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YIR 2013

In a nutshell, I got fat and I got lazy.

The BEST of 2013:

FAST – 5.72
Bill Drill -2.99

IDPA Classifier Marksman, SSP!

That’s right, I packed on 40 some seconds to my Classifier score.  Three things,  I didn’t dry fire enough, I didn’t live fire enough (4 range trips in 2013) and I got lazy.  That last range trip was the same one we ran the classifier.  I shot no clean Bills or FASTs.  It might have been an off day – but performance on demand is one of those traits I very much appreciate.  Shooting is very much a perishable skill and it doesn’t require so much upkeep as to be inconvenient.

For my 13 in 13 I had listed:

  1. Ham Tech License
  2. GSW 1st Aid training
  3. Physical Fitness (Cont.)
  4. Long Range Marksmanship
  5. Reloading
  6. Orienteering
  7. Cleaning and butchering game (Chickens, I’m looking at you.)
  8. Deer Hunting
  9. Sewing
  10. Joinery and Finish Carpentry
  11. Playing the Harmonica
  12. Playing Pathfinder (the Wife is making me, honest.)
  13. Fermentation and Cheese Making.

Of which I accomplished… nothing.  Now – I did do some carpentry, but no joinery and nothing coming close to “finish.”  A lot of rough, but functional stuff got done.  I also flirted with fermentation and canning, mostly helping the wife.  Some things not on the list:

Knife making.  This activity stole my heart and attention, and it’s a skill I’m going to continue to develop.  There will be some posts in 2014 about the progression of knife design I’ve gone through.

I’ve replaced switches and outlets – standard home owner fare.  This year I also changed an electrical breaker.  Not a huge thing, but one of those tasks that I feel accomplished for having done.

The pocket FAK was carried every day I wore pants.  It does take up an entire pocket.  Amazon has listings for Z-fold Combat Gauze that isn’t $80 – so I’m going to jump on that wagon and see how a slimmed down FAK does.  I did take the time to re-familiarize myself with SWAT-T, CAT-T, TK4 and the Israeli Bandage.

Goals for 2014?

Raise up another batch of Chickens.  (There will be a story on that in late February.)

Get down to 200lbs.  210 and might be more reasonable, but I might as well shoot for the moon.

Break 5 seconds on a FAST.

Classify Expert in the IDPA Classifier.

Get harder, better, faster, stronger.

Extend food and water stores.


Yeah, I’m still here. 2013-07-07

It’s been a rough few months.  Nothing exceptionally bad other than 8 hours a day spend doing work I cannot stand.  Instead or self improvement, I’ve spent my time doing nothing worthwhile other than providing momentary satisfaction.  That’s not entirely true – I’ve started making my own knives.  Once I get my personal shit squared away we’ll be back to full time posting.  In the mean time:

https://sososamurai.wordpress.com/category/media-and-influences/


Weekend Catchup 2013-04-04

No update last week – my head hasn’t really been in the game lately.  I’ve been running maybe twice a week and knocking out a few sets with the kettlebell every few days.  DF has been minimal – mostly just working on the press out with the pistol.

This weekend we built garden boxes.  We were talking more 4×2′ boxes, but when I did the math I figured 4×3′.  We have some lumber left over, so a few more boxes will get made.  E and I also made some plate stands/rifle holders.  Lesson learned – any beer open when the router is running will be ruined by saw dust.  This was the first time I hadn’t done rough wood work – faces were sanded, edges bevelled and a legitimate effort towards being visually appealing.  It was even stained.  In the end, every little imperfection stands out – but they are functional.  I’ll may redo the top piece – I sweat it was level when it was put together:

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Update 2013-04-10

Squared up the vertical post and added a new top piece:

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The 13 in 13 Challenge

Over at TSP, Jack’s been talking about this “13 in 13 Challenge.”  A commitment to learn or refine 13 skills in 2013.  There’s a link to a spiffy website that’s been setup if you want to play along at home: 13skills.com While digging up the link for that I found Save Our Skills (www.SaveOurSkills.com)  Their podcast looks like an interesting and episodes are downloading now.

For my 13 skills I’m looking towards:

  1. Ham Tech License
  2. GSW 1st Aid training
  3. Physical Fitness (Cont.)
  4. Long Range Marksmanship
  5. Reloading
  6. Orienteering
  7. Cleaning and butchering game (Chickens, I’m looking at you.)
  8. Deer Hunting
  9. Sewing
  10. Joinery and Finish Carpentry
  11. Playing the Harmonica
  12. Playing Pathfinder (the Wife is making me, honest.)
  13. Fermentation and Cheese Making.