Thursday, November 25, 2010

Paleo Meeting Moved to Nov 28, 2010

Paleoplanet is meeting in Pasadena on Sunday. Last weekend was our scheduled date but that got changed because the other club is using the whole range, including our work area. I hope we don't get rained out. I'm planning to go at this point.

My friend Ken won't make it. His baby is in the hospital and there is no way he's leaving that area.  Or hopefully by Sunday they'll be back at home in their own beds. It is their first child and my heart goes out to them. Sure hope the Drs. figure out what is wrong pretty darn quick.

Sal at the Gene Foster Shoot

If you are going on Sunday, I'll see you out there (I hope).

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ikea Cave Man

Watch this guy make a fire with parts from Ikea.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gene Foster Recap

It's good to be home. I was pretty tired after the Gene Foster Traditional Archery Rendezvous. Seems I'm allergic to sleeping in a tent in 27 degree weather. So I never actually did any archery. I was too tired to be running around with pointy objects.

I was inspired however, and first thing this morning I went to the leather shop and got some leather to make a new quiver. My canvas quiver is rather an embarrassment and is falling apart after several years of use.

This event had everything I love about events and everything I hate.

On the plus side:

1. I met fun new people

2. I got to know old friends better

3. I got to meet my friend's new baby Jack

4. I got some exercise hiking over hill and dale

5. The weather was perfect during the day times

6. We had great food cooked in our campsite

7. I saw some amazing archery

8. My friends won some raffle prizes

9. There was a great jam session with banjo, guitar, flutes, and drums on Sat. night

10. Our booth earnings paid for our trip

On the minus side:

1. The drunken idiots that kicked us out of the clubhouse at 10 PM so they could shoot arrows indoors.

2. The member's only indoor bathroom and showers (don't invite guests unless they can use the facilities.

That's four days without a hot shower if anyone is counting).

3. Sore losers who got mad when their friend didn't win the best arrow design contest.

4. Freezing temperatures at night and nowhere to escape from them.

5. Charlie horses...why do I always get those when I'm camping.

6. Musical chairs. I got up to get my dinner in the clubhouse, and someone else pushed all my stuff aside and sat in my chair. My friend got up to get seconds and someone stole his chair entirely, even though his wife was sitting right next to it.

7. Another vendor was selling beaded earrings just like I was. Only hers were $2.00 a pair. And I hear she goes every year so people just assume they can buy her stuff for next to nothing.

8. I was so exhausted with all the packing, booth setting up, booth tearing down, re-packing, and unpacking, I was too tired to do much of anything else.

9. Old men telling tall tales. Did you know big foot was dropped here by aliens?

10. Cuts and bruises from setting up and tearing down camp.

Ah well, that's the best of it and the worst of it.
Would I go back to this event again? Probably not unless I buy an RV some day. It's just too far, too cold, and I didn't really feel welcome there. If I'm just going to meet with friends and shoot arrows, there are much closer venues to do that.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gene Foster Shoot

Soon we'll be off to the Gene Foster Shoot by Fresno.  I hate packing the truck though. We never have enough space. And I'm never sure which projects I want to work on.  Can't take everything. We just got a new tent so at least we should stay dry. I am taking the tools to work on my atlatl. At the last event we only stayed 24 hours so I didn't have time for any projects. The archery shoot and thrown weapons workshops took all my time.

Hopefully at the 4 day Gene Foster Shoot I'll get around to some of those projects.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Amazing Bowfishing from a Kayak They've turned off the embedding so you'll have to follow the link if you want to see it.