Thursday, January 2, 2014

The New Year, Day Two...

Y'know, it's going to be pretty hard to top 2013. As years go, it was pretty amazing - new (dream) job, getting the hell out of Massachusetts, did I mention that job again? Sure, there were rough spots - despite the awesomeness of getting away from the Nanny state, there's a lot of family and friends left behind, and I'm missing everyone terribly. Fortunately, this is a pretty good day and age to be in, and through the magic of Al Gore's intarwebs we've been keeping in touch pretty well.

The oppressive Nanny State is a place I will only visit; the gun laws heaped upon the good people of Massachusetts will no longer personally affect me (I ordered a new Ruger 25 round magazine for my 10/22 BECAUSE 'MURICA). I'll still keep tabs on the other Commonwealth, if for no other reason than solidarity with the folks left behind. It is rather striking how many of us have left: Bruce, Borepatch, Lissa, Andrew, myself... I'm sure there are many others, and countless more I either haven't heard about or simply forgotten.

But this is about the New Year, and the year immediately preceding it. For the first half of the year (really the first 2/3s), it was shaping up pretty much like every other year; uneventful, placid even. Then, well, it got kicked into high gear - turned up to 11, as they say - and things have been on rocket speed ever since. I changed my job, my career, and my residence in the span of four months, all to take my shot at doing what I love as a full-time gig. And managed to escape to freedom along the way...

What 2014 may hold remains to be seen. I'm hoping it will continue to rock out loud, and as I get more and more comfortable with the new gig I'm sure things will start to click into place more and more. I'm excited about going to SHOT Show in under two weeks as credentialed press - for the first time ever, I won't have to use vacation time to cover SHOT! I don't know exactly what the future will hold, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

What's your 2014 look like from the second day in?

That is all.

9 comments:

Mopar said...

Seriously? Here in CT it's looking pretty miserable. More of our new draconian gun laws kicked in, and instead of support from fellow gun owners in other states, for the most part I've seen the exact opposite coming from people who don't understand our new law, or our previous ones. The vicious attacks has really had a bad effect on the local gun community. I feel like we're going it alone, and I've pretty much lost any desire to help the fight in any other state.
How's that for a rah-rah post?

ScribblersDad said...

2014 brings real-live, shall-issue concealed carry to the People's Republic of Illinois. On another note, Scribbler has applied - twice - to renew his FOID card, and they "lost" both applications...
BTW, the Ruger 25 rounders are built like everything else Ruger!
Best wishes for a continued great year, and I look forward to seeing you at NRA in Indianapolis (can't do SHOT this year).

Siege said...

2014's looking pretty nice on my end. Just graduated college mid December, tossed my resume up on Monster around New Years, and got a call from two recruiters this morning. Also get to start a year with the doctor recommended quantity of bones for the first time ever (used to have a few spares getting in the way of things). I'm even pondering parts for a first ever AR-15. Seems like a nice way to start a year to me.

Fiftycal said...

Shouldn't you change the masthead of the blog? After all, you are no longer living in a SLAVE STATE. Here's hoping your new state doesn't turn into one.

Cargosquid said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Dave H said...

I'm in kind of the same state as Mopar. A couple of days ago we got a glimmer of hope wrapped around a poke in the eye. A judge ruled that the 7-round limit of the NY SAFE Act was unconstitutional because it restricted freedom with no tangible benefit. But he ruled the rest of the Act was constitutional.

Mopar said...

Dave, I suspect at some point when these end up in front of SCOTUS then will be combined, especially since we share the same legal team. Our case gets it's first hearing on Jan 30th, before a slightly more conservative judge then you had. Win Lose, or Draw, someone's gonna appeal anyway.
I'm more disappointed in all the attacks from other gun owners. David Codrea wrote about it over at Guns magazine (sorry to plug the competition, Jay!).
http://gunsmagazine.com/exclusive-the-unconstitutional-state/

AuricTech said...

(I ordered a new Ruger 25 round magazine for my 10/22 BECAUSE 'MURICA)

Personally, I like the BX-25 x2, as I believe that "because 'MURICA times two" is even more fun. After all, someone with a Ruger Charger can now possess a magazine with a capacity so high, even the square root of its capacity (7.07) would fractionally exceed the NY SAFE Act's maximum capacity for pistol magazines.

Ed said...

"I'll still keep tabs on the other Commonwealth..."

Really? Which "other"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_(U.S._state)