Saturday, April 30, 2005

Happy Birthday!

Today was the Beautiful Baby Chicken's Twenty-Tenth birthday! So, of course, I had to work. Nice. I am sooooo glad she is understanding! Last year I missed our anniversary because I was off fighting wildfires in Western Washington, now I miss most of her birthday because I am off teaching a CPR class. Joy.

At least I got her what she wanted for her birthday. Her mother and I went in together and got her a new mountain bike. Pictures will follow soon as we take some!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Fires and Safes..

A reader who goes by the name of Ox, brought this to my attention.

Folks, those of you who think that a house fire can never happen to you.. Just keep right on foolin yourselves. Besides, fire isn't the only worry you have. Bad guys want to steal your guns as well!

So, the little wife and I did a lot of searching and saving, and finally bought a Fire Rated Gun Safe to protect our precious little collection. Most of the room inside is takin up by ammo and personal stuff.

If you can't afford a good safe, at least make sure you have the "tools" locked up, and INSURED! Most insurance will only cover about $1000 - $2000 worth of firearms. If you need more, you will probably need to buy an addition Policy "Rider". These cover specific objects, or groups, (like guns or jewelry) for a specific amount, or up to a certain amount. Most home insurance policies explain this.

Some companies require you to have your collection appraised. If so, you can check out these guys for gun appraisals.

For more info, go to the NRA's website, or contact your insurance agent!

PIG Pic..

Well, since I got to see and play with one at the Big Evil Scary Loophole Gun Show, I decided that the US Navy MK19 40mm Grenade Launcher would make a fine PIG Pic!

Some of our Marines getting basic instruction on the application of "Force Projection"..

So, let us look at some of the specs:
  • Manufacturer: Saco Defense Industries
  • Length: 43.1 inches (109.47 centimeters)
  • Weight:Gun: 72.5 pounds (32.92 kilograms)
  • Cradle (MK64 Mod 5): 21.0 pounds (9.53 kilograms)
  • Tripod: 44.0 pounds (19.98 kilograms)
  • Total: 137.5 pounds (62.43 kilograms)
  • Muzzle velocity: 790 feet (240.69 meters) per second
  • Bore diameter: 40mm
  • Maximum range: 2200 meters
  • Maximum effective range: 1600 meters
  • Rates of fire:Cyclic: 325-375 rounds per minute Rapid: 60 rounds per minute Sustained: 40 rounds per minute
  • Unit Replacement Cost: $13,758

Ohhhh, would I love to see the Gun Grabbing, liberal, Commie, Cry Babies wetting their pants at the sight of this!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

EVERYBODY loves Firefighters..

I got this from a friend..

"The scene pictured above was captured by Charlotte Observer Patrick Schneider during a house fire in July 1999 and shows firefighter Jeff Clark receiving a doggie greeting from a pregnant red Doberman named Cinnamon. As the Observer described the circumstances behind the photograph in an April 2005 retrospective: "

Charlotte firefighter Jeff Clark and Cinnamon, a pregnant red Doberman, gained international exposure with this photograph snapped by the Observer's Patrick Schneider during a July 1999 house fire. Seen through wire services and the Internet, the picture has moved people around the world and is still a top reprint seller.



Well, my Part Time Firefighter test went even better than I could have hoped. Out of 35+ people there (38 I think..) they took the top twelve on to the physical. I made the cut. SO, my physical consisted of:

  • 25 Push-ups (Not timed)
  • 30 Sit-ups in 1 minute
  • 12 Minute stair climb with structural firefighting helmet and SCBA pack
  • 16 Foot ladder placement (Place it on an apparatus, then take it off and place it on the ground)
  • Blacked-out SCBA Search
  • 75 Foot aerial ladder climb
  • 200 Foot equipment carry (Carry a Circ Saw and Chain Saw 200 feet)
I passed all this, so I moved on to the Oral Boards.

At the Oral boards, the questions were good, I felt I had good answers, and the board seemed pleased. So, I will find out Friday, when the hire list is posted. Keepin my fingers crossed! If I don't make it this year, I will definately try again next year. Truth be told, I didn't expect to make it out of the written test!

Wednesday! Hump day! It's a downhill slide to the weekend!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Home Again..

Another shift in the books..

I am always so tired when I come off shift. We didn't have any calls last night, but the sleep you get is never really sleep. At least not restful sleep.

We spent most of yesterday getting our "Terrorism Awareness" class done. It took about 5 hours, but we hammered it out, another certification for the ole Curricula Vitae. Then we went over to one of our other stations for our monthly OTEP (Ongoing Training and Evaluation Program) for the EMT's. Last night was Altered Mental Status and Diabetic Emergencies and CVA (Stroke). They had a scenario set up that went like this.

We get tapped out for an "Unknown Problem" at the Police Dept.

It is only a block away, so we drive up. There is an officer waiting for us. He describes an arrested individual who became belligerent, and then violent. All this time, there is a string of profanity coming out of the station, from one of the cells. You could also hear the person banging their head against the wall.

So, we enter, and the officer opens the cell, and there is a handcuffed Division CHIEF! Damn! He proceeded to assault us with a string of "Damn", "Shit", and "Fuck You's" that would make a sailor blush. Needless to say, it was a very realistic drill. They had him done up with make-up to appear very pale. His shirt was all sweaty, and he had a bloody nose. Very well done! I enjoyed it! ( I know, I'm weird, Thanks for noticing!)

I found this on, a firefighter website. Go check 'em out.

I test tomorrow with another Fire Department, it's a part time position, but hey, money is money! Everybody wish me luck. They are doing the written test first, those who pass immediately do the physical. This is followed by the Oral boards if you pass the physical. Should make for a long day, I hope!

So, I hope you will understand if there are no posts tomorrow!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Pin-Up Pic..

Ever since I saw her in the movie "Zorro", I have been in love with Selma Hayek.

Oh my Gawd..

That woman.. Make a good man leave home and a bad man stay gone!

Sunday, April 24, 2005


Sorry about the little sabbatical.. The wife starts a new construction project tomorrow, (Monday) and will probably be working about 60+ hours a week, 6 days a week. That on top of MY busy schedule, means we won't see each other till about September.

We had these GREAT plans to go away for Memorial Day Weekend... Camping with two other families.. I just checked the schedule at the station, and I have to work. Joy.

Went to the Extra Large, Super Scary, Loop Hole Gun Show this weekend. I had a whole laundry list of things I needed. Five .50 Cal ammo cans, three cases of MRE's, and some lead ball ammo. However, as I moved around, I notice that some of the usual vendors aren't there.


As I move along, I suddenly notice a military deuce and a half. (Like I said, it is a big show.)

What the hell?

Not Only that, but they brought in a humvee, and some HUGE articulated truck with bridging on it. So, apparently, some of the vendors got the boot to make way for a huge static display the Army put up. Now I don't begrudge them a little space for a display, but DAMN! On a bright note, the Army did have a Browning M2 and a MK19 on display for us to play with!! I think the MK19 may just be our PIG pic!

I couldn't find the ammo cans, or the ammo. And MRE's were about $3 more per case, not including the $20 to park and get in.

I have to work tomorrow, but the Pin-Up is ready and waiting to be posted, so watch for that!

Have a great Monday!