Sunday, May 20, 2018

2018 Graduation at U-High

Another family member has crossed the stage to get her high school diploma. This time it was Anna:

And just like last year, some of the graduates were very entertaining:

And finally, some family shots with our new graduate:

Congratulations Anna! You have a very bright future ahead of you.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A Cold Morning at the Falls of the Big Sioux River

A mid-April blizzard brought wind, snow and misery to the State of South Dakota, but left behind tranquil, frigid beauty that only Mother Nature can produce. Behold, the falls of the Big Sioux River:

I hope the falls are at least half as beautiful when I encounter them again later this year.

Tarzan and Jane Tie the Knot

When my childhood friend Steve introduced me to Jane, his future wife, he pounded his chest and said "me Tarzan, she Jane".

On April 14th, Tarzan and Jane came down from the trees, but only long enough to tie the knot:

A good time was had by all, but nobody smiled bigger than Tarzan and Jane.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Turkey in the Neighborhood

Some might say the title refers to me, but I kid you not, this wild turkey was spotted walking through our neighborhood:

And he wasn't alone. He was strutting through with 5 lady friends. Popular guy this one.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Anthropomorphic Deli Meat Vulture

I'm pretty sure I've seen this guy at the same Deli I shop at:

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Field Stripping Your Beretta 92 FS

After purchasing my 92 FS, I sought out online resources for good cleaning tips, thinking I could learn from the experiences of others. Man oh man was I disappointed. Some of the resources, especially a Youtube video with over half a million views, made it clear that my concept of clean is not universally shared.

So, I decided to add to the resources online with a field strip guide here, and in another post, a cleaning guide that meets my personal standards for cleanliness. 

The first two steps in field stripping the Beretta 92 FS are (1) remove the magazine, and (2) remove the slide barrel assembly. For reference purposes, I've labeled the parts of the weapon that help facilitate these steps:

First remove the Magazine by pressing the Magazine Release Button. The Magazine should pop out part of the way after the button is fully depressed, then fully remove it using your fingers.

Next, while holding the weapon in your right hand, press the Disassembling Latch Release button with your trigger finger. At the same time, with your left thumb, turn the Disassembling Latch clockwise until it no longer turns. This will cause the Slide Barrel Assembly to release and slide forward, as it is under spring tension. I do this step while lightly gripping the Slide Barrel Assembly with my left hand, so that it doesn't completely separate from the rest of the weapon and fall to the floor.

With your left hand, remove the Slide Barrel Assembly completely from the frame, exposing the Locking Block Plunger, Locking Block, Spring Guide and Recoil Spring:

The next steps are removing (1) the Recoil Spring and Spring Guide and (2) the Barrel from the Slide Barrel Assembly.

To remove the Recoil Spring and Spring Guide, grab hold of the end of the Spring Guide with your thumb and trigger finger, and slightly press it towards the business end of the Barrel and away from the Locking Block. This will increase the tension on the Recoil Spring, but allows it to separate from the Locking Block where spring tension is holding the two together:

Now just pull the Spring Guide toward yourself slightly, and slowly release the tension of the Recoil Spring by moving the Spring Guide out and over the top of the Locking Block:

Now simply pull the Spring Guide and Recoil Spring away from the Slide Barrel Assembly.

Next is the removal of the Barrel. This is done effortlessly by using your index finger to depress the Locking Block Plunger:

The Barrel will slide forward, allowing it to be removed by grabbing onto the Locking Block:

Once the Barrel has been removed, you will have successfully field stripped your 92 FS. Congratulations!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Boys and Michele

The boys were back a few weeks ago, and I neglected posting any of the photos I took of their visit. Here they are, with their mom, as they prepare for the long drive back to Springfield:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bob and Jean Stopped By

They drove over 9 hours to hang out with Michele and I last weekend, and a great time was had by all.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Girl On Fire

My niece Anna finished first in a high school tennis tournament yesterday. Her performance was flawless:

Congratulations Anna!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Peeps are in the House

I've been neglecting my duties by not posting peep shots in a timely fashion. Time to rectify the situation:

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Michele has a Tattoo!

Back in April of this year, Michele put words into action. She had been talking about getting a tattoo for years, and then one day, she walked through the door changed forever. Here is the very last image taken of Michele's bare shoulder:

And this is Michele's new shoulder. Drum roll please...

Angels Softball Tournament - Championship Game

This game was a real nail biter, but in the end, the Angels came out on top: