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About Joel

You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

Huh. That wasn’t supposed to happen…

Came home from the Monday morning water run. Backed the Jeep into its usual spot. Recalled that a hinge bolt on the rear window had come loose and decided I should tighten it while it was on my mind, because … Continue reading

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Care Package! “Happiness is a warm gun” edition.

Look what a Generous Reader just sent me! The person who sent it to me has waited a long time for confirmation of receipt, because it got hung up in transit for a while. But it did get here, and … Continue reading

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Okay – that’s not depressing at all.

I just got a spam email from Sportsman’s Warehouse, which I think I bought one thing from three years ago. And since it was titled “Spring Shooting Sale,” I naturally clicked. (pro-tip for spammers). And the ammo for their Spring … Continue reading

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Second day: Feeling much better.

Spent a lot of time in bed, if not actually sleeping. If this time works the way the first jab did, I’ll sleep like a rock tonight and wake up tomorrow feeling fine. As it is, if I had an … Continue reading

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So stiff. So sore.

Day after I got the first jab I got away with a headache and a very sleepy day. This time I wish I were sleepy, so I could sleep through the discomfort. Turns out the thermometer I stashed in my … Continue reading

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So today I got my second Moderna jab…

Apropos of nothing in particular, just priming you to be ready to put up with a a bunch of complaints tomorrow, probably.

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Crap. My brief cattle respite is over.

These aren’t any exotic strays… And naturally they made a beeline for my yard, because “let’s go crap all over Joel’s yard” seems embedded in Angus mix DNA.

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I saw somewhere that Dad Jokes are in…

…and I always wanted to be ‘in,’ so…

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Failing to fix Ian’s Mozambique target

Last summer Ian brought a bunch of fancy metallic targets to the Gulch, for use in shooting videos. It quickly became clear that the bane of our shooting existence was going to be this one full-size Mozambique… The head portion … Continue reading

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Warm! I’m takin’ it while I’ve got it!

Warm with NO WIND, which means it should definitely not be mistaken for Spring. Spring comes with knock-you-on-your-geriatric-ass wind, standard. Still, mid-sixties in early March is not to be wasted. March is the month that breaks your heart. So I’m … Continue reading

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I worry too much about my electrical system.

I come by it honestly – for the first winter the Lair had a ridiculously inadequate free sample of a solar power system that couldn’t even run CFLs in the morning without triggering the low voltage alarm. I was proud … Continue reading

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Hardly a day goes by I’m not reminded of at least one scene from Galaxy Quest…

So yesterday SpaceX launched the third prototype of its comically sci-fi looking Starship. It launched beautifully, hovered at 10k above the ground, did its terrifying bellyflop falling-with-style thing, then relit and landed neatly on its tail in a manner that … Continue reading

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Simple, cheap, light portable target stand

How to make a practical paper target holder that would go in and out of my car handily was always a problem for me, until 3 or 4 years ago when a TUAK reader suggested another use for chicken wire. … Continue reading

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Once in a while I’m right…

Last week I saw a herd of cattle set up shop around the watering station near Landlady’s place, and naturally assumed they belonged to the ranchers who hold the local grazing lease. I was resigned but unhappy – they run … Continue reading

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Things you do when you don’t know what you’re doing…

How not to fill a Zippo… Kind of reminds me of adventures I had when I was a teen, that I sort of kept to myself thereafter. Buried forever in the private mental file marked “things you should never do … Continue reading

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Sometimes you’ve got to laugh at yourself…

I burned the woodstove briefly this morning just to take the chill off. By the time I got back from morning chicken chores it was already out and the iron was barely warm. And before I left I cut kindling … Continue reading

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Aw, crap. Cattle are back.

So yesterday on my way to afternoon chicken chores I saw suspicious tracks… Distinctive tracks. Round split-hooved tracks. Cattle tracks. Grrr… I wondered at the timing of this; maybe in a month or two we’ll get some usable grass but … Continue reading

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Sometimes I crave that legendary German engineering…

I have a love/hate relationship with primer tools. This is my current go-to tool, an RCBS that works fine, really. Doesn’t need a whole set of individual case holders, which is a big plus. Gives you enough leverage that it’s … Continue reading

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How you know when you’re getting older – and possibly more prosperous…

No reason to light the fire… …lit the fire anyway. Hey, there was a time when morning fire was optional when indoor temp was in the 40’s, forbidden when it was in the 50’s. But that was more than 10 … Continue reading

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So you think I’m a bad man? No, I’m a pussycat. Let me introduce you…

I wasn’t expecting any particular controversy over yesterday’s post. I just noticed something on a package I thought worthy of mention, and then I mentioned it. But apparently I broke some peoples’ rules – I actually got an email from … Continue reading

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