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Moving Along

Starting point

Now, I know that’s the kind of title I might use if I were announcing I was closing down my blog.

On the contrary. I mean quite the opposite.

Those who follow me here, or on Twitter or on Facebook or my other blog, Plumb Mad Dog Mean, know that since last March I have been fighting leukemia. Between that and keeping life going, it’s about all I have had time or energy for.

The last USPSA match I shot was on February 27, 2016. I looked at this match as the last one I would shoot before qualifying for Senior in March. I was right, but it was also the last match I would shoot before being diagnosed with leukemia on March 15.

I must confess, thanks to a suppressed immune system, and not really feeling like going to the range, I haven’t fired a gun since that match. But all of that is going to change.

I have come to realize, the hard way, that life is short. There are things I enjoy in life, and I owe it to myself to devote some time and energy to those, and to enjoy them to their fullest.

So, I have put together a set of goals that I want to reach, before the anniversary of my transplant on June 28:

  1. Post to this blog at least once a week, preferably more.
  2. Post to Twitter and Facebook at least daily.
  3. Devote time each day in my office dry firing. (This is one advantage of working from home!)
  4. Work on my physical strength and endurance so I can compete decently. After all, I have lost quite a bit of weight, and I need to take advantage of that, and regain my strength. I may even try to find a coach or other training so I can get my stamina back.
  5. Start competing regularly in USPSA and GSSF.
  6. Move up from D class to C class in USPSA Production.
  7. Look into other aspects of shooting sports to see if I want to give them a try:
    • Reloading
    • Open shooting
    • 3-gun
    • Sporting clays
  8. Attend the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  9. Be more involved in GeorgiaCarry.
  10. Renew my Glock Armorer certification.

So, look for more posts. The ones involving these goals will be tagged Moving Along.

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Coming This Weekend – the GeorgiaCarry.org Convention

Kenn Blanchard

When I went to my first big blogger shindig, the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot in 2011, the first event I went to was a dinner for all the participants. I mingled a little, not really knowing anyone there personally, and then we all took seats.

As it turns out, I sat directly across from Great Satan, but fortunately, I also sat next to Reverend Kenn Blanchard. We chatted throughout the evening, and kept up the next day, and I found him to be a warm and funny man.

Kenn is sometimes better know as the Black Man With a Gun, from the blog and podcast and Facebook page of the same name, and he will be this year’s Keynote Speaker at the annual GeorgiaCarry.org convention, held this weekend at the Renaissance Waver Hotel in Atlanta.

GeorgiaCarry.org is THE voice for gun owners and the Second Amendment in Georgia. Since 2007 they have been responsible for removing so many of the antiquated gun laws in this state, including prohibitions against carrying in a public gathering, restaurant carry, and even carry in public and government buildings. And despite all this, blood does not run in the streets.

I will be there Saturday, all day, and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as I can. Please message me and we will get together.

Coming Out

Tom Nobody Cares

My first foray into the gun social media world was when I first logged on to GlockTalk as FillYerHands in 2008. Then came Twitter and this blog, and now I even have a Facebook page.

When I started out, I never used my own name. Why? Well, for one thing, I was taking time at work to do the postings, in between my real job, recruiting. For another thing, I was afraid to use my real name, lest someone associate me with a Gun Crazed Maniac, and have that tarnish my business reputation.

Having said that, over the past few years, I have met a lot of people in the gun world who have never had any issues with using their real names. Sure, there are a few folks who prefer anonymity, like Linoge, Uncle, and Sebastian. But there are lots more like Sean and Miguel and Ron and Walt, and a hundred more, forgive me for not naming you specifically. So as I have thought about it more, I have decided that I really don’t have any real reason not to use my own name. So I changed it Saturday on my Twitter page, and so far, not an eye has been batted that I can tell.

So let me introduce myself.

I’m Tom Lindsay, and I live in the gun friendly town of Kennesaw, Georgia. I’m not an Operator. I’ve never been in the military or law enforcement. I’m just a regular guy who likes guns and shooting. I support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

I’ve been shooting a little over 20 years, and I compete in USPSA and GSSF. I am a certified Glock Armorer. For money, I recruit engineers and manufacturing people for clients all over the USA. I’m a degreed chemical engineer, having graduated from Georgia Tech. Besides shooting, I love barbecue, jazz, bluegrass, cars, and a whole bunch of other stuff. I even blog about my barbecue efforts at SkinThatSmokeWagon.

 

Is there a flag for this?

Observations

I have been giving some thought to my participation in the shooting world, of which this blog has played a part. Admittedly not all of my thoughts are clear, but when are they ever? However, I figured that committing them to paper . . . er . . . bits would at least set for me a tangible goal, something visible, as a reminder of where I should be headed.

First, for reasons that are unimportant, I have not given shooting any real attention recently. Yes, I read Twitter and blog, and sometimes watch shows. But I haven’t shot in a match since last November, and I have probably only posted on this blog a couple of times a month. Even my wife has made the observation, and I have to admit, I am not happy with where I am.

That sucks.

That will change. Starting now.

So, for what it’s worth, here are my resolutions for the coming months:

  • Practice – dry fire, range time, all of it. I’ve even bought Ben Stoeger’s book on Dry Fire, at the example of Lee Bautista, and I now plan to read it, and use it.
  • Competition – the practice will lead to me resumption of USPSA shooting, starting in March. The goal here is to level up to C class by summer.
  • Blogging – I would love to get back to my one-time daily minimum, but for now let’s just say I will blog more. I have a lot of stuff saved as draft, and, like 90’s Saturday Night Live sketches, none of them are relevant any more. But, fortunately, new stuff arises daily, and I don’t see any problems.
  • Participating – I have been a member of the NRA for 20 years, and GeorgiaCarry.org for at least 5. It’s time I put some of my efforts to these causes.

Watch this space in the coming days and weeks.

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