Better And Better

If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Examining the Theme project.

Well, I thought it went pretty well. Everyone came through, with one exception. ;)

But SaladMan, in my comments, was correct: there wasn't a whole lot of diversity of thought. We mostly picked apart astrology (a topic well worth tearing apart), with little variation. (I tried to think of a couple of stories on the topic that I knew, and relate them with something like a narrative style, but I only succeeded in a middlin' fashion, IMHO.) Well, that would be my fault, in the choice of topic. I picked this little confederacy of bloggers because I like the way they think. They are critical thinkers, and they are at least a little bit proud of it. Don't mistake that for arrogance; if you're not proud of the way you think, then why should anyone listen to what you have to say?


Well, what about feelings?

I can hear the groans in the audience, right now. "Oh, good Gawd. Matt G's going to get all touchy-feelie on us, now. What's next? Hopey-changey? A Barrack Obama sticker on the bumper of his squad car?"

No, but feelings influence us. We don't just like this or that because it's logical to do so. Otherwise, I've got friends (very smart ones) who would have: Married the rich girl, Entered the lucrative career, Bought the ugly house, Abstained from moving to be with the one they loved, Never "wasted" all that money on art. How much money, for example, have you spent just on the appreciation of music in your lifetime? (Include concerts, media, media players, speakers, opportunity costs, support costs, and promotional costs.) I am surprised to find that, even with my spartan lifestyle, it comes to several thousands of dollars for me alone. Not something a "critical thinker" would spend money on, is it? Well, yes it is, for most of us.

My point is (I know I had one around here, somewhere.... oh, there it is.) that we're all moved by our emotions on at least some level, and I think, in my excitement to pick a topic that I knew our little group could write on, I picked one that could generate little more than disdain.

Well, seven six people writing critical pieces with disdain can be technically well done, but could possibly get tedious for the reader, neh? Some variety is in order.

It so happens that two of the writers to whom I aimed my collaborative theme-writing plea are very, very good at emoting in their prose. Hell, one even showed up. :) (AD, I'll stop the digs, when you turn in your late assignment. Heh.) The other one wrote an amusing "history" of our topic, with pseudo-characters, even.

Imagine what they could do with a more open topic, without a stigma.... I'm thinking something along the lines of "first kiss," and "lumber," and "marijuana," and "hunting," and "firm buttocks," and "meat," and "necessity of killing," and "the relative merits of sex in humans," and "retaliation," and such. See? Critical thinkers can get emotional about more than just "Ford vs. Chevy," and "Glock vs. 1911."

I promised not to pick the next topic. I leave that to..... LawDog.

Tell us what's next, 'Dog.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

Blogging On A Theme: Astrology.

See also Tamara, Marko, Atomic Nerds, LawDog, and Ambulance Driver's take on this theme. I've got no clue what they wrote. Hate the theme but love the idea? Then give us some feedback. But go read theirs, too. They probably did their homework assignment more than an hour before turning it in...

"A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an 'intellectual' -- find out how he feels about astrology."
--"The Notebooks Of Lazarus Long," Time Enough For Love
by Robert A. Heinlein.


When I was in police academy, 14 years ago, my otherwise estimable academy coordinator told our small class of 15 that "60% of career police officers are Libras." This from a woman with a couple of degrees, a Master Peace Officer license, and an entire police academy under her. I looked around the room. Two nods, a grimace or three, and a lot of frozen faces. I hope mine was in the last category-- I'd hate to have that good woman (an excellent instructor, and still teaching and serving as a peace officer) perceive any disrespect from me.

I later found out that one of the grimaces was from a guy who was some other sign, which was the foil of Libra (I can't recall which that would be-- what's the opposite of a balance scale? A goat? An arachnid? A pair of twins? Perhaps a crustacean...). He was afraid that this would mean that he wouldn't get or be able to retain a job as a cop, because of his destined contradictory nature to the needs of the task.

Meanwhile, I, who had cinched one of the two Libra billets in my class, thought that the whole concept was utter bunk. First, I knew a few career cops, including my father, and none that I could recall had birthdays anywhere near mine. Second, I knew 'way too many people who did have birthdays near mine, who no more should become cops than I should become an exotic fan dancer at cocktail bars for tips... read: Not at all.

