'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

18 August 2013

Sunday Kipling

No new gun as of yet though I am looking at two in particular; the M&P Pro 9 and the SA XDM 5.25 competition. I should have something bought this coming week but I'm in no hurry. I want to make sure I get what I really need. The shooting is coming along. Competition is a completely different animal compared to what I've done and taught. I'm learning a whole new discipline and teaching it is a case of trying to stay one step ahead of my students. So far so good but I'm sticking with the new shooters, at least for now.

Angus and Lu are doing well. Angus is showing improvement again. We had a scare last month when he came up lame and was tripoding around the house. Doc didn't know so we just kept him down and watched. That was just before the trip out to paint the house so it actually worked out. He spent a week basically just laying around. Now he's apparently taken another step on his recovery. His gait is better than it's been since the accident and he's no longer limping after an exercise session. Great news.

We're keeping our confidence up on the house. I'm hoping to sigh the papers this week. Man, if that happens it will be a massive load off our shoulders. I'm also hoping top get in one last long ride before the weather turns. I have a favorite uncle in Denver and we want to get together for a weekend ride through the Rockies. Gotta happen before it gets too cold up there.

Life is good my friends. I hope this day finds you all in good spirits and with hope for a new day. Never give up. Never succumb to despair. We cannot be beaten, we can only surrender. Have a great week my friends.

We and They

"A Friend of the Family"
From "Debits and Credits"(1919-1923)
Father and Mother, and Me,
  Sister and Auntie say
All the people like us are We,
  And every one else is They.
And They live over the sea,
  While We live over the way,
But-would you believe it? --They look upon We
  As only a sort of They!

We eat pork and beef
  With cow-horn-handled knives.
They who gobble Their rice off a leaf,
  Are horrified out of Their lives;
While they who live up a tree,
  And feast on grubs and clay,
(Isn't it scandalous? ) look upon We
  As a simply disgusting They!

We shoot birds with a gun.
  They stick lions with spears.
Their full-dress is un-.
  We dress up to Our ears.
They like Their friends for tea.
  We like Our friends to stay;
And, after all that, They look upon We
  As an utterly ignorant They!

We eat kitcheny food.
  We have doors that latch.
They drink milk or blood,
  Under an open thatch.
We have Doctors to fee.
  They have Wizards to pay.
And (impudent heathen!) They look upon We
  As a quite impossible They!

All good people agree,
  And all good people say,
All nice people, like Us, are We
  And every one else is They:
But if you cross over the sea,
  Instead of over the way,
You may end by (think of it!) looking on We
  As only a sort of They!


Old NFO said...

Good one! Thanks!!!

Rawle Nyanzi said...

I know this one.

Quite a simple observation of reality. Different cultures exist, but Kipling had the maturity to not run down his own culture all the time.

Monkeywrangler said...

Heya Six, glad to hear Angus is ok! Ya had me worried there a sec with this post.

As to a pistol, I suggest and recommend the M&P. I've had the XD46c, and while a good pistol despite what one reads on the Intarwebz, I downsized to a 9mm due to arthritis, and have not looked back! I love the M&PFS and have no desire to trade it. The APEX parts are easy to install for most folks, and make a huge difference. I find the recoil is lower too, due to the lower bore axis.

Good luck finishing your house sale. We unexpectedly find ourselves in a similar situation, but the buyer wants to close by the 27th. We got the counter offer accepted yesterday! Plus all 6 contract signitories are in 4 different states/countries! Yikes! Thank goodness for fedex and email! Wish us luck too, ok/?

Six said...

Thank you NFO!

Agreed Rawle. Kipling was actually a very good observer of humanity. Some of his less well publicized stuff was his best.

Thanks for the input MW and good luck on the sale!!!!

Brighid said...

You will make a Kiplinger out of me if you keep this up.
Good news all around for you guys, WaaHoo!

Keads said...

Very nice update on Angus! I would lean toward the M&P with an Apex tactical trigger assembly, but that's just me!