Thursday, February 28, 2008
The cemetery itself is in a pretty bad section of town. Its a beautiful place, made even more so by its decay in some parts.
If you enjoy the video, I have a couple more on my Youtube channel, including some live walkthroughs at a couple of different cemeteries in the DFW area.
Heres my youtube channel:
What we failed to consider is that even in the middle of summer, that spot only gets an hour or two of direct sunlight every day.... so that meant I had to move it before planting this spring.
Cast iron bathtubs are HEAVY, especially when they are full of dirt. Alot of shoveling, and even more grunting, later - and I had the beast moved over to a spot underneath our bedroom window. The plan is to add a trellis and some Star Jasmine vines to add color and shade the window from evening sun.
I went to the garden hose and washed the mud/dirt from my hands. Then I took a drink from the hose......
Have you ever done something completely "every day" in nature, and had it trigger a memory? Drinking cold water from the hose with the sun shining down took me back to my youth in a flash. One second I was a 43 year old man with a sore back, and the next I was a 12 year old kid who just finished playing a baseball game.
I've found that several things cause this for me. Drinking Dr. Pepper (Dublin only please) from a glass bottle. The sound an Aluminum bat makes at the ballfields near our house when someone really whacks one. The little surge of adrenalin when a big fish hits your lure. ....
I love those moments.
Bersa Thunder Concealed Carry -
Thursday, February 21, 2008
One of my pictures did make it into the Schmap Fort Worth guide:
Schmap is sort of an online city guide, with pictures of the interesting places and things it highlights. One of the spots on their map needed a picture to go with it, and they chose one of mine that I took last summer of the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House, at 1100 Penn Street in Fort Worth.
Here it is:
One the the things my Wife and I enjoy most is scratching our photography itch. Old victorian houses, farm houses, and cemeteries are some of our favorite haunts (no pun intended). My tastes run more to the old, run down places... but I'll not pass up a restored beauty like the BEM house.
These are the types of shot I really enjoy, though:
More of my pictures can be found in my flickr album. You can get there by clicking one of the pictures above.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Extremely dreary, wet day today... so the Wife and I took a little road trip out to a gun shop I had heard about in the middle of nowhere. I was less than impressed. Ammo prices were no better than I get at my usual haunts, and nothing to peak my interests modern gun-wise.
They did have quite a few military surplus rifles, though, so I spent some time looking through the rack. A TON of Mosin's - quite possibly the ugliest rifle ever made, IMO. Shoot great and very reliable, but Geez.... can't get past the looks. They had the requisite batch of Yugoslavian SKS rifles, and a few rusty and battered enfields. All of which were priced at or above what I've seen them elsewhere in better condition.
A couple of Swiss rifles did catch my eye, though. I LOVE the K31 military surplus rifle. Here's mine:
Mine has a Beech Stock, and I've often thought about picking up a Walnut stock rifle - assuming I could find one at a good price, and in good shape. These guns are almost guaranteed to increase in value over time. The ones at this store were all Walnut stocks, but were pretty dinged up and the price was a little high.... then I saw it.
Tucked in among the K31's was another swiss rifle that is pretty similar to the K31 to a casual observer. This one was a 1911 rifle... the predecessor of the K31. It was in much better shape than the younger rifles, and all the numbers matched. They had it labeled as a K31, and were selling it at the same price as the less valuable rifles.
I waffled back and forth over jumping on it. I didn't have cash on me, and the shop adds 3% for credit card purchases. Again, we were out in the sticks, so there isn't an ATM for miles. I waffled some more, then we left to go run some other errands.
Later, after thinking it over, I grabbed some cash and headed back over to the shop.
It was gone.
I'm an idiot.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
What they didn't count on was the fact that he has a closet full of guns, and that he had slipped a little revolver into his pocket before answering the door. They caught both the little bastards when they had to go to the hospital, and both have been charged.