Finally, it would simply have been too remarkable of a fact for me to have just then heard of it for the very first time at the tender age of 22 years, all lived within a cop's family. Ain't no way.

And, in fact, my venerable coordinator was (on that particular facet of her knowledge) full of steaming crap, bless her pea-pickin' little heart.


Imagine if we ran the criminal justice system with an eye toward following the "science" of astrology:

We would man extra officers during certain cycles of the planetary and stellar alignments. (Contrary to ever-popular and almost understandable belief, there is zero correlation between crime and lunar cycles. I say again: Zero. Don't believe me? Look it up. Yet I know some cops and more than a few emergency workers who believe in a significant increase in emergency calls when the moon is full.)

We would, while performing field interviews, check the astrological sign of the suspect to determine how to deal with him, and whether or not we should call for backup... you know-- like maybe a Virgo, because this guy's an Aquarius, and thus you *know* this interrogation is going nowhere.

"Your honor, I had to skip that step in the use of force continuum, because this guy was a Taurus, and you know how they can get..."

At the jail, they would segregate populations using a classification that looked not at all to the relative security risk of the given inmate, but more toward whether their zodiac assignments were compatible. Skinhead and Black Panther? Well sure... if they were under complimentary star signs.

Judges would consult star charts before applying indeterminate sentencing.

Voir dires would predictably become attempts to learn what sign the potential juror was born under.

Anti-discrimination laws would be passed for people born under opposing signs.

Finally, anti-defamation civil attorneys would begin to make their nut, defending the rights of the downtrodden signs.

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I've always looked askance at astrology. How the hell did it manage to score the "-ology" suffix away from the real science of astronomy? And why were some otherwise apparently intelligent people giving it any credibility?

I remember how, when in 8th grade and I took Earth Science, my moronic science teacher got to the astronomy portion of the course. We were made to memorize the signs of the zodiac, and repeat them with their dates in a test. For credit in science class. This was the same bitch who gave me a B on my working metal detector that I had entered in the science fair, because I had duct-taped the variable trimmer capacitor (cleverly stolen from an old car radio at a junk yard) to the hoe handle that I had built the whole thing upon. This sucker could detect a 10 penny nail under a yard of dirt, and I had soldered the breadboard myself, but she didn't like the look of duct tape.

Her name was Mrs. Bead. And she can't sue me for libel, because it's all true.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

TEASER: Blogging on a theme.

This Friday, May 30th, a few of us are going to try something a little different.

Not really a collaboration.

More of a confederation, blogging on a theme.

Atomic Nerds, LawDog, Ambo Driver, Marko, Tam, and yours truly will provide different takes on the same tired old inspired new theme.

I picked the theme this week. Next time? Someone else.

So check your star calenders for Friday, and see what posts are here. Or there.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Give me just a minute, here.

I need a few seconds for an exercise of your mind, and I'm seriously asking you to devote your attention to the task for about a minute.

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--Think of the most vibrant, most energetic young man or woman you know.
--Think of their earnest dedication to what they believe in, whether or not it's popular with others.
--Think of how exceptional they are. How they seem, to you, to stand out in a crowd of their peers.
--Think about their smile. Think about their voice.
--Think about the leadership that they are learning to display.
--Think about how this young man or woman that you're considering represents everything that is good and right about our society, and how important it is that he or she gets to help shape our future.
--Think about how much he or she means to his or her loved ones. How irreplaceable this young person, in the prime of his life, is to his family and friends.
--Think of how many of us know young men and women like that --the young lions of our world-- whom we expect to go on to lead this nation as they grow older.
--Think about these important young people, and realize: it is from this pool of our citizens that we ask to die in the service of our nation.

If your special someone is not in harm's way, think about all of those who are the special someones of others, who are. And realize that those others love their serviceman just as you love your young person. And here we come to the hardest part: imagining what it would be like to find out that your loved one has been killed in service of his nation. It's so painful to consider, that it seems unfathomable, yet I'm asking you to do it, for just a minute. Consider the profundity of the sacrifice. The depth of the pain.

Please remember those who fell and are falling, for our nation. At least for today.


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Sunday, May 25, 2008

The most useless crop we harvest.

Here in N. Texas, the wheat is just now turned gold, with the heavy heads on the stalks pointing like armies of weather vanes the direction of the wind. In a week or so, farmers in air-conditioned combines with iPods jacked into the stereo systems will come along and cut, thresh, and truck away the sweet yellow kernels, to be ground and processed into HoHos, microwave pizza crusts, and Chef Boyardee Spaghetti-O noodles.

God bless America.

But for every farmer harvesting a few sections* of wheat, there are a thousand or more clerks, cops, and pole dancers harvesting their own crops in their front yards. While occasionally that crop may contain edibles such as dandelions, onion, nettle, rye, and clover, it is typically wasted by either being left on the ground or bagged and discarded. Sure, some hippies and Martha Stewart wanna-bes may actually compost it, but for the most part, it's a wasteful proposition.

I speak, of course, to the issue of grass.

The American Dream seems to include owning a home. We pity those who must reside in multi-family dwellings, unless they're penthouse apartments with names like "Phillip Drummond" on the mail box, or with a manservant named Mr. French. But there's a catch. If you want the house and a yard, you must tend the grounds. There is thus a running joke among home owners that they all gave up their weekends when they purchased a house.

Pity most the house renter, who does not even enjoy the privileges of ownership, but must keep up the house and yard that he occupies. As a renter, he is not likely to feel that it is worth investing in higher-quality lawn maintenance equipment, and thus he toils in the yard with substandard, often badly used and abused, mowers and trimmers.

I am now a house renter. And I found in the back yard, after some searching amongst waist-high weeds, an old mower. I bent my back toward the task of making it run, but after an afternoon, many calories, and all of my vocabulary of curse words had been expended, I admitted defeat; I could not get it to stay running.

So we bought a used mower, for $20. I mowed the yard a few times with it, but really-- we got what we paid for it. It too failed.

And finally, with weeds and grass getting to an embarrassing level (we do have Code Enforcement in this town, and I was about to become the object of its attention), I said to my wife: "Enough. I'm a grown-ass man. I don't need anyone else's second-hand mowers. Not anymore." And I went to Sears, and bought a Craftsman Easy Walk push mower with a new Briggs & Stratton 6.75hp 4 stroke engine ("NOTE: Not to be sold in California!") with a mere 21" cutting blade, but with rear-wheel-drive variable speed self-propulsion, optional bagging/mulching/side-discharge, self-cleaning feature with hookup for the hose to the deck, and (wow!) electric key start with pull-cord backup. Complete with recharger cord for the on-board battery, dust-free grass-catching bag, and a quart of oil to put into it. With a moment's hesitation, I bought the 3 year warranty. I'm hard on lawn mowers.

It didn't last the day.

I got that bad boy running with the first little turn of the key. I slew weeds and grass alike in all directions, until I went through a particularly arduous chunk of heavy green, and... "CHUNK."

I backed out, cleared the blades, dumped the grass from the full bag (why the hell was I bagging this? My wife had visions of a compost pile...), and turned the key. It merrily spun away, without catching. I checked the spark plug wire. I spun it again. I checked the blade. Was it bent that way before? Heck, I don't know. I took it off, and pounded it flatter. I put it back on. It still didn't start. "It's not supposed to be this hard," I thought as the ninety-something degree sun beat down on my dusty, sweaty back. And then it struck me: it's not that hard. I bought this bad boy today. At a reputable retail joint.

I loaded the mower and it's accouterments into the back of the car. I drove back into town. I went to the register at Sears, and told them what happened. Their eyes widened. "Do you have your receipt?" they asked. Of course I did. "We'll send some guys out to your car to get the mower," they said. "Do you want cash or credit?"

"I want a mower," I responded. "And frankly, I have to believe that this was a fluke. Just give me another one of the same kind."

I was out of there in 10 minutes, with a new mower. I'll say this for Sears-- they back their Craftsman line, with no questions. That kind of service is probably what's keeping Sears' head above water.

I'm charging the battery fully now. We'll see how this goes.

*A "section" is a unit of land that is 1 mile square, and is composed of 640 acres. ** Thus, if we know that a mile is 5280 feet long, we can easily derive the square footage of an acre ((5280^2)/640). It would be a better world if everyone knew these things.

**Edited to remove incorrect statement.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Posted in haste.

Among those things not my fault:


--The girl you met at the bar who gave you a ride to her house ditched you, afoot and drunk.

--Your wife, who is unlicensed, has no driver's license, yet you let her drive your car home because you got drunk at the party. (That's two citations, folks.)

