New Years Update & Some Thoughts

Let’s start with a slightly belated Happy New Year to everyone out there. Here’s hoping that 2021 will indeed be a better year.

As for 2020… The WWE had the best answer there:

Personal Updates:

I’ve been away the last few days just taking a break. It’s been a hellish last few months with the move and everything. Pack, unpack, clean a filthy house we moved into, enough yard work to keep a full landscaping crew busy full time, the holidays, and some other things I didn’t get into earlier.

My other half had to go into the hospital to have some heart blockage checked. Long story short, there was some modest amount and it’s treatable with medication. That much is a relief. I am hammering for better eating habits and exercise at this point though.

The situation had two other uncomfortable issues come up as well. A) I’m completely in the dark about most of our finances. B) The life insurance I thought was in place was never taken care of. We’re working on correcting *A* at least.

I was also forced to cut loose my longest running friendship also. We’ve known each other since my first run at college back in 1987. Unfortunately said friend has also drank the FAR right kool-aid, and become pretty classless. I already dragged them away from Stormfront (a neo-nazi forum) once before and thought they had their head on straight. Ever since the George Floyd incident though, they’ve been increasingly negative and using “BLM” as a replacement for the N Word, among other inappropriate talk.

Several attempts at reasoning had no luck, and in the end I got verbally attacked. Enough was enough, and I had to break ties. It’s something I’m not happy about on one level, BUT at the same time, I have to take a stand for what’s right. Yes, elements of BLM have acted very poorly (although more often than not it’s Antifa crashing their protests), and the things A FEW people that claim to represent them have said have been royally offensive. I can’t hold the whole group responsible for a few publicity hounds and loose cannons though.

So yes, my “we all need to shun the crazy extremists” talk **IS** something I back with action. While I wish i could have talked some sense into them, you can’t help anybody who doesn’t want to be helped. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way more than once in the past.

On a more positive note, I started on a couple of my New Year’s resolutions early. We got a rowing machine after moving to the new place, and I’ve been using it to get back into shape and rebuild the lost muscle from my being largely sedentary the last few years. We’ve actually turned the sun room into a fitness center. Our exercise bike is in there along with my old martial arts training equipment, including BOB:

AKA “Body Opponent Bag” – Century Martial Arts named him, not me.

I picked BOB up on clearance at a sporting goods store years back. Time to slowly start putting him to use. Luckily I have videos to refresh my former classroom (dojo) training.

Since we finally have a big back yard, I also picked up something I’ve wanted for ages; a new longbow:

It’s a Southwest Archery “Spyder” takedown recurve bow kit. OK, everybody say it with me:

OK, kidding aside, I used archery as my ‘out’ for a PE class back during that first trip through college. California had made PE a requirement at the college level if you can believe it. It *IS* California after all. Anyway, it turned out to be very Zen and therapeutic for me. I’m not the hunting type, but target shooting is something I find relaxing. I’ll doubtless write more here once the weather clears and I can actually get some shooting in.

There was more I wanted to write about plans with the blog and getting caught up on notifications, but that’ll have to wait until next time.

14 thoughts on “New Years Update & Some Thoughts

  1. Re-Farmer

    It is always hard to loose friends to extreme ideology. I’ve lost friends, and even family members to it, though in my case, all to the alt-left. The alt-right isn’t really a thing here, no matter what the media claims. It is much like watching someone get lost to a cult, and nothing you say can get past the conditioning. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I like BOB. I want a BOB!!

    Congratulations on the bow!! My husband and I used to shoot, too; I had a recurve, and my husband had a compound. I would really love to get into archery again! Feeling envious right now… ๐Ÿ˜€ My BIL hunts with a compound. With the cost of getting a PAL, Covid restrictions, and our PM making so many ordinary rifles suddenly illegal, I’m thinking we’ll have to look into hunting with a bow rather than a rifle.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      It is indeed like a cult on both ends, and the narcissism thatโ€™s promoted by those groups only makes it harder to get people to see reality. Sadly, some people just have to find their own way home and nothing we will do will change that.

