Back in January, we all went to the gun range for an introduction to firearms. Holly got a deal through Groupon which allowed each of us to fire a bunch of rounds with a couple different guns. It was a cold day, but the sun came out periodically and made waiting for our turn more tolerable. We had to wait for our instructor / guide dude to come get us, so Gage and I watched three guys with big shotguns shoot clay pigeons for a little while, then the whole family went and looked at the fun stuff in the gun shop. Gage and Roan pointed out all the guns that were from Call of Duty games, and I think we all wanted to try them. Unfortunately we would need to go through a bunch of certification before we would be allowed to touch one of those, but maybe one day we will.
I was allowed to take photos and videos, so here’s a bunch of clips of our day at the range:
Roan went first (surprise!), firing a .22 with a red dot sight at a paper target about twenty feet away.
Gage was next up, with the same gun. He chose to unload his clip a little faster than the rest of us.
Then it was Holly’s turn with the .22. She shot nice and slow and was very accurate.
Finally I had my turn, then we switched over to a different gun. This one was also a .22 Smith & Wesson, but it had no sight attachment. After we each took turns back and forth with the .22′s, it was time for us to move up to the Glock 9mm. This is the gun our police officers carry, and it’s a lot more powerful than the .22′s.
Gage went first, as Roan wasn’t sure he’d want to fire the 9mm after seeing youtube videos of people knocking themselves out with guns that have too much kick for them to handle.
He took some convincing even after watching Gage rock the Glock like a boss, but he did it and he still has all his teeth (minus the one he dug out the other night with vigorous brushing!).
Holly was next with the Glock, and I would have to say she had the most fun with it. It was the only gun she fired all day that made her impulsively yell ‘Woooooo” after pulling the trigger.
Once again I was last to have a turn (I don’t mind, I wanted to get photos and videos of all the others before running out of batteries / space more than I wanted a turn with the guns), and for some reason I got an extended lesson in the Glock’s internal safety system. I just wanted to shoot it, and I wasn’t sure why it was so important for me to keep the safety disengaged between shots, since it contradicted things our guide previously stated about ensuring we don’t fire too quickly with the 9mm. Either way, I got to shoot it and it was pretty cool. Definitely my favourite one of the day.
By the end of the day each of us had got to fire a bunch of rounds with the hand guns, and a few with a scoped rifle. We had a blast, and I’m pretty sure we’re looking into doing it again. I highly recommend Silverdale Gun Club for anyone in the Niagara area looking to learn about gun use and safety.
I feel better knowing we’re all one step closer to surviving a zombie apocalypse.
There’s a bunch of photos and a lot more details in Holly’s post, so go read it if you haven’t already.
As you may have already read over on Holly’s blog, there’s been a lot of late homework being done around here the past few weeks. Gage has decided to follow the same path I took in high school; do nothing all year, hand in just enough stuff (late) with the hope that with a decent enough exam mark you might scrape by with a 50%, so long as the teacher doesn’t hold all your absences against you. For the most part all this homework just meant I got to play a lot of Call of Duty. I really only get called on for help with anything Mathematics or Computers. I did however help brainstorm Gage’s English assignment where he had to create a myth, write about it, and then create a trailer for a film about his myth.
Holly told him to get at it after we ate dinner one night, and fifteen minutes later he was upstairs asking us for help. He said he didn’t get what he was supposed to do, and was having a hard time deciding on a myth. He was leaning towards the Loch Ness Monster until I asked if he had to use an existing myth, or if he was allowed to create one. I figured the latter would be the easiest option since we wouldn’t need to do any research, and had full liberty to go anywhere we wanted with it. I suggested to Gage that he take advantage of this chance to show his teacher how creative he can be. I told him to figure out a way to tell the story of how he got to where he was in real life with his homework. I figured it would show the teacher that he’s not dumb, he knows why he’s in this mess, and also to create a possible scapegoat. He knows the Xbox is what got him here, so why not make the mythological creature his homework-eating game console?