James Picket, the hero of the story, is recoverying fine.
Warms the heart, don't it?
So... I'm generally a fan of cold weather. However, I've found that the older I get - the more I look forward to warming weather. February in Texas is the bait & switch of weather months here. The high temperature today is supposed to be around 70, with sunny skys.
The high tomorrow is supposed to be upper 30's - lower 40's and rainy.... with more of the same for the weekend. Which of course means its the ideal time for me to have to help my daughter move to a new apartment.
And here's one of the many reasons I enjoy spring/summer in Texas:
2000 Honda Valkyrie Tourer. This model isn't made by Honda anymore, being replaced by the Rune... but I love my Valkyrie all the more. Harley's and Shadows are so prevalent around here as to by almost indistinguishable from all the other bikes on the road... but the big chrome flat 6 engine on my Valk never fails to turn heads.
We are blessed in North Texas with miles and miles of winding country roads, and interesting destinations. Many of those destinations have great eating spots conveniently nearby :) Once the weather turns definitely pleasant, I hope to highlight some of our weekend rides here.
Come on... Summer!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
This weekend it was Bowie Trade day time. Second Saturday of every month, there's a nice flea market/trade day located in the small town of Bowie, Texas. Lots of cool old stuff, and very little of the "Dollar Store" import crap that's ruined most other flea markets near larger metropolitan areas - Mckinney Trade Day used to be good when I was a kid. Now its twice as big, with absolutely NOTHING interesting.
Bowie is well worth the drive, though. Not as huge as Canton, but still nice. From there we back tracked to Sanger, Texas, for a great lunch at the best Chicken Dinner place on the Planet - Babes. One of the few photo ops I had was this old chevy truck I found hiding out near a shed in Sanger... I love old stuff like this:
Then it was off to Cabela's in Ft. Worth - again, well worth the drive from home. We have a couple of Bass Pro Shops closer to home, but we're Cabela's folks. I looked longingly at the Yugoslavian SKS's and the couple of Swiss K31 rifles they had in stock - pretty good prices, but I've got a couple of other "firearm irons" in the fire right now so I talked my self out of both. Maybe later :)
On the way through Denton to Cabela's, we spotted photo op #2... a couple of Belgian Draft horses hanging out in a pasture near the road. Couldn't coax them closer to the fence for a better shot, but they sure were pretty.
All in all... a good day.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I also have learned that my safety is my responsibility. The police are not your personal body guards. I have a great deal of respect for our Boys in Blue... but they'll be the first people to tell you that they can't protect you when the shit hits the fan. In most instances, law enforcement shows up after people get hurt/dead. They secure the scene, collect evidence, and try their best to catch the people responsible.
None of which really matters to me if I'm dead, ya know?
So, I learned to handle firearms and went through the process of obtaining a Concealed Carry Permit. I carry almost everywhere, all the time. If its legal for me to carry a gun somewhere, you can bet I've got one on me.
Here are a couple of my guns:
Llama 1911 style .380 semi auto. Most of the blueing was gone and the grips were partially melted. In addition, the sear, sear spring, and disconnect where so worn the gun wasn't safe to shoot when I got it.
Here she is after some work. Bobbed the hammer a bit, duracoat in HK Black, two toned amboyna burl grips, and replaced the internal parts that needed replacing.
Who knows where this will go? I sure don't. I can only promise a couple of things:
1. I won't post with clockwork regularity. Posts will be sporadic, come in fits and spurts, and may fizzle out completely.
2. The opinions are my own, and will reflect my own views as they stand at the time of writing them down. I don't promise that they will be correct, well thought out, or understandable, but I'll try.
3. My interests are varied, and my posts probably will reflect that. Guns, motorcycles, cooking, fishing, books, photography..... blah, blah, blog :) Hopefully there will be something of interest for a variety of people, assuming anyone ever reads this.
So... I suggest you get comfortable and take a hint from my pal Angus -