Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday -- Scroll Down for New Stuff
Got a caption or photoshop for this photo? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar!

Not the winning caption:
My friend Theta debuts her new Jeep Patriot "Ladyhawke."
Alan is speechless.
Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL.

You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even that Jeep Cherokee with the cracked engine block in your garage.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday PM.

Winner!

Alan now knows where Lil Bro lives....

Other Contests:

Support Your Local Gunfighter
bRight & Early
Family Security Matters
Gone Rick Motel
Right Pundits
Rodney Dill
Public Pondering
WILLisms
Wizbang

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PA Open Carry


This is legal, right?

I forgot my favorite cowboy hat, so I make do....











Postscript:

Okay, wise guys, it's legal... but not a good idea.

Since I was a bad, bad gunny for staging that picture, let me finish this post by addressing the safety features of the NAA mini-revolver.

See those notches on the rear of the cylinder? That's where the hammer rests after you load the pistol; you can hammer down on a live cartridge, but that would be silly. Experiments are ongoing, but I imagine you might get it to slamfire if it lands on the closed hammer after a fall from a two-story building onto concrete. Mom's got grass and gravel behind the house, so I couldn't test that. Fanning the hammer (without pressing the trigger) either cocks it or results in no firing. I haven't tried it with the trigger pulled... it was a safety check, not an unsafety check.


Actually, this is the only piece with which I've enjoyed PA Open Carry. That NAA wouldn't make a bear even blink.

Post-postscript: That's a Bisley/Vaquero. For jaunts into potential Bear Country, I stoke it with jacketed soft-point .44 Mags (far left), but normally I kept it loaded with four .44 Spec. Glaser Safety Slugs and two Black Talons. Just because.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Chippy the Metronome


What's chipmunk for "Hey, Babe, wanna see my peanut collection?"













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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Zonie in the Mitten State

The Kellster rubbed elbows with the Michiganders while north during his vacation to Indy. Their two-day Combat Rifle Challenge was a blast, I hear.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday -- Scroll Down for New Stuff
Got a caption or photoshop for this unsourced photo? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar!

Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL.

You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even that rusty HK in your closet.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday PM.

Winner!

Kirk (I'm assuming of Fun Turns to Tragedy!!!) withs with:
Norman finds out what happens when you bring a knife to a gunfight....
AlanDP gets an Honorable Mention:
Wilbur cautiously enjoys his free continental breakfast at the Bates Motel.

Another weekend with no linking... profuse apologies to all and if you happened to link here, you rawk! Don't worry; vacations don't last forever!

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

I Can Has Travel Section?

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gettin' my Green Fix

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More bars


Better signal down in the hollow than in Mom's dining room.

I didn't know what that TTY thingee was, so I reset the phone.

I gotta reverse that pic, tho.

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Knock-knock!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

No Caption Necessary


JR of Keyboard and a .45 sent me this gem from Theo Sparks, figuring I'd do my infamous trigger-finger-job on the photo.

Naw, I'm on vacation, and without the editing software.

But I did give Lisa the Biker Chick some Halloween costume ideas....

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Things I forgot on my Summer Vacation

My damned cowboy hat
Laptop power supply
Sympathy card I forgot to mail
Red Cross blood donor card
A jacket
A non-mildewed rain poncho
The Mirrored Heavens, sent to me by the author David J. Williams, which should have filled my internetless days with sci-fi literary goodness.

Sorry, Mr. Williams, I'll got on that when I get back.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

YOU'RE not the Peanut Lady!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday -- Scroll Down for New Stuff

Got a caption or photoshop for this unsourced photo? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar!

Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL.

You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even the demo tape made by your budding young headbanger.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday PM.

Winner!

Dr Zibbs of The Blue Yak:
I want to go
To Burger King
If You don't take me
I'll continue to Sing

(Hour 2)

I want to go
To Burger King
If You don't take me
I'll continue to Sing
Sorry I didn't get to link the other contests this time. I'm on vacation, dammit!

Thanks for playing anyway!

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Mom says "Hi!"

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This Day in History


Shot-down CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was charged with espionage by the Soviet Union.

Those bastards.

