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    • Fiasco as usual

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Hooray for that barracks fiasco at Bragg turning a 1200 release time into 1530. Now I've got to haul ass to get to the wedding. 8 hour ride should be LOTS of fun. Grrr.

      Oh, and battalion slinky runs are still teh ghey.

      Radar detector mounted? Check!
      Mess dress completed? Check!
      Piece in tank bag? Check! (Check of reciprocity laws via www.handgunlaw.us? Check!)

      See yaz Sunday night!

    • Journalist of the year

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Of all the times for an IA Soldier to exercise muzzle discipline. What a fucking douchebag.

      Butler said he felt it was better to be kidnapped in Iraq then taken into custody by Americans in Afghanistan.

      "I was pleased I wasn't being mortarboarded in Guantanamo or being held for six and a half years like an Al-Jazeera cameraman, for instance," he said.

      Butler said he lost about 42 pounds and during the last 12 days of his captivity, ate one tangerine and four boiled eggs.

      Seriously, dudes like this fat fuck deserve to die.


      Oh, and here's the link to the laptop SilentDonkey put together for me. Coooool!

      Used a 2-part epoxy compound that you knead up like bubble gum and patched the crack in my on of my motorcycle luggage bags. With that, I think I'm ready to hit the road tomorrow and head for Tennessee for the wedding of one of an old commander's daughter. He's one of the few senior leaders I ever worked for in the Air Force, and one of probably a half dozen higher ranking people I'd feel unhappy about disappointing. This was the guy who had his officers' pictures on the wall in his office and would practice with his throwing knives on them. If you got called in and there were a lot of new holes in your mug, it was going to be an unhappy conference. Obviously, I loved working for the guy. When we did his change of command, I arranged for "convoy" of one of every vehicle we owned to do a drive-by with smoke grenades and blank rounds. I knew it'd never get approved (but that the ex-boss would cover my ass if it got hot), so I didn't ask permission. The piss-ant Army Colonel in command at Camp Humphreys, who didn't bother to attend because my boss wouldn't kiss his ass like a good boy, was fucking furious when he found out. WIN. Lots of smoke, M60s booming, M16A2s chattering, and vehicles to include: A Daewoo Tico (a beer can on wheels) a 5-ton, an LMTV, a deuce and a half, a 5-ton wrecker, a Kia Towner (mail van), a 6-pack Chevy, a 10K forklift, a 6k forklift, and a Bluebird 44pax bus. Seriously, it was a glorious day! The only things that could have been better would have been for clear weather to allow the UH-60 fly-over I'd arranged and for the not to have been a peninsula-wide shortage of artillery simulators at that time. smiley0.gif

      Kate, you're gonna love working for him, trust me. smiley8.gif

    • SilentDonkey for FU!

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Our resident mad computer genius SilentDonkey totally hooked me up with a monster laptop. Great price, uberfast shipping, he did the loading and hardware configs for me, and the software configuration was decided in under an hour, and that's mostly because we kept bullshitting at the same time.

      Monster specs:
      2.4GHz Intel core 2 duo T8300
      3GB RAM DDR2-333
      NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB memory
      250GB HDD
      Gigantic 17" screen that's just beautiful at 1680x1050
      Bluetooth
      integrated webcam
      and all kinds of other bells & whistles like a spot for a smartcard reader, a memory card reader, wireless, DVD +/-R & RW, blah blah blah.

      And a keyboard I can't figure out smiley0.gif

      Superdooper awesome bro! This is the monster I'm taking to Iraq with me, and short of being Toughbook tough, it's perfect. Even got the 12V DC power converter and an extra power cable. I'll research a bit and get an extended life battery as well. And I need to get new foam for my Pelican laptop case so it packs up nice and tight.

