Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time to go shooting.

I decided that today would be a good day to go to the range for a little target shooting. I call it target shooting and not training because as with most ranges, everything is static. No rapid fire, No drawing from a holster (Although they're not too strict about this depending on the holster type), and No movement.

I understand that this is all for safety sake, considering there are usually a mix of new and more seasoned shooters on the range at any given time. I'm currently looking for a location near my home where I can do some running and gunning type training. I have located a sportsmen's club within 30 minutes of home that practices IDPA. I may look into that in the near future. I've wanted to try my hand at some competitive shooting for some time. I'll give some updates on how this works out.

Take care,


Saturday, February 20, 2010

An interesting book

                                                                                                                                                                             I've been reading an older Stephen King book, Delores Claiborne. I haven't seen the movie, but I came across a copy of the book at a used book sale at my local public library. Once I started reading it, I found that it was missing pages from 20-110. That's a lot of pages. I found those first few pages intriguing and had to get another copy of the book.
It took a while to find a copy of the book, but I finally located one at my local Borders Book Store. I enjoy how the book is basically a narration of her (Delores Claiborne), telling her story to a group of police detectives of how her husband died. As I write this, I'm only half-way through the book, so I don't yet know what will happen. Just about every time I pick it up to read, I find myself sucked into the story and end up reading longer than I planned. I love it when that happens with a good book. I'm looking forward to reading more. We'll see what happens.   NQE

Friday, February 19, 2010

Surprisingly Good

I thought I would pass along a movie or actually it is a 7 Part Series from HBO. You can see the link on this page. I've seen this many times at the store but frankly I couldn't see how Paul Giamatti would play such a role. I picked it up a my local library one day and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. I've long since been quite interested in our country's history and how it all began.

Once I got to the third episode, I returned the borrowed copy and immediately ordered my own. I found it to be an excellent production.

Now I'm not the type of person to order tons of DVD's. I usually limit my purchases to great stories or historical pieces that I would want to watch many times.

Anyway, If you might feel so inclined check it out. I think you just may like it.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

"A Story of First Aid" by Nutnfancy

A great story that made me think about whether I ready or not. Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you willing to act? Ask yourself these questions and listen to the answers.

After watching this video and the subsequent Level 1 and five part Level 2 First Aid Kit series...I realized that I wasn't ready. Since then I've made a couple level 2's and many level 1's. I keep them at work, in the vehicles and at home.

I feel more capable to be able to handle most minor to medium situations. I've even explained and showed my family the kits as well.

Take the time and watch. NQE

The Final Option

I caught this video on You Tube the other day. Although it has some disturbing images, I found it to be poignant and succint. I hope more which watch it and heed its warnings. NQE

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A wintertime race

Today I did my first wintertime foot race. It is an 8k in Frankenmuth, MI. This is the inaugural event for this race. I've done the companion race during the 4th of July (,weekend and have really enjoyed that. They pulled me into doing this race by stating on the registration that participants could get a special extra race shirt for participating in both races. However it worked was a lot of fun. There were probably a couple hundred people and even as cold as it was there were a few people wearing shorts. (Brave Souls).

One interesting thing that happened was seeing a past participant on the Biggest Loser TV show standing in the pack waiting for the race to start. Considering I never forget faces, I looked up her entry number after wards and found that it was her. It was good to see her in a race and doing her best to stay healthy. I saw she was also wearing a jacket for the 2009 Detroit FreePress Marathon. Maybe she did that race also. Her name is Amy Cremen and I found her page here:

The race had a few nice hills and is an out and back type route. This is the first time I've done one of those and I actually like it since your are able to see the race leaders and throw words of encouragement to them. A few people closer to the front also threw out a few, "Keep up the good work," statements. That proved encouraging when the 20mph wind was blowing on the side of your head on a few parts of the course. I'm looking forward to my next race.