Home, home on the (shooting) range


A good day is any day when you and your son can go to the shooting range with a good friend, and you’re all breaking in new weapons.

Aaron zeroes his Ruger 10/22 while Dan hones his skill with his Sig P226. Not shown: me taking my first shots with my Sig P229. 

They both did better than I did, but by the end of the hour my groups were getting tighter and we’re inching closer to the 10 ring.

Patch of the Month: Procrastinating Goldfish Patrol

My Life Scout son Aaron was elected as leader of his patrol in the troop our Council is assembling to represent Ventura County at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

Soon after, the patrol named themselves “the Procrastinating Goldfish Patrol.”

Against all odds, I managed to find them appropriate BSA-regulation patrol patches. As you can see, the patch above shows a goldfish clearly in the act of procrastinating. The patrol will wear this with pride, along with all of their other insignia and regalia, as they journey to the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve this month.

I can think of no more appropriate insignia with which to launch this new feature. Each month I will highlight a patch that is of personal interest and significance.

Purged. Probed. Peaceful.

Curled up on the couch in my office, waiting for the anesthesia to wear off. My first colonoscopy left me emptied, to be sure, but ambivalent: it was not the most comfortable process, and my trepidation mounted my blood pressure. At the same time, I must admit that it was nice to be cared for, sedated, and left to rest.

I have had worse vacations.