DRUM57IX

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from Quincy, IL

    • DRUM57IX

      De-activation

      11 months ago

      Hello again friends.

      Sadly, this will probably be the last time that I say hello on this site. Its been months since I've even checked up on this site. Taking an involuntary hiatus more or less showed me how much I really don't miss this place. Since the time when Mod Points went away, and Barbara had her snafu about US Military personnel that caused me to end my sponsorship, I've really not been interested in this site. I have made many friends on this site, and because of that, if any of my existing friends on this site would like to continue being involved in my social media life, feel free to send me a friend request on facebook and let me know your screen name here so I don't deny the request.

      www.facebook.com/shaun.cookson.3

      Xbox live Gamertag - DRUM571X

      As far as a quick update on my life, I have started a new job with the City I live in. Took long enough, but I'm finally a government employee! I'm also very much so still involved with campaigning and elections! In fact, I'm the county coordinator for a Federal Senate race, and State Representative race in my home county! And of course, my St. Louis Blues are about to start up again! Season tickets are already paid for, and I'm looking forward to the Stanley Cup making it's way to St. Louis for the first time in team history!

      With all that said, thank you to those of you who I've been fortunate enough to call friends on this site. You're all amazing people, and I wish the best for all of you!

      I will de-activate my account of my 9th anniversary on this site - December 8, 2014.

      God Bless,
      Drum57ix
      a.k.a. Shaun

    • DRUM57IX

      Update

      1 year ago

      So, I haven't written a journal in a while...figure for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook, I'd give a quick update.

      - The Mayoral election that I was working for at the beginning of the year was successful! The candidate that won is the first of his party in nearly 3 decades to hold that seat! During his acceptance speech, he named me SPECIFICALLY as the campaign "MVP". Because of that, I've become an appointed precinct committeeman, have been hired part time as zone/regional coordinator on a statewide gubernatorial campaign, and have been recruited to help with 3 local/county elections, and 1 regional election.

      - The wife had foot surgery recently. Shes still in a cast that she can't put any pressure on for about another 6 weeks, but I think we finally got daily life with her temporary disability down pat.

      - Still working at the car dealership for right now. Got a call from one of my campaign people, and if I want, there will be a job available for me at the beginning of the year. I'm pretty stressed out at work right now, and I'm looking forward to a new change that will afford me more time at home, better benefits, and better pay!

      - I have become ADDICTED to hockey this season! I've always like the St. Louis Blues, but never really followed them until this year. In fact, tonight will be the third game this season that I've gone to!
      LET'S GO BLUUUUUUUUUES!!!

    • DRUM57IX

      Let's get political

      2 years ago

      Me...with my current US house representative Aaron Schock and the third ward alderman in my city running for Mayor that I've been campaigning for!

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    • DRUM57IX

      Well, here we go again!

      2 years ago

      So...I got myself a little gift with some of my christmas gift cards.

      For those of you who don't pay attention to laws, the government, current events, or anything in "Real Life", Illinois has been the last hold out state for a movement known as "Concealed Carry". Concealed carry has to deal with the legal ability of private citizens to carry concealed firearms on their person in public (which for most people is pretty obvious...just had to make sure we're all on the same page...). I already have been throughly training when I was living in Ohio and received my Concealed Handgun License, which is still valid through the end of next year. With that particular license, I am already allowed to carry in 30 other states, including my next door neighbor of Missouri.

      Recently, there was a court case that made it to the US Federal Court of Appeals. This court is the court IMMEDIATELY below the Supreme Court of the United States, aka this highest court in the land and is the final authority on the law. A few weeks ago, the court case I initially mentioned resulted in the court MANDATING concealed carry in Illinois under grounds that barring concealed carry is unconstitutional. The court, not wanting to write legislation itself, has allowed the legislature 180 days to write a law allowing for concealed carry.

      In honor of that ruling, I have decided today to purchase the firearm that will be a weapon I will ALWAYS be carrying. That would be the Taurus TCP 738!

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      My particular gun is solid black, unlike the one in the photo. However, the photo does a great job depicting the size of the firearm! It comes in wieghing just over 10 oz, making it EXTREMELY lightweight. With the ability to carry 7 rounds of .380 ACP fully loaded, it makes it a decent choice for such a concealable weapon. Of course, there are other carry options that can hold more rounds, such as my Glock 23 and its 22 round magazine...but considering weight, and conceal-ability, its not always logical or even possible to carry such a large (relatively) firearm. Ergonomically, it feels pretty good, and tear down is easy as pie if you've got a knife.

