Now the good thing for you is I also blog when I’m stressed so my next break might spur a great blog post.

 

The solution to pollution is dilution

08 Jun

A little background, I work in an “office” that is about 80% men and has a VERY wide variety of cultures represented. So today when a memo came out mentioning that we are not to bring in any air fresheners for the restrooms due to the fact that the agency must ensure all products used are environmentally friendly I had two thoughts.

1. Who brings their own air freshener to work?
2. Seriously with some of the foods that are cooked here and the wide variety of digestive systems, I think the better option might be a fan engineered by Boeing.

 

Maybe I’m getting the wrong message.

06 Jun

Normally on both of my blogs there is a pretty standard pattern. A base number of views per day and that number will go up if I post a new article and slowly dwindle when I leave the blog alone for a week.

Well it’s been nearly 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog and the stats have been CLIMBING. All without any real linking from other bloggers.

Anyway just an observation and I will hopefully be getting some fun stuff up soon.

 

A different version of get off my lawn.

22 May

As I talked about earlier my wife and I put some serious effort into building new raised beds and filling them full of veggies.

Honestly I’m pretty happy with what we have so far. But this weekend I noticed that something has been eating and or pulling up my corn plants and some of the squash. It’s in an area the dog doesn’t go and as of yet he hasn’t tried to mess with any of the other plants. So my next best guess is that it’s squirrels. We have a ton of tree squirrels in the area. While I’m not opposed to plugging them with a pellet gun that requires me to catch them in the act.

So here I turn to you my faithful readers. Any methods to keep these things away? Of course it’s got to be safe to use in a yard that the dog runs around in.

 

Appaently there is nothing else on Obamas agenda.

16 May

So myself and MANY others emailed the bejesus out of our congress critters on the topic of gun rights in the last 6 months. And in exchange about a month ago the bills in congress died and we haven’t heard much about how evil I am for owning a firearm so evil and cutting edge that it was designed just 50yrs ago.

So imagine my surprise when I got this in my email today.

Dear (Xxxx:)

Thank you for taking the time to write. I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective. From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family. I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.

Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation. Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage. Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.

While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one. Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.

That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas. I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.

My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence. These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis. From improving mental health services to looking more closely at a culture that too often glorifies violence, we must leave no stone unturned when working to keep Americans safe.

As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress. To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act. As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away. First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban. We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.

These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people. But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.

Thank you, again, for writing. I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

That’s right folks in the middle of at least 2 major scandals the Obama administration pushes out form letters to correspondence written months ago.

Frankly it would have been better to get nothing. I am not so naive as to believe that Obama is actually busting out this email to me personally. It’s a form letter and that’s all I expected. Frankly the only reason I would ever email the president is to be counted as one more “vote” on a certain side of an issue. If I contact my local state rep I can call him on his cell phone (done it) if I want to contact my federal legislators I know the response is still pretty formulaic if not just a policy statement. But I’m pretty confused on why the administration would send out this form letter when both sides see that further gun laws are not politically viable. I’m especially confused as to why the email still talks about a new assault weapons ban when that provision didn’t even make it into the final bill.