Thursday, June 30, 2011

Famous Richards

1. Dick Cheney

2. Andy Dick

3. Dick Tracy

4. Dick Clark

Dick Nixon


Mark Halperin suspended over Obama remark on Morning Joe

How many Richards (Dicks) can you name?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Well, work has me on the road again.  I don't usually travel a lot, but this summer, since the first of June, I have been to Cincinnati/Covington, Nashville, and now Kansas City Missouri.  This is my first time to visit Kansas City, MO. and most people would say that if you've been to one city, you have been to 'em all.  I usually concur with that thought.  I have found the people of Kansas City to be very polite and nice.  There are many activities and eating places close to downtown that can keep us occupied.

We visited the Power and Light district in downtown tonight.  There was a small band playing and lots of people milling around.  Tomorrow will be a busy day of work related activities that will be requiring my time through most of the day, and it doesn't look like it will end until late tomorrow night.
Thursday night will be more relaxed with an option to attend a Kansas City Royals baseball game.  I don't know what the deal is with MLB games this summer.  I was offered the same free ballgame deal a couple weeks ago when I was in Cincinnati to see a Reds game.  Unfortunately, I have about as much interest in watching a baseball game as I have in attending an Anthony Weiner press conference.

I do have a nice view from my room overlooking the Bartle Hall and conference center and it's accompanying buildings.  I hope to have some pictures from around town to post later.

I did buy $20 worth of raffle tickets for a 2011 Dyna Super Glide that has been custom painted by Justin Barnes who paints bikes for OCC.  Funny thing about this is I have always been afraid of riding a motorcycle.  I'm sure my 5 tickets won't even be close to the top for the drawing.

Ya'll have a good week,
Blue Steel

Monday, June 13, 2011

Flea Markets and High Explosives

 I admit that I have attended many a trade day and flea market in my time.  My grandfather and I have made many a step around the display tables of one man's trash and another man's treasure.  I have bought, sold, and traded several good and some not so good firearms at flea markets and trade days.  I bought my first Thompson Center Contender with a 14" heavy barrel .223 with a Leupold 4X pistol scope that still resides in my safe till this day.

I will admit that I am a bit of a flea market/trade day snob.  The only things that I was interested in looking at and trading on was either firearms, knife, hunting, or fishing related.  Used dentures, underwear, billy goats, or funnel cakes weren't even on my radar!  It amazed me what people would put on their table to sell, and I was even more amazed by what people would buy.

I guess if I was one of these guys, I would have made this purchase too, and for the low price of $5, they have a great story to tell for quite some time to come!

Sunday, June 12, 2011


I hate to piggyback on another blogger's post, but I want to add my two cents to a post by Brigid at HOTR earlier this week discussing attributes of the Springfield Armory XD/XDM series of pistols.

Like many, I have always had and will always have an affinity for the 1911 pistol.  I have had several, but I currently find myself without a 1911 of any kind.  It's the features of the 1911, (external hammer and safety) that appealed to me in my first polymer pistol, the H&K USP in 9mm.  With the USP, I had a lighter polymer carry weapon, high capacity magazine, a tough matte finish, and grip angle and feel that was better than the Glock.  My one and only complaint with the USP was the polygonal rifling made the use of cast lead bullets a problem for practice shooting.

My next polymer pistol was a Glock 20 in 10mm.  I have long since traded away the Glock, but I still have an interest in the 10mm cartridge.  The 10mm is like lightning in a bottle, with the ability to load them 15+ in the magazine and a muzzle velocity of around 1300 fps with 170 gr bullet.

As Brigid discussed, the Glock has to be one of the most recognizable and used polymer guns in the market, but to me, is about ad natural and comfortable as trying to grip and hold a 2 X 4 pine board.  That seems to be one of the most common complaints of most shooters of the Glock.

After I finished my weekly mowing and yard work yesterday, I decided to fire up the grill and throw on some pork chops.  As I was waiting for the coals to burn, I decided to try a little "back yard ballistics" or recoil therapy.  What ever we call it, I hadn't fired a weapon since cold weather was here.  I decided to set up a target and fire of a magazine or two, just to see how rusty I have become since last summer.

Springfield Armory XDm 9mm and XDm .40 S&W

I have a couple of XDm pistols that I have been shooting off and on now for about a year or so.  I got the .40 S&W first, and I liked how it shot so well that I had to buy and try the 9mm.  I have also been trying to find a good practice/target load for both calibers since I started shooting them.  As you will see from my target, I believe I have something that will group well in 9mm, but the .40 S&W will need a little more experimentation.

I had a pretty good group going with the 9mm with 19/20 in the black.  

My group with the .40 S&W was a little sloppier with 17/17 in black, but several shots out in the 8 ring.
I figure, by the time I get through this box of ammo, those groups will be a little tighter and my muscle-memory will be back to the level that I can place may shots where I want rather than close to where I want them.  No doubt, the XDm can do it's part even if I can't always do mine!  If time allows, I might even try some of the F.A.S.T. drills that I've been reading about over at from ToddG.

Now, get out and shoot!
Blue Steel

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Cincinnati from the "Purple Bridge" walkway.

