Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Days of Our Trailers: 2014 Year in Review

Blog Stats for the year 2014

A drop of about 30% compared to last year due to lack of posting and burnout. 

None of the analytics are working for me w/o me downloading GoogleChrome so that's just a top off for the year.  This year between New Years Eve of last year and a few weeks ago, we've lost 6 cats between us, my mom, and my in-laws including my beloved Eris kitty, our kids' favorite Loki and the wife's favorite Crazy to coyotes and three others from old age.   

Most of the summer and all of our savings was spent fixing the roof which went from a re=shingling to a complete tear off and re-decking. Our wonderful economy has people holding on to their cash so the flea markets and gun shows have been dismal. 

Some of the good things this year. Several KS's have come to fruition including Robotech Tactics and the dice chest along w/ attending GenCon for the first time and the finally released OGRE expansions.

For the most part though I'll be well rid of 2014 and will knock the dust off of my shoes as I exit. 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brady Campaign; Setting Their Standards Low

From their latest Email:
Thanks to your continued support and generosity, 2014 concludes as the busiest and most successful year in the 25-year history of the Brady Center’s Legal Action Project.
I think their biggest 'success' this year was managing to keep the lights on for another year. 


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Monday, December 29, 2014

#ImBlockedByShannonWatts Is .@shannonrwatts Afraid Of This Midwestern Dad?

Just like many others#ImBlockedByShannonWatts




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So what is @shannonrwatts afraid of?  Did I threaten her?  Did I insult her directly?  Nope.  I told the truth and asked non-approved questions.  That's resulted in me being blocked by the majority of anti-gun groups.

They can't survive outside of an echo chamber.


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Chicago Culture In The Spotlight....

Friday Night....

A group of thugs starts a fight and gets Navy Pier shut down during peak tourist hours. 

Shortly after, a big fight breaks out at the 'Rock 'n Roll' McDonalds downtown. 

Saturday Night....

A group of thugs start a fight and get Chicago Ridge Mall shut down during peak shopping hours. 

I grew up near there.  Years ago, Evergreen Plaza was one of the nicest and largest malls in the US.  Then the gangs moved in and huge fights started breaking out, especially at the movie theatre.  People stopped going and it eventually closed down.  Ford City was a huge mall/shopping plaza.  Multiple movie theaters, the works.  They spent millions on a renovation back in the late 80's/90's bringing in top of the line stores, new age art, etc.  Then the gangs moved in and people stopped going. It's still there and they're planning another huge 'modernization' but I'll bet you it fails.

Now Chicago Ridge Mall is going in the same direction.  I used to hang out there when I was a teen and even worked there for awhile after I got out of the Navy.  Nice, safe, family oriented place.  Now the gangs are moving in and trouble is becoming a lot more frequent. The nicer stores will move out and the place will start falling apart. 

This is Chicago culture. 


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Doe, A Deer, A Female Deer (Weekend Wildlife Reborn)

So.... Last weekend 4thPower Bravo discovered a dead doe in the creek.  A buddy of mine came over and helped me haul it out. When we did, we discovered it had a hole all the way through it.  Now I'm no expert but it certainly didn't look like it came from a blackpowder firearm (rifle hunting not legal in IL) nor was the body decomposed enough for the blackpowder season which was two and a half weeks before. CYOA time, I called DNR.  After some phone tag, the conservation officer told me from my description it sounded like a rifle shot and that they'ld include our area in their patrols.  Other than that I was free to dispose of the carcass as I saw fit.

Got the 4-wheeler prepped and took it out to the woods w/ the wildlife camera and went to check on it this evening when I got back from the show.  It had been mostly untouched which is odd.  Guess the coyote pack has moved on.









The batteries were still good so I swapped the cards and left it out there.  We'll see what happens over the next week.



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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Flammenkatz & Other Holiday Treats

So amidst the usual holiday staples of sausages, cheese, and new moccasins, there were a couple of surprises.  The most lively was when my sister by another mother came by w/ her husband.  She asked if the cat on the table was the C-in-C's Xmas gift.  I said no, it was just my mom's old cat and then went in to take him off the table.  At that exact moment his tail swished over a candle and, just like in a sitcom, flames started rolling off it.  I grabbed his tail and blew it out before it did more than singe his fur so the only thing he knew was that I was befouling his precious. The look I got from him.  The room filled w/ foul smelling smoke.  Reminded us all of the old days of family get togethers when 90% of the adults were chimneys. Kitty is fine BTW.

Also got to meet my niece's SO.  He's a history major w/ philosophy minor.  Can we say "Would you like fries with that?" boys and girls?  He's also a gamer so not a total loss. Her gift from me was a collection of 'geeky' stickers for her laptop.

Two notable gifts.  From my mom I got a set of giant wooden six-sided 'lawn dice' which she had found and decided I had to have. 


and my sister,  ah yes my sister, the one who brought me to my first 'Con when I was 17 and really got me started on this whole ride.  She got me a conversational audio CD. Not Klingon.  Not Elvish.  Dothraki.  Yes.  Dothraki from 'Game of Thrones'.

Between German, Russian, and now this, I should have lots of ways to insult and threaten, I mean educate yeah educate, my students.

Tonight and tomorrow are recovery from long drives, sugar loaded kids, and smoke filled rooms.  Gun show this weekend.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Closed For The Holidays

Unless Kaveman does some posting I'm out of here for a few days.  Political stuff/Snark/Anti-prodding will likely resume when I get back.  Until then, enjoy some holiday silliness.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Ya, I peed a little.

Now this is funnier than that time Jehovas witnesses showed up when I was killing a rabbit for my pet snake to eat.




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