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Don't need college to tell me that

Tomorrow I'm kicking off my annual summer road trip back East. I'm playing the Gun Fairy for a friend if mine, picking up a family heirloom in West Texas and will deliver it to him in Maryland after I play with it for a week or two. :)

Today, I proved to the college that I'm an American citizen and Arizona resident. I can't complain about the hassle -- I voted for Proposition 300 like everybody else.

School sez I gotta take 6 credit hours of Social Studies... I wonder if they'll accept any of the 36 hours I got from DLI's Korean Basic Course? Or maybe I'll just take a coupla Japanese classes to amuse myself.

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Y'all Hydrate, Y'Hear?

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

Sticky until Monday -- Scroll Down for New Stuff

Got a caption or photoshop for this summertime photo? (Hat tip to Binker Mom!) You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar!

Leave a caption or photo link in comments, or Email a pic to me at the address in my profile. If you're sending a large animation, please provide a hot-linkable URL.

You need not own a blog to win! I'll advertise your favorite charity, web site, or even that Speedo swimsuit that you're too embarrassed to wear.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday PM.

Winner!

Lil Bro:
In a effort to reduce personal injury lawsuits, Lane Bryant is now introducing its new G-string whiplash and restraining system.
Honorable Mention to Anonymous:

I cast a net and caught 250 pounds of skank.

Other Ongoing Contests

Outside the Beltway (I got 1st Place last week!)
Support your Local Gunfighter (I got 1st Place last week!)
Gone Rick Motel
Right Pundits
WILLisms
bRight & Early

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Cav Arms Pics Are Up!

Pics are here.

Lotsa gun pr0n!





BTW, during the prize raffle, Jon picked up an awesome Surefire fighting flashlight from Shooter's World. My single mag pouch and hat came from them too, I think.

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ID4 Match Results

Jon placed First in Tactical Iron (12 shooters) and 11th overall out of 62 shooters!

Kick ass!






I placed in the upper half, at least! Overall 27th, and 21st place, Tactical Scope. I scored ahead of all my nemeses except for Debbie (10 secs behind her; she's a sponsored shooter, but I beat her once... just once). Russell and Karl shot Classic class (Garands, methinx), so that cuts out the joy of that little triumph. And Jake was wearing a kilt.

I recognize almost all the names above mine as folks I see every year at the Superstition and all the monthly venues around Phoenix and Tucson. Kalani just recently started shooting with us at Pima 3rd Saturdays and he placed 4th overall!

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Oops!

Geek Alert!

Saturday we settled down for a Gaming Day, and my D&D character accomplished what we all consider the most tremendously bone-headed act of stupidity we had ever witnessed. (As the player, I'm absolved of any blame, of course!) The former Top Boner was a wizard casting Lightning Bolt while everybody was knee-deep in swamp water.

Wendy (she has stormy eyes) was accompanying her gal pals (a priestess and a paladin) and a fighter on a quest to save the soul of a slain paladin. She's only a 5th-level Wizard (Transmuter), but her prized possession is a Wand of Polymorph Other and she has an amulet that summons three minor demons (manes, left) to serve and protect her (I don't think the paladin ever caught her using it). Her selection of highest-level spells had only one offensive choice (L. Bolt) so she kept in mind a use for the Haste spell that wouldn't magically age friends of hers. If the offal started flying, she'd Haste the demons and send them out to fight at double speed! When a great big Shambling Mound enveloped and tried to smother the priestess, she applied the tactic. Unfortunately, she overlooked the fact that these demons explode in a puff of acid when they die... and everybody but Wendy ("Ouch!") was within the danger radius. "Oh, I know, I'll turn one of the remaining ones into a Hydra! With the wand!" Poof! It worked!

Jon, the DM for this session, rolled some dice and sadly looked at me, "You know, you don't control the Hydra...."

"The Hasted 11-headed Hydra, you mean?"

Remember Boromir's expression in Moria when he said, "They brought a Cave Troll?"

It certainly helped us kill the Shambling Mound, but it killed everyone else too! Wendy could have escaped, but stayed to Lightning Bolt the Hydra or Polymorph it into something else; she was rent asunder before she could even start the spell. A good time was had by all, though we'd hardly touched the good stuff yet.

We continued the adventure with another set of characters and have a date in mid-August to finish it.

