I have to admit, the winds of change are truly blowing. It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere near what you’d call ‘active’ when it comes to keeping up the blog. Over the years it went from being called the GEC Blog to the TSA Blog where I tried to focus primarily on discussing knives in general and GEC knives in particular. From time to time I also shared my impressions of the occasional knife as well and posted on a semi regular basis. And of course, there were the ‘holiday’ memories I shared. Surprisingly, those posts resulted in the most personal emails thanking me for the comments.
Late last year I sold the TSA Knives business to a near and dear family friend. Erin had/has the drive and enthusiasm to carry on the business that had faded for me. Over the years I just plain lost interest. I kept the TSAKBlog and had hoped to be more active in posting.
When I started the business we saw some really neat stuff coming from GEC in particular. Unique handle materials, cool designs, short runs and the knives I referred to as ‘orphan knives’ were always really interesting. Rarely did a week go by that I didn’t have a blog post covering some of the newest and coolest.
As time went on, the unique handle options went away. New patterns became redux’s of things that had come before with a minor twist. The really cool stuff tended to be one and done. The Camp Knives, the Whalers, Vipers all got crowded out . The Barlow craze just never caught my interest as ‘outdoor working knives’. Great for the office and church, but just not my cup of tea. The only ‘neat’ items left were the SFO’s and I understand they may be a thing of the past. The time had come for a change and Erin rescued me from what was becoming a profitable albeit dreary existence.
Being well past retirement age, I’ve slowly transitioned into a rather comfortable lifestyle involving more shooting, reloading, golf, camping, cigar smoking and coffee drinking. For years I fought retiring and frankly was scared of it. What in the hell do you do when you quit work? It took my wife over a year to adjust to not working and at times, I’ve found it just as difficult.
A really cool part of this change involved getting my wife interested in shooting. Both of us have been license for concealed carry for many years but never went far beyond the required shooting to qualify. I’ve shot and reloaded for 50+ years but for my wife shooting was a sometimes thing. If I cajoled her enough she’d go to the range but I don’t think her heart was in it. She tried shooting prairie dogs and kind of got into it. What got her interested was a defensive shooting course I talked her into taking with me this spring. That got the ball rolling.
For the last couple of months we’ve gone to the range at least 2-3 times a week and shoot around 500 rds a week. I gave her a new Kimber Ultra CDP in 9mm for our anniversary and signed us up for an intro to CQC training. The instructors are a sheriffs deputy and his wife who is on the PD. It should be challenging and fun.
We also bought a new camper early this spring and have been spending a little more time in the great outdoors. NOW, I’ll admit we have central air, a fireplace, furnace, oven, stove, microwave and indoor shower/toilet. So it may not be like the ‘old days’, but I’m also kind of glad it’s not! We spent a couple of nights out earlier this spring with overnite temps in the 30’s that would have been a tad chilly in the tent. Not an issue anymore and that 3AM call of nature is much more pleasant to answer!!
So…. things have changed. I’m also going to change the direction of the blog a bit and try very hard to get back into it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing down the occasional mental wanderings, they just have to come from the heart spurred on with a bit of enthusiasm. I’ll include a few notes and reviews of current knives, axes or outdoor items that peak my interest. Some of it might just be show and tell about what I’m doing.
There are camping trips planned in the Dakota’s, northern Minnesota and North Central MN. IF we can make it work, I’d like to make a trip to Cody, WY before the snow flies. In a couple of weeks we go to North Dakota for the yearly Prime Rib feed and the annual North Dakota Pheasant Hunt is coming up in October.
So stick around. I’ll share anything I think might be of interest.