      GARAGE ANTICS
      I'm a firm believer that most mechanical work is best done while taking advantage of a little barley lubrication. Yes, I've been known to tip a few back while sweating over a motorcycle or whatnot in the garage. Nate, however, took it to extremes by dumping most of a bottle of damned good Sam Adams Black Porter all over the disassembled brake hardware from the quad while I was working tonight. I didn't know whether to be pissed about the beer on the parts or about losing most of the last bottle I had of that particular variety.

      Anyway, I got the new shoes for the front brakes on the LT80. It's an easy job, so I decided to do it tonight. Obviously, I broke a bolt that holds the actuator arm on, so I had to rummage through all my junk hardware drawers and find another bolt. Happily, after several false starts, I was successful.

      The brake shoes are some kind of cheap crap, which makes sense for the price I paid, but pisses me off because they weren't represented that way. Damned things didn't even include the springs, and the fit/finish was so bad that I had to use the bench grinder on them so they'd settle in properly. With that out of the way, they fit very well. Problem is, they tightened up the brakes...but not enough. I've tightened the damned cable adjusters too. No good--brakes are less than marginal. What a pisser! Maybe the cables are stretched and it's time for a new set. Not sure. I'll have to mess with them again later.

      One thing's for sure. I can find my tools a LOT faster now. Damn it was a lot easier not having to rummage through a pile of wrenches or sockets in a toolbox!

      You'll be so fast Mother Nature will be like Sloooooow Down! And you'll be like, Fuck You! And kick her in the face with your energy legs!

      You'll feel like a fighter jet made of biceps!
      Preposterone! When god gives you lemons, you find a new god!!


      Thank Herr Donkey for those too!

    • Where are all those people going??

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Pretty cool time lapse of the incoming and outgoing flights of the US

      "Explanation: What are these Earthlings going? Millions of people move about planet Earth by airplane every day. Hundreds of thousands of airplane flights take place over the US every day. A dramatic graphical depiction of these flights was created by Aaron Koblin and is shown above. The movie depicts flight patterns that occurred over a few days in 2005 March. The count on the lower left shows the number of flights USA-related flights at the time listed on the lower right. The trails shown are not contrails but rather generated artificially by a computer algorithm. Major cities in North America and the USA are discernable. Inspection of the movie shows that some times of the day are busier than others, indicating that flights leave some destinations at times that are convenient for travelers. In terms of distance, flying to a distant location is much safer than driving to that location. Flying in an airplane, however, remains slightly more dangerous than driving to a nearby airport."

    • Rainy day range visit and garage work

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Well, the weather turned to shit last night and pretty much rained us out on our plans to head out to my friend's place and shoot outdoors. I'll try to link up with him again in 2 weeks so we can figure out a good setup for him to start pushing up berms with his backhoe/dozer.

      So, instead, we headed to a local pawnshop (Jim's for those who know Bragg/Fayetteville) to make use of their indoor range. Cousin Namsuk decided to come along. She started off nervous enough, but soon took to shooting like a duck to water. We started off on the XD40SC because of the grip size, but it really is such a snappy pistol that we transitioned to the XD45. That was easier, but when I pulled the 1911 out just to let her shoot it for laughs, she liked it so much more that she spent the rest of the time firing controlled pairs with it. (Note to self, buy a damned shot timer!)

      She shot about 85% of the rounds that went downrange, but I did a few iterations of demonstration. One was a smokin' fast controlled pair to the head of our silhouette, with both rounds impacting in the terminal T. Even from 7 yards, that's not exactly easy.

      Another demo was where I was talking about body position and muscle memory. To illustrate, I got my stance and went to high ready, closed my eyes, extended, and fired a perfect hit on the X in the 10-ring. I probably couldn't do it again if I put a full mag out, but I have to admit, it was pretty impressive. Another demo of the same was a controlled pair where I got the sight picture, then looked away as I fired. The idea was to show her that you only sight the first shot, not the second one. Again, great CoM impact. Final bit of fun was 25yard shots with the 1911. Seriously, I was working on the Mel Gibson smiley face and not doing too bad. I was definitely on my game today.

