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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seen Around Town...

You know, I like Virginia. Don't see many like these up in MA...


I have no idea what vintage, but it's gotta be close to WWII-era. Seen in a local parking lot. The new Jeep in the background is a neat plus, too. While the engine, transmission, and other running gear might be different, there's little question whether someone driving either vehicle would recognize their fellow Jeep driver.

Jeeps are a lot like Harleys, in that their owners tend to be friendly on the road and wave to one another. I found this out when I borrowed my Dad's Jeep, and was confused when several other Jeep owners waved while driving by. It wasn't until the third Wrangler driver waved that I equated it to the wave the motorcyclists give each other, the little sign of brotherhood (or sisterhood) of two wheels.

Or, in this case, being able to own the off-road...

That is all.

Kilted Pic, Day 18

Here's another throwback Thursday pic:


No, it's not the Marilyn pose. I'm going to save that for next Thursday, and we'll see where the fundraising challenge is at then. If I'm still way back in the pack, I'm going to post that picture. As it is, this pic was from two years ago, where TheBoy decided he wanted to help dad and put on his uncle's kilt. Since Obama was running for re-election and promising everything under the sun, we just *had* to pose with fuzzy purple unicorns...

So, there you are. Me, my son, and purple unicorns. Is there any question as to what I will do for a donation? Remember, there is a photo out there of me imitating Marilyn Monroe's famous pose. I'm game if you've got the greenbacks. I don't like being this far back in the pack. I want to move up. I'm willing to do pretty much anything that won't get me arrested or fired to earn your shekels...

Remember, if you donate to KTKC on behalf of Team JayG, you get a shot at winning a York Arms lower and Magpul PMag. Everyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:

  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!

Don't make me get desperate... You won't like what happens when I get desperate...

That is all.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Heh...

Guess who got an infrared camera to play with?


^This guy^

Keep an eye on the day job website for some interesting stuff with the FLIR ONE.

That is all.

TEAM JAYG.

Not Sure What To Think...

Buy Johnny Cash’s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow


Pretty sweet ride, for a man who considered himself one of the little people...

Now, in all fairness to the man in black, the Rolls was a gift from ABC studios after the well-received Johnny Cash Show had a successful second season. It's not like he went out and spent concert proceeds on a $25,000 (in 1970 $) car. That's at least four times what a Cadillac cost, and that was at least an American car.

It just really surprised me, that's all. I figured Johnny Cash for an Oldsmobile man, maybe a Ford. I never would have guessed he'd be tooling around in a car that cost more than the homes that the people who went to his concerts would live in. I would have thought the opulence and decadence would be too much for the man in black.
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But still is there because he's a victim of the times.
The poor and beaten down will never even *see* a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, let alone get to ride in one. The people on the hungry side of town can't afford the taxes on a luxury car, let alone the purchase price. I mean, I guess it's not rampant, blatant hypocrisy to make your fortune claiming to be a champion of the little guy, but drive around in a car that costs more than most of your fans will ever dream of making. Somehow.

Learning about feet of clay shouldn't surprise me, yet sometimes it still does...

That is all.

Kilted To Kick Cancer, Day 17

Bad news today, folks. In the latest fundraising challenge update, I have slipped. Two places. Fifth place. That means the parts kit is off the table, for now, unless Team JayG gets back into the top three. I want to give that parts kit away, I really do. But I really do want to claw my way back up, I do. It's a long row - Team Borepatch appears to be the runaway winner, although Team KarateUSA came out of nowhere to hit second place. OldNFO worked his magic and slipped ahead of me again, too.

One more "Day in the life" picture, and then the gloves come off...


Mowing the lawn in a kilt. This one got some looks from the neighors...

Now, don't get me wrong. I like the guys in the lead, I do. It doesn't mean I don't want Team JayG to beat them all like a rented mule... I want to take the next 13 days and work my kilted butt off to claw my way back to the top. If not the #1 position, I want to get back into the top three. I want someone to get that lower parts kit with the special York Arms lower.

So, what's it going to take to get your money? Borepatch has his ringer, offering a signed copy of "The Book of Barkley," and I do have to admit that's a pretty awesome prize. But, darnit, we've got a one-of-a-kind York Arms stripped lower receiver here. You can't buy this from Brownells. You can't go down to your favorite gun shop and say to the guy behind the counter, "Please sell me that Kilted To Kick Cancer York Arms lower" - because the only way to get it is to win it, and the only way to win it is to make a donation to Team JayG.

