Author Archives: Joel

About Joel

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

My stupid redneck water heater…

Okay, so I went through the same thing this time last year so it didn’t come as a surprise…

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Pavlov had his dog, and I have mine…

I’m a creature of habit and of course so is my dog. First thing in the morning we have our immediate schedule – somebody needs to go outside and take care of necessities – and then I do my usual … Continue reading

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Arex Delta Gen 2, 500-round review

I’ve spent more time than usual out at the range lately, playing with my new toy. It made like it was going to disappoint me, with a stovepipe in the very first magazine. Might have been because I was shooting … Continue reading

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Dammit. Jeep broke again.

I went to town to get my new holster, which came in this morning. Quick trip in and out, that was the plan. About a mile and a half from the Lair the temperature gauge pegged. From where the steam … Continue reading

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More Spring Flowers

Found a couple of flowering prickly pears over near SurvivalDave’s place. None of them around the Lair are flowering at all. Guess I’m not living right. But I was clearing out some rocks in my yard this morning when I … Continue reading

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Hardly worth the trouble…

When it comes to dealing with wildlife, this place has gotten kinda boring. I can only guess that so many people live here now that all the interesting animals have gone elsewhere. Nothing around but coyotes lately. I set my … Continue reading

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Practicality is not the point.

People climb mountains “because it’s there.” People build entirely impractical firearms “because it’s not there yet.” (trigger warning: Brandon Herrera was dropped on his head as a baby and is now incapable of completing a sentence that does not contain … Continue reading

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Random Gulchy Moments…

My favorite cacti are blooming! I love the shade of these flowers but the plants are pure evil. The spikes are not only very sharp, they’re hooked as if they don’t want to stop causing you pain when you get … Continue reading

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Sorry, been away from the keyboard…

Haven’t really been sleeping well the past several nights. Nothing wrong, it just comes and goes. Also I went to the big town about 50 miles away yesterday and that seems to have used up my supply of wanna-do for … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

Not actually much in the way of Spring flowers so far this May. I’ve lost hope for the yucca this year, and I’m not sure if the cactus are going to do anything. The cliff roses are coming along nicely, … Continue reading

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The sort of toggle switch my own grandfather would have understood…

Okay, so I got my principal iPhone working. Yay, me. But all of a sudden the bluetooth earpiece I habitually wear wasn’t telling me when I had a new text. And that’s the main reason I wear the damned thing. … Continue reading

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Me so techie…

Sometimes I get so annoyed I actually exert myself to fix a techie problem myself. Also, for like the first time since I started using Apple products, iTunes was of some value to me. It took half the afternoon, but … Continue reading

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A gift in the mail!

Friend of the Blog Commander Zero sent me a gift! A tactical gift, of course… This is a really nice flashlight, (as far as I know) up to date with the latest fashion. Ol’ Boomer Joel has continual trouble wrapping … Continue reading

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Took me a second…

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Desperate times call for desperate measures, even if you’re a dog.

Maybe especially if you are. I went to bed at the usual time. It was raining off and on and Tobie was unusually unsettled. Usually by my bedtime he’s long since checked out. I didn’t hear thunder at first, my … Continue reading

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Learning to shoot all over again…

I have to stop and remember, while using the new Arex, just how obsolescent old school my pistols have been, and for how long they’ve been that way. I swapped my worn-out 1911 for a big-bore revolver 12-13 years ago. … Continue reading

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Wow, telephone crisis narrowly avoided…

My whole online life revolves around my smartphone. Since sometime in 2017 I’ve been using a secondhand iPhone that was getting pretty worn out and I was getting worried. Then early last year Big Brother texted me out of the … Continue reading

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How you know you’re working class…

I just read an article about Glenn Campbell on the anniversary of his birthday. And while I don’t actually give him much thought a linked video to Wichita Lineman made me chuckle to myself. The song was ubiquitous on the … Continue reading

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Walkie snapshots…

Neighbor D had a health setback yesterday, which disrupted my plans to go to the biggish town about 35 miles away and shop for (groceries and) a holster for the Arex. Poor me, right? Having typed that first sentence I … Continue reading

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Ian found the mouse nest.

Last summer there was this whole big story arc about a(t least one) nest of mice that I ended up killing one by one, starting with the adults and ending with the babies. But I never found the nest – … Continue reading

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