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As per request, a close up of my tiny emergency/dress pants/loose thread cutting Spyderco. It’s been living mostly full time in my pocket organizer, and doesn’t get that much use, but after two or three years of that it’s still sharp enough to shave the hairs off my arm. A solid little thing, I quite like it.

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Pocket dump


Because Butch did it and I haven’t done it in a long time.



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I hate it when you start bleeding and can’t figure out what you did to cause it That’s what happens when you save small children and puppies and kittens from bear attacks.

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Slumming it

Butch writes about his favorite bottom shelf liquors, and I thought I would chime in, too. Keeping in mind that I haven’t explored the least expensive choices in general (not that I think I’m better than you or anything [heheheh]), I’ll just go for the ones that I have experience with.

Bourbon: I’ve already talked at length about Evan Williams. So there it is.

Rye: Guess I’ve never tried a cheap one (my favorite, Bulleit, shows up later on the mid level list)

Gin: For all that people pooh-pooh it, I think that New Amsterdam is just fine (especially for the price–1.5 liter for $18.99 around here!). If you want to talk more traditional, it would have to be Gordon’s. My personal philosophy is that (even though I have more expensive fancy types than any other spirit) gin was first made prominent by being mixed up in the bathtub, so anything you can get these days will be at least top-notch quality compared to history.

Scotch: Um, so far no.

Irish Whiskey: Are there bottom shelf choices? All I know about is Jameson and Bushnells, neither of which are that cheap.

Canadian Whiskey: Another “Nope.”

Brandy: I’d agree with E&J, sure, though truthfully it’s the only cheap choice I’ve tried.

Apple Brandy: Love me some Laird.

Wine: Bottles? What is this nonsense? If it doesn’t come in a cardboard box you need to get down off your high horse and take off your fancy pants.

Beer: I’m a home brewer, ok? I’m ok with being a hypocrite after talking wine, to say that I can stand to use the occasional MGD in chili or beer-butt chicken, but spare me from cheap American beer otherwise. Now, if we’re talkin’ Belikin, it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame. Otherwise, I live in a town with [counts on fingers] 5 (I think) microbreweries, and a state with, like, 60–so drinking cheap beer is just a sad reason to not try something new and interesting. Also, the punctuation used in the previous sentence is totally kosher with English Majors mmmhmmm.

Hard Cider: I get mine for free from my friend who makes it from local apples in exchange for homebrews. Can’t beat that.

Cocktail Mixers: PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (I’m even moving away from storebought tonic for crying out loud, so don’t even start on that green artificial stuff for… ugh… “margaritas.”)

Vermouth: Agree with the Martini & Rossi.

Beer for beer-butt chicken: I know I talked about this already, but you should try it with a Coke. Just sayin’.

Butch’s list has several things that I now want to try, and I hope I fulfilled the spirit of his post even though I admit that I head to the middle shelves much more often than my wallet thinks I should. What about you? Got any recommendations for the cheap stuff? We’ll go to the next notch up on a later post, howabout.

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And… drumroll… 4000!!!!!!

Hello, this is you captain speaking, letting you know that this is post number 4,000 on this weblog. This post contains no content, much like at least 3,900 of the other posts on this weblog. If you look to your left you will see an archive of said posts, as well as a collection of categories. To your right you can see a list of other webloggers who have much more interesting things to say than me. Thank you for wasting your time with DEADMANDANCE blogways, we hope to serve you again the next time you are looking for weird music videos or dog pictures, with the occasional bit of gunnuttery.


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Mini tuff lite


Banana for scale

I bought it for one simple reason: it’s lime green. Seems to be a well made little thing, though, locks up much tighter than some of my other knives of similar cost. The edge it came with is easily sharp enough to shave the hair off the back of my hand. Closing the blade, the lock mechanism give a nice little spring assist. Oh, and did I mention that’s it’s lime green?


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Since I was on a roll getting the bearing replaced (or paying my uncle to replace it, anyway) I did something else that’s been needing done–oil change.  12700 miles since the last one…  yeah, that’s definitely a failing on my part. You know those stories you read about the guy whose truck has a million miles on it, and he says “regular maintenance” is how he does it? Yeah, that’s not me.  Though this Ford is a serious trooper, in the forty thousand miles I’ve put on it, I think I’ve had to spend about half as much as I ever had to on the jeep, with similar mileage.  I just did a Prime subscribe and save for oil and filters, maybe that’ll keep me honest.

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This is true

Except my graph didn’t go up at all when I took physics or when I worked for the Rocket company. But since I started playing KSP it’s hard to, for example, read a Sci-Fi book where they’re talking about space battles and such and they don’t even mention orbits…


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No rest for the anyone. At all.