Obviously, I have not groveled sufficiently. Folks, I'm begging here, with tears in my eyes. On bended knee. Knees, even. Knees knobbled - to the bone - from wearing a kilt down in the word mines, slaving away trying to come up with just the right incentive to get you to donate to Kilted to Kick Cancer on behalf of Team JayG. If there's a pose you'd like to see, make me an offer. My dignity is on sale here, and it's going surprisingly cheap. Get me back into that shiny winner's circle, I'm begging you...

We do have another prize, actually. Reader JFT e-mailed me, told me that he would be sending in a donation later, but wanted to offer something to help the cause. He's throwing in a 30-round PMag (if the winner is in a free state; if not, I will send a pre-ban 30-rounder in its place if allowed):


Thanks JFT. That means a lot to me and Team JayG.

Remember, if you donate to KTKC on behalf of Team JayG, you get a shot at winning a York Arms lower and a parts kit with which to finish it. Everyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:
  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!

I am not too proud to beg, folks...

That is all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thinking Things Through...

Does this strike you as a *good* idea?

Booting Up: GM rolling out Wi-Fi across product line
The nightmare of a long drive jammed in a car with all your nearest and dearest could soon be over. In just a few years, family road trips may seem vastly different: Passengers will be able to have their own devices to play a game, stream a movie, or get work done on a computer.

That’s because General Motors is working to turn cars into roving Wi-Fi hotspots for up to seven devices, introducing high-speed connectivity into more than 30 of its 2015 models. I had a chance to drive a 2015 Buick Regal with 4G LTE from Boston to New York last week, and it was superconvenient to use my favorite navigation app, Waze, while hooked up to the in-car Wi-Fi. The in-car mobile plans also come with enhanced OnStar, a service that offers emergency response, connectivity to real people, diagnostics and turn-by-turn navigation.
Um, hello? Aren't we trying to get people to *stop* using their wireless devices in the car? Isn't wifi going to make this worse? Are we likely to see commuters trying to use their laptop while steering as a result of this "innvoation"?

Now, look, I get it. The idea that I could surf the web on my iPad while the Mrs. drives us north to see the families is pretty appealing. The kids could use their devices - TheBoy has a PS Vita and can hang with his Madden peeps; BabyGirl G. is a budding Whovian and can watch shows online - and that would make the ride go much smoother.

But I fear these would be the exceptions to the rule. I suspect you'll start seeing cases of "distracted driving" shoot through the roof once wifi comes to the family truckster. Put in the capability to put any wi-fi capable device in your car and be connected, I suspect the allure of engaging in chat forums while stuck in traffic will start to increase traffic accidents.

Perhaps GM is in collusion with Maaco?

That is all.

Kilted To Kick Cancer, Day 16

So, yesterday your intrepid kilted host was out running errands. What do you do when you get back from running errands on a weekend?


Why, you check the mail, of course! One thing I'm finding about Northern Virginia is that it's awfully hard to surprise folks here. There are so many different cultures all mashing together that an Italian guy in a kilt doesn't even register. I've had a couple folks wave, a couple tilted heads, but for the most part, folks barely bat an eye.

It's a little disappointing, to be honest. When folks take notice, it gives me a chance to spread the word. While we're doing this to raise money for prostate cancer research, so that someday we might have a cure, more immediately we're trying to raise awareness. Get kilted. Get checked. We want men to go to their doctor and get examined, because that's how things get caught earlier, when they are more treatable.

If we can get more men getting checked more regularly, that's a huge win.

And speaking of winning... Remember, if you donate to KTKC on behalf of Team JayG, you get a shot at winning a York Arms lower and a parts kit with which to finish it. Everyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:
  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!



Only two kilted weeks left to catch up to the big boys!


That is all.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blogshoot!

Not here. Over at Lagniappe's Lair. I'll be attending, as this is only about an hour from Casa del G., Freeland version.

This will be the first blogshoot in a while where I haven't had to traverse enemy lands to attend. WV is pretty darn gun-friendly, and has reciprocity with VA, so, much like in the old days when the shoot was in NH and I lived behind the iron curtain, I can go heeled the whole way.

Not only that, but with a 100 yard range I can bring a nice smattering of toys both close-up and distance-oriented. Might even see what I can scare up from the vast archives. I hear that there might be some blackpowder fun, as well as some of NFO's toys, so there will be a generous display of ordnance from across the spectrum.

