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January 24th, 2005
Alas, the Steelers lost - I only watched part of the game last night, but the part I watched they started to come back. Sadly, I stopped watching and they stopped scoring. Maybe I should get a TiVo and watch their entire season next year.
At least the hats will probably be on sale.
I began life at a very young age... - Over at Jennifer's History & Stuff I'm scheduled for this week's interviews. Send (appropriate) questions to jenlarson - at - gmail - dot - com by noon Central time on Thursday. She'll collect them and send them to me, I'll respond. Note, this is not the Jennifer I'm married to.
Gratuitous Gun Pic - Want a revolver bigger than Dirty Harry's? Want one bigger than pretty much anything else out there? Try the BFR (Biggest, Finest Revolver) from Magnum Research. They are the same people who brought you the Desert Eagle.
$900 for 6.5-10 inches of barrel firing calibers between .22 Hornet and the Big McLargeHuge .500 S&W. Of course most people who don't like guns would say "why do you need a gun that big?" or "aren't you trying to make up for some deficiency somewhere else?" The most common answers would be "Hunting" and "No".
The .45-70 model weighs 4.4 pounds. This is approximately half as much as a rifle (say, a Remington 700 in .30-06) with the same stopping power. So lessee: trekking through the woods, hunting a drop-tined whitetail, would you rather haul along 9 pounds of rifle, scope, and ammo, or 5 pounds? I thought so.
As for a "deficiency", the only deficiency most BFR owners have is no hunting handgun that meets their requirements for power and portability, so they would spring for such a piece as this. Personally, I'd buy a box of ammo and borrow the gun, returning it after the novelty of shooting a half-inch bullet out of ten inches of barrel wore off (and feeling returned to my arm).
Handgun hunting has the advantage that in many states you have a separate season only for handgunners, archers, and muzzleloaders. That means fewer hunters out and about banging away at whatever moves, and concurrently, more likelihood of bagging something. So there is a market for these things, and it is more than just for crazies who like big guns.
Good fashion sense - I always new Rumsfeld was my kind of guy.
Goodnight, Johnny - As far as Johnny Carson goes, I never watched him very much, both because I was too young to stay up that late and my parents weren't into late-night shows. Whenever I watched reruns of him I was always impressed with his professional demeanor, especially in how he dealt with the spoon-bending fraud. I see the kingdom of late-night comedy thusly:
Here's to Johnny.
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