Just Caulking My Tub…

I have caulked many tubs in my day, it has just been awhile since my last endeavor. I now have a tile tub which requires colored caulk, none of the usual white fare. I didn’t want to make any mistakes, here. Previously, a white tub against white tile with white caulking meant lots of room for error. However, a white tube with veined beige tiles and dark grout needed dark brown replacement caulking. This left little room for error. Then it occurred to me: give it a try and if I did not like the outcome, I could gouge it out and try again. With that, I began my project. It went as expected, messily. I really needed to gouge it out and try again. It reminded me of when I began competing. Some of the matches were really messy. I saw no way to make improvement. Then I realized, like gouging out a bad caulking job, I can always start over. Every practice became a match, every match became a practice session . More specifically, I treated every practice session seriously, like it was the real thing. Engaging my Basic Fundamentals became engrained so when I got to a match, it was like another practice session. Every match was like a practice session in that, if I did not like the outcome, I could always try again. I know I will get my tub done, and to my liking, but I think I am better with a 9mm gun than I am with the caulking gun!

 

 


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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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