Cowboy Blob's Saloon and Shootin Gallery

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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why Last Weekend Was So Screwed Up

Well, this was my first warning sign.

I didn't know why the vehicles were stopped along South/Eastbound Interstate 10, but a long trail of tire rubber throughout my trip gave me my default suspicions. That and the 100+F temps.

After I passed that point, for some strange reason I wondered when it would be a good time to rotate my tires. I'd been experiencing a slight pull to the left... Gee, this road is feeling pretty bumpy -- at 85 mph!

Suddenly, BANG! Thunk! And other cheesy Batman-like sounds. I made my way over to the right shoulder and found that all the rubber outside the steel belts of my left front tire had shed itself, and banged out my left front fender. Luckily, I was near an I-10 exit into the Casa Grande Outlet Mall, so I limped on over and found a deserted corner of parking lot. My first instinct was to call my buddy Jon and see if he couldn't find me a garage open late on a Sunday afternoon. Dry hole. Not a Triple A member, I gave my insurance agency (State Farm) a call for a recommendation... since AAA's recommendation insisted upon cash I didn't have on me. State Farm found me a towing company that took credit cards!

I should say that I was extraordinarily prepared to take care of this myself, as God and Robert Heinlein intended. I donned my Nomex gloves and tactical kneepads I had on hand for the Cactus Match 3-Gun, but for the longest time I couldn't figure out how to unleash the Ranger Motel's spare tire, and once I did, how to loosen the lugnuts with what little strength I had in my heat-weakened, carpal-tunnel ridden extremities could manage. With my History of American Cinema mid-term awaiting my last-minute cramming, I jumped up and down on the lug wrench (rather dizzily I must say; my water reserves were rather warm by now). I actually got the spare on by the time the tow-truck arrived, but the fine gentleman from Rats Towing tightened the nuts for me, and filled my spare with much-needed air, then refused payment when I offered! Although he might have been shy about defrauding my insurance company for unused services, he should have gotten something for his troubles, so he's got my marginally public blog adoration for his Good Samaritanism.

Here's some video.

And after I got my hastily finished term paper ready, my Professor posted that the web site was a week early with the deadline. Doh!

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Ramba Premieres!



We won the trophy for Best Special Effects, but lost to a "Saw" spoof and "Edward Scissorhands is Black," the Audience Choice Award winner.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

3-Gun Fun in the June Sun

Instead of mixing pistol and rifle for the two Carbine stages, I made them rifle-only to give the long guns an extra work out. Jon and I brought out our .308 Thumpers to contrast with Ron's (pictured) and Big Bob's "mouse guns." Jon's brother Chuck brought out his Garand, chambered in .30-06 as the Old Testament God intended. Bob squeaked ahead of me in both courses of the match.

The first stage was run-and-gun, albeit against difficult targets, some hiding behind no-shoots. The pistoleros must have hated it because the match director put them out at a challenging distance. They would get their chance to spray on other stages. The second stage required four targets engaged from the left shoulder and four from the right. Pistoleros engaged four targets left-handed and four right-handed.


Shotgun was in my normal mixed format. Our first stage featured five poppers to be engaged with birdshot and three paper targets to be engaged once with slugs or twice with the grounded handgun. The second stage was a brain work-out, requiring two shots from pistol, then two shots from riotgun, repeat until all steel is down. All loaded weapons had to be grounded safely, or be disqualified. The RO dished out penalties for taking more than two shots (that one got me) and in Chuck's case, less than two shots. Pistoleros had a different game: two hits on the left side targets, then two on the right, lather, rinse, repeat.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Ramba

For once, my blog slowdown wasn't caused by a mountain of schoolwork! This weekend, I was neck-deep in the 48-Hour Film Competition hosted by the Loft Cinema here in Tucson. My old classmates and I had two days upon receipt of a movie title to whip out a movie spoof and submit it. We got "Rambo." Score! My armorer skills were in demand and I brought every pair of BDU pants and green T-Shirt I had in my closet. Unfortunately we had a big shortage of Asian extras who would probably fit in my old uniforms; instead we squeezed my mostly strapping Hispanic classmates into whatever would reasonably fit. After hanging all Friday night to help conceive and write the screenplay, I loaded up the production truck and came back on no sleep to help shoot the movie (we had three of four cameras running most of the time). After we wrapped after Saturday midnight, I recognized the symptoms of impending exhaustion and pulled my truck into a parking lot between the I-10 and I-19 on-ramps and closed my eyes. Time passed.

I felt bad about bailing out on my teammates the next morning, but once I got all my footage transfered and helped transfer the others, I wished them well and returned home to a long nap and a mountain of unfinished homework. I've since learned that there's been a problem with the disc we submitted. I hope they fix it... I look forward to sharing "Ramba" with you all.

Update: They didn't even use any of my footage! Seems they overlooked the folder it was in --things like that happen when you're on a short deadline and haven't slept all weekend. I have a copy of what we sent in for the contest, but I'll wait until after the premiere on the 29th to upload it. I'd like to get together afterwards and build an unrushed Director's Cut, because I know I had some unique footage on my tape.

BIG UPDATE: "Ramba" premieres Tuesday night at the Loft Cinema on Speedway. Movies start showing at 7 pm. Cheer us on! I'll upload the movie for you all Wednesday and a Forgotten Cameraman's Cut shortly afterwards.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

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Got a better caption or photoshop for this pic from the BinkerMom? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

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 your spare Lehigh Valley IronPigs nose.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday p.m.

WINNER!

Anonymous wins with:

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Me Lub You Long Time



h/t Woof

Seriously, I've had a life-long crush on Min Kae-kyong, a Korean torch-singer with an incredible set of pipes. I wish I could find more early 80s stuff.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Doh!

hat tip to Cousin B

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Weekend Caption/Photoshop Contest

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Got a better caption or photoshop for this unsourced pic? You could win a coveted Blog Ad on my side bar! If you're lucky, I'll be too busy to blog and you'll keep your ad up for weeks!

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 some of those damned shoes in your closet.

Check out the links in Drinks Ordered for photoshops!

Judging begins Monday p.m.

WINNER!
ExurbanKevin of ExurbanLeague wins with:
Despite hundreds of dollars in makeup and hours spent in front of a mirror, Roberta STILL couldn't get rid of that annoying Adam's Apple.
Other Contests:

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Signs, Signs....

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Quick!




Head on over before all the Birthday Cake is gone!

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That Guy Should Blog!


No, Sh*T, Sherlock!

One of my gunny FaceBook friends puts up lots of pics from rifle matches and mentions he's doing a calendar shoot at a firearms museum. That guy should blog, I think to myself. Well, duh!

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Heavy Metal

I hope you all had a splendid Memorial Day weekend! Besides enjoying the "Band of Brothers" marathon on Spike TV, I tried to make up for missing the Pima 3-Gun Match by capturing some match footage that was languishing in my tape library. Jon and I are switching back to our Heavy Metal gear for 2010 (and the 2011 Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun), so it's time to dip into the supply of .308 and .45 that I've been hoarding for a few years. I still need to re-zero the SOCOM-16 and see if Box o' Gun needs some more gunsmithing. At the latest Cactus Match, I substituted the step-brother Colt (Enhanced) Mark IV with good effect, so I might end up shooting that, since BoG is still in need of a Robar coating or something similar.

Here's the previously unpublished footage from the 2009 Superstition Match:


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