Evil Knievel - R.I.P.
1. The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.
I've been so involved with other stuff that I almost forgot about the current e-Postal match still going on! US Citizen at Traction Control is this month's host. It's a challenging match with classes for just about any kind of handgun you might want to use. There's even three different tees (distances), the lady's tees, the men's tee's, and the pro tees.
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What's going on at the soda department at Walmart? A few years ago I tried out the Walmart house brand of diet cola and found I liked it even better than Diet Pepsi. I always buy it in the two liter bottles, and 67 cents a bottle compared to a buck twenty nine is a consideration, being thrifty by nature. Unfortunately the local Walmart has been out of stock on the two liter bottles for two or three months! It was bad enough that they were out of stock on Winchester Dynapoint .22 ammo for six months, and now no Sam's Diet Cola? Sure, I don't mind their Dr. Pepper clone as a substitute, but not as a permanent replacement. Every time I swing through Walmart (usually buying ammo) I check the shelves and the spot is always bare where the diet Sam's should be.
If you like pictures of cute puppies, check out Dave Smock's blog for the latest. Click on this link to go to his blog. He's got a number of posts on the Smock family's new puppies, so just scroll down to find them all.
It sounds like they have already made their minds up, but after talking to some folks that know a lot about ferries and similar craft, they could solve all of their problems with a more modern ferry design, possibly a catamaran type hull. It could be faster, provide a more stable ride in rough water, draw less water, and carry more cars. It would probably be more fuel efficient, and could easily handle the currents with the use of bow and stern thrusters. The boat could even be built right here in Island county. No rocket science required, just proven stuff. I'm sure they don't want to hear about it, however.And this:
Prior to the last meeting last Fall (2003) in Coupeville put on by WSF/WSDOT regarding the relocation of the Keystone ferry terminal, I contacted Matt Nichols, head of Nichols Brothers Boats in Freeland. Here's what I found out:I sent this information to some of the local congress-critters, and they also realized that we don't need a new ferry terminal, we just need a few new boats. In fact, a catamaran design would probably be just the right solution, shallow draft, good rough water capabilities, and fuel efficient. The proposal to build the new terminal was shelved, but no action was taken on replacing the old ferries.
It is possible using existing technology to built a car ferry that could carry more cars, be more fuel efficient, travel faster, and draw less water than the current vessels used on the Keystone run, easily handle the currents at the entrance to the lagoon with bow and stern thrusters, and use the EXISTING dock.
When I presented this information at their meeting, their only response was to suggest that Nichols Brothers didn't know anything about building ferries that size. They did not refute the facts regarding the ferry design.
Why not put the ferry requirements out to bid and see what the bidding boat yards come up with, prior to pounding millions of dollars into the sand?
As both of my regular readers have mentioned, I haven't been blogging for the last several days. There's a pretty good reason for that. No, I haven't been in jail, or hung over from heavy partying while KeeWee is out of town visiting family in New Zealand.
Yesterday around noon I had to go out on a service call and was gone for two or three hours. When I returned, I found that the high winds had broken off the top of a fairly good sized spruce tree and dropped it in the driveway. Had I not been out on the call, or had I taken a different vehicle, my mini-van would have had it's top crushed, as that's exactly where I've been parking it while KeeWee is out of town. The tree top fell about ten feet from KeeWee's car, too, so we got double lucky.
Just wrapped up a pretty good weekend, although KeeWee being in New Zealand is kind of a drag. I talked to her on the phone last night and it sounds like she's having a grand time of it. She's been taking lots of pictures and will have a bunch of posts up when she gets back next week.
Labels: Cowboy Fast Draw
Well, KeeWee has been gone for a few days, and won't be back for another eight or ten days as she's visiting family in New Zealand, where she's originally from. (Hence the nickname 'KeeWee') That leaves Castle Completely completely under the guidance and control of our cat 'Rocket' and myself. We're doing fine. I realized that there may be some of you guys out there that don't have the years of experience I do, so I decided I should share some of my knowledge with you all.
I just got this press release, and thought I'd pass it along:
Oh No! Whatever will I do? If the Hollywood writers strike I won't be able to watch my favorite television shows....
When we got up this morning, the weather certainly didn't look very good. Although it wasn't raining, the clouds were low and looked like they could start raining any minute. As we drove North towards Coupeville and the CWSA range, the skies looked better and better, and by the time we pulled into the range it was only partly cloudy with a little sunshine peeking through. That meant that today we would be shooting a rimfire hanging plate match since it wasn't raining.
Labels: Hanging Plates
KeeWee and I had a great dinner and lots of good conversation last night at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Oak Harbor, WA. John and Jeanette D. from the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver club came over to Whidbey yesterday afternoon and made reservations to stay the night at a motel in Coupeville, only a couple of miles from the CWSA range. Rainy and "Evil Al" joined us, and it was a good time, for sure. After dinner we stopped by Wallyworld to pick up some more ammo and some more batteries for the red dot sights.
Blogging has been a bit light lately as I've been out on the road working on site for some clients. The business I'm in is rather unpredictable as it can be slow for months and then go nuts for a while and then slow back down again without notice. Since I got back from the Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno it's been the busiest it's ever been. Of course I'm not complaining as it allows me to pay the bills!
Shipbuilder calls it quitsClick here for the full story in the Everett Herald.
Citing financial woes, Nichols Bros. of Whidbey Island closed on Friday, idling 250 workers.
By Michelle Dunlop - Herald Writer
FREELAND -- One of Whidbey Island's largest private employers, Nichols Bros. Boat Builders Inc. abruptly laid off its employees and closed its doors Friday, citing financial problems and a pending lawsuit.
The company, which has employed about 250 people in recent years at facilities in Freeland and Langley, had operated on Whidbey Island
"NBBBI has faced significant financial challenges in recent years and has sought additional capital to assist in restructuring the company," officials said in a news release. "Those efforts have been unsuccessful, due in part to pending litigation and cash-flow challenges ultimately forced NBBBI to make the difficult decision to close its doors."
Company Chief Executive Matt Nichols declined comment about closing the business he's led since 1972. Nichols is the third-largest employer on the island and has operated for 43 years.
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