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  1. Also recommend that you visit the other places on Oahu attacked by the Japanese on Dec 7, 1941: Hickman Field, Schofield Barracks (portrayed in the movie"From Here to Eternity"), and the Marine Air Station at Kaneohe Bay.
  2. One other thing, bruddah... Stop at a roadside shave ice stand and buy two passion fruit shave ices. Two... because one ain't enough!
  3. I admire those who prepare thoroughly for great adventure. Preparation means anticipating the mental, physical, and logistical risks, and doing what must be done to reduce those risks to a manageable level. I have no sympathy for fools who do not prepare. Mr. Darwin will harvest many of them, and rightfully so. And I'm not talking Everest-level adventure... seen fools hiking moderate trails in hot weather with no water, just inviting heat stroke. Challenging one's self builds character... thorough prep is part of it. The Boy Scout motto never fades: Be prepared.
  4. You are justified in your concern about uninvited guests moving in. Don't know how sympathetic local authorities are to stuff like that, but be prepared to show legal ownership if eviction is necessary. We have been evolving into a society of haves and have-nots. The "haves" acquire property and build wealth through labor. The "have-nots" simply don't want to do the work necessary to acquire property or build wealth. If you were to peel the layers back deep enough, the goal of the liberals/leftists/socialists to destroy the 2nd Amendment is rooted in their desire to deny the "haves" the ability to defend their rightfully owned property against the "have-nots". The liberal elites will have their own private armed security, though (good for me, but not for thee). I often think about those Korean-American shopkeepers firing from their rooftops in Los Angeles during the riots back in the '80s or '90s. The onslaught of civilization is headed toward your cabins, and there is little you can do except make them a little more burglar-proof, or build alliances with fellow nearby landowners. Keep your powder dry, Walt Longmire.
  5. If nothing more, this incident underscores the need for the right to bear arms for self defense. Even with that right guaranteed, however, there are plenty who will argue that it is THEIR right not to be armed. To those I say, victimhood awaits. For the rest of us, I offer this advice... never interfere with Mr. Darwins work.
  6. I bought the biggest, baddest cot that Cabela's sells. Obviously not for backpacking, but if I go camping, I'm getting a good night sleep. Needs a big tent to cover it... bought one of those, too. Funny thing... I have used that cot more indoors than outdoors. Pretty handy to have when you need an extra bed for an unexpected visitor.
  7. Horse racing's place in the pecking order of American sports has diminished significantly, but at one time... 1920s, 30s, and 40s... baseball, professional boxing, and horse racing had the highest following of any sports. There was a time when Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and any horse with a shot at the Triple Crown dominated the sports pages.
  8. Another generational fault exposed. For those of us in our sixties and seventies, the depth of our hatred for this woman cannot be plumbed. For those younger, she represents an older cinema celebrity, an object of curiosity. If you did not experience the years 1965-1972 as a young adult, it would be hard to imagine the polarizing figure that she was. For me, no apology she could give would suffice. Time will not temper these feelings of hate. She represents the quintessential opposite of "duty, honor, country".
  9. The HK owners seem to be spread over three groups: first, the P7 crowd, who will accept nothing but the P7 and regard everything else HK as lesser grade; second, the USP bunch, who regard everything after the P7 and USP as inferior; and finally, the newer HK model owners, who have the P30 and VP9 models, who like the newer stuff and don't see why anyone thinks the quality has declined. I have a VP9sk, and consider it to be an exceptionally well-made factory produced gun. Tack-driver, great ergos... yes, it costs less than a USP-9c, but the USP models were made and marketed to the military and law enforcement market. And it could be that, over time, that HK figured out how to lower production costs without sacrificing quality. I might get a USP-9c some day... but I'm definitely keeping that VP9sk.
  10. Several lessons to be had from this: 1. A nice walk in the woods can go south quickly. Be alert for the warning signs. 2. Be prepared to defend yourself and your family/friends.... that means having the equipment and the mindset to use it. Failure is not an option when it's kill or be killed. 3. Don't depend on others for your personal safety. "Safety in numbers" proved to be a false sense of security in this latest case. The wolf attacked, and most of the sheep herd took flight. Just because a person isn't a perceived threat doesn't mean they can be counted upon to help if danger rears its head. Given fight or flight, the sheep will choose flight as the default response. 4. Distance can be a significant factor in saving your own life. Distance can mean precious seconds to defend yourself. Put some distance between yourself and others in a static situation when the others (and their intentions) are unknown to you. It's not being anti-social... it's being careful.
  11. No disagreement, SC... but you can pace your horse out of the race if you're counting on the other guy's horse tiring, too. The lead horse has to do one thing: keep the lead. Everybody behind him has to do two things: catch him, and jockey for position in the pack. Unless the stewards can prove conclusively that the jockey on the lead horse made a deliberate foul, then I would not award a DQ. But again, I'm a casual fan of horse racing, at best. The sport was hurt by the ruling though... seemed like the best horse didn't win. The more subjective a sport is, the less the general public will trust the results.
  12. A few thoughts...from a person with no equine experience. 1. If you're riding a horse that is behind the front runner as you head down the stretch, you either a) are on an inferior mount or b) you rode a poorly strategized race. Want to avoid being squeezed? Get out in front and stay there. 2. Thoroughbreds have a reputation as being high strung creatures. Crowd noise at the Derby is much louder than at another racetrack where the stakes aren't so high. 3. Jockeys who amass DQs don't get rides. Riding a reckless race would not be in this guy's professional interests. 4. NASCAR handles this better... if some paint gets swapped, so what?
  13. For years, hiking all or parts of the AT has been a bucket list thing for me, and I studied up on the trail and mental/physical/logistical requirements for undertaking a long hike. As you can imagine, firearms are a hot button issue among the AT crowd, with the vast majority condemning the carrying of weapons. They preach situational awareness, but always default to the victim stance when evil appears. It's all unicorns and rainbows with this crowd. Hell, they don't even approve of pocket knives. When I'm in the woods hiking, my threat radar is going 24/7. I take great pains to be aware of other two-legged critters in my vicinity -- those I pass, those I can see ahead. I take mental inventory of their affect and any potential weapons they might have. No different than walking down the street in an unfamiliar urban environment. And I'm certain many who frequent this forum do the same. The bad guy in this case should have been visually identified as a potential threat. The victims should have had a plan to deal with him (and anybody they met on the trail). He was a predator, and they were his prey. Wasn't the first time this has happened, and won't be the last. The ability to identify threats and act accordingly is as important as anything in your pack. Hike in threat condition "yellow", until you spot company... then go to condition "orange". If things go south, condition "red" will be an easier adjustment.
  14. Pulling the proverbial ejection handle myself at the end of August. Grandchildren, travel, shooting, and veterans organizations should fill my calendar. Trying to head into retirement without a mortgage or car payments. Looking forward to that alarm clock not going off 😁
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