      So to break this year down as far as guns go for me, I sold 1, GREATLY modified 1, traded 1 for another, and bought a completely new 1. My collection is becoming more tactical, more functional, and even more of what I want out of my firearms!

      Not a bad year for firearms and me!

    • DRUM57IX

      Just bought TWO bettas!

      2 years ago

      And I named MY Betta "The Iron Patriot"

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    • DRUM57IX

      7 years

      2 years ago

      Just realized, yesterday was my 7th year on the site. Why did this have to happen after the mod system died...

      #StillPissed

    • DRUM57IX

      End of Mod

      2 years ago

      The Mod system was RT's own claim to its community amongst the then giants of social media Myspace and Facebook. RT has been becoming more and more like other social media sites to the point where the community is now no more related to RvB as it originally was, but more to current social media like facebook or twitter. I go on facebook to facebook, not RT.

      The product here is RvB. The community followed and grew strong from that. Now RT is focusing on the community as the product while trying to expand its "hobby" of videos / aka the original product. I understand...its a business, and like everyone who is working, they all want to make a decent living...But I no more like this than Facebook going public and selling out to sell user's information...The Mod system was mutilated years ago and has now simply turned into facebook lite with more videos...

      Very disappointed to see RT stray from their ingenuity and creativity of old to become a social norm and part of the status quo. It is for this reason that I am ending TONIGHT my continual renewal sponsorship of 5 years. When my current sponsorship runs out, I will NOT renew. There are no meaningful sponsor benefits anymore. The only benefit is being able to watch newly released videos 30 minutes before they become public, which really isn't a benefit anyway... Everyone is the same whether they pay to support the site or not. I'm done being thrown under the bus and getting nothing in return for my loyalty.

    • DRUM57IX

      priorities

      2 years ago

      Election night party with my possible state senator and HALO 4!

      BRB!!!

      ...in like a week...

  • Comments (3164)

    • EmmaLead

      EmmaLead

      8 months ago

      Take care!

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    • RvBRecruit

      RvBRecruit

      10 months ago

      Happy Birthday!

    • DumpsterMutt

      DumpsterMutt

      11 months ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY! smiley11.gif

    • monopoly_j

      monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

      11 months ago

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    • ares23

      ares23

      1 year ago

      happy b-day

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        1 year ago

        Thanks ares

    • monopoly_j

      monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday!

      • monopoly_j

        monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

        1 year ago

        Have fun.

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        1 year ago

        Stl for blues and rams game

      • monopoly_j

        monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

        1 year ago

        Any big plans?

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        1 year ago

        Thanks j

    • monopoly_j

      monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

      2 years ago

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      Merry Christmas from Monopoly_J
      I hope the Holiday finds you doing well.

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    • monopoly_j

      monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday!

    • monopoly_j

      monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

      3 years ago

      Hey thanks for the card! Right now I'm coping with Mass Effect 3...no poop throwing yet.

      • monopoly_j

        monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

        3 years ago

        indeed

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        3 years ago

        that isnt good...especially if you're trying to effect your mass

      • monopoly_j

        monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

        3 years ago

        Well the swelling is going down but now it's swelling my eyes.

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        3 years ago

        its ok! just want you to get better soon!

      • monopoly_j

        monopoly_j Elevator's not worthy.

        3 years ago

        I would have come to the door but I was all cuddled up in a blanket in my pj's.

    • Linh

      Linh Invisble

      3 years ago

      god damn it RT said i got two replies i clicked on it and i have nothing... are you still on xbl? i cant message you there

      • Linh

        Linh Invisble

        3 years ago

        yes yes i also convinced crazy to join.. so hopefully we'll be able to play with him bcbw

        night!

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        3 years ago

        I'll see you online tomorrow! Have fun tomorrow! Have fun being productive!!!

      • DRUM57IX

        DRUM57IX

        3 years ago

        I'm off...about to go to bed. Church in less than 6 hours.

        I think RT's site may be down a bit. Just got your last message though...FINALLY...