      Next time we're able, we'll head out with the long guns and get after it a bit. I'm sure her brother back in Korea will be greatly jealous! I shot some video and pics today to send him.

      Here's the video of her first controlled pairs with the 1911. The grip is huge in her hands--I'm not sure why she liked it so much more. You can see her struggling to maintain control. Happily, we tweaked and shot some more, and though the course of practice, she got very stable for follow-up shots. Still gotta work on the anticipation flinch though. I got her nearly every single time with snap caps during slow fire.

      Mandatory Asian Peace Sign Pic
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      GARAGE WORK
      After shooting, I swung by Lowes and picked up a stack of 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2" socket racks, as well as a couple of magnetic holders for the double open-end wrenches I couldn't hang. Stupid magnet racks don't have holes in them, so I'll have to drill them. They're stuck on the toolbox for now. I'll probably pick up 2-3 more in order to hang all the socket extensions and allen wrenches and punches and stuff. As far as the socket racks, I'm not 100% happy with how they hang on the beg board (might go back out next weekend I've got free and zip tie them for stability), but I got about 2/3 of my sockets organized and hung. I ran out of 3/8 and 1/2" racks, so I'll see if SunJa can pick up more tomorrow.

      Funny thing (to you at least) with the sockets. I have a ridiculous amount of sockets, ranging from 3/4" drive 2" monsters down to the 1/4" drive 4mm / 5/32" itty-bitty ones. I swear I was about to have a stroke after I'd spent roughly two hours pulling out every single socket I own and organizing them on the floor to start hanging them when Nate came charging through and very carefully avoided everything...while the shovel he was dragging did not. As I recovered and checked to make sure CPS wasn't headed up the driveway...it started raining and blowing in to the garage. And I couldn't shut the door because I'd used that space for a portion of the layout. Let's just say that I used a good portion of a can of WD-40 when I finished up.
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      Holy shit, my head was about to explode after organizing the SAE sockets. Deep sockets, regular sockets, swivel sockets, 3 different drive sizes, Craftsman and Snap-On over here, all the other China/Taiwan junk over there unless I'm missing one of the good ones...and THEN math time, organizing them in 1/16" increments for the larger ones, 1/32" for the smaller ones. Ack! Once I'm satisfied I've got what I need mounted, the remainders that don't get set up in kits and staged in a bike or car will get strung up on 550 cord for storage. Almost there:
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      PS. Four days off was AWESOME! Shooting, bike maintenance, garage cleaning, kid beating. Seriously...I gotta do this more often!
      PPS. Saw a 30gal compressor that'll do 5.7scfm @ 90 PSI for $300 at the pawnshop. Looked to be in good shape and is typically ~$400. If it'll run my air tools, I'm going back.
      PPPS. Lex is "building a campfire like Paul Bunyan" out of the styrofoam packing forms that came with a set of shelves SunJa bought today. She really liked the folklore cartoon DVD we rented last week. It's been Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, etc for days!

    • Badasses have tools

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Check out my little batch of badasses.
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      Another angle (fixed)
      Nate bro, you see anything familiar in the background?
      (by the way, $50 worth of parts and shipping via eBay and I should have the brakes rebuilt next weekend!)

      Oh, and here's today's work:
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      P4270046tools.jpg

      Yep, that's one corner of a man's garage. Gonna build another bench on the other side to set up the reloading gear. Then I need a cubby type setup with doors in it for all the misc electrical, automotive, etc junk. Still need a new vise and a replacement for the 20-year old Craftsman compressor that finally died. I'll get a good sized one that'll run my air tools.

      Lots more work to be done in getting everything organized, but that's a start. I need a ton more of the socket hangers for 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch drive for both SAE and metric. Then I need to hang all the yard tools on the other side.

      But that'll wait till tomorrow

      For now, SunJa has spaghetti almost done and the Jugger-Nate is sitting on top of the KLR trying ti kick-start it.

      Tomorrow should be good for shooting. My friend out in the country is coming back from some travel and wants to set up a permanent range for us so we always have a place to go. Score!