Back from my work update training in Covington, KY.  I got a chance to try the Skyline chili thing ... meh, I wasn't impressed.  This is a picture of my chili 5-way that I tried.  It looks more appetizing than it actually was.

Monday night, the company that was providing the training took a group of us out to restaurant in Newport that was quite nice.  Hofbrauhaus in Newport is a German style beer hall with what I assume is a traditional German style menu.  It reminded me of a more upscale German version of Hooters with young waitresses dressed in a Bavarian style uniform with their assets adding to the atmosphere.
I would recommend Hofbrauhaus if your ever in the Cincinnati/Covington area.

Yesterday, the company trainers held a session at the Kentucky Motor Speedway.  I'm not a big NASCAR racing fan, but was interesting to see the track and be in the pit area.

There wasn't many race teams there yesterday, but we did get a tour of the facilities with all the new updates that they are trying to finish before the next race date.  The track was recently purchased by a man who already owns seven other track around the country.  I could believe that the guy spent 19 million just on the parking lot.  That's mind boggling to me.

I can also say that I have actually driven around a race track.  The only exception to that statement is I was sitting in the second seat from the front of an old school bus loaded with 25 other guys. it only took us 3.5 minutes to complete the mile and a half track.  A big differnce considering that the track record is 221 mph in 24 seconds.

Try to stay cool,
Blue Steel

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Info Dump

I don't know if I will ever get the hang of regular blogging.  I seem to have so much going on that I don't have time to write things down, yet I almost always have time to read my favorite blog writers.  I guess lack-of-time is a good excuse to procrastinate, but it sure doesn't make for very exciting reading when post every "once in a blue moon."  I do have several things to mention, so I'll start in a descending chronological order.

Tomorrow, my work has me headed out of town for some required training.  The training is a requirement, but I don't mind it because I get to visit with some of my colleagues from around the state and there are sure to be some good stories shared around the dinner table along with adult refreshments at the end of the day.  The training sessions have always been held in a the relatively central location of Louisville, but this year, the training will take place in Covington.  This change of location will add about an hour and half onto my already three - four hour drive.  I dread it because the summer heat and humidity have moved in and stalled, giving us heat advisories for the next couple of days.

  Extreme heat has a way of finding the weaknesses in automobile components.  I would sure hate to have a breakdown between points A and B with 90+ degree temperatures and heat indices near 100, so I went and had a tune-up/oil change yesterday in preparation for the trip.
When I'm away from home and in a new area, I like to go out and explore the sites and activities just to kill time and enjoy the scenery.  Since it's going to be so hot and uncomfortable, I doubt I'll do much over the next 3-4 days.  The company presenting the training usually entertains us pretty well after-hours and one of the activities mentioned was a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.  I have just about as much interest in baseball as I have in being shot in the ass with brass tacks!

I do intend to try one of Cincinnati's well known eateries before I head back home.  I understand that Cincinnati is famous for Skyline Chili and Skyline makes some of the best chili that be had.  I like good chili, and I like to believe that I make some really good chili myself.  I guess I'll find out if Skyline has anything to worry about if I decide to start a chili parlor of my own!

Good fences make good neighbors

Earlier in the week, I had several honey-do projects that needed to get done.  As I was working my way down the list, I thought I would go ahead and knock out a few other tasks that I needed to finish, one of which was yard mowing.  In Kentucky, when the days and nights are both hot and humid, the fescue grass that is common in most rural yards grow so fast that you can wear a mower out trying to keep up.  I had all but finished mowing my yard when I had a breakdown.  Thursday evening after work, I repaired my mower and finished my mowing.  As I was about to but my mower away, my neighbor's nine year old son was waving and saying something, but I couldn't hear him over the engine of my mower.  I rode over close to him and shut down my mower and asked him what was up.  Now, my neighbors are the type of people that you really don't want as neighbors.  Let me give you a little insight into my neighbors with a simple bulleted list:

  • 6 dogs that live under the house.
  • 2 broke down vehicles in the yard
  • 140 combined IQ between the the adults in the home
  • 1 International tractor as the main source of transportation (because man of the house lost license due to DUI)
  • 3 packs of cigarretes smoked each day
  • 12-24 cans of bear consumed each day
  • 2 kids with 0 chance of breaking the  cycle of ignorance and government dependence.
This is as good of a picture as I could find to represent what their yard still looks like.
The boy asked me if I would mind mowing their yard since there mower had quite running.  I told him that I would mow his yard if he would pick up all the toys, tools, trash and other stuff that the dogs, kids, and parents had laying around so that I wouldn't tear up my mower in process of cutting their grass.  He said he would ask his mom ( who was sitting in the house doing who-knows-what) if it would be ok.  A minute later, the boy comes back out and says, "mom said you can come over tomorrow and mow, she doesn't want to pick the stuff up out of the yard now cause it's too hot."  I thought, "I don't mind helping people out, but I'll be damn if I pick up their messy yard just so I can mow it for them too!"  So, I told the kid, well, I'm mowing today, not tomorrow so I guess you'll have to wait.  

More to come, hopefully in smaller and more frequent posts,
Blue Steel