Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bowling Pin Shoot

I know I haven't really blogged about this before, so I should tell you that I love shooting sports!

I don't hunt, I just like skill shooting.  Whether it is shotguns and clay pigeons, or pistols and paper, I pretty much enjoy it all.

For the last couple of months my brothers and I have been doing a lot of pistol shooting.

Recently we discovered that the Lions Club near our house does a weekly bowling pin shoot!

It is a simple competition where they setup five pins and you try to shoot over all five pins as quickly as possible.  It is just a small local thing, so it is pretty causal, and you don't really win anything, but it is well attended by good people, and well run.

None of us had ever done any kind of competitive pistol shooting so we were a little nervous at the idea, but it looked like fun and we decided to give it a try.

I'm glad we did because we had a great time!

I was pretty pleased with how I did.  I think we shot about 10 rounds, and in those rounds I hit all but one of my pins.

When I first started I was shooting in the seven second range, but after a few rounds I dropped down to the five second range.  I was hoping to drop below five seconds, but I didn't quite make it.

The fastest guys were shooting all five pins in less than three seconds.  That's pretty dang fast!

I can't wait to do it again! I think this will definitely become a regular activity for us.

Here are a few pictures from the thing:

I like this one because it caught me mid-shot.
You can see my gun mid-cycle, and the first pin tipping slightly before falling off the table.

Two down, three to go.

Last one!

Just a quick shot of my preferred pistol.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Quick Trip to Cedar

Recently, my brother and I, along with a few of his friends, drove down to Cedar City so they could run a half marathon.  I was pretty much just the driver.

The drive down was a little bit stressful.  Traffic was bad, and the torrential rainstorm didn't help.  It rained the entire drive down.  Normally I like driving in poor conditions, but this was a little much.

We had planned to camp out, but that wasn't looking good.  Luckily some guy let us sleep in the spare trailer he had behind his house.  I have no idea who the guy was, but he let us sleep in his trailer.  It was pretty cool.

Andrew and his friends ran the dang half marathon while I took a nap in the back of my car.

I also took pictures as they approached the finish line.

The highlight of the trip though was seeing this decorated car.

In case you can't read it, it says "Just Divorced".
I thought it was pretty funny.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Desperate Dessert

The other day I was feeling pretty desperate for some dessert, but we didn't have anything good at my house.

I had to improvise.

I found a few lumps of old cookie dough in the freezer and half of an old chocolate bar in the cupboard.

First, I thought I wanted a cookie, but I didn't want to heat up the oven just to bake a cookie or two.

I decided to try the microwave instead.

I started with this...

And ended up with this...

First it just got kind of soft looking, then it turned into a puddle, then it started bubbling.  When it started smoking I figured it was done.

Besides being a little burned in the middle, it wasn't bad.

For the remaining ball of cookie dough I just combined it with the chocolate bar.

It was adequate.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Book Week!

Hey there fellow book worms!

Did you know that the last week in September is banned book week?

You can read about it here, or here.

I am going to observe the occasion by reading A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess.

Are any of you planning on reading some good ol' banned books too?
It sure would be fun if you did.

I always get a laugh from the lists of banned and challenged books.  There sure are a lot of classics on there!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Oh my heck have you guys seen this?!
This is the coolest thing ever!
I know it's kind of nerdy, but anyone who knows Portal will love it!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Return to Olympus!

A few weeks ago Dave, Robin, and I hiked Mount Olympus.  This was my third time doing this hike.
I think I liked the ascent better this time, since there was no snow.  However, the decent was much more difficult.  It is quite steep and rocky for much of it, so coming down really pounds your knees.  I was pretty sore by the end.  Also, once we got out of the trees and onto the switchbacks, the sun really took it out of us.  It was very hot!  We made it though, and everyone really liked the hike!

Here are some photo highlights.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

NPR's Take on Die Hard

In case you didn't already know, one of my favorite films is Die Hard.

Let me begin by making one thing clear: I am not an action movie junkie!  In fact, I typically detest the formulaic action films that have been plaguing our theaters for far too long.

Die Hard is special.  Die Hard is unique. Die Hard hails from an era where the characters were real and the action was pure and plot driven.  By comparison, today's action movies are flat and contrived and driven by over-amplified effects.

I honestly feel that Die Hard is an excellent film with incredible merit and value.  A classic in every sense of the word.

For this reason, I was delighted to read an article from NPR that describes incredibly well what makes it such an impressive film.

Here is a link to this amazing article for your reading pleasure.  Enjoy!

P.S. I would really like some Die Hard related comments. :)