--Your buddy offered you a job at 3:00AM, after you had tied one on. He then gave you a couple of shots as a "hair of the dog" before you went to work. At a construction site. At 4:00AM.

--The three dogs that YOU bought, and which YOU brought into a housing development community (read: suburbia), and which YOU refuse to train at all, bark raucously at every little bunny and night jogger and low-flying jet that passes by after midnight, causing complaints by your neighbors. Legitimate complaints.

--Your dog keeps jumping or digging under your fence, and getting out.

--You don't like that we read to you, as to a child, the Americans With Disabilities rights notification at the jail during book-in, even though you could read it yourself, you say.

--You find the handcuffs uncomfortable, despite the fact that I have loosened them twice, and carefully double-locked them each time.

--You find that the back seat cage in a patrol car is cramped and uncomfortable.

--You don't believe that there was any reason to being pulled over because you were doing nothing wrong, and this is harassment... even though you have NO taillights, and are driving a black car at night.

--Every cop you've every met (and there have been a lot of them) was "dirty," and you don't like any of us.

--My race doesn't match yours, and you're willing to bet that was the reason I pulled you over. At night. At 100mph closing speed.

--The law states that you shall perform value X, and you displayed behavior of value (n - X).

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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Anybody else notice how varied Xavier's interests are? His breadth of knowledge is damned wide, too.

Seriously. The guy's a trauma specialist nurse. He's a former sailor from the old navy. He's a bicyclist and a bicycle collector and enthusiast. He does saltwater fish. He raises and runs his dog. He's a fan and, from what I'm seeing, something of a student, of astronomy. He collects and shoots an impressive collection of firearms, old and new. He's a 2nd Amendment activist. He's a powerful advocate of CCW. He gives of his time to help when others are in need (such as going to help during the Katrina debacle). He writes well, which means he reads. He philosophizes. He does his own major home repair. He takes his responsibilities as a father and husband seriously. He also moderates at least one firearm discussion board.

I'm beginning to feel a little touch of inferiority, here.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Not to leave the elder daughter out, she went shooting, too.

I took my elder daughter out shooting last Sunday, with .22 rifle.

We're still just having fun, not being serious about anything except safety, but I'm slowly slipping in some lessons on position, and sights.
She shot a lot with my old Remington bolt rifle, which is scoped nowadays. She enjoyed using a scoped firearm for the first time. After she had loaded and unloaded about 50 rounds through it, shooting metal pipes and steel swinging targets, I pressed her for time, telling her to bolt it and fire a little faster. Then I gave her my late grandfather's tired old Marlin, with the open iron sights. As I've said, those aren't the best sights in the world, but she was surprised (and I was not) that she was able, when pressed to shoot faster, to make hits faster and more reliably with the iron sighted rifle.

On the way home, we picked flowers for her mother. (It was Mother's day.)

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Fun shooting steel.

Despite my sore back, I accompanied my father over to the Dallas Pistol Club stop-plate match on Sunday.

Stop plate matches are fun for people who like to shoot a lot. The shooter goes to 5 stages, where 5 plates are laid out in different patterens at different distances. At each stage, the shooter fires 5 strings, on the clock. Makeup shots for misses are allowed. Except for learners and those shooting .22s who start with pistol in hand, the shooter starts with a holstered pistol, with hands up above the shoulders. 5 stages with 5 strings at 5 targets means 125 rounds, if you shoot it clean. Nobody shoots it perfectly clean all the time. The only thing that differentiates a "stop plate" match from a simple "plate match" is that the last plate shot is pre-designated by the red stem holding it up. Otherwise, the shooter may shoot the plates in any order he pleases.

.45 acp race guns are very popular, with race holsters that use magnets to retain the pistols in a drop position, well outside of the belt. N frame .357s of 7 and 8 round capacity are also popular, because the brass is easy to pick up.

I shot a Glock 19.

Hey-- why not?

I carried it in a fairly-close-fitting Fobus pancake holster, and shot Winchester white box out of it. The reduced radius of the shorter slide was noticible, but not too bad. I carry a Glock on duty, and figured that the slight handicap of the smaller gun might offset a little the fact that I was shooting a minor caliber.

