Sentimental

So I’m moving all my stuff back downstairs now that renovations are done and I found these things that Brandon use to wear.

If I remember correctly he was between 1-2 when he wore these things and I saved them because they’re so damn cute and have sentimental value.  I know I’m a big softy but my boy is awesome and while he’s still very innocent right now, it reminds me of an earlier time when he was just a baby.  He’s such a big boy now and I couldn’t be prouder. 🙂

Fun day!

Mario and I went to Silverdale today to try out some new toys, myself it was the first time I got to shoot the Glock 19, S&W 686 revolver & Beretta M92FS while Mario played mainly with his S&W M&P Sport 2 AR15 rifle. The Gen 4 Glock 19 trigger is much better than with my Gen 4 Glock 17 though it’s pretty darn heavy.  I think I’ll lighten the trigger a couple of lbs to make it easier to shoot. Still I was doing pretty well and happy with how I did with that thing.  The Beretta while comfortable as heck to shoot, I shot poorly.  All me, I just need to get use to the platform.

The star of the show though was definitely the S&W 686 6″ revolver, man with factory American Eagle 357 magnum loads that thing has quite a bit of punch!  It has noticeably more recoil than 9mm or 45 and the trigger on the thing is amazing.  In single action, it’s a hair trigger and a bit light for my tastes, shooting double action is possible too though just long.

It was a ton of fun and I absolutely love the thing, definitely my prettiest gun.  For a budget rifle, the S&W M&P Sport 2 is a heck of a value and with its 16″ barrel quite easy to shoot.  He’s going to keep the gun stockish for now till he figures out what he is going to do and man it’s such a steal at $650.  A good day all around, I was talking to a friend about my range trip and he asked if it was appropriate considering what happened in the US…

Sigh different countries, different gun cultures and while it’s certainly a tragedy what happened I don’t know if there’s anything I really can say about it.  I’ve already said many times in the past that I do not like the system that they have down in the US and would not like for it to come to Canada.

In any case we had a great time and I can’t wait to go back!

Yay looks great!

So woo my modest basement renovations are done!  Tomorrow the contractor is coming back over in the evening to help me mount my gun security cabinets to the walls but other than that I’ll be movomg back in very shortly. 😀

I know I posted a few of the pictures earlier but now they’re altogether so you can see the progress and I think it looks great.  I only had to deal with the ugly basement for like 5 years but that’s alright we plan on being in this house for a long time and it’s an investment that’s well worth it.  Next year is the kitchen, ugh that’s going to be a lot more expensive but needs to be done.

On a side note I’m not sure what’s up with the baking soda box and yes I’ll be getting rid of it.

Lots of birthdays!

So this weekend we celebrated a lot of birthdays and both girls were actually born on Sept 20th! Saturday we went to Megan’s house to celebrate her xx birthday and it was fun. We arrived a bit later than usual, working around Georgia’s sleeping schedule but when she arrived she was the star of the show. Sorry Brandon I love you son but Georgia at just over 1 years old is cuter. Respecting Estelle’s wishes I’m not going to post anymore pictures of her on my blog so yeah I’ll just be a tease and say she was very sweet.

After we left I went to drop off the Mini to my friend’s shop, over the last few days it started to smell and when he looked at the car he noticed that the coolant container was cracked and leaking coolant so that explains the problem. Still it’s another ~$400 that I didn’t want to spend but it has to be fixed.

Today we went to celebrate Savannah’s 7th birthday and man she’s so mature compared to the other kids her age. Her and Brandon are good friends and it’s very cute to watch them play together.

We went to a play center and all the kids had a good time which was awesome to see, lol as long as they’re together they can have fun but the venue was nice.

After the party we didn’t do much hung around the house and relaxed, I did the “pokemon loop” both Friday & Saturday night to grind for xp for Brandon’s account so I was pretty tired and that was ok with me.  I played with my new guns for a bit (yes I put a s there, more later) and well I’m ready for the upcoming work week. 🙂

Hand cannon!

