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.

New Year’s Resolutions – Or Something Like That

clean-upWow. I cannot believe how much I have neglected this blog.

Honestly, I enjoy sharing my experiences and thoughts with you, my loyal readers. (Loyal? Hell, I suppose if you’re reading this, I have nothing but a vestigial RSS feed to thank.) And my list of excuses reasons why I haven’t posted more in recent months is extensive and valid. But, as my counselor once said, we all end up doing what we really want to do.

So, do I want to do this?

Hell yes.

Okay then, here we go.


For the new year, I decided to make a small list of the things I would like to accomplish in 2014. So, here they are.

I list them as Goals, for lack of a better word. Over the next while I will lay these out in further posts.

Goal Zero: Post more to the blog.


Goal 1: Shoot in a match once a month minimum

Goal 2: Get my son to compete in USPSA and/or GSSF

Goal 3: Practice more, both live fire and dry fire

These are pretty attainable, and just require my dedication to the sport.

Goal 4: Rank up in USPSA

This requires some additional planning, which I will lay out in detail in future posts.

Goal 5: Start competing in another shooting sport besides pistols

Rifles, 2-gun, 3-gun, clays? Who knows?

Goal 6: Attend a blogger shoot or other organized event

This requires someone having one, and inviting me. No problem!

And now, for the BHAGs.

Goal 7: Buy a CMP M1 Garand

Goal 8: Begin reloading ammo

These will depend on my budget for the year. So far it looks promising.


Stay tuned.