I was supposed to do some rewiring in the shed today, but that’s going to take a few more power tools so I’m leaving that until next payday (before Lisa notices how much I’ve spent so far). Instead I decided to sort out the interior of the shed using the materials and tools already at hand.
Of course I thought I had the right tools, but the one shelf inside the shed was installed using nothing more than 2x4s and 4″ nails, the removal of which cost me both the hammers I had (as shown in the picture above). Taking a small break to sneak off and buy myself a slightly more expensive hammer and a crowbar I returned to dismantle the wooden monstrosity, and installed two shelves at better heights in its place.
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Received a call from cousin Theodore with two pieces of news, the first was that Evil Dead: The Musical is playing in Toronto which was news to me, but which admittedly made me consider braving the 401 just once more.
Anyone seen this? Any good?
[The second piece of news I'll leave to Theodore, as I don't want to steal his thunder.]
At the end of our driveway we have a strange little angular shed the roof of which connects with the house wall. It looks like the remnants of what was once a carport, but it provides a nice little shelter from the elements for the usual household details like garbage and recycling.
The shed had very little natural light as there were no windows, and the only light would originate from behind anyone entering the shed via it’s one door under the overhang. Additionally the blank wall staring up the driveway was always a sore point for me, as it’s bland as hell.
Yesterday saw the first in a series of minor modifications to this shed to make it both more usable and less of an eyesore. I cut a 16″x34″ hole in the front face and installed some glass brick (or glass blocks) and then threw a bit of trim around it. The second stage of “beautification” will have to wait until the shed is painted, as the plan calls to add a trellis up and around the newly created window.
If you look at the picture there is a second blank wall behind the strollers (on the right), we are considering adding a second glass brick window to this wall (as a real window would give us a fantastic view of the truck our neighbors have had parked there for the last year), but we’re not 100% on that just yet.
My brother Piet is playing detective with a No.4 Mk.I he acquired recently. I have to admit, this sort of thing has always been my favorite part about owning older firearms. Piecing together the origins of the rifle inevitably acquaints you with more of it’s history, and ultimately increases your appreciation for the rifle itself.
I’ve owned two No.1 Mk.IIIs and two No.4 Mk.Is and have spent more than a few hours on each looking up the acceptance and arsenal markings, reading about the history of the manufacturers and wondering where the rifles had been between manufacture and arriving in my hands.
My job was made easier when I acquired this, the only SMLE I currently own, as I specifically sought it out based on its manufacturer and wartime production date. You see, the previous SMLEs I’d owned were made in England and Australia, the rifle I wanted was one made during WWII at the Longbranch Arsenal here in Canada (in my hometown of Toronto in fact).
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Don’t know how I missed this short film (7 minutes) by Ruairi Robinson, but having finally seen it I can’t help but to recommend it to you the reading audience. It’s free for download from Robinsons website or in a shorter (low-res) version from youtube.
While short it’s very well done and really conveys the sense of a post-apocalyptic world. It’s short films like this that give me hope for future zombie movies.
Go on, watch it.
Seeing as we had the Sig P220 featured just the other day I thought it was only fair to throw some photographic love at my next favorite handgun, the Smith and Wesson Model 14.
More below the cut, as before click on any image for a full sized view.
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My brother Piet has posted a few pics of his gun collection during a lull in his outdoor leisure activities. I’m starting to get jealous again as he not only happily acquires firearms I am not allowed to even name for fear of federal prosecution (kidding, sorta) but is now closing the gap on firearms that are allowed up here.
He also took a moment to follow-up on a conversation we had a few days back about my attempt to load 762x39mm into my 556x45mm AR15. He mentioned acquiring an SMLE and commented that the ammunition his Mosin-Nagant takes was dimensionally similar to the .303 British ammunition consumed by the SMLE.
Go give it a read and peek at the perty pictures.
As long as we’re all treated the same when we make mistakes, right?
…A loaded nine-millimetre police pistol and 45 rounds of ammunition remain missing after an intense but fruitless search by Waterloo regional police yesterday for an officer’s knapsack, stolen from a sidewalk near Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate….
…Insp. Bryan Larkin estimates the bag was left unattended for between 15 and 20 seconds before the officer realized he had left it behind. By the time he returned, it was gone.
“Mistakes happen in our business,” Larkin said. “We are going to look into how this happened.”…
Mistakes happen to everyone, and while I have nothing but sympathy for the officer involved, and concern for the community this affects, I have no doubt that had this been a private citizen he would already have been charged with a string of firearms offences and universally condemned by the press.
…”We are concerned that we have a police firearm out in the community,” Larkin said. “The reality is it is already in the hands of someone who ought not to have it.”…
Anti-gun types would undoubtedly say the person who ought not to have it was the one that left it unattended. Personally I’d be happy with the firearm being recovered and the officer given a reprimand (unless this has happened to him before). I would like however for the police to remember this the next time they paint a civilian gun owner as careless or reckless when they suffer a similar momentary lapse of judgment.
Entire article here