Sunday, July 25, 2010

Road trip on the horizon...

Christina over at Lucrative Pain has graciously invited nearly everyone she knows for a shindig at her place this coming weekend, including several of the bloggers (gunny and otherwise) I've been following for a good couple of years now.

Being a Friday night party and all, most in attendance will be relatively local to her area. Having missed Phlegmmy's Texas Gunblogger meetup early last year (due to lack of employment and therefore discretionary spending money at the time), I've decided I'm going to make this one. I'm told this is not a gunnie-only meetup, but general bloggers and even non-bloggers alike getting together for a party. I also figure it's the neighborly Texan thing to do, seeing as how she's only recently moved to the state. Also, I love road trips, and this will be the first of any significant distance in the truck.

I'm taking off of work midday, and it's something like a 5 hour drive up to her place. It just so happens that Dublin is located along my planned route, so I'll be stopping there to provide some premium Dr. Pepper for the party.

I'm looking forward to it!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Blogger, reloaded.

I'd start off this post with some sort of apology for my absence, and promises that I'll do better to keep up with a more regular schedule... but I won't. I've been busy with life events and whatnot, and my downtime has been utilized for other purposes.

"What life events?", you ask?

Well, I got married. After 4 1/2 years (or thereabouts) of dating and engagement, we finally made the commitment of marriage to one another. I am glad to have done so.

Since the beginning of the year, I've picked up a couple of new activities to occupy my time.

First is reloading. For Christmas last year, I received a Lee 50th Anniversary Breech Lock Challenger Kit from my now Mother-in-Law. In short, this is a single stage reloading press (including all the fixin's except dies) with some pretty useful features. I started out with 9mm, as it's by far the caliber I shoot the most (and had collected the most brass for). I've since expanded to .380, .38 Special, and 9x18 (Makarov). I hope to add .45 ACP and .223 in the near future, but that depends on my acquisition of firearms in those calibers. An AR build is already in the works, which I'll document here as I go along.

I'll have several posts in the future about my reloading activities and experiences. Expect some to be bullet, powder, or caliber-specific.

Secondly, I've taken up fishing. I'm certainly not very good at it yet, but I've got friends to help me along. I really want a boat to fish in, however that requires storage space that a (non-bachelor) apartment simply doesn't provide. My bride tells me a house is required. I'll have to get cracking on that one. Anyhow, as I mentioned, I'm not terribly good at fishing yet. It's an enjoyable activity, and certainly beats sitting around the house.

I'm sure there's plenty I'm leaving out here, but that will have to wait until later. I'll try to get another post up later in the day.