I should be at the airport right now enjoying my free probulation with purchase of an airline ticket. Southwest had a seat, probably not a reserved seat, but a seat on a non-stop to Tampa, Florida for a work related conference. Unfortunately I coughed up blood this morning, so that kind of limits my travel options.
Let’s start with the good news. Doc took a chest x-ray and has pretty much ruled out Tuberculosis. That’s good. I thought that Val Kilmer did a great job as Doc Holliday in Tombstone, but I’m not really up for living like that. Some of the new strains of TB are so bad that pretty much nothing kills it. I was exposed to TB when I was in boot camp in the Navy. The Navy prescribed the 6 month course of Rifampicin which I took every single day without fail. In addition to making my pee and sweat orange (seriously), it was supposed to kill off all the TB germs, keeping me from ever getting it.
The bad news is that I’ve been coughing for pretty much 3 weeks straight. The last few days were so bad that in addition to the blood this morning, I’m in a lot of muscle pain in my back and I pulled a groin muscle. Yes, apparently you can pull a groin muscle if you cough hard enough. I’ve been having night sweats, and I’ve dropped 10 lbs in less than three weeks. To be honest, I’m not really worried about the weight loss. I could stand to lose another 30. But when you compare my symptoms to the symptoms of TB, you can see why I was worried. It’s the coughing that’s been the real trial.
Doc had me on a cough suppressant syrup called Tussionex. I worked during the day, and took Tussionex in the evening. It made me loopy. Luckily I’m a funny drunk, not an angry one. This stuff worries me as if you OD on it, you get loopy from the hydrocodone and the chlorpenairamine makes you bleed out of your eyeballs. I’ve been extremely careful with it.
Now my wife is sick. We’re both on some drugs to knock this stuff down, and we’re hoping to see it go away within the week, but we’re not supposed to travel or work during that time. This disappointed my boss, who expected me to come to Tampa for the work meeting, but when I explained about the coughing up blood he seemed to think it was best that I stay at home and recover. I can’t imagine the disruption to the company if I’d managed to pass this to every inspector east of the Mississippi plus most of the senior management.
The best news of all is that right now there’s a roast in the 6qt Crock Pot. It’ll be roast and potatoes for dinner and stew for the rest of the week. Even when she’s sick my wife knows how to throw down in the kitchen.
I am involved with a totally no-political theatrical troupe, and we’re finding that some opportunities would open up to us if we could incorporate ourselves as a non-profit cultural group. It would also let us start begging tax deductible donations. Do you have any idea what good costumes cost? OMG!
I need help with the tax forms and registration as a public charity in North Carolina. If you could help us out (remember, we’re poor!) I’d really appreciate it.
UPDATE: Want to “Punch Back Twice as Hard?” Check out this post with email addresses and twitter link to call the mayors out for their deceit.
Today was awesome. I had to be in Durham today, and just this morning I found out that the Durham Mayor, a (Illegal) Mayors Against Illegal Guns was holding a press conference to push for passage of Harry Reid’s anti-gun bill. There’s something really cool about seeing the faces of three Mayors when they realize that they’ve invited a question at a press conference from a political opponent.
Harry Reid’s bill, S649 includes an almost carbon copy of Senator Shumer’s ”Fix Gun Checks Act.” That bill would have criminalized something I did last year. My wife wanted to learn to shoot my Ruger 10/22. I took my rifle to a friend’s farm and gave it to him. My wife went up to his farm and he taught her to shoot it safely out on the “back forty.” Then he put it in her truck and she brought it home. He had the rifle for about 4 months. S649 would put all three of us in Federal prison for 5 years each, minimum. I asked the mayors, “How would making me, my wife, and our friend Mike into federal felons keep criminals from selling guns to each other on the streets of Durham, Morrisville, or Chapel Hill?” Here’s the video that they played at 6pm.
I wish you could see how it went down. It was incredibly fun to mess up their set piece press conference. They had children from a local school, a bunch of the sort of women you’d expect for something like this, and some dorky looking fool in a cheap suit and a bad haircut who claimed to be working for MAIG.
The story that went with this video quoted me pretty extensively.
How come no one told me that podcasting was fun? I should have known, right? I get to talk. People might even listen! I get to spout my opinion and Luke was at least acting like he was happy to hear it. Yeah, don’t throw me in the briar patch, Brer Fox!
Luke is editing it. It should be out in a couple of days. I’ll let you know so you can mess up your morning commute listening to me pontificate.
She goes on to point out how incredibly stupid Piers Morgan is, despite the number of people who think he’s just so smart because he sounds like something straight out of My Fair Lady.
I posted this to my Facebook page and got a response from my brother.
Huh. You couldn’t figure out that out by listening to our relatives?
I hadn’t really thought about it, mostly because I rarely think about my mother’s family. He’s right. I’ve heard some really stupid, thoughtless, ill-considered crap delivered with a “posh” accent during my childhood. Maybe that’s why I am immune to the whole “British accents sound smart” garbage. I don’t care how you pronounce it. Being a snob doesn’t make you intelligent.
I’ll be bringing my rifle as a display item, but I have a DPMS stripped lower receiver for an AR-15 that I want to get rid of. I will also be bringing along the last of my Gunwalker T-Shirts to see if I can unload any.
But mostly I’ll be hanging out, talking politics, and generally having a good time with my fellow gun rights activists.
I shot this on Thanksgiving morning, from the bench at 100 yards using a scope. If I place a quarter directly over the group, it covers one and half of each of the other two bullet holes. That sounds like 1 MOA to me. Given I was shooting standard 55gr FMJ Federal, and not some fancy match grade ammo, I think that’s pretty fine.
Still don’t have a better photo
I think I could improve on this. I am not very good at shooting off the bench, which is funny because you’d think that benchrest would be easy. Last year when we had a blogshoot out east of here, ASM826 of Random Acts of Patriotism said that he was more comfortable shooting from the prone, unsupported, with a sling. I thought he must be crazy. After going to Appleseed, I find I agree with him. I’d like to shoot this again, from the prone. I just need to find some sort of sling attachment point that works with my (lack of) rail.
The next range trip will hopefully be on the 14th of December. Marthe, the girl half of my Belgian shooting students, will have one day between the end of her finals and her plane flight home. We are hoping to have a couple of free hours so she can shoot a real live “assault weapon™” before she goes home.
I’ve added the sights, at least some loaner sights until I get my own fixed sights. I’m planning on getting an EOTech EXPS3-0 sight as well.
Since this rifle is primarily for home defense, I think I should add a light to it. I’m being taught to hold the rifle with my support hand thumb rolled over the top of the forend, all the way out at the front sight. I selected the Templar RaceRail, which only has one rail, the one on top. I didn’t see any reason to have four rails.
Does anyone have any suggestions how I would attach a light to the top rail in a position that I could turn it on and off? Any companies who would like to send me stuff so I could test the various options can contact me via email.