This has been quite the week….and its only Monday. I guess in all fairness its been quite the past 10 days. All of this action involved hunting, shooting, knives, politics and …..Facebook. Their was a lot of good news mixed in with the disappointing. Let’s deal with the bad news and try to end on an up note.
We ended up cancelling our hunting trip to North Dakota this year. Unfortunately, this whole Covid-19 situation has gotten worse rather then better in North Dakota. Their were some concerns about getting together for the banquet with everyone in close quarters so we decided to pass on the side of caution. Tough decision for everyone, but I think it’s for the best. We can still get some hunting in but we’re sure gonna miss the activities.
Then, there’s the little issue of Facebook. Several years ago I had a Facebook page. I got tired of wading through all the (seemingly unsolicited) bullshit that some folks posted so I cancelled my account. Things were going good until I discovered a few videos I really wanted to check out so I signed up for a new account on Sunday. By noon today I had gotten tired of the vitriolic, mean spirited, blatantly obnoxious political discourse and cancelled my account once again. Now I really don’t mind the pictures of someone’s kid dressed up in a funny costume or their dog licking their owners tongue (been there done that) but there’s a level of anger in some folks that’s almost scary. And some of these from people I thought I knew. So today…. Facebook account is cancelled and I’m once again my cynical, reclusive, pretty much happy self again. I tried.
Now for a good news story. A few weeks ago I was bemoaning losing my Fallkniven pocket knife. Found it! I had tipped the house upside down and finally located it. I had opened some bags of salt for the water conditioner, laid it on top of the water heater and there it still lay. It was kinda like having your dog come home after a two week walkabout. Relieved and happy it’s back.
Friday we got together with a good friend for another self defense class. Its our second class together and it’s been a blast. There’s a learning element of course and not in the least competitive. Just a fun learning experience. Even though I’ve shot for years, approaching things from a purely self defense standpoint is a real learning experience.
That mannequin head is mounted to a ‘robotic’ platform. It’s an attack robot. They set that critter up about 20-25′ in front of you and let him attack. You have to draw, aim, fire…and keep firing till your empty. Doesn’t sound so bad until you realize he can cover that distance in a matter of just a couple of seconds. It’s amazing how fast that thing comes at you. You find out your not quite as fast as you think.
After this, the ladies went shopping for new shirts and my wife’s shirt pretty much sums it up. Course I’ve known this for a long time!!
To give you an idea how much fun we’re having in these classes, before we headed home, we started planning our next class. Gonna be in November and can’t wait!!! It’s been fun to find someone that enjoys shooting as much as we do, especially a young mom.
We shot this class with Matt Johnson and his wife from Johnson Performance in Frazee, MN. Highly recommend them if you want to learn and have a good time doing it! Check them out: https://www.johnsonperformance.biz/media?pgid=j52pmown-798ea92b-748b-4e5a-a6b0-4ae23cdcdefc