See Murphy for details, and hope to see you there!

That is all.

Kilted Picture, Day 15

Okay, we're at the halfway point for Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraising challenge. As I mentioned over the weekend, Team JayG has managed to claw its way into third place (thanks everyone!!!) but I'm still aiming for the top. We've raised close to $4,000 so far, and I'd like to see that number FAR more than double before we are all through.

For this week, I'll be doing "A Day In The Kilted Life" from this past weekend, starting with:


Running errands. When out and about, the "dress kilt" is a must.

Now, I've got the York Arms stripped lower receiver and the Brownells lower parts kit to be awarded to one lucky donor. I'm taking picture requests for donations, and not a single person has taken me up on it. Really?

What's it going to take to get you to donate to Team JayG? Do I need to dip into the great big box 'o' cool stuff and come up with something else to add to the prize mix? Because I can do that. Get me into second place by the end of the week and I'll add even more to the prize package.

For now, though, if you donate to KTKC on behalf of Team JayG, you get a shot at winning a York Arms lower and a parts kit with which to finish it. Everyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:

  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!

Third place now, second place ???

That is all.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Catching Up...

So, Kilted to Kick Cancer posted an update in the fundraising challenge. Team Jay G. is in third place now thanks to everyone that has donated - thank you. That means the Brownells Lower Parts Kit is now officially part of the prize package. What stood out, for me, was that Team JayG has the second-highest number of donations, second only to my blogson. I like that.

So, as we near the halfway point, it's time to pick up more steam. I'm still gunning for first place, which means I have a good amount of ground to cover. In that vein, I'm tossing up another kilted pic today. Since it's the weekend, I hope to generate more pics. And, like I've said before, I'm open for donation suggestions - if there's a pose you want, let me know. For the right price (and I am shockingly cheap), you can own a little piece of my dignity!

Today's kilted pic:


It's a kilted dude hanging out at Home Depot. Nothing to see here. One of the most amazing things about KTKC and forcing one's self out of one's comfort zone to get out and be kilted is how few people notice. Sure, a few cast wary sideways glances, others are supportive, but the vast majority are just clue-free. There are always a few curious sorts, and those are the ones that I like the best, because that's where awareness comes in.

And, with an update: If you donate to KTKC on behalf of Team JayG, you get a shot at winning a York Arms lower and a parts kit with which to finish it. Everyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:
  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!

Third place now, second place ???

That is all.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #47

Today's car had to be something uniquely American. After yesterday, I wasn't in a mood to post something Japanese, or Italian, or German. It had to be something made on our shores.

So then I was struck by a question: What's the most "American" car you can think of? For me, this is certainly one of the top three:


1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. While the Bel Air was in production from 1950 through 1981 (as a version of the Impala/Caprice in Canada). The '55 through '57 variants, the second generation of the breed, are certainly the best-known, made popular in a slew of movies and popular culture. Between "Greased Lightning" and "American Graffiti" (yes, I know the car driven by Harrison Ford was a '55 Bel Air), this model is about as damn American as apple pie and baseball.

Now, there's a pretty damn strong case to be made for the Ford Mustang as "America's Car," in that the 'Stang is pretty unique with regards to the small muscle car. Then again, pretty much any "muscle car" is rather American, as by the time the muscle wars were raging, our European counterparts were building either exotic racers or luxurious sedans.

What car comes to mind when you think of an American car?

That is all.

Kilted Picture, Day 12

After yesterday, I had to go with another rifle-themed picture for my KPOtD:


Why, yes, those are York Arms-based AR-15s, thanks for asking. And yes, you *could* win a stripped York Arms lower, complete with lower parts kit, just for making a donation to Kilted to Kick Cancer for Team Jay G. If Borepatch can do kilt-butt shots, so can I... ;)

Again, to reiterate, if you donate to KTKC on behalf of Team JayG, you get a shot at winning a York Arms lower - and, possibly, a parts kit with which to finish it. Everyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:

  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!

What better way to kick cancer to the curb than winning a stripped lower?

That is all.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Remember...

Thirteen years ago. I remember everything. Where I was. Who I talked to. How I felt.

I haven't forgotten.

I will never forgive.

I'm still angry.

I have 2,977 reasons to hate those bastards and everyone that supports them.

Remember. Today. Tomorrow. Next month. Twenty years from now.

Never forget. Never forgive.