    • Maintenance day

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      Spent the day in the garage. After that bullshit of trying to find someone in town who'll mount motorcycle tires for a reasonable price (they all want $35 a piece if you didn't buy them in the shop at a 50% markup), I thought I'd lucked out when I talked to one dude and he offered to do it for $15. Since I'd already mounted the front tire, with a lot of help from Yuengling and SunJa, I decided to let him do it. Sure enough, SunJa dropped it off for me while I was watching the kids and she was running errands and the guy wanted $30. WTF? Pissed off, I called him, and he told me he misunderstood that I didn't buy the tires in his shop. After some tense words, explaining what else he'd misunderstood, he agreed to go with the price he offered. But I'm screwed next time.

      The assholes at the local Kawasaki dealer refused to do my tires because they don't work on bikes from before 1998. WTF? YGBSM, right? Tires are tires and wheels are wheels! Even dumber is that the parts are identical to those in a 2006 bike. Dirtbags. After their price gouging attempt at something else, this guarantees I won't shop there unless it's a fire sale. Why do dealers suck so much? The Harley shitbird with the one-line entry in the yellowpages who replied, "Oh, I don't work on that chintzy Jap shit!" was non-plussed when I replied that I understood--with as shitty as Harleys are for maintenance and as ignorant as their riders usually are, I'm sure business is booming for him. Seriously, what has happened to the maintenance arm of the biker community???

      A bit of cursing at the kids, and the wheels both got back on with minimal problems. Biggest challenge was that I had everything laid out as I wanted it, and then Lex and Nate policed the place up and brought me all my wrenches and parts and such in a pile. *sigh* Bust out the schematics and start playing the steel jigsaw puzzle game. But, I got out for a quick ride, and other than the rear tire being nearly too big for the bike (all stock/OEM-size tires suck, I did some research online before buying), the bike runs great. Yay me! I wanted to replace all the bearings while I had it apart, but couldn't find a single place in town that had them--including dealers. Gay. Then I found a dude on ebay selling all 6 for like $20...after I'd put it all back together.

      Tomorrow's project is fixing/figuring out the brakes on the LT80. I disassembled and cleaned both the front and still get almost nothing out of them. So, I ordered some new shoes, which will undoubtedly arrive after I'm too busy to install them, even though it's the simplest brake job I've ever seen.

      My country-boy friend called back and he's going to be back home from Florida on Sunday. We're meeting up on Monday (4-day weekend for me--yay! All this not-jumping is wearing me out!). He wants to create a dedicated range for us so we can shoot any time we want. Think I'll take the bike along and hit the 5-mile track while I'm at it. The new tires are crazy grippy in the muck, but pretty squirrelly in the sand, which was sort of surprising. Nothing for it--just gotta ride 'em and see if they improve. After all the hassle of mounting the suckers, they're not coming off unless I have to patch them or they're toast.

      Oh, and I rode a YZ250 up and down the road in front of the house today. Ridiculous power and fun--I almost dumped myself on my head! That's it...I want one. Gonna search casually for a 2-stroke 250cc dirtbike. If I find one, it'll be time to put the KLR250 up for sale. I don't intend to ride it on the street anyway, so I might as well.

    • Hmm, what're you paying for gas?

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

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      $3.49-3.59 around Fayetteville.

      Played in the yard with the kids for a bit when I got home this evening. Then Lex decided to hose everyone down and we went inside.

      Friend of the family was on the winning team (according to Mom--I can't find anything saying who won) for the Northeast Collegiate Challenge for Timbersports over the weekend. Here he is on single buck, and here's the ESPN page. Team name? The "A-Team." LOL! Go Dan!

      Found out that two good friends from the Infantry Captains course finished in 8th place in the Best Ranger Competition as well. If you guys have never watched it or had the *ahem* glorious experience of attending Ranger school, BRC is a series of events that pushes the limits of human endurance. Just completing it is a huge accomplishment. Congrats to my bros in 8th Place, CPT Jay A. Bessey and CPT James C. Stultz (Team 26) with 1,033 points. Jay and James are genuinely Great Men--the kind that parents pray are leading their boys in combat. They're also outrageously funny guys to hang with.