Hehe so today I came home and was super excited to see the mail lady because a new toy was awaiting me. 😀

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a 6″ S&W 686-6 revolver in 357 magnum and it’s freaking sweet. I chose the 6″ model because it gets the most power out of the 357 magnum cartridge and well it’s a cool looking gun.  I have no experience with revolvers but playing with this one at home, the trigger my god in single stage is feather light & crisp (so I better be careful) and even the double stage pull is very smooth. Probably going to the range next Friday and I can’t wait to test it out.

Basement renovations!

So after uh 5 years we’re finally starting to renovate my 1970s basement from wood paneling & a disgusting orange shag carpet to well something more modern.  Here’s the before and well stripped down pictures.

LOL for some reason the previous owner of the house loved putting carpet over perfectly good floors and the basement had some plastic tiles under the ugly carpet…  I would have preferred the tile over that orange dust magnet!  Anyway the renovations have just started but I’m pleased with how things have progressed so far.  I can’t wait to get my basement back, I miss all the space and not having to worry about keeping Maggie or Brandon up at night.

5% chance of us dying off?!?

Holy fuck this is serious, we need to take the threat of climate change seriously!!!

A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories “catastrophic” and “unknown” to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity.

Source: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

1 in 20 chance of catastrophic or existential threat to humanity by 2050, absolutely insane why are we not focusing all our efforts on this…  Oh ya some companies need to make some more money while they can, you can’t make money anymore after all the humans die right.

So sore but so worth it!

So this past weekend I went a two day rifle class hosted by WGT Consulting at the Lower Trent Valley Fish & Game Club and it was amazing.  Well to be fair for much of the two days I shot very poorly, not sure why but I had a hard time hitting a 6″ circle with my Daniel Defense MK18 carbine even up close at like 7 yards, the shots would go all over the place.  When more pressure was applied by the instructors or when we were timed or had our friendly end of day competitions something just clicked and then I’d shoot well.  They said when there was no pressure I had too much time to think, perhaps I did. 😉

I didn’t take any pictures or videos from the first day, we worked a lot of stoppage drills and I enjoyed it quite a bit.  The instructors with military experience was saying how important it was to be able to identify and clear a stoppage in a quick manner, when the bullets are flying and your gun is down, you need to get it up ASAP. I had a lot of problems with my AR, I was using the new STAG NiB BCG in my MK18 and I guess (don’t use untested stuff in a class) I need to break it in a bit because it certainly didn’t work well with the rifle, anyway swap the old Daniel Defense BCG in its place and the gun was running perfectly. I’d still like to use the STAG BCG since nickle boron stuff is easier to clean so I’ll do that at Silverdale.

After the class on the first day I met up with Dan, Rob, Ray & Taylor for dinner where we chatted about guns in general and politics (my favorite topic lol).  Some of the guys went out we finally left the restaurant at 9:30pm but I was tired and went to the hotel to unwind and rest for the next day and I’m sure glad I did because we did more advanced stuff.  Movement, turns, etc it was a lot of fun and it all culminated with an end of day friendly competition.

Hehe I’m happy to report that I won with a score of 23/25 hits and had the fastest time too!  I guess when the pressure is on, I react well and am able to hit what I want!  The picture of me holding the multicam hat and WGT Consulting patch was the prize and it’s one that I’m proud of. 🙂

Got home yesterday just before 8PM and it was so nice to see the family, I missed them very much even though it was just a weekend.  Had a great time, can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you Cassini!

So after launching in 1997, 20 years in space and 13 years around Saturn, the Cassini mission over Saturn has come to a fiery end. Over those years the satellite has stunned us with beautiful images Saturn & the accompanying moons as well as greatly expanded our knowledge of that small local system. This is what science is about, absolutely amazing and there’s still so much for us to learn.

I encourage everyone to gaze at some of the beautiful photos on the NASA website thank the scientists & engineers that made this happen.  Keep inspiring the young to reach for the stars and I wish Juno the artificial satellite a long productive life as well!