French In Action
Since The Other McCain made me aware of it, I have been watching videos of the excellent French immersion series, "French In Action" (FIA) on YouTube. Last night I completed episode 11. There are 51, total, I think. I listen to one or two at night just before sleep.
FIA is great ear training and builds confidence that one can actually understand spoken French! Amazing. I plan to take some intermediate or advanced French courses in the fall, along with continuing my studies of Spanish (grades are in, I got an A in 1-B).
Tax Season Has Started: Now I Can Buy Guns
Lately work opportunities for me have improved, though still quite anemic compared to those before Obama's election. Looks like I will do some telecommuting consulting for start-up firms, and I have begun showing up at the tax office, though haven't yet had any appointments. It is still quite early in the season and most people haven't received their W-2's, K-1's, 1099's, etc.
With increased chargeable hours, I may be able to put aside enough money to buy a Bushmaster rifle and a Glock handgun. My 1911 Colt 45 works quite well, but the newer handguns have less kick and are therefore easier to aim during a violent confrontation. I'll probably need around $1,000 to get the weapons I want. I still have my two replica muzzle-loading rifles, 1855 Enfields. I used them for reenacting as a Confederate soldier, but they are real rifles and fire real minie balls. If you are really fast, you might be able to get off one shot every minute and a half. It's a bitch ramming a minie ball down those rifled barrels, especially after they become somewhat fouled with spent gunpowder. Yep, probably time to upgrade to newer technology.
Playing Bass Again
I am back with my old band and have had three practices. The Rickenbacker bass plays like a dream. The guys love it.
Open Thread - So far, anyway. Via Renee.
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