      Only 16 of the original 28 starters were able to complete the demanding three-day event, which concluded with a 3-mile Buddy Run, ending at Camp Rogers, home to the Ranger Training Brigade.

      The 12 teams that were eliminated all fell out during the foot-march during the night after Day 1. Apparently, it was so brutal it was shortened from 30 miles to 16 because too many teams fell out.

      I must add that the competition is that much more difficult due to the need to use wheelbarrows to haul the competitor's giant brass balls in most events. Swimming and rappelling are especially challenging... smiley8.gif

    • Guess how many jumps now

      11 years ago

      Havoc1

      I'm fucking cursed. I got scratched (along with two full chalks) off of my 4th jump in a row about 2 hours ago. We had two planes break, and one flight crew managed to fly out of formation on the way over the DZ, getting instantly decertified and forcing them to bring their entire load of Paratroopers home.

      WHAT. THE. FUCK??

      2nd or 4th Brigade has a reintegration jump on Thursday. I'm going to see what I can do to get on one of those. There should be a lot of chutes left over with guys coming home broke-dick or with TBI or whatnot.

  • Comments (2746)

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Dust Storms?

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      it pretty much is what you're doing.....although I'd have to say that the sprints that I will be doing in a couple weeks will be a lot harder and eviler....less time+more sprints+more sets=devils week and that is a hell of a lot worse than just no breathers

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      A lactate is basically a sprint under water... you swim at least two laps, then wait untill the 1 1/2 minutes are up, then swim again....after like 10 of them, anyone would want to give up, after 15-16th one, you are dead tired..

    • Gael

      13 years ago

      Ha! It does look rather Star Trek-y doesn't it? Hadn't really noticed that before.

    • lckothclover

      13 years ago

      it was for halloween...my first time to dress up and 2nd time ever carving a pumpkin...

    • lckothclover

      13 years ago

      Your hilarious...I think people look better in black and white because it takes away so much of the blemish details shown with color....red spots on the skin and such, plus it makes shadows deeper and brightens the face, I think it makes people look more...I don't know, more real I guess....not the right word but I'm going on an hour and a half of sleep right now so please forgive me...

    • lckothclover

      13 years ago

      They are shooting stars, I can understand the confusion, the shirt kinda blocks the whole top of the large nautical star....I'll soon have better pics these and my other tats soon....

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Muscle memory is goddamned right. I've been drawing my pistol the same way for six years now, and I'm not gonna change it for the world.

      I will continue to use the same five-step draw technique for as long as I carry a pistol.

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      My PDW is not my backup to the service pistol. My agency strictly prohibits carrying non-standard-issue firearms on duty. It's my off-duty baby, since it'll stop a man in his tracks, should I ever have to turn it against a human being.

      My carry rig is a Fobus concealment holster, carried on my waist, strong side. I figure I draw from that side while training, so why try to relearn to draw from another position? Plus, that kinda practice will get me killed on the street if I ever have to draw my duty weapon and reach for my concealment position.

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      And seriously, what is up with those pants?

      I haven't the slightest fucking idea, man. Let me make this clear: The dude in the picture is NOT The Paul.

    • pt606

      13 years ago

      Webcam, w00t! That's exactly how I talk to your mom too...

      Dad?? Is that you? I've spent my whole life looking for you!

      Now hand over 18 years worth of child support, you cheap fucker.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      Reply to my image:
      What's the deal with that structure there? Was it a pier for a bridge? No clue
      Why is that truck fording the stream over there? He's crossing the border between Iran/Iraq. There's no bridge over the river anymore. Maybe that's what the structure used to be. They do a lot of commerce between the two countries up in the green zone. Well, at least when I was there they did.
      What's with all the trucks lined up on the road? They're waiting to go through customs to cross into Iran.

