I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Just got back from Charlottesville where I helped my son Eric and his wife Heather move. In anticipation of him being transferred back to this area ( he's now 2nd on the list for the next opening in Scott County) they have sold their home and moved into an apartment. While there we found out that they are expecting their first child sometime next September.

I took my camera to take pictures but we were so busy moving that I really forgot about doing it. You want to try something really exciting?...try driving a 16 foot rental truck in downtown Charlottesville while trying to follow and keep up with someone while they go from lane to lane in bumper to bumper traffic. Wouldn't have been so bad if I knew where I was going but I didn't even know where I was. I really dislike driving those trucks. That's why I gave up driving a school bus.

I was supposed to stay for a police conference at the academy in Staunton but it was canceled due to bad weather. We hit ice and snow coming home today. Had to stop several times to deice the car but we made it with no major problems.

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