The only problem with this was that my giant hands kind of overlap some on grip if I'm not very careful, and slide can bite the webbing of my hand a little, when I'm in a hurry.
Dad shot with his old post WWII '40s era Colt 1911, and practiced "slow is smooth and smooth is fast." Here we see him in mid-draw:

Dad's old pistol did let us know that it was time to replace the old recoil spring, though, when it failed a few times to completely go back into battery. An easy and cheap fix, and it gave Dad the opportunity to practice his failure drill. :)

All in all, we had a grand time.

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Due to relative physical inactivity over the last few months, my body has gotten to feeling a bit neglected. We all like to be left alone sometimes, but after awhile, we want someone to come throw us a ball and take us for a walk. And, like a terrier who's been left at home alone one too many times in a week and in return decides to pee in your bed, my back decided to knot up on me.

Starting Friday, it was so tight that I could barely stand upright. No pain while lying down or sitting, but the latissimus dorsi in my lumbar region simply did not want to see me standing erect, and gave me to understand that, while the tightness was just a warning shot across the bow, further attempts to get active would result in Pain.

I puttered about my weekend activities, having coffee with my brother, meeting my friend Paula the SculptureLady for dinner, and shooting a plate match with my dad. But always, always, the tightness and growing imminent threat of pain. Actually, I'll just have to admit that sore aching was indeed occurring, which I'll have to grant counts as pain. Technically.

But I was trying to put it off. I put it off because I get this about once a year, and after a few days, it usually goes away without intervention. But my wife got tired of watching me creak around making old man sounds, and told me to check on a chiropractor today.

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I appreciate that a chiropractor can do great things for an ailing back. My late uncle was a doctor of chiropractic, who on one occasion provided me with a treatment. I was to leave for my vacation in 4 hours, and I was in a bad way. A disc had displaced enough that I was in serious pain, even while sitting. My uncle saw me on zero notice, manipulated my back for about 45 minutes, and sent me on my way, with my pain gone. At the very least, my vacation was saved. So I know that it can be done.

Then, too, are the guys that are in it for the long haul. The return visit and the recurring appointment is all they're interested in. My wife, after a significant car crash, decided just to have herself checked out. I encouraged her to do so, not wanting her to miss a subtle injury if she had been hurt. Insurance would cover the cost. After her third frustrating visit of leaving the "injury clinic" and telling them repeatedly "I'm not actually feeling any pain, thank you. The treatments are nice, but I just want to be released with the assurance that I'm not injured," I accompanied her to the office, and we put our foot down-- there would be no more treatments without a diagnosis. (Ending treatment before medically recommended would of course have meant that we would have to pay, instead of the insurance, we were told.) The medical doctor gave the nod, and finally my wife was free-- and she'd never even been injured to begin with. The cost went to over $1000.
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So this morning I walked into a conveniently local chiropractic clinic to see about the possibility of a quick back manipulation. Oh, heavens, no. That would take an appointment for one-- no, two-- weeks distant. Well, I thought as I leaned over the counter-- I'm glad I'm not in any real pain (ache). I asked about the cost. Did I have insurance? Oh, sure. Blue Cross. The lady behind the counter worked it up and cheerfully informed me that my first visit would be $176 with insurance, but $182 without. Future visits could be discounted without insurance, at only $46 per visit.

As my eyes glazed over, I noticed that this woman was wearing scrubs.
The woman behind her, pasting labels onto manila folders and doing some kind of billing tasks on a computer, was wearing scrubs.
Why do simple office clerks wear scrubs in doctors' offices, hospitals, veterinary clinics, dentist's offices, and, I now see, chiropractic offices? Seriously...? What's the point? Why can't they just dress professionally, and leave the attire of medical professionals to the medical people? Why do I have to read the little tag (that's always flipped over backwards anyway) to read the 4 point type under their name to learn that they are either a D.O. or a D.C. (Heh. Don't make the mistake of calling the former the latter, mm'kay?) or an LVN or an RN or a PA or a professional toilet backup maintenance specialist? Look, I understand that the days of the cap and pin with white uniforms and white hosiery is gone for nurses, and that the white lab coat is on its way out for doctors, but can't we just agree that the person making my appointments and swiping my credit card is an office clerk, and not a Medical Professional? There is nothing wrong with being "just a clerk." Nothing at all. This world would stop running without them. But let's not put on airs and call them medical staff; they're not.