This year, at least, I live close to the museum where the Enola Gay is stored. I may pay a visit today, to remind myself that there was a time in history when we visited appropriate punishment on our enemies. When attacking the United States of America meant that you ate hot, flaming nuclear death on a stick.

That time, sadly, has passed.

Remember those who gave their lives that day, some willingly, like the passengers on Flight 93, or the heroes on the NYPD and NYPD and EMS that went into the World Trade Centers to save lives if they could. Knowing that they were facing almost certain death, they went in anyway. Heroes. Big damn heroes. Right up there with all who signed up to serve our country and bring the fight to the enemy. I'm sorry we lost that resolve. We're seeing everything we fought for - that those brave men and women fought for - crumbling as we dither and fret about how the world sees us.

I don't give a hairy rat's patoot if they love us. I don't care if they respect us. I want them to fear us. I want the next terrorist @$$hole who talks about blowing something in America up to be shot by his own compatriots, out of pure unmitigated fear that we might hear about it and come back and do to them what we did to the last group that messed with us.

I remember Vicki Yancey. She was a kind, sweet person (despite being a lefty). She had a husband and two boys that she thought the world of. And she died in a flaming plane crash because some twisted bastards thought they could scare us that way. That we didn't turn their training camp into 50,000º orange glass will someday be viewed as the biggest mistake we made in the "war" on terror.

I hate them. I hated them on September 11th, 2001. I hate them today. I'll hate them  on my deathbed.

But it's not all about hate. It's about payback, too:



And:



And:



And:



And:



That one makes me cry. Still. Never forget.

Remember.

That is all.

No, I Couldn't Resist This...

Is This The New Batmobile For ‘Batman V Superman’?
Filming on “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been going on in Detroit for a while without anything too scintillating leaking onto the web. A few weeks ago, we got a look at Superman’s new suit, but the Batman hasn’t appeared in public, just lame Bruce Wayne.

Well, finally someone has found something good near the set. Instagram user amacro13 took these pictures of what looks like the Batmobile, parked and dusty in Detroit.
It looks absolutely nothing like any Batmobile we've seen so far. I kinda like it:

(pic from link)

I like that it is different, actually. It's not the art deco Lincoln Futura from the campy TV series, nor the glorified and uber-finned Corvette from the Tim Burton franchise, nor the Frank Miller-inspired Batmo-tank of the Christian Bale reboot. There's elements of the two most recent Batmobiles, with the oversized tires and deliberate sports car-esque shape, but it looks like they've come up with something novel.

I'm a little leery of the "Batman Vs. Superman" part, though. I thought Frank Miller had a pretty good take on the whole "Dark Knight" bit, and how he'd handle the Big Blue Boy Scout in the end. "I want you to remember... the one man who beat you." If the movie is even remotely close to this, I'll see it in the theater. Given the (stupid) insistence the DC franchise has against jokes and such in their movies, it would make sense to keep this close to the Miller model.

We'll see, though - I don't hold any high hopes when it comes to Hollywood not screwing things up...

That is all.

Kilted Picture, Day 11

KTKC - Throwback Thursday style!


This is the very first kilted picture I ever posted. It's from September 19, 2011, very nearly three years ago. The picture was taken in front of a local steakhouse, well, local to where Mrs. G. grew up and SCI-FI (who took the picture) grew up and currently lives. He was kind enough to follow me around that weekend, getting pictures for my attempt to win the Kilted to Kick Cancer fundraiser. The very first one.

Now, as I did three years ago, I find myself back in the pack, struggling to catch up. I came awfully close that first year, and came back with a vengeance the second year. It's not the prizes, nor even the bragging rights (even though beating Kelly like a rented mule is a side benefit). It's knowing that I did my best to help raise money for cancer research and awareness for a form of cancer that specifically targets men.

This year, though, I have something I didn't that first year: a York Arms lower - and, possibly, a parts kit with which to finish it - is at stake here. Anyone that donates gets a chance to win it. Every $5 is one chance (i.e. if you donate $25 you get 5 chances). As I've done in years past, I'll assign everyone numbers based on their chances and run a random number generator to determine a winner. Everyone who donates and e-mails me gets a shot.

To donate:

  • Click an amount, or add in a custom amount, then check the box next to "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team". 
  • You'll see "Fundraising Team:" and a drop-down box. Pull up "Team JayG".
It's just that simple!

Help me kick cancer - and Kelly's behind - again, please.

That is all.