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      (where's the debauchery?!)


      Those are a bit NSFW, so I put them in a friends-only journal entry.

      Ahhh, you found the monkey. smiley0.gif Jerry, meet Havoc1. Havoc1, meet Jerry.

      To make a long story short: at a very very very small forum I frequent, there's a running joke about a monkey named Jerry, who is in charge when the mods are away. I found myself inspired to do a series of Jerry In Charge pics. This one's of Jerry "throwing the book" (or about to, anyway -- Jerry is a highly literate monkey and does not throw poo. Hardcovers hurt more, anyway).

      I can make no statements about the PTSD, Jerry's personal history is shrouded in mystery. He is, however, an avid collector of militaria and (oddly enough) coloring books. Jerry enjoys long walks on the beach, banana Daiquiris, and crack.

    • Mungojerrie

      13 years ago

      Well, as far as ground fighting goes. I'm kind of light so it is so it's kind of harder for me against bigger guys, but I definatly get by with a strong ground fight for my weight and size.

      As far as going pro. Sure, I would love to be on TV and get tons of money for a hobby of mine.... but it's a lot more work and I would like to focus on my career as a full time musician.

      Oh, also about the whole "Lethal Weapon", I went to a tournoment right, and it was a full contact weapons tournament. (With optional padding/armor.) Well, I basicly knocked out this guy in 2 seconds in the match and the persons parents tried to kick me out. They had to give me physical and mental exams to prove that I was an extreamly effective fighter, but that I wouldn't use my abilities to kill and stuff..... It was a bunch of bull shit, but what ever. I made it through and I still fight.

    • Mungojerrie

      13 years ago

      Ok, I'm going to go on a rant about my fighting career because it's 5:30 in the morning and I'm in that kind of mood..... so stick with me. Hehe. ^_^


      I'm one of the most reconized fighters in the state of colorado. I've been to many tournaments and won almost every single one. I compete in full contact sparing competitions. I'm state champion in extream weapons martial arts and have been qualified for nationals..... but school and money stopped that dead in it's tracks.

      I train almost every day with weapons and hand-to-hand combat in my backyard. I have a very wide area of weapons that I've mastered over the many years. My teacher is one of the best Edge Master's in the world and reconized by the Emperor of Japan as an 8th degree black belt.

      Every single tournament i've been to I've atleast came in 3rd place or better. I've never lost a fight to a KO but have lost due to massive damage to my person and have also lost to points system sparring. I've been hospitalized only 3 times from matches... but that doesn't count how many times i've had to go in for stiches and broken bones. (If I can still fight, I will.) I have hospitalized 7 people as of today (one of them being my brother and another my best friend) and show no regreat for it either. (The people that I've put in the hospital where mostly minor and they know the risk involved in training so they take it with no gruge against me for doing it.)

      Now that I'm an adult, they have titled me as a Lethal Weapon and have had many patitions for the cancelation of further training. But all in all, I haven't broken any rules. I haven't started a fight. I have not taken what I learned and used it to my advantage, and nor will I ever.

      Everything I do as far as fighting has been an honor and I use it to protect me, my friend and family, and someday my own family............

      In the ring, I have fought people twice my size. People who have been fighting for longer then I have. I've fought people of every race, sex, and age... and I treat each and every single one of them with the same respect and honor as the one before.


      ............


      Hey! Didn't expect that from a guy who is a musician and loves broadway musicals. ^_^

    • Mungojerrie

      13 years ago

      Well, I'm into more of Tia Chi and Shodukan, plus the extream weapons martial arts. I'm not to big a fan of the ATA and Ti Quan Do style though.... they take not enough risks and it's to flashy.

      I'm more into the "fight to the death" kind of martial arts. ^_^

      No pads, no gloves, little-to-no rules, and full contact.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      Oh, and as far as the P & CE forum goes, I usually don't post in there because no matter what, it turns into a flame war. A bunch of over indulged college kids and whiny, spoiled teenagers who think they know everything, especially about the military or Iraq. It just irritates me because I know they haven't done or seen what I've done.

      I keep calm by knowing that if any of those punks talked to me like that in person, I'd crush their nose in a heartbeat.

      Post edited 1/08/06 4:32AM

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      I used to watch Tour of Duty back in HS, too. It's still cool, in a retro kind of way. I'm always very picky when I watch military movies, ever since I've been in the army. I can't help myself, it's the NCO in me. For the most part, it's not too bad considering when it was filmed.

      Best opening credits ever, to the song Paint it Black by the Stones. Unfortunately, they didn't adopt that version of the opening credits until after season 1. Guess I'll have to buy the other seasons, too.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      I think the people who design body armor need to wear it themselves before trying to sell it. Nah, I'm fine with the armor that I have. You summed up the weight nicely, a minimum of 40 lbs. At that weight I can't hustle and move like I can without armor. In my line of work speed is sometimes safety.

      The armor is a good thing, though. More lives have been saved since it's inception than what we realize. I was watching Tour of Duty last night (wife bought the first season) and I reflected on the equipment of their generation. Riding in open 5 ton trucks, open Willy's style jeeps, only a steel pot for a helmet, and absolutely no armor anywhere in that country except if you were in a tank.

      And people today bitch about not having enough. Fuck that, I'll be thankful for what I have because it wasn't that long ago that we didn't have any of it.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      To answer your question, yes. Audentis Fortuna Iuvat means "Fortune favors the bold".

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      Oh, pah, in that case I have no sympathy whatsoever, then. smiley0.gif Our bus ride was all in one go (except for three brief stops). Slept on the sodding thing. Ugh.

      My buttocks do appreciate the concern though.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      I know what you mean man...I play Hockey and I know it's competition, win or lose I still am a good sportsman by shaking the other teams hands and stuff like that

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      Maybe you should. Then you could change your title to Inner Steele. smiley0.gif

      Quartered Safe Out Here is an autobiography -- well, autobiographic, it only covers the author's part in the Burma Campaign of WWII. Easy reading, but peppered with intelligent (and thought-provoking) observations as well as some incredibly funny moments. (Two words: Captain Grief. You'll understand some day. smiley0.gif ) Oh, and hella cool Gurkhas and huge centipedes and tips on the finer points of tea-brewing and monsoons and ... and ... and you've probably already read all of this on Amazon and I'm insulting your intelligence. Very good book though.

      Biggest Brother only just came in the mail for me, and I'm enjoying it very, very much. (Seems backwards, doesn't it? Recommend a book, then read it.... but then it was more a case of "Hey, this book's coming out and I'm planning on getting it, thought it might interest you too.")

      40+ hours, ye gods...! smiley7.gif And I thought the 28-hour bus ride from Denmark to Spain was bad. My buttocks are overcome with sympathy pain.

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      That's for me to know and you to fear wonder. smiley0.gif

      Since it's not long since I had Latin class, and because I'm just that kind of sneaky bitch, I'm gonna pre-empt Stmikl and say yes, that does mean "Fortune favors the bold." Fortes Fortuna Iuvat is another version, but I like Audentis... version better -- strength doesn't mean a thing without balls boldness.

      And since I'm butting in anyway -- oh my God I want a kukri, those are the wickedest things ever. I've lusted after them ever since reading George McDonald Fraser's Quartered Safe Out Here. (Which is an excellent book by the way, I think you'd find that you and GMF agree on quite a lot of things. smiley0.gif )

      I miss my machete.... smiley3.gif

    • Gael

      13 years ago

      Dude, come on. It was a concert. And I think it was Ingram Hill. Of course there's gonna be a ton more chicks. smiley4.gif

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      I've seen that site. Very informative.

      The sharpening stone is called a "whet stone". Don't ask me why it's spelled like that, though. I do know that you were supposed to get the stone wet with water, oil, sometimes even spit before you commenced to sharpen the blade.

