Heroes of the Left:
Heroes of the Right:
Many people often think I am crazy for always carrying my Beretta with me. I take it literally everywhere (that is legal, of course), and when a firearm is not allowed, I generally have some other type of deterrent with me. While some people find this excessive, over the top, irresponsible, crazy, “right wing”, and even laughable, I always refer them to stories like the ones below.
It turns out that people in these stories find little humor when they put on their Glock 45’s 38 specials before they start their day.
Protecting yourself and your loved ones is not difficult, nor does it have to be expensive. If you are unfamiliar with where to start, or just need a friendly reminder, follow a few very general, basic steps below.
First and foremost, always stay legal. Follow this link and click on your state to be sure you are not breaking any state or local laws. http://www.handgunlaw.us/ Often times people do not realize that having a concealed license in Ohio does not mean you can travel with your weapon in Illinois unless it is unloaded, locked in a case, separate from the ammo, in the trunk or backseat of your automobile not easily accessible.
Secondly, find a gun that is a good fit for you. I cannot express how angry I get when a gun advocate suggests the tiny 9mm or .380 smaller than my hand to a woman when she has never fired a pistol. In fact, the smaller guns generally have less surface area to grip, less weight to absorb recoil, are actually harder to fire. You simply won’t know until you shoot the weapon for yourself. While the Beretta M9 is large, bulky, and slightly overweight for the average concealed carrier to comfortably wear, I find that the reduced recoil, ease of operation, and safety features make it perfect for me. Others would find the opposite, wanting the small .380, like the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard that can be worn on the belt inside a pouch that looks like a beeper.
Finally, make sure you practice. One cannot simply buy a firearm, fire it once (or never), and expect to have a good outcome should the day ever arise when your life relies upon it. If you are worried about ammo being unavailable or too expensive, you can always practice dry firing to initiate muscle memory. (Yes, always check with the manufacturer before doing so, but most modern firearms will not be harmed by this, and actually require it to do a proper function check.) ***NOTE*** ALWAYS ENSURE YOUR FIREARM IS UNLOADED BEFORE PRACTICING DRY FIRE.
Remember, if you follow the weapon safety rules, you will never encounter a firearm accident:
Treat every weapon as it it were loaded.
Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire.
From an article (click on the link to see the full article and hot males) in The Stranger, an alternative weekly newspaper in Seattle. And home to the “columnist” Dan Savage. If this wasn’t written by two hipster Seattle womyn, I’m sure it’d be labeled as sexist.
“Not Only Are These Six Up-and-Coming Male Seattle Musicians Hot, They Also Know How to Play Their Instruments!”
Who does your hair, and what are your ultimate hair tips and secrets? My hair is very expensive to maintain. That’s all I’m going to say.
How do you feel that creating music affects your life at home and romantic relationships? I’ve had the same girlfriend for a long time; she’s a real trouper, but I know that she is affected by the amount of time I am on tour. She knows that me being a male in the highly female-dominated metal scene means that I’m a commodity and constantly objectified.
Being a male drummer must wreak havoc on your hair. What’s your postshow hair-care ritual? My split ends and hair knots have been nearly unmanageable lately, so I’ve been experimenting with new techniques to conquer this, like switching from shampoo to straight coconut oil. I also recommend putting your hair in braids before you go to sleep and letting your hair dry naturally after a shower if you’re having trouble keeping your curls from going into the frizzy territory.
Sure, his glorious blond-streaked curls and big blue eyes peeking out from underneath chic statement glasses make him an 11 on the 1-to-10 babe-o-meter, but don’t write him off as just a pretty face! Kenneth Piekarski is the man behind avant-pop solo project Slashed Tires—an unconventional Seattle noise outfit that continues to wow the world, in part because this indie siren actually writes all the songs himself. Women may listen to Slashed Tires for the clever, intricate noise music, but men tend to love him for his independent spirit of male empowerment.
It’s rare to see men in the world of electronic music—do you feel like you have to work harder to be respected in your field? Well, considering that most electronic music is made by multinational brands or by artists pretending to be multinational brands, I’d say it’s harder to get respected. And by respected, I mean paid. But there are some good folks in the city who look past my masculinity and just listen.
Barret Anspach is so good-looking, he could have forgone school altogether to focus on modeling, but he got into the Juilliard School and is now a real-deal composer who not only writes his own arrangements but can actually play the viola!
As a male composer, have you felt like you had to work harder to be respected? I think society is at a point now where men are slowly becoming more accepted—even praised—for their musical talents and not just for their good looks or baking abilities.
Pajama Boy approved.
Letter writing is a lost art today, but for hundreds of years it was mankind’s chief method of personal communication. In today’s world, rising postage costs, rude postal clerks, laziness, illiteracy, bad manners, and the convenience of electronic communication have relegated personal letters to the horse and buggy days of yesteryear. That’s both a good and a bad thing.
It’s bad in the sense that there’s nothing quite like the thrill of receiving a personal letter. I used to stock up on thank you cards, greeting cards, stickers, and colorful stamps, because I knew how much people loved receiving items like that in the mail. They still do, but I’ve had so many problems with postal employees, the cost of stamps, and the lack of good greeting cards and stickers available these days that I’ve all but given up on personal letters myself.
The death of letter writing is good because email is so much cheaper, and because we are no longer limited to the creativity of the greeting card and sticker makers. With millions of images and decorations available, we can create some of the most imaginative letters in the world. Like using this image, which I got from one of DCG’s great post, and which is a personal favorite of mine. I use it on a lot of my emails.
All of which leads me to the purpose of this post. We know how much we appreciate notes from friends (and even strangers), yet we rarely think of how much others would appreciate notes from us. With the ability to create our own greeting cards, and with the entire process costing us nothing, we have a marvelous opportunity, virtually at our fingertips, to uplift the lives of others merely by typing a few words and adding an image.
Write a note to someone you know, or don’t know, expressing thanks, interest, sympathy, appreciation, congratulations, or whatever it is you wish to convey, and send it off today. Make it a regular practice. Do it weekly, or even daily. It only takes a minute or two, and you have no idea how much of an effect that greeting might have. It could reach the recipient in a time of crisis and completely change their life. You just never know.
Trevor, 23, is the best friend of new FOTM writer Justin (aka threepercent1775). Autumn, 25, is Trevor’s gal.
Yesterday, Trevor and Autumn were severely injured when his pickup truck rolled over and crashed. They were airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Please pray for healing and a quick recovery for this young couple .