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Shooting Stances: Weaver vs. Isosceles

The debate between the Weaver and Isosceles stances of shooting is as old as time itself–or at least as old as a few decades.  You’l find opponents and detractors of both styles (with the claim that the other style is fine for a shooting range but not practical for actual combat).  But here is an unbiased explanation of both.

Not a Weaver Stance

On a lighter note, these stances are not specific to “guns.”  These stances are also used by police officers when using other, less lethal projectiles like tasers.  However, contrary to Meet the Fockers, this is not really a Weaver Stance (at 1 minute and 40 seconds).


How to Drive Like a Gentleman

gentlemanOnce behind the wheel some bad behaviors sometimes surface due to the anonymity we feel when in the driver’s seat. The driver’s seat gives us a sense of being “king of the road,” and the protection provided by our vehicle gives us a license to behave in ways we would feel ashamed of in more public gatherings.

From time to time we could all use a refresher on driving etiquette. Driving like a gentleman not only makes driving less hazardous to all. Some of the auto etiquette mentioned in this post is already backed by laws, which are often forgotten. Others my technically be supported by laws but make other drivers confused and/or irritated.


Do not drive slow in the #1 lane. This is the furthest left lane that is not the HOV/carpool lane. Driving slow in this lane is actually against the law in several states. The #1 lane is for passing. Slower traffic should always stay to the right. Those who drive slow in the #1 lane force other drivers to then use the lanes to the right to pass.

If you are behind someone in the #1 lane that won’t move over, don’t tailgate them expecting them to either speed up or change lanes. Another no-no: flashing your headlights at them instead (at least not in California, where this is in fact illegal–the DMV website has some general guidelines for passingl). If you are the one driving 60 mph in the #1 lane change lanes as soon as you see someone approaching you at a higher speed. Continue reading

Mount Whitney 2010

A couple of years back some friends and I hiked Mt. Whitney.  We almost summitted. Almost summitting is quite a feat when you consider how unprepared we were.  We committed several cardinal cross country hiking sins (before we knew any better):

  • It ended up snowing (in July!) and we were unprepared for this
  • We were under layered (I had a total of 2, and inner layer was cotton)
  • We had no crampons, ice picks, compass, trail map
  • One of our tents was missing pieces
  • We were very hung over

Mount Whitney

Mt Baldy – The Perfect SoCal Getaway

Life in the LA area can get quite hectic–especially for those who do a lot of driving and deal with traffic on a consistent basis.  Fortunately, the LA area is also home to a lot of natural getaways.  Many prefer the beaches but I prefer the mountains–especially Mt. Baldy.  A mere hour from Los Angeles, Mt. Baldy still has that nice SoCal weather (though it certainly gets a little chillier at 6,000 feet and above).

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Heat Wave Ending

SoCal residents experience a respite from the nasty, swampy 90F degrees weather with cooler days and even cooler nights.  Say you’re living in a part of soCal where it’s still warm and muggy – and you decide to get a fan for your place.  Good luck, cuz I checked two Home Depots near my area in Long Beach and they’re fresh out.  Won’t be getting a restock either – apparently, they’re seasonal, and they’re all out. Continue reading