Yes, it's been a while since I've written anything here. I haven't felt the urge. Been too busy doing other things (besides just work, which is going great, I might add). Grand Theft Auto 5...yes. Working out....yes. Fishing....YES! Even got to do a little bit of shooting recently.
I went to verify that my scope was on-target on the rifle that I intend to use for hunting this year. Good thing I did, because it wasn't. I also took my M1 Garand with me, since I haven't put any rounds through that in a while. It was a great day for it, too. Sunny, slight breeze, enough warmth that a sweatshirt would be plenty of clothing. So here I am, trekking about with a loaded Garand in my hands and a .308 on my back, on my way back to where I had intended to shoot after talking to someone else I saw out there to make sure we weren't going to endanger or interfere with each other...and I just happen to stop and look to my right, must've caught something out of the corner of my eye. And maybe 50 meters away are 4 whitetail does. Just staring at me. I felt the rifle keenly, and I thought to myself how easy it would be (if the barrel wasn't basically shot-out on the M1...) to shoot them all and get the meat in the freezer. However, the season hadn't started yet, and since I don't need the meat to survive or even to get by, poaching them would be wrong. I considered getting my camera out of my backpack, but as soon as I made a slight movement, they started bounding away. I just watched them go, thankful for that one excellent, peaceful moment.
Beautiful fall weather is a very brief thing around here. After the first of September, we could get snow at basically any moment. OK, I take that back...we could get snow at any moment ALL YEAR LONG (we got it on the 4th of July once when I was a kid, and I've had snowball fights in August), it's just a lot more likely after Sept. 1.
The snow has started to fly, and I don't ice fish, so it looks like my fishing may be ended for the year. That's not a sure thing though. Provided the river or lake I want to fish isn't iced over, I'll fish any time of year. Winter just means I can't get in the water. Unfortunate, but I think I'll live.
Hunting season just started, and even though I missed the opening weekend due to flaky people, I still have plenty of time to get a deer. So you know I'm going to be out there doing so. I'd like to get an elk, but elk are pretty much a lost cause if you don't have a horse, thanks to all the never-sufficiently-damned wolves. I'm not going to hike a dozen miles from any dirt road or track, and then drag an elk back that same dozen miles. They're too damn big and heavy. I've got some more working out I need to do yet before I get to that point. Ha!
Speaking of, I've been hitting the gym on a regular basis again, and loving it. Not really keen on the times I've been going, since sleeping in might feel damn great on my days off but it also means there are more people there by the time I get there. Midnight is about the perfect time to go.
So much of what I do with my time off, I wouldn't be able to do if I had some screeching harpy in my life.
My stress level is as close to zero as it can be without me being dead or in a coma.
I go where I want, when I want. I buy what I want with the money that's not going into my savings. And I've got a decent amount saved up, something I never managed to do when I was in a relationshit. I look back on my life and I ask myself, "WHY? WHY in the name of all that is good and holy did you ever bother?" And the only answer I can come up with is, "Ignorance". I didn't know any better. I'd been conditioned to believe something my entire life, and I didn't know any other way. No matter what anyone says, humans don't rise to the occasion; we default to our level of training. And I was trained in the Blue Pill Way. "Trained"....indoctrinated would be more accurate. Brainwashed would be another good word.
I've since had my ignorance remedied, and damn, is life great. Even though it got off to a rocky start, 2013 has been the best year of my life. And I'm betting that 2014 is even better.
I now realize why, when he's asked how he's doing, Rush Limbaugh always says "Never better". Whether you love him or hate him (I have no use for tradcons, personally....even less use for libtards and other assorted Marxist filth), you have to admire his outlook on things. Every day is the best day of his life. EVERY. DAY. Is the best day of his life.
"Life is great." Three little words, that I never would have uttered when I was married, or even when I was just in a relationshit. Maybe that should be "Single life is great."
Stay single, my friends.