Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

This is my first Thanksgiving away from my family. My mother is heading to my sisters, where she will be joined with many of her grandkids and great grandkids.  For that I am thankful.
My boys, minus one, will be visiting my ex wife's sisters home for Thanksgiving. I am happy my ex wife's father will be there to see 3 of my 4.
One of my sons has been in Oakland California, that is 5.5 hours north of me. Sent him a text, didn't hear back yet.

It will be a tough day with no family around. I hope the Turkey Buffet is awesome.  And there is the Dallas game. 

I miss the kids, my family, and my ex wife.  I have a lot more to be thankful for, than to be sorrowful about!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

No News is Good News.

I miss home.  Pennsylvania will always be that to me. I say that now, even though it was always my plan to retire to South Carolina near the beaches.  I have the yearning to spend my days reading books and fishing along the surf in the sun. Maybe get a job working a parking lot for cash under the table. Or pick up a part time job running errands. But the beach in South Carolina was for me. That hasn't changed. I would only be 1 days ride from the kids. Now it is a tough long 3 days, maybe 4.
How do I make this plan work?

It was good hearing from one of my consistant posters on his getting his certification from the NRA to teach. He gave good advice, get insurance and form a Limited Liability Corporation. LLC. I am hoping these teach creds I am getting will help sustain my old age with some much needed cash. Still have a ways to go to get there, but it is in sight. But I still play the Lottery.  I could start my retirement now, that would be good. I started working at 15 and have only missed 2 months in all that time.

How do I get back east?  Make a plan. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

NRA Certified Instructor and other bucket list items.

Many years ago I started helping the NRA with elections in my home state of Pennsylvania. I was working closely with the Election Volunteer Coordinator and resumed the 7th Congressional District for many years. I was hell bent on learning all the gun laws and spent a great deal of time learning, reading, training in the firearms/gun hobby. I wrote editorials for the local papers, met with many local elected officials and grew to be the go to guy in the Delaware County Area. I was the SPOC for the area. (Single Point of Contact)
Now I live in California, and I am gathering more knowledge by taking the various diversified NRA training classes in shooting. I already had my Range Safety Officer certification when I got here, and I took the Chief Safety Range officer class in October. Then yesterday, 11/2, I completed the 2nd step in the process. I completed the instructors class in Home Firearm Safety. So I have 2 of the many disciplines completed for teaching classes. I will move slowly as I don't think California will be the best place to make a living at doing this. You might notice I am taking all the safety specific classes. I have taken basic pistol and rifle in my past, and they all have excellent levels of safety. It is in every class the NRA runs, Safety first. Always, Always, Always. My next class to tackle will be the "Refuse to be a Victim Instructor class".

The seminar includes classroom instruction on a variety of crime prevention strategies, from criminal psychology to automobile crimes to cyber crime. Seminars can vary in length, and may be modified to suit the needs of a particular audience. This is not a firearms instruction course, and does not include instruction in physical combat self-defense. Seminars teach about common weaknesses that criminals may take advantage of, and teaches a variety of corrective measures that are practical, inexpensive, and easy to follow. Strategies include home security, carjack avoidance techniques, cyber safety, and use of personal safety devices. A complete seminar may last as long as eight hours and include the entire lesson plan, but a modified seminar may be as short as 90 minutes and address a specific topic. Students will receive the Refuse To Be A Victim student handbook, NRA Refuse To Be A Victim® brochure, NRA Become A Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor Brochure, Refuse To Be A Victim® Firearms Supplement, and a course completion certificate.
 Now being as how I am California, this course seems to teach awareness and surroundings familiarity. We call it very broadly "Situational Awareness." I have heard people call this common sense training, but it is not common to be assaulted, and it is easy to take steps to NOT be a target. With the holidays coming up, I might not get to take this class until the 2014 year, but it will be my next step in progression of learning.

I have some questions for my CPA, also. If I start my own part time business then any guns I buy could be tax write offs, ammo, ear muffs, eye protection and uniform/training clothing. Seems like a no-brain er to run some classes and get some gas write offs and equipment discounts.  That will be a 2014 objective also.
I will keep you all informed of my progress.