Archive for category: Family

Fifteen Years

18 Jun
June 18, 2018

Yesterday was the fifteenth Father’s Day without my father. Some days, it seems like we lost him yesterday and the idea that he’s been gone for a decade and a half is startling.

I know a lot of my personality comes from my dad. The work ethic, the accountant mind, the methodical nature. Funny thing, I also got my job from my dad. Well, sort of. Dad worked for the same .gov agency that I do. Ran across a memo where he was on the task force that ultimately created my position. These are the times I wish I could believe in fate.

I wish my dad was here. I wish he could see my niece and nephew. They would love his stories. They would love watching old John Wayne films with him. I wish he could meet The Girlfriend. I think he would be glad that I finally found her.

Miss you Dad.

I Am A Bad Uncle

14 Jun
June 14, 2018

Because my brother took a position on the other side of the state, I’ve been tasked with taking my nephew to his Boy Scouts meeting. On the way to and from, the nephew and I have been listening to the first couple of books from Peter Grant’s Maxwell saga. We finished the second book last week, and this week was probably the last week he’ll go to scouts before the family moves.

So, I throw on Lawdog’s African adventures book. Much hilarity was enjoyed. I have also exposed a bright young man to possible mischievous antics.

I am a bad uncle.

Chocolate Cake For Breakfast

25 Apr
April 25, 2018

Last weekend the girlfriend and I had the first “your folks and my folks” dinner at her place. This was the first time my family had been down to her place and got to meet her family and cats. Yes, it was a success. Particularly when my family got to meet her hairless cats.

For dessert, my mom brought chocolate cake. Very good. Very rich. About half of it left over. The next morning, there was some facetious discussion about the possibility of chocolate cake for breakfast. Maybe not so facetious. Anyways, I was going to make a reference to Bill Cosby’s bit, but found out that the girlfriend never saw that routine. That was quickly remedied.

She was amused, and I think more tempted by the chocolate cake.

I Actually Made It Out to the Range

12 Apr
April 12, 2018

I played hooky from work and took my mom to the range. Some tidbits:

  1. There was a bus from The Villages retirement community parked outside the range when we pulled up. That must be an interesting group activity.

2.Playing with the SIRT while teleworking helped my flinch. Now I’m going low and left.

3.Mom’s revolver started throwing keyholes about halfway through the session. Need to research that. It’s one of Taurus’s polymer revolvers, so I’m having all sorts of nasty suspicions.

  1. The range is trying out an “action shooting league” to try and cash in on the three-gun money. They’re starting with just pistol. There’s a match on Friday night. I’ll probably try that out. I’ve never done a competition, and almost all the professionals I know recommend it.

  2. The range had a Colt All American 2000 for $450. I was very tempted just to add it to my inventory. They also had a Boberg (whatever Bond Arms is calling it). That’s another I want to add as a novelty.

  3. Mom handed me a box of 20 gauge shells. You know what this means. I need to get a 20 gauge shotgun. Honestly, I wouldn’t say no to one of the new shorties.

  4. It seems the IMI generic ammo is no longer using the depleted uranium primers. I still have half a box of stuff my M&Ps refuse to fire.

  5. I am buying my niece, nephew, and mom electronic muffs. The ability to communicate is so worth the extra warmth.

  6. It’s been long enough since I’ve taken the kiddos shooting that we need to refamiliarization. Particularly since the boy is now taller than me. At thirteen.

A Relationship of Firsts

15 Nov
November 15, 2017

First the big news. I am no longer single. It’s kind of a long distance thing because we’re both busy adults, and we live on opposite ends of the county. Which means a lot of texting while seeing each other on weekends and dinner during the week.

But it is a relationship of firsts for the both of us.

For her, I’m the first person she’s known who was an open atheist. For me, she’s the first significant other who is uncomfortable around guns. So, we’re both doing the careful dance of what to say and do around each other in regards to those topics.

So, this Christmas season is going to prove to be very interesting.

Saturday Happenings

23 Sep
September 23, 2017
  1. I’ve watched the first four episodes of the new Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam. It’s been pretty decent so far.

  2. I do not understand why some people are so full of their own self-importance that they feel the need to jump out of their car and berate the person in front of them for not pulling forward enough. In their opinion. Which would require the person in front of them to block the intersection.

  3. The 5.11 store in Tampa is finally open! I’m going to have to do something about that.

  4. We come out of the restaurant and my nephew proudly claims he’s finally taller than me. I look at him, look at the ground, and then back up at him. “Dude, you realize I’m standing on an incline, right?” Twelve-year-old face just deflates. I’ve got to take these small victories when I can. I’ve probably got six months before the boy will be taller than me.

  5. Best family costume idea – the ninja hedgerow from the early Tick comics. Man, those old comics were funny as hell.

Taking The Nephew To Scouts Again

30 Aug
August 30, 2017

Due to his father’s new job, I have been designated as the new chauffeur for my nephew to his Boy Scouts meeting. I fully intend on using the time waiting for him to either A) get caught up on comics or B) getting some writing done – both of which I can do on my tablet.

The other fun bit is that the boy is now old enough for different audiobooks than those we listened to when he went to Cub Scouts. I’ve already started him on Hardcore History’s “Ghosts of the Ostfront” series.


14 Dec
December 14, 2015

Today is a day that all pet owners know will come. It was just so sudden. I mean fifteen minutes before he was sitting next to me get his morning skritches and rubs. Now, he’s laid to rest in the backyard. I don’t know what happened except my Ghost, who I’ve had since he was a kitten, is gone. My attention whore cat got his last bit of attention.


Things Heard At the Scout Meeting

07 May
May 7, 2015

C’mon, we’re making a dry ice run!

I do so love science night with the nephew’s scout den.

Overheard at Game…

01 May
May 1, 2015

Nephew: Let’s go talk to her. That’s the best way to start a fight is to talk to them.