This weekend has been a steady, but relaxing stream of good things.
Maria worked on several sewing projects while spending a little time with her brother who is in town for a couple of days.
I had a follow up class to teach this weekend. I only had 1 student this round. His partner was unable to attend.
Shane did a great job on his first knife. Turning the flag looking stock into a blacksmiths knife.
As I was supervising and guiding him, I worked on a knife my self. The idea for this one has been rolling around in my head for a while.
I made a Bowie with differential heat treat and a hamon. It’s got a mokume gane guard, a hidden tang inside a handle made from eucalyptus wood, and buffalo horn with some thin brass spacers between layers.
That was all on Saturday. Then on Sunday, Maria and I went on a little bit of an adventure. A friend of mine from work had won a drawing for 10 free spots at a local, tactical, indoor laser tag arena.
This was a really good time. Especially for someone like me who, for the last 27 years, has been dealing with tactical situations. It wasn’t your standard plastic, toy looking guns. The “weapons” were realistic and felt that way.
For those who don’t believe in guns, or think this might be a twisted way to have fun, I apologize. However, I do believe that the skills learned here are a great skill to possess. 4 of my coworkers and I used it as a great training exercise, increasing our chances of coming home alive at the end of the shift when this stuff is happening for real.
I did realize that I am no longer the wide open throttle, hard charging, young Lance Corporal I once was!
Most tactical situations I get into now last from 1- 8 minutes, max. Then its over, the bad guy is in custody, and the paperwork begins. This one was 1.5 hours of straight running and gunning in a multi-story urban environment. I am now tired and a more than a little bit sore. Lol
A great after action photo of me and my squad mates, some significant others (including my gorgeous maria, second from the left, next to me in the back), and one son..a whole lot of fun and a good work out. Oh by the way…GO BLUE TEAM!!
Maria and I hope you all have a wonderful week. I might go soak in some Epsom salts.
All the best,