competitive marksmanWhile at the gym this afternoon, in walks a very nice looking young man, probably about 22 years old. Now, I don’t know about any of you out there, but I go nuts over the kids putting effort into looking like hoodlums. I want to pull down the one pant leg of the sweat pants the kids push up. I want to pull up the pants that display one or two cheeks of the hind end so as to cover up their exposed underwear. I know these kids think they execute high fashion, some level of cool-ness, but I only see hoodlums in training, the next generation of what our nation’s officers will arrest and put in jail. Dressing like this does not announce, “hire me, respect me, I’m professional, I’m well educated, I’m well adjusted.” Oh, I could go on and on. But, I think I would be singing to the choir. So, this afternoon, I pulled my best TEXAS on this poor kid. I said, “Boy.” Just like the cartoon rooster, Foghorn Leghorn. I said, “Boy, you need to pull your pants up if you want to work out with the Big Dogs.” Now, here I stand, barely 5 feet tall, weighing in at 120 pounds and I’m telling this perfect stranger to pull up his drawers like he is my kid. I told him, “ I do not need to see your hiney. Cute as it is, I do not need to be looking at your hiney.” He not only pulled up his pants fully, but he also pulled down his shirt and kept it that way the rest of the time I was in the gym. What a good looking kid. I guess I can say I try and save society from hoodlums, one cheek at a time. Hey, we all gotta do our part!

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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