With two days left in this pay period I’m already well over 80 hours, so now that I finally have a weekend where I don’t have to go to work-work, it’s finally time to house-work! Maybe digging up pipes and PVC cement, or maybe some chainsaw’n! Or maybe, just maybe… both! What a fun, restful, and relaxing weekend this will be.

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I want to know more about cross draw holsters. Can anyone lend a hand? The only advice I know to trust from gun forums is to not trust advice from gun forums.


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Those Merrels had an ok run, I guess, but I kind of abused them by using them for work, and a silly design flaw (the seam on the side of the boot) failed a while back which completely took away the whole “waterproof” thing. (As an aside, I find it very annoying that I seem to wear out boots while the tread still looks pristine. Shouldn’t that be the part that wears out the fastest?)

So this time I went and bought some real work boots, Wolverine something-or-anothers, from the old boot shop downtown.


More $$$ than the Merrels were last year, but I figure if I can get two years out of them I’ll still be out ahead. Next I need to get a new pair just for hiking.  With the insoles I bought with them (stupid high arches) they seem plenty comfy, and the bottom piece of leather is solid all the way around, so hopefully they won’t do this.  Time will tell, as they say.


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State of the desk


Yikes. I really ought to do something about that pile of old receipts.

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Butch wins this one


He has blued steel and wood, a Case toothpick and brass Zippo. I have stainless and nylon, a tacticool CRKT, and a Bic.  One of these groups is classier than the other.


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Thinking about guns

Specifically, my want list. There are several things near the top of my list, but they are all kind of vague wants with no substance behind them, with various states of practicality. And though I would never be one to say something like “Why would you want to spend money on something so stupid as [_____]?” in my own life there are limited funds, and the closer you get to practical the closer I get to seriously thinking of laying down cash. With that being said, my list as it stands currently contains a few things closer to the practical side, and a few things closer to the silly. I would welcome any thoughts anyone might have.

On the practical side, at work once the snow melts I’ll be doing quite a bit up in the mountains, where the landowner keeps saying “Oh yeah, I see lots of bears up here.” Black bears, at least, but I still doubt the snubbie is the ideal solution if I’m standing alone at the survey laser (sadly, it’s powerful enough to measure distances of several hundred yards by bouncing off of rocks and sticks, but not enough to set a bear on fire) and hear rustling behind me. Things being what they are, a long gun isn’t an option here, either, so, I was thinking about a .357, just because it would also be something that I want for in anyway (I will get a GP100 someday, dogonnit) and for cross compatibility with all my .38 stuff I already have, but it seems that the internet says (after sifting through the usual forums with a fine-mesh screen) “Ok for hunting bears, bad for self defense from bears,” which seems fair to me. Soooo… .44 Magnum has been on my want list, as well, just doesn’t have any of that crossover appeal with my already-in-stock stuff… (And before you say anything, I’m going to have bear spray, too)

Moving down the list, I’d really like to pick up a .17 something-or-another for gophers down at my grandpa’s farm. Seems that there are several different calibers in that diameter, but I can’t sort marketing hype from performance. Did see that Ruger is going to be making a rimfire version of it’s American Rifle in .17 HMR…

And before I get too far into non-practical territory, I really ought to buy a lightweight red dot for the CAV-15.

Wouldn’t mind building a new AR, maybe in some other funny caliber? Just because. Speaking of funny calibers, that .300 Blackout Handi Rifle is just ridiculous enough that I’ve wanted one ever since I first read about it.

And speaking of “just because,” I’ve always wanted one of Ruger’s scout rifles.

Someday I ought to look into buying a full-size Glock, but at this point in CO politics it’s kinda pointless to look at anything evil evil EEEEEVILLLL that would be over the 15 rd limit (and I’m back to putting another point in on the revolver idea!)

And from the revolver idea, I still want a .357 lever action. And speaking of lever guns, I want one of each. Ever. In calibers. Lots of calibers. And a million dollars. And a pony…

And the 21a is still on my list, but seems to have been moved down quite a ways for some reason. And on the pocket gun subject, I haven’t ever jumped on any .380 bandwagons before, and hearing that there’s 1000000+ LCP’s out there reminds me how close I was to buying one of those little guys for my first gun instead of Mr. XD9-SC…

That pretty much covers everything I’m thinking right now. Seems that the revolver thing is what’s dominating the game at the moment, with a major split between .357 and .44 mag, and .17 right behind them. Guess I should go and make sure the gun store guys know I’m still in town…


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