      I don't like leather sheaths either, for the same reasons. Plus they rot after awhile. I'd like to find a kydex sheath for a kukri.

    • Firedrayke

      13 years ago

      Well, here's the sheep. Now you can give the pertinent part back to me, and we'll see if the weather changes.

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      Hey, it's worth a shot, right...? smiley8.gif

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      Well, I used to carry a Vietnam tomahawk with me. My buddies used to call me "Mogwa" because of it (think Last of the Mohicans). It wasn't very fast out of the sheath, though. Stupid leather sheath. The spike on the back end got it hung up a lot. A kukri would be ideal for me because I could strap it onto my IBA underneath my left arm, in a vertical hold, so that I could have a cross draw with my right hand. Cold steel makes a Kydex sheath for there kukris.

      That site I was looking at is supposedly the supplier for the Gurka's. Prices look cheap because, IMO, they're made in Nepal.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      What kind of kit did you buy? I got a Lansky Knife Sharpening System when I went to Iraq. You get the exact angle every single time. I'm kinda nitpicky about stuff like that. After I'm done with a knife I can shave the whiskers off of a gnat. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

      The next knife that I want is khukuri.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      I love automatic knives. Easy to use and they have a certain intimidation factor to them. I also carry the CRKT M-16 (same one you pictured) in my back pocket, had it for years. That thing opens so easily and is so big that people who don't know me always take an involuntary step back when I whip that thing open.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Your not old.....I even I don't know what it means

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Happy Late New Years! and Happy B-Day!to me

    • DANIEL242172

      13 years ago

      HAPPY NEW YEAR

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      Heh heh heh...I saw all of that journal/personal comment Tom foolery.

      Anyway, ever heard of Patriot Guard Riders? I figured you'd appreciate this.

    • Stmikl

      13 years ago

      The razor is pretty cool, but I have to learn how to use the damn thing now.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      oh an of course you are the largest, most powerful land animal on earth....that is why everyone should bow down to you

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      oh then I guess it is a bad thing since there is nothing I can change in Detroit....

    • NOVAmonkey

      13 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed it as much as i did sayin it smiley0.gif

    • Duste

      13 years ago

      However, Canada has been a target regardless, as well as a key base for drug smugging and a home for e the Air India bombers. Terrorism happens here too; one of the best tools CSIS uses in a low public profile. As long as people don't think they're in danger, agents are able to get work done faster and to a greater degree.

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Ohhh crap I have the urge to blow something up with illegal fireworks again......is that bad or good?

    • Duste

      13 years ago

      Mircocosm.

      A tight, low key security force, acting defensivly (ie. undertaking investigations, gathering intel... espionage if you will) not only will shock any attackers, but will be removed from attack (as they are unknown) and have more capability to freely acheive their goals (as they are not bound by opwn military restrictions).

      Covert ops and security has kept my country safe; sometimes the best weaon is to take advantage of the human capability to underestimate.

    • Duste

      13 years ago

      ADT.

      Why? Because an ADT system is fundamentally flawed, and gives not only the burglar all the intel he needs to trip the security features, but also gives a false sense of safety to the home owners.

      The guy with the dark house and bushes may have a shotgun and attack dogs.
      Only idiots flaunt their security.

    • Hunji_Mofo

      13 years ago

      Want me to watch you? Go here, comment and I will.

    • DANIEL242172

      13 years ago

      marry christmas

    • GoldenZephyr

      13 years ago

      Hey! Check this out Dad!

      www.noradsanta.org/en/map/index.php

      Pretty Cool! Be better in a few years when they can understand it!

    • 82nd

      13 years ago

      Aetha Bereaktha Havoc...in other words Merry Christmas

    • Impavide117

      13 years ago

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    • Brutus_86

      13 years ago

      Merry Christmas, man.

    • drizztdrow10

      13 years ago

      Merry Christmas

    • NOVAmonkey

      13 years ago

      MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ME smiley12.gif <- Click Me

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