He started to get into the idea more and told us he had some thoughts and was going to go write, warning us as he made his way down the stairs that he would likely be returning shortly for more help. He came up a couple more times, but after about half an hour he had a pretty decent story about his Xbox (or the Procrastasauras) eating his homework and making him seem like a slacker. Fearing that no one will believe his story he’s doomed to fail the tenth grade. With the story outlined it was now time for us to shoot and edit a trailer. The students who did their assignments when they were supposed to had access to ipads to help them accomplish this. Gage had access to me.
Having never done any video editing before (well, maybe some really minor stuff) I was expected to pull this off in one night. I decided to stay true to my youth and wait until the last minute to find, download, and learn a video editing platform. I did this immediately after dinner while rolling and enjoying my post-meal smoke. I used some footage I shot of Dempsey playing in the snow, added some words, and put it all to a Skrillex track. I figured that was everything I would need to create Gage’s trailer, minus the props and any plan whatsoever. Before dinner, Gage pulled an old, broken Xbox out of the basement and made a robotic looking arm for it out of Bionicle parts. Now all we needed was a few paper props and Gage’s iphone. I had Gage make some fake homework while I shot some footage of the Xbox, then we shot a few scenes with Gage at the table doing his assignment and then entering
Roan’s bedroom his English classroom.
We spent about an hour editing and re-shooting a few things and in the end it turned out pretty decent. I had fun doing it, and I think Gage did too especially when we started shooting. It’s neat to see his school curriculum include stuff like this. I’d like to think that this type of stuff would have appealed to me more when I was his age and aided me in being interested enough to do work and hand it in, but I doubt it. School work is what it is, and that can’t compete with video games and partying with your friends.
Last week while Holly and Gage were off in New York, Roan and I were left here. He spent most of his time with his father, and some with his father’s ex-wife (the second one, not the one that was in New York…). When his father brought him home Sunday evening, Roan asked, “Didn’t you want to take me on a new hike or something? I said I did, but figured we wouldn’t have enough time since it was already 5:00pm, and we would have to drive about half an hour to get there. Then we’d have to find our way down to the cool spots, which depending on how much has changed in the ten years or so since I was last there, could take quite a while.
I have wanted to take him on this hike for a long time, but we usually just end up at the gorge since we live just around the corner and it’s pretty awesome. When I was younger Decew was the closest hike to where I lived, so it’s the spot I’ve been the most. It’s also a neat piece of history. There is an old grain mill that is powered by a water turbine which is still in working order, also an operational black smith shop and one of the areas oldest houses. And this is just in the parking lot!
He and I managed to move pretty quick and within half an hour I was able to show him all the cool spots Decew has to offer, and we were off to get ice cream. He was a little bummed that we couldn’t spend longer hiking and exploring the cave I showed him, but I promised to bring him back with flash lights and old shoes on a day where we had more time.
So this weekend, Holly, Roan and I dropped by the Egg & I to have breakfast see Gage, then headed over to Decew for an adventure. After getting a tour of the mill and the Morningstar residence, we made our way down the gorge and to the water’s edge. Our first stop was a cave near the waterfall you see at the top. It’s an old mine shaft, complete with rails. When I was younger I followed it to the end where there was just a big door with a valve on it and a lot of filthy stinky water, but Roan was dying to see it. Unfortunately we discovered that they have recently welded a steel gate preventing anyone from entering more than 30ft inside so until we bring a plasma cutter with us he’s out of luck.Â Then we walked down the trail behind the waterfall. You get wet pretty quick, so we didn’t hang out there long.
We climbed back up to the cave, and at that point I noticed a bird’s nest sitting on an edge just above the cave entrance. I saw little beaks peaking out, so I lifted Roan up to get a better view. Then I lifted my camera up so the rest of us could see what was going on in there. If you’re interested, you can check it outÂ here. Moments later I noticed the mother and father robin sitting in a tree waiting for us to take a hike, so we did just that.
