Thursday, January 3, 2013

Confiscation? Really?

19,592,303 NICS checks this past year.

160,474,702 since the system was implemented by the FBI in 1998. There have probably been many more firearms sales, as multiple firearms can be sold on each NICS check.

There are approximately 1.1 million police in the US, per 2008 numbers. Say for argument that there are 1.6 million now.

100 weapons per cop, and that's just since 1998.

Good luck.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


30 years ago today, Crusty arrived at Lackland AFB for 18 weeks of fun in the sun.  And the humidity.  Also the scorpions, fire ants, cow poop... (don't ask).


OMG was it that long ago...?

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Mowing 3+ acres sucks, even with a rider.  Tedium ad nauseam...

Why, oh why do I have 3+ acres in grass anyway?

I need to either till it up or get some animules to graze it.

Got cow?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

45 years ago...

The Oak Lawn (among others) tornado was 45 years ago today.  33 people died just from the Oak Lawn tornado; 58 died in total.

I had just turned 4.  I don't have many vivid memories from that age, but I do remember being in the basement and all the commotion afterward, as we lived just north of Oak Lawn, near Midway Airport.

Amazing the things that stay in your memory.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Momma Update

Thanks to you for your good wishes :-)

Momma is making some pretty good progress after her stroke.  Her speech and range of motion in her arm is improving, although the exercises that her drill sergeant husband is forcing on her tend to tire her out pretty quickly.

Walking is still pretty rough and really wears her out, although the last time we went out for a walk she was muttering to herself "I will not be dependent" and "FASTER!".  If only my rehab patients were half as stubborn....

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Last Sunday, 2 days after the lovely storms hit us out here in KY, my wife, "Momma" on the blog, was hit with a mild stroke.  Well, as mild as a stroke can be; no matter how small, any stroke is devastating to the brain and the body in general.

She is weak on the left side, and has a slight hesitancy or stutter to her speech.  Far as we know, it hasn't affected her cognition or her visual fields.

Being an RN, who has worked with many many stroke patients in rehab, I curse myself for not having seen it quickly enough to have helped, although I am managing to do that less as time goes on.

She's still here, she's still her, and we will get through this.

These things happen suddenly, and it could have been a lot worse.  Love your people, now, while they're still here.