I just re-checked the description of the Wand in the DM's book. You can't Polymorph Others into Hydras with the wand! You must turn them into bunnies, snails, or other innocuous creatures, like Wendy has been doing ever since she's had the thing. I don't know what Jon's gonna do about it.

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Eww

Tech Bleg

I tried sending my phone cam pics to my Yahoo mail account, but when I tried to download them, they got blocked by my "Security Zone Policy."







I forwarded them to my Earthlink account and got them that way... so what kind of Security Zone Policy is that? I can't find one in Yahoo! or Firefox or McAfee. Can anyone hit me with a clue-bat?

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Friday, July 04, 2008

AZ-CDL Independence Day Match

Cavalry Arms put on a great action rifle match today at Rio Salado. Heat was a constant oppressor for us old, out-of-shape types, but lotsa hydration and trigger-pulling got me through it.

Lots of Gun Pr0n to be seen there! Personally, I kept my Evil Black Rifle bagged until I needed it... those things get hot in the sun! I shot the POF-Meister in Tactical Scope, but scores couldn't get posted by the end of the match. Curious to see whether I beat any or all of my nemesises (nemesii?) that showed up: Russ, Debbie, Karl, Robert, Jake -- okay, maybe not Jake. He's got a smashing fashion sense, but his youth and energy are no match for my wisdom and treachery.




Treachery... heh.

Did I mention there was lots of Gun Pr0n?















Jon shot Tactical Iron and took great advantage of the Battle Rifle rules that let him neutralize a target with a single "C" Zone hit. He didn't need that much leeway since most of his rounds went exactly where he wanted them. The stage pictured left was an exception since the awkward "rooftop" perch played havoc with getting a good sight picture.
We only videoed our first two stages, since there wasn't much for the viewer on the two long range stages.
As you'll see in Stage One, I can be a heartless bastard when I calculate that I probably can't bandage a casualty in the 30 seconds I'd be penalized for not bandaging him.

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Happy B-Day, USA!


Timmeeee gets a 1-week extension on Roberta's ad (or a new blog ad) for spotting the backwards flag! Probably a light traffic day in the US blog world, but it's a sad day when a Canadian shows us up like this.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

I didn't do it!


If the depiction is of a gun firing or about to be fired, a finger on the trigger is okay!

I'm gonna spend a lot more time at Photoshop Disasters -- you should too.

h/t to someone... I'll post it when I find it again.

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Apropos of Nothing Whatsoever...

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And for the Ladies

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Nice Ride


Yeah... I'm a pig.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dammit!

My home central a/c is dying again! I'm tempted to just let the house bake while I'm gone.

Update: Woohoo! Looks like leaving it off overnight was good for it.

Update Update: I'm not out of the woods yet... the unit's making some loud noises. Shouldn't the fan be running?

Thanks for all your advice! I just shucked out a semester's tuition to ensure I follow it next time.

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Jeez...

In all the time since I've become a kinder, gentler alcoholic, I've never had the spigot on a Box o' Wine fail while in my refrigerator. Until now. Must be what I get for going with the Cabernet Sauvignon instead of the usual Burgundy.

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If Anything Happens to the Saloon

The Blog, I mean.... Got several Sitemeter hits from G00gle HQ in Mtn View CA today. I don't think they're searching for Obama Photoshops, but who knows?

This morning I went into my Archives to fix about a dozen posts for which I had used my Earthlink account (which will go away soon) as a photo host. I uploaded the pics to Blogger and republished... ya think that's got them interested? I still have to replace hosting for all the pics that were hosted by the now-defunct Yafro and Orfay... if I can remember what they're supposed to be.

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Unarmed Student Arms Himself

...and punches the ticket of bulldozer terrorist in Jerusalem.

DoubleTapper has the story.

Now that's a citizen!

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Tell 'im, Patrick!

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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Happy Canada Day, Eh Too?

Happy Canada Day, Eh?


Canada, our Special-Needs Brother in the Top Bunk.

I'm sure my couple of Canuckistani readers can understand a little sibling rivalry.

:)

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Is She Pointing?


...or self-identifying?

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No Ice at the North Pole?

That's unpossible!!

From Varifrank, who also has some choice words about Obama's House O-10s.

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