We hiked down to another waterfall then started making our way back up as Holly had, by this time, had enough. We went up a different way we came down, and it was a little tough. Holly managed to head-butt a branch she didn’t see resulting in a nasty goose egg, but she pushed on and we all successfully reached to top and made it out alive. Then we bought some drinks from the mill and came home for naps.
Next, I want to take them to Rockway Glenn. It’s less difficult, but also less impressive (as far as waterfalls and caves go). Hopefully Holly’s goose egg hasn’t destroyed her faith in my abilities as a tour guide and she’ll be willing to come along, but even if she won’t I know Roan will be stoked.
This is my maiden voyage on the high wheel. It’s pretty tough to get on (even when you haven’t had a dozen beers), and pretty scary at first. It took me a couple tries to get on, but I finally figured it out and managed to do okay up until the dismount.
Thanks to both Ryan O’Brien and the good folks at Mill St. Brewery for helping me fulfill one of my dreams.
This is a video I made of me playing the new zombie map on Call of Duty. I shot the video with my camera, then uploaded and edited it using the Playstation 3 video editor/uploader function. I mostly made this to show my friends I play with regularly how awesome I am when I play solo, and also because none of us were aware you could get the Wunderwaffe by killing George Romero. I’m still not sure if you get it for killing him when playing solo, or if it’s got to do with how early in the rounds I killed him (normally I kill him closer to round 12 or higher). Either way, if you’re into the COD Zombies, check it out. And if you’re not into COD Zombies then the video is probably equally as boring as reading to this point has been.
But, unless someone has a Wunderwaffe pointed at your head it’s your own fault I suppose.
As I previously mentioned, I recorded (or rather Holly recorded) the inaugural match on the new Foosball table. For those who are interested, the match is a little over seven minutes in length, and although I dominate my mother the entire time it begins with me scoring a goal on myself.
Also featured in this video is my inability to win without gloating, and my father’s obsessive compulsive need to make everything perfect.
This is another cool fan made video I found on youtube recently. It’s a song from another of my favourite bands, Estradasphere. The song, Flower Garden of an Evil Man, is swapped out for the audio track of the pilot episode of Gumby, Gumby on the Moon. It’s a perfect fit in my opinion.
I also thought I’d share two other songs I’ve been listening to a lot lately. Neither has a decent video, so enjoy some cover art, and the sun.
This video combines two of my favourite things and it does it quite well. I love how good some of the fan made music videos are on youtube. If you haven’t seen them before, I also recommend checking out two of the best fan made videos I have ever seen (one, two) which also happen to be two of my favourite songs. I love when I find things like this without even looking.
Also, this video reminded me that this exists. Hehehe…
Here is one last fan made video that is worth watching (not for the edits, those are pretty shitty… but the song is another of my favourites).
The Niagara Falls Humane Society has been a ‘No-Kill’ policy organization for a long time. Recently they have had no choice but to euthanize sick/unwanted cats. Apparently people from all over the region bring their cats to the Falls because of their policy against killing, and now they just have too many. We’ve done all we can as far as adoption goes (we’ve got 3 from there), and I’m constantly telling people to go adopt. So please, if you have the ability to care for an animal (even a sick one with limited days), now is a better time than ever to go get a cat from the NFHS.
Maybe they need an ad campaign like the Winnipeg Humane Society to boost adoptions.
Back when Tabbouleh was sick, we bought a harness to take the cats outside. Most of them hated it, but Shakespeare loves it and constantly whines to go outside. I take him out pretty much every single day, except when it’s raining. Lately I’ve been trying to get him use to the snow, but he seems to hate it (as you can tell from the video above). We got a ton of snow yesterday, and are getting more now. He was begging me to take him out so I decided to let him see what he was missing.
I need to get a video of me putting his leash on, and how he acts when I’m putting my shoes and coat on to go out. Before he hated the process of getting the harness on and off, but now he seems to love it and it’s become a pretty cute little routine.