I came out of my fog to hear the chirpy clerk-in-scrubs ask if a Thursday afternoon would be sufficient, two weeks from now. Fine. As she filled out an appointment card, she told me that I would be assessed a penalty charge for failing to notify them that I was cancelling the appointment with less than 24 hours' notice. Well, at least she got that part right-- my plan was to cancel in a couple of days, as soon as my back pain tightness subsided.

"Sir, while you're here, do you mind if I photocopy your driver's license and insurance card?" the chipper clerk asked me as I turned away to hobble toward the door.

I stopped and turned around just enough to make eye contact with her. "Yes. I do," I said evenly, and went out the door.

Eh. I think my tightness is beginning to subside, anyway.


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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Fun with kids' education

My 9 year-old daughter has a report that she has to give orally tomorrow on James K. Polk. She's been making note cards all week.

As her history-inspired daddy, I must help her in conveying what a dastard Polk was, yet also how beneficial he was in contributing to this nation's imperialist expansion manifest destiny.

Also, I get to burn her a song onto CD to play for her presentation, the greatness of They Might Be Giants playing "James K. Polk."

I hope they don't mind that it's followed by "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)," "The Sun Is A Mass Of Incandescent Gas," "Particle Man," and "Fish Heads." ;)

'Cause it's educational.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hello, you're on Candid Camera.

As I was watching Bill O'Reilley (I'm not much of a fan, BTW) go into meltdown here, I thought, "It must suck to have cameras on you all the time at work, documenting your every faux pas."

Then I thought, "Oh yeah. I do*."

*See subsection (d), which effectively puts cameras in just about every patrol car, and body mics on every officer.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Holy crap! Tamara remembered...!

...that she has a second (as opposed to her third) blog.

Our newest Hoosier Mama has been neglectful of her superb Gun Room blog, just because she's just about run out of S&W resolvers to put in the Sunday Smith collumn. But she makes up for it nicely with her very, very nice article on the MAS 49/56 French battle rifle. Photos by the great Oleg Volk.

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Friday, May 09, 2008


Well, my finals are over, and I turned in my last late paper, and I'm about to try to sleep a wink or two before I go see Bill get a hoodie, courtesy of the accounting department of a major university.

Back in the early to mid-nineties, Bill and I were roommates for about four years. We lived in a tired old shack of a house on the edge of campus, and did not prosper, financially or even academically, to tell the truth. We both dropped out of our studies for a while. Bill from BioChem, me from... whatever the hell I was studying.

But we both found wives, bought houses, had kids or dogs or both, and caught a clue, and went back to school. Bill even attended 15+ hours a semester while working full time to make it happen. He changed majors (drastically), and now, with a Masters in Accounting, he's fit to do your taxes or do a forensic audit.

Congratulations, boy. I'm proud of you. I mean it more than my trifle of a gift could begin to convey.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

We briefly interrupt this blog....

No posts until finals are over.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

I should have thought this was rather self-apparent.

Huh. It had not occurred to me to think that this would even be a question.

The .32 acp (7.65 X 17mm Browning) is a .312 caliber bullet, traditionally of 72 grains, at about 905 f.p.s. for a whopping 129 foot-pounds of energy.

The .380 acp/9mm Kurz / 9 X 17mm / 9mm Corto / 9mm Short is a .355 caliber bullet, traditionally of 95 grains, at about 955 f.p.s., for a more considerable 190 ft/lbs of energy.

Let's see: Bigger bullet? Check. Heavier bullet? Check. Faster bullet? Natch.

But what really seals the deal in favor of the .380 acp as a better round is the absence of the completely befuddling semi-rim on the base of the .32 acp. While the .380 has a "rimless" style cartridge case that does not project any rim beyond the line of the case walls, the .32 acp has a very tiny rim protruding out beyond the case walls-- on the order of .0105" beyond. This surely was to aid in headspacing and extracting, but also can interfere in functioning, causing rim lock, occasionally, when not loaded carefully.

The .32 is available in some amazingly tiny pistols, and that's really its greatest claim. It is quite a bit more powerful than the anemic .25 acp, but despite the popularity of the James Bond flicks, the .32 is no powerhouse.

The thing that makes me scratch my head is: how the HELL could anyone consider the .32 acp as a better cartridge?

Maybe they were thinking .32 H&R Magnum?

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Now Shes Just Taunting Me.

My friend the wild turkey hen has been coming back. This morning, she was on my car.

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