      B.O.B. is fun. Holds up to abuse pretty well also, which is probably why you see it making cameos in action movies and TV shows. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Archery is a great hobby IMO. Not sure I could bow hunt though. Iโ€™m OK with the idea of hunting if itโ€™s for food, not just sport. If I was in that position though, Iโ€™d want to be able to take the animal down as quickly and painlessly as possible though. I think a rifle is a better option there.

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      1. Re-Farmer

        I agree a rifle would be better. The skill level needed to bow hunt is pretty high. With expenses going up and income staying low, hunting for food is starting to look like a necessity. Our idiot PM is making it harder than ever to be able to get a proper hunting rifle. They look scary, dontcha know. :-/

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  2. The Hinoeuma

    I never used a B.O.B. My dojo had Everlast bags. Did you ever use a leg stretcher? I miss my Pine Tree shoes, too.

    My first husband hunted with a compound bow. I couldn’t pull that thing back.

    So, there’s no common ground left between you two?

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      I broke my foot on a traditional Everlast heavy bag. >_< Not a fan, lol.

      Seriously, BOB is handy because you can tailor techniques and strikes more easily than a normal or water core heavy bag. For example, a few self-defense techniques in Kenpo use a hammerfist strike to the temple that rakes downward across the eye socket and finishes with impacting the nose, potentially breaking it. You get a much better feel for the move with a human shaped target. *evil grin*

      Compound bows, as you probably know, are tricky things. All the tension is in the initial pull. Once you get it fully drawn, it takes minimal effort to hold the string back. Between that and the extra maintenance required for the cams, I prefer a recurve. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Common ground: Not likely at this point. The blow up started when I pointed out that a racist remark about Sony needing a special all black Playstation 5 was in poor taste and that I didn't think it would have been made if not for some of the company being kept nowadays. I got verbally attacked multiple times, and was called a self-righteous judgmental asshole.

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      1. Silk Cords Post author

        Almost forgot; Pine Tree Shoes are still out there, and only about $40 a pair. Much nicer than anything Century sells. Leg stretcher? Nope, I did it all the hard way. I could do full Chinese splits, kick to head height cold, and can still do the ‘Reclining Hero’ yoga pose with my back flat on the ground. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. The Hinoeuma

          I can’t do the Supta Virasana. My knees are far too damaged.

          I could, at one time, kick things off the top of my car. I’ve never kicked anyone in the face. I liked the self-defense aspect but, I hated Kumite. I don’t like being drilled for competition and trophies. I would never make it as a fighter. If someone really wanted to hurt me, I carry.

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          1. Silk Cords Post author

            You, Bruce Lee and I are in agreement on sport competition, but sparring does take the training from theoretical to practical, usable skill.

            Kicking above the waist: I’ll agree with Bruce again there. It’s impractical and too slow in a real world fight. Good for training though, especially flexibility and balance.

            That same friend had the same “carry” rationale for stopping training. Thing is, you have to have time to draw, take the safety off, possibly chamber a round, aim and shoot. Training both ways is best for worst case scenarios. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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            1. The Hinoeuma

              Smart man. Kick low and take out the knees.

              There would be little of all that. Mine don’t have “safety”s on them, I would never carry without one in the chamber and aiming isn’t necessary. If I’m attacked, they are too close and I have plenty of body mass to work with. I’m not a rifle expert, looking for head shots. I’m interested in practical self defense in a pinch. I’m not interested in winning a fight. I’m interested in getting far away from danger/crazy people.

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      2. The Hinoeuma

        Yikes on the foot!

        Hammerfist strike…I had to look that one up. Tae Kwon Do. I was into Isshin-Ryu Karate and Neko-Ryu Goshin Jitsu.

        Your ex-friend has some serious anger issues. But, then again, so does most of the world.

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  4. bigskybuckeye

    I agree with the harsh rhetoric from both of the far sides of the political landscape. Your archery discussion reminded me of my sophomore year in high school. I was very skilled in PE class with the bow, and found my way to an after-school competition with our high school rivals. Let’s just say the nasty cross wind won out. Back in my college days (many moons ago), one could earn PE credit for taking a class on “Fly and Bait